James Thomas Aldridge was born September 1, 1813, in Randolph County, North Carolina to Aaron and Nancy Watts Aldridge. He died in 1884.
He married Mary Chadwell, the daughter of David and Jancy Johnson Chadwell, about 1834, in North Carolina. Their union produced eight children. About 1855/56 James Aldridge moved his family to Fannin county, Texas near the small community of Orangeville, one of the oldest settlements in Fannin County, Texas. James set up shop as a blacksmith, a useful and necessary profession in a small pioneering community. All of James and Mary's children had been born in Tennessee except Mary Elizabeth who was born in Orangeville shortly after the family arrived in Texas. James and Mary died in their adopted state of Texas, James in 1884 and Mary in 1888. Both are buried in Porter's Cemetery near their home in Orangeville. Orangeville is little more than a ghost town where once lived a hardy pioneer stock, who built a thriving community from the toil of their hands. All that is left is a small cemetery and fading memories of those "good old days."
J Aldridge M 47 North Carolina
M Aldridge F 45 North Carolina
Saml Aldridge M 23 Tennessee
James Aldridge M 21 Tennessee
Nancy J Aldridge F 18 Tennessee
Madora Aldridge F 13 Tennessee
Aaron B Aldridge M 10 Tennessee
James F Aldridge M 6 Tennessee
Elizabeth Aldridge F 2 Texas
Source: 1860 US Census, Fannin, Texas
James Aldridge M 56 North Carolina
Mary Aldridge F 54 North Carolina
Aaron B Aldridge M 20 Tennessee
Mary E Aldridge F 12 Texas
James Aldridge M 30 Tennessee
Parthena Aldridge F 26 Tennessee
Joseph J Aldridge M 3 Texas
Covney Aldridge M 1 Texas
Source: 1870 US Census, Fannin, Texas
The great-great-grandparents of First Lady, Laura Bush, James T. Aldridge (1813 - 1884) and Mary Chadwell Aldridge (1815 - 1888), are buried in Porters Cemetery, near the site of Orangeville, Fannin, Texas. Her great-grandparents, Dr. William Franklin Welch and Nancy Jane Aldridge Welch are also buried in Porter's Chapel, although their graves are unmarked today. Their exact burial location is no longer known.
Comparing Kit T824570 (David Douglas) and T379443 (Martha Brown)
(Full Siblings). Match on 51 segments, and all 22 Chromosomes, Largest segment = 153.0 cM, Total of segments > 7 cM = 2,507.4 cM, 51 matching segments. 
Find a Grave, database and images (accessed 21 September 2021), memorial page for James Thomas Aldridge Sr. (1 Sep 1813–8 May 1884), Find A Grave: Memorial #5687794, citing Porter Cemetery, Fannin County, Texas, USA; maintained by Diane Midkiff (contributor 12450322), headstone photo.
"United States Census, 1860," , FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MXFT-7NM : accessed 13 August 2015), J Aldridge, Beat No 3, Fannin, Texas, United States; from "1860 U.S. Federal Census - Population," database, Fold3.com (http://www.fold3.com : n.d.); citing p. 145, household ID 969, NARA microfilm publication M653 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 805,293.
"United States Census, 1870," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MXGT-GCD : accessed 12 September 2015), James Aldridge, Texas, United States; citing p. 57, family 369, NARA microfilm publication M593 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 553,083.
"United States Census, 1880," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MFN4-CJP : accessed 19 July 2015), Jas Aldridge, Precinct 3, Fannin, Texas, United States; citing enumeration district 25, sheet 380A, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 1302; FHL microfilm 1,255,302.
"Texas, County Tax Rolls, 1846-1910," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QJ85-SRHW : accessed 15 August 2015), James Aldridge, 1856; citing Fannin County, Texas, United States, State Archives, Austin; FHL microfilm 2,282,190.
"Texas, County Tax Rolls, 1846-1910," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QJ85-3QJS : accessed 15 August 2015), James Aldridge, 1862; citing Fannin County, Texas, United States, State Archives, Austin; FHL microfilm 2,282,190.
"Texas, County Tax Rolls, 1846-1910," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QJ85-3R5X : accessed 15 August 2015), Jas T Aldridge, 1880; citing Fannin County, Texas, United States, State Archives, Austin; FHL microfilm 2,282,191.
A Genealogy of the Wives of the American Presidents and Their First Two Generations of Descent, Craig Hartm McFarland, Nov 4, 2004, Ancestors of Laura Bush
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It may be possible to confirm family relationships with James by comparing test results with other carriers of his Y-chromosome or his mother's mitochondrial DNA.
However, there are no known yDNA or mtDNA test-takers in his direct paternal or maternal line.
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