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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.

He was an associate of James Madison of Montpelier Plantation in Orange County, the father of President 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."

James Isbell and Frances Tompkins Livingston are said to have lived in Orange County and later Bedford County, VA before being found in Albemarle County, VA near Turkey Run on Preddy's Creek (also known as Pretty's Creek or Prittie's Creek in Fredericksville Parish). They apparently lived near Blue Run which was in Orange County and 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 died in 1780 in Wilkes County, NC; 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 across the road from Antioch Church on property that first belonged to Thomas Carlton and wife Mary Land, daughter Jonathan Land and Elizabeth Isbell Land, the latter being the daughter of James and Frances T. Livingston Land. Some also call it the Thomas Carlton Jr. family cemetery.
Thomas Carlton Jr., Revolutionary War soldier, is buried here.

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."
 
 
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 Spouse:
  Frances Tompkins Livingston Isbell (1727 - 1784)
 
 Children:
  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)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Old Dutch
Antioch (Wilkes County)
Wilkes County
North Carolina, USA
 
Created by: Ray
Record added: Jan 07, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 103243781
James Isbell
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James Isbell
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James Isbell
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- Scott Hayes
 Added: Oct. 12, 2014
A relative of mine
- Carol Rice Vigil
 Added: Sep. 10, 2014
Major James Isbell was my 6th Great Grandfather. Thank you for my heritage!
- Sheila Durham
 Added: Sep. 3, 2014
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