James was born in Pennsylvania, moved to Virginia and was one of ten members of the Hogshead family to serve in the Revolutionary War. He, and seven other Hogshead men, served in Captain James Trimble's Company of Augusta Militia, Virginia State Troops.
James was the son of John and Nancy Wallace Hogshead of Scotland. James married Elizabeth Davis in 1743 in Augusta County, Virginia. They were the parents of three sons and a daughter, John, James Jr., William Alexander and Mary "Molly" Hogshead. All were born in Augusta County.
The oldest son, John, was born August 4, 1744. Like his father, John served in Captain Trimble's Company of Augusta Militia.
The second son, James Jr., was born in March 1746 and served as an ensign in Captain George Moffett's Company of Virginia Militia from August 18, 1778, to October 20, 1778. James' military records state that, on the latter date, he "refused to serve."
The third son, William Alexander, was born in April 1748 and served in Captain John Dickey's Company, Augusta Militia. William Alexander married Sarah Jane Robertson and became an ancient grandfather of the compiler of this journal.
James Hogshead Sr. died in February 1782.
Three of his brothers, John, David and Michael, also served in the Virginia Militia during the Revolutionary War. So did two cousins, Robert and Thomas Hoqshead.
Virginia State Troops played a big role in the Revolutionary War. Virginia militiamen made up more than one third of the American contingent at the Siege of Yorktown.
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