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Edmund James

Birthdate: (31)
Birthplace: Kensington, Rockingham, New Hampshire
Death: between December 10, 1735 and February 20, 1736 (31)
Hampton, Rockingham, New Hampshire
Place of Burial: Kensington, Rockingham, New Hampshire, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Benjamin James and Susannah James
Husband of Priscilla James (Sherburne)
Father of Mary Rundlett and Ruth Sleeper
Brother of John James, Sr.; Mary James; Benjamin James, Jr; Elizabeth James; Israel James and 2 others
Half brother of Mary Lane

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About Edmund James

Will of Edmund James of Hampton NH dated Dec. 10 1735 . Will proved Feb. 20 1736.


Birth: 1704

Death: Dec. 10, 1735

Inscription: Here lies the body of EDMVND james DESEMBER 10 AG 31 1735


Burial: Upper Yard Burial Ground, Kensington, Rockingham County, New Hampshire, USA

Created by: Richard Cole

Record added: May 05, 2012

Find A Grave Memorial# 89590673

Name: Edmund James

Gender: Male

Birth Date: 22 Nov 1704


Father's Name: Benjamin James

Mother's Name: Susanah

Indexing Project (Batch) Number: 7540049

System Origin: New_Hampshire-ODM

Source Film Number: unknown

Collection: New Hampshire Births and Christenings, 1714-1904

•Birth: 22 NOV 1704 in Hampton, Rockingham, NH 1

•Death: BET 10 DEC 1735 AND 20 FEB 1736 2

•Baptism: 23 APR 1710 Hampton, Rockingham, NH 3

Father: Benjamin JAMES b: 15 APR 1673 in Newbury, Essex, MA

Mother: Susanna SMITH b: 14 OCT 1682 in Hampton, Rockingham, NH

Marriage 1 Priscilla SHERBURNE b: 1714 in Portsmouth, Rockingham, NH

•Married: 24 JUL 1728 in Kensington, Rockingham, NH 2


1. Susanna JAMES b: ABT 1726 in Kensington, Rockingham, NH

2. Edmund JAMES b: ABT 1728 in Kensington, Rockingham, NH

3. Mary JAMES b: in Kensington, Rockingham, NH

4. Ruth JAMES b: 29 MAR 1735 in Kensington, Rockingham, NH


NH Wills 32:555-556:

In The Name of God Amen: this 10th Day of Decer 1735: I Edmond James of Hampt in ye Province of New Hampshire in New England: Being Now Weak in body...

Imprimes: I give unto my Beloved Wife Persilla the Improvement of all my Estate Both Rael & Personally: until my Children Come of age or untill thay be married: & then she is to Improve: but one third Part of my Rael Estate: I give unto my sd Wife all my stock of Cattel: and horse & sheep & swine: & all my movables in ye house & Els whare to Doe With them as she Pleases: for ye benifitt of my children: & give her leberty to sel my Piece of thach ground: Which lyes att ye cross Beach: if she thinks it Will be a benifitt to my children: & if my sd Wife Shall see caus to marry again: then she is to give to Each of my children: a cow: When thay come to ye age of Eighteen years old: & my sd Wife shall have ye Improvement: of my house: untill my children come of age: & then she is to have ye Improvement of but one third of it:

Itaim: I give unto my daughter mary James one Third Part of all my Rael Estate When she comes to ye age of Eighteen years old: & one third Part of my Dweling house: onely her mother is to Improve it as is above mentioned:

Itaim: I give unto my Daughter: RUTH JAMES one third Part of all my Rael Estate when she comes to ye age of Eighteen years old: & one third Part of my Dweling house only her: mother is to Improve it as is above mentioned:

Itaim: If my sd Wife be With Child: at this time: & have a son: & he lives to come to ye age of twenty one years: then he is to have all ye Estate: yt I have all Redey given to my three above Named Daughters (viz) mary: & susannah &: Ruth: & in lue of What is given to them: he is to Pay to Each of them: twenty Pounds: & if it be a daughter: it tis to have as Good apart of my Estate as: are one of my other Daughter above mentioned:

Lastly my Will & meaning is yt What Debts or dus are owing from me I order my Wife to Pay them & what Debts are Du to me my Wife is to Receve them: & I Doe apoynt my above Named Wife to be Sole Exeter to this my last Will & testament: In Cofermation here of I have here unto sett my hand & seal ye day & year above mentioned: In ye ninth year of King George ye scond his Reign over grate britain:

/s/ Edmund James

signed sealed a& Declared: by Edmund James to be his last Will & testament in Presence of us

/s/ John Tilton

/s/ Simon Batchelder

/s/ Jabez Smith

[Proved Feb. 20, 1735/6.]

[Warrant, Aug. 1, 1736, authorizing James Fogg and John Tilton, both of Hampton, to appraise the estate.]

[Inventory of the estate of Edmund James of Hampton Falls, Sept. 28, 1736; amount, ^383.3.6; signed by John Tilton and James Fogg.]

[Guardianship of Mary James, minor, more than fourteen years old, and Ruth James, less than fourteen years old, daughters of Edmund James of Kensington, yeoman, granted to Abraham Moulton of Kensington Aug. 31, 1748.]

[Bond of Abraham Moulton, with Benjamin James and John Sherburne as sureties, all of Kensington, in the sum of ^300, Aug, 31, 1748; witnesses, Moses L,eavitt and N. Perryman.]

Source: "Probate records of the province of New Hampshire vol. II 1718-1740 state papers series vol. 32" ,



Chapter 10 -- Part 23


A new epidemic disease, not limited to any one town nor any small section of country, made its first appearance in May, 1735, in Kingston. This epidemic soon became known as the throat distemper, or, throat-ail. It was often spoken of as the putrid sore throat. Dr. Belknap says of the disease: "The general description of it was a swelled throat, with white or ash-colored specks, an efflorescence on the skin, great debility of the whole system and a strong tendency to putridity." He relates that the first person seized was a child, who died in three days. About a week after, in another family at the distance of four miles, three children were successively attacked who also died on the third day. It continued spreading gradually, in that township, through the summer, and of the first forty who had it none recovered. In August it began to make its appearance at Exeter, six miles northeastward; and in September, at Boston, fifty miles away southward; though it was October, before it reached Chester, the nearest settlement on the west of Kingston.

"On its first appearance in Boston, it was supposed to be nothing more than a common cold; but when the report of the mortality in New Hampshire was received, and a young man from Exeter, whose brother had died of it, was seized (October 1735), the house was shut and guarded, and a general alarm spread through the neighboring towns and colonies. Upon his death, no infection was observed in the house or neighborhood; but the distemper appeared in other places, which had no communication with the sick. The physicians did not take the infection, nor convey it to their families, nor their other patients. It was therefore concluded that it was not like the small pox, or the plague, communicable by infection, from the sick or from clothes; and the physicians, having by desire of the selectmen, held a consultation, published their opinion, that it proceeded entirely from 'some occult quality in the air.'" [Weekly News Letter, April 29, 1736.]

In Hampton Falls, according to Belknap, twenty families buried all their children; and more than one-sixth part of the inhabitants died within thirteen months; while in the whole province, not less than one thousand fell, of whom above nine hundred were under twenty years of age.

The disease broke out in Hampton in the autumn of 1735, the first victim, a son of Thomas Brown, dying on the 1st of October; after which, seven more deaths from the same cause occurred to the close of the year, and sixty-four during the next year, fourteen of which were in March. The town then included North Hampton.

Vital Records of Hampton, New Hampshire to 1900 (at NEHGS website) [315] "Edmond the Son of Benjamin James by Susanah his wife Was Born 22 november 1704".

Will of Edmund James of Hampton NH dated Dec. 10 1735 mentions daughter Ruth. Will proved Feb. 20 1736. Guardianship of Ruth James, less than 14 years old, daughter of Edmund James of Kensington, granted to Abraham Moulton of Kensington Aug. 31, 1748. (Source: NH Provincial Papers, vol 32, p. 555).

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Edmund James's Timeline

November 22, 1704
Kensington, Rockingham, New Hampshire
September 11, 1732
Age 27
Epping, Province of New Hampshire
March 29, 1735
Age 30
Sandown, Rockingham, New Hampshire
December 10, 1735
Age 31
Hampton, Rockingham, New Hampshire
Kensington, Rockingham, New Hampshire, United States