James was born in 1840 at Hornton, Oxfordshire, to parents James, a blacksmith (1851) and Mary.
Census returns identify the following occupations for James.
- 1861 blacksmith
- 1871 student of theology
He married Margaret Sarah Howell (1848-1928) in the summer of 1870 in the Monmouth Registration District, Monmouthshire. Census returns identify one child.
- Mary Elizabeth Eleanor (1871-1928) – emigrated to New Zealand; married Robert Duncan in 1894
James died in the summer of 1872 in the Bridgewater Registration District, Somerset.
Margaret married William Dowle, a blacksmith, in 1874 and emigrated to New Zealand.
- 1867 Bristol
- 1869 Pilowell
- 1870 Seend Cove
- 1871 disappears
- 1872-3 Knowle, Somerset – Congregational minister
W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990
Surman Index id: 28356
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