Captain David James, Senior

Captain David James, Senior

Male 1809 - 1878  (69 years)

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  • Name David James 
    Title Captain 
    Suffix Senior 
    Born 18 Aug 1809  Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 28 Nov 1878  Green Valley, Denton County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Key Cemetery, Aubrey, Denton County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • FAMILY HISTORY, IN PART, OF JAMES FAMILY
      written in 1964 by Varina James Low & Ophelia James Morehead
      David(Grandpa) James was born in 1808 in Mississippi. He was captain of a steamboat which operated on the Mississippi and Columbia Rivers. He was of good disposition, with a bit of humor to save himself from a Rip Van Winkle kind of wife.
      Mary (Grandma) Felts was born in 1812 in DeKalb County, Tennessee. She was united in marriage to David (Grandpa) James on approximately the year 1830. The children were John, Caroline, Tennessee, Amanda, Ed, Clark, David, and Enoch. David went to Nashville Medical School and later became a minister. Enoch, the youngest boy, went to Nashville Medical School and became a doctor.
      For a few years Grandma operated a farm, but moved to Smithville, Tennessee and operated a "tavern" as hotels were called in that day. Her maid was a colored woman named "Old Mint."
      Caroline, the oldest daughter, married Mel Foster. They moved to Arkansas which really started the westward movement. They settled near White River in Arkansas. David and Enoch, newly married to Mary and Amanda Batton, joined Caroline's westward movement. David lived in Arkansas and taught school in that state for about a year.
      Grandpa S. H. Batton and Sarah Lambertson Batton came through Arkansas, but didn't like it and decided to move on to Texas. David and Enoch and their families joined this movement to the West. They lived in Grayson County, Texas, and farmed for a living. Clark, Rena and Tat were born in Grayson County.
      Meantime, Grandpa and Grandma James came through Arkansas partly by steamboat having left "Old Mint" and her children sitting in a lumberyard. The slaves had been "freed" by the victory of the North over the South in 1865. The James family moved to Denton County, Texas and settled on a Green Valley Farm with fertile bottom land. They raised cattle and horses. Grandpa died of a heart attack, and Grandma operated the farms successfully and was considered rather financially independent at that time and even in our day.
      David and Enoch decided to move their families to Brown County, Texas. David's family stayed one year and moved back to Denton, where David became a preacher. Enoch became an M.D. and stayed in Brown and Coleman Counties for several years. Then, after his family was about grown, they moved back to Fannin County. He prospered in his medical profession. David (Father) reading of the need of a preacher in far away West Texas (San Angelo) decided to go there, but en route stopped at Haskell, Texas, where he traded his heard of eighty cattle for a house and lot in Haskell where he stayed and taught school until his discipline ("I'll have order here if I have to bring a shotgun!") methods ruined his school. Later he moved to Lake Creek where he got a job herding sheep. (Tat and Fred herded the sheep and Father picked up bones and sold them in Albany to by flour.)
      From 1886-1887 was a dry year. From Lake Creek Father moved to Miller Creek where he again taught school. Then he moved the family to Ample, Texas, where he was postmaster, farmer and rancher. Rena was married to John Low. Clark, who broke wild horses and saved money to go to Baylor University, was helped by Father.
      David, with his wife and remaining children, left Ample, Texas and moved to Haskell, Texas, where the children had a good school and church benefits. Father became a pioneer missionary, preaching to Missions and churches scattered over four counties: Haskell, Jones, Fisher and Knox Counties. His duties as a missionary took him from home two thirds of the time. Mother had the larger share of bringing up the children. We all think she did her job well.
      Thinking to help in family expenses, Father moved the family in November 1892, to a farm in a section of Haskell County know as "The Sand Hills," where he hoped to farm corn and watermelons. But drought burned up the crops and after almost three years of unsuccessful efforts, the family moved back to Haskell where we lived until August 1901, when we pulled up stakes and moved to Durant, Oklahoma.
    Person ID I17  Root Tree
    Last Modified 27 Nov 2016 

    Father John James,   b. @1775, West Virginia? Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. After 1832, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 57 years) 
    Mother Eveline 
    Family ID F7  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Caroline Phelps,   b. 03 Sep 1811, DeKalb County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Dec 1894, Denton, Denton County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Married @1830  Smithville, DeKalb County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Mary Caroline James,   b. 23 Mar 1832, DeKalb County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1904, Durant, Bryan County, Oklahoma Indian Territory Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)
    +2. John Simon James,   b. 23 Sep 1834, Smithville, DeKalb County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Sep 1878, Sanger, Denton County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 43 years)
    +3. Tennessee James,   b. Oct 1836, Smithville, DeKalb County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location
    +4. Edward S James,   b. 3 May 1839, Smithville, DeKalb County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Oct 1900  (Age 61 years)
    +5. Amanda Christine James,   b. 13 Jul 1842, Smithville, DeKalb County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Nov 1908, Denton County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)
     6. Clark C James,   b. 1844, De Kalb County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Apr 1860, De Kalb County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 16 years)
    +7. David James, Junior,   b. 08 Jul 1847, DeKalb County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 04 Sep 1908, Haskell County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years)
    +8. Enoch Polk James, Senior,   b. 23 May 1849, DeKalb County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Dec 1920, Durant, Bryan County, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)
    Last Modified 28 Sep 2010 22:16:29 
    Family ID F9  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    David James
    David James

    Documents
    1862 US Tax Assessment List
De Kalb County, Tennessee
Fosters & James
    1862 US Tax Assessment List De Kalb County, Tennessee Fosters & James
    1889 Biographical Souvenir of the State of Texas, page 450
    1889 Biographical Souvenir of the State of Texas, page 450
    1900 Dawes Commission M.C.R. 4882 page 002
Muskogee, Indian Territory
Enoch P James
    1900 Dawes Commission M.C.R. 4882 page 002 Muskogee, Indian Territory Enoch P James

    Headstones
    Captain David James
    Captain David James
    DAVID
    JAMES
    BORN
    AUG. 18, 1809,
    DIED
    NOV. 28, 1878.

    Histories
    History of Green Valley Community 1870-1900 page 39
Denton County, Texas
Fosters & Lanhams
    History of Green Valley Community 1870-1900 page 39 Denton County, Texas Fosters & Lanhams

    Census
    1840 Census
De Kalb County, Tennessee
David James
    1840 Census De Kalb County, Tennessee David James
    1840 Census
De Kalb County, Tennessee
David James - part 2
    1840 Census De Kalb County, Tennessee David James - part 2
    1850 Census
De Kalb County, Tennessee
Epps Foster
    1850 Census De Kalb County, Tennessee Epps Foster
    1860 Census
Smithville, De Kalb County, Tennessee
David James
    1860 Census Smithville, De Kalb County, Tennessee David James
    1870 Census
Evening Shade, Piney Fork, Sharp County, Arkansas
David James
    1870 Census Evening Shade, Piney Fork, Sharp County, Arkansas David James