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Dorton's Fort

South 71, VA , USA

Latitude & Longitude: 36° 48' 33.672996", -82° 16' 51.443508"
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William Dorton Sr and his family settled near here by 1773 and built a fort, one of several defensive structures built by settlers of European descent on the Virginia frontier. Dorton's sons William Jr, Moses, and Edward fought in The Revolutionary War. Edward and at least one of the two other brothers served at the Battle of King's Mountain on 7 Oct. 1780. During this period, conflicts occurred between early settlers and Native Americans in this region, resulting in the death of a fourth son, name unknown, in 1777. Capt. William Dorton Jr served in the Washington and Russell County militias and died in 1826. He is buried just southwest of here.

Last updated: 2/14/2015 15:17:00
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