Today, in 1767, Beal Ijams, who is my paternal 4th great grandfather, is born in Anne Arundel Co., MD. to John (1725-1781/7?) and Ariana (Worthington) Iiams (1729-1781).
After the death of his father  but other records indicate 1787? he moved to Iredell Co., N.C. with some of his brothers and his half-sister who had married Capt. Basil Gaither.
He built a log house in the area of North Carolina where he had settled. He owned land and also had slaves. According to Harry Wright Newman, after the settlement of Carolina the orthography of the name changes from 'Iiames' to 'Ijames' and in the early court records it is written simply as 'Jams'.
In 1836, Davie County was organized out of the northern portion of Rowan county and the plantation of Beal Ijames fell into the newly created county. At the 1850 census for Davie county, Beal Ijames was aged 85 years, born in Maryland, with the following dwelling in his household: Matilda Ijames, aged 54; Denton Ijames, Constable, aged 37.
Photo courtesy of Ginny Scott, my distant cousin...thank you and Grace, creator of Beal Ijams memorial page on Find-A-Grave ~
Sources and information from: Roberta Iiames: Personal compiled records and research...thank you ~
Harry Wright Newman and his book: Anne Arundel Gentry, Maryland Pioneers Series, 1933, Harry Wright Newman ~