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James Magruder (abt. 1658 - 1685)

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James Magruder aka McGruder
Born about in Calvert County, Marylandmap
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[spouse(s) unknown]
[children unknown]
Died in Calvert County, Marylandmap
Profile last modified | Created 19 Feb 2013
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1658 Birth

James Magruder was born in 1658 in Calvert County, Maryland [1]


He was the son of Alexander Magruder and his first wife Sarah. [1]

Saunders, following MacKenzie, believes that James' mother was a Margaret Braithwaite. [2]

However, increasingly available documententation suggests that Margaret Braithwaite was a legend, and the actual mother of James was Sarah Unknown.

1677 Inheritance

James is named in the will of his father Alexander, made 20 Feb 1676 and proved 25 July 1676. [3] A codicil states that James, Samuel, and John, are his eldest sons. [2]

By the terms of his father's will [4] James with his brother John was to receive 900 acres in two tracts, Alexandria and Dumblain, on the Patuxent River. James was a witness to the will.

Marriage and Children

The Clan Gregor society materials indicate that James and John Magruder, sons of Alexander, Immigrant, died without issue [5]

However, Saunders believes that while the name of the woman James married is unknown, a son, Hugh, resulted from the union. [2]


James Magruder died 23 Dec 1685 in Calvert County, Maryland [1]

James was born about 1644. James Magruder ... He passed away in 1685. [6]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Early Colonial Settlers of Southern Maryland and Virginia's Northern Neck. Accessed August 25, 2016
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Jan and Kate Saunders. Hill - Jordan - Klages Families and Related Lines. Based on "Magruder Family Data" -- Mackenzie's "Colonial Families of the United States," 1:348 ff.; Compiled mainly by Mrs. John H. Williams, with additonal notes added by Robert Barnes. Accessed August 25, 2016
  3. Md. Cal. Wills 1:193, cited by Saunders.
  4. Prince Georges County, 20 Feb 1676-25 July 1677. Cited at Early Colonial Settlers.
  5. First-hand information as remembered by Robert VanDyne, Sunday, August 3, 2014. Replace this citation if there is another source.


Thank you to Ila Barnett for creating WikiTree profile McGruder-55 through the import of Wrenn.ged on Jan 23, 2013.

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On 22 Jun 2018 at 18:02 GMT Robin Lee wrote:

Magruder-134 and Magruder-81 appear to represent the same person because: identical dates

On 2 Jun 2014 at 03:11 GMT Sharon Casteel wrote:

McGruder-55 and Magruder-81 appear to represent the same person because: Same birth year and place; same parents.

James is 22 degrees from Neil Armstrong, 33 degrees from Gaile Connolly and 16 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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