I love Alcorn researchers. We may not always reach the same conclusions, but I have found that Alcorn descendents are always generous in sharing the information they've collected. And one of the most generous, and detailed researchers has to be Bob Ford. He recently sent the following information in response to the post, John Alcorn: Revolutionary War Service?, in which we looked for the elusive proof that John did, indeed, serve in the war.
Here is Bob's response:
John (and his brother James) were both in the Rev. War (and also in the French & Indian War). Proving it to the DAR though will be difficult.
What follows is the first part of what I have researched on both John & James Alcorn:
John & James ALCORN/ALLCORN of VIRGINIA
There seems to have been two ALLCORN brothers in VA in the mid-1700's. James & John ALCORN bought property in present day Botetourt Co VA near each other on Back Creek & Looney's Mill Creek. Back Creek flows into Looney's Mill Creek and Looney's Mill Creek flows into the James River in Botetourt Co near where Interstate Highway 81 crosses the James River. Then they moved to present day Wythe Co VA. Both John & James were in the French & Indian War and both were in the VA militia during the Revolutionary War. James (my gggg g/f) was probably killed at the battle of Guilford Court House, NC 15 Mar 1781 or the skirmishes leading up to the battle. James' widow Jane (MILLS) ALCORN then married Charles HUTCHERSON in 1788 in Montgomery Co VA and they moved to Madison Co KY, probably in 1788 or 1789.
James had children born between about 1762 and 28 Oct 1781 when Margaret Mills ALCORN was born (Margaret was born after the death of James who died in early 1781).
Only 1 of John's children, James, is known to me. There are two others, John & George, that are possibly his sons. James may have been born about 1770, he married in 1793; John may have been born about 1775, George also married in 1793.
Judge Forest Calico, a Garrard Co KY historian, had notes on ALLCORN's that were very helpful. Judge Forrest CALICO's information came from (1) his notes on SMITH-HUTCHERSON, LDS microfilm reel # 1036315, item 15 and (2) his Garrard Co KY "Misc Families," LDS microfilm reel # 0183259.
Deed book records also helped. James Allcorn bought 143 acres & 37 ½ acres in Augusta (now Botetourt) Co VA, in 1768 & 1769. The 143 acres was purchased from John & Mary Mills. James married Jane Mills, therefore John & Mary Mills may have been relatives of Jane (Mills) Allcorn. Jinny & Jean are diminutives or forms (nicknames, etc.) of Jane. James & Jinny Alcorn sold 180 acres (the combined 143 & 37 ½ acres above) in Botetourt Co VA in 1779. James Alcorn received a warrant for 50 acres in Montgomery (now Wythe) Co VA on Mac's Little Run, joining own & John Miller and the Anchor & Hope plantation on or near Reed Creek & east of what is now Wytheville, VA. Two dates show up on references to this warrant - - 1st on 09 Feb 1781 just before James was killed on or near 15 Mar 1781. The 2nd was after his death - - 16 Sep 1782. The above warrant was in Montgomery Co VA for service in the French & Indian War (James was in the Bedford Co VA militia in 1758).
James brother, John Allcorn bought 120 acres in 1765, near where James later lived in Augusta (now Botetourt) Co VA. John & his wife Jane (daughter of George & Ann (Doak) Breckenridge), sold the 120 acres in 1770. [The "VA Magazine of History & Biography," v.27, pg 157-158, has a history of the Breckenridge family of Augusta Co VA. Alexander & Jane Breckenridge's eldest son, George, father of Jane Alcorn above, died in Wythe Co VA (Will Book 1:1)].
In 1778, John Alcorn bought 201 acres on Lucas Creek (now called Miller Creek), east of Wytheville, Montgomery (now Wythe) Co VA and near the Anchor & Hope tract above. Now this is where deeds were especially helpful. On 02 Sep 1782, John Allcorn, senior, sold 39 acres (of the 201 acres) on Reed Creek (Lucas Creek flows into Reed Creek) to John Alcorn, son of James Alcorn, deceased (James being the James above that was killed in the Revolutionary War in 1781). John Miller also sold John (son of James, deceased), 44 acres on Lucas Creek on the same date. John (son of James, deceased), sold this 83 acres (39 + 44 acres) on 06 Oct 1788. (This is the same year that Jane, James' widow, got married and could have been when they moved to Madison Co KY as Charles Hutcherson shows up in Madison Co KY in 1789).
John (son of James, deceased), had problems with the sale of the 83 acres. John had 1st gone to Madison Co KY where he married Nancy Mounce, had 3 girls, divorced and went to Wilson Co TN. He married 2nd, Prudence Hall. The above problem with the deed helped to locate John (son of James, deceased), as living in Wilson Co TN in 1802. Wythe Co VA Deed Book 3, pg 220, 23 Feb 1802 - - John Alcorn, clerk of the Wilson Co TN Court gave Robert Wilson, of Wythe Co VA, power of attorney to act in John's behalf on the 83 acres recorded on 03 Mar 1789. The document not only shows where John lived in 1802, but also gives his occupation in 1802 as Wilson Co TN Court Clerk (an occupation he had for many years). There is a follow-up similar record in Wythe Co VA Deed Book 3, pg 231, 12 Mar 1802. Property descriptions are included. John (son of James, deceased), lived in, raised his 2nd family in, and is buried in Wilson Co TN. John was also a Colonel in the War of 1812.
