|Birth: ||Sep. 2, 1758|
|Death: ||Jan. 9, 1845|
West Virginia, USA
From A HISTORY OF KNOX COUNTY, OHIO, by A. Banning Norton (1862), page 358, in a section on Milford Twp:
"The McKowns were among the settlers at the time of organization, and worthy of notice at our hands. The old patriarch, James McKown, was a soldier of the Revolutionary war, and wounded at the battle of Brandywine. In 1820, with a portion of his family, he moved to this county from Virginia, and died in 1850 at the good old age of 98. [Norton was wrong: James died in 1845 in Jackson County, which was part of Virginia when he died but later became West Virginia. -- Jay] His wife survived until 1852, when she died, aged 103 years. We recollect well the the zeal of the old soldier in behalf of General Harrison for the Presidency. He was master of ceremonies at the great Barbecue of 1840, when the big ox was roasted whole. Of his children we make this record:-- Gilbert McKown moved from Milford to Virginia; James moved to Illinois, where he has since died [this is wrong: James lived and died in Indiana -- Jay]; Phoebe, wife of Joseph Tegarden, lives in Linn county, Mo.; Samuel came to this county in 1820, and settled where he died, in his 70th year, in 1861. Nine children are living, to wit: Rev. Samuel S. of the Christian Church, now in Northern Ohio; Isaac, John, Hosmer, and Gilbert E.; Minerva, Mrs. Ira Gearhart, Cynthia, Mrs. David Gotshall, Emaline L., Mrs. John Gotshall, and Miss Margaret, all of this county. Gilbert E. is a resident dentist, Mt. Vernon."
Despite the reference in Norton (above) to McKown's being wounded at the Battle of Brandywine, the Rev War file in the National Archives doesn't mention any participation in the Battle of Brandywine.
In answer to the question posed in the caption to the tombstone photo at right, yes, it's possible that there is no remaining readable tombstone for James despite reports of his burial there.
Gilbert McKown (1736 - 1803)
Phebe Casto McKown (1751 - 1855)*
Gilbert McKown (1787 - 1864)*
Samuel B McKown (1792 - 1860)*
James McKown (1794 - 1853)*
Celia Phoebe McKown Teegarden (1799 - 1877)*
Edith McKown Wright (1801 - 1885)*
James McKown (1758 - 1845)
Samuel McKown (1764 - 1837)*
Rebeckah McKown Hair (1775 - 1840)*
West Virginia, USA
Created by: Jay Wright
Record added: Feb 03, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 84396451