James Maggard SR

James Franklin Maggard SR (1816 - 1874)

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James Franklin "Panther Jim" Maggard SR
Born in Knox County, Kentucky, United Statesmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died in Letcher County, Kentuckymap
Profile last modified | Created 5 May 2011
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James was born in 1816. He was the son of Samuel Maggard and Rebecca Robertson. He passed away in 1874. [1]


Alias: Panther Jim


Note: #N19


Note N19James (called Jimmie) "Panther Jim" got this name by taking on a panther with a knife. That knife was forged by his brother John, an expert blacksmith, and had a two edged blade that was fourteen inches long. Just a year or so before he got the knife he went hunting, with his younger brother Moses, far up Pine Mountain behind Maggard Cemetery. Near midnight the dogs treed a large panther and James raised his rifle and took careful aim at what he thought was a point just back of the panthers nose, but what he thought was a nose was a bend in the back leg. Injured, the panther sprang down for James and James threw the rifle to Moses for reloading, he then attacked the panther with a hatchet in one hand and a knife in the other and killed the panther before Moses could get the gun loaded.


During the 1830 United States Census, Samuel Maggard was Head of Family:


1. Samuel Maggard (Head, abt age 56, born abt 1774 in VA); 2. Rebecca Roberson (abt age 53, born abt 1877 in VA)


3. John Benjamin Maggard Sr (abt age 34, born abt 1796 in VA); 4. Reuben Maggard (abt age 33, born abt 1797 in VA); 5. Susannah (Maggard) Back (abt age 32, born abt 1798 in VA); 6. Rudolph Maggard SR (abt age 30, born abt 1800 in VA); 7. Henry Maggard (abt age 29, born abt 1801 in VA); 8. David Maggard SR (abt age 26, born abt 1804 in VA); 9. Margaret (Maggard) Adams (abt age 24, born abt 1806 in KY); 10. Sarah (Maggard) Caudill (abt age 21, born abt 1809 in KY); 11. Samuel Maggard Jr. (abt age 16, born abt 1814 in KY); 13. James Franklin Maggard SR (abt age 14, born 1816 abt in KY); 13. Moses Maggard (abt age 11, born abt 1819 in KY); 14. Jesse Maggard (abt age 10, born abt 1820 in KY); 15. Rebecca (Maggard) Boggs (abt age ,10 born abt 1820 in KY); 16. Elizabeth Maggard (abt age 7, born abt 1823 in KY);

Free White Persons (Including Heads of Families):


Of ten and under fifteen: TWO (possibly Jesse, abt age 10, and Moses, abt age 11)

Of fifteen and under twenty: ONE (possibly James, abt age 14, or Samuel Jr, abt age 16)

Of fifty and under sixty: ONE (likely father, Samuel Sr, abt age 56)


Of five and under ten: TWO (possibly Rebecca, abt age 10, and Elizabeth, abt age 7)

Of fifty and under sixty: ONE (likely mother, Rebecca, abt age 53)

Samuel Sr's home reported zero slaves and free persons of color.

William Jenkins * Lewis Back * Alfred Back * John Back * James Pennington * Rudolph Magard (Son of Samuel and Rebecca Maggard) * Lewis Back Jr * William Church * Preston Fields * William Colier * David Magard (Son of Samuel and Rebecca Maggard) * Henry Magard (Son of Samuel and Rebecca Maggard) * Samuel Magard (family above) * William Caudle * Henry Back (family of Samuel and Rebecca's daughter, Susannah Maggard) * John Pennington * Isham Caudle * Able Pennington * Joshua Mullins * Joshua Mullins Sr * James Baker * William Pennington * James Webb * Vincent Grant * Alfred Pennington * William Pennington * Charles Blair


  1. Entered by Marie Allen, Apr 2, 2013

WikiTree profile Maggard-112 created through the import of LNMaggard GEDCOM.ged on Apr 9, 2012 by Larry Maggard. See the Changes page for the details of edits by Larry and others.

Samuel Maggard, 1830 US Census: ["United States Census, 1830," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XHGP-32F : 18 August 2015), Samuel Mgard, Harlan, Kentucky, United States; citing 109, NARA microfilm publication M19, (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 37; FHL microfilm 7,816.]

  • Mary Tabitha "Polly" Pennington Boggs

Birth: Dec. 14, 1786 South Carolina, USA Death: 1822 Wise County Virginia, USA

Tabitha is the daughter of William (1765-1844) and Abigail Susannah (Caudill) Pennington (1767-1860). Abigail's brothers James, Stephen, Matthew and Thomas Aaron also came to Letcher County to settle. Her parents are buried in Webbville, Lawrence Co., KY

Family links: Parents: William Pennington (1765 - 1844) Abigail Susannah Caudill Pennington (1767 - ____)

Spouse: Elijah Boggs (1781 - 1869)

Children: Abigail 'Abby' Boggs Maggard (1818 - 1877)*

Siblings: Mary Tabitha Pennington Boggs (1786 - 1822) Abel Pennington (1789 - 1865)* Elizabeth Pennington Webb (1792 - 1848)* John Washington Pennington (1796 - 1882)* William Nelson Pennington (1806 - 1862)* Alford Pennington (1809 - 1890)* Elijah Pennington (1812 - 1878)* Elisha Pennington (1816 - 1851)**

Burial: Ice Collier Cemetery Oven Fork Letcher County Kentucky, USA

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On 28 Nov 2016 at 10:13 GMT Esmé (Pieterse) van der Westhuizen wrote:

Maggard-1328 and Maggard-72 appear to represent the same person because: Exact dates, same spouse and children

James is 24 degrees from Rosa Parks, 21 degrees from Anne Tichborne and 14 degrees from Victoria of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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