(SEE JAMES EAST
JR PAGE concerning the TN & IL material)
James East, Sr was born Abt 1735 , probably in Henrico Co VA, and died abt 1809-1812 in Oglethorpe County GA OR Robertson County, TN.
He married Eushan Abt 1758 in Lunenburg Co VA. She was born Abt 1740 in VA, and died abt 1809-1812 in Oglethorpe County GA OR Robertson County, TN
The identity of his parents UNKNOWN at this time, but he is believed to be a direct descendant of Thomas East Sr
who had settled in Henrico County, Virginia during the mid 1600's, possibly immigrating from England with other
relatives during that time.
James East first appears in the various records of old Lunenburg County, Virginia during the mid 1750's & was
associated with settlers who resided along the Meherrin River, Cox & Allen Creek area of what is now southern
Feb 1756 - Lunenburg Co VA (Court Records)
THOMAS EAST, orphan of THOMAS EAST, deceased came into court (and being of lawful age for that purpose)
made choice of JOHN EAST to be his guardian, who with JAMES EAST and William Robertson, his securities,
(Don's Note: This was most likely along Meherrin River/Cox & Allen Creek area which became Mechlenburg Co in
1765. Robertson as well as Isham, Joseph, James & John East resided there during this time.)
3 April 1758 - Lunenburg Co VA (Land Records)
William White to John White cons 40 shillings - 135 acres on both sides of Allen's Creek. Wit: JAMES EAST,
Daniel Gorre, Edward Culbreath
(Contributed by Debbie East) This was in the area near Cox Creek & South
Meherrin River which later became Mechlenburg Co. Daniel Gorre (Gory) was also found on the Lunenburg Co
tithable list in 1752 residing near Isham East Sr. Edward Culbreath was also in this area during the 1750's & 1760's)
12 Dec 1759 - Lunenburg Co VA (Land Records)
John McDaniel of Johnston Co., NC to William Allen of Lunenburg Co. ... Cons. for land in Johnson Co. NC.
Mcdaniel trades to William Allen 200 acres on south side of Meherrin River in the fork of Little Mountain Creek ...
adjoining James Arnold, James McDaniel, Graiger and Walton.
Witnesses: JAMES EAST, Daniel Hearn, Hezekiah Gentry, David B. Gentry, Moses B. Goven?.
Signed: John McDaniel. (Contributed by Debbie East) This area became Mechlenburg Co in 1765)
James East had married Eushan about 1758, while probably still in the Meherrin River area, but "drifted" to the
west of there about 1760 & appears in the various records of Charlotte & Halifax Counties, Virginia during the mid
1760's. He & his family eventually became residents of Pittsylvania County after it was formed from Halifax County.
There were several East families who also resided in this area as well as the Hardman, Edwards & Watson families
who had become neighbors and close friends. Around 1777, these families settled in what is now southern Henry
County, Virginia, not far from the North Carolina border. James purchased land along the Horsepasture Creek &
resided in this area until 1787 or 1788.
PLEASE NOTE: There was ANOTHER James East born during the 1730's who was a son of Joseph & Mary East
of the Goochland & Louisa County, VA area. Joseph left a will, recorded in Louisa County, VA in 1772 which
mentions his sons James, Josiah, Thomas as well as daughters Edith Pierce & Mary Cameron.
This OTHER James East & his brother Josiah left Louisa County & settled in Lincoln County, KY during the 1780's
and are accounted for on the reconstructed 1790 census for Lincoln Co KY. Josiah had a son named James, born
about 1770, who was married in 1793 & is not believed to be the James listed as a head of household on that 1790
census. Several descendants of Josiah (of KY) seem to verify this information with their own personal research &
family history charts.
James East, Sr of Henry County, Virginia was in Wilkes/Oglethorpe Co GA in 1790 & verified by the tax records,
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Notes: These East families of the Louisa & Goochland area of MIDDLE Virginia
were fairly closely related to the East's who, during the 1740's, had settled in old Lunenburg County of SOUTHERN
Virginia. This area later became Charlotte, Halifax, Mechlenburg, Pittsylvania Counties.
