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Stringfield, James, Sr. & Mary Ann (Ray)

submitted by Shirley (Brittain) Cawyer P.O. Box 164, Stephenville, TX 76401
Although James Stringfield had moved to Barren Co, Ky, before the 1800 census of Buncombe Co, we submit these records as proof of the ancestry of the Brittain families of Buncombe and Henderson Counties, NC.
The first record of James Stringfield is his birth in Surry Co, Virginia 19 December 1735, a son of Richard and Mary (Pettus) Stringfield. James is mentioned in his father’s Will filed 29 July 1747 in Northampton Co, VA.This will is on file in the NC Archives, North Carolina Wills, Vol. XXX, p66.
James Stringfield was living in Rowan Co, NC, in 1774 and was a witness to the Will of Joseph Brittain.
James Stringfield filed two entries for land in Burke Co, NC. #701, p. 234, 500 acres mill fork of Hunting Creek beginning at Joseph Morgan’s…George Killons land, and James Jewell, entered 28 Aug. 1778, #701, p. 235, 200 acres south fork of south fork of Catawba River on Walnut Branch including Walnut Mt. 17 Aug. 1778.
James Stringfield was granted 200 acres in Burke Co. dated 30 Nov. 1778. This was Grant #1092. June 1, 1787, Burke Co. Statement of deeds….Sam’l Hughes, Jno. Hughes and Jas Stringfield, to Morganton Commissioners.
James Stringfield is on the 1790 census of Rutherford Co., Morgan’s District, living near James Brittain, Sr., and the Boyleston, Bodyston families.
James Stringfield, Sr. appears on Buncombe Co. deeds from 1792 through 1794. He is also on many court minutes as jury duty, road work, etc. He moved to Barren Co, Ky, between 1795 and 1800, and died there after 1815.
James Stringfield’s wife was Mary Ann Ray, born 27 Nov. 1738, Queen Ann Co, MD, and died at the home of a daughter in Warren Co, Ky, 13 July 1813.
>From various descendants who are researching the family of James Stringfield, we have compiled a list of his children. He may have had other daughters.1. John Stringfield, b. 13 Feb. 1762, Surry Co, VA; d. 12 Jan. 1822 in Sangamon
Co., Illinois; m. 3 Dec. 1789 in Buncombe (Rutherford?) Co, NC, to Sarah
2. James Stringfield, Jr., b. ca 1765. He is on the 1820 census of Barren Co, Ky;
m. Nancy Simmons, went to Illinois.
3. William Ray Stringfield, b. ca 1767; m. Maria Love.
4. Nancy Stringfield, no birthdate found; m. Elias McFaddin.
5. Delilah Stringfield, no birthdate found; m. James Brittain.
6. Bida Stringfield, married a Downs.
(Could this be Zachariah Downs of early Burke and Buncombe records?)
7. Brittain Stringfield, no further records.

Sources: Land records of Burke Co, NC
Court Minutes & Quarter Pleas of Burke, Rutherford & Buncombe Counties, NC.
Deeds, Court Minutes of Barren and warren Counties, KY.
NSDAR records; various Stringfield researchers; History of Sangamon Co, Illinois. — ALOB, May 1984, Vol. V, #5, p. 84-41 thru 45

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