Born: 1798 Tennessee
Flourished: 1829-1839 Sangamon County, Illinois
James lived in Sangamon County as early as 1829. He was an ordained Baptist minister and a member of the Spring Creek Baptist Church in Sangamon County. By 1840, he and his family were living in Claiborne County, Tennessee, and in 1842, he settled in Pulaski County, Kentucky, where he became a member of the Zion church, for whom he ministered a further fifteen years.
Minutes of the Sangamon United Baptist Association, 1823-1837, September 1833, Primitive Baptist Library, Carthage, IL; Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales, Sangamon County, 68:57, Illinois State Archives, Springfield, Illinois; U.S. Census Office, Fifth Census of the United States (1830), Sangamon County, IL, 171; U.S. Census Office, Sixth Census of the United States (1840), Claiborne County, TN, 218; J. H. Spencer, A History of Kentucky Baptists (Cincinnati: J. H. Spencer, 1885), 2:393; U.S. Census Office, Seventh Census of the United States (1850), Pulaski County, KY, 14.