Early Colonial Settlers of Southern Maryland and Virginia's Northern Neck Counties
John James1709 - 1778 (69 years)
Name John James Birth 16 Mar 1709 St. Paul's Parish, Stafford County, Virginia Gender Male Death 25 May 1778 Warrenton, Fauquier County, Virginia - Probate Person ID I28132 Tree1 Last Modified 25 May 2023
Father Thomas 'Potomac Creek' James, b. Abt 1670, Stafford County, Virginia d. Aft 6 Jun 1726, Stafford County, Virginia (Age ~ 56 years) Relationship natural Mother Sarah Mason, b. 1672, Stafford County, Virginia d. 1715, Stafford County, Virginia (Age 43 years) Relationship natural Marriage 11 Sep 1699 Overwharton Parish, Stafford County, Virginia Family ID F18516 Group Sheet | Family Chart
Family Dinah Allen, b. Oct 1716, Overwharton Parish, Stafford County, Virginia d. 16 May 1800, Fauquier County, Virginia (Age ~ 83 years) Marriage Bef 16 Aug 1738 Overwharton Parish, Stafford County, Virginia Notes
- assuming Diane was mis recorded as Anne for this marriage
Children 1. Thomas James, b. Abt 1740, Overwharton Parish, Stafford County, Virginia d. 24 Sep 1804, Fauquier County, Virginia - probate (Age ~ 64 years) [Father: natural] 2. Anne James, b. 1741, Overwharton Parish, Stafford County, Virginia d. 1785, Fauquier County, Virginia (Age 44 years) [Father: natural] 3. Hannah James, b. 10 Nov 1745, Fauquier County, Virginia d. 15 May 1815, Madison County, Kentucky (Age 69 years) [Father: natural] 4. John Thomas James, b. 1746, Overwharton Parish, Stafford County, Virginia d. 26 Apr 1802, Bealeton, Fauquier County, Virginia - Probate (Age 56 years) [Father: natural] 5. Dinah James, b. Abt 1748, Fauquier County, Virginia d. Aft 1818, Fauquier County, Virginia (Age ~ 71 years) [Father: natural] 6. Susannah James, b. Abt 1749, Overwharton Parish, Stafford County, Virginia d. 1822, Fauquier County, Virginia (Age ~ 73 years) [Father: natural] 7. Mary James, b. Aug 1750, Fauquier County, Virginia d. 27 Jul 1822, Fauquier County, Virginia (Age ~ 71 years) [Father: natural] 8. Elizabeth James, b. 1753, Fauquier County, Virginia d. 11 Oct 1833, Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky (Age 80 years) [Father: natural] 9. Benjamin James, b. Bef 6 Nov 1756, Fauquier County, Virginia d. 23 Jan 1804, Fauquier County, Virginia - probate (Age > 47 years) [Father: natural] 10. Sarah James, b. Abt 1742, Overwharton Parish, Stafford County, Virginia d. Bef 27 Mar 1822, Fauquier County, Virginia (Age ~ 80 years) [Father: natural] 11. Samuel James [Father: natural] Family ID F9816 Group Sheet | Family Chart Last Modified 25 May 2023
- Will Book 1, page 332, Clerk office of the Circuit Court, Warrenton, Fauquier County, Virginia
In the name of God, Amen. I John James of the parish of Hamilton and County of Fauquier, being sick and weak in body, but of sound & perfect mind and memory, thanks be to God for the same, do make this my last will & testament and in manner and form following:
I bequeath my precious & immortal Soul to Almighty God, who gave it, in full hope of pardon and remission of all my sins and transgressions, through the merits and mediation of my blessed Saviour and Redeemer, Jesus Christ; My body to be decently buried at the descretion of my Executors hereafter named, and as to such worldly estate wherewith God has blessed me, I dispose of the same as follows.
