Sgt Robert James Sr.

Sgt Robert James Sr.

Monmouth County, New Jersey, USA
Death 30 Nov 1834 (aged 72–73)
Washington County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Gastonville, Washington County, Pennsylvania, USA
Memorial ID 28183446 · View Source
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Bio detail provided courtesy of Sue, contributor #47122067:

Richard James, of Upper Freehold, Monmouth Co., N.J., purchased of Gabriel Cox, April 20, 1786, five hundred and five acres of land in which was included the whole of the tract called "Coxbury," and a part "Cox's Addition." Again, on Oct. 28, 1793, Richard James, "in consideration of the love, good will, and natural affection which he hath and doth bear toward his son, and the farther consideration of ten shillings," conveyed to his son, ROBERT James, one-half of the land purchased of Gabriel Cox, which was two hundred and fifty-two and one-half acres. Also at the same time, and for the same reasons and consideration, he conveyed to his son WILLIAM the other half, two hundred and fifty-two and one-half acres, the latter half containing houses, barns, stables, and all other buildings. Upon coming into possession of their property in 1793 the two brothers, Robert and William James, both single men, came to Washington County.

Robert built a log house upon the lower part of his land, and soon after married Catherine, a daughter of Mr. Gallagher, who lived near in Allegheny County. About the year 1800, Robert James built the stone house now owned by Mrs. Gilmore, where he lived until his death, Nov. 30, 1834, at seventy-three years of age. His wife died March 7, 1842, aged seventy-six years. The two sons born to Robert and Catherine James both died in early life, but their six daughters all reached maturity. Elizabeth became the wife of Rev. John White, a Methodist minister, then on the circuit which included Union township, but who afterwards settled in Sewickley. Catherine James married Edward Smith, of Virginia, and Harriet married Andrew McClure, who settled upon a part of the old homestead, and in 1849 built the stone house in which he now resides with his family. Martha James became Mrs. Samuel Gaston, and with her husband settled in Iowa. The daughters Emma and Rebecca never married, and lived together in the old home many years after their parents death.

Robert James was a prominent member in the Methodist Church, having much to do with its organization and in the erection of the building known as the "Stone Chapel." He donated one acre of land Sept.13, 1817, providing only "that the trustees shall erect or cause to be erected or built thereon a house of worship for the use of the members of the Methodist Episcopal Church."

History of Washington Co, PA, Union Twp, pgs 960 - 969

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Sacred to the Memory of Robert James Sr. who departed this life Nov. 30th 1834 in the 73rd year of his age.


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  • Find a Grave Memorial 28183446
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Sgt Robert James Sr. (1761–30 Nov 1834), Find a Grave Memorial no. 28183446, citing James Chapel Cemetery, Gastonville, Washington County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Todd Walker (contributor 46600954) .