The Search for Burton A. James

(see Opening the Ozarks by Marsha Hoffman Rising for his Bible records)


B.A. James served as security for James Brim’s estate in 1873 and Oct. 1874 in Greene County, Missouri.  There are no deeds recorded for him in Greene County after 1854. He was not on the 1880 census in Greene County.

No marriage on CD-ROM in Ancestral file, IGI or GRS.

Last tax for Christian Co., Kentucky, I own is 1823. No James family.

Trigg County, Kentucky 1820 Henry James. Henry James  was in Pulaski County 1800, 1810, 1820 & 1830, p. 70.

Married Rachel Roper 9 Aug. 1813 in Pulaski County, Kentucky. He served as Capt. in 2 Rgt of Jenning’s KY Volunteers in War of 1812. He was Polly James’s father.  

Pulaski County, Kentucky, tax lists none for 1835 & 1836. Check others; no Burton.

1837 no Burton

Checked all printed court order books for Trigg County; no Henry or Burton A.


1820 Pulaski County Kentucky

p. 46 Henry James 1 male under 10, 1 male 16-26, 1 male 26-45, 1 male over 45; 1 female under 10, 1 female 26-45.

Fanny? James p. 36 1 male under 10, 1 male 10-16,  3 females under 10, 1 female 26-45.

John James p. 36 1 male 16-26, 1 male over 45; 1 female over 45.

Joseph M. James p. 36 (know Joseph’s heirs from deed. Had daughter Mary, but she wasn’t married in 1851.


Will Book A:2 Pulaski County, Kentucky

John James Inventory listed real estate as none. Brimstone, seals and weights, gause, bolts of tape, handles and latches, buckles, nine inkstands, eight window latches, millhouse screws, pulleys, one horse (by information) taken by David Roper, Thomas McGuire and Ralph Williams 2 October 1802.

Purchasers John James, James Graves, Early Albertson, Amiziah Vardiman, Jeremiah Vardiman, Henry James. Henry James was the administrator. Settled October 25, 1802.

Will Book 2: 152 9 October 1822; wife to have choice of negroes not to exceed three and the mansion house; land he then lived on to be divided between sons Henry and Joseph Martin James; son Daniel is to have the tract where he then lived called the Vardiman tract. Lands that were left should be sold to benefit his three daughters Polly now Polly Griffen, Elizabeth Vardiman and Nancy now Nancy McKinney. He also bequeathed to James McKinzie who intermarried with daughter Sally, now deceased, shall not receive any part of his estate. Appointed Henry and Daniel F. his executors. Wit: C.M. Cunningham and Benoni Goggin. Proved. 13 January 1823.

Will Book 3 25  9 February 1829; Rachel James gave slave Amanda to her son Joseph M. James, and bequeathed him all her property. Wit: Joseph Withers and Benjamin Hansford. She appointed him and Christopher Claunch her executors.


From Stray Leaves: A James Family in America

Joseph James of Culpeper County, Virginia. Had sons:

Capt. Joseph Jr. father of Philip Henry James b. 11 November 1764 d. 10 November 1811 at Logan County, Kentucky; married 20 March 1794, Franklin Co. NO Frances Webb. b. 1771 in Franklin Co. NC. They were the parents of Burton A.

Philip H. James was witness to a will in 1809 in Logan County. No deeds; no probate in transcriptions.

Philip James was there on the 1810 census, p. 170. His household consisted of 2 males under 10, 2 males 10-16, 1 male 16-26, 1 male over 45; 1 female under 10, 2 females 10-16, 1 female 16-26, 1 female 26-45, 1 female over 45.

John M. James 1751-1823; helped est. Flat Licks Baptist Church in Pulaski County, Kentucky on his land. His son, Henry was Polly’s father. So, Polly and Burton A. were second cousins.

Union Co. Kentucky

Thomas James in Union County in 1820, p. 147, 1 male under 10, 1 male 10-16 (Burton?), 1 male 16-26, 1 female 10-16, 1 female 26-45.

Thomas James there on the 1811 tax list with 570 aces. 1 poll and livestock

1812 Thomas James, but no land 1 poll and the same amount of livestock

1813 & 1814 missing

1815 Thomas James 200 acres entered by Chapman, Highland Creek

None for years 1816 or 1817

1818 not found

1819 not found

1820 Thomas James & town lost to be organized.

1821 William James no land, one poll, one horse

Thomas James, 1 horse, 1 poll

1822 not found

1823 not found

1824 not found

1820 Union Co. Kentucky, p. 147 Town of Morganfield

Thomas James 1 male under 10, 1 male 10-16, 1 male 16-26; 1 female under 10, 1 female 16-26.

Logan County, Kentucky 1810 census p. 170

Philip James 2 males under 10, 1 males 10-16, 1 male 16-26, 1 male over 45; 1 female under 10, 2 females 10-16, 1 female 16-26, 1 female 26-45; 1 female over 45.


James Research in Salt Lake City January 2001 Some sources say Philip James was Burton’s father. Unfortunately, the tax lists show he was a “Jones” not James.

Logan County, Kentucky, Tax Lists


Willis James appears; no land one poll


Willis now has 100 acres on Elk fork 1 male over 21; 1 male 16-21.

Different company

Charles James no land 1 poll over 21; 1 horse

Isaac James 400 acres on Mud River entered by I James. 1 male over 21; one male 16-21, 5 slaves 5 horses.


Philip Jones no land 1 poll, 1 horse. Next to

Isaac James with 400 acres.

Willis James no land 1 poll.


Isaac James now has an additional 200 acres on Elk Creek.

Philip Jones as 299 acres on Sorrel Creek (its clearly Jones)

Willis James no land 1 poll 2 horses


Philip Jones now owns 2 parcels; one on Sorrell Creek; the other on Clifty

Charity Jones has 300 acres on Muddy Creek entered by A. Jones

Isaac James has 200 acres on Elk Creek ent. By George Morton and another 200 aces on Elk Creek ent.

Charles B. James no land 1 poll 2 horses

Willis James 100 acres on Muddy Creek ent. By N. Edwads 1 poll 2 horses.

1811 Willis James 200 acres on Muddy River

Charity Jones, Walter Jones

John James

Richard Jones

Isaac James 400 acres on Elk Creek

Phillip J. Jones 200 acres on Lawful Creek and 60 acres on Clifty Creek. 


No recorded marriage for Philip James in Franklin Co. North Carolina.

Marriage is recorded for Thomas in Union Co. Kentucky. He then moved to Davidson County, Tennessee.

Film 1059155, Batch 7712515-65

Patron Marriage entry. No source given. The one before it was “marriage records of North Carolina" by correspondent.

Philip H. James to Frances Webb. No other information.


Davidson County, Tennessee 1830, p. 287

Thomas James (town of Nashville) Estate of Thomas James had 1 male slave. Thomas James died in Davidson County about 1828, leaving wife Elizabeth and probable son Thomas G. Therefore, he couldn’t have died in Memphis. Yet, the man in Union was in Davidson.


Caldwell Co. Kentucky

William James appears on the tax lists in the 1820s on the Black River. No Burton through 1838 (some years missing). 1824, 1825 and 1826 tax lists checked


Thomas James to Saray Duncan E:147 27 April 1826, Thomas James of Madison County, Tennessee sold his land in Caldwell County.

Easley James to James Mitchell I:340  Indexed incorrectly; it was from James Earley.  


Checked tax lists of Trigg Co., Kentucky, 1824 when Burton A. James appeared there briefly.

Pleasant Kent paying taxes 1825; Thomas Kent next to him. Thomas was there in 1821; Pleasant was on list in 1825.

No Burton A. James