James Sturgill & Ann Callaway of Orange County, VA in the 1700s

James Sturgill was the son of James Stodghill/Sturgill and Ann Blackstone, born c1730. He married Ann Callaway, said to be the daughter of Joseph Callaway, who died when Ann was a child. Thomas Callaway, who appears in records with the Sturgills, was Ann’s brother.

James Sturgill was likely born in Orange County, Virginia, but by the 1770s, he removed to Ashe County, North Carolina, where he died in the early 1800s. Ann survived him, but her date of death is unknown.

Given the time period and lack of vital records, the make up of this Sturgill family has not been proven. Francis Sturgill, my husband’s ancestor, is probably the child for whom the most records exist, as he served in the American Revolution and he was a prolific buyer of land. However, it is likely that they were parents of eight children:

  1. Ambrose, born c1750
  2. Mary, born c1753; perhaps married John Jones
  3. Francis, born 1755; died 1807; married Rebecca Hash, c1776.
  4. Ruth, born c1758; died after 1820; married Thomas Hash
  5. James, born c1761; died after 1830; married Rebecca (MNU)
  6. John, born c1763; possibly married Rebecca Baldwin
  7. Docia, born c1765; married John Hash II, c1782
  8. Lewis, born c1767; married Sarah (said to be Hanks or Cole), c1785

Much work needs to be done on this family to prove exactly who the children of James and Ann Callaway were and who those children married.

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