James East Sr, of Henry County, is believed to have been a member of the "southern Virginia" group of East's and,
as mentioned above, was listed in several land & court records during the late 1750's & 1760's. He seems to have
been closely associated with old ISHAM EAST, who owned land along the Meherrin River/Cox & Allen Creek area
of what is now Mechlenburg Co VA. James, Sr is also closely associated with Joseph & Josiah East, of this
Meherrin River area, who were quite possibly the sons of Isham. Old Isham was a son of Edward East Sr &
grandson of Thomas Sr Isham is believed by John Young and others to have been the brother of Joseph of Louisa
County, mentioned above.
1763 - Lunenburg Co VA (Court Records)
JAMES & JOSIAH EAST signed as a witness for Radford Maxey in Lunenburgh Co. in 1763. Radford Maxey
resided in Wm Caldwell's district per the 1750 tithable list.
(Contributed by Debbie East. This area later became Charlotte Co VA)
1764 - Lunenburg Co VA (Estate Sale)
JAMES EAST & JOSIAH EAST are purchasers at the estate of Matthew Campbell, deceased Oct 19, 1763.
Recorded Feb 9, 1764
25 Sep 1767 - Halifax Co VA (Inventory of Estate Sales)
Edward Booker Estate
Purchasers: Jessie East, Tarlton East, JAMES EAST
(Note: Jesse East was a son of Edward East Jr. Tarlton (possibly the one above) was a brother of Edward Jr and an
uncle to Jesse. Isham was another brother of Tarlton & Edward Jr who resided east of this area in the old Lunenburg
area (Mechlenburg part) during the 1750's)
1769 - Charlotte Co VA (Court Records)
JAMES EAST sold a slave to James McGraw.
JOSIAH EAST asked the court for pay for traveling 100 miles.
(Note: Possible?? brother of James East Sr)
1770 - James McGraw published in the Va. Gazette comments regarding JAMES EAST of Pittsylvania Co. as being
a scoundrel since he did not deliver the slave to McGraw for which he was paid by McGraw.
(Contributed by Debbie East)
1776 - Henry Co VA
Name of militiamen who marched to the assistance of Gen Greene at Guilford court house. Lanier's Company.
JOHN EAST (b:1735 was the son of John East who died Halifax Co VA 1758)
1777 - Henry Co VA (Oath of Allegiance)
JAMES EAST took Oath of Allegiance before Edmund Lyne, Esq, 30 Aug 1777
1777 - Pittsylvania Co VA (Oath of Allegiance)
JOHN EAST, JOSEPH EAST, THOMAS EAST (Thomas Dilliard's List)
(Relation to James Unknown)
JOHN EAST (Chrispin Shelton List) (Son of John East who died in Halifax Co 1758)
1778/1779/1780 - Henry Co VA (Tax Lists)
JOHN & WILLIAM EAST (Relation to James East unknown)
EDMUND EDWARDS (Not on the 1778 Tax list)
THOMAS EDWARDS SR
THOMAS EDWARDS, JR, WILLIAM SR & JR, JAMES EDWARDS
(Don's Note: Per John Young's database, John East b:1735 & William were sons of John East who died in Halifax
Co 1758. They were in Pittsylvania Co VA during the 1770's. John Sr was believed to be the son of Thomas East Jr,
originally of Henrico Co VA)
1779 - Will Book 1 (Henry County, VA)
LILYAN HAMPTON,Being very sick and weak; will dated April 14, 1779;
To son John Russel one sorrell mare To his daughter Susannah Russel one haffer yearling To my son Samuel Parker
one cow and yerling To my duaghter Lillayan Flewd one cow and all my clothes and side saddle All my house
furniture equally to son John Russel and Samuel Parker and Lillayan Flewd.
My cash accounts due me from David Right and William Bowman equally to son John Russel and Samuel
Parker.Executors: Diverix Gilliam and Thomas Stockton
Lilleyan(her mark) HamtonWit: Deverix Gilliam,Elizabeth Hutcheson, Eda Gilliam
Dec. 27, 1779; Exh.by Deverix Gilliam who gave bond with JAMES EAST his security.
