Facts and Events
Information on James Lockridge, II
"James Lockridge came to the Calfpasture in 1753. He sold his purchase to his son Andrew and went to North Carolina. Andrew built a mill soon after his arrival, but in 1774 he removed to a large purchase north of Burnsville and died there in 1791. James and Lancelot were his brothers, and there was probably also a Robert. His own sons were John, Andrew, James, William, and Robert. Rev. Andrew Y. Lockridge, a Presbyterian missionary to the Cherokee Indians, is a deseandant. Sarah, a daughter of the first James, married John Gay, son of James, and went to Kentucky. The celebrated Colonel Lockridge, of Texas, killed in Walker's filibustering expedition to Nicaragua, is believed to have been another descendant."
James and Isabella then moved to the Long Canes Settlement in Granville County, South Carolina (now Abbeville County) with their son James II. He bought a tract of land containing 200 acres lying on a branch of the NW fork of Long Caines called Swearingens Creek waters of Savannah River. Many of the Scotch-Irish Presbyterians in the Pastures region of Virginia departed for the Carolina to escape the domination of the Anglican Church, the state church of Virginia. The first settlers in the community suffered a terrible massacre in 1760 during the French and Indian War when the Indians saw that as their opportunity to drive all white settlers from the up-country of South Carolina. The settlers learned of the impending approah of the Indians, loaded their families in wagons and attempted to drive to safety to a larger community. However, the Indians caught them as they were attempting to ford a river, and killed a large number of the settlers. James moved to the Long Cane Settlement about 1764-65. He did not sell his home on the Big Calfpasture River until 1767, apparently wanting to be sure of his decision to settle in South Carolina.
In the 1790 U. S. Census of South Carolina, we find James Sr., James Jr., and John Lockridge in the Old 96 District, Abbeville CO. Bob Walters is sure that James Sr. is James II, and James Jr. is James III because James I would be approximately 100 at that time. He believes that John Lockridge is the son of James II. James II would have been about 67 at that time.