23 Aug 1792, John ALCORN and Jean, of Madison Co KY to John MILLER of Wythe Co VA, for 5 lbs, 161 acres on Lucasses Creek, a branch of Reed Creek. Beginning at a locust & white thorn, on the bank of the creek, thence South 84 degrees, East 17 poles to a swamp white oak, thence N. 77, E. 72 poles to 3 white oaks, S. 23, E. 44 poles to 2 white oaks [the preceding boundary lines of the 161 acre tract bordered the 83 acres sold to John (son of James ALCORN, deceased), by John ALCORN & John MILLER (see Wythe Co VA Deed Book 3, pp 231-233 abstract below dated 12 Mar 1802)]. [161 acre boundaries continued]: N. 32, W. 112 poles to a forked Sycamore on the south side of the creek, thence down the several courses of the said creek to the beginning. It being part of a larger tract of land granted to James MILLER in his lifetime. Witnesses: George, James & John ALLCORN. Signed: John ALLCORN. Ordered to be recorded, 11 Sep 1792. [Wythe Co VA Deed Book 1:101-102].
Although James & his brother John ALCORN seem to have lived in only 2 locations in VA from the late 1760's on, there were 5 counties involved due to counties being formed from other counties, etc.
Augusta Co VA was formed in 1738 from Orange Co VA and covered a vast area from the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains in VA, westward to the Mississippi River. Botetourt Co VA was split off from Augusta Co VA in 1769 and included part within VA, part of present day WV, and all of present day KY. (Augusta Co VA did not begin functioning as a county until 1745, so Augusta Co records from 1738 to 1745 may still have been recorded, etc., in Orange Co VA).
John & James ALCORN lived within the boundaries of present day Botetourt Co VA, then moved to present day Wythe Co VA.
Fincastle Co VA was split off from Botetourt Co VA in 1772 and the name "disappeared" after 4 years when Fincastle Co was split into Montgomery Co VA, Washington Co VA, and Kentucky Co VA (present day KY) in 1776. Wythe Co VA was split off from Montgomery Co VA in 1789. Therefore, the area that is now present day Wythe Co VA was in Augusta Co from 1738 to until 1769, Botetourt Co until 1772, Fincastle Co until 1776, and Montgomery Co until 1789. Fincastle Co VA records have been incorporated into the Montgomery Co VA records.
Now back to James ALLCORN's brother John. John & Jane (BRECKENRIDGE) ALLCORN of Madison Co KY sold 161 acres in Wythe Co VA to John MILLER of Wythe Co VA. This was the balance of the 201 acres, after selling 39 acres above to John (son of James, deceased). A problem developed on this property also. (Wythe Co VA Deed Book 1:101-102, 210, 295-296, 23 Aug 1792, 04 Dec 1793 & 12 Aug 1794). John ALCORN & his wife, Jane, gave Robert BRECKENRIDGE power of attorney to act in John's behalf on the 161 acres. Witnesses were George, James & John ALLCORN (possibly John & Jane's sons). So John & Jane (BRECKENRIDGE) ALCORN also went to Madison Co KY. Robert BRECKENRIDGE above was probably Jane (BRECKENRIDGE) ALCORN's brother who was living in Wythe Co VA and later died in Bath Co KY in 1814.
12 Aug 1794, John ALCORN & Jane his wife of Madison Co KY to John MILLER of Wythe Co VA, for 170 lbs, 161 acres lying on Lucases Creek in Wythe Co VA, being a part of a survey which was granted to James MILLER by patent bearing date at Williamsburg, 20 Jun 1753. Bounds: Beginning at a Locust & a thorn on the East side of the creek, thence South 84 degrees, East 17 poles to a swamp white oak, thence N. 77, E. 72 poles to 3 white oaks, thence S. 23, E. 44 poles to 2 white oaks, thence N. 55, E. 90 poles to 2 white oaks, thence N. 32, W. 164 poles to a white oak, thence S. 50, W. 112 poles to a forked Sycamore on the South side of the Creek, thence down the several courses of the said Creek, 94 poles to the beginning. John ALCORN by Robert BRECKENRIDGE attorney. Ordered to be recorded 11 Aug 1795. [Wythe Co VA Deed Book 1:295-296].
[Note: There are various ways that you see ALCORN spelled (usually ALCORN or ALLCORN), but one somewhat common misspelling is ALCOM (when ALCORN is handwritten, sometimes the 'rn' at the end of ALCORN looks like an 'm'). Other spellings are ALCORNE, ALLCORNE].
Bob also noted that the land bounty reference in my previous post was for service in the French and Indian War, not the Revolutionary War.
From your blog: "From the book "Robert Alcorn and his Descendents" by Lloyd Alcorn, Sr, we learn that: "Lt. John Alcorn, later Capt. John Alcorn, also owned land on Reed's Creek (along with Robert and James Alcorn), Montgomery County, Virginia, at this time (1753 to 1782). At the court of Montgomery County, May 3, 1780, John Bethel, John Alcorn, and others were awarded 40-acre grants for six-months' service under Col. George Washington. Their lawyer representative was Patrick Henry."
The above 40 acres (in 1780) was for service in the French & Indian War. The bounty lands warrants for the French & Indian War were not issued until 1779 & later. Rev. War bounty land warrants were not issued until after the Rev. War ended in 1781.