2. James "The Settler" McCuistion4,5,6,7 was born on 2 May 1700 in County Derry, Ireland.7,8 He immigrated on 6 August 1735 to New Castle, Delaware.3 Name moved place date. Name moved place date.9,10 With his two brothers, Robert and Thomas; James was a member of the Nottingham Colony; moving to North Carolina. James and Sarah lived on Richland Creek in Guilford County, North Carolina. He owned 420 acres of land on 18 December 1753 in North Carolina.5,11 He was given a land grant in 1753 in North Carolina, he was received 420 acres of land under an English grant by King George II. These sections of land were not purchased but were rather like perpetual leases with a nominal initial payment and an annual rent of three shillings per 100 acres. The land located in Rowan County (Guilford County was formed in 1771), North Carolina was settled by December 1753. He willed this land to his son, James Jr., 18 October 1765. The Settler was a Farmer. He owned 640 acres of land on 22 February 1759 in Rowan County, North Carolina.10,11 James received this land grant from Granville. The land was on the South side of the Reedy Fork of Haw River and on both sides of Richland Creek. He signed a will on 18 October 1765 in Salisbury, Rowan County, North Carolina.9,12 James will can be found in Salisbury, Rowan County, North Carolina Will Book A, 1766 July Court. The will is as follows:
In the Name of God Amen. I James McCuistion in the province of North Carolina and county of Rowan being infirm in Body but of sound Memory and Judgment Do this eighteenth Day of October in the Year of our Lord God one thousand seven hundred and sixty five make and publish this my last Will and testament whether by word or writing if such be made by me
First I bequith my Soul to God waiting through Grace in Christ my Savour for the Merit promised to them that believe in him and my Body to be intered as my Executors thinks fits: and first of all to pay my just Debts and to divide my Estate as follows to wit.
First of all I give to my dearly beloved wife Jenut McCuistion the full thurd part of all my moveables with my ready Moneys and Debts due to me with my Negro Fellow named Gim or James: Secondly with my plantation I now live on during her Lifetime not to be disturbed by any to have the same power as if I was alive.
2nd. Secondly, I give the Remainder of all my movables and Chattels to my five Daughters to be equally divided amonst them to my Daughter Jane now maryd to Thomas Flack also to my Daughter Sarah also to my Daughter Levina now maryd to John Nelson also to my Daughter Mary and to my Daughter Dorcas.
3rd. Thirdly, I give to my son Gustavus McCuistion I give four hundred and forty acres of Land lying on both Sides of Rich Land Creek known by the Name of the Mill place joining Scots Land I alow and ordain Son Thomas McCuistion as Gardeen over him and not to sell or dispose of the plantation I left to my Son Gustavus McCuistion without my Son Thos. McCuistions Concent or Leave nown by the Name of the Mill place.
4th. Fourthly, I Give to my Son James McCuistion the plantation I now live on with all the improvements and piece or parcel of Land as is contained in sd Deed for sd Improvement at his Mother my Wifes Death and not to then and not to molest her or any she apoints to live on it during her Life time.
5th. I alow unto my son Thos. McCuistion the Sumb of twenty Shills current Money of North Carolina to be paid in three months after my Deceas to be paid by my Son James McCuistion.
6th. I alow unto my Son Thos. McCuistion Son James McCuistion the sum of nine pounds to be paid when is come of age by my Son James McCuistion.
7th. I alow my son James McCuistion to pay unto my three Daughters Sarah Dorcas and Mary each of them twenty pounds and to be paid in four years after their Mothers Deceas my wife Jennut McCuistion, also I alow my wife Jennet McCuistion and my sone Thos. McCuistion and my son James McCuistion Executors of this my last will and Testament in the presence of us who were present at the signing and sealing of the Day & Year above written.
JAMES McCUISTION (Seal)
Signed sealed and delivered by the sd Thomas Flack
James McCuistion as and for his last will John McCuistion
and Testament in the presense of us who were Robert McCuistion
present at the signing and sealing thereof The Settler died on 6 November 1765 at the age of 65 in Salisbury, Rowan County, North Carolina.13,14,15,16 James is buried Rowan County, North Carolina. From the Guilford County, North Carolina Court Records: February 4, 1765, Jennet McCuiston, Thomas McCuiston and James McCuiston returned an inventory of the estate of James McCuiston, deceased, they being executors of the said James' last Will and Testament. He has reference number (1-318). James, the settler, is the third of the group of Pennsylvania-North Carolina group. He first settled in Pennsylvania, and according to family tradition, lived in Pennsylvania before going to North Carolina. Tradition relates that the name was formerly spelled with a "Q" and was changed to "C" at the suggestion of Dr. David Caldwell. He was associated with the Nottingham Company or Colony. The Nottingham Colony was a group of people who came to the area from the Nottingham Presbyterian Church in Rising Sun, Lancaster County, PA; it was established in old Rowan County, North Carolina..
James "The Settler" McCuistion and Sarah Jenut Behol were married in 1726 in County Derry, Ireland. Sarah Jenut Behol9 was born on 6 November 1706 in County Derry, Ireland.2,8,15 She died on 11 April 1783 at the age of 76 in Salisbury, Rowan Co., North Carolina.8,15 Buried Rowan Co., North Carolina In a note from Denise Woods, descendant of James and Sarah's daughter, Jane; Sarah was identified as Janitt McQuiston.
James "The Settler" McCuistion-157 and Sarah Jenut Behol-158 had the following children: