George Washington Kilgore
Birth: Jul 26, 1882 in Hancock County, Tennessee
Death: Aug 14, 1959 in Big Stone Gap, Virginia
Burial: in Glenco Cemetery, Big Stone Gap, Wise County, Virginia
Gender: M
Father: View Family Sheet William Alexander Kilgore born Sep 22, 1857
Mother: Sara Elizabeth Trent
Family #1: View Family Sheet Ina Tally
Marriage: Nov 5, 1911 in Stonega, Virginia
Notes: George Washington Kilgore followed his father, William Alexander (Bud) Kilgore from Hancock County, Tennessee, to what was referred to by people in Hancock County as "The Work Place." He got a job with Stonega Coke and Coal Company. He and Ina lived in the coal camp of upper Stonega, Virginia. He worked with the mines until 1926 when he became too ill to do mining work. Since his health wouldn't let him do mining, he job jobs doing janitor work in Stonega's Store, Hospital, and Post Office. After the mines took the upper end of Stonega's house, George had to move. He and Ina bought a home in the Lower Cadet Section of Big Stone Gap, where they lived until they died. This information is from website
A Short Historical Genealogy of the Kilgores, and an Abridged Genealogy of the Bonds of Southwestern Virginia by G.W. Kilgore, Wise, Virginia

The Kilgores are of Scotch-Irish extraction. Their paternal ancestor begin a Douglas of the House of Sir William Douglas, who was known as "William the Harcy". He was the first man of note who joined William Wallace in that terrible struggle against England, the s=object of which was to free Scotland.
Sir William Douglas was born about the year 1250 A.D. and was of the sixteenth general from the first Douglas of Scotland, Ireland, known to history, and dates back to about the year 950 A.D. (Scotland and Ireland originally were one Nation.)
Sir William Douglas, in a second war with England, after the death of William Wallace, was made a prisoner by the English and carried to England where he was confined in prison until he died, which was in 1302.
Sir William Douglas was succeeded by his oldest son, Sir James Douglas, called the "Black Douglas" because of his raven black hair and his dark complexion. sir James Douglas was the Eighth Lord Douglas. In strength and suppleness, James Douglas was the Sampson of Scotland.
Douglasdale, in the western part of Scotland, was the principal landed estate of the House of Douglas. Upon this estate was the Douglas Castle, and some two miles from the castle was the Town of Douglas, in which stood the most beautiful church in Scotland. During the many wars between England and Scotland, which covered a period of some three hundred years, this castle was captured by the English a number of times, and was as often re-captured by the House of Douglas. During those bloody years this castle was burned three times, and each time rebuilt upon a still larger and grander scale. This castle was re-captured the third time by Sir James Douglas--The Black Douglas--on Palm Sunday, March 19, 1307, and its fall closed the second war headed by Robert Bruce, who at that time was King of Scotland, as Robert I.
A noted Scottish historian (Sir Walter Scott), in speaking of the Bruce Wars, says, "Among all the associates of Robert Bruce in his great enterprise of rescuing Scotland from the power of Edward, the first place is universally conceded to James, the Eighth, Lord Douglas, to this day venerated by his countrymen as 'The Good Sir James'." Chambers Encyclopedia says, "Sir James Douglas, Bruce's greatest captain in the long war of the succession, was the hero of seventy fights and is said to have won them all but thirteen, leaving his name of the 'Black Douglas' as a word of fear by which English mothers stilled their children. Sir James Douglas was slain in Andalusia in 1330 on his way to the Holy Land with the heart of Robert Bruce who was killed in battle, and with his dying breath enjoined this sad duty on Sir James Douglas.
The Scotch-English Wars continued with but short cessations until 1707, at which time Scotland was permanently joined to England and the two were then called "The Kingdom of Great Britain." (Sixteen years before this, England had completely subjugated Ireland.)


