Person:James Wilson (185)

James Wilson
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Name James Wilson
Gender Male
Birth? 22 Dec 1739 prob. Orange County, Virginia
Marriage 5 July 1769 Augusta County, Virginiato Elizabeth Poage
Death? 30 Aug 1824 Cerse, Bland County, Virginia

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


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From Wilson Surname DNA Project:

James Wilson, 22 Dec 1739 - 30 Aug 1824. Thought to be son of John "Burgess" Wilson of Virginia. James m. Elizabeth Poage and lived most of his life in the portion of Augusta County, Virginia that became Rockbridge County.

Information on James Wilson

Added by atty2637 -at - - The first verified record of this James Wilson is a deed dated 19 August 1766 from George Mathews to John Wilson and James Wilson for 300 acres on Mill Creek in the Forks of the James River in Augusta (now Rockbridge) County, Virginia. The land joined John Poage and John Maxwell and was part of a 1600 acre grant to John Mathews, Sr.

A portion of this land was sold to Reuben Grigsby by James Wilson and wife, Mary, in 1812 and is now called "Hickory Hill" on the National Register of Historical Places.

James Wilson began acquiring land in present day Wythe/Bland/Smyth Counties, Virginia in 1772 and it is thought that he moved to southwest Virginia for a time and then returned to Rockbridge County because of Indian troubles. About 1812, he returned to southwest Virginia.

He drew a pension for injuries sustained in 1763 in a fight with Indians and the payment record of same indicates that he was paid in Rockbridge and Wythe Counties.

DNA of known descendants is a fairly good match with known descendants of William Wilson (ca. 1755-1824), son of the Robert Wilson who died 1768 Augusta County, VA.

Additional data added 11/5/2014 by atty2637 - at -

Y-DNA of descendants also matches a descendant of a certain Robert Wilson who d. 1823 in Antrim Twp., Franklin County, Pennsylvania.

Y-DNA of descendants also matches a descendant of the above John Wilson (ca. 1730 - 1820) who co-owned land in Rockbridge with James (his presumed brother). John Wilson left Rockbridge County, Virginia in about 1771 and moved to Montgomery Co., VA (now Wythe) and from there moved to Davidson County, TN in 1789. This John Wilson was married to Agness Ann and they lived on Whites Creek a little north of Nashville and died there in 1820.

Autosomal DNA (Family Finder) supports the theory that James Wilson was married to Mary "Polly" Maxwell rather than a Poage. Further, his wife's name on several deeds of conveyance in Rockbridge County, Virginia is Mary or Polly. He was associated with the Maxwell family and descendants repeatedly intermarried with Maxwells in Wythe Co., VA. This particular Mary "Polly" Maxwell appears to be the daughter of John Maxwell and wife Polly (Campbell?) Maxwell who lived on the Rockbridge/Botetourt Co. line. The name "Audley" is prevalent in the Maxwells and James Wilson and his descendants used the name "Audley" or "Edley" frequently in naming sons.


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James WILSON, (my G.G.G.G.G. Grandfather) was born 22 December 1739 in Augusta County Virginia. He died 30 August 1824, in Ceres, Bland County, Virginia. In 1763, a hastily organized Militia Company, under Capt. Moffett marched to the Mouth of Falling Spring Valley to wait the Indians. The following Battle of Back Creek was hand to hand action. James WILSON was dangerously wounded in the right arm by a musket ball and was deprived the use of the arm the rest of his life. This engagement was with a large body of (Mohawks) lndians September 1763. James WILSON petitioned for compensation 18 January 1764. A reward later to James WILSON and a Robert Clandening, allowed 40.0.0 each for demands of doctor and other expenses, plus a 10.0.0 each per annum, for life. He lost the pension in 1776. in 1811 he filed again in Wythe County to the Petition Assembly. Also he volunteered in 1777 again.

He married Elizabeth Poage (born @1739 and died 12 May 1824, Ceres, Bland County, Virginia) 5 July 1769. Both Stones are pre-served at the Sharon Cemetery, Ceres, Virginia. Six generations of the WILSON Family are buried in the Sharon Cemetery. Years of 1774 to 1779 show surveys of land in the Rich Valley, and Reed Creek of the North Fork of the Holston River. Records show Deeds of Mortgage and later more land in 1812. Land was in the name of both James and his oldest son John WILSON. John WILSON was James and Elizabeth Wilson's oldest son, born 1 December 1770, Rockbridge County. He married Elizabeth Polly Miller (the daughter of Henry and Rebecca Boggs Miller). They were married by Samuel Houston and had 11 children. The first years on Reed Creek were at times hard with Indian raids and setting fire to the crops. There they stayed to live long lives. John started the first school with Jacob Spangler, with an agreement with Henry Hoppes, Jr. as teacher. James and John WILSON built a road from Ceres to the beauty, Burke's Garden, now Tazewell County Virginia, following James Burke's pathway over Walker mountain. The WILSON land was close to the Jared Sluss massacre. This site is close to Sharon cemetery and Sluss family are buried there. At the time of the massacre most of the other families were at nearby Spangler Fort. in the spring every year a field of pure White-Scented Daffodils were planted by Mrs. Christi-na Sluss, the mother of the family.

