Deeds tell us that James was referred to as a "planter." There are deeds for at least 548 acres purchased and 350 acres sold. His neighbors were: Littleberry Adams, William Moseley, Samuel Doolittle, William Welch, Patrick Cunningham, Fielding Reynolds, Lewis Noble, and Widow Henderson. Most of these transactions were in the 1790's and on two of them Mary, his wife, was "examined" and "marked" her name while James signed his name.The fact that Mary was "examined" and stated that she freely gave her consent for the land to be sold is indicative that the land had been inherited by Mary or she and James had purchased it jointly.One of these pieces of property became an interesting transaction. James bought 265 acres from Lawrence Rambo of Orangeburg District S.C. for L 50 on Aug. 13,1796 and then turned around and sold it to John Power on April 3,1797 for only L 20.This second transaction was one of the two that required Mary's permission.James and Mary's land was ! all on Dry Creek or Horn Creek and Dry Creek in the southern part of Edgefield County. (Map on Page 44).
Not my guy - just saw the listing and thought someone might "need" him.