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Sage's Stage Line & Sage's Inn & Graves
Posted by: JamesAlfred MillerJr (ID *****4907) Date: March 18, 2011 at 22:38:32
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I descend New Hanover County, War of 1812, militia artillery 4th Sgt. Joshua James, Sr., who July 15 to Aug. 14, 1813, served in Capt. Jacob Hartman's artillery militia, Col. Nixon's regt. He was a "naval officer", meaning he inspected the quality and quanity of naval stores shipped from Wilmington (example: to see if stones had been added to gain excessive weight). He ran for sheriff, but lost. February 25, 1805, he wed Miss Hetty-Bella Sage. The daughter of Robert and Sarah Sage, Sr., who operated the Wilmington to New Bern, Sage stage line. Robert and Sarah Sage, Sr., were married New Bern, 1764?. The Craven County deeds office (or clerk of court) had a copy of a pass for a Sage slave to return to Wilmington by himself on the Sage stage to collect a forgotten legal document for the marriage. Why marriage in New Bern? I don't know, but suspect Sarah was a widow wedding below her former husband's status, but I know of no earlier children--pure speculation? Robert Sage had been a brick contractor in Wilmington. There was once a "Sage' Alley" in downtown Wilmington north of Market Street, and west of Third Street, perhaps two or three streets from the Cape Fear River, that may have been the site if his brickyard? A young merchant from England took the Sage stage and stayed in the Sage Inn, I think circa the 1830's. He was contacting his father's American clients, and said Robert was "a jolly Englishman" and more on him later; but there was no more to the end of the book. The diary said baggage was free to 44-pounds. I asked dad, why not a rounded-off number like 40 or 50 pounds? Dad said because 44 pounds equaled an English "stone"; a measure of weight used then. If Sage had a Wilmington brickyard, it might have become the site of our Bradley family brickyard that great grandmother, Mrs. Eliza Yonge Jewett Wooten/Wootten, 1849-1942, sold circa 1890-1920? My mother, Mrs. Leila James Wootten Miller, was born Saluda, North Carolina, in the mountains, 6-22-1914 (d2-10-1967) and "Yongie" sold the cabin a year or two later. It was the last of our branch's Bradley family money. In the summers, Wilmington wives and children, took the steamer to near the head of navigation (just below Goldsboro, then how to Hillsborough?). Husbands remained to work in Wilmington (her father Stephen Jewett, IV, officer of the Bank of Wilmington, and earlier 1830's Smithville (Southport) U.S. postmaster; is buried "Airlie" on Bradley's Creek, where he died of yellow fever. His father-in-law, being Bank of Cape Fear, Richard Bradley, Jr. The Episcopal church cemetery, Hillborough, has the names of many Wilmington families in it. With the advent of the railroad, coastal Carolina families could quickly get into the cooler mountains such as Saluda. "Yongie" was by Stephen Jewett's second wife, Lucy Anna Bradley Jewett. His first wife was a Southport private school headmistress, Miss Mary A. B. Gracie, who he wed 1835. She died Moore County, N.C., June 13, 1842, and is buried there. Possibly there was no good rail connection to Wilmington, and in the hot summer, human remains fouled quickly. Both wives were kin to Bank of Cape Fear, Dr. John "Bank" Hill, buried Orton Plantation. Sgt. Joshua James, Sr., removed to Richlands, Holmes County, Miss., I guess to follow the naval stores industry? There he was secretary of the Eureka Freemasons Lodge #61 1844-1848? In Wilmington, possibly he had been a member of the St. John's Lodge? He died Lexington, January 19, 1851, age 71. Mrs. Hetty-Bella Sage James died Richlands, Miss., 12-18-1845. Daughter Sarah Julia James wed Kenansville, N.C., merchant Andrew J. McIntire, Sr., and they too, removed to Holmes County. They had Andrew J. McIntire, Jr., born 1838; George W. McIntire born 1839, John J. McIntire born 1843, David McIntire born 1845, Julia J. McIntire, and Charles McIntire. Son LtCol (1850's Holmes Co militia) LtCol Robert Wm. James, born Wilmington Nov. 11, 1811, died Biloxi April 4, 1882, with first wife Ann Maria Ambrose, niece of Mrs. Ann Maria Ward of Onslow Co. Mrs. Ann