Colonel James Raulston1,2

b. 16 June 1778, d. 7 August 1844
Colonel James Raulston|b. 16 Jun 1778\nd. 7 Aug 1844|p6237.htm|Matthew Raulston|b. c 1742\nd. 29 Dec 1800|p10975.htm|Martha "Polly" Moore|b. c 1744\nd. c 1806|p10976.htm|William Ralston|b. c 1708\nd. Aug 1767|p10982.htm|Eleanor (—?—)|||John Moore||p10984.htm|Jean (—?—) (Moore)||p10985.htm|

2nd great-granduncle of William Lemuel Horn Jr.
4th great-granduncle of Laura Jane Munson.
Family Background:
Horn and Allied Families
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Colonel James Raulston
     Colonel James Raulston was born on 16 June 1778 in Augusta County, Virginia.1,2,3 He was the son of Matthew Raulston and Martha "Polly" Moore.2 He married Jane Simmons, daughter of Robert Simmons and Ann Miller, on 8 January 1802 in Jefferson County, Tennessee.1,2 He died on 7 August 1844 in Jackson County, Alabama, at age 66.1,2,3
     James Raulston operated an inn in the Chestnut Mound section of Jackson County, now Putnam County, Tennessee, that became known as Raulston's Stand. He was a delegate to Knoxville in 1801, and was instrumental in the enactment of the necessary legislation to create the county of Jackson.

     James met Jane Simmons about 1801 when he was working on his Uncle George's newspaper, the Knoxville Gazette. Jane's parents were waiting for the river to rise so their flat boats could move down the Tennessee River on the first leg of their river journey to Louisiana. Traditionally, Jane never saw her family again, except for John who returned with Colonel Raulston to Tennessee after the Battle of New Orleans.

     James moved to Sequatchie Valley in 1808, and he and Captain Robert Bean entered over 57,000 acres of land there.

     in 1809 he was commissioned into the 18th Regiment of Jackson's army to fight against the Creek Indians in the Great Bend of Tennessee. In 1812, Jackson again called him to serve in command of the 3rd Regiment of Tennessee. He became Colonel Raulston and served with General William Carroll in the Battle of New Orleans.

     Colonel Raulston found that his log cabin was located on the line between Tennessee and Alabama when the area was surveyed in 1817. He first moved his bedroom to the Tennessee side of the cabin so that he could stay involved in Tennessee politics; then in 1828 he moved his bedroom to the other side of the cabin, declared his home to be in Alabama, and was elected a representative of Jackson County in the Alabama Legislature.

Additional Data
James Raulston was mentioned in his father Matthew Roulstone's will dated 29 December 1800 in Jefferson County, Tennessee.4 Click to read text

Children of Colonel James Raulston and Jane Simmons

  • William O. Raulston5 b. 20 Oct 1802, d. 1870
  • Anne Raulston5 b. 19 Aug 1804, d. 1880
  • Robert Simmons Raulston5 b. 1806, d. 1867
  • Matthew Harvey Raulston5 b. 2 May 1808, d. 5 Oct 1875
  • Samuel Raulston5 b. 22 Jan 1810, d. 25 May 1866
  • Sampson W. Raulston5 b. 3 Nov 1811, d. 6 Dec 1862
  • Moses Raulston5 b. 1813, d. 1827
  • Elizabeth Raulston5 b. 20 Dec 1814, d. 23 Oct 1876
  • Martha Raulston5 b. 9 May 1816, d. 30 Dec 1897
  • Evander McKeever Raulston5 b. 16 Sep 1818, d. 22 Oct 1870
  • James Wallas Raulston5 b. 15 May 1821, d. 1897
  • Napoleon Bonapart Raulston5 b. 30 Nov 1822, d. 1878
  • John Simmons Raulston5 b. 15 Aug 1824, d. 25 Nov 1906
  • Brice Byrne Raulston5 b. 6 Jan 1826, d. 4 Apr 1913


  1. [S637] Eleanor McAllister Hall, The Book of Jared, The Family Record of John Jared whose ancestors and descendants run the gamut of America's history (Salt Lake City: Publisher's Press, 1963), 679.
  2. [S643] Letter from Frank A. Robinett (Amarillo, Texas) to Mrs. Annie Laura Yates, 24 January 1940; Laura M. Cooper (1804 Holm Oak St., Arlington, Texas). Original was held by Naomi Yates Whitaker, now deceased, of Fort Worth, Texas, daughter of Mrs. Yates. She gave the writer a copy about 1984; present owner of the original is not known.
  3. [S1030] Audrey J. Lambert, "Matthew Roulston, Raulsten, Raulston, Ralston-Martha "Polly/Patsy" Moore family group sheet", 2004 (Michigan). Online. <
  4. [S637] Eleanor McAllister Hall, The Book of Jared, 678-679, citing Jefferson County Will Book 1: 61.
  5. [S672] Bob Thompson, Gedcom, "Robert Miller Family File," to Laura M. Cooper (Arlington, Texas), 11 October 1998.