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Descendants of JAMES CHAMBERS

Generation No. 1

1. JAMES1 CHAMBERS (SAMUELA, REYNOLDS "RUNNELS"B, ALEXANDERC, ROBERTD)1 was born Abt. 1738 in of Virginia, and died Bet. 1792 - 1800 in Pigeon River, Buncombe ( now Haywood) Co., N. Carolina. He married W/O JAMES CHAMBERS Abt. 1755. She was born Bet. 1740 - 1756.

James Chambers was on the survey team, a chain bearer, which layed out 400 acres on the E. side of the French Broad River for Joseph McDowell. Entered 6 October, 1783. Ent. No. 131, Grant issued 8 December 1787, Grant no. 1081; Zadock Sherman entered 200 acres on the South Side French Braod River "oppsite" mouth of Swanono River joining James McDowell and down French Broad river for complement 10 January 1888. Warrant Issued. That warranty was transferred to James Chambers. Before 1791, James Chambers was living in the part of old Rutherford County on the west side of the mountains and signed a petition to the Governor of North Carolina (with the other citizens who lived there) to set up a new county which would be called Buncombe. Buncombe County was formed in 1791. According to historian W. C. Allen in his book Centinnal of Haywood County, " among the first settlers on Pigeon River were John Davidson and James Chambers, who secured large grants from the State some years after the close of the Revolution. James Chambers was living on his grant previous to 1790, for according to the best information obtainable he died during the year." Joseph Dobson purchased 640 acres on the west side of Pigeon River including the place where James Chambers lived in his lifetime. This deed was dated January 10, 1803. From the deed records we can determine that James Chambers lived somewhere near the upper reaches of the Pigeon River in the vicinity of present day Clyde and Canton. James Chambers (the son?) bought lot #19 for $100 from John Burton in Morristown (Asheville), Buncombe Co., N. C. on July 20 1797. ( Ref. Buncombe Co. deed index S1-2 pg. 480.) On Oct 21, 1800 James Chambers (the son?) sold the Morristown lot to John Turke for $100., (Ref. Deed book 5, pg 241); James bought 640 acres of land for 75 Pounds in Buncombe (now Haywood) Co., NC on the West side of the Pigeon River from Joseph Dobson Oct. 20, 1801.(Ref. Buncombe Co. deed index Book 7, pg. 66. (note: 640 acres = 1 square mile); It is fairly certain that our "James Chambers, the first of the name, came to what is now Haywood Co. from Virginia, bought a tract of land on the west side of Pigeon River south of where Canton is now situated. ( Near Clyde and Chambers Mtn.) He had three sons, Joseph, William, & Elihu." as noted pg. 617-619 The Annals of Haywood Co. N.C. Allen, (It is likely that James had other sons and daughters, others may have been John*, Phillips*, Benjamin* and James* (Jr.), Margaret* and Sarah*, although there is none other than circumstantial evidence to connect them.) These Chambers are marked in this display with an asterick* to indicate they have not been proved to be children of James Chambers. (Haywood Co. was made from Buncombe Co. in 1808); James Chambers' neighbors were Thomas Abel, John Massy, Jacob Fulbright, and George Cathey. The primary occupation of the early settlers was stock raising and farming, with the main crops being hogs, corn, wheat, oats, potatoes and some tobacco; Buncombe Co. court, first session, April 1792.."Ordered by the court that.. James Chambers lay off a road from Swannanoa to Benjamin Davids Creek the nearest and best way.. and report to July court; Minutes of Oct. Court, Buncombe Co., N. C. 1792.. James Chambers ordered to serve on the Grand Jury; ordered to serve as jurors Jan. 1793 were William Chambers; " April 1795 session of court, State of N. C. Buncombe Co. This day came Wm. Chambers and made that on the 21st day of January the dwelling house of James Chambers was burnt and William Coyler, sent a small trunk, with William Chambers, and said deposant(sic) put it in his trunk, and has reason to believe was burnt with the rest of the goods in the house. Sworn to and suscribed before the 26th day of Jan. 1795. Wm.(his mark) Chambers." (This was a bond respecting the mines); April Term of Court, Buncombe Co. ordered James Chambers...Ben Hawkins (and others) to lay off a road from the Court house to Johathan McPeters on Hominy Creek and report to July sessions in 1795; The 1800 US Census does not lists an older James Chambers, so he may have died before the census. A James Chambers is listed but is younger, this could be his son. This is the same page as his three sons are listed on. Page 164 also lists a John Chambers); The Buncombe Co. court of Oct. term 1795 lists juror as John Chambers; In the October, 1805 term of court letter of administration were recorded, James Chambers decedent, Executors Joseph Chambers & George Cathey. (The Court House fire of 1831 destroyed the wills but Extant Minutes were saved).\

