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Elizabeth Davidson Harbaugh, who wrote Davidson Genealogy, stated on page 291 that the Jameson family was of Celtic origin and that they migrated from Scotland to Ireland in 1616. She further writes that James Jameson, the Scotch-Irish progenitor, migrated to North America , with wife Jane and their seven children, settling in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. He died prior to 1743, the year his estate was settled. William Jameson, one of their sons, was born 1697 and married Sarah Collins 28 march 1722 (Christ Church, Philadelphia. William and Sarah moved to Augusta County, Virginia, circa 1745, where he qualified for Justice November 1751. His will, written 20 December 1752 and proved 21 March 1753, named his eldest son JOHN, sons George, Andrew and William, and wife Sarah, who was executrix (Augusta Co. will Book 1, page 472). Mrs. Harbugh on page 292, also wrote that William Jameson’s eldest son, JOHN born circa 1723, came with his parents to Augusta County and married JEAN ERWIN, daughter of Matthew and Elizabeth Erwin. … The writer also asserted that Mary Jameson was the daughter of JOHN and JEAN (ERWIN) JAMESON. JOHN JAMESON’s Will, written 29 February 1776 and proven 19 March 1776, named his wife JANE (JEAN), grandson John Peery, granddaughter Sarah McNabb and nine children—no names given (Augusta County Will Book 5, page 405).

Homer F. Dean finds nothing concrete on Mary Jameson’s parentage. He has chosen the same JOHN JAMESON as a possibility for her father, as did the writer of Davidson. He favored this JOHN JAMESON because his Will included a grandson who was a Peery. Our Samuel and Mary seemed to have had a relationship with the Peerys. Homer further reasons that in 1776, when JOHN JAMESON wrote his will, he was old enough to have nine children and at least two grandchildren. Our Mary Jameson was married in 1760’s, so John should have been the one generation older. Homer also guessed the William Jameson, who married Sarah and wrote his will in 1752, to be the father of the above JOHN. His will mentioned a son JOHN. However, it is possible that William and JOHN, whose wills are both entered in Augusta County, could be brothers: Mary Jameson could have been a daughter of the William Jameson whose will was written in 1752, although daughters are not mentioned in his will. But it does seem probable that William Jameson’s eldest son, JOHN, is the JOHN with wife Jane, and whose will is recorded in 1776.

Jo Ann Whitson Cuddy, another Jameson researcher, has covered Augusta County records as best she could and states, "Everything ends up in the hands of one lady ‘genealogist’ who asserts vehemently that she exhausted the records on that problem years ago and there isn’t anything else there. JOHN JAMESON, believed to be the father of our Mary, mentions his nine children but does not name them in his will."


Pennsylvania Births, Philadelphia Co., 1644-1765 Humphrey 974.811

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JAMESON, JOHN bp 20 Mar 1723 William Sarah 3

Jameson, William bp 20 Ma 1723 William Sarah 3


Chronicles of the Scotch Irish Settlement in Virginia - Augusta Co. Chalkey 975.591 V 1,2,3

Page 278 Page 450 27th February 1749. Same to JOHN JAMISON, 104 acres on Back Creek in Beverly Manor. Corner Ro. Davis. Samuel Wallace’s line. Hugh Young’s land. Teste: John Henderson.


Page 27 Page 472 20 December 1752 William Jamison’s will. Wife Sarah executrix. Eldest son, JOHN; 237 acres on Jackson River. Sons, George and Andrew. Son, William. Teste: Saml. Hodge, Thos. Gillham 21st march 1753, proved by both witnesses, and Sarah qualified with sureties David Dryden, Robert Armstrong.

Page 53 August 20, 1752 (316) Patrick Martin & Alexr. Richey to be overseers of road from Young’s Mill to Alexr. Richey’s smith shop, thence to Buchanan’s mills, with these hands: …James Peary, …JOHN JAMESON…

Page 56 November 21, 1752 (410) … JOHN JAMESON … to work the road under Saml. Wallace from top of North Mountain to this Co. Ho.

Page 57 March 21, 1753 (414) … JOHN JAMESON… to keep road formerly laid off from James Young’s Mill to said Buchanan’s Mill.

Page 91 Page 408 20 August 1765. John Peary’s bond (with JOHN and Wm. JAMISON) as guardian (chosen) to Thomas Peary, orphan of Thomas Peary.

Page 443 1753-1774 Part 1 Petitioners ask the following be assigned to work the road from James Young’s mill to John Buchanan’s mill: …JOHN JAMESON…

Page 315 May 1755 (A) Rasmey vs. JAMESONS and Gay. John Ramsey, assignee of Charles Donnelly, who was assignee of John Handly, complains of JOHN JAMESON and Robert Gay, and Sarah, his wife, late Sarah Jameson. Bond dated 1754. Signed, Sarah Jameson.

Page 69 November 22, 1755 (514) JOHN JAMESON qualified Ensign of Troop of Horse.

Page 429 Page 159 21st August 1765. William McFeeters and Mary ( ) alias Mary Perey, executors of Thomas Peary (Peery), to Samuel McNab (Mary was widow of Thomas but is not married to William), L42, 225 acres on Middle River of Shanandore; corner John Campbell’s land. Teste: John Malcom, JOHN JAMESON, David Frame.

Page 493 Page 156 6th November 1769 William Jameson and Margaret to JOHN JAMESON, L55, on Christian’s Creek, whereon William now lives conveyed to William by William Martin, 19th March 1765, 310 acres; corner William Palmer; corner George Robinson, now Samuel Black’s land, plot surveyed for Mr. William Russell now Alexander Thompson’s land. Teste: William Palmer, Jean ( ) Palmer, William ( ) Calin. Delivered: Samuel Ferguson, 17th August 1722.


The Davidson Genealogy by Elizabeth Davidson Harbaugh P291-2

JOHN JAMESON, b abt 1723, came with his parents, to August Co., m ca 1745 to JEAN, dau of Matthew and Elizabeth Erwin. …

Abstract of the Will of JOHN JAMESON, Will Book No 5, p. 405, Augusta Co., Va.

To wife JANE, to grandson, John Peery, granddaughter, Sarah McNabb, to nine children (no names given). Executors, Robert Armstrong, Daniel O’Friel. Test. John Temple, John Young, Robert Wallace. Proved 19th March, 1776 by Trimble and Wallace.

[Note by Dianne - parents wills naming them are under information on the parents.]


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