m. bef. 1694
m. Est. 1714-1718
Facts and Events
James McCorkle was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA
James McCorkle's land (Beverley Manor SW, 370 acres, 1747) as shown on the map meticulously drawn by J.R. Hildebrand, cartographer. This map is copyrighted©, used by permission of John Hildebrand, son of J.R. Hildebrand, April, 2009. Note land acquired by James two sons, Samuel McCorkle (acres and date not listed) and Robert McCorkle (269 acres, 1749), are located nearby to the south.
Note: the record above is an important record because it shows that the James McCorkle (and wife Jane) that received the patent for 370 acres in Beverley Manor was James McCorkle, Sr. and not his son, James McCorkle, Jr. (who also may have lived on this property). Some researchers have incorrectly assumed that James McCorkle, Jr. was the patentee of the 370 acre tract.
Records of James McCorkle in Augusta County, VA
The children of James McCorkle have not been conclusively established. Some of the information on the early McCorkle ancestors is located in the book "From Viking Glory", by Rev. Louis McCorkle, published by Louis W. McCorkle of St. Thomas Seminary, P.O. Box 858 Hannibal, MO 63401-0858, printed by Herff-Jones Publishing Company, Marceline, MO.
About James McCorkle
James McCorkle is featured in the publication "From Viking Glory, The McCorkle Family", written by Louis W. McCorkle. He is referred to as "James McCorkle of the Brandywine", beginning on page 36, excerpt as follows:
James McCorkle (200*) is said to have settled on the Forks of the Brandywine Creek in Chester County, Pennsylvania in 1729. However, no official records of this event are known to exist. "Research of the records of early rights in both Chester and Pennsylvania Counties have been conducted in the names of James McCorkle and John James McCorkle. However, our investigation has failed to show any land warrants, surveys or patents recorded in either of these names, nor for the surname of McCorkle in general." (Note: many early Scotch and Irish immigrants became "squatters" on land during that time period, so no records would exist of any land surveys, patents or ownership). But there are undocumented reports about James.
Although there are few records of James McCorkle in Pennsyvania, there are substantial records of him and his family in Augusta County, VA, where they migrated to in the early 1740's. As listed in "The History of Augusta County, Virginia", by Oren F. Morton, "It is highly probable that the younger MacCorkles we first encounter in this region (Augusta County, VA) were the sons of two brothers, James and William, one or both of whom accompanied the sons.?