April 1781 - Henry Co VA (Land Grant Records)
To JAMES EAST - 286 acres on Horsepasture Creek
1782 - Personal Property Tax List (Henry Co VA)
East, James 1/0/2/5////East, Joseph 1/0/1/5 (Son of James East Sr)
East, John 1/5/7/21 (Son of John East who died in Halifax Co 1758)
Hardman, John 1 2 4 13////Watson, John 1 6 9 17 (friends of the Eastís, also went to GA)
10 Mar 1785 - Henry Co VA (Power of Attorney)
I, JOHN HARDMAN of Henry County do impower my son William Hardman to sell my land on Grassey Creek or
trade it to any advantage that suits him to discharge my debt with him. Also to pay him the 20 pounds I owe
Wit: JAMES EAST, WILLIAM ELKINS
(John Hardman Sr left for Wilkes Co GA. James East Sr witnessed his Will there in 1793)
3 Oct 1785 - Henry Co VA (Land Sale, Book 3, Pages 193/194)
JAMES EAST, SR & EUSSHAN his wife to John Watson part of a tract of land, it being part of a tract granted EAST
11 Apr 1780 which contained by survey 670 acres on Horsepasture Creek now laid off to be 400 acres more or less
and joins JOSEPH EAST and Watson's own line for the consideration of 150 pounds.
Wit: Joseph Morris, Daniel France, John Wright Watson
24 Mar 1786 - Henry Co VA (Land Sale, Book 3, Pages 233/234)
JAMES EAST, SR to Benjamin Kennon for 50 pounds sells parts of different tract, the first at Woodson's now
Watson's beginning on the south side of Horsepasture Creek containing 117 acres, another part of a tract patented on
10 April 1781 the other 1 June 1782. The other part on Camp Branch with JOSEPH EAST's line and Redmon's being
320 acres more or less. Wit: William Hunter, Thomas Prunty, John Dickerson
10 Sep 1787 - Henry Co VA (Power of Attorney)
JAMES EAST appoints JAMES EAST, SR my lawful attorney to act to receive a certain sum of money due me the
1st day of March 1788 from John Watson & Samuel C. Morris as appears by bonds dated 30 Oct 1785.
Wit: MARY EAST, SARAH BRADBERRY
(Don's Note: It appears that soon after James SR sold the 400 acres to Watson, he passed the promissory note to
James JR, his son, and James JR, then gave power of attorney to James SR to collect the money. This is probably
when James East Jr decided to head for Georgia leaving his father to take care of his business, with the rest of the
family to follow soon after. These witnesses were James Jr's wife Mary "Polly" Edwards & his sister Sarah who
married Lewis Bradberry. Other probable sisters were Elizabeth who married William Elkins & Jean who married
William Finch. All of these sisters & James Jr's brother Joseph East also settled in Oglethorpe Co GA.)
8 Oct 1787 - Henry Co VA (Land Sale, Book 3, Pages 362/362)
JAMES EAST to Thomas Jervis for 100 pounds sells land on both sides Horsepasture Creek being part of three
surveys granted by patent to the said JAMES EAST in 1780...joins Cannon 210 acres surveyed by Jacob Cox, Dutton
Lain's line, 667 acres, Dillen's line, Watson's, it being the same more or less 375 acres.
(Don's Note: It appears that James Sr sold the remaining part of his land and prepares to join his son James Jr in
1787 - Henry County VA (Tax List)
(Note: In 1787 James East Sr was named on a Henry County Personal Property tax list owning one horse, but he was
not taxed for it; again, this indicates that he may have just recently moved, making the tax non-collectable.
In 1787, James East Jr departed Henry County, Virginia leaving his father James Sr in charge of his affairs,
traveling to Wilkes County, GA. It is believed James Sr & the rest of the family followed soon after. James Jr
probably returned to Virginia to help with the arduous journey. James Jr had married Mary "Polly" Edwards,
daughter of Edmund Edwards also of Henry County. James Sr's oldest son Joseph had previously moved on to North
& South Carolina but also ended up in Wilkes County, GA during this time, settling on Milestone Creek, just north
of his father & brother James Jr who were on Indian Creek. This area later became Oglethorpe County. James East
Sr's daughters, Sarah Bradberry, Elizabeth Elkins, Jean Finch, and Mary Galloway also settled in Oglethorpe County.
It appears that both James East Sr & Jr defaulted on their taxes in Wilkes Co GA in 1790 & traveled to the
wilderness of what is now Robertson County, TN. James East purchased land along Spring Creek of the Red River
area. They returned to Oglethorpe County, GA by 1793 where James East Sr purchased more land along Indian
Creek in 1796. James Jr's father-in-law, Edmund Edwards, is believed to have also gone to the Red River area of TN
during this time & returned to Georgia with the East's.
