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James Bruce or Tabitha Mustain

James Bruce or Tabitha Mustain

Posted: 22 Feb 2006 4:39PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: BRUCE, MUSTAIN
Does anyone have any information on James Bruce b. abt. 1755, m. Tabitha Mustain 13 Feb 1783 in Halifax Co. VA, d. 1814).
Believe his father to be James Bruce Sr. b. abt 1726 and think he had two brothers, one being Ward Bruce of NC.
Any help you could provide would be greatly appreciated. Really trying to break the brickwall of James Bruce, Jr. parentage.

Thanks!

Re: James Bruce or Tabitha Mustain

Grace Upshaw (View posts)
Posted: 11 Aug 2006 8:57PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 12 Aug 2006 12:50PM GMT
Surnames: Bruce
I have records of several Bruce men, who I believe are related. The records are in Halifax Co., Va. Court order books, beginning dates of 1755 and ending in my records circa 1816 with the death of John Bruce. The men were William; John; Michael; James and Robert. William might have been the father; however, I feel strongly that James and John definitely were brothers. This James was not the wealthy James Bruce who was a merhant. John Sr. and his brother, Michael, lived in the western part of Halifax Co., while their brothers, Robert and James, lived in the eastern part of Pittsylvania Co., Va. At least this is what I think. Nothing I say is etched in stone.

Michael Bruce died circa 1802, with Mary Bruce being the administratrix.

Re: James Bruce or Tabitha Mustain

JJ (View posts)
Posted: 1 Sep 2006 5:13PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: BRUCE
Grace, thanks for the information. I believe my James Bruce to have been born around 1755 and died 1814. How would I go about seeing the Halifax Court Order books? Can they be purchased, or checked out somewhere? I had not thought to check Halifax County, but that makes sense.

Re: James Bruce or Tabitha Mustain

Posted: 7 Mar 2007 1:32AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 8 Mar 2007 1:46PM GMT
The Halifax Court Order books are in print ( maybe TLC Genealogy??). You probably could find them in a large library with a Genealogy section. Good luck, Grace

Re: James Bruce or Tabitha Mustain

Posted: 1 Apr 2007 8:41AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: bruce, mustain, grable
I think this might be my line. The farthest I have is Thomas Bruce. His parents are supposed to be James and Tabitha Mustain. He married Susannah Grable. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Re: James Bruce or Tabitha Mustain

Posted: 5 Jul 2007 11:18PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: BRUCE, MUSTAIN
I am afraid I don't have a lot, but I do have some that might be of help to you. James b. about 1755 in VA and his father's name I believe to be James also and lived in Pittsylvania (found James Sr. and James Jr. in 1782 & 1785 VA Census). I believe James Sr. to have been born about 1725. I haven't gotten very far. Tabitha's parents are Thomas and Mary (Haley) Mustain. James and Tabitha were married 13 Feb 1782 in Halifax. Let me know if there is something specific you would like to know.

Re: James Bruce or Tabitha Mustain

Posted: 6 Jul 2007 5:14AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: bruce
Do you have a way of telling if They had a son Thomas bruce and how many children they had. Thanks in advance. I will have lots of questions as I am putting my family history together. Thanks in advance.

Re: James Bruce or Tabitha Mustain

Posted: 31 Jul 2007 12:24AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: bruce, thurman
Yes, I believe Thomas was James and Tabitha's oldest. This is what I have collected on Thomas:

Thomas BRUCE b. 1782 or 1788, Pittsylvania Co., VA, m. abt 1799, Pittsylvania Co., VA Edith THURMAN, b. abt 1779, Pittsylvania Co., VA. Thomas died 16 Jul 1856, Campbell Co., VA.
Children of Thomas and Edith THURMAN:
Girl BRUCE b. 1800, VA
Coleman BRUCE b. 16 Dec 1802, Lynchburg, Campbell Co., VA.
Susanna BRUCE b. abt 1805, Campbell Co., VA or Pittsylvania Co., VA.
Matilda BRUCE b. abt 1804, VA.
Meredith BRUCE b. 24 May 1808, VA.
Sarah BRUCE b. abt 1810, VA.
J. Morton BRUCE b. abt Apr 1810, VA.
Richard BRUCE b. 15 Jul 1812, Campbell Co., VA or Pittsylvania Co., VA.

Hope that helps!

Re: James Bruce or Tabitha Mustain

Posted: 1 Oct 2007 10:50PM GMT
Classification: Query
Do you know if these Bruce men (James, John, Michael, etc) were the immigrants to Va.? If so, when did they come? I have not found them before 1755 anywhere in Va. Thanks, Grace Hall Upshaw

Re: James Bruce or Tabitha Mustain

Posted: 3 Oct 2007 9:11PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: BRUCE
Hi Grace, below is what I have found and have been trying to research and does show a James, William, and Ward that would be immigrants. So, I am going down this path, which doesn't seem to have the other Bruce's you mention: John or Michael.
I.
Unknown BRUCE b. bef 1710, England
Children of Unknown and ?:
James BRUCE, Sr. b. abt 1726, England
William BRUCE b. abt 1728, England
Ward BRUCE b. abt 1730, England

II.
James BRUCE, Sr. b. abt 1726, England
Children of James and ?:
Frederick BRUCE b. 1751, England
Thomas BRUCE b. abt 1753, England
James BRUCE, Jr. b. abt 1755, Pittsylvania Co, VA
Anslem BRUCE b. 1757, Pittsylvania Co, VA

William BRUCE b. England (moved to North Carolina)

Ward BRUCE b. England (moved to Georgia); possible b. abt 1760, d. abt 1845 in Pike Co, GA. Children: William, Thomas W., Ward, Jr. (1807), Nathaniel (1810), Winifred (1814), Daniel M. (1816), Nancy (1818); part of Col. John Stewart’s Georgia Regiment in the Revolutionary War; 1803 – 1806 Ward paid property tax in Pittsylvania Co, VA; 1809 in the Wikes Co, GA tax digest; 1820 Greene Co, GA census; 1830 Pike Co, GA census 60 – 70 years old; died between 1840 and 1850.

III.
Frederick BRUCE b. 1751, England

Thomas BRUCE b. abt 1753, England

James BRUCE, Jr. b. abt 1750/5, VA, m. 13 Feb 1782, Halifax, Lunenburg Co, VA to Tabitha MUSTAIN (b. abt 1753, VA, d. aft 20 Jun 1814; dau of Thomas MUSTAIN (b. 1730/35, Pittsylvania Co, VA, or b. 1720, Halifax, Luneburg Co, VA, d. Nov 1791) and Mary HALEY (b. abt 1735, Pittsylvania Co, VA, or b. 1722, Mordecai’s Mt. Ware Parish, Gloucester Co, VA). James died bef 20 Jun 1814, Pittsylvania Co, VA.
Children of James and Tabitha:
Tabitha BRUCE b. 1780 (must be after 1780, parents were married in 1782)
Thomas BRUCE b. 1782 or 1788 (I think in 1788)
William L. BRUCE b. 1782
Catherine BRUCE b. 1783
Sarah (Sally) BRUCE b. 1787
Frederick BRUCE b. 1790
Winifred (Winney) BRUCE b. 1792
Elizabeth Virginia BRUCE b. 1794
James BRUCE b. 10 Nov 1796, Pittsylvania Co, VA
Anslem BRUCE b. 1798 or 1801
Susanna B. BRUCE b. 8 Nov 1804 or 1812

Anslem BRUCE b. 1757, Pittsylvania Co, VA

Hopefully that gives you some more information...if you think one of your Bruce's fits in - let me know! Thanks - JJ Shew
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