Facts and Events
James Cauthers was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Revolutionary War Pension Information
Information from “Virginia/West Virginia Genealogical Data from Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Records”, Vol. 1, compiled by Patrick G. Wardell, Lt. Col. U.S. Army Ret. :
Augusta County marriage records show that he married Margret Jackson on 17 Dec 1805.
Revolutionary War Pension for James Caruthers, as found on footnote.com shows he entered the service from Staunton, Augusta County, Virginia, although he later moved to Blount County, Tennessee. He was born 5 April 1760. He died 13 Jan 1846 and his widow Margaret (born 1 June 1769) applied for widow’s pension. The application states they married in 1806 in Augusta County, although no marriage record was able to be found in Augusta County at the time of the application. The information in this pension file is entirely consistent with the marriage record later found of 17 Dec 1805 in Augusta County.
The pension file furthur states; “He was born in Chester County State of Pennsylvania on the 5th day of April in the year 1760. And at the early age of about 10 years moved with his father’s family to Augusta County, Virginia, where he resided at the time he was called into service.”
The 1820 US Census shows Elizabeth Caruthers living in Staunton, Augusta County. We would assume that the family home was also in Staunton at the beginning of the revolution. (1810 census only gives County, 1800 and 1790 are lost)
It seems quite likely that these records all refer to the same person and the real question is; how is James Caruthers related to John? 33 years older than John would seem to rule out being a brother, perhaps James is a brother to David, his father. As to marrying a Jackson, did the two brothers marry two sisters? Also note the reference to Samuel Jackson in James Caruthers’ will. There was also a reference to a Samuel Jackson in David Caruthers will.
It would seem that it is extremely likely that this James is related to our David, perhaps as a brother, perhaps as a cousin?