The information you have shared about James Abercrombie ties in with my Abercrombie connection. James Abercrombie married Rebecca Jane Colgan (more about this later) in Edinburgh, Scotland. He was a school teacher in Edinburgh and they emigrated to the colonies, arriving first in Baltimore and then moving on to modern day York Co. Their daughter Mary (known as “Mammie”) was born July 7, 1736 in Scotland. She married my 4G grandfather, Thomas Cooper (b. 3/23/1731, d. 9/18/1798) on Feb. 14. 1764, at St. James Episcopal Church in Lancaster, PA.(The Coopers were Episcopalians, although some did marry Quakers and their children were raised in the Quaker faith.) Shortly after the marriage of Thomas and Mary, James Abercrombie and his family moved south to North Carolina. (Thomas and Mary Abercrombie Cooper remained in PA.) It seems they may have gone first to NC and then to SC. There was a James Abercrombie who was granted 100 acres of land on Reedy Creek on Oct. 30, 1767. This was the area that became Laurens Co., South Carolina. We have often discussed why the Abercrombies left PA and moved so far south. One possibility is that they already had ties in the area, such as Abercrombies or Coopers.
Mary Abercrombie Cooper’s father-in-law was John Cooper, who came to America @ 1719/1720, supposedly with two of his brothers, Alexander and Thomas. (Their father was Thomas Cowper, a linen maker from Kendal, England.He is listed in the Norman Collection simply as a “traveler.” Thomas Cowper’s sons John, Thomas, and Alexander emigrated to America, leaving behind a brother Nathian and sisters Mary and Agnes.) John Cooper was my 5G grandfather, and he and his brothers arrived at New Castle, DE. Oral history has it that one brother went to “the Carolinas,” and another settled in the Philadelphia area. I don’t know whether it was Alexander or Thomas who was supposed to have gone south. These three brothers saw one another only one more time in their lives for a reunion because of the difficulty of travel in those days. It may have been the case that the Abercrombies went to the area settled by one of the Coopers and then on to SC.
Names that were used over and over for the males in our family were John, Thomas, Alexander, and William. Those names are also associated with a property in Mecklenburg Co., NC at the intersection of Dixie River Road and Mt. Olive Church Road, known as Cooper’s Log Home. The earliest Cooper recorded there was John Cooper in 1721, with William, Thomas, and Alexander also subsequent owners. I have no basis for connecting these Coopers with my own line, but it would be wonderful if someone has the history of these Coopers. I do know that my 5G grandfather, John Cooper, remained in PA and MD where he eventually owned thousands of acres.
My 5G grandfather John Cooper (1689 – 1759) married Alice Gill (1692 – ca 1760) of Baltimore Co., MD on Oct. 23, 1722, at Spesutia Church, St. George’s Parish, Harford Co., MD. He bought property that he believed lay in Maryland. With the surveying of the Mason-Dixon line, it was later found that part of the property was in PA, now modern-day York County. When searching for early records about the family, one has to look in Maryland, rather than just Pennsylvania. Although I have a great deal of information about the Coopers this is not the venue for it.
Information about James Abercrombie and Rebecca Colgan was provided by their great granddaughter, Duckett Cooper Morgan Coulson Williams, in a monograph written in 1878 when she was 77 years old. One needs to be cautious of taking all her statements as fact. For example, she states that James Abercrombie’s wife was Rebecca Jane Calvin (or Colvin), rather than Colgan. She indicates that James and Rebecca Abercrombie had children Mary, Jane, William, and Thomas. She does not mention James or John. She dictated the information and focused on her Morgan ancestors, rather than the Abercrombies.
I don’t know if this info has already been discussed on these message boards as I have not followed them. I saw a thread elsewhere and followed it to here. A thousand pardons if I have repeated what you already know.