Capt John Adam Files, Sr

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John Adams Files, Sr.

Also Known As: "Adam", "John"
Birthdate: (43)
Birthplace: Augusta, VA, United States
Death: May 1781 (39-47)
NINETY SIX DIST, SC, United States (tortured and killed by the Tories, and Indians.)
Place of Burial: Greenville, Greenville County, South Carolina, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Robert Files and Elizabeth Files
Husband of Mary Catherine Files
Father of John Files, Jr.; Lt. Adam Files; Jeremiah Benton Files; James Files; Sarah Letitia (Lettie) Austill and 3 others

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About Capt John Adam Files, Sr

A Patriot of the American Revolution for SOUTH CAROLINA with the rank of CAPTAIN. DAR Ancestor # A040086

THIS DATE, JANUARY 17, 1781: American Revolution, Battle of Cowpens, SC - Continental troops under Brigadier General Daniel Morgan defeat British forces under Lieutenant Colonel Banastre Tarleton at the battle In South Carolina. Among the heroes of the battle: Capt. John Files, Commanded 4th Company during said battle.

John Files Sr. was buried in the Greenville Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Greenville, SC Click here to see photos:


Regular religious services and social gatherings have been conducted on this site since 1773. The church building itself has also been in continuous use since its construction in 1852, providing a place for worship and other religious and social activities for its congregation and community. The property also includes a small brick Session House, a large historic cemetery containing some 1,200 identifiable graves, and a natural spring. The church is basicly Greek or Classical Revival in style, in the meeting house form, and is constructed of brick. Greenville Presbyterian Church is significant for its broad impact on the history of the area know as Long Canes. The church, along with other Presbyterian churches in the area, influenced the basic structure of society for Scots-Irish settlers in this part of South Carolina. The earliest history of Greenville Presbyterian Church is interwoven with that of the Scots-Irish pioneers who, in the 1760s, petitioned their Synod for ministers as they sought to establish and maintain a Presbyterian Church in the Long Canes area. The earliest graves in the church cemetery date from 1777 and numerous markers indicate service in the American Revolution and Civil War. Many markers were signed by their stonecutters, and there are also a number of fieldstone markers, some of which are hand wrought and incised in a somewhat primitive fashion. Listed in the National Register May 20, 1998.


  Captain John Files Sr., served in the South Carolina Militia, first under Captain Baskins and later as 1st Lt. under Colonel Andrew Pickens. He was wounded in the "Battle of Cow Pens" on January 17, 1781. Serving with him were his three sons, Adam, John Jr. and Jeremiah Files. The latter was also wounded in the same battle. John Files Sr. was promoted to rank of Captain just before his capture. He was put to death by the British and Indians in South Carolina in 1781.
   Catherine Manly, his wife, was also a patriot in her own right. Her heroic conduct after the taking of Charleston fully satisfying that claim. Her three sons sought shelter in a swamp, fearing capture if they returned home. For three weeks she carried food to them under cover of night, thus saving their lives at the risk of her own. They were hiding from the torries (British).
   As noted by genealogist and descendant Clyde Bowlin, "it is now understandable why some descendants of John Files Jr., who settled in Andrew County, MO in the 1840's, were given the name of Manly Files."
   Between 1765 and 1774, John Files moved his family to the Pendleton District in SC. 

2. Land

   On 11/07/1770, a plantation or tract of land containing 150 acres in Granville County on a branch of the northwest fork of Long Cane, bounding on northeast on lands of George Sloan, all other side on vacant land, was given and granted to John Files and his heirs. 
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Capt John Adam Files, Sr's Timeline

Augusta, VA, United States
March 31, 1760
Age 22
Augusta, VA, United States
March 16, 1762
Age 24
Augusta County, Province of Virginia
Age 27
VA, United States
September 9, 1769
Age 31
Age 32
Age 33
Augusta, VA, United States
Age 35
Age 38