The other children of James and Elizabeth Poage WILSON were: Margaret, born @1776 Rockbridge County, married Daniel Harmon Jr.; Mary born @1781 Rockbridge County, married William McClelland; William WILSON, born @1783 Rockbridge County, married Annis McClelland, 11 June 1805, minister William Baldridge; Jane born @1784 Rockbridge County, married Joseph Davidson @1800 Wythe County; Rebecca born @1785 Rockbridge County married John Doak @1803 Wythe County. (son of David Doak of Augusta County). The last of seven children, Edley WILSON (born 20 February 1788, Rockbridge County) married Nancy (Rebecca) Groseclose, 3 October 1828 in Wythe County. The offspring migrated to other parts of the county. The WILSON family had a lot of land in Bland County, Virginia with some Wilsons still living in peace in a beautiful valley. Submitted by: Norman G. Wilson Sources: History of Augusta County, Virginia by J. Lewis Peyton. File #455, Rockbridge County, Virginia. History Of Rockbridge County by Morton. Early Virginia Marriages by Crozier, Pg. 87. History of Bland County by Bland County. Deeds and Land Grants. Bland and Wythe County's. Family History Center. Films

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Re: Wilson/Davidson Marriage-1805

Frank_McClelland  (View posts)  Posted: 30 Jul 2005 1:09PM GMT  

Classification: Query Surnames: I don't have any children listed for Jane or Joseph. I do have lot of information on Janes family. Descendants of James Wilson

1 James Wilson Sex: Male b: 22 Dec 1739 in Augusta County, Virginia d: 30 Aug 1824 in Cerse, Bland County, Virginia Burial: Sharon Cemetery, Cerse, Virginia
. +Elizabeth Poage Sex: Female b: Abt. 1739 d: 12 May 1824 in Cerse, Bland County, Virginia Burial: Sharon Cemetery, Cerse, Virginia
.. 2 John Wilson Sex: Male b: 01 Dec 1770 in Rockbridge County, Virginia d: 30 Dec 1840 Burial: Sharon Lutheran Church Cemetery, Cerse, Virginia
..... +Eilzabeth Polly Miller Sex: Female Father: Henry Miller Mother: Rebecca Boggs b: 03 Feb 1772 in Virginia m: 23 Feb 1792 in Rockbridge County, Virginia by Samuel Huston d: 04 Apr 1855 Burial: Sharon Lutheran Church Cemetery, Cerse, Virginia
.. 2 Margaret Wilson Sex: Female b: Abt. 1776 in Rockbridge County, Virginia
..... +Daniel Harmon, Jr. Sex: Male
.. 2 Mary (Polly) Wilson Sex: Female b: Bet. 1781 - 1790 in Rockbridge County,Virginia d: Bef. 1850
..... +William McClelland,Jr. Sex: Male Father: William McClelland Mother: Sarah Anderson b: 1789 in Rockbridge County,Virginia m: 16 May 1809 in Rockbridge County, Virginia; by Daniel Blain
.. 2 William Wilson Sex: Male b: Bet. 1774 - 1783 in Rockbridge County, Virginia d: Abt. 1852 in Will Dated September 1852, Smyth County, Virginia
..... +Anne (Annis) McClelland Sex: Female Father: William McClelland Mother: Sarah Anderson b: Bet. 1784 - 1785 in Pennslyvania m: 11 Jun 1805 in Rockbridge County, Virginia;by William Boldridge d: 24 Jan 1852 in Sharon Presbyterian Church records, Cerse, Virginia
.. 2 Jane Wilson Sex: Female b: Abt. 1784 in Rockbridge County, Virginia
..... +Joseph Davidson Sex: Male m: 05 Mar 1805 in Rockbridge County, Virginia
.. 2 Rebecca Wilson Sex: Female b: Abt. 1785 in Rockbridge County, Virginia
..... +John Doak Sex: Male Father: David Doak m: 1803 in Wythe County, Virginia
.. 2 Edley (Audley) Wilson Sex: Male b: 20 Feb 1788 in Rockbridge County, Virginia d: 15 Feb 1859 Burial: Sharon Lutheran Church Cemetery, Cerse, Virginia
..... +Rebecca (Maxwell) Groseclose Sex: Female b: 20 Feb 1808 m: 03 Oct 1828 in Wythe County, Virginia d: 15 May 1881 Burial: Sharon Lutheran Church Cemetery, Cerse, Virginia