1832 - 1907 (74 years)
||George James |
||6 Apr 1832
||Spetisbury, Dorset, England [1, 2]
||20 May 1832
||Spetisbury, Dorset, England [3, 4, 5, 6]
||Iron Moulder  |
||4 Mar 1907
||Rushford, Fillmore, Minnesota [7, 8, 9]
||6 Mar 1907
||Oak Grove Cemetery, Rushford, Fillmore, Minnesota 
- Again the Angel of Death has entered our midst and taken away an old and highly respected resident, Mr. George James. After a severe and lingering illness of eighteen months duration, he quietly passed away early Monday morning just at the break of a new day. Mr. james was born in Dorchester, England, and had he lived until April, would have been 74 years of age. With his parents he came to this country when but a young boy, settling at Stockport, N.Y. Here he grew to manhood and at the age of 21 was married to Miss Eliza McLaughlin. Two children were born to them: Ida, dying in infancy, and Annie, now Mrs. Charles Ginder, residing in Akron, Colo. In 1871 he came west and finally located at Rushford, taking up his work as an iron moulder, which trade he had learned in the East. This work he continued until a few years ago, when ill health compelled him to retire. In 1875 he was again married to Harriet Elizabeth Dauchy. Four children were the result of this union, Nellie L., George H., Royal D., and Carolyn E., all of whom with the widow survive him. Mr. James was a churchman from his birth. That was in the mother church of England. There the seed was sown and the faith was rooted which never ceased to bear its fruit. For many years he has been a member of Emmanuel church and was very regular in his attendance at its services so long as his health would permit. Of him it may be said he was a true servant of the Lord Jesus in the church of the living God. Faithful and loyal in his work, an earnest and true Christian he can truthfully say as did St. Paul: "I have fought the good fight; I have finished my course; I have kept the faith; and henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness." The funeral was held yesterday (Wednesday) afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from Emmanuel church, the rector, Rev. Philip K. Edwards, officiating, and the remains were laid away in Oakwood cemetery, there to sweetly sleep until called forth to join the triumphant hosts of the Redeemed, thru faith in Him who died that His faithful ones might live with Him. "There is no death, what seems so is transition. This life of mortal breath Is but a suburb of the life Elysian, Whose portal we call Death."
Reverse side of Archive Photo #116 states (in James Eggen's handwriting): "Grandfather James came to Rushford in 1871 from North Adams, Mass." "Born April 6, 1832. Died March 4, 1907."
Alternate birthdate: 26 Apr 1829 on George James death certificate
Birthdate: 1833 on George James gravestone
George James, age 3, emigrated to the US from Bristol, England on the ship Nile, arrived in New York on 6 Jun 1836
1855 NY State Census, Columbia Co., Stockport, Geo James, age 23, born England, Moulder, 20 years in city, value of real estate owned 1000, wife Eliza, born Ireland, age 22, 11 years in city, child Ida J., born Columbia County, age 1
Purchased ten acre tract of land in Stockport, NY on 2 Jul 1856 from William J. and Elizabeth M. Penoyer
1865 NY State Census, Columbia Co., Stockport, age 32, born England, occupation Moulder, native voter, land owner, value of real estate owned 800, wife Eliza, born Ireland, mother of two children, married once, daughter Anna, age 9, born Columbia County.
1865 NY State Agricultural Census: 10 acres, $3000 cash value, $170 value of stock, $50 value of tools, acres plowed 1864-one, 1865-none, acres meadow 1864-nine, 1865-nine, tons hay 1864-13, trees in fruit-3, bushels apples-20, calves 1864-none, 1865-one, milch cows 1864-one, 1865-one, cattle killed for beef 1864-none, butter cows 1864-one, 1865-one, pounds butter made 1864-200, swine 1864-2, swine slaughtered 1864-2, pounds of pork 1864-400, poultry value owned 1865-25.
Sold ten acre tract of land in Stockport, NY on 19 Mar 1869 to William P. Irwin
1870 US Census, Minnesota, Fillmore, Jordan, George James, age 37, occupation farmer, value of real estate 3,000, value of personal estate 400, born England, male citizen of US, with wife Eliza 33 and daughter Anna 14
1871-Came west and finally located at Rushford, MN
St. John's Episcopal Church records of Families and Persons, ca 1872/73, lists George James, born 1847 in England, River St., living with his sister Louisa. Mother Louise also lived on River St.
1875 MN State Census, Fillmore County, Rushford, age 45, living in same house with Jane Harton, no age given, born NY, and Erick Nelson, age 32, born Norway.
