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  • ID: I17890
  • Name: James Brittain
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 1700/1705 in Wales (or ? Chester Co.,PA ?)
  • Death: 1768 in Guilford Co.,NC
  • Note:
    The parents of James are unknown. For an authoratative investigation of James see "James Britton of PA, VA, & NC" by Sherry Britton. This supplement is in the Grenne County Library in Tennessee.

    Some info on the web speculate that his parents are Asa and Achea Brittain from Wales.
    The following info was gleaned from the web. Many of the specific facts on James given below are wrong so beware.

    Notes from History of North Carolina Vol V pg 162 -163
    Source Information: History of North Carolina [database on-line]. Provo, UT: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005. Original data: History of North Carolina

    ....The Brittain Lineage goes back to James Brittain, a native of Wales. As a young man he immigrated to America, early in the eighteenth Century, and after a short residence in Pennsylvania moved to Virginia. From Virginia he came on a tour of exploration through the colony of North Carolina. It was a prospecting and also a hunting trip. North Carolina was at that time almost a virgin wilderness, and only here and there in the more favored location had colonists acquired small tracts of land from the Crown. Altogether, the hunting trip gave James Brittain a favorable impression of the new wilderness country to the south. After his return to Virginia, he married a Miss Witty, and then with his bride and her sister and husband, Simon Moon, returned and settled in what is now Guilford County. The old annals of this locality give these two families credit of being the first permanent settlers of Guilford County. They located there several years before the Moravians settled at Bethabin in what is now Forsyth County. It was a country to delight the heart of a true frontiersman and hunter. Indians were more numerous that the whites and occasionally were disposed to hostility at the invasion of Europeans. Wild game of every variety and in utmost abundance satisfied the sportsman's instincts of James Brittain. The lands which he secured as his home were in Bruce Cross Roads Township, a tract that is now owned by the Stafford heirs. In that location he cleared and improved the first farm land in Guilford County. The locality is known as William Smith's Long Hollow. There James Brittain spent the rest of his days.

    His son, Samuel Brittain, Sr., was born in what is now Bruce Cross Roads Township of Guilford County in the year 1742. That date serves as an indication of the very early settlement of the family here. Samuel Brittain made the acquaintance of his wife by a rather romantic circumstance. When he was a young man the peace of the community was somewhat disturbed by the presence of a hostile Indian Chief, who had a band of his followers in Stokes County. Samuel Brittain, Sr., with a party of other settlers, including Mr. Moore, went in quest of those Indians, and while on the expedition in Stokes County met Mary Perkins. This casual acquaintance developed to the closest ties of matrimony. Mary Perkins was a daughter of Valentine Perkins, who it is said had Indian blood in his veins. Valentine Perkins had four daughters, one of whom married a Dalton, another a Gibson and another a Wakefield. His only son, Thomas Perkins, went to Western North Carolina. Valentine Perkins married a Miss Springfield.

    Other info
    1) James was born in Wales
    2) James immigrated to and settled in VA for a short time.
    3) After marrying Mary Witty they moved to Moore's Creek Guilford Co. NC.
    Event: Biography
    James Brittain, born 1709, emigrated from Wales about the beginning of the 18th century. First settled in Virginia, afterward moved to North Carolina. He was lineal descendant of Sir William Brittain, also of Alfred the Great by the House of Orange

