First Families of Limestone County
The First Families of Limestone County is a project sponsored by the Limestone County Historical Commission that recognizes early settlers who lived in the county before or during 1896, the 50th anniversary of the creation of the county. Sarah Ann James Webb is the ancestor of Nancy Brown McSwane who compiled the following information.
Sarah James’ birth of May 2, 1830 is recorded in an old family Bible. She was the daughter of Orpha Bates James and James James. It is stated in “The History of Coles County” published in 1879 that Miss Orpha Bates became the bride of James James and theirs was the first wedding in a settlement called Parker’s Prairie Illinois. James and Orpha’s marriage license was the first recorded license in Cole County Illinois. Orpha and James James also had a son Carson Bates James born in Illinois. The family sold their land in 1832 and headed for Texas.
It is believed James James on his second trip to Texas was killed near the Red River in an Indian skirmish.
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