Person:James Dunlap (14)

Capt. James Dunlap
b.est. 1720-1730
  • F.  Dunlap (add)
  1. Charles Dunlapest 1717-1727 -
  2. Capt. James Dunlapest 1720-1730 - Abt 1758
m. Est. 1747-1757
Facts and Events
Name Capt. James Dunlap
Gender Male
Birth? est. 1720-1730
Marriage Est. 1747-1757 to Unknown Daughter Guthrie
Death? Abt. 24 April 1758 Killed by Indians in Augusta County, Virginia

James Dunlap 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 451.--17th August, 1753. Adam Dickinson to James Dunlap, 875 acres on Meadow Creek of Jackson's River near the Indian Path. Patented to Adam 1st June, 1750. Teste: Charles Dunlap, John Robison.
(Note: this was perhaps an ominous record for James Dunlap, the location of his property being near "the Indian Path", as he was killed by Indians just five years later).

James Dunlap Killed by Indians in 1758

Capt. James Dunlap is included in the list from Chalkley's of Indian Attacks of 1755-1759 in Augusta County of settlers killed by "the enemy" (most likely Shawnee Indians being spurred on by the French) in Augusta County.

Estate Records

  • Page 263.--16th August, 1758. Robert Bratton's bond (with Robert McClenachan, Jno. Gay, Ralph Laverty) as administrator of James Dunlap.
  • Page 388.--21st May, 1760. James Dunlap's appraisement, by Jno. Brown, Wm. McFeeters, Saml. Wilson--One negro man.
  • Page 268.--10th December, 1762. James Dunlap's estate appraised, by Jno. Dickinson, Ralph Laverty.
  • Page 506.--20th November, 1766. Credit due to Capt. Robt. Bratton on account of Capt. James Dunlap's estate since his last settlement with the Court.

Records of James Dunlap in Augusta County, VA

From Chalkley's:"

  • Vol. 1 - Wallace vs. Dunlops.--James Wallace of Philadelphia (letter to Governor Jones, 27th September, 1754), complains of James and Charles Dunlop, otherwise lately called We, James and Charles Dunlop, of Cumberland County, Pennsylvania. Bond dated 19th October, 1751. James and Charles were brothers, and came to Augusta shortly before 27th September, 1754. (Note: establishes relationship between James and Charles Dunlap).
  • Page 136.--19th September, 1755. Thomas Wright's will--Executors, brothers Peter and James Wright. To Thomas Wright, son to Peter.To James Wright, son to Peter. To sisters Reatchel and Deborah Wright. Teste: James Dunlap, John Dickinson, Edward Mullin. Proved, 20th November, 1755, by Dickinson and Dunlap.
  • Page 514.--16th November, 1757. James Davies to Wm. Preston, £50, 200 acres on northwest side of the Catawbo on Davies Branch, patented to Davies, 10th September, 1755; signed James (mark) Davies. Teste: James Dunlap. Delivered: McGilbert by your order, 3d October, 1759.
  • Vol. 2 - Ditto from Augusta County Court, 21st December, 1779, James Brown and Adam Guthery as nephews of James Dunlap, prove that James served as Lieutenant in Capt. Peter Hog's Company of Rangers and was destroyed by the enemy in 1758. (Note: this record helps to tie a couple of families together. James Dunlap is an uncle to both James Brown and Adam Guthrie as follows):
1. James Dunlap was the brother-in-law to Maj. John Brown, father of James Brown, thereby becoming his Uncle. Maj. John Brown married James Dunlap's sister, Margaret Dunlap.
2. In order for James Dunlap to have been an uncle of Adam Guthrie, and we know that Adam did not marry a Dunlap (his wife was Mary Anderson, daughter of George Anderson and Elizabeth Crawford), he would have had to have married an aunt of Adam, which would have been Adam's father's sister. Since there apparently no records of the name of James Dunlap's wife, her first name is unknown at this time.

"James Dunlap - m. Agnes _______ by 1751 - k. 1758 - estate, $200." (Morton, History of Rockbridge County, 483.) She was Agnes Guthrie? I now think that Morton found "Agnes" in the following: "James Brown asks admn. of estate of Edward Davis. Benj. Borden says admn. was already granted in Genl. Court to James Dunlop; James's wife, Agnes, comes and says she would not believe Benjamin on oath and is fined 40 sh." (Augusta County Court, Order Book 3:226, December 2, 1751, in Chalkley, Chronicles, 1:49.) I have always interpreted "James's wife" as James Brown's wife Agnes - and his wife WAS named Agnes. But, I can now see how Morton thought it was James Dunlop's wife, Agnes, by 1751... It's all a matter of interpretation. P.S. "Vol. 2" and the date does not tell me where to look in the book. My source reference is the correct citation format for Chalkley.

  • Page 155.--4th December, 1755. John Thomas' appraisement, by Jeremiah Seeley, James Dunlap, Peter Wright.