I know nothing new about James. I picked this site up from the Germanna list discussion. I think we corresponded about this earlier when there was a discussion about Lawrence KS where my daughter lives. Did you tell me there was a Dover(Canal) Ohio link? I used to work there. I don't have time to search my files, but I recall reading that there was some recruiting in Mercer Co. (Lincoln) KY which is next to Mercer Co. James would have been in his 60's. If I recall there was a younger Holsclaw involved from near Harrodsburg KY.
My Elijah was the oldest son of Jacob and Susannah Thomas and the second child of 11 or 12. ...if you count James? Who is the old man Holsclaw? Who were the daughters in the explosion? I have two Holsclaw lines. Jacob and Susannah's granddaughter, Rebecca is in my line as well.
Elijah's, grandson, Elijah also was in his 20's.He was a prisoner of war(Ky 4th) and I have his papers as he was moved around. I've been to KY several times and have a mountain of documents to unravel. They used the same names over and over so dates and locations are the clues to follow in the old Lincoln Co area. My Holsclaws move north to Trimble, Carroll and Oldham very early so that helps.
Question ? If James is a grandson who is his father? Elijah or Jacob (III)?
Another possibility.. Jacob and Susannah are known to be sponsors of an unwed mother in baptizing her child in VA. Was James taken in or adopted?
If I find anything will let you Know.