Capt James CHITWOOD, Sr.[1]

Male 1720 - 1780  (60 years)


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  • Name James CHITWOOD 
    Prefix Capt 
    Suffix Sr. 
    Born 12 Aug 1720  Northumberland, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 14 Oct 1780  Possibly Rutherford Co. N.C. Kings Mountain, NC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I296  Carney Genealogy
    Last Modified 22 May 2011 

    Father Matthias (Mathias) "Mathew" CHITWOOD, Sr.,   b. 1681, Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Jan 1755, Cumberland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Mother Mary KEY,   b. 12 Jan 1694, Northumberland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1751  (Age 56 years) 
    Married 1711  Northumberland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F1568  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Alice CARPENTER,   b. 1724,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married Abt 1748 
    Children 
     1. Moses CHITWOOD,   b. 1754, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Unknown, AL Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. James C CHITWOOD, Jr,   b. 1752, Cumberland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1841, Union, GA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years)
     3. Shadrack CHITWOOD, Sr,   b. 1756, Cumberland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1845, Decalab, AL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years)
     4. Joshua CHITWOOD, Sr,   b. Abt 1758, Cumberland Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1851, Gallia, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 93 years)
     5. Joseph CHITWOOD,   b. 1760, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Unknown
     6. Pleasant CHITWOOD,   b. 1765, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1848, Bed Boiling Springs, TN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
     7. Amos CHITWOOD,   b. 1768, Cumberland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Oct 1843, Kent, Jefferson Co. In Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)
    Last Modified 29 Aug 2016 
    Family ID F198  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Capt. James Chitwood, son of Matthias and Mary (Key) Chitwood and brother to Richard Chitwood, was a Tory during the Revolutionary War and was captured and hung after the battle of King's Mountain NC. "The names of the condemned Tories were --- Colonel Ambrose Mills, Capt. James Chitwood, Capt. Wilson, Capt. Walter Gilkey, Capt. Grimes, Lieutenant Lafferty, John McFall, John Bibby, and Augustine Hobbs. They were swung off the Gallows Oak, three at a time, and left suspended at the place of execution. According to Lieutenant Allaire's acocunt, they died like soldiers --- like martyrs, in their own and friends' estimation. "These brave but unfortunate Loyalists', says Allaire, 'with their latest breath expressed their unutterable detestation of the Rebels, and of their base and infamous proceedings; and, as they were being turned off, extolled thier King and the British Government, Mills, Wilson, and Chitwood died like Romans.....The poor Loyalist leaders had been left swinging from the sturdy oak upon which they had been executed. No sooner had the Whigs moved off, than Mrs. Martha Bickerstaff, the wife of Capt. Aaron Bickerstaff who had served under Ferguson, and been mortally wounded at King's Mountain, with the assistance of an old man who worked on the farm, cut down the nine dead bodies. Eight of them were buried in a shallow trench, some two feet deep; while the remains of Capt. Chitwood were conveyed by some of his friends, on a plank, half a mile away to Benjamin Bickerstaff's, where they were interred on a hill still used as a grave-yard." Taken from the book "Kings Mountain and it's Heroes", by Lyman C. Draper

  • Sources 
    1. [SAuth] Jim Carney, compiled by James H Carney [(E-ADDRESS), & MAILING ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE], Minyama, Queensland 4575 AUSTRALIA.