Imprimis. I give and bequeath unto my Son, Thomas James, all that piece of land lying on the Easternmost side of the Spring branch, which land came by his mother; and as there is a small quantity of acres of the land which came by her on the other side of the said Spring branch, I give to my said Son Thomas, in lieu thereof, as much of my other lands, adjoining the land already bequeathed (which land I purchased of Griffin) as will make with that which came by his mother a tract of five hundred acres in the whole and binding on Capt. Gibson, Capt. Kenners and Rodham Tullos land, to him and his heirs forever, but my will is that my said son Thomas shall not possess the said bequest till after the decease of his Mother.
Item, I give and bequeath to my Son Benjamin James, after his Mother's decease, the plantation whereon I now live and as much land adjoining or will make a tract of five hundred acres, bounded as follows, beginning at the Corner of John Kerr's, Jr., my Land, thence up the Spring branch to the Spring, thence from a marked white oak South Six degrees East to the Waggon road-which leads from the Church to Brerston Jones's, The said five hundred acres to lye on both sides of the said road and joining the lands of John Crump, Col. Wm. Eustace & George Crump, also one Negro boy named Tom which he already has in his possession, one feather bed and furniture, one Cow and Calf and two Ewes and Lambs, but in case my said son Benjamin should die withou lawfull issue, the lands hereby bequeathed to go & belong to my son John James & his heirs forever.
Item, I give and bequeath unto my son John James all my land lying on the Southwestern side of the Waggon road and Tullos's path, containing by Estimation five hundred acres, be the same more or less. Also one negro boy named Moses, one feather bed and furniture, one Cow & Calf, and two Ewes & lambs to him & his heirs, but my will and desire is, that if my said son John should die without lawfull issue, the lands hereby bequeathed shall be equally divided between my son Thomas James & my daughters Sarah Hitt, Anne Tullos, Hannah Humes, Elizabeth Bradford, Mary Conway, Dinah Thompson, & Susannah James & their heirs forever.
Item, I give to my Daughter Susannah James a Horse bridle & Saddle & one feather bed & furniture, one Cow & Calf & two Ewes & Lambs to her and her heirs forever.
Item, I give to my Grand-Daughter Hannah Finney a Bed & furniture & a Cow & Calf & a Hortse to her & her heirs forever.
Item, I give to my Grand-Son Benjamin James a Horse bridle & Saddle, one bed & furniture & one Cow & Calf, to him and his heirs forever
Item, I bequeath to my loving & dear wife, Dinah James, all the residue of my Estate, both real & personal during her life and after her decease all the Lands not already bequeathed to my children I leave to be equally divided among my daughters Sarah Hitt, Anne Tullos, Hannah Humes, Eliza. A. Bradford, Mary Conway, Dinah Thompson & Susannah James & their heirs forever, and such other real or personal estate as she shall leave at her decease to be equally divided among all my children Sons and Daughters & their heirs forever, but my will and intent is that the Negro boy named Tom now in possession of my Son Benjamin James shall bar him so much of his proportion in his division to be made at his mother's decease as the said Negro Tom shall be valued at.
Item, my Will is, that such of my slaves as I have heretofore lent to my Children& their increase, after the decease of my Wife shall be returned and divided with the rest of my Estate among all my children; and if any of my Children should die before such division takes place, and leave lawfull issue that the issue be entitled to the same share the parent would have had.
Lastly, I hereby Constitute and appoint my dear & Loving Wife, Dinah James, & my sons Thomas James, Benjamin James & John James Executrix & Executors of this my Last will & Testament, hereby revoking all former Wills by me made, & Declaring this to be my Last Will & Testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this sixth day of November 1777.
Signed, Sealed & declared to John James (His Seal) Be his last will, before us
Proved at a Court held for Fauquier County the 25th day of May 1778
Sept. 15, 1735.
John Ambrose of Brunswick Parish King George, planter to Henry Bramblet of same, planter...for 25 lbs. Sterl....250 a. on Elks Run....Jonas Williams line...deeds of lease and release. John Ambrose Wit: Geo. Harrison, JOHN JAMES, Hugh West.
