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James Macklemore, Jr.

Male Abt 1701 - Aft 1770  (~ 70 years)

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  • Name James Macklemore  [1, 2
    Suffix Jr. 
    Born Abt 1701  Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Died Aft 1770  [2, 4
    • Inherited land from his father on Peahill Creek on the north side of the Roanoke River, in what would become Northhampton County. He also got some land on the island between his brothers William and Charles (James L. McLemore, III, p 46). Based on the migration patterns of his children, he is probably the ancestor of the Georgia and Alabama McLemore families. (James L. McLemore, III, p 50).

      James Jr. began his independent productive life on the lands devised him by his father on Peahill Creek. As James MACLIMER, he witnessed a deed from Walther LASHLEY of Viriginia to (his sons?) Patrick and William LASHLEY dated August 17, 1737, and recorded in Bertie County. The following year, 1738, he married Nancy JONES of the same county. He witnessed deeds in Bertie County (as James MACKLIMORE in 1740, and after Northampton County was formed in 1741, in that county as well (in 1751 and 1753), indicating that he was still living on Peahill Creek. The last of these was the deed from Atkins MACLAMORE to his brother Young.

      On May 9, 1755, James MACLAMORE was granted a patent for 612 acres in Northampton County, North Carolina, and within a few days conveyed 340 acres of this tract, located on Lizzard Creek at Spring Branch, to Jesse GILLIAM (May 20, 1755). He held onto the rest until 1758, when he conveyed 172 acres , located on "Jesse Gillham's Spring" to Marquess RAWLINGS, a Brunswick County, Virginia tailor. (Northhampton Deed Book 2, p. 445). By computation, this left him with about 100 acres of patented land, plus his homeplace inheritied from his father. However, this was the last reference to him in Northampton County.

      He may have taken an oath in Granville County in 1770.

      (James L. McLemore, III, pp 48, 49).

      Robert McLemore Butler cites the following from "North Carolina Revolutionary Soldiers, Sailors, and Patriots & Descendants" Vol II:

      James McLemore (R-PAT-NC) c 1718-1800 m. Nancy Jones
    Person ID I20931  Strong Family Tree
    Last Modified 17 Aug 2014 

    Father James Macklemore,   b. Between 1660 and 1662, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 13 Feb 1732, Bertie County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 72 years) 
    Mother Fortune Gilliam,   b. Between 1668 and 1671, Surry County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1736, Bertie County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 69 years) 
    Married Abt 1690  [2
    Family ID F7450  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Nancy Jones,   b. Bef 1720,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married Abt 1738  Bertie County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
     1. Charles MacLemore,   b. Aft 1738, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. James McLemore, III,   b. Between 1739 and 1740, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1811, Hancock County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 72 years)
    Last Modified 9 Dec 2006 
    Family ID F7455  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - Abt 1701 - Virginia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - Abt 1738 - Bertie County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
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  • Documents
    McLemore DNA Study Results NOVEMBER 2011  (see spreadsheet PDF at bottom of this page)
    The yDNA of a direct male descedant of James Macklemore Jr is shown in the blue section of this excel spreadsheet. He does not have any current matches in this study.
    The main purpose of this study was to prove that the immigrant founders of this family in America, James Macklemore and Abraham Macklemore, were brothers. If brothers, then the y-DNA of the direct male descendants of both men would match. However, instead of confirming this, it appears that we have AT LEAST two distinct yDNA groups, with three additional potential lines. The first cluster of matching yDNA has ten members, who are part of the R1b1a2 haplogroup (highlighted on the spreadsheet in salmon). The R1b DNA haplogroup, is the most common in Western Europe. Two of the ten participants can trace their lines back to the immigrant Abraham Macklemore, the husband of Mary Young. Another member (m268) can trace himself back to Moses McLemore b. ca. 1738 who is thought to be a son of Wright McLemore, grandson of William Macklemore, and great-grandson of the immigrant James Macklemore. If both these members are correct in their paper trails, AND if Amos can be proven to be a great-grandson of James Macklemore, then the assumption that James and Abraham have a common paternal ancestor is correct as descendants of both men share the same yDNA. The other seven members of this first cluster all have the McLemore surname, and all can trace their lineages back to McLemore men who predate the Civil War, but have not conclusively linked themselves back to either James or Abraham.

