Captain Samuel McCutchen is the son of Samuel McCutcheon (McCutchen, McCutchan), Sr. and Frances Noble, also buried at North Mountain Burying Ground. He was born ABOUT 1744 and died ABOUT 1830 (2 Mar 1820 or 24 Jun 1824 also circulate). He served in the Revolutionary War from Augusta Co., VA and his surname is spelled many different ways in various records: McCutchan, McCutchen or McCutcheon in different documents. At this time, spelling was not high on the list for these pioneers, struggling for survival. An American English dictionary wasn't in print just yet and certainly not in the homes of the average farmer. They likely had a bible though.
He married twice, first to "Betsy Blackwood" (date of marriage and any children is unknown) and second to Rebecca/Rebekah Downey about 1767. They had 9 known children born in Augusta County, Virginia:
Samuel, Jr., 25 Oct 1768
R. John, 13 Nov 1770
William, 10 May 1773
JAMES, 26 Aug 1775
Downey, 1 Jun 1778
Sarah, 3 Sep 1780 (married John Bell 25 Aug 1800)
Charles C., 2 Dec 1783
Margaret, 16 Dec 1786 - Aug 1855 (married Robert Craig in Augusta Co., VA on 31 May 1819)
Robert Wardlaw, 9 Feb 1790
The church history on both North Mountain and Bethel which it became, is detailed in a long 3 column article in the 31 Jan 1882 issue of the Staunton Spectator, Vol. 59, #20, written by Matthew Pilson 26 Jan 1882. It includes some data on the location, cemetery, Preachers, Elders, members, builders, etc. It's hard to find a lot of data on Bethel and the former North Mountain Church. (Also see Bethel & Her Ministers by Dr. Herbert S. Turner.) The entire article is online at the Library of Virginia, virginiachronicle(.com). It mentions an undated list after 1777 of Elders at Bethel, including a Samuel McCutchan and a William McCutchan. Is this the same Samuel McC (there are 4 at N. Mt with various spellings and 1 at Bethel)? (There are 4 Williams buried at North Mountain and none listed at Bethel.)
The 1936 WPA survey record here is online at the Library of VA and says: "#21 SAMUEL McCUTCHAN (Rev. soldier, husband of Betsy Humphrey)." No dates are listed. Maybe it meant to say Betsy Blackwood, otherwise, it's his grandson who was too young to serve. It described the cemetery in 1936: "overgrown with weeds, bushes, briars, etc. as to be nearly inaccessible. It is on the top of a ridge completely surrounded by woods. ....many of the graves are deeply sunken, stones fallen and inscriptions obliterated." It adds "information given in the parenthesis."
VASSAR Master Spreadsheet of Revolutionary War Veterans lists him as a patriot who gave material to the cause. D.A.R. Ancestor #: A076139. The old D.A.R. Patriot Index listed his wife Rebecca Downey, but now she is listed as Rebecca X. Yet the kids listed hon this site are included, including son Downey.
His wife's marker at the Glebe Cemetery uses the AN surname ending and his original marker is no longer here so we don't know what it used. A Bethel Church committee got together and came up with McCutchen (EN) for him and so it used it on the memorial monument. There are a few errors on the memorial, but the majority is correct from records found in multiple sources. We are indebted to them for this generous acknowledgement of the pioneers and patriots buried here since so few markers are here and few are legible today. The date in the 1900's the U.S. Government marker was installed is unknown.
The large granite memorial, a cenotaph, at North Mountain Burying Ground was installed in the 1980's by Bethel Presbyterian Church (formerly the North Mountain Meeting House) says
CAPT SAMUEL MCCUTCHEN
One of these dates is likely accurate, which one I am no longer sure.
His US government issue grave marker says:
AUGUSTA COUNTY VA MIL
BIO researched and written by LSP
Samuel McCutcheon (1718 - 1798)
Frances Noble McCutcheon (1715 - 1790)
Rebecca Downey McCutchan (1747 - 1820)
Samuel McCutchan (1768 - 1828)*
R. John McCutchan (1770 - 1844)*
William McCutchan (1773 - 1846)*
James McCutchan (1775 - 1852)*
Downey McCutchan (1778 - 1853)*
Sarah McCutcheon Bell (1780 - 1862)*
Charles C. McCutchan (1783 - 1862)*
Robert Wardlaw McCutchan (1790 - 1869)*
Charles McCutchan (1736 - 1814)*
Samuel McCutchen (1744 - 1830)
North Mountain Burying Ground
Created by: LSP
Record added: Mar 06, 2009
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