Children of Evan James (1715-1794) & Margaret Jones (-1790) of Radnor Township, Chester
1. Griffith James: born circa 1739 in Radnor Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania;
married Mary Gyger (-1825); resided in the Old James Mansion in Radnor Township,
Delaware County, Pennsylvania formerly located at the corner of Montrose and Conestoga
Avenue; died in 1812; buried at Radnor United Methodist Church graveyard in Radnor
Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania; known children include: Mary James, Rachel
James, Isaac James, David James and Moses James.
2. Rebecca James: born circa 1740 in Radnor Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania;
married June 22, 1763 at Swedes Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to John Smith,
mason, of Lower Merion Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania; received two houses
and 51 acres from the estate of Evan James; known children include: James Smith,
Caleb Smith, Aaron Smith, Mary Gravel, John Smith, Amy Smith and Evan Smith.
3. Hannah James: born born circa 1747 in Radnor Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania;
married Robert Johnson.
4. Samuel James: born October 11, 1750 in Radnor Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania;
married circa 1780 in Loudoun County, Virginia to Hannah Smith (1758-1844), daughter
of Samuel Smith and Naomi Whitacre; moved to Harrison County, Virginia; moved again
to Jefferson County, Ohio; died October 26, 1812 in Jefferson County, Ohio; buried
at the Short Creek burial grounds, Short Creek Cemetery, Mount Pleasant, Jefferson
County, Ohio; known children include: Joshua James, Evan James, George James, Samuel
James, Nancy James and Margaret James.
5. Rachel James: born circa 1751 in Radnor Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania;
married December 1, 1774 at St. Paul’s Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Robert
Griffith James (-1812) reportedly "signed the Association Test, 1779. He was born
in Radnor, Pa., where, 1812, he died." This report was made by James family historian
Mrs. Mary Isabelle James de Gozzaldi (1852-1935) on page 159 of the Lineage Book
of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Volume 27, published
in Washington, D.C. in 1909. Mary was the daughter of Dr. Thomas Potts James (1803-1882),
the granddaughter of Rev. Dr. Isaac James (1777-1874), and the great granddaughter
of Griffith James. The Association Test began in New Hampshire in 1773. It was
a boycott designed to cripple commerce between the American Colonies and the British
Empire. By the time of the Revolutionary War, Great Britain had become dependent
on the Colonies for high quality raw materials such as pig iron. Signatories to the
Association Test agreed to engage in economic warfare against the British Empire
until independence was achieved. The Association Test also served as a declaration
of loyalty to the American cause. Among those prominent founding fathers who were
also signatories to the Association Test include George Washington, John Adams, and
Peyton Rudolph, President of the First Congress.