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Re: JAMES P. PILKINTON, NC TO TX,
Posted by: James Pilkinton (ID *****5106) Date: January 06, 2006 at 17:01:25
In Reply to: Re: JAMES P. PILKINTON, NC TO TX, by James Pilkinton of 131

You all have probably figured this line out already, but here are my recent thoughts on James and Harriet Pilkinton. James is a good candidate to be the son of Ambrose Pilkinton of Guilford County, North Carolina. In fact I am confident that he is descended from either Ambrose or William Pilkinton of Guilford County, North Carolina but I have no proof at this time. Ambrose had an unidentified son in the age bracket of James. He may be with Ambrose in the 1820 and 1830 census. If James was actually born in 1820, then he would have been enumerated in the "white males under 10" bracket, and indeed there are three males in that brackett which as far as I can determine are: Drury born in 1814/15, Asa born in 1817 and one unknown. In the 1830 census of Guilford County, NC with Ambrose, there are three males enumerated as "white males between the age of 10 and 15". As far as I can determine these are Drury, Asa, and unknown. By the 1840 census, Asa and Drury and the unknown male are not enumerated in the Ambrose household. Asa Pilkinton is in Alabama by the late 1830's. Asa is listed as an open account for a merchant in Etowah County, Alabama 1836-1838, and in 1841, Ambrose Pilkinton marries Tempy Cox in the adjacent county of St. Clair, Alabama. In 1845, James marries Harriet Putnal in Bibb County, Alabama (which is two counties away from where Asa was). So, we can see that James was of the correct age to be a son of Ambrose and he was in Alabama at the same time as another son, Asa, and could have easily been traveling with him. In the 1850 census, both Asa and Drury Pilkinton end up in Chickasaw County, Mississippi, while James ends up in Sabine County, Texas. In 1860 we find James in Red River County, Texas where he apparently died before the 1870 census. There is an 1868 tax roll of Red River County, Texas listing an Asa Pilkington, which if so would place both Asa and James in the same area at about the same time. Asa definitely lived in Mississippi in the 1870 and 1880 census and he is buried in Lowndes County, Mississippi, so he either moved back or the tax record is an unknown Asa. The 1870 tax roll of Red River County, Texas lists a J.F. Pilkington, who I believe to probably be Drury Pilkinton's son John Franklin (although it could be James). John Franklin Pilkington is enumerated in the adjacent Delta County, Texas in 1880 and 1900. This puts Drury's son in the same area as James and Harriet Pilkinton's family. It is interesting that one of James' grandsons (Creed's son) is named Drury (or Drewry). There are some interesting coincidences between Asa and James: they both had daughters named Ada and also Nancy Ann. Asa's mother was Ada Heath and Asa's sister was Nancy. These were common names but could also indicate a familial relationship. My theory is that Asa and James left home in Guilford County, NC in about 1837 and traveled through Alabama until about 1845 and then went west - James all the way to east Texas. Perhaps the brothers kept in touch through the years and Drury actually moved to where Asa was in Mississippi for a short while, and then after the war both Asa and Drury moved to where James was in Red River County, Texas for a short while. Perhaps after James died, Asa moved back to Mississippi to be near his children. Of course this is only conjecture and I could be entirely wrong. Maybe someone can clear this up or just give your own thoughts. Thanks, Jim Pilkinton


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