According to James' Revolutionary War Pension Application he enlisted with Captain Samuel Wise of the 3rd Regiment of Rangers of the South Carolina line. He enlisted in Anson County, North Carolina. He applied for the pension in 1818 when he was 62 years old, living in Montgomery County, Tennessee, at which time his mother, almost 100 years old, lived with him and his wife, Nancy, who was 60.(By 1820 his mother was dead.)
In 1841 Abraham and Josiah Baggett, 2 of James' surviving children applied for his remaining unclaimed pension.According to their application, Nancy, James' widow, died 6/29/1838. Nancy and James were known as man and wife (married?)in 1793, per the application.