Thank you Phyllis,
I have a bit on James Garretson himself - I am actually doing a paper on (his daughter Isabella who married) Paul Kingston, but included quite a bit on James Garretson in the paper and would love to add more on him and his ancestors. I have never found anything on his ancestors, so I will be overjoyed to have your information.
I have quite a lot on their daughter Isabella Garretson's Kingston Family. (I plan to eventually put this paper online in Wisconsin.)
What I have on James so far:
James Garretson (some say Garrison) born January 12, 1746 in Monroe County, Illinois and died May 17, 1797 in Moredock, Monroe County, Illinois at age 51 years, 4 months, and 5 days – buried Eagle Cliff-Miles Cemetery, Monroe County, Illinois.
James married Isabella Kyle born before 1754 in probably Franklin County, Pennsylvania and died 1819 in Freeburg, St. Claire County, Illinois at about age 65 years.
James and Isabella married March 15, 1770 at the Upper West Coconocheaque Presbyterian Church in Mercersburg, Franklin County, Pennsylvania.
James and Isabella had 6 children between 1771 and 1782 (11 years).
Their daughter, Isabella, married Paul Kingston:
Paul Kingston was born February 01, 1783 in probably Bantry, of County Cork of Ireland (some say London, England). He died January 07, 1864 in Necedah, Juneau County, Wisconsin at age 80 years, 11 months, and 6 daysand is buried in the Bay View Cemetery, Necedah, Juneau County, Wisconsin with his son John and daughter-in-law Hannah and some of their children;
Paul married first Isabella Garretson (some say ‘Mary’ Isabella Garretson) born in 1780 (some say about 1782 or 1784) in Ohio County, Virginia (some say in Ireland – but incorrect) and she probably died between 1830 and 1840 in Illinois; (looking at census records, this author supposes that Isabella died between 1830 and 1840 - 1830 Census - in possibly Fulton County, of Illinois or 1840 Census - most probably Lake County of Illinois) (some say Necedah, Juneau County, Wisconsin). Paul Kingston and his first wife Isabella Garretson Kingston had 2 children (some say – ‘that survived.’)
Paul and Isabella were married February 09, 1810 in St. Clair County, Illinois (when Paul was age 27 and Isabella was age 30 years).
Paul Kingston married second Mrs. Mary Yard born 1785 in New York, and of Little Fort (Waukegan) Lake County, Illinois and she possibly died before 1860 in probably Illinois.
Paul and Mary married May 18, 1841 in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois (when Paul was age 58 and Mary was age 56 years).(Paul and Mary were on the 1850 Census in Waukegan, Lake County, Illinois).
Thanks for being in touch,