I recently obtained a copy of HILLSBORO: MEMORIES OF A MILL TOWN, published for the Bi-Centennial (1776). In it is the story of James Crook of Hillsboro,as follow: "On September 11, 1777, in the Battle of Brandywine, General Lafayette was falling from his horse, badly wounded, when he was caught by a nearby soldier, James Crook. Although wounded himself by a musket ball in the leg and facing enemy fire, Crook managed to carry Lafayette to safety behind the American lines." It goes on to say that Crook again met Lafayette when the general visited Leesburg in 1825. I have located a James Crook (15th Va Regiment), but found nothing else to substantiate the story. Can anyone help me?
The book later states that Crook's daughter, Jane Arena, married Asa Brown, the harness maker who lived first in Hillsboro and later in Waterford.