At court Sept. 17, 1735 John Ambrose acknowledged this release to Henry Bramblet.
P.480-482, Prince William County, Virginia Deed Liber Book A 1731-1732, Deed Book Liber Book B 1732-1735, Abstracted by June Whitehurst Johnson.
Name: Jo Anne Mackby
Email: jamackby@qx dot net
DINAH ALLEN b. 1716; d. 16 May 1800 was the ONLY wife of Capt. John James. All of their children, 3 sons and 7 daughters are mentioned it their father's Will. Capt. John James and Dinah Allen were married BEF 16 Aug 1738 Stafford Co. VA, the Will Date of Dinah Allen's father William Allen's Will, in which he mentions his dau. Dinah JAMES.
Capt. John James Fauquier County, VA Public Cervice Claim Certificate Reg. C8626. Also see approved SAR and DAR applications.
From: Jo Anne Mackby [mailto:jamackby@qx dot net]
Sent: Wednesday, August 09, 2006 2:35 PM
Subject: RE: DINAH ALLEN b. 1716
I have worked on Anne Sebastian every which way for years! I have concluded that Capt. John James and she were never married. The dates do not add up and the son Samuel was born 19 Nov 1738 and his sister Sarah b. 9 Apr 1746 AFTER we know John and Dinah were already married. I have even tried to discover whether Sebastian might be a married name for Anne. The other Anne, I have never heard of. Also note, there is no mention of any other heirs except the children by Dinah in John's Will.
There are other John James who might provide clues. For example John2 James b. 1676 Overwharton Parish, Stafford Co. VA; WD 23 Jan 1725; WP 1 Mar 1725-6 St George Parish, Spotsylvania Co. VA [WB A, Page 24, Crozier, p. 1] m. Sarah Alice Sharp b. 1680 Stafford Co. VA. The son of this couple was named Hugh James [I need to check him out again]. Note: In the Register of St. Paul's Parish, Stafford Co. VA is a Nicholas Sebastian d. 24 Dec 1735 who m. 29 Oct 1726 Anne ELLIOTT. This John2 James was brother of Thomas2 James of Potomac Creek b. abt 1675 m. 11 Sep 1699 Sarah [Mason] Barbee.
1722-1728 Stafford County, Virginia Deed Book J; [Antient Press];
Page 265-267To all Christian People .. I THOMAS JAMES of Parish of Overwharton, Stafford County in consideration natural 'affection but more especially for One hundred pounds Sterling money grant unto my Son GEORGE JAMES of Parish of Saint Georges and County of Spotsylvania & the issue of his body lawfully begotten my-now dwelling plantation in county Stafford & 300 acres of land thereon adjoyning together with two Negro slaves earned Tobey & Jenney ... to be to him immediately after my decease & for default of such issue in the said George James then the said lands to pass to my son JOHN JAMES & the heirs of his body .. & for default of such heirs .. the same to my son JOSEPH JAMES & the heirs .. under the limitation aforesaid .. To hold .. set my hand this 8th June 1726.
1729-1748 Stafford County, Virginia Will Book M; [Antient Press]; Page 309-311 In Name of God Amen I WILLIAM ALLEN of Stafford County and Parish of Overwharton being well in body do make this my last will and Testament ..
Imps. I give all my right title and interest that I have in that tract of land left to me by MARGERY JANAWAY deceased unto her grand children WILLIAM LUNSFORD and MARGERY LUNSFORD his Sister to be equally divided between them both of them and their heirs.
Item my will is that Mr. JOHN CRUMP shall have all my right and title of that land lying on the west side of the Marsh Run below the land I formerly sold to WILLIAM HACKNEY and now in possession of said Crump to him and his heirs forever.