GEORGE JAMES DIVORCE DECREE
District Court Fillmore County
George James vs. Eliza McL. James
Decree of Divorce
A true copy
To George James, Plft
R.A. Murray, Plfts Atty
State of Minnesota. District Court
Fillmore County. 10 Judicial District
George James Plaintiff
Eliza McLaughlin James Defendant
Decree of Divorce
At Chambers Aug 12th 1875
This action having been brought into this Court upon the Summons and the Plaintiffs complaint therein and it having been made to appear that the summons and complaint aforesaid were duly served on the Defendant on the 29th day of June AD 1875 at Preston in said Fillmore County, and that on the 30th day of July AD 1875, 30 days had elapsed since the service of said Summons and complaint on her, nevertheless the Defendant had not at that time made and served a copy of her answer or demurrer on the Plaintiffs attorney as reprised in said summons or otherwise, and had not in any manner appeared in said action but in respect to all the matters last aforesaid she then was in default and the Plft might proceed and have said action disposed of by and before this Court, out of term, agreeably with the statute in such case made and provided.
And whereas on the 30th day of July AD 1875 the Plaintiff made due application to this Court, out of term for leave to proceed upon the default aforesaid to try said action, and for judgment, and the Court deeming it expedient that the same should be done did to that end duly appoint Hein Niles Carpenter a Referee to take and report to this Court the testimony that might be offered in said action on the trial thereof.
And whereas on the 10th day of August AD 1875 said action was duly brought to trial before said Referee and the evidence produced by the Plaintiff on said trial having been taken and reported to this Court by said Referee, and the Defendant having failed to appear and produce any evidence on the trial aforesaid on her part
And whereas the Court has duly and carefully considered the evidence aforesaid, and it appearing therefrom that the Plft and Defdt names and ages are correctly stated in the complaint in this action and that on the 27th day of March AD 1853, the Plaintiff and Defdt were legally married each to the other, and that they cohabited as husband and wife from the date of their said marriage up to and until the 10th day of January AD 1871, when at the city of Rushford in Fillmore County in the State of Minnesota, the Defendant, without cause, unlawfully deserted the Plaintiff and went to the State of New York and since said day has never returned or offered to return to Plft, thereby violating her marriage contract with the Plaintiff
And whereas it also further appears from the evidence aforesaid that the Defendant, during a period of six months immediately prior to the said 10th day of January AD 1871, treated the Plaintiff in a cruel and inhuman manner thereby further violating her marriage contract with him
And whereas it further appears from said evidence that the Plaintiff, for one year immediately preceding the exhibiting of his complaint in this action, was a resident of the State of Minnesota and is now a resident of said State, and whereas, it also appears from the said evidence that the Plaintiff has duly kept and performed his said marriage contract with the Defendant and is fully entitled to the relief sought in his complaint
Now therefore on motion of R.A. Murray, Esq., Plfts Atty, the court being fully advised in the premises, it is ordered and adjudged and decreed that the Plaintiff be divorced form the Defendant and that the bonds of matrimony heretofore existing between them be and the same hereby are dissolved and adjudged null and void, from this day henceforth and forever, By the Court,
1880 MN Census, Fillmore County, Rushford, Moulder, age 45, born in England, wife Hattie, children Nellie and George.
Purchased "Lot 12 Block 1 in Walker & Stebbin's Addition to Rushford" and other land, from Mary A. Arnold and William Arnold, her husband, [Instrument] W.D., [Consideration] $425, (Except a Mortgage of $125.00), [Date of Instrument] Sept. 20 1881, [Date of Record] Oct. 27 1881, 6 P.M., Vol. No. 13, Pages 54--98.
Purchased "Lot 12 Block 1 in Walker & Stebbin's Addition to Rushford" and other land, from Hiram Walker and Celestia, his wife, [Instrument] Q.C.D., [Consideration] $1, [Date of Instrument] Mar. 26 1884, [Date of Record] July 25 1884, 11 A.M., Vol. No. 14, Pages 59-211. This deed is made for the special purpose of perfecting title of record.
Listed as a brother of Henry James, residing in Rushford, MN in Probate petition re: Henry James to Columbia County Surrogates Court by George Tator, 13 Jun 1893
1885 MN State Census, Rushford City, Fillmore Co., George James 58, Hattie 39, Nellie 9, George Jr. 6, Royal 2
1895 Minnesota State Census, Fillmore, Rushford, page 21, George James, born England, 25 year resident of MN, Moulder, with wife Mrs. H.E. 48, Nellie 19, Georgie 16, Ronne? 12, Kari 9
1900 MN Census, Rushford, Fillmore County, Enum. Dist. 35, p. 3B, George James, born Apr 1830 in England, age 70, married 25 years, emigrated to US in 1832, naturalization NA, occupation moulder, rents farm (as opposed to home), with wife Hattie, children Nellie L., George H., Royal D. and Carrie E.
Obituary says married to Eliza McLauglin at age 21, which combined with marriage date of 27 Mar 1853 would place birth year at 1831/32
Emmanuel Episcopal Church Communicants, Rushford, Minnesota, 1897:
George James, Sr.
