James Upshaw

1814–1895 (Age 81)
Elbert, Georgia, United States

The Life of James

When James Upshaw was born on 31 January 1814, in Elbert, Georgia, United States, his father, Forrester Upshaw, was 42 and his mother, Ann Faulkner, was 43. He married Jane Spencer about 1840, in Meriwether, Georgia, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 1 daughter. He lived in Meriwether, Georgia, United States in 1850 and District 1122, Carroll, Georgia, United States in 1880. He died on 30 April 1895, in Carroll, Georgia, United States, at the age of 81, and was buried in Carroll, Georgia, United States.

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Family Time Line

James Upshaw
Jane Spencer
Marriage: about 1840
John R. Upshaw
Allen Upshaw
Milligan W. Upshaw
James Thomas Taylor Upshaw
Josephine Elizabeth Upshaw

Spouse & Children

about 1840
Meriwether, Georgia, United States


  • John R. Upshaw


  • Allen Upshaw


  • Milligan W. Upshaw


  • Male1850–1925Male

  • Josephine Elizabeth Upshaw


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World Events (8)

1819 · Panic! of 1819

Age 5

With the Aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars the global market for trade was down. During this time, America had its first financial crisis and it lasted for only two years. 
1832 · Worcester v. Georgia

Age 18

In 1830, U.S. President Andrew Jackson signed the Indian Removal Act which required all Native Americans to relocate to areas west of the Mississippi River. That same year, Governor Gilmer of Georgia signed an act which claimed for Georgia all Cherokee territories within the boundaries of Georgia. The Cherokees protested the act and the case made its way to the U.S. Supreme Court. The case, Worcester v. Georgia, ruled in 1832 that the United States, not Georgia, had rights over the Cherokee territories and Georgia laws regarding the Cherokee Nation were voided. President Jackson didn’t enforce the ruling and the Cherokees did not cede their land and Georgia held a land lottery anyway for white settlers.
1836 · Remember the Alamo

Age 22

Being a monumental event in the Texas Revolution, The Battle of the Alamo was a thirteen-day battle at the Alamo Mission near San Antonio. In the early morning of the final battle, the Mexican Army advanced on the Alamo. Quickly being overrun, the Texian Soldiers quickly withdrew inside the building. The battle has often been overshadowed by events from the Mexican–American War, But the Alamo gradually became known as a national battle site and later named an official Texas State Shrine.

Name Meaning

English (East Anglia): probably a habitational name from a lost or unidentified place named with Old English upp ‘up(per)’ + sc(e)aga ‘copse’, or a topographic name with the same meaning.

Possible Related Names

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Sources (3)

  • James Upshaw, "United States Census, 1860"
  • James Upshaw, "United States Census, 1850"
  • James Upshaw, "United States Census, 1880"

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