About Enos James
1814 - bought 250 acres of land (near his father Aaron's) on Yellow Creek near Charlotte in Dickson County, Tenn. This tract was deeded to Enos by Tom Harris of Iredelle County, N. Carolina for the sum of $450 (Deed Book B 1812 - 18926 Dickson County, page 310).
1827 - Enos sold Hugh Dickson a tract of land in Dickson County, Tenn.
1843 - John James made a note and appointed Aaron James trustee Dec. 13, 1843 - Yellow Creek in Dickson County (Deed Book H Dickson County)
MESSAGE: (#555) The JAMES Family of Yellow Creek (con't)
AUTHOR: Russell James
DATE: Wednesday, 15 December 2004, at 11:23 p.m.
Mr. Nesbitt does not name a wife of Enos JAMES in Chapter 11 of "The Primal
Families of the Yellow Creek Valley".
I've found the name Sarah PARRISH on several internet family listings and I
believe the name to be correct. There is no question about her first name
being "Sarah". It is found on Census recordings, tax lists, land records, etc.
etc. But was she a PARRISH?
I think so.
I have seen a record of her name in a family record in Humphreys Co. and a
specific date of marriage of 24 Nov. 1814. I have no idea of the source of the
specific marriage date but it works well with other orginial records. Source:
Humphreys County Aunt Zoe's (?) records.
There is no record of the marriage in Dickson County because the marriage
records were destroyed by a tornado in 1830.
Was she PARRISH? Yes, I believe it to be true.
1. A fellow from Person County, NC appears in Dickson Co. TN named Elcanor
PARRISH. While he moved on to Perry Co. TN ca. 1826 and then to Pope Co. AR,
he appears to have left 3 children in Dickson Co. Hewel PARRISH, Wyatt PARRISH
and Sarah PARRISH JAMES.
2. Hewel PARRISH bought 240 acres from Enos JAMES (his brother-in-law?) and
lived on the adjacent farm on Dry Branch a tributary of Yellow Creek.
3. When Wyatt PARRISH died, Hewel PARRISH was named administrator.
4. Enos JAMES was witness on a land record of Wyatt PARRISH.
5. When Enos JAMES died ca. 1828, Hewel PARRISH was named administrator of the
estate and remained in control of the estate until about 1841. A long time.
Taking care of his sister and her minor children? I think so.
7. Enos and Sarah JAMES named their (1st or 2nd?) son Abel "P." JAMES. He is
the only child of eight to have a middle name. "P" is probably for "PARRISH'.
Abel "P." moved to Pope Co. AR.
6. Enos and Sarah JAMES named one son Elcanor JAMES! Has to be named after his
grandfather, Elcanor PARRISH! A name like that just CAN'T come out of the
I've traced Elcanor PARRISH to Pope Co. AR in the 1850 census but lose him
before the 1860 census. I have no record of his estate or an original record
showing him as Sarah's father, however,
7. Elcanor PARRISH and several of his sons end up in Pope Co. AR. and one son
borrows money from Dudley JAMES who was a son of Enos and Sarah! (Abel P.
JAMES had already died in Pope Co.) In other words Dudley's grandfather
(Elcanor PARRISH) ends up living close to him in Pope Co. AR!
Yes, the evidence is all circumstantial but compelling nevertheless. Sarah,
wife of Enos JAMES, was a PARRISH in my opinion.
On to the children next.
Russ James of Houston Co. TN