Notebook:James Kilgore of Cumberland County, PA

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Note 1

Person:James Kilgore (5) Birth: Abt 1715 in Donaghadee, Down, Ireland Death: Bet 23 Aug and 10 Sep 1771 in of Newton Twp, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania 1

J.V. Thompson Journal Vol. 1, p. 186 (Will of James Kilgore) Will dated 23 Aug 1771, will proven 10 Sep 1771 KILGOAR, JAMES, Newtown, farmer August 23, 1771 10 September 1771. Wife Elizabeth. Sons Hugh, Benjamin, Joseph, Patrick. David, Oliver Dau. Mary, Six minor sons: Ezekiel, John, Jonathan, William, Jesse and Robert. Exe.: wife and Bro. Charles Kilgoar. Wit.: James Jack , Samuel Kilgore, Alexr. Laughlin. B. 190-110. Will dated 23 Aug 1771, proved 10 Sep 1771.

James Kilgore came to Chester County with his father, John & brothers Charles & Samuel

Mary Kilgore, wife of David Kilgore b. 1778, states in a Bible record that she is the daughter of Hugh Kilgore, son of James Kilgore of Carlisle.

Note 2

from:Judy, Windows into our past

James William Kilgore

James William Kilgore [i], b. 1720, Donagheady, County Down, N Ireland; d. Sept 1781[1], Newton Township, Cumberland, PA; m. to Elizabeth Jack [iii], b. 1727, Ardstraw, N. Ireland; d. Feb 1792, Carlisle, Newton Township, Cumberland, PA.

About 1736 James William Kilgore and Elizabeth Jack moved to Cumberland Valley taking up and in Newton Township[iv].

James William & Elizabeth (Jack) Kilgore had nineteen (19) children[v]:

1. Hugh Kilgore 2. Benjamin Kilgore , b. ca. 1740-42, Donagheady, County Down , N. Ireland 3. Charles Kilgore , b. PA 4. Joseph Kilgore , b. PA 5. Patrick Kilgore , b. PA 6. David Kilgore 7. Mary Kilgore 8. Oliver Kilgore , b. PA 9. Ezekiel Kilgore , b. Apr, Newton Township , Cumberland , PA 10. John Kilgore , b. PA 11. Jonathan Kilgore , b. PA 12. William Kilgore , b. 1733, PA 13. Jesse Kilgore , b. 1751, Green Springs, Newton Township , Cumberland , PA 14. Robert Kilgore , b. PA

Benjamin Kilgore O

2. Benjamin Kilgore , son of James William & Elizabeth (Jack) Kilgore , b. ca. 1740-42, Donagheady, County Down, N Ireland; d. 1802, Livingston, KY; bur. 1802, Livingston, KY; m. Ann Unknown , d. 1776, Indian attack, scalped; m 2nd Caldwell Co., NC to Jane McDavid .

Benjamin moved to Spartanburg , Laurens County , South Carolina possibly from the Cumberland Valley in Newton Township . Benjamin. After the murder and scalping of his first wife, Benjamin Married Jane McDavid and reared a large family. They came to what is now Caldwell County around 1800.

Benjamin Kilgore was a Revolutionary soldier who was among the early settlers of upper South Carolina , after the treaty of Governor Glenn with the Cherokee Indians in 1755.

Revolutionary War Service[vi]

He served as a Captain in the Militia and was taken prisoner at Charleston on May 12, 1780. From September to December 1781, he served as a colonel[vii]. (Heitman P331 P.M. A.4270; x 148.1)

"State of South Caroline, To Benjamin Kilgore Dr . "1780, May 27th. To captain's pay from March 6, 1779 to this day in Colonel Williams' Regiment, 96 District, having been on duty the whole of that time as horseman, 432 days @ 7 F. 1512."

"September 27th. To ditto from May 27th, 1780, when I was made a prisoner of while on duty, as above, and sent to Charleston and there kept until I made my escape returned home. I took command of the regiment this day, all my superior being killed, i.e., 124 days at 7 F. 434 Old Currency F. 1496 Sterling 278 "This is to certify that the above services was actually done by Captain Benjamin Kilgore . By me, Robert M. Caraig , Lieutenant-Colonel."

"September 25, 1785. South Carolina, Laurens District. "Personally appeared Benjamin Kilgore before me, W. Mitchison , a Justice of the Peace of said county, and made oath as the law directs that the above account is just and true, and that he never has received anything of the same, and subscribed before me September 25th 1785. Wm. Mitchison, N.P. Benj. Kilgore "Received full satisfaction of the within on an interest N. 14 s."

During 1779-80 he served in the revolution as a Capt.. He was captured and sent a prisoner to Charleston. After making his escape he learned that his superior officers had been killed so returned and took charge of the regiment as a colonel. His record is on file with the Secretary of State at Columbia, S.C. Ordered that William Birdsong , James Greer Jr ; and Jonathan Greer being first sworn before a magistrate to appraise in current money the estate of Benjamin Kilgore , deceased, and make report thereof to our next court.