By 1809, James Jr and his father-in-law Edmund Edwards moved back to Robertson Co TN where James
claimed his father's land on Red River. It is not known for sure if James Sr and wife Eushan traveled with them, but
they died sometime between 1809 and 1812, either in GA or TN.
1790 - Wilkes Co GA (Tax Return of Defaulters, CPT Patton's District)
JAMES EAST SR, JAMES EAST JR, and ROBERT EAST
(Don's Note: From 16 & 30 Oct 1790 Default List in the Augusta Chronicle, code AA signifying individuals owning
land on Indian Creek which later became part of Oglethorpe County. The fact they defaulted on their taxes may
indicate their trip to Robertson County, TN during this time. They returned to Oglethorpe County by 1793, where
James Sr witnessed his friend JOHN HARDMAN's will.
EDMUND EDWARDS was not listed on 1790 Tax List and was believed to be in Robertson County, TN also.
JOSEPH EAST, son of James East Sr, appeared on the regular Tax List for 1790 in Tiller's District, Code CC
indicating land on Milestone Creek, just north of Indian Creek, where James Sr & Jr resided)
1793 - From "Red River Settlers" Page 105, Land Grants Issued by North Carolina
"Grant No. 1638 to James Earl (or East), dated 4, 27, 1793. Assigned to heirs of James East. Warrant No. 1420 for
640 acres. Recorded Book E-5, p. 118. Tennessee County on Spring Creek."
Don's Note: This is James East Sr & family who left Henry County, VA before 1790 & settled on Indian Creek of
Wilkes County, GA. It is believed James Jr left in 1787, blazing the trail, with his parents & other members of the
family following soon after. They evidently went to TN by 1790 and resided there for a couple of years before
returning to GA by 1793. Evidently, James East Jr left Oglethorpe County, GA about 1809 & returned to this area on
Red River to claim this land which remained in his father's name. It is unknown if James Sr went back to TN with
his son, but it is possible he died in Oglethorpe Co GA about the time James Jr began that journey north.
Spring Creek flows from the south to north THEN east & west along the northern part of present day
Robertson County, TN (less than a mile from Logan County, KY) and empties into the Red River. This area was
part of Tennessee County, North Carolina until 1796 with Tennessee statehood & the establishment of Robertson
5 Oct1793 - Oglethorpe Co GA (Will of John Hardman)
JOHN HARDMAN changed his will & re-signed with new witnesses:
JOHN MOORE, MICHAJAH CLARK, MILES JENNINGS,
JAMES EAST, JOHN EADS, WILLIAM POOLE.
(7 NOV. 1796 JOHN HARDMAN'S will recorded, CHARLES HARDMAN was executor
SEPT. 1803. WIDOW ELIZABETH DIES !7 NOV. 1808 CHAS. HARDMAN
PETITIONS OGLE. COURT OF ORDINARY FOR DISMISSAL AS EXECUTOR.
1793 - Wilkes Co GA (Land Grants, Book D, Pg 198)
Plat surveyed for JOSEPH EAST, 627+ acres, based on warrant dated April 1793 and executed 2 April 1793 by
Thomas Wooten, D.S. Chain Carriers: Mark Phillips and Wade Godsby (Goolsby). Bounded by surveyed land, James
Goolsby, Joseph Weis?, Richard Gray, John Bink?, and Alexander Luckie.
(Debbie East's note: There is a connection of James East, Sr. to this Goolsby family. Wade Goolsby the father, was
from Rowan Co. NC before arriving in Wilkes Co. GA. James SR. may ?? have resided in NC at least in 1788 prior
to joining his son James Jr in Wilkes/Oglethorpe Co. GA)
1795 - Oglethorpe Co GA (Land Records)
Joseph East, the son of James East SR, was granted title to 252 acres in Jackson Co in 1805 . And from Union Co
SC in 1801 Joseph East and Milly East sold land in Jackson Co GA. Earlier Union Co records show that in 1795
Joseph bought land in Oglethorpe Co GA, and bought land in Jackson Co in 1797. Joseph was a Justice of the peace
in Jackson Co GA in 1797.