    James and Mary had eleven children, most of them born in North Carolina.
    Event: Land Deeds
    1) Book 5 page 80 July 30, 1760. Earl Granvillelets - James Brittain, a planter of Rowan County, NC, have 584 acres vacant land on both sides of Horse Pen Creek of Reedy fork of Haw River next Mordica Mendenhall and Henry Ballenger for 10 shillings, witness by Thomas Jones and W Churton and re-acknowledged before John Frohock in Oct. 1762. This is lot #20 of the 30 Nottingham Settlement lots.
    2) Book 4 page 492, July 20, 1760 - James Brittain lets William Brittain (both of Rowan Co) have 200 acres on Horse Pen Creek next to Henry Ballinger where his line crosses the creek to the mouth of the branch, called Mill branch, a few poles below where the old mill stands then going to the head of the branch, for 20 pounds, witnessed by Thomas Hunt and Nathan Dicks and proved in July 1761. Earl Granvillelets let said James Brittain have this on July s30, 1760.
    3) July 21, 1761, Deed of sale from James Brittain to William Brittain for 200 acres July 20, 1761. Proved by Nathna Dick.
    4) James Brittain Sr. - Horse Pen Creek - Book 6 page 505, Deed 27, 1776, James Brittain of Rowan County, NC lets Samuel Hargrave of Caroila Co, VA have 246 acres of both sides of Horse Pen Creek next to Henry Ballinger, John Payne, and William Brittain, for 200 pounds, witnessed by John Payne, Benjamin Mosby, and Johnny Unthank and proved in ..... (This is the remainder of the tract which Earl Granvillelets let James Brittain have for 10 shillings in July 1760 and 60 acres which he bought from Henry Ballinger on January 5, 1765.
    5) July 21, 1761 - Deed from James Brittain to Samuel Hargrave for 246 acres, Oct 24, 1766, proved by John Payne.
    6) Book 6 - page 577, May s4, 1768, James Brittain, Sr of Rowan Co, NC lets Thomas Jessop, Fr. of 666 have 200 acres where Daniel Britten formerly lived on Horse Pen Creek nest ... Beal, Zachariah Dicks on the northeast end of where James Brittain formerly lived but now owned by Samuel Hargrave, to the mouth of Sawpit branch on to the fountain head until it intersects with the line of the whole tract, for 120 pounds, witnessed by John Payne (minister?), Zachariah Dicks, and David Brooks and proved in July 1786. Earl Granvillelets let James Brittain have this in 1760 being on the northeast side of said tract.
    7) Rowan County, NC Abstract of court minutes. Deed of sale from James Brittain to William Brittain for 200 acres, July 20, 1761, proved by Nathan Dicks.

    8) Wednesday January 20, 1762, ordered James Brittain to be constable in the room of Mordica Mendenhall.

    Deeds from Earl Granville proved by John Frohock, James Brittain, 584 acres, July 20, 1760.
    9) Tuesday, April 12, 1763, James Brittain constable to attend Grand Jury.
    10) Friday April 15, 1763, ordered that Richard Mendenhall be appointed constable in the room of James Brittain.
    11) Wednesday January 9, 1765, deed from Henry Ballenger to James Brittain for 60 acres, January 6, 1765. Proved by Hugh foster.
    12) Tuesday July 19, 1768, deed from James Brittain to Thomas Jasap for 200 acres dated May 4, 1768. Proved by John Payne.

    James Brittain appears in deeds and church records of early Frederick Co. VA about the time that it was formed from Orange and Augusta Counties in 1738. He and Samuel Brittain were in the area that was Orange Co.
    1) 1740- Deeded property on north side Opeckon Creek. Acknowledged 22 May 1740.
    2) 1740/41-James witnessed marriages under the Quaker Hopewell Meeting as well as other familiar names: Joseph Brittain, Mary Brittain, Joseph Ballenger and Mary Ballenger.
    3) 1747 - James Brittain administers estate of Mary Wall, 5 May 1747
    4) 1753 - Sales of property is recorded by James Brittain and Mary Brittain of Frederick Co, VA.
    5) 1754 - Property transfer being handled for James Brittain by Hugh Lyle in his absence has notation: " Britain has gone to Carolina, 1754"
    6) 1759 - James appears as the only Brittain in western NC on the Tax list of Rowan County.
    7) 1760 - James is given land by Earl of Granville - 584 acres on both sides of Horsepen Creek of Reedy Fork of Haw River next to Mordica Mendenhall and Henry Ballenger 30 July 1760. Proved Oct 1762.
    8) 1761 - James Brittain (no wife signs) lets William Brittain, both of Rowan Co. have 200 acres on Horsepen Creek next to Henry Ballenger.
    9) 1765 - Henry Ballenger deeds to James Brittain 60 acres on the east side of Horsepen Creek for 20 pounds. Proved 5 Jan 1765.
    10) 1765 - Henry Ballenger lets William Brittain have 25 acres on the west side of Horsepen Creek for sum of ten pounds. Proved in open court Jan.1765
    11) 1768 - 31 Mar 1768 - A deed from Henry Ballenger to William Brittain for 190 acres was acknowledged in open court.

