Was born in Washington County, New York, May 26, 1814. Removed to Belleville, Richland County, Ohio, in company with his brother Thomas, in 1828. Resided there until 1830, then located in Berlin, Huron County, and in 1836 removed to Ruggles Corners, where his brother had settled a few months prior. He married Sarah Taylor in 1837. He is a cooper by trade, but is now a farmer. He is an active Democratic partisan, and takes an influential part in the party. He was deputy sheriff from 1852 to 1854. Thomas became justice of the peace in 1836, and was defeated in 1839, political lines being closely drawn. He deceased, of consumption, in October 1846. James at present resides at the Corners. He has no children.