m. ABT 1708
Facts and Events
James McCall was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Will of James McCall
[Meckenburg County Will Book B, pg. 49, C.R. 065.801.20] [Source: Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. Abstracts of Early Wills, 1763-1790, By Brent H. Holcomb, pg. 39].
Records of James McCall in Augusta County, VA
From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:
Patrick Callhoun, 20th April, 1751; Jacob Larton, __ June, ____; John Cook, 6th February, 1754; James McCaul, 20th April, 1751. (Note: listed among many others).
Information on James McCall
James McCall and his family lived in Augusta Co., VA in the time period 1744-1756. James McCall married Janet Harris in 1738 in Lancaster, PA. They had children: William, James, Thomas, Rachel, Agnes, Jane and Hugh. Agnes and Jane were both born in Augusta, VA. In 1756 with the Indian uprising preceding the French-Indian War, the Indian attacks became so prevalent in the frontier county of Augusta that the McCall family, along with their friends, the Calhoun's moved into the Carolina's where it was believed their families would be free from Indian attack.
James's and Janet's children included: • James McCall, Jr. (1741 - 1781) became an officer of SC State Troops, serving as Captain, Major, and Lt. Colonel. He and his men were in the engagements at Ninety-Six (1775), Cherokee Nation, the Third Florida Expedition, Kettle Creek (GA), Fort Thicketty, Old Iron Works, Musgrove's Mill, Fishdam Ford, Blackstock's, Augusta (GA), Rutledge Ford, Long Cane, Hammonds Store, Cowpens, Harts Mill (NC), and Beattie's Mill. His son Hugh McCall became his de facto biographer in his "History of Georgia". • Thomas Harris McCall (1744 - 1796) received a certificate as a "refugee soldier of Georgia" signed April 4, 1784 by Colonel Elijah Clarke. In the same year he received a land grant of 287 on Long Brach Town Creek as a bounty for Revolutionary service according to "Georgia's Roster of the American Revolution." He changed his name to McCaule while in college and later became a teacher and Presbyterian minister. • Rachel McCall (1745 - before 1820) eloped with her second cousin, Thomas McCall, in 1762 at the age of 16. Thirteen children were born to them. Thomas was a revolutionary soldier from SC and received an indent for 318 days duty in the militia and was compensated for a horse and saddle lost in service. He later received a 287 acre land grant in Washington County GA for his service. • Agnes McCall (1748 - 1826) was born in Pennsylvania and married Elias Alexander (about 1768), a soldier from Maryland who served under Gen. Nathaniel Greene. • William McCall (1752 - 1827) was born at Little River, VA and married about 1778 to Elizabeth Stewart. He served in the First Battalion Infantry under Col. Otho H. Williams and was with the 1st MD Regiment at Hillsborough. He married in 1778 in Mecklenburg, NC to Elizabeth Stewart. William died in 1827 in Mecklenburg, NC and is listed with the DAR. • Jane McCall (1757 - ??) married about 1777 to Robert Harris, a Revolutionary soldier and son of John Harris. He was also a signer of the Mecklenburg County "Declaration of Independence." James McCall (Sr.) was a member of the North Carolina militia in 1766 and served in Captain Adam Alexander's company from the Mecklenburg area. He later served as a soldier in the American Revolution [other details of service unknown]. He died in Mecklenburg, NC in 1794 and is listed with the DAR. According to the James McCall Chapter of the DAR (Washington, D.C.) yearbook history: Col. James McCall "was born in 1746; Prior to the Revolution, he served in an Indian uprising as captain of the South Carolina Rangers. On June 26, 1776, he was taken prisoner by the Indians at Cherokee Town, D.C. Shortly afterward he made his escape. During the Revolution, he served as Lieutenant Colonel of SC Troops under General Thomas Sumter. In December 1780, he was wounded twice; on the 4th, in the area at Rugley's Mills, on the 11th at Long Cane, S.C. Later he narrowly escaped death by entanglement with his falling horse when it was shot from under him. In May 1781, at the age of 35 years he died of small pox. Mrs. Ells Marcus Bull was the Organizing Regent of our chapter which was named after her great grandfather.
(cf. Heitman's Register, pp.383: History of Georgia by Capt. Hugh McCall, written in 1784, McCall, Tidwell and Allied Families by Ettie T. McCall)
[Note: Most accounts show McCall was born in 1741 and NOT 1746. Cherokee Town is obviously not in "D.C." and is believed to have been in vicinity of modern Clemson, SC. McCall was mostly likely not a Rugeley's Mill but this encounter may have been mistaken for Rutledge Ford.]