Elias James, the son of Enoch James and 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 son of Elias James is Thomas James born circa 1803. DNA evidence
indicates that Isaac James was also one of the three sons of Elias James.
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
both of Elias’ known 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. Following 1850
Isaac would migrate further to Mississippi whereas Thomas and their father Elias
would migrate to Franklin County, Alabama.
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.
In Search of the Lost Line of Enoch, by Larry James, published November 3, 2016 and
appearing on the James Family Archives website at www.jamesfamilyarchives.net document
Elias James decent from Enoch James (circa 1739-).
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.
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