James Cemetery, Jackson, Jackson County, Ohio

 

In the fall of 2005, the Jackson County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society [JCOGS]

(a non-profit organization) began an effort to restore this historic cemetery located in Jackson,

Ohio. The James Cemetery was established in 1828 by Major John James, who in 1807 settled

on land in present-day Jackson now known as "Jamestown" [Note 1].

 

Major James' father, Captain John James, was a Revolutionary War soldier and one of the

"Minutemen" who fought the British in April 1775 at the Battles of Lexington and Concord,

known as the "shot heard 'round the world" at the outset of the American Revolution. Captain

James was also a member of General Rufus Putnam's Ohio Company, who established the first

permanent settlement in the Northwest Territory at Marietta, Ohio, in April 1788. Major John

James arrived at Marietta & Fort Harmar in the fall of 1788 from New London, Connecticut.

His father and the remainder of the family arrived in the spring of 1789 and the James family

moved into 'blockhouse #2' of the 13 cabins built at 'Belle-Prairie' or present-day Belpre, Ohio –

the second settlement of the Northwest Territory. Soon thereafter, on January 2, 1791, Major

James brother, William James, was one of 12 settlers slaughtered by Indians at the Big Bottom

Massacre. This defining event in American history started the fighting for 'supremacy' in the

Northwest Territory known as the Indian Wars. Major John James played an important and

well-documented role in that struggle which ended with the signing of the Treaty of Greenville

in 1795. He and many family members are buried on the James Cemetery Indian mound [Note 2].

 

Henry McAninch, Mary (Lucas) McAninch, and other family burials at James Cemetery include:

 

1. 

Henry McAninch / Birth: May 15, 1777, Pennsylvania, USA

 

Death: Sep. 28, 1856, Jackson County, Ohio, USA

 

Henry & Mary came to Jackson county in the spring of 1830 . . .  This is verified

 

        by his name appearing on the chattel tax list for the county dated May 1830. AC

 

Spouse: Mary Lucas McAninch (1788 - ____)

 

Children: Anna C McAninch Tilton (1805 - 1886) /

 

        Nancy L McAninch Noel (1807 - ____) / Sarah L. McAninch Moore (1810 - 1868)

 

Burial: James Cemetery, Jackson (Jackson County), Jackson County, Ohio, USA

 

Created by Anthony Coyan / May 29, 2010 / Find A Grave Memorial# 52974949 [Note 3]

 

2.

Mary Lucas McAninch / Birth: Jun. 1, 1788, Indiana County, Pennsylvania, USA [*] 

 

Death: unknown, Jackson County, Ohio, USA / No gravestone has been found

 

        to date for Mary. She was present in Jackson in the 1860 census. AC 

 

Spouse: Henry McAninch (1777 - 1856)

 

Children: Anna C McAninch Tilton (1805 - 1886) /

 

        Nancy L McAninch Noel (1807 - ____) / Sarah L. McAninch Moore (1810 - 1868)

 

Burial: James Cemetery, Jackson (Jackson County), Jackson County, Ohio, USA

 

Created by Anthony Coyan / May 29, 2010 / Find A Grave Memorial# 52974959 [Note 3]

 

[* The Lucas family was in Indiana County, but her exact birthplace is not known /Frank]

 

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McAninch Family History NL v.XXII n.1 / Jan. 2014 / Frank McAninch, Editor / page 2014-10

 

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