Item I give into my son JOHN ALLEN all that Tract of land lying in Prince William County already in his possession together with one Negro man named Tom, and what he hath already in his possession to him and his heirs.
Item I give unto my daughter SARAH WALLER Negroe Moll and all. her future increase to her and her heirs. Likewise I give to my grandson JOHN WALLER, Son of WILLIAM WALLER one negro boy named Ben he being one of the Negroe Molls children co him and his heirs Also 1 give to my grand son WILLIAM WALLER Son of William Waller one Negro boy named Peter being one of Negroe Molls children to him and his heirs. As also I give to my grand daughter ANNE WALLER daughter of William Waller one Negroe girl named Kate being; one of Negroe Molls children to her and heirs.
Item I give to my daughter ELIZABETH WALLER Negroe Nan and her increase to her and her heirs, as also I give my daughter Elizabeth Waller a negro girl named Lucey during her life, only my desire is that the increase of negro Lucy may belong to my Grandson WILLIAM WALLER son of GEORGE and ELIZABETH WALLER afsd and after his mothers decease I give the Negro Lucey, with all her increase to him and heirs.
Item I give unto my daughter MARGARET all my right and title of her part of that land lying upon Elk Run and in Prince William county already in her possession which I formerly made over by deed of gift and recorded in Prince William County Court it being divided and laid off to my four daughters by JOHN SAVAGE Surveyor of Stafford County to her and her heirs as also I give to my daughter Margret a negro man named George already in her possession and a Negroe girl named Nan after my wifes decease to her and heirs but my desire is that the increase of negroe Nan may be equally divided between my daughter Margaret's children and heirs as long as she lives and after her decease to them and their heirs forever.
Item I give unto my daughter DINAH JAMES all my right and title of her part of that land lying upon Elk Run and in Prince William County already in her possession which I formerly made over by deed of gift recorded in Prince William County Court it being divided and laid off to my four daughters by John Savage Surveyor of Stafford County, to her and heirs as also I give to my daughter Dinah Negroe Harry to her and heirs as also I give to my daughter Dinah a negro girl named Jenny with all her increase during her life and after her decease I give Jenny and her increase to be equally divided amongst the children which she shall have by JOHN JAMES to them and heirs ..
Item whereas I have made over formerly the two remaining part of that tract upon Elk Run and in Prince 'William County as before mentioned by Deed of Gift which deed is recorded in Prince William County Court to my other two daughters Vizt. SARAH WALLER and ELIZABETH WALLER and they having agreed and sold their parts of the land to JONATHAN GIBSON Gent of Essex County my will now and desire is that the said Gibson shall peaceably enjoy the said parts of the land aforementioned according to the division made by JOHN SAVAGE Surveyor of Stafford County to him the said Gibson and heirs.
Item I give unto my daughter HANNAH WITHERS a negroe woman named Kate and her son Negro Ben already in her possession to her and heirs, likewise I give to my grandson JAMES WITHERS a negroe child named Sue being one of Negroe Kate's children with her increase to him and heirs, after my wife's decease, and the Negroe Kate with all her future increase to my daughter Hannah Withers aforesaid and her heirs, likewise I give unto my daughter Hannah one chest lock and key and one iron pot to her and heirs, also one pewter dish she having her choice.
