Name: James ATKINSON
Father: Cornelius ATKINSON (abt 1732 - Apr 1815)
Mother: Mary (CROSS) STEPHENS ( - 1807)
Birth abt 1762 , Cumberland Co., PA
Death abt Sep 1841 (age 79) , Monroe Co., OH
Burial abt Sep 1841 (age 79) Cameron, Monroe Co., OH, Cameron Cemetery
1. Mary BROWN
Marriage abt 1799 (age 37) Ohio
... Cornelius Brown ATKINSON (abt 1806 - aft 1880)
... Kinsey ATKINSON (abt 1816 - 22 Mar 1865)
PARENTS: Cornelius Atkinson and Mary (Cross) Stephens
Problem: Was the date of birth, 1762 or as Rose Abersold Dietrich has it, 1759 in PA? James Atkinson testified, at the Pension Hearing of his brother, Charles, in 1832, that he was 70 years of age. Birth date calculated, Abt. 1762.
James and Charles Atkinson, enlisted with their father, Cornelius Atkinson. These boys started careers as frontiersmen patterned after that of their father and for the next 20 years or more were frequently engaged in military service, against the Indians or otherwise in defense of their country.
Later in the Revolution, another brother, William Atkinson, enlisted in the Pennsylvania Militia, as a member of Robinsson's Rangers (Pennsylvania Archives, 3rd Series, Vol. 23, p. 196) For other sources of information see Cumberland county, PA Deed and Orphan Court Records; Dauphin Co., PA Orphan Court records; Hains History of Perry County, PA; DAR Book 140, p. 235. (Source: Catherine Fedorchak, Vol. II, p. 60 - furnished by Robert Guilinger)
MILITARY: Revolutionary War Service Records - Cornelius Atkinson and sons, James and Charles Atkinson
Cornelius Atkinson served as a Lieutenant with the 2nd Battalion of Northumberland County Pennsylvania Militia. Colonel James Potter was the Commander.
1st Company. Arthur Taggert, 1st Captain.
... Cornelius Atkinson, 1st Lieutenant
... 85 Privates
... Cornelius Atkinson's sons, James and Charles Atkinson served
... as Privates in the company.
(Source: Pennsylvania Archives. 5 Series. Vol. 8, pp. 641-667-F85-F854-. 67.)
The Atkinsons also served as Ranger on the Frontiers - Northumberland County,
... Cornelius Atkinson 1778-1783; James Atkinson 1778-1783;
... Charles Atkinson 1778-1780.
(Source: Pennsylvania Archives. 3rd Series. Vol. 23, pp. 245-338-343- 711.
[Note: REH found this information about the war records in the Data File of Cornelius Atkinson at the DAR in Washington, DC.]
MILITARY: James Atkinson was a Sgt. in Capt. James Seal's Company for 265 days. Charles was a Pvt. in the same company. (Source: Pennsylvania Archives, 6th Series, Vol. 5, pages 618, 630) (Source: Catherine Fedorchak, Vol. II, p. 61 - furnished by Robert Guilinger)
Recd. Washington 3d February 1795 of Jno. Wilkens Junr. sixty two dollars sixty seven cents in full for my services as a sergant in Capt. James Sealses compy. of State militia also two dollars for the use of my gun in said service as witness my hand
(Source: Muster and Pay Rolls, p. 630 - furnished by Robert Guilinger)
EMIGRATION: About the end of the 18th century, ca. 1799, brothers Charles and James Atkinson moved to the Northwest Territory and settled on Sunfish Creek in what is now Monroe Co., Ohio. There within the next 3 to 4 years they were joined by their brothers, William, Isaac, Mitchell and their sister, Mary Jones-Inghram. (Source: Catherine Fedorchak, Vol. II, p. 61 - furnished by Robert Guilinger)
RESIDENCES: A Brief History of Adams Township, Monroe Co., OH Adams Township was organized on 6 Mar 1826. Sunfish Creek flows through the middle of Adams Twp. Piney Forks is a tributary of Sunfish Creek. The township is bordered by Sunsbury, Switzerland, Salem, Green and Center townships.
Early settlers of Adams township were Charles and James Atkinson, Gilbert and Mitchell McCoy, Elias Conger, Christian Hartline, Phillip Noland, Robert Norris, Samuel Bracey and the families of Mellott and Powell.
The village of Cameron was established in 1837 by James and Mary (Brown) Atkinson. James was an early settler and a Revolutionary War veteran. Cameron was originally named Jamestown. The first church in Adams Twp. was built near Cameron in 1825. Other churches: Mt. Zion Chruch of Christ (formerly known as the Bracey Church), Goudy Church of Christ, Mellott Ridge Church of Christ, Pleasant Grove Methodist Church, Cameron Church of Christ. (Source: The Navigator, Monroe County Chapter OGS, June 1991, Vol. 4, No. 2 - furnished by Joyce Posey)
According to Hardesty, James Atkinson laid out the town of Jamestown on the Sunfish creek, near the mouth of Atkinson's Run in Monroe Co., OH. The name of Jamestown was changed to Cameron, OH in 1860. [Note: Some list the year as 1837. REH]
James [Atkinson], the son of Cornelius [Atkinson], was engaged with his brother Charles in protecting the frontier at that time against Indian hostilities and both emigrated to this State at the same time. James was a single man at the time he came to this State, but soon afterward married Mary BROWN (usually called Aunt Polly ATKINSON by the young people in earlier times) and shortly after their union, moved to Licking county in this State among the Indians, but remained there but a short time when they moved back to this county and settled on Sunfish creek near the mouth of Atkinson's run, bought a quarter section of land from the government, erected a house thereon, and laid out the town of Jamestown (now called Cameron), and having lived there for many years, and raised a large family of children, he died at a good old age, and his remains were interred in the Cameron cemetery; his relict (Aunt Polly) lived in this county several years after his death, and moved with one of her sons to Wood county, West Virginia, and there died at a very old age. (Source: History of Monroe County, Ohio; H.H. Hardesty & Co., Publishers, Chicago and Toledo, 1882, 31)
EMIGRATION-RESIDENCES: James and Mary Atkinson moved to Licking Co., OH. Then they moved back and settled on Sunfish Creek near Atkinson Run, where they bought 1/4 section from the government. They erected a house and laid out the town of Jamestown (Cameron), OH. James died there. His wife moved to Wood Co., WV with one of her sons and died there are at a very old age. (Furnished by: Delbert Henthorn)
MILITARY: According to Ulysses Grant Ross, James enlisted in the American Army and served the entire time of the Revolutionary War.
RESIDENCES: Charles and James Atkinson were early settlers at Sunfish Creek, Salem Twp., Monroe Co., OH (Found in Monroe OGS Navigator, July 1994, page 56, no source citation)
EMIGRATION: According to Robert Guilinger, siblings, Charles, James, William A., Mary, Isaac, and Mitchell Atkinson moved from Pennsylvania to Monroe Co., OH about 1799. He did not state his source for this conclusion.
CONFLICT-DEATH: Robert R. Guilinger lists the date of death as, Sep 1841. Others have listed 1845 in Monroe Co., OH. In 1843 and 1845 Legal Notices were posted pertaining to his Estate Settlement.