Person:James Alcorn (6)

James Alcorn
b.abt. 1735
m. est. 1726
  1. Victoria Alcornabt 1726 -
  2. Robert Alcorn1728 - 1798
  3. John Alcorn1734 - aft 1804
  4. James Alcornabt 1735 - 1781
  5. Catharine Alcorn
  6. Sarah Alcorn
  • HJames Alcornabt 1735 - 1781
  • WJane Mills1740 - 1800
m. 1759
  1. James Alcorn1759 -
  2. John Alcorn1766 - 1829
  3. Robert Alcorn1775 -
Facts and Events
Name James Alcorn
Gender Male
Birth? abt. 1735
Marriage 1759 Virginiato Jane Mills
Death[1] 15 March 1781 Guilford County, North Carolina[died in Battle of Guilford Courthouse]

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


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Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA

Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:

  • Page 66.--6th July, 1768. John Mills and Mary to James Alcorn, £60, 143 acres patented to John Mills. 4th June, 1764, on waters of James River, a branch of Looney's Creek; corner land in possession of Adam Looney.
  • Page 43.--3d January, 1769. Alexander Evans and Jane to James Alcorn, £17, 37-1/2 acres on Back Creek of James River, part of tract whereon Alexander now lives. Teste: John Miller, Thomas Arnet, John Harbison, Francis Smith. Delivered to himself, November, 1773.

Records in Augusta County, VA

From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:

  • Vol. 2 - Page 428.-(21st November, 1767) - Processioners appointed, viz: Hugh Crockett and Isaac Taylor, from head of Roanoke to Fort Lewis. Edward Carvin and Nathaniel Evans, from Fort Lewis down on Waters of Roanoke. Thomas McFerran, James Moore, Jr., James Alcorn, Wm. Rolands, on waters of Cuttawba and James River on South Side. James Simpson, John Maxwell, John Mitchell, Jonathan Whitley, between Buffelow and James River. Joseph Lapsley, Wm. Hall, Wm. Paxton, Saml. McClure, John Gilmer, Jonathan Cunningham, between Buffelow and North River to the North Mountain. John Lyle, David Gray, Wm. Caruthers, John Paul, from North River to Beveriey's Line on South Side of Burden's land road that leads to John Paxton's.

Notes on James Alcorn

Military Service: 1780 at Montgomery County, Virginia
1759 Soldier in William Preston's Company of Rangers
July 6, 1778 deeded 143 acres of land off the James River at Looney's Creek
January 3, 1769 deeded 37.5 acres of land on Back Creek on James River
April 18, 1771 granted land in Tryon County, South Carolina
November 9, 1779 with wife Jenny deeded 180 acres on James River to Joseph Layman
April 4, 1780 sworn in as Deputy Sheriff of Montgomery County, Virginia
April 1780 warrant for 50 acres in Montgomery County, Virginia for French and Indian War service



  1. International Genealogical Index. (LDS Church, 1999-2005).
  2.   James Alcorn (died 1781) was not the son of James Alcorn & Mary Stines.

    On 13 Oct 1758, James Alcorn senior, yeoman, and Mary his wife of Middleton Township, Cumberland Co., PA sold to Hugh McCormick, yeoman, and Sarah his wife (James Alcorn’s daughter) of Paxton Township, Lancaster (now Dauphin) Co., PA one half of a tract of land in Middleton Township that James & Mary lived on. Recorded: 29 Jan 1760. [Cumberland Co., PA Deed Book 2A:65-66.]

    On 20 Aug 1759, James Alcorn senior, yeoman, of Middleton Township, Cumberland Co., PA sold to James Alcorn junior, yeoman, the other half of the tract of land in Middleton Township that James & Mary lived on. James Sr. reserved 5 acres of clear meadow land and 5 acres of wood land rent free for himself & his wife Mary during their lifetime with the land then owned outright to James Jr. after both have passed away. [Cumberland Co., PA Deed Book 2A:59.]

    On 03 Oct 1763, James Alcorn, yeoman, and CATHARINE his wife of Middleton Township, Cumberland Co., PA sold to Henry Cowan, yeoman, the same land above that James Alcorn senior, of Middleton Township, Cumberland Co., PA sold to James Alcorn junior on 20 Aug 1759 [Cumberland Co., PA Deed Book 2A:224-226.]

    Thus the wife of James Alcorn junior of Middleton Township, Cumberland Co., PA was named Catharine.

    Furthermore James & Mary's son James had 3 children according to Mary's 1763 Cumberland County, PA will (Google: Mary Alcorn 1763 Will) for an abstract of her Will. Mary's Will gives her son James children as Robert, Mary and Jane, thus the 3 children were born prior to 1764.
  3.   The James Alcorn who married Jane Mills and who died in 1781 during the Battle of Guilford Courthouse or the skirmishes leading up to the battle -- was in the Bedford Co., VA Militia 1n 1758 during the French & Indian War along with his probable brother John Alcorn.

    Sep 1758, James ALCORN, rank Sergeant, Bedford Co., VA Militia. ["Virginia Colonial Militia, 1651-1776" from Ancestry on-line database].

    03 Dec 1759 - 6QQ184, James ALLCORN, Receipt to Wm. PRESTON for 3 lbs & 3 shillings in full of his pay until 02 May 1759. [The Preston and Virginia Papers of the Draper Collection of Manuscripts, Calendar Series, v.1, D.S. 1p, p 53].

    Apr 1780, James ALCORN, soldier in Capt. Wm. Preston’s Co. of Rangers raised under Act of Assembly in 1759. Montgomery Co VA. [Virginia Colonial Militia, Land Bounty Certificates, 1982, p 39 (LDS Book# 975.5-M2c)].

    Apr 1780, Warrant for 50 acres issued to James ALCORN, a soldier in Capt. Wm. Preston’s Company of Rangers in 1759. Montgomery Co VA. [VA Colonial Soldiers, p 308 (LDS Book# 975.5.M2be)]. [The 50 acres was located in what is now Wythe Co., VA (Wythe Co. was formed from Montgomery Co. in 1789).]

    09 Feb 1781, on a military warrant [for service in the French & Indian War], James ALCORN entered 50 acres of land on Macks Little Run, adjoining his own land, John MILLER, and the Anchor & Hope plantation on Reed Creek, near Max Meadows in Montgomery (now Wythe) Co VA. [Early Adventures on the Western Waters, v.2:24].

    James & Jane also had two daughters named Mary and Jane, but they were born well after 1764. Mary married Wm. M. Anderson on 15 Mar 1792 in Madison Co., KY. Their bondsman was John Alcorn. They lived in Garrard Co., KY (which was formed from part of Madison Co.). Jane married Edward Crutcher on 23 Sep 1800 in Sumner Co., TN. The bondsman was Wm. Gillespie, Jane's brother-in-law who had married Jane's sister, Elizabeth. Elizabeth & Wm. Gillespie were married in Montgomery Co., VA by Richard Whitt, the same minister that married Elizabeth's mother, Jane (Mills) Alcorn and Jane's 2nd husband, Charles Hutcherson in 1788. Elizabeth & Wm.'s surety on their marriage bond was David McGavock. Elizabeth was noted as the "daughter of James Alcorn, deceased," in the marriage record. For Elizabeth's marriage bond see: {Early Adventures on the Western Waters, Vol. II, (1982) page 178, by Mary B. Kegley, a Wythe Co., VA historian and author of many books on Wythe County history.] Also for a short history of the Wythe County Alcorn's see: [Early Adventures on the Western Waters, Vol. III, Part 2, pages 573-574, (1995) by Mary B, Kegley.]