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 Elijah Russell Dorraugh

Elijah Russell Dorraugh

Grove Hill, Page County, Virginia, USA
Death 23 Feb 1923 (aged 78)
Linton, Greene County, Indiana, USA
Burial Linton, Greene County, Indiana, USA
Memorial ID 17389493 · View Source
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Son of William M. and Sarah Ann Ham Dorraugh. During the Civil War, private in Keyser's Boy Company from Page County, then later in Co. D, 7th Virginia Cavalry. Though not on the muster roll for the regiment, he is shown as having been paroled at Appomattox CH, Va., 4/9/65 (though not on the Appomattox Parole List). Postwar letter shows that he was present on the picket line when word came regarding the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia. Brother of James Hiram Dorraugh and Sarah Elizabeth Dorraugh Emerson.

From the Rockingham Register, June 17, 1875:

Grove Hill, Page county, Va.,
June 4, 1875

To the Editor of the Rockingham Register:

I see from your issue of June 3d, taken from the Page Courier, a prejudiced, unfair, and in some particulars, untruthful account of an attempted murder done by my son, Elijah R. Dorraugh.

I feel it to be my duty to give a fair statement of the case and show the public what right my deeply wronged and injured son had to suspect Geo. W. Morris of being too intimate with his wife, which was the cause of the shooting. My son had rented a part of a house, and Mrs. Morris (widow, the mother of G.W. Morris) had rented the other part, there being only a porch between the two. G.W. Morris lived with his mother and it was here my son received the first impression and suspicion that Morris was criminally intimate with his wife; and sometime last February they parted, Morris's criminal intercourse with my son's wife causing the separation. My son came to my house, and brought his two little worse than orphaned children and requested Noah F. Strole (his wife's father) to move her home to his house. Arrangements were making, however, for them to go together again, when this shooting took place. My son had forbid Morris to go with his wife or to speak to her, and told him if he did he would shoot him.

Several other persons also told Morris if he did not quit running after and meeting Dorraugh's wife, Dorraugh would shoot him. His reply was, he would "meet Dorraugh," and carried a pistol for my son, and had the pistol in his pocket when my son shot him.

On Tuesday the 25th day of May last, my son went to his father-in-law, Mr. N.F. Strole's, where they told him his wife had gone to Shenandoah Iron Works. Franklin Strole, a brother to my son's wife, returned from the Forge and was with my son in the thicket when he shot Morris. Morris and my son's wife were seen close together going to the Forge, were at the Forge at one time and were seen together after leaving the Forge by J. Dofflemoyer, Esq. and others, but parted again. My son's wife stopped at a house where there was a colored family living, and there she got in company with a lady going to her father's. I think the company was unexpected. Morris passed his home at least one mile, going the same way my son's wife went, and she had got some three hundred yards past the thicket when the shooting was heard. Morris was in the path at the side of the thicket, and when he got to the thicket he turned and went into the thicket and was shot some fifty or sixty yards from the path. His hat lay forty-two yards from the path. Morris swore he was in the path when he was shot, which was false. He has acknowledged since that he was in the thicket.

I would be glad if the Page Courier would explain how my son knew Morris would have to pass the thicket during that day, when my son knew Morris and his wife were at the Forge, and Morris would have to pass his home at least one mile to get to the place where he was hot. It was the suspicion my son and her brother had before that induced him to lookout for Morris and my son's wife. Morris's mother suspicioned them, and Mr. Strole, who is respectable and reliable, suspicioned his daughter.

Morris, it is said, can walk through the house, and I hope he will get well. I was sorry my son left. I have sent and went twenty miles to hear from him. I want him to come back and stand his trial.

The case was very painful to me. I am opposed to shooting, but I do believe to place twenty men in the same condition that my son was, nineteen of that number would do the same my son did.

The thicket where Morris was shot was near Grove Hill, six miles from Honeyville.

This statement can be proven.

Wm. M. Dorraugh."




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