James McKelvey was born Abt. 1730 in Scotland or Ireland, date is a guess. He married Sarah ? on Bef. 1750 in Scotland or Ireland, date is a guess.
Notes for James McKelvey: History of James and Sarah McKelvey handed down through the generations (Recorded by Ellen Jane McKelvey Mabon)
Our ancestor in Scotland/Ireland, father of our first James McKelvey to cross the water, was married three times. The names of his wives were Janet McGuin, Janet McGuire, and Janet Donaldson. There were eight brothers in our McKelvey family in Scotland. They emigated to Ireland, then to America. Four of them settled down East, four went west and were lost to our family.
James and Sarah settled down east in Fallowfield Township, Chester County, PA. James and at least three of his four sons fought in the Revolutionary War, two of his sons were in the Battle of Brandywine. After the war the family left Chester County, they moved to Westmoreland County. Later some of them went to the "far west" across the state line into Ohio.
Evidence from Tax Records
In the Chester County tax records in the Proprietary tax lists Volume 11, the following entries were found. James McKelvey paid tax on one hundred acres of land, two horses, two cattle, in the year 1771. He again paid tax at the same place in 1781 and in 1783-1784 he paid tax on three hundred acres of land, two horses, two cattle. The amount paid was 5 pounds 3S 8d. He again paid in 1786. In Volume 12 - 1780, we find him listed in East Caln Township as well as East Fallowfield. In one he owned property, in the other he paid poll tax. At that time he was evidently living with his son Robert who was living in that part of Chester County.
Revolutionary War records
The archives of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg show two James McKelveys having Revolutionary War records. They also have records for John McKelvey and William McKelvey. (Also a Patrick McKelvey and a Thomas McKelvey who were likely relatives since they they lived near our branch of the family.) The fourth son, Robert, is not listed but the records are not complete so he might have served also. In the PA archives 5th Series Volume 8 page 660 we find James McKelvey , a private, September 26, 1776. October 8, 1776, we find lieutenant James McKelvey. (The Custodian in the library said that this was likely the same person and he had been promoted in the service.) This must have been the father since his youngest son, James, would have been less than 16 years old at that time.
James McKelvey found in:
Passenger and Immigration Index, 1500s-1900s Place: Pennsylvania Year: 1750 Primary immigrant: McKelvey, James Accompanying family members: Wife Sara Permanent entry number: 890989 Accession number: 8438344 Source publication code: 9255.7 Source publication page number: 25 Source publication: [ULSTER GENEALOGICAL & HISTORICAL GUILD]. "Interest List." In Ulster Genealogical & Historical Guild, no. 9 (1986), pp. 1-42. Source annotation: Hundreds of requests for information from Guild members. Date of emigration and intended destination or date and place of first mention of residence in the New World. Only individuals clearly listed as having emigrated were indexed. Also, for purposes of indexing, it was assumed spouse and children emigrated with the main listee. Periodical can be requested from The Secretary, Ulster Genealogical & Historical Guild, 68 Balmoral Avenue, Belfast, BT9 6NY, North Ireland. Source: Passenger and Immigration Lists Index
More About James McKelvey: Fact 1 (2): For a biography, see related files, James (1730)..
More About James McKelvey and Sarah ?: Marriage: Bef. 1750, Scotland or Ireland, date is a guess.
Children of James McKelvey and Sarah ? are:
+John McKelvey, b. Abt. 1751, Chester County PA, date is a guess.