We know very little about James McDade’s Revolutionary War Service. We know that he served in the South Carolina Militia under Col. Anderson and was paid for his service. His service has been recognized by the DAR and SAR.
James McDade married Elizabeth before 1778 and moved to Georgia after the war ended. The date of Elizabeth's death is not known, however she died before James moved his family to Alabama in 1818-1819.
James McDade, who died about 1820, is the first person to be buried in the Manning Springs Graveyard near Mt. Meigs. This cemetery was used by the McDade family for one hundred and twenty-five years.
The known children of James McDade and wife, Elizabeth, are: William, Henrietta, Charles, John, James and Alexander. Before 1820, the McDade brothers, their sister Henrietta and her husband, Jacob Cobb, were settled in Montgomery County. They were not wealthy, but they were in easy circumstance and were regarded as among the best citizens of the County.