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From Source:Draper, 1881
James Dysart was born in Donegal County, Ireland;
his parents dying in his infancy, he was raised by his grandfather,
who gave him a plain education. At the age of
seventeen he sailed for the New World to seek his fortune,
landing, m 1761, at Philadelphia, from which he gradually
worked his way to the south-west, until he reached the Hol-
ston Valley. In 1770, he joined James Knox and others,
in exploring Tennessee and Kentucky, who are known in
history as the Long Hunters. In 1775, he married Nancy
Beattie, sister of Captain David Beattie, and settled on the
Little Holston. During the whole Revolutionary war he
was active in frontier service, heading his company; and
at King's Mountain he was badly wounded in the left hand,
which crippled him for life. In 1781 he was made a Major,
and subsequently a Colonel; and once represented Washington
County in the Virginia Legislature. In his old age,
broken up by surety debts, he removed to Rockcastle
County, Kentucky, with his wife, three sons, and three
daughters; where he died, May twenty-sixth, 1818, at the
age of seventy-four years. He was fond of reading, and
had quite a library of books. When it was once suggested
to him that he must be lonesome at his frontier home—"I
am never lonesome," he replied, " when I have a good
hook in my hand." He always spoke highly of Colonel
William Campbell as a brave man and able commander.
In 1806, he was placed on the invalid pension list, drawing
a hundred and twenty dollars a year.
Born 1744 in Ireland
Came to America with his parents Samuel Dysart and Frances Anderson, Settling in western PA.
One of the Long Hunters in SW VA. .
Settled in Abingdon, Washington Co, VA about 1770, h
In 1775 married Agnes Beattie, daughter of John Beattie,
James acquired about 2,000 acres on Moccasin Creek.
First Sheriff of Washington County,
Commissioned to build the Court House and the jail.
Drapers' Kings Mountain
History of Southwest Virginia by Lewis Preston Summers,
After marriage he built Brook Hall, named after his home in Ireland, next to his fatherinlaw.
In 1788, H
is sister Elizabeth Dysart Breden, married John Breden, who died in Ireland. In 1788 Elizabeth came to stay with her brother, living with him for the next 15 years.
His sister Frances married John McAllister.
Signed petition that called the first minister, Rev. Charles Cummings, to Ebbing, and Sinking Springs Church at Abingdon, Va. Rev. Cummings baptized all and married some of James Dysart's children.
Moved to Rockcastle County, KYin 1806, where he settled near Mt. Vernon.
He died in Kentucky, May 26, 1818.
Agnes died in 1833. Agnes Nancy Beattie (~1754-1833)
They had 6 children:
Eleanor Dysart b.9-24-1776 d.6-4-1850 married William Carson.
Samuel Dysart b.10-14-1778 d.~1831 married Ann Meek b.xxxx d.~1834-37. They had 8 children:
Samuel Meek Dysart (1804-1870) married Margaret Ann Craig.
Madison Dysart (1806-1839) married Marie Cowan.
Hardin Dysart (~1812-1874) married Mary Jane 'Sarah' Montgomery.
SWVP Participants at Kings Mt