Early Colonial Settlers of Southern Maryland and Virginia's Northern Neck Counties

Samuel James

Male Abt 1728 - 1755  (~ 27 years)


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  • Name Samuel James 
    Born Abt 1728  Hanover Parish, King George County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 27 Feb 1755  Orange County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I031948  Tree1
    Last Modified 25 May 2020 

    Father Hugh James,   b. Aft 1696, Overwharton Parish, Stafford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1724, St. Mark's Parish, Spotsylavania County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 26 years) 
    Family ID F17075  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mildred Taliaferro,   b. Abt 1731, "Snow Creek" Spotsylvania County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Apr 1803, Orange County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 72 years) 
    Married Abt 1748  Spotsylvania County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Catlett James,   b. Between 1748 and 1754, Orange County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1791, Orange County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 42 years)
     2. Spencer James,   b. Between 1748 and 1754, Orange County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. John James,   b. 1751, Orange County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 25 May 2020 
    Family ID F17655  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
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      1744-1778 Orange County, Virginia Will Book 2: [John Frederick Dorman]: Pages 200-01.
      Will of Samuel James of Orange County and the Parish of St. Thomas, dated 14 Dec. 1754.
      To loving wife Mildred James my whole estate during her life or widowhood, whom I appoint my whole sole executor.
      In case she dies or marries, my loving brother Thomas James executor and my estate to be sold and divided equally amongst my children.
      Samuel (J) James
      Wit: John Grigsby, Rebecca (X) Hust, Elizabeth (W) Hust.
      27 Feb. 1755. Presented into Court by Mildred James the executrix. Proved by John Grigsby. Certificate granted executrix for obtaining letters of probate with William Taliaferro, Gent., her security.
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      1744-1778 Orange County, Virginia Will Book 2: [John Frederick Dorman]: Pages 201-02.
      Samuell James. Inventory. No total valuation; includes one Negro man valued at 32.
      Benjamin Porter
      John Grigsby
      John Grayson
      Zachary Gibbs
      27 March 1755. Returned.

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      -----Original Message-----
      From: James Hughes [mailto:]
      Sent: Friday, February 17, 2006 6:00 AM
      To: Albert James
      Subject: Re: James Family line?

      Samuel James (d. 1755)
      Samuel was a farmer. He died young. His will in Orange County, Virginia, dated Dec. 14, 1754, was probated February 27, 1755. He bequeathed his estate to his wife, Mildred, during her lifetime or widowhood, and directed that in case she died or remarried, his brother, Thomas James, should be executor and divide his estate among his children. His children were not named in the will.
      Source: "Pioneer Families of Franklin County, Virginia" by: Marshall, Wingfield.

      Mildred Talliaferro
      Mildred qualified as executrix of her husband, Samuel James, with William Taliaferro her security, in the sum of one hundred pounds. (will bk. 2, pg 200). At a court held for Orange County September 23, 1754, on the motion of Mildred James, her tithables were ordered to be added to the lists. (Orange Co. Order bk. 1754-1763).
      Mildred James, together with Co. George Taylor, Erasamus Taylor, Sarah Slaughter and Betty Slaughter, stood as sureties at the christening of Nicholas Taliaferro, born 30th October, 1757, son of William and Mary (Battaile) Taliaferro of "Newington on Mountain Run, Orange County, and grandson of John and Mary (Catlett) Taliaferro. (Wm. & Mary Quarterly: Vol, 1, pg. 147).

      In 1785, William Bell, in the State Enumerations, listed Mildred James as the head of a family, with three white souls, one dwelling and two other buildings. (Heads of family, Virginia., 1790).
      She appears on the Orange County personal property returns for 1783, charged with one tithable, three houses, six cattle, and her slave being exempt. She petitioned the General Assembly for the arrears due on the pension her late son, Catlett, soldier of the Revolutionary War. An Act passed, December 15, 1791, directed same to be paid. (Hening, Vol. 13, pg 322).