From "The Kilgores" by Sara S Ervin . The second son of James Wm Kilgore was Col. Benjamin Kilgore who with Patrick Jack and his eight children left the vicinity of Chambersburg, Pa for Cumberland County about 1760. One of Benjamin's relatives, James Jack was the bearer 1775 of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence to Philadelphia. Benjamin moved into N.C. and later on to S.C. where he married Anna McCreary . Col. Benjamin and Anna settled in Ninety-Six dist. near the Enoree River on lands granted by the King[viii].

Mills Atlas shows the location of Kilgore's Mill and at Laurens C.H. is a deed to Benjamin Kilgore .

In 1776 his wife, Anna and her one-year-old son, James , were attacked by hostile Indians and left for dead. James survived the attack.

Benjamin & Anna (Unknown) Kilgore had one (1) son:

2.1. James Kilgore , b. 1775. In 1776 his mother, Anna and he were attacked by hostile Indians and left for dead. James survived the attack.

Ezekiel Kilgore

9. Ezekiel Kilgore [ix], son of James William & Elizabeth (Jack) Kilgore , b. PA; d. Apr 1775, Newton Township, Cumberland, PA; m 1st abt. 1764 to Ann McCreary ; m 2nd to Jane McDavid .

Ezekiel & Ann (McCreary) Kilgore had one (1) son:

9.1. James Kilgore , b. 29 May 1765, PA

Ezekiel & Jane (McDavid) Kilgore had twelve (12) children:

9.2. James Kilgore , b. bef. 1802 9.3. Jane Kilgore , b. bef. 1802 9.4. Elizabeth Kilgore , b. bef. 1802 9.5. Isabrell ‘Ibba’ Kilgore , b. abt. 1776, SC 9.6. John Kilgore 9.7. William Kilgore , b. bef. 1802, VA 9.8. David Kilgore , b. bef. 1802 9.9. Hugh Kilgore , b. 1770-1780. 9.10. Samuel Kilgore , b. bef. 1802 9.11. Polly Ann Kilgore , b. bef. 1802 9.12. Jonathan W. Kilgore 9.13. Benjamin Kilgore , b. bef. 1802

Among the early records of the family in America are those of John Kilgore, who came from Scotland before 1740 and settled in Kittery, Maine.

[i] Caldwell Co., History Book; Eagle’s Notes and Queries, 3rd Series Vol 1, p. 462 and Vol 2, p. 159. Death Source Jack Kilgore, Baltimore, MD.

[iii] Caldwell Co History Book; Birth, death and father source – Jack Kilgore, Baltimore, MD. [iv] From Egle's Notes and Queries, 3rd Series Vol 1, p 462 and Vol 11, p 159. [v] From Egle's Notes and Queries, 3rd Series Vol 1, p 462 and Vol 11, p 159. [vi] In the office of Secretary of State, Columbia, S.C. the following papers are on file, showing the public service rendered by Benjamin Kilgore during the revolution. These papers were copied by Dr. B.F. Kilgore while a member of the house of Representatives, previous to 1860. History of Spartanburg County [vii] Heitman P331 P.M. A.4270; x 148.1 [viii] "The Kilgores" by Sara S Ervin [ix] Source: Jack Kilgore - Baltimore Md. Ezekiel's Will dated 8 Jan, 1775, Proved, 3 May 1775, Will Bks, A,B,C, p. 207, Cumberland Co; Pa. Ezekial of Newton Twnshp. To his brother, David, my plantation situated in Serockdys? In Westmoreland Co. adjoining lands of David Kilgore and John Gisewen in Mt Pleasant Twnshp. Rest of my estate divided equally between my five brothers; John, Jonathan, Jesse, Robert & William. My Mother, Elizabeth Kilgore , Exec. Wit; James Cannahan & Alex Vaughn

Note 3

From Ancestry Fmaily trees Earliest reliable records incidcate that John Kilgore, born in 1660, was a ruling Elder in the Presbyterian church of Donagheady, County of Down, Ireland, and emigrated in 1730 at age 70 with three sons, and settled in the lower part of Chester county, Pennsylvania, where he died the following year.

Name: John James Kilgore (OCULIGOUR) Sex: M Birth: 1660 in Donagheady, County Down, Northern Ireland Death: 7 MAR 1730/31 in West Chester County, Pennsylvania Note: Emigrated to the lower part of Chester County, Pennsylvania, in 1730 with his three sons.

John K. Johnston in Clan Kilgore set forth a theory that one James Kilgore,elder in the Presbyterian Church in Ireland and occupant of gravesite at Temple Patrick was related to the Kilgores of Pennsylvania. His second generation was one John Kilgore whose effects were inventoried in Chester Co after his death. As far as I know, there was no John James Kilgore mentioned.

Note by Rita Davis

John Kilgore was anonymous except for his name. No relatives have been noted in Chester County Courthouse records. There is no link to the family of James Kilgore of Cumberland Co.--[or rather] There is no connection between John Kilgore whose effects were inventoried after his death in Chester County and the three brothers - James Kilgore, Charles Kilgore, and Samuel Kilgore of Cumberland County."