James Family Archives


•  Researching the Past

•  Education for the Present

•  Preservation for the Future



Children of Enoch James (circa 1739-) of Upper Merion Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania and Rachel Richards:


1.    Elias James:  born circa 1775 in Wilmington District, North Carolina; relocated to Georgia; died circa 1840 in Franklin County, Alabama; known children include:  Isaac James and Thomas James.




Enoch James (1739-ukn) was the son of Thomas James (circa 1690-1753) and Mary Jones (1716-1745) of Radnor Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania.


Elias James, the son of Enoch James and possibly Rachel Richards was reportedly born about 1775 and subsequently relocated to Georgia. Although primary evidence documenting his descent from Enoch James and Rachel Richards is not available, DNA evidence obtained through the James Y-DNA Surname Project hosted by Family Tree Labs demonstrates that Elias was the biological son of Enoch James. Elias James reportedly had 7 to 8 daughters and three sons. The only verified sons of Elias James through Y-DNA testing include Isaac James born December 24, 1797 in Georgia and Thomas James born circa 1803, probably in Georgia also.


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.




See, DNA evidence provided by Lee Allyn James of Olympia, Washington courtesy of the James Y-DNA Surname Project documenting Elias James’ descent from his great grandfather David James (circa 1660-1739) of Radnorshire, Wales.


See also, Historical Records of Elias James (1775- aft 1840) including: Land Certificate of Elias James (1775-aft 1840), dated 1835 for forty acres of of land in Franklin County, Alabama signed by President Andrew Jackson.


See also, “In Search of the Lost Line of Enoch”, published November 3, 2016, by Larry James, documenting Elias James’ decent from Enoch James (circa 1739-unk).


See also, “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.


See also, U.S. Federal Census (1790), North Carolina documenting Elias James’ residence in Duplin.


See also, U.S. Federal Census (1830), Georgia documenting Thomas James’ residence in Warren County.


See also, Family Records of William Ralph James, Jr. of Marietta, Georgia documenting Isaac James’ residence in Elbert County, Georgia as early as 1832.


See also, Family Records of Scott K. Williams documenting Thomas James as the son of Elias James.


Virtual Memorials on “Find A Grave” Website:


Elias James (1775-1840), Memorial ID No. 236333446, by James Family Archives, added January 30, 2022.


Updated: January 1, 2024