Person:James McCorkle (2)

James McCorkle, of the Brandywine
d.Bet. 1759 - 1760 prob. North Carolina
m. bef. 1694
  1. James McCorkle, of the Brandywine1694 - Bet 1759 - 1760
  2. William McCorkleBet 1695 - 1699 -
  3. Samuel McCorkleAbt 1700 - Abt 1750
  • HJames McCorkle, of the Brandywine1694 - Bet 1759 - 1760
  • WJane SteeleEst 1695-1700 -
m. Est. 1714-1718
  1. Emeline McCorkle1718 - Aft 1764
  2. James McCorkleAbt 1722 - 1760
  3. Robert McCorkleest 1726-1728 -
  4. Samuel McCorkle, of Augusta County, VAAbt 1729 - bef 1788
  5. Archibald McCorkle1732 -
  6. John McCorkle1734 - 1781-1784
  7. Thomas McCorkle1736 -
Facts and Events
Name James McCorkle, of the Brandywine
Gender Male
Birth[1] 1694 Argylshire, Scotland
Marriage Est. 1714-1718 Prob. Scotlandto Jane Steele
Census? 1729 Settled on the Forks of Brandywine Creek in Chester County, Pennsylvania
Census? 1730 came to Philadelphia
Other? 1751 may have been the James McCorkle who was a constable in Augusta County, Virginia in 1751Event 1
Death? Bet. 1759 - 1760 prob. North Carolina
Alt Death? ABT 1760 Anson County, North Carolina?

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


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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.

Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:

  • Page 302.—13th August, 1747. William Beverley to James McCorkle, £16.4.11; 370 acres in Beverley Manor; graveyard in William Nutt's line; Brackenridge's line; James Brackenridge's line. Witnessed and proved as above.
  • Page 538.--21st May, 1748. £5. William Nutt to James McCorkal, 24 1/2 acres in Beverley Manor; line of McCorkal's former survey; Spanish oak. Teste: James Trimble, John Rutledge, Robert Davis. Acknowledged by William, and dower released by Elinor, 21st May, 1748.

Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:

  • Page 139.—20th March, 1753. James McCorkle and Jane, to Elijah McClenachan, 1753, 370 acres in Beverley Manor; the graveyard in Wm. Nutt's line; corner Breckinridge; corner Wm. Nut; also 23? acres part of tract formerly Wm. Nut in Beverley Manor; line of McCorckle's former survey. Teste: Wm. Lusk, Ro. Breckinridge.

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.

  • Page 323.--13th August, 1747. Wm. Beverley to John Henderson, £25.9.9; 520 acres in Beverley Manor on a branch of Lewis Creek; line of James McCurkle's land. Witnessed and proved as above.
  • Page 333.--13th October, 1749. William Beverley to Robert McCorkal, 269 acres in Beverley Manor. Branch of Christy's Creek known as Nutt's Mill Creek. James Caldwell's line. Teste: Thomas Sheels. Delivered to James McCorkle, 6th May, 1752.
  • Page 69.--28th November, 1750. Wm. Nutt to John Buchanan, 416-1/2 acres dated 27th July, 1744, part of 650 acres conveyed by Beverley by decree of Orange Co. Same land involved in suit in Orange, Nutt vs. Gibbins Jennings and Wm. Beverley, conveyed by Beverley to Nutt, 13th August, 1745; corner John Coulter, Mill Creek; corner James McCorkals, etc., water grist mill. Eleanor, wife of Wm. Nutt. Teste: Andrew Cowan, John Rutledge, Francis Beatey.
  • Page 280.--30th November, 1750. John Lynn (Linn), Jr.'s, bond as guardian of Sarah Bennett, orphan of Richard Bennett, with surety John Lynn, Sr., Jas. McCorkle. Sarah chose her guardian.
  • Vol. 2 - NOVEMBER, 28, 1751. Page (211) Archibald Crockett chose Robert Bratton and James McCorkle guardians. (211) Above guardians complain that John Ramsey, who married Margaret, relict of Robert Crockett, father of Archibald above, are wasting the estate.
  • Page 403.--28th November, 1751. Robert Bratton and James McCorkle's bond as guardians of Archd. Crockett, orphan of Robt. Crockett, with sureties James Lockhart, Jno. Henderson, appointed.

Note: because the Will or records of Administration of James McCorkle have not been located in Augusta County, VA, it appears that he probably died in North Carolina, where he is told to have migrated, probably shortly after the disposition of his tract in Beverley Manor, in 1753, as listed above.

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.?

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    "From Viking Glory - the McCorkle Family", Louis W. McCorkle, 1982 - Herff-Jones Publishing Co., Marceline, Missouri