James was born about 1750, Armagh County, Ireland. His family soon moved to South Carolina where James, along with his mother and two sisters, were captured by the indians. James was later surrendered, at length, by the indians, but his mother and sisters were killed. James was about age twelve at the time of his capture.
James later learned the blacksmith trade in York County, SC where he also married Mary Neel, daughter of Col. Thomas Neel. James and Mary had several children and eventually moved to Livingston County, KY where James died in 1809.
During the Revolutionary War, James fought for freedom in several battles in which Brig. Gen. Edward Lacey (Col. Lacey during the war) also fought. Gen. Lacey and his family also moved to Livingston Co. KY about the same time Lt. Col. James Hawthorn and his family did.
I would like to hear from anyone related to or having any information about James and Mary Hawthorn, names of their children, where they settled in Livingston County, KY, and where they are buried.
Also, if gravesite is not know, and a memorial has not somewhere been erected in his honor, I would like know of it so that the process of erecting a memorial for this brave and dedicated patriot might be started. Thanks for any help on this matter.
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