    The second cluster in the study have three members to date (this group is highlighted on the spreadsheet in green). They are all in the E1b1 Haplogroup, which is rare in Western Europe. All of them match each other, but do not match any other McLemores yet tested. All three of these members can trace their ancestry to John Macklemore of Virginia, the husband of Faith. Two of them descend from his son Burwell, and the third from his son Joel. But, as discussed above, IF we have also proven that the immigrants Abraham and James Macklemore are brothers, then it follows that John Macklemore could not be the biological son of the immigrant James, as the yDNA of these two clusters is very different.

    Our current thinking is that John was likely a son of Fortune’s and a stepson of James Macklemore, who raised him as his own. Alternatively, it may still be proven that James and Abraham were not brothers. They may share the same surname, but not the same paternal ancestry. More proven descendants of James and Fortune Macklemore will need to be tested to confirm or refute either theory.

    As an interesting side note, it had long been assumed that the Revolutionary War Soldier John McLemore, who lived for a time in North Carolina and died in Tennessee, was a son of Burwell MacLemore and Amy Gilliam. However, current DNA evidence indicates this could not be correct. This is because two descendants of Archibald McLemore of Knox County, TN, a son John McLemore the Revolutionary Soldier, are both part of the larger R1b1a2 cluster (highlighted in salmon). They do NOT match the DNA of Burwell’s other descendants in the E1b1 cluster. Therefore, it is evident that the John McLemore who moved to Tennessee and was the father of Archibald McLemore CAN NOT be the same John McLemore who was a son of Burwell McLemore.

    In addition to the two groups discussed above, there are three McLemore DNA volunteers who don’t match any of the McLemores in either of the first two groups, OR match each other. One of these men (highlighted in purple on the spreadsheet) is a descendant of Hiram McLemore of Lee County, VA and later Breathitt County, KY. Hiram has been speculated to be a son of John McLemore and Ruth Steelman, a grandson of Ephraim McLemore, and great grandson of the immigrant James. However, if James and Abraham Macklemore are brothers, then Hiram could not be a biological descendant of James. He would have to match the group of ten McLemore’s in the first group. Although Hiram McLemore's descendant is also part of the R1b1 Haplogroup, he is more than 10 markers removed (based on 25 markers tested) from being a match to any of the other R1b1 McLemore’s, and therefore could not share a common ancestor in a genealogically significant time period.

    The second unmatched volunteer (highlighted in blue) is a direct descendant of the McLemore family that moved from North Carolina to Jones County, GA and then onto Montgomery County, AL. He is part of the R1a haplogroup, common in many parts of Eurasia and Scandinavia. He can trace his line back through four generations of James McLemore’s to James Macklemore Jr, thought to be the son of James and Fortune. But again, if James and Abraham are brothers, then he could not be a biological descendant of James Macklemore, the immigrant.

    The third unmatched volunteer (highlighted in brown) descends from James Madison McLemore born 1861 in Louisiana and died & buried 1918 in Van Zandt County, Texas. He is thought to be a son of William Kearney McLemore b. 1825 and d. 1889, also buried in Van Zandt County, Texas. He is in the I1 haplogroup, which is the most common group in Scandinavia.

    It is currently not known why these McLemores do not yet match any other study members. It is possible that there were several founding McLemore lines, instead of just one as has been long assumed. Or another possibility could be that undisclosed adoptions have occurred through the generations of descendants of both James and/or Abraham.

    Please help us to continue to unravel these DNA mysteries by volunteering to take part in this study. Email me for more details (, or you can enroll directly at this websites listed below.

    or here

    Also, if you have had your yDNA tested outside of the Morrison group, please let us know. We would be glad to add your results to the spreadsheet.

    If you have trouble viewing this spreadsheet, email me at and I can send you an excel spreadsheet or PDF.

  • Sources 
    1. [S206] McLemore, James L. III ("The Early History of the McLemore Family of Virginia and the Carolinas"), p 40 (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S321] Freeman, Mark ( "Mostly Southern" ; Ver. 2008-09-19 17:51:13.

    3. [S206] McLemore, James L. III ("The Early History of the McLemore Family of Virginia and the Carolinas").

    4. [S206] McLemore, James L. III ("The Early History of the McLemore Family of Virginia and the Carolinas"), Chart II (Reliability: 3).