      Her will dated October 29, 1801, was probated April 25, 1803. Jos. Atkins, her son-in-law was executor, with Spencer Atkins his security. She mentions her daughter, Betty Smith, son James, graddaughter, Milly James, and leaves her land to Milly Atkins, "her equal part with her brothers." Her sons, Catlett and Stephen had died during her lifetime. She does not mention John, who is thought also to have died during her lifetime. (Orange Co. Will bk. 4, pg 74).
      Source: "Pioneer Families of Franklin County,
      Virginia" by: Marshall Wingfield.

      **Although Wingfield states that son John was thought to have died during her lifetime, documents show that this is incorrect. John is shown in on a document (a land transaction) dated 1804, along with his siblings, James, Spencer, Elizabeth and Mildred and their spouses selling 12 acres of property in Orange County, Virginia, owned by his mother. **Source: Dorles Repass
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      From: JAMES E BOBETTE DANNETTELL
      Sent: Sunday, April 27, 2008 11:44:20 PM

      We had just been to the library looking for the abstract of the will of Margaret BRUCE p. Aug 6 1765, and after we located it, we found it in your data as well.

      This will proves that Mary BRUCE was the wife of Thomas James before 4 May 1764.

      There seems to be some question as to how many wives he had. We think one (Mary Bruce), but the abstract for a Deed of Lease dated June 3 1755, lists his wife as Jenny. We are going to try to find a microfilm copy of the original and see if it is a typo. If not, she must have been a first wife and gone before May 1764, as records after that including his Will drawn 9 April 1772 and proved 26 February 1776 refers to Mary. (Charles Bruce was an executor of Thomas' will.) Ref: Abstracts of Fauquier County, Virginia Wills, inventories and Accounts 1759-1800 by John K Gott, PP 77 and 78.

      This Will disperses his property, including the sale of the Long Ordinary in the town of Fredericksburg.

      This means that the links in the "Index Of Surnames" lead to the wrong Thomas James who was married to Sarah Mothershead. The "Long Ordinary"
      Thomas James was married to Mary Bruce and died in Fauquier County, not Orange County, as he was living on his Deep Run property at the time.

      It appears that the Fauquier County Thomas James genealogy is intermixed with the Orange County Thomas James. The Orange County Thomas James should be unlinked as a son of George James and Mary Wheeler, and another Thomas James added which correctly links to Mary Bruce and replaces the Orange County Thomas James as a son of George James and Mary Wheeler.

      Suspect that the Samuel James link is also in error, as he appears to belong to the Orange County Thomas James. There is never a mention of a Samuel in the George James deeds and records.
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      1721-1735 King George County Deed Book 1-A, (Antient Press); pp. 204-207
      Indenture 29th/30th Aprill 1732 between JOHN TRIPLETT County of King George Planter and JOHN CANNADA of same Planter .. by deeds of lease and release .. for 6000 pounds of Merchantable Tobacco sold 73 acres in Parish of Sittenbourn .. being part of that Plantation in occupation of ISABELLA TRIPLETT Widdow & bounded ., land of ffRANCIS TRIPLETT JUNR.; land formerly belonging to WILLIAM UNDERWOOD; land of Capt. AUGUSTIN WASHINGTON; land of SAMUEL JAMES which land was given unto JOHN TRIPLETT by his ffather WILLIAM TRIPLETT late of the County of Caroline Deceased by his last will and testament in writing third day of December 1728 ..
      Presence Francis Triplett, John Triplett
      Francis Triplett, Samuel James
      5th May 1732 .. Then came JOHN TRIPLETT acknowledged deeds of lease and release ..
      Know all men .. I JOHN TRIPLETT .. am bound unto JOHN CANNADA
      in sum 12,000 pounds of Merchantable Tobacco .. 30th April 1732. Condition .. if truly observe all covenants .. obligation to be void or else remain ..
      Presence Francis Triplett, John Triplett
      Francis Triplett, Samuel James
      5th May 1732 .. Bond recorded.

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