Maria Ambrose James died March 3, 1846, age 32, buried Pass Christian, Miss., was born March 25, 1814, married age 19, April 3, 1833. Buried Richlands, Miss., cemetery, is Margaret A. Ambrose, died April 2, 1866, age seven months, 16 days, daughter of Julia and Andrew D. Ambrose; connection unknown? Robert Wm. James married second, New Orleans, Jane Anna Nixon, born June 2, 1820, died Biloxi April 14, 1898. She had my great grandfather, ships pilot and Biloxi harbormaster, Capt. Harry Copp James, 1848-1923. Copp, James, and Nixon streets Biloxi, are named for the family. Mrs. Jane Ann Nixon James was the daughter of New Orleans City attorney, John (W.?) Nixon, Adj. Lt. in De Jean's 1st Louisiana Militia, in the 1815 Battle New Orleans. In 1811, he helped found a New Orleans Masonic Lodge (Harmony?). This War of 1812 veteran was entombed Biloxi, June 4th or 7th, 1849, where he owned the Nixon House Hotel. His other son-in-law was asst. New Orleans city attorney, Peregrine "Perry" Snowden Warfield, from Georgetown, D.C., and close kin to base-born Bessie Warfield who wed King Edward VIII, of England. Harry, New Year's Day, 1914, brought the light cruiser USS Chester into Ship Island with President Wilson aboard. Until then, the biggest ship piloted to Ship Island. Joshua Sr's son, Joshua James, Jr., removed to Natchez, and friend Jeff Davis who's slaves would row Josh' across the Mississippi River to dine with the Davis family. Josh' wed a wealthy North Carolina widow, Mrs. (Archibald?) Mary K. Johnson, who owned "Ione" Plantation, Tensus Parish, Louisiana. They had Lucien Chamberlin James, 1839-1844, 2nd Lt. Wm. Winans James, CSA, 3rd La. Cavalry, 1842-1866, John Wood James, 1848-1870, and Capt. Clarence Linden James, CSA, 15th La. Cavalry, 1837-1881. Joshua James, Jr., was buried New Orleans 2-12-1851. The last brother, John Sage James born 1804,, remained in Wilmington as publisher and editor of the Wilmington Star. He wed Martha J. Tillinghost, and had Josshua Tillinghast James born 1836, Joshua T. James b1838, L. James born 1841, Rachel Julia James born 1845, Christopher James born 1847, and Thomas Cowan James, born 1849. he was likely kin to "Lt." Thomas Cowan James, executed Havana Castle, Cuba, Aug. 16, 1851, on that failed "filibustering" expedition. I've read his last letter home, knowing his fate: no whimpering. Mrs. Hetty-Bella Sage James siblings were: Hester Sage born 1758, wed Mr. Edens, and had Robert Edens, and Sally Edens. Mary Sage born 1759. Prudence Sage born 1761. James Sage born 1762. Elizabeth age, 1765-1796, married Thomas Cowan, son of John and Priscilla Cowan. Robert Sage, Jr., born 1769, removed to Baltimore. Margarete, 1771, married John Edens. They had Robert Edens, Sarah S. Edens, and Ann Edens. Sarah Sage, born 1774, was the second wife of Thomas Cowan, Sr. (above). They had Thomas Jr., Robert H. Cowan, Sarah Eliza Cowan, Priscilla Ann Cowan, Caroline L. Cowan, and James Monroe Cowan. George Washington Sage, born 1779, likely met President Washington when Washington spend the night? Much of this late 1960's information is from Mrs. Robert L. Hacker of Arlington, Virginia. Mrs. Sarah Sage, Sr., was born Nov. 25, 1740. Robert Sage, Sr., was born March 7 or 30th, 1730 and died March 11, 1793.. Sarah was born March 30, 1730 or Nov. 25, 1740, and died July 4, 1824. Allegedly the son of James and Mary Sage. Sage's Inn seemed to be (a horse changing station?) seemed to be n the King's highway, Post road, military highway (near highway 17), near of Holly Ridge. I suspect Sarah was kin to Col. (James?) Moore who owned land near Beasley's Creek (earlier called Bay Tree Creek). Other kin were Foy and Batts. Sgt. Joshua James, Sr., was the son of Capt. John James and Martha Pugh. Widowed, Mrs. Martha Pugh James, wed Ephraim Sholar. Her brother was Ens. Whitmel Pugh. He was killed age 16 by Tories (at the Battle of Drowning Creek?). Wm. Clark James of Wilmington, is in the N.C. Society of the Cincinnati on Capt. James. On August 9, 1759, Henry Skibbow, Surveyor, Onslow County, N.C., to Joshua James plantation in the fork of Holly Shelter Creek, patented by David Williams, July 17, 1743, known as "Skiddow Place". witness John Ellis and Ann Brown.


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