James Nowlin

#855, b. 13 November 1715, d. 18 July 1808
Father*James Nowlan b. c 1654/55, d. c 1724/25
Mother*Catherine Ward
     James Nowlin was born on 13 November 1715 on Beaverdam Creek, Goochland County, Virginia. He was the son of James Nowlan and Catherine Ward. James and Martha Collins were married circa 1737/38 Goochland County, Virginia. James Nowlin died 18 July 1808, Pittsylvania County, Virginia at age 92 years, 8 months and 5 days.
NOWLIN, James Nowlin and his wife, MARTHA COLLINS, were natives of Scotland. They came to America prior to the Revolution and brought all their household and kitchen furniture with them. they settled first in the eastern part of VA., but afterward removed to Pittsylvania Co. Their only son, Bryan W. Nowlin, was a captain in the American army during the revolution. He married LUCY WAIDE, of VA., and they had 15 children, thirteen of whom lived to be grown, and 12 of them married. The eldest son, Peyton, married LUCY TOWNSEND, and settled first in KY., from whence he removed to Saline Co., MO., previous to 1820, and raised a large family of children. Richard Nowlin, brother of Peyton, married CELIE SHELTON, and settled first in KY, and afterward in Saline Co., MO. Samuel Nowlin married FANNIE PAUL, of VA., by whom he had Joseph and David. His first wife died, and he was married the 2nd time to ELIZABETH EVERSON, by whom he had 2 daughters, both of whom are living in VA. Joseph Nowlin lived and died in Lynchburg, VA. David studied law at the U. of VA. In 1835 he married ELIZABETH BERGER, of VA., and the following year he came to MO and settled in Montgomery Co., where he practiced his profession, and was elected to several official positions in the county, which he filled with credit to himself and his constituents. He was also a Baptist preacher, and possessed more than ordinary powers as a pulpit orator. His son, Samuel S. Nowlin, is an attorney, and lives at Montgomery City. He has served his country as circuit clerk, and made one of the best officers the county ever had. He possesses a large influence, and his prospects for future political advancement are good.1,2

Children of James and Martha

Last Edited=17 Mar 2020


  1. [S216] Montgomery County Families O-W, online http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~schmblss/home/History/PioneerFamilies/Montgomery/Families-I-N.htm, See "A History of the Pioneer Families of Missouri" #318. Hereinafter cited as Montgomery County Families O-W.
  2. [S318] Wm. S. and Robert Rose Bryan, A History of the Pioneer Families of Missouri, with numerous sketches, anecdotes, adventures, Etc., Relating to Early Days in Missouri (St Louis, Missouri: Bryan, Brand, and Co., 1876), Re-printed by Genealogical Publishing Company, Baltimore., p 282.