Notes for
James Chambers' will was probated in 1805 in Buncombe Co., N.C. Abigail Chambers was receiving land grants as early as 1783 probably as a widow of a Rev. Soldier. There is some thought that James' wife was named Abigail but it is not certain. Records show that James was alive in 1791. (He signed a petetion( west of the mountains near Asheville) to form a new county. (County was named Buncombe) Some Abigail Chambers records are: 1. N. C. State Grant# 1080 to Abigail Chambers for 400 acres lying on both sides of Richland Creek...near above John McDowell's survey. Survey including the mouth of a fork on the east side and a Locust Grove in the Forks. Entered 1 December 1783 #139 Surveyed 10 April 1787. Grant issued 8 December 1787. Source= Burke County, N. C. Land Grants. Burke Co. Public Library. (Abigail would probably have been a widow of a Rev. Soldier to receive the grant) 2. Abigail Chambers was the second wife of Capt. Thomas Patton and, at the time of their marriage 14 September, 1800 was member of Piney Grove (now First Presbyterian Church) of Swannoanoa, Buncombe Co., N. C. In the 1800 Census of Buncombe County, Thomas Patton,Sr. was over 45 and his wife (Abigail) was 26-44. She would have been born 1756-1774. Thomas Patton died 22 March, 1808 at Pisgah Forest, Transylvania Co., NC leaving Abigail a widow for the second time. She is listed in the 1810 Census of Bumcombe Co. as Abigail Patton (widow), age 45-up, (born before 1765) living alone and next house to Joseph Patton age 25-44 (probably Thomas Patton's son). In the 1820 Census of Buncombe Joseph Patton still has in his home a female over 45 which may be Abigail Patton. Abigail does not appear in the 1830 census with Joseph Patton's family.
Richland Creek is probably now known by another name and would rise in west Transylvania (then Buncombe) County, N. C., flowing northeast into the west fork of the French Broad River. (Not to be confused with the Richland Creek of present day Haywood County that flows through the center of Waynesville, N. C. northeast into the Pigeon River.) Abigail Chambers also may have been a sister or mother of Hannah Chambers who married Benjamin Hawkins of the same local. Other records: 1790 Census of Rutherford County, N. C. located in Militia Dist. 13 (probably in what is now Buncombe Co., south of Swannoa River.Abigail Chambers= head of household with following in household.2 males 16 & up, 1 male under 16, 4 females (all ages). These ages match up with Elihu and William being over 16, and Joseph being under 16. 1female being Abigail and the 3 other females are unknown. Thomas Patton was born 1726 in Chester Co. Pa. or Cecil Co., Md. moving to what is now Franklin Co., Pa where he married Margaret Erwin (Irvin). Thomas was in Augusta Co., Va. in 1755. He then appears in the vicinity of Bethel congregation, York Dist, S. C. in the 1760's, moving on to present day Buncombe Co., N. C. in 1785. After Margaret's death (about 1792) Thomas married the widow Abigail Chambers, 1796/7 and moved to the Davidson River valley near the present town of Pisgah Forest. He died there 22 March 1808 and is buried in the Davidson River Cemetery.

Children of JAMES CHAMBERS and
2. i.   ELIHU2 CHAMBERS, b. 1765, prob Va.; d. Aft. 1860, prob. Haywood County, N.C..
3. ii.   WILLIAM CHAMBERS, SR., b. 1766, prob. Va.; d. 21 Sep 1844, Cooper Co., Mo. age 78.
4. iii.   JOSEPH CHAMBERS, b. 18 Jun 1778, Virginia; d. Bef. 03 Aug 1840, Villa Rica, Carroll Co., Ga. bd. Chambers Burying Ground (Hillcrest Cem.).
5. iv.   JOHN* CHAMBERS, b. 18 Dec 1758; d. 1820, Buncombe Co., N. C. bd. Flat Creek Cem..
6. v.   SARAH* CHAMBERS, b. Abt. 1772, N. Carolina; d. Bet. 1850 - 1860, Haywood Co., N. C..
7. vi.   JAMES * CHAMBERS, b. Bef. 1774.
8. vii.   PHILLIPS * CHAMBERS, b. 1778, N. Carolina; d. Bet. 1850 - 1860, Carroll County, Georgia.
9. viii.   BENJAMIN* CHAMBERS, b. Bet. 1783 - 1785, Buncombe Co., N. C.; d. 03 Mar 1864, Cherokee Co., N.C..

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