John Bruce

#1562, b. 30 April 1748, d. 1827
Father*John Bruce b. s 1700, d. b 13 Aug 1752
Mother*Margaret Jones b. c 1725/26, d. bt 1769 - 1797
     John Bruce was born on 30 April 1748 Virginia.1 He was the son of John Bruce and Margaret Jones. John Bruce married Elizabeth Clay, daughter of Henry Clay and Rachel Povall, 28 June 1775 Charlotte County, Virginia.2 John Bruce died 1827 , Garrard County, Kentucky.
      Culpeper Sct. Spencer Bobo made oath before me that about 20 years ago or thereabouts the woman that is now called the widow Bruce came to live on the land which is called Bruce’s and some time after that saw John Bruce on his land and asked him if he not intended to give his son John that land. He said he did not and that he had a wife and five children in Scotland and that he would give his eldest son then in Scotland that land. And the said Bobo further saith Bruce’s children, which was a son and a daughter, was bound to him and after they being free he had occasion to know their age and went to where he understood they were born and was there informed that John Bruce was not married to Margaret, but that John and Margaret was obliged to remove from that county in order to save paying the fine for having a bastard child which he says is John Bruce, Jr., that now claims the land. And the said Bobo further saith that after the death of John Bruce, Margaret showed him a will that she said was John Bruce’s and by that will half the land was devised to John, Jr., and the other half to his sister, Martha. The said Bobo further saith that he see a memorandum on the back of the will, that it was recorded in the office of Albemarle County with the clerk’s name to it but does not remember the clerk’s name. The said Bobo further saith from all appearances he believes John Bruce, Jr., is the son of John Bruce, Sen., and that Margaret behaved as Bruce’s wife, but that there was a report they never was married. Certified under my hand this 1st of May 1770. Jas Barbour, Jr.

(from Bruce King's manuscript -- June 2010.) He served During the Revolutionary War John Bruce enlisted 20 November 1776 in the Virginia Continental Line as a foot
soldier for the duration of the war. He was appointed corporal in Captain William Smith’s Company, 11th Virginia
Regiment, commanded by Colonel Daniel Morgan, 30 November of that same year. Promoted to Sergeant in August
1777, he was wounded “at Bethlehem” in October 1777 and was on furlough through May 1778 to recover from his
wounds. He rejoined his unit, now part of William Johnston’s Company under the command of Lt. Col. Cropper,
encamped at Valley Forge and was with them at White Plains, Newark and Pompton Plains through the end of 1778.
From January through April of 1779, he was once again on furlough, but rejoined the company at Middlebrook in May.
The Company, now under Lt. James Wright, as part of Gen. Woodford’s Brigade, 7th Virginia Regiment of Foot, moved
to Smith’s Clove, then Ramapough, ending at Haverstraw by 1 October 1779. John Bruce last appeared on the company
muster roll for November 1779, prepared while they were “camped near Morristown” and submitted 9 December 1779. between 20 November 1776 and November 1779.1 He has been assigned DAR Record Number: A016115.

Children of John and Elizabeth

Last Edited=23 May 2017


  1. [S392] Charles von Dietrich and Patricia M. Donaldson Knighton, Clay, Bruce, and Kavanaugh Families (Cincinnati, Ohio: Charles Knighton, 2007).
  2. [S63] Jordan R, et. al. Dodd, Early American Marriages: Virginia to 1800 (Bountiful, UT: Precision Indexing Publishers, n.d.), from, Virginia
    Charlotte County
    Bruce, John married Clay, Elizabeth on 28 Jun 1775 in Charlotte County, Virginia.
  3. [S175] Interview with Wanza Jo Baker Campbell (California), by Pat Dunford, 1/1998. Patricia L Dunford Files (Patricia L Dunford, 3736 N Tucson Blvd, Tucson, Pima County, Arizona, 85716).