Feb. 20, 1778 Greenbrier County West Virginia, USA
Jan., 1846 Braxton County West Virginia, USA
James Clendenin, son of Francis Charles and Mary (Clendenin) Boggs, was born 20 Feb 1778 in Greenbrier County, Virginia and died about 1846 near Frametown, Braxton County, Virginia, buried, with his wife, in the Boggs Cemetery on Big Run. He married, 11 June 1779 at Bucks Garden Creek, Kanawha County, Virginia, Mary "Polly" LeMasters, daughter of Benjamin and Rebecca (Martin) LeMasters. Mary was born 21 September 1782 in Nicholas County, Virginia and died 27 August 1851 near Frametown. James settled on the Boggs Farm on Elk River, Braxton County about 1809, served as Justice of the Peace for Nicholas County and then Braxton County. After James death, Mary was living with her granddaughter, Mary Jane Boggs, in Braxton County in 1850.
“John and James Boggs, brothers, came to Elk river. John settled on Duck creek, and James on Elk, at what is known as the Boggs farm, where he built, and for many years operated a water mill.”
Source: History of Braxton County by John Davison Sutton, Sutton, West Virginia, January 1919
James Clendenin Boggs, was reared on his fathers farm on the Greenbrier River. He later bought a tract of 3,600 acres, since called the Boggs Place, in Braxton County, between Frametown and Gassaway.
In 1812, James built the first Grist Mill in Braxton County ten miles below Sutton, on the Elk River, which he operated until his death.
He was a Justice of the Peace for Braxton County for many years.
Several months prior to his death, he sold 1,500 acres of his land and the mill to his son James Anderson Boggs, for $234.75. The city of Gassaway is now situated upon this land tract. The land and mill were a part of James C. Boggs' estate at the time of his death. This circumstance caused James Anderson Boggs to sue his siblings in 1854 for the deed of conveyance signed by his rather for the land and half interest in the mill which he had legally sold on 15 November 1845. It was never resolved, and ended in 1885 with the death of James Anderson Boggs. James died in 1846 and his widow died five years later, on 27 August 1851, both in Braxton County, VA.
His will was administered in Braxton County, VA, on 5 May 1852.
They are both buried in the Old Boggs Cemetery on Pigeon Run, near Upper Rock Camp, in Braxton County. His grave is marked with his initials (J. C. B.) and hers with MARY.
Source: personal files of Edward L. Woodyard
"Braxton County Braxton County was created in 1836 from parts of Lewis, Kanawha, and Nicholas counties, and named in honor of Carter Braxton, a Virginia statesman. . . John D. Sutton, James Boggs, Patrick Murphy, Andrew Skidmore, George Mollohan, James Frame, Thomas Frame, David Frame, Jackson Singleton, Isaac Shaver, and Nathan Prince. The early settlers came chiefly from Pendleton, Harrison, Randolph, Greenbrier, and Pocahontas counties. Farming and lumbering have been the principal industries of the county. In later years many other industries have sprung up. Coal, oil, and gas are produced. Sutton, the county seat, had a population of 1,205 in 1930. Gassaway was laid out in 1904 on lands formerly owned by Israel J . Friend and James C. Boggs. It was named for Henry Gassaway Davis. Its population in 1930 was 1,618."
Source: "Pioneer West Virginia'' by Josiah Hughes, Published by the author, Charleston, WV, 1932, p. 126
Braxton Deed Book 1, p. 195.
8/9/1838 (Braxton County) James C. and Mary Boggs deeded to William Hudkins, for $175, eighty-six acres on the north side of Elk River opposite the mouth of Rackoon Creek, including a tract granted to James C. Boggs and Matthew Hines, crossing Rock Camp Run and adjoining a survey made for Jacob Shock and David Frame.
Braxton Deed Book 2, p. 115,125
6/2/1843 (Braxton County) James C. and Mary Boggs, for $100, deeded to Jonathan Hall a 170 acre tract on lower Rock Camp Run on Elk River.
6/2/1843 (Braxton County) James C. and Mary Boggs, for natural love and $1.00, deeded to Silas I. Boggs a 143 acre tract on Elk River adjoining the David Frame survey.
Source: Braxton County, West Virginia Land Transfers
Braxton County, VA Births
Name: BOGGS James C. Date: Feb 20,1778 Father/Mother: Charles Francis/Mary Clendenin
Source: Braxton County, West Virginia Birth Records Index