James was born at Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, England.
He married Hannah Roberts (born at Tettenhall, Staffordshire, England in 1852) at Worcestershire, England in 1875.
They had one son & four daughters. The first three children were born in England the last two in Wellington. There was a half brother also born in Foxton.
The family had emigrated to NZ, arrivinf at Wellington in Apr 1883.
One son-in-law, Thomas Vaughan-Hinckesman, served in WW1.
James does not appear on any electoral rolls. His widow Hannah appears from 1905 through to 1935 living at Shannon, possibly living with her Daughter Mabel & son-in-law Thomas.