    Notes from

    James came to PN and after a short while moved to VA and decided after hunting and prospecting through NC, he would move on. He returned to VA where he Married Mary Whitty, and with her sister & husband (Simon Moon) they then moved and settled at Moore's Creek, Guilford, NC. They were the first whites to settle there. Hannah Achea Brittain was the first White child born in that area. It is noted he had seven sons, four of whom left this country, three remained, who were prominent in the American Revolution. Their names were: Benjamin, Samuel and William Brittain
    Gleaning p129 Brittain History: Library of Congress: book 6. p277

    4 May 1768, James Brittain, Sr. of Rowan Co.,NC -no wife sign- let Thomas Jessop, Fr. of 666 have 20 acres where Daniel Brittain formerly lived on Horse Pen Cr. next--Beal.

    Probate: August 1774, Rowan County, NC

    Notes from
    BrittainGED.GED] [a23902.FTW] p5 brittain gleaning:

    Emigrated form Wales about the beginning of the 18th century. He was the lineal descendant of Sir William Brittain, also Alfred the Great by the house of Orange. It will be remembered that the Island of Brittain was invaded by the Angles and Saxtons under William the Norman, in 1066. Sir William Brittain was driven to the mountains of Wales where he took Refuse.

    James settled in VA for a short time and Married Mary Whitty of VA. They then moved and settled at Moore's Creek Guilford Co. NC. They were the first whites to settle there. Hannah Achea Brittain was the first White child born in that area. It is noted he had seven sons, four of whom left this country, three remained, their names were: Benjamin, Samuel and William
    Brittain Gleaning p129 Brittain History Library of Congress book 6.p277

    Notes from Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s
    Source Citation: Place: Maryland; Year: 1723; Page Number: 27.
    Source Information:
    Gale Research. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2006. Original data: Filby, P. William, ed.. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s. Farmington Hills, MI, USA: Gale Research, 2006.

    James Brittain
    Name: James Brittain
    Year: 1723
    Age: 18
    Estimated birth year: abt 1705
    Place: Maryland
    Source Publication Code: 3690.1
    Primary Immigrant: Brittain, James

    Annotation: Date of indenture and colony to which bound. An A has been inserted by indexer to indicate that page number appears as a roman numeral in the introductory material of the source indexed. Additionally, additions and corrections listed on page xxvii in the ....
    Source Bibliography: KAMINKOW, JACK, and MARION KAMINKOW. A List of Emigrants from England to America, 1718-1759. Baltimore: Magna Carta Book Co., 1984. Reprinted, with additional records originally incorporated in the "new edition" of 1981, Genealogical Publishing Co., 1989. 292p.

    William was also a direct decendant of Sir William Brittain. There is a document paraphrasing a memorandum obtained from CAPT. Isaac Brittain of North Carolina stating "that Sir William Brittian, a resident of the Isle of Brittanin the 11th century, was of the Anglo-saxxton race and was a lineal decendant of Alfred the great, by the house of Orange and was a collaterall decendant of William the Norman and Julius Caesar.
  • Change Date: 17 JAN 2011 at 05:15:58

    Father: Asa Brittain b: Bef 1688 in Wales
    Mother: Achea (Brittain) b: Est 1680

    Marriage 1 Mary Whitty b: 1705 in VA (or Wales,UK)
      1. Has No Children Joseph Brittain b: 1723
      2. Has No Children Hanna Asha Brittain b: 1727
      3. Has No Children James Brittain b: 1732 in Orange/Frederick Co. VA
      4. Has No Children Nathaniel Brittain b: 1734 in Chesterfield,VA
      5. Has No Children Enoch Brittain b: 1736
      6. Has No Children William Brittain b: 22 FEB 1739 in Chesterfield Co.,VA
      7. Has No Children Samuel Brittain b: 1742
      8. Has No Children Mary Brittain b: 1744
      9. Has No Children Robert Brittain b: 1 OCT 1746 in Randolph County,NC
      10. Has Children Daniel Britton b: 1746 in VA
      11. Has No Children Benjamin Brittain b: 1748
      12. Has No Children John Brittain b: 1750

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