4.030 James Adams DARWIN

4.030 James Adams DARWIN

Male 1796 - 1872  (76 years)

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  • Name James Adams DARWIN 
    Title 4.030 
    Born 12 Aug 1796  York County, South Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Census 1800  Spartanburg County, South Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    James A. Darwin (age 4) presumed in household of father, William W. Darwin 
    Court & Legal Mar 1825  Jackson County, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    James A. Darwin (age 28) a witness in Castle v. McCarver lawsuit 
    Census 1830  Rhea County, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    "Jas A Darwin" (age 34) 
    Letters/Memoirs 28 Feb 1849  Jackson County, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    James A. Darwin (age 53) mentioned in letter by Andrew M. Darwin 
    Died 17 Sep 1872  Rhea County, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Pierce Cemetery, Evensville, Rhea County, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Commentary: DWD 4.30

      I was interested to note that both the 1860 and 1870 Tennessee census show Bethiah's birthplace as Tennessee while the earlier census of 1850 gives her birthplace as N. Carolina, which I believe to be correct. Bethiah's mother, Susannah White Clements later returned to N. Carolina where she died in 1871 aged 93.

      Leaves from the Family Tree by Penelope Johnson Allen states that

      James A. Darwin moved to Rhea County, Tennessee, about the year 1820, bought 300 acres of land and spent the remainder of his life there.


      However, the court case of Wm. Castle v John McCarver would establish that James was still living in Jackson Co., TN, in November 1822 at the time of the "Cart" incident and that would mean that James and Bethiah's first four children were born there while the remainder were born in Rhea Co., TN, at his new home situated three miles north of Washington, the county seat, and about the same distance from the River Tennessee, which forms a water frontage of approximately forty miles along the county border.

      James established a trading post, Darwin Station, at his settlement to serve the local community and was ideally placed being close to Washington Landing, an important river port that served the town of Washington. Merchandise had to be hauled by wagon from Knoxville before the introduction of river transport and by the 1820s steamboat traffic connected all the settlements along the upper Tennessee River, so the merchants in Rhea County could conveniently trade with Knoxville, Chattanooga and other towns along the river, including Decatur in Alabama which hitherto had found it easier to buy goods from the southern ports of Mobile and New Orleans than from East Tennessee.

      James was also active in local public affairs and at one time was a member of the County Court. He died September 17, 1872 at the age of 76 years, 1 month, 5 days. His wife Bethiah died the following year at Darwin Station on April 27, 1873 at the age of 75 years, 2 months, 24 days and they are both buried in the Pierce Cemetery in Evensville, which is the town that sprang up next to Darwin Station.
    • References:

      Ann Darwin
      Penelope Johnson Allen, Leaves from the Family Tree, Chattanooga Times (1933)
    Person ID I3284  DARUSA | Descendants of William Darwin
    Last Modified 13 Feb 2013 

    Father William Washington DARWIN,   b. 12 Aug 1769, York County, South Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1852, Madison County, Alabama, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Mother Jane ADAMS,   b. 1774,   d. Abt 1810  (Age 36 years) 
    Married 1795  York County, South Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F0104  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Bethiah White CLEMENTS,   b. 03 Feb 1798, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Apr 1873, Rhea County, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Married 04 Apr 1816  Jackson County, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Thomas Clements DARWIN,   b. 29 Jan 1817, Jackson County, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Jul 1899, Evensville, Rhea County, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
    +2. Jane Adams DARWIN,   b. 21 Nov 1818, Jackson County, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Mar 1869, Rhea County, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 50 years)
    +3. Peyton Clements DARWIN,   b. 20 Jun 1820, Jackson County, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 02 Feb 1864, Yell County, Arkansas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 43 years)
    +4. Susannah H. DARWIN,   b. 26 Mar 1822, Jackson County, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Jul 1866, Rhea County, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 44 years)
    +5. Julia Franklin DARWIN,   b. 04 Feb 1824, Rhea County, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 05 Nov 1905, Rhea County, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
    +6. Mary Ann DARWIN,   b. 30 Jan 1826, Rhea County, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Apr 1898, Cooke County, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
     7. Belinda Humphrey DARWIN,   b. 09 Feb 1828, Rhea County, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 May 1901  (Age 73 years)
    +8. William Perry DARWIN,   b. 22 Feb 1830, Rhea County, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 04 Nov 1894, Rhea County, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years)
     9. Elizabeth DARWIN,   b. 17 Dec 1832,   d. 1835  (Age 2 years)
    +10. Anastasia L. DARWIN,   b. 21 Apr 1834, Rhea County, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Aug 1917, Fresno County, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
     11. James Long DARWIN,   b. 12 Feb 1836,   d. 1836
    +12. Tennessee White DARWIN,   b. 10 Feb 1837, Rhea County, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1920, Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
    +13. Victoria DARWIN,   b. 22 Mar 1839, Rhea County, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 06 Dec 1919, Rhea County, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
    +14. Henry Clay DARWIN,   b. 21 Apr 1843, Rhea County, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 09 Oct 1913, Dallas County, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)
    Last Modified 7 May 2009 
    Family ID F0285  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 12 Aug 1796 - York County, South Carolina, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - James A. Darwin (age 4) presumed in household of father, William W. Darwin - 1800 - Spartanburg County, South Carolina, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 04 Apr 1816 - Jackson County, Tennessee, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCourt & Legal - James A. Darwin (age 28) a witness in Castle v. McCarver lawsuit - Mar 1825 - Jackson County, Tennessee, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - "Jas A Darwin" (age 34) - 1830 - Rhea County, Tennessee, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsLetters/Memoirs - James A. Darwin (age 53) mentioned in letter by Andrew M. Darwin - 28 Feb 1849 - Jackson County, Tennessee, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 17 Sep 1872 - Rhea County, Tennessee, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Pierce Cemetery, Evensville, Rhea County, Tennessee, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    James Adams Darwin (1796-1872)
    James Adams Darwin (1796-1872)
    James Adams Darwin (1796-1872), husband of Bethiah White Clements (1798-1873)

  • Sources 
    1. [S71] CEN: 1800 SC Spartanburg.

    2. [S47] LOC: TN-JA: 1825 Castle v. McCarver Lawsuit (Appeal) , Jackson County, TN: Court Records.

      "the deposition of James Darwin was read for Deft. Pursuant to the annexed commission to me directed from the County Court of Jackson County hearing the 4th Monday September 1824 James Darwin aged about twenty eight a witness for the defendant in a certain suit now defending in said County between William Castle plaintiff and John McCarver defendant and the said witness being first sworn to speak the truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth touching his knowledge of the matter in controversy deposeth and saith as follows, to wit: ...[continued at link]"

    3. [S286] CEN: 1830 TN Rhea County.

    4. [S267] FAM: TN-JA: 1849 Letter of Andrew M. Darwin to George C. Darwin, Jr..

      "You also wrote that you wanted to know something about my father [William Washington Darwin], he is living at James' [James Adams Darwin]. "