Item I give unto my dear and loving wife and my son WILLIAM ALLEN the Plantation whereon I now live and all the land belonging to it together with the hope neck and Quarter as also all my title and interest of that land I formerly leased to JOHN SUMACK in Prince William County and upon Elk Run during my wifes life and after her decease I give it all to my son William Allen and heirs. Likewise I give to my dear and loving wife three Negroes named Peter, Ben and Joe during her life and after her decease to my son William Allen and his heirs. Likewise I give to my son William one Negroe girl named Judey with all her increase to him and heirs and all the rest of my Personal Estate whatsoever after my debts and legacies are paid to be equally divided between my dear and loving wife and my son William only one feather bed with furniture out of his Mothers part after his mothers decease, the which bed with the furniture I give to my daughter Hannah Withers and her heirs, she having her choice out of her mothers part, and likewise a young mare which runs at the marsh by my son JOHN ALLENS which mare I give to my Grandson JOHN ALLEN and his heirs, and for the rest of my personal Estate of what kind so ever to be equally divided between my Loving Wife during her life and my son William and after my wife's decease I give it all to my son William Allen and heirs. Furthermore I do make my dear and loving wife and my son William Allen to be full and whole Executors of this my last will .. set hand this 16th August 1738. Presence Richard Young, William Allen
John Tibbs, Darby Murphy,
At Court held for Stafford County 12th May 1741 Will presented by MARGARET ALLEN and WILLIAM ALLEN Executors named .. made oath .. proved .- admitted to record .. Certificate is granted for obtaining probate ..
record .. Certificate is granted for obtaining probate ..
Information on John James and Dinah Allen James birth and death was taken from a tombstone in an abandoned James family cemetery located in Fauquier County on Elk Run in a woods abut half-mile south of Route 806 and a quarter to half mile east of Route 610. The tombstone was stolen and has never been recovered. The Fauquier Democrat's staff writer, Cathy Dyson, wrote an article which appeared in The Fauquier Democrat on Thursday, February 16, 1984, relating details of the theft of this historic tombstone.
1749-1752 Prince William County, Virginia Deed Book M [Antient Press]: Page 100-101
THIS INDENTURE made the twenty sixth day of May in the twenty third year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord GEORGE the second and in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred & forty nine Between JOHN JAMES of the County of Prince William Planter & DINAH his Wife of one part and WILLIAM EUSTACE of the same County Planter of other part Witnesseth that said JOHN JAMES & DINAH his Wife for the sum of Eighty five pounds Current money of Virga, doth sell unto the said WILLIAM EUSTACE his heirs or assigns forever two pieces of land containing Four hundred & Seventeen acres for which said parcels of land JOHN WAINWRIGHT obtained PATENTS from the PROPRIETORS OFFICE of the NORTHERN NECK of Virga, and the said JOHN WAINWRIGHT sold the said parcels of land by Deeds of Lease & Release unto JOHN JAMES bearing date in the year one thousd. seven hundred & Forty Four which Deeds are recorded in the Clearks Office of the County Court of Prince William being in the County of Prince - and on the Branches of ELK RUN and is bounded ye first tract beginning at a white Oak in a Valley on the South East side of the northwest branch of ELK RUN thence down the Branch North E. to a red Oak on a Stony hill side on the North side of the Fork of the said Branch thence So Et. to a large white Oak on a branch of the said Run thence up the said Branch No. Et, to a white Oak at the head of the said Branch thence No. W. to a Hickory between a poison field and a Savannah thence So. W. to a black Walnut on the said Run lastly No. Et.to the beginning and the other parcel of land bounded begining at a white Oak in the line of the land formerly belonging to RALPH HUGHS standing on the North East side of a Glade thence crossing the Glade So. Wt. to a white Oak on the North East side of the North Branch of the said ELK RUN thence crossing the Branch So. W. to a marked Hickory on a Stoney point Corner to the aforesd Tract to a small black Walnut tree N, E. to a black Oak in line of the aforesd tract and Corner to the said HUGHEs thence along HUGHESes line No, to the beginning which said land are now in the actual occupation of the said WILLIAM EUSTACE who is to hold the same. In Witness whereof the parties have set their hands and seals
in presence of GEO. CRUMP, JOHN JAMES
PET: WAGENER, JNO, CRUMP DINAH JAMES
At a Court held for the County of Prince William the 23d day of July 1750
JOHN JAMES acknowledged this Deed & Receipt to WILLIAM EUSTACE Gent & admitted to record
- Will Book 1, page 332, Clerk office of the Circuit Court, Warrenton, Fauquier County, Virginia
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