GEORGE JAMES LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT
May 27, 1904
I, George James of the City of Rushford, County of Fillmore State of Minnesota, being of sound and disposing mind and memory, do hereby make publish and declare this my last will and testament in manner and form as follows, Viz.
First. After all my just debts are paid, I give unto my wife, the share of my property allowed her by law and no more.
Second. I, direct that there shall be paid unto my son George H. James, the sum of $100.00 per annum, from this date so long as he shall remain with me and work my farm, as compensation for his services, but such amount shall cease at my death, and at any time before, in case he shall cease to work for me and carry on my farm.
Third. I hereby give devise and bequeath unto my daughter Nellie L. James, Lots 5 and 6 and 12 in Block 2 of Walker and Stebbins Addition To Rushford Fillmore County Minnesota.
Fourth. I give unto my daughter Anna Ginter, the sum of $1.00 and no more.
Fifth. All the rest and residue of my property both real and personal, I give devise and bequeath unto my children Nellie L. James, George H. James, Roy D. James and Carrie James, share and share alike, subject to the life estate therein of my wife as created by law.
In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 27 day of May A.D. 1904. George James
We, G. W. Rockwell and Geo. E. Kirkpatrick, do hereby certify that the foregoing instrument consisting of one sheet of paper was signed by the said George James in our presence and the presence of each of us, this 27 day of May A.D. 1904 and by him then and there declared to be his last will and testament, and he requested us to sign the same as the subscribing witnesses thereto, and that we did then and there is the presence of the said George James and in the presence of each other, so sign as witnesses thereto this 27 day of May A.D. 1904 at the said City of Rushford Minnesota.
G. W. Rockwell
Geo. E. Kirkpatrick
March 9, 1907
The petition of Harriet James respectfully represents that George James died testate the 4th day of March, 1907. That the names, ages, and relationship of the heirs and devises of the decedent, so far as known to your petitioner are as follows:
Harriet James, widow, age 60 years,
Nellie L. James, daughter, age 31 years,
George H. James, son, age 28 years,
Royal D. James, son, age 24 years,
Carrie James, daughter, age 21 years.
Your Petitioner Therefore Prays That said Will may be proved and allowed as the last Will and Testament of said George James deceased, and that letters testamentary be granted to Nellie L. James.
April 30, 1907
The undersigned representative of the estate of the above named decedent represents and states to the Court: That the following is a true and correct inventory of all the property of the above named estate, both real and personal which has come into her possession and of which she has knowledge, after diligent search and inquiry concerning the same, classified as follows, to-wit:
Lots 5, 6 & 12 Block 2 in Walker and Stebbin's Addition to Rushford, Minnesota, appraised at $1200.00.
February 10, 1908
It is Ordered, Adjudged and decreed, and the court does hereby Order, Adjudge and Decree, that all and singular the above described property, together with all of the estate of said decedent asigned to and vested in the above named persons, in the following proportions and estated to-wit: To the widow Harriet James the use of the homestead of deceased consisting of Lots 5 and 6 and 12 in Block 2 of Walker and Stebbin's Addition to Rushford, Minn. during the term of her natural life, and the sum of $930.58 of the personal property of said deceased. To Nellie L. James Lots 5 & 6 & 12 in Blk 2 of Walker & Stebbin's Add'n to Rushford, Minn. in fee, but subject to the life estate therein of Harriet James, widow of deceased. To Nellie L. James, George H. James, Roy D. James & Carrie James each the sum of $409.54 & to Anna Ginter the sum of $1. As provided by the term of the last Will and Testament of deceased.
Final Decree of Distribution filed in Fillmore County Probate Court, 10 Feb 1908. [2, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25]
||1 Aug 2016 |
||Jeremiah James, b. Aft 16 Apr 1802, Sturminster Marshall, Dorset, England , d. 15 Apr 1869, Stockport, Columbia, New York (Age 66 years) |
||Louisa Maria Harvey, b. Abt 21 Aug 1802, Iwerne Minster, Dorset, England , d. 30 Aug 1873, North Adams, Berkshire, Massachusetts (Age ~ 71 years) |
||23 Sep 1822
||Spetisbury, Dorset, England [4, 5, 26, 27]
||Eliza McLaughlin, b. Abt 1830, Ireland |
||27 Mar 1853
||Church of St. John the Evangelist, Stockport, Columbia, New York 
||12 Aug 1875 [19, 29]
| ||1. Ida Jane James, b. 8 Jul 1854, d. 28 Sep 1855 (Age 1 years)|
| ||2. Annie James, b. 1 Mar 1858, Hudson, Columbia, New York , d. 3 Jul 1942, Brush, Morgan, Colorado (Age 84 years)|
||14 Mar 2017 |