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James Isbell
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Birth: 1720
Virginia, USA
Death: Nov. 2, 1780
Wilkes County
North Carolina, USA

Son of Henry Isbell who married the daughter of James Cox, Esq., of Orange Co., Virginia.
He was born in Virginia, at least the fourth generation of Isbells in Virginia. NOTABLE SOUTHERN FAMILIES by Zella Armstrong states erroneously that he was born in England.

James Isbell appears on the Orange Co. VA list of tithables; the list of Philip Bush in 1749, and that of John Bryant in 1756. These enumerated white males over 16, and slaves over 16. Bought 200 acres in Orange in 1754; in 1761 James and wife Frances of Orange sold this land. James of Albemarle Co. bought 320 acres in Orange in 1771. James and Frances of Albemarle sold 145 acres in Orange Co. in 1777 and 225 in 1779.

7 August 1760, indenture in which Peter Copeland and Elizabeth his wife of the County of Chowan, State of North Carolina, sells to James Isbell of Orange County, Virginia, for 95 pounds sterling a tract of land consisting of 400 acres in the County of Louisa, Virginia, on the county line. Witnesses George Taylor, James Madison, and Andrew Shepherd, recorded, 28 July, 1761.

The witness, James Madison, of Montpelier Plantation, Orange County, was the father of U.S. President James Madison.
24 August 1769: Inventory of Montpelier Plantation in Orange County, VA., shows James Madison ordered a book from England for James Isbell entitled "Sherlock on Death."

Where James Isbell and Frances Tompkins Livingston lived in Orange County later became Bedford County before it became Albemarle County, Virginia near Turkey Run on Preddy's Creek in Fredericksville Parish. They lived near Blue Run in Orange County which was the same neighborhood as the Preddy Creek settlement which later fell under the administration of Albemarle County. So they did not move all those times; the boundaries did.
James Isbell and his wife Frances, with their son Livingston Isbell and his wife Ann, lived on a 500-acre tract on the Albemarle County line adjoining Orange County just east of Ruckersville, just south of Blue Run, just west of Barboursville. The property also adjoined that of Thomas Land Sr. and wife Anna Sumpter, in the Turkey Run area and next to the Joseph Martin family. John Barlow and William Brockman (1718-1809) and lived nearby at 4349 Burnley Station Rd., Stony Point, Virginia. Stony Point is a community in metropolitan Barboursville today, a little north of Charlottesville.

James Isbell moved to Wilkes County, North Carolina, but he and children Thomas Isbell, Livingston Isbell, Mary Isbell Land, Jonathan Land, and John Barlow returned to Albemarle between December 1778 and February 1779 for the purpose of selling property to Thomas Wells, John Turner, and William Brockman (Albemarle Deed Book 7, pp. 271-74). The Brockman-Mitchell Cemetery located at 4349 Burnley Station Road is on the Brockman property, also known as: Preddys Creek Annex. The Brockman house at that address is possibly the oldest structure in Albemarle County. Although called the Christopher Brockman house, it could have been built by the Isbells.

Notable Southern Families by Zella Armstrong, vol. 1 (1918), p.109: "James Isbell died November 2, 1780, in Wilkes County, North Carolina. His wife, Frances Tompkins Livingston Isbell died January 2, 1 784, in Wilkes County, North Carolina. They had ten children, six sons and four daughters and had the honor of having six sons in the Battle of King's Mountain, namely, John Isbell, Livingston Isbell, Thomas Isbell, Francis Isbell, James Isbell, Second, and William Tompkins Isbell, who was only fifteen years old. Only two other families can boast such a record, the Seviers with seven members of the family and the Shelbys with four."

Notable Southern Families by Zella Armstrong, vol. 2 (1922), p.305: "The Shelbys are identified with the early history of Tennessee and Kentucky, and they share with the Seviers and the Isbells the honor of having the greatest number or representatives in the Battle of King's Mountain. There" (page 305 cont.:) "were seven Seviers, six Isbells and six Shelbys. By a peculiar coincidence also, the youngest soldiers in that famous Battle were of these families: James Sevier, aged sixteen, William Isbell aged fifteen, and David Shelby aged seventeen."

Tennessee, The Volunteer State (1923) by John Trotwood Moore, vol. 2, p.427: " Thomas Isbell, and also Livingston Isbell, were two of six brothers in the battle of King's Mountain."

James Isbell died in 1780 in Wilkes County, North Carolina. Frances Tompkins Livingston Isbell died about 1784. Family records state that both are buried at the "Old German Burying Ground near Wilkesboro," thought to be called Old Dutch Cemetery by others.

What George Carlton and others called "Old German" or "Old Dutch Burying Ground" is located on property that first belonged to Thomas Carlton (1756-1845) who married first Mary Land (1759-1796), daughter of Thomas Land and Anna Sumter, and married in 1799 Catherine Livingston (d.1837). Some also call it the Thomas Carlton family cemetery.
Thomas Carlton Jr., Revolutionary War soldier, is buried here.

Mary Land Carlton's brother Jonathan Land (1758-1820) married Elizabeth Isbell (1762-1820), daughter of James and Frances Tompkins Livingston Isbell.

James Isbell was buried (according to earliest documentation) at "The old German Burying Ground near Wilksboro." It is yet to be determined whether this is the same cemetery some called the "Old Dutch Cemetery," or the "old German Chapel and Cemetery" or "old German family graveyard."
Family links: 
  Henry Isbell (1690 - 1760)
  Frances Tompkins Livingston Isbell (1727 - 1784)
  Livingston Isbell (1751 - 1785)*
  Thomas Isbell (1753 - 1819)*
  Francis Isbell (1755 - 1841)*
  James Isbell (1760 - 1840)*
  Elizabeth Isbell Land (1762 - ____)*
  William Tompkins Isbell (1765 - 1838)*
  James Isbell (1720 - 1780)
  William Isbell (1722 - 1807)*
  Henry Isbell (1724 - 1790)*
  Zachariah Isbell (1726 - 1788)*
*Calculated relationship
Old Dutch
Wilkes County
North Carolina, USA
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Record added: Jan 07, 2013
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James Isbell
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James Isbell
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James Isbell
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RIP my 6th great grandfather.
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