Historical Hall of Fame: Alexander Scott Withers (1792-1865) was a community historian who wrote about settlements in North-western
Virginia History Series
"Alexander Scott Withers (12 October 1792, near Warrenton, Virginia – 23 January 1865, near Parkersburg, West Virginia) was the author
of Chronicles of Border Warfare (1831), a history of (and important primary source on) the early white settlement of western Virginia
and consequent conflicts with American Indians.
Withers was a son of Enoch K. Withers and Jennet Chinn Withers and was born at
the family home near Warrenton, in Fauquier County, Virginia. His mother was a first cousin of Sir Walter Scott. He was educated at
home and in private schools, later attending Washington College and finally learning law at William and Mary. He married Melinda Fisher
in 1815 in the Northern Neck of Virginia, and about 1827 moved his family to western Virginia, settling near Clarksburg. Subsequently
he moved to Lewis County and resided on a farm between Weston and Jane Lew.
Withers devoted much time to researching and writing
his Chronicles of Border Warfare, or, A History of the Settlement by the Whites, of north-western Virginia: and of the Indian wars
and massacres, in that section of the state; with reflections, anecdotes, &c. This 1831 account of “border wars” and local tradition
in “the western country”, i.e., the northwestern portion of colonial Virginia (an area which today encompasses parts of Virginia,
West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio, and Pennsylvania), described events from the French and Indian War (1754) to the Battle of Fallen Timbers
Withers was teacher to the future General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson in 1839 in a school in Lewis County's first
court house building. He served several years (from 1840) as a magistrate near Weston. After the death of his wife in 1853 he made
his home with his eldest daughter in Parkersburg. He was a member of the First Wheeling Convention of May 1861. He lived a retired,
studious life until his death in 1865 at the age of 73 and was buried in a graveyard along U.S. Route 19 in Weston." (Quote from Wikipedia)
Chronicles of Border Warfare, or, A History of the Settlement by the Whites, of north-western Virginia: and of the Indian wars and
massacres, in that section of the state; with reflections, anecdotes, &c. Clarksburg, Va.: J. Israel, 1831.