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.
Date Approved by DHR: 03/19/04
Year On Marker: 2004
Geographic Location: Russell County
Physical Description of Location: Virginia 71, about 2.75 miles south of intersection with Trail of the Lonesome Pine (US 58 Alt), Mendota, VA 24270.
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