Person:James Waddell (16)

Rev. James Waddell
d.September 1805
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Name Rev. James Waddell
Gender Male
Birth? July 1739 Poss. County Down, Ireland
Marriage 7 October 1767 Lancaster County, Virginiato Mary Gordon
Death? September 1805

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


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Records in Augusta County, VA

From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:

  • Vol. 1 - MARCH 20, 1782. - (370) Rev. James Waddle's negro wenches, Isabella and Maud, exempted from levy.
  • Vol. 1 - MAY 21, 1782. - (380) William Wilson, Archibald Scott, Benj. Erwin and James Waddle, Presbyterian Ministers, are licenced to celebrate matrimony.
  • Vol. 1 - MAY, 1786 (B). - Wm. Kyle vs. Call.--Writ, 19th September 1782. Susanna Call pleads that at the time of issuing the writ she was married and still is married to John Chapman, of Augusta County. Bond by Susanna Call is dated 14th October, 1778. She swears she was married, 8th January, 1781, by Rev. Mr. James Waddell. Kyle replies that on 19th September 1782, John Chapman was a British subject and prisoner and could not marry Susanna, nor could he be impleaded in this Court. At the time of the marriage, John was living in Augusta, with permission of the British officers, and liable to be recalled by them at any time. He was one of Borgain's troopers and had been a prisoner at the barracks in Aibemarle.

Information on Rev. James Waddell

From "Annals Of Augusta County, Virginia", by Joseph A. Waddell, pages 329-331:

The Rev. James Waddell Born July 1739 either in county Down, Ireland or long passage across the atlantic. His Father was Thomas Waddell who it is believed, was the son of William Waddell- one of the prisoners captured at Bothwell Bridge in 1679. Thomas Waddell settled in Eastern Pennsylvania near the Delaware State Line. James Waddell, his youngest son, when 19 or 20 years old in 1758 or 1759, went horseback to South Carolina to teach. He met a man named Rev. Samuel Davies who talked him into staying in Virginia.
He was licensed as a preacher by Hanover Presbytery in 1761. He settled in Lancaster county. In Lancaster, Mr. Waddell (James) married a daughter of Colonel Gordon. After the Revolutionary War he purchased and removed to the Springhill estate, in Augusta Co. Virginia. After the war he moved to the present town of Gordensville, and there he spent the last 20 years of his life. His Death Occurred In September 1805.
The children of Dr. James Waddell were:
James G. born in Lancaster
Mrs. Elizabeth Calhoun
Mrs. Jannetta Alexander
Ann H. born in Augusta Co.
Addison (M.D.)
Sally and Lyttelton both born in Louisa Co.