Elias James, the son of Enoch James and possibly Rachel Richards was reportedly born
about 1775 and subsequently relocated to Georgia. Although documentary evidence
proving his descent from Enoch James and Rachel Richards has not been located, DNA
evidence obtained through the James Y-DNA Project indicates that Elias was the son
of Enoch and Rachel Richards. Elias James reportedly has 7 to 8 daughters and three
sons. The only verified sons of Elias James through Y-DNA evidence include Isaac
James and Thomas James born circa 1803.
Elias James and his father Enoch James are believed to have migrated from the Wilmington
District of North Carolina to Wilkes County, Georgia as early as 1797. In 1803 Elias
is reported to have participated in the Georgia Land Lottery. Between 1823 and 1850
Elias’ children can be found within 30 miles of Wilkes County with Isaac James residing
in neighboring Elbert County, 23 miles to the north, and Thomas James residing in
neighboring Warren County, 30 miles to the south. Isaac would later migrate further
to Mississippi whereas Thomas and their father Elias would migrate to Franklin County,
Alabama after obtaining a land grant for 40 acres in Franklin County in 1835.
DNA evidence provided by Lee Allyn James of Olympia, Washington courtesy of the James
Y-DNA Surname Project document Elias James descent from his great grandfather David
James (circa1660-1739) of Radnorshire, Wales.
The Early Records of Georgia, Volume I, Wilkes County abstracted and compiled by
Grace Gillam Davidson, published in 1933 at Macon, Georgia. Appearing on page 233
Enoch James is in Wilkes County, Georgia in 1811 and financially supporting two orphans:
Nancy Ferrington and Mandy Ferrington, the daughters of the late Aaron Ferrington.
Appearing on page 318, Elias James is residing in Wilkes County, Georgia and participating
in the Land Lottery of 1803.
1790 Federal Censust for the State of North Carolina documents Elias James residing
1830 Federal Census for the State of Georgia document Thomas James residing in Warren
The family records of William Ralph James, Jr. of Marietta, Georgia document Isaac
James residing in Elbert County, Georgia as early as 1832.
The family records of Scott K. Williams document Thomas James as the son of Elias