James Noland was born in 1740 and died the day after Christmas, 1833, at the age of 93 - quite a long life for that time. His birthplace was Charles County, Maryland, but he moved to Loudoun County, Virginia and then to Estill County, Kentucky, where he died. In 1774, at the age of 34, he married Barbara Saunders who was only 14 or 15 at the time.

He served in the Revolutionary War and served at least part of the time under Col. William Grayson who was married to Gen. William Smallwood's sister. (There will be a separate biography of Gen. William Smallwood in the future.) He was awarded a Revolutionary War pension. I believe that Mary Ethel Noland, daughter of Joseph T. Noland and Margaret Ellen Truman and Harry Truman's cousin, proved up her membership in the Daughters of the American Revolution through James Noland.

One of the persons verifying the statements of James and Barbara Noland in the pension records is Barnett McMonigle. I presume that this is the same Barnett McMonegal that is our Irish immigrant ancestor.