The better informed clans of the Kilgores, (so far as the writer of this historical genealogy knows), throughout the U.S.A. have from the first to the present had a tradition that in one of the Scotch-English wars, most probably about the year 1650, when Cromwell evaded and subjected Scotland, the General who commanded the Douglas forces, he being the Price of the house of Douglas, fought under a black banner, neither giving nor taking quarters, his battles always being a fight to the death, with no surrender. So heart-rending were his battles and so sanguinary his battlefields, that very soon both friend and foe began calling him "Kill and Gone". This bloody name came to him to stay. England in this war was victorious, and a price was, by the English Government, placed on the head of Douglas, the "Kill and Gone". "Kill and Gone", however, escaped and crossed over to Ireland. The Irish having also been for many years engaged in wars with England, "Kill and Gone" was very naturally befriended by the people and government of Ireland and was looked upon as a hero who deserved all honor, and as the English had paid the price with their own blood, for the coining of this new sanguinary name, no doubt but that Douglas as well as the Irish were proud of this new name "Kill and Gone", and by it he was still called for a time. But later on the "and" was dropped and he was called "Killgore" for short.
Douglas Killgore finally married an Irish lady. The children of this marriage were also called Killgores, as so were all their children from the paternal side called Killgores. And thus originated the name Killgore, their maternal ancestor being an Irish lady.
The writer of this knows that the Killgores of Texas, Ohio, Kentucky, and Virginia all have and believe the foregoing tradition.
Some twenty years ago, while the writer was engaged in the practice of law, he had some land clients, who lived in Liverpool, England, who had purchased a large tract of land in Buchanan County, Virginia. Those clients finally decided to come to Buchanan County and so some investigating of title themselves, not being satisfied with the report as to the title this writer had made to them. So they came to Wise Court House, Virginia. One of them, in conversation with the writer, asked if I were related to the Killgores of England and Ireland. I told him if our tradition were true, all the Killgores were related, all being of Scotch-Irish extraction on the paternal side from the House of Douglas, Scotland, and that our maternal ancestor was an Irish lady. My client said, "You are certainly related to the English and Irish Killgores". He then explained to me how the name Douglas was changed to Killgore and how Douglas happened to marry an Irish lady. His explanation was precisely the same as is set forth in the above tradition. He further stated that the English and Irish chronicles showed that our American tradition was historical fact. The writer, however, has never had an opportunity to examine either of those chronicles.
During the summer of 1907, an Irishman came to this writer, and after inquiring about some work, asked me my name. I told him my name was Killgore. He said that was nearly his wife's maiden name. He said her name was Killgone. I then asked him if he knew anything about his wife's family history as to how she got the name Killgone. He said yes, he knew how they said they got the name. He then told me subsequentially the name that I have stated in the above tradition. He further stated that he and his wife were both born and raised in Ireland.

The American Killgores

About the year 1763, five of the great, great grandsons of Lord Douglas Killgore, together with a number of other Scotch and Irish immigrants, came to America. The names of the five Killgores were Robert, Charles, Wiliam, Hiram, and James. They all seemed to have originally settled in the northwestern part of North Carolina. Some of them at least, if not all, were married in Ireland before they came to America. All five of them were in the memorable Battle of Kings Mountain, which was fought October 7, 1780 in the edge of North Carolina near the Virginia line, which battle was the turning point in the Revolutionary War. In this battle, all the British that were not killed in the battlefield were taken prisoners. In this battle Hiram Killgore was killed, Charles Killgore was shot through the body, and Robert Killgore was seriously wounded, and Charles and Robert both got well. In an old history of the Battle of Kings Mountain, together with the names of many of the soldiers and officers whose daring days of bravery deserved special notice, the names of the five Killgore brothers were given honorable mention--their lead in the last charge that won the battle. The killing of Hiram and the wounding of Charles and Robert--the writer found this history some years ago in the library of Judge Johnson, then living at Bluefield, West Virginia, with whom the writer was stopping for a few days. I do not remember the name of the author of this history.
Soon after the close of the Revolutionary War, James Killgore most probably located in South Carolina and Charles, Robert, and William moved to Fort Blackmore, Virginia, on the Clinch River near where the town of Dungannon now is in Scott County. William was the ancestor of the Rye Cove Killgores, while Robert was the ancestor of another branch of the Killgore family that settled in Scott County, but when and where William and Robert Killgore died this writer does not know. The names of two of William's sons were William and Hiram. William made a trip to Palestine and Jerusalem. After he returned the writer, though then but a child about six years old, remembers seeing him and hearing him talk about Jerusalem and the River Jordan. Hiram was made a Colonel most probably in the War of 1812. He also represented Scott County, Virginia, two of three terms in the Legislature of Virginia.
This writer has more carefully and with more pains looked up the history of Charles Killgore and his progeny than he has the history of either of the other four brothers--Hiram, William, Robert, and James--Charles Killgore having been the great, great grandfather on the father's side of this writer.
Charles Killgore was born in Ireland about the year 1744, married in Ireland and came to America with his other four brothers about the year 1763. After the Revolutionary War, he, together with two of his brothers, William and Robert, moved to Fort Blackmore on the Clinch River near where the town of Dungannon now is in Scott County, Virginia. About March 20, 1783 Charles Killgore, James Green, and a man by the name of McKenney, left the fort and went out to the wilds and mountains of the Pound River Section to kill dear and other wild animals, and while they were hunting they were attacked by a company of Indians, and Charles Killgore and James Green were killed, but McKenney made his escape and returned to Fort Blackmore, bearing the sad news of the killing of Charles Killgore and James Green. A party of men immediately left the fort, with McKenney as their guide, to search for the bodies of Killgore and Green. The searching parties found the two bodies at the mouth of the creek which emptied into Pound River. The searching party gave the creek the name of Indian Creek by which name it has ever since been called. They buried the bodies of Killgore and Green in a grave which they dug in the hollow of a very large chestnut standing on the north side of Point River and within about 50 or 60 feet of the river and about 100 or 150 yards up the river from the mouth of Indian Creek. This grave is near Pound, Wise County, Virginia, about 12 miles west of Wise Court House, Virginia. The writer has seen this large chestnut tree and with uncovered head has gazed up;on the earth beneath which sleeps the dust of his great, great grandfather and James Green. This writer does not know whether the chestnut tree is still standing or not. It was one of the largest chestnut trees I ever saw. This tree was point out to me by Esquire W.E. Dean, who was among the first settlers of that vicinity. Esquire Dean said the tree was pointed out to him as the grave of Killgore and Green by an old man that had been living in that vicinity for a great number of years. As I remember the name of this old man was Justice. The tree stands, or did stand, near the north edge of the Pound Gap Road.
This writer some 35 or 40 years ago obtained most of the above detailed facts as to the date of the death of Charles Killgore and James Green, etc., from Aunt Betsy Culbertson, who was a girl about 5 years old, living near Fort Blackmore when Killgore and Green were killed. She said she remembered well the great excitement it caused when McKenney came to the fort and told them that the Indians had killed Killgore and Green. She said Green had only been married about one year, and his wife had a young baby boy not more than one or two months old. Mrs. Culbertson was something year 100 years old when she told me this. she was so old she was entirely blind, but she seemed to remember accurately everything of importance that occurred in all that country during her childhood days. She told me about a raid the Indians made through that section, passing by where the town of Nickelsville now stands and the names of all of the persons the Indians captured. This raid was made a few years after Killgore and Green were killed.
The records show that James Green's baby boy was born February 12, 1783. His name was called James after his father's name. Charles Killgore left but one living child. His name was Robert. He was the father of Charles Killgore, my father's father. Robert Killgore was a Baptist preacher and so was his son, Charles, and so was my father. I do not remember of seeing my great grandfather Robert Killgore but once. I at that time was a very small boy. He came to my grandfather's, Charles Kilgore's, one evening while I was there and took after me, snapping his tin tobacco box at me, which scared me right much and I ran into the house where my grandmother was. He told his living children the very day and hour that he would die, that he would die at sunset on a certain day. He was living at his son's, Robert's, on Copper Creek, in Scott County. As the sun was setting on the day he had told them he would die, he walked out into the yard where he could see the sunset. He watched the sun until it was setting and said to his children that were there, "The sun is setting, my time to leave you has come, meet me in Heaven", and walked into the house and laid down on his bed and died at once, without a struggle.
The above is the close of the narrative of Judge George Killgore.
In research work by Mrs. Sallie Ann Bailey, she found out these facts:

