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 James Standifer

James Standifer

Birth
York County, Virginia, USA
Death 6 Sep 1807 (aged 91)
Franklin County, Virginia, USA
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 113599200 · View Source
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James Standifer was born October, 1715 in York County, Virginia. His parents were John Standifer Jr. and Margaret Skelton. James married Martha Watkins on October 6, 1737 in Baltimore County, Maryland. She was the daughter of Samuel and Mary Wright Watkins. After their marriage, James and Martha were reportedly the neighbors of Patrick Henry. They Moved to Blackwater River in Henry/Franklin Co. around 1747.

The Standifords were instrumental in bringing the sport of racing fine horses to America. James Sr. and his sons Isreal and Luke built a race track on their 3,000 acre plantation and bred and trained fast horses. James Sr. owned 1272 acres and one slave in 1782 and 1096 acres in 1789. This included land grants from 493 acres on October 20, 1779 and 374 acres on February 1, 1779.

The horse racing events were so popular that the Judge of Pittsylvania County ordered a road built from the Court House to the Standiford race track some 20 miles west of the county seat. Franklin County was formed from Bedford and Henry Counties in 1785. The southern part of Franklin County, south of Blackwater River, where the Standifers lived, was in Henry County from 1777 to 1786. From 1767 to 1777 it was Pittsylvania County. From 1752 to 1767 it was part of Halifax County. From 1746 to 1775 it was in Lunenburg and so on through Brunswick, Prince George to Charles City. James Sr. took an Oath Of Allegiance "rescinding allegiance to Great Brittain and swearing allegiance to the Commonwealth of Virginia on September 13, 1777 at 62 years of age in Henry County, Virginia. Isreal, oldest son of James, took an Oath of Allegiance at the age of 36 and along with his father, offered aid to the Revolutionary War Service.

James Sr. died in September 1807 in Franklin County, Virginia. No will or estate has been found. His death was possibly noticed in St. John's Parish, Baltimore County, Maryland.


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  • Created by: Ken Smith
  • Added: 9 Jul 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 113599200
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