I am interested in the family history of James Pilkenton/Pilkington who under the Donation Land Claim Act of 1850 became the original land owner of what is now the the City of Cosmopolis in Grays Harbor County, WA. His land was located along side of the Chehalis River.
Land records show that James "Pilkenton" was born in 1830 in North Carolina and his "heirs at law" were listed as Jesse, Melinda, Rebecca & William Pilkenton of Indiana. Also close by to James was Richard Pilkenton, who signed as a witness on land records for James Pilkenton. Richard Pilkenton was a resident of what was Thurston County in the 1850s. From information obtained from census records, I believe that this Richard Pilkenton was born in North Carolina abt 1828.
I have Pilkenton ancestors who settled out in Doty, Lewis County, WA in about 1908 along the Chehalis River. These ancestors were originally from Northwestern North Carolina, but moved on to Wise County, VA before traveling out to Washington State. I would like to know if there is a relationship between my line and the line of either James or Richard Pilkenton who settled in WA in the early 1850s.
Thanks in advance for any help you may provide,
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