Kentucky James Genealogy Collection

 Kentucky James, is the name given to James Brantley who was born ca 1770 in North Carolina.  He migrated with his family to Georgia about 1795.  In 1811, he killed a man in a fight in the county of Bullock, where he resided at the time.  He fled the state and went to Tennessee and then soon on to Kentucky, settling in Livingston (later Crittenden) County.  He would die there in 1841, leaving a large family.  The man, a soldier of the War of 1812, became the sole progenitor of almost the entire Kentucky Brantley population through the early 1900s.  By now, Kentucky James has earned the association's title of a "Key Progenitor" and has thousands of descendants living across America, many of which are members and supporters of the Brantley Association.  This collection is actually approximately 80 sheets of genealogy records, much of which was contributed by descendant Brenda Underdown and the late Ernest Brantley, both of Kentucky.  The collection also includes the warrant issued in 1811 from Governor Mitchell of Georgia and a brief summary of the life of Kentucky James Brantley. 


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The Brantley Association

4750 Oakleigh Manor Dr 

Powder Springs, GA 30127

phone:  770-428-4402


The Brantley Association is run by Ken Brantley.

The Brantley Association web site is maintained by Ann Douglas