James MORTON Major (M)
b. circa 1749/50
James MORTON Major was born circa 1749/50 at Prince Edward County, Virginia. He was the son of John MORTON and Elizabeth ANDERSON.
James MORTON Major was At the very beginning of the Revolutionary War he enlisted in the cause of the colonies and served throughout the entire war. He was a lieutenant in the continental line and rose to the rank of major. On account of the splendid manner in which he handled his regiment while under fire, George Washington spoke of him as "Old Solid Column," and that sobriquet attaches to his name to this very day. He received from the state of Virginia 3370 acres for public services rendered. Then for military services from January 1, 1776, to December 20, 1782, he received 2666 2-3 acres. In March, 1797, he received 444 1/2 acres "for the 7th year." And in November, 1807, he received 370 acres for ten months services (see Hayden's Virginia Geneologies).1
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