1796 - Oglethorpe County, GA (Oglethorpe County's First Tax List)
JAMES EAST, SR (James East Jr not on list)
EDMUND EDWARDS (To Jackson Co by 1798, Polly East's father)
JOHN, NATHAN & WILLIAM EDWARDS (Brothers of Edmund Edwards)
WILLIAM FINCH (Married James East Sr's daughter Jean East)
MATTHEW GALLOWAY (Married James East Sr's daughter Mary East)
ISHAM DAVIS (Married Polly Edwards East's sister Sally Edwards)
HARDMAN (Friends of the family, from Henry Co VA)
Wm Elkins (NOT ON LIST/Married James East Sr's daughter Elizabeth)
Lewis Bradberry (NOT ON LIST/Married James East Sr's daughter Sarah)
29 Dec 1796 - Oglethorpe Co GA (Land Purchase, Book D, Page 174)
This Indenture made this Twenty Eighth day of December in the year of our Lord one Thousand Seven Hundred and
Ninety Six Between JAMES EAST of the County of Oglethorpe on the one part & RUFUS JONES and SELAH his
wife on the other part Witnesseth that for & in connsideration of the sum of one hundred and sixty pounds Sterling
money of Georgia to them in hand paid by JAMES EAST Sen. on Receipt thereof do by these presents Bargain Sell
and Assign unto the aforesaid EAST & his heirs & assigns forever one certain tract or parcel of land containing four
hundred acres be the same more or less lying and being in the County aforesaid on both sides the North fork of
INDIAN CREEK & Bounded as Follows to Wit, Beginning on EDWARDS corner Red Oak & thence North Twenty
Degrees East Twenty Nine Chains to a Stake. Thence East Two Chains to a Red Oak, Thence North four Chains to a
post oak, Thence North Twenty Degrees East fifty nine chains & fifty links to a Red Oak. Thence North forty five
Degrees West crossing a branch to post oak, Thence North Seventy West Twenty one chains to a White Oak in
MARTIN's line. Thence South Twenty West one hundred & two chains on MARTINS line to Stake on JONES's land
thence South Seventy East to RICHARD BANKs line. Thence on his line to the Beginning With all the
appertenances thereunto belonging to as any wise ? appertaining & the said RUFUS JONES & SELAH his Wife do
against themselves their heirs or any other person or persons whatsoever Warrant and Defend the aforesaid four
hundred acres of land and premises from any just or lawful claim unto the above mentioned EAST & his heirs or
assigns forever. Witness Whereof we set our hands and affix our Seals this day and year above written.
Signed: RUFUS JONES, SELAH JONES
Signed in Presence of ALEX. MARTIN, WM ELKINS, JOHN MARTIN
Acknowledged before me December the 29th day 1796. CHARLES CAMPBELL, J.P.
1798 - Oglethorpe Co GA (GA Tax List)
JAMES EAST SR, JAMES EAST JR (Hudspeth's District)
MATTHEW GALLOWAY, ISHAM DAVIS (Hudspeth's District)
LEWIS BRADBURY, JOHN HARDMAN JR (Brooks District)
WILLIAM FINCH (Collier's District)
JOHN, NATHAN & WM EDWARDS (Waters District)
GEORGE, JOHN & THOS BRITTON (Waters District)
THOMAS SCROGGINS, JOHN HARDEMAN (Duke's District)
JOSEPH EAST & EDMUND EDWARDS (In Jackson Co GA 1799 List)
(1800 - Oglethorpe Co GA (GA Tax List)
JAMES EAST, ISHAM DAVIS (Hudspeth's District)
JOHN, NATHAN & WM EDWARDS (Warter's District)
LEWIS BRADBURY, JOHN HARDMAN JR (Hardman District)
MATTHEW GALLOWAY (McCarly's District)
WILLIAM FINCH (Collier's District)
JOSEPH EAST, EDMUND EDWARDS (In Jackson Co GA 1801 List)
WM ELKINS (In Wilkes Co GA 1801 List)
1800 - Oglethorpe Co GA (Federal Census//Capt Hudspeth's District
JAMES EAST JR
Males: Under 10(2)///10-16(0)///16-26(0)///26-45(1)///Over 45(1)
Fem: Under 10(0)///10-16(0)///16-26(1)///26-45(0)///Over 45(1)
(Note: James Jr's elderly parents, James & Eushan residing in this household)
LEWIS BRADBERY, JOHN HARDMAN JR (Capt Hardman's District)
MATHEW GALLOWAY (Capt McCarley's District)
WILLIAM FINCH (Capt Collier's District)
JOHN, NATHAN & WM EDWARDS (Capt Warter's District)
JOHN HARDEMAN (Capt Duke's District)
(Note: JOSEPH EAST & EDMUND EDWARDS in Jackson Co GA)
1805 - Oglethorpe County, GA (Tax List)
JAMES EAST (James Smith's District)
MATTHEW GALLOWAY, WM ELKINS (Lockett District)
JOHN, NATHAN & WM EDWARDS (Lee District)
JOHN HARDMAN JR (Hewell District)
LEWIS BRADBERRY (Clarke Co GA 1805 Tax List)
JOSEPH EAST, EDMUND EDWARDS (Jackson Co GA 1804 Tax List)
1805 - Georgia Land Lottery
JAMES EAST, SR (Oglethorpe Co, Serial #328, 2 draws)
JAMES EAST, JR (Oglethorpe Co, Serial #346, 1 draw??)
