Person:James Shields (21)

James Shields
m. 10 Mar 1786
  1. Mary 'Polly' Shields1785 - 1857
  2. Sally 'Ally' ShieldsEst 1786-1792 -
  3. James ShieldsEst 1786-1799 -
  4. Margaret 'Patsy' ShieldsEst 1795-1800 -
Facts and Events
Name James Shields
Gender Male
Birth? 1750
Marriage 10 Mar 1786 Augusta, Virginia, United Statesto Rachel Anderson
Death? 2 Dec 1801 Lexington, Rockbridge, Virginia, United States

James Shields was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia


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Revolutionary War Pension Information

Information from “Virginia/West Virginia Genealogical Data from Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Records”, Vol. 5, compiled by Patrick G. Wardell, Lt. Col. U.S. Army Ret. :

Shields, James - entered service 1777 in Virginia regiment; died 12/2/1801; married 3/10/1786 to Rachel Anderson, Augusta County, Virginia; widow granted Pension there in 1845 at age 82, per County Justice of the Peace John Newton; William McCutcheon made affidavit there then that he was a waggoner in Revolutionary War service & saw soldier in Virginia regiment in Revolutionary War in New Jersey 1778 per Court Clerk Jefferson Kinney. F-W6027, R2175.

Will of James Shields

  • Page 195.--16th November, 1801. James Shields' will--To wife, Rachel; to eldest daughter. Ally Shields; to youngest daughters, Margaret Shields; to son, James. Executors, wife Rachel and Samuel Torbit. Teste: Joseph Coalter, Wm. Shields. Proved, 22d February, 1802. Executors qualify.

Records of James Shields in Augusta County, VA

From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records: (appears to be this James Shields?)

  • Vol. 1 - SINGLE PAPER. - Returns of an election held by John Boyd and James Mitchel, Lieutenants, show that James Shields beat Ensign Wilson by two votes--15th December 1783. Thomas and Robert Tate, Windel Grove, and George Shoultz write under date of December 12, 1783, that they belong to the Company formerly Captain Tate's, and being abroad and so unable to vote at the last election for Captain, now desire Ensign Wilson should be promoted.
  • Vol. 1 - DECEMBER 16, 1783 - (169) James Shields recommended Captain, vice William Tate, removed. 170, qualified.
  • Vol. 2 - McCullogh vs. Love--O. S. 224; N. S. 79--Bill, 1808. Complainants are, viz: John McCullock and Rachel Shields; John, Patsy, Joseph, Sally, William Shields; Polly and John Sloan, heirs of James Shields, deceased. In 1792 John McCullock and James Shields become surety for Thomas Love on his administrator bond of his father, James Love, deceased, who bequeathed personally to his granddaughter, Susannah Love. Will of James Love of Rockbridge, 26th September, 1791. Granddaughter, Margaret; granddaughter, Susannah; son, Thomas Love. Recorded in Rockbridge, 5th June, 1792. (Note: this record proves that Mary 'Polly' Shields was a daughter of James Shields and Rachel Anderson)