James was in Braddock's war. He also was in the Revolutionary War for at least 3 days. He was in the Music Corp and played the drums. According to a 2nd great granddaughter years later. His drumsticks were still in the family.
MILITARY: 1778 - served for 3 days in Col. James McClaughry's militia regiment in nearby Ulster county.
1779 - served for 8 days as stated above. Was listed as Drum major and Drum.
1800 in Salisbury, Surry, North Carolina
1820 in Gallatin, Sumner, Tennessee, United States 
LAND: Hanover tax list-1779 "Hannover" Precinct, Ulster county, tax list.. James was taxed for 100 acres of land, valued at 200 pounds, on which the tax was L 36-16-8 and personal property valued at pound 70, with a tax of pound 12-10-10. He is listed in close proximity to a David Ricely, his wife's brother.
LAND: James was in Rockbridge county, Virginia by 1780 where, on 10 August, he bought 100 acres of land described as being on South river, "corner to Borden's Great Tract." This property, located between the Alleghenies to the west and the Blue Ridge to the east, was in an area that had been settled mostly by the Scotch-Irish, connoisseurs of fine farmland who had come southwest through Pennsylvania.
The deed refers to James as being of Rockbridge county, and state the price of the land as pounds 6,000. James then mortgaged the property for pound 4,048, to the two men from whom he bought it, James and John Lyle, to be repaid as follows: pound 1048 by 10 Nov 1781, pound 1500 by 1 May 1782, and pound 1500 by 1 May 1783. On 2 May 1783, presumably the day after completing these payments, he sold the same property for pound 237. The property sold is described as being on the Mary of South River, a branch of the James River, and bears the same legal description as the property bought in 1780.
LAND: 2 May 1783 James bought 187 1/2 acres for pound 225. beginning in 1784 and continuing through 1791, he paid taxes on 188 acres of land. in 1782 he paid taxes on 150 acres, although the only record of land purchase at that time was of the 100 acre parcel.
LAND: 4 Oct 1790, James and his wife, Sophina, sold 74 acres for pound 10. The following month, with a deed identifying his wife as Seviah, they sold 48 acres for pound 10. On 26 Nov 1791, James and Seviah sold the 188 acres tract bought in 1783 for pound 240.
LAND: 1789 James bought 250 acres on the southside of Forbids's Creek (present Yadkin county, NC) Surrey, North Carolina. In 1797 he sold this in two transactions, 125 acres each time for pounds 80 each. In 1792, he bough 250 acres on the south side of the Yadkin River on Tumbling Falls. The same property was sold to John Spencer to $1150 in 1801. In 1800 he bought from John Spencer 150 acres on Grassy Creek, and sold the same tract three years later for the same amount. 1801 bought 116.5 acres on Mitchel's River, at the mouth of Meadow Branch. 1807 100 acres on Mitchel's River. In 1811 and 1812 an agent was appointed to dispose of 100 acres located in a mountainous section near present Lowgap, probably indicating that the land was sold for him after he left the County.
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