The following is the account prepared by Mrs. Sallie A. Bailey:
Charles Kilgore was born in Ireland about the year 1744. That he either was married over there and sailed to America in the year of 1763 or soon after he landed and settled in Caswell County, North Carolina. Preacher Bob Kilgore, a great, great grandson of Charles, has his Bible.
The first birth record is his son Charles Kilgore, born 1764, and when a young man was shot by Indians fourteen miles from Nickelsville near Dungannon. This first Charles emigrated with a lot more and settled at Falling Creek, near Dungannon, 1770.
Second son: Robert or "Robin" Kilgore, Sr., born April 1765, died 1857, married 1785 to Mrs. Jean Porter Green, born September 9, 1761, died 1842. They are buried in front sight of the old fort near Nickelsville and re-interred about 40 years ago in Nickelsville Cemetery, where you can see their tombstones. He was the first Mason to be buried in Scott County.
Their children: Charles K., born February 1, 1785, married Mary (Raley) Gray; Robert Kilgore, Jr., born February 12, 1791, married Betsey Gray.
Susana June 2, 1788
Gean July 2, 1793
Nancy July 15, 1799
Annie June 15, 1801
Mary December 21, 1807
(Taken from his own Bible by Sallie Ann Bailey.)
One daughter, Mary Kilgore, born February 13, 1766, married James Culbertson 1785.
Third son: William Kilgore, Sr., born June 5, 1769, died November 27, 1853, married 1791 to Jane Osborne, born 1770, died February 1851. They are buried in Rye Cove and this is on their tombstones. He set his slaves free years before he died.
Their children: Hiram Kilgore, born March 25, 1792; Jemima K., born September 14, 1794; Jane Kilgore, born February 5, 1795; Sarah Kilgore, born February 19, 1799 (she was my grandmother); William Kilgore, Jr., born May 7, 1801, died November 27, 1853. He was the son that went to Jerusalem. I have a pearl his wife brought back to my mother; Elizabeth Kilgore, born March 19, 1804; Comfort Kilgore, born July 31, 1806; Robert Kilgore, born January 15, 1809; Malinda Kilgore, born March 30, 1811. (This was taken from my grandfather's Bible.)
Fourth son: Hiram Kilgore, married Rebecca Renfro.
Their children: Stephen Kilgore, Charles Kilgore, Rebecca (married Joab Watson McConnell). Another daughter married Henry S. McConnell, a brother of Joab; Roda married Landon Elliot; Polly married J.S.L. Ramey; Alice married Jessie Davis; Winnie married James Culbertson.
Mary Kilgore, when a girl of fourteen, went with her mother after her father, who had been wounded in the Kings Mountain battle, and brought him home. It took them six weeks to make the trip.
Mrs. Harstock at Coeburn, now 78 years old, is a granddaughter of Mary Kilgore Culbertson and gave me some traditional facts in regard to our ancestors.
Mrs. John Castle at Coeburn as a stone tomahawk that belonged to her great, great grandfather, Robert or "Robin" Kilgore.