I am researching our related families with the surnames of Baker, Blakely, Blanton, Bradley, Brosius, Bunte, Ellis, George, Grimes, Head, Koch, Kraatz, Kylberg, McGaughy, Miles, Murphree, Neumann, Noble, Reid, Robertson, Robinson, Shoults, Stephenson, Wall, and Woolsey. I have also explored the lines of spouses where more than one sibling has married in.
The area of Tennessee where he was born is now Blount County, south of the current Knox County.
At the time of the 1850 census, James was farming in Lawrence County, Alabama. He had real estate valued at $1200. He was listed with his 8 youngest children. His wife Polly was not listed with the family.
Had place of death as Benton County, Mississippi, but that county wasn't formed until after the civil war.
Grave may not have headstone. It is in national forest. He was buried beside his wife Polly Thompson and James T. Reid his son. = cem. loc. R1-W,t3-S,section 23= Cemetery was completely covered with vines and could not be seen in 2007. Sam G. Reid (his grandson) stated in letter that he was buried there. In 2009 Jerry Reid found cemetery and took photos of grave site.
If you study my sources, you will see that I haven't done much research before the 1850 census. I have some material based on Bible entries, DAR applications, local history books, and wills for earlier periods but need to do a lot more work on the lines further out. Please contact me with updates and corrections.
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