JOSEPH EAST (Jackson Co, Serial #252)
EDMUND EDWARDS (Jackson Co, Serial #238, 2 draws)
1810 & 1815 - Oglethorpe Co GA (Tax Lists)
MATTHEW GALLOWAY (Left Will Oglethorpe 1824, Book B, pg 254)
JOSEPH EAST (On Clarke Co GA 1809 Tax List)
(Don's Note: JAMES EAST JR & EDMUND EDWARDS do not appear on 1809-1810 tax lists for Oglethorpe &
Jackson Counties GA. They went back to Robertson Co TN by 1809, with JAMES EAST SR possibly? going with
them, since James East Jr used JUNIOR on the Oglethorpe deed transacted in Robertson County TN in 1812. James
East Sr purchased the Oglethorpe land in 1796 & probably died between 1809-1812 in GA or TN??, leaving the
property to his son James Jr)
More About James East, Sr:
Residence1: Lunenberg Co VA(Mechlenburg Co/Meherrin River/CoxCreek area) (1748-1760)
Residence2: Charlotte/Halifax Co VA (1760-1767)
Residence3: Pittsylvania Co VA (1767-1777)
Residence4: Henry Co VA (Horsepasture Creek) (1777-1787)
Residence5: Wilkes Co GA (Indian Creek/Became Oglethorpe Co) (1787-1790)
Residence6: Tennessee Co NC (Middle Fork Red River/Became Robertson Co TN) (1790-1793)
Residence7: OglethorpeCoGA (Indian Creek area) (1793-1809)
Children of James & Eushan East
CHILD 1: JOSEPH EAST was born Abt 1760 in Lunenburg Co VA; died in Monroe Co AL. He married Mildred
1799, 1801, 1804 - Jackson County GA (Georgia Tax List)
1809, 1815 - Clarke County GA (Georgia Tax List) JOSEPH EAST
1830 - Federal Census (Monroe Co AL) JOSEPH EAST 1100000001-200001, Pg 34 MARTIN R. EAST Pg 049
1840 - Federal Census (Monroe Co AL) MARTIN B. EAST 1011001-102001, Pg 229
CHILD 2: ELIZABETH EAST was born Abt 1762 in Pittsylvania Co VA; died Abt 1811 in BeaverDam(Oglethorpe) GA
She married William Elkins 24 Dec 1783 in Henry Co VA.
Notes for Elizabeth East:
Oct 1790 - Henry Co VA (Letters of Dismissal from Beaver Creek Church)
William & Elizabeth Elkins
ISHAM EAST also a member of church
CHILD 3: JEAN EAST was born Abt 1764 in Pittsylvania Co VA ?; died Unknown in Oglethorpe Co GA ?.
She married William Finch 26 Sep 1785 in Henry Co VA
CHILD 4: JAMES EAST JR was born Abt 1767 in Pittsylvania Co VA, and died May 1833 in Madison Co IL.
He married Mary "Polly" Edwards Abt 1787 in Henry Co VA, daughter of Edmund & Elizabeth Edwards. She was born Abt 1772 in Pittsylvania Co VA, and died Abt 1845 in Madison Co IL