Gen. James Breckinridge

Male 1763 - 1833  (70 years)


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  • Name Gen. James Breckinridge  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Title Gen. 
    Born 7 Mar 1763  Fincastle, Botetourt, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Gender Male 
    Education Washington College  [7
    Burial 1833  Grove Hill, Fincastle, Botetourt, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Exact location unknown 
    Buried 1833  Fincastle, Botetourt, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Death 13 May 1833  Grove Hill, Fincastle, Botetourt, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Exact location unknown 
    Died 13 May 1833  Fincastle, Botetourt, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • At the age of 18 he joined the Corps of Riflemen as a private. The Corps was raised and commanded by Col. William Preston. The Corps went to the assistance of General Greene in North Carolina early in the memorable campaign of 1781, in which the Carolinas and Georgia were finally rescued from the British invasion.

      After the Revolution, James Breckinridge entered the College of William and Mary where he graduated in 1789. He then obtained a license to practice law and continued in this profession for more than thirty years. He represented Botetourt Co. many times in the General Assembly of Virginia, and the Botetourt District in four successive sessions of Congress later, from 1809-1817. It was during this time that he became the intimate friend and associate of Henry Clay who afterward visited him several times at his estate, "Grove Hill".

      He was the leader of the Federalist party in Virginia and an associate of Thomas Jefferson in the founding of the University of Virginia.
      He was No. 3 in the College Catalogue of Washington Academy (College).
    Person ID I335  mytree
    Last Modified 8 Jun 2017 

    Father Robert Breckinridge,   b. 1712, Ayrshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Sep 1772, Fincastle, Botetourt, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Mother Lettice Preston,   b. 1728, Londonderry, Londonderry, Northern Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Mar 1798, Kentucky, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Married 10 Jul 1758  [6
    Family ID F252  Group Sheet

    Family Ann Selden,   b. 1765,   d. 17 Mar 1843, Fincastle, Botetourt, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Married 1 Jan 1791  Richmond, Independent Cities, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • She was from South Hampton, VA.
    Children 
    +1. Letitia Breckinridge,   b. 26 Oct 1791, Fincastle, Botetourt, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Mar 1866  (Age 74 years)
    +2. Elizabeth Breckinridge,   b. 31 Mar 1794, Fincastle, Botetourt, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Jul 1862  (Age 68 years)
    +3. Cary Breckinridge,   b. 13 Feb 1796, Fincastle, Botetourt, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Mar 1867  (Age 71 years)
     4. Mary Ann Breckinridge,   b. 12 Mar 1797,   d. 13 Aug 1830  (Age 33 years)
    +5. Matilda Breckinridge,   b. 15 Apr 1799,   d. 1869  (Age 69 years)
     6. James Breckinridge, Jr.,   b. 20 Jan 1801,   d. Jul 1824  (Age 23 years)
    +7. Robert Breckinridge,   b. 12 May 1802, Botetourt, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1827  (Age 24 years)
     8. John Breckinridge, I,   b. 28 Oct 1803,   d. 28 Aug 1805  (Age 1 years)
     9. Wilson Selden Breckinridge,   b. 14 Feb 1805,   d. 1 Jun 1805  (Age 0 years)
     10. John Breckinridge, II,   b. 28 Aug 1809,   d. 5 May 1844  (Age 34 years)
    Last Modified 8 Jun 2017 
    Family ID F245  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 7 Mar 1763 - Fincastle, Botetourt, Virginia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1 Jan 1791 - Richmond, Independent Cities, Virginia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBurial - Exact location unknown - 1833 - Grove Hill, Fincastle, Botetourt, Virginia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 1833 - Fincastle, Botetourt, Virginia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDeath - Exact location unknown - 13 May 1833 - Grove Hill, Fincastle, Botetourt, Virginia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 13 May 1833 - Fincastle, Botetourt, Virginia, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S94] Melissa Ward (sarafina@delcarsdungeon.com), Letters left to her grandson, CHL III.

    2. [S116] Seldens of Virginia Vol 1, Page 95.

    3. [S147] Waddell Annals of Augusta County.

    4. [S146] Virginia Magazine of History and Biography.

    5. [S117] Seldens of Virginia Vol 2, Page 590.

    6. [S57] Find A Grave.

    7. [S73] History of Washington College, Dr. W. H. Ruffin, President of Washington College 1833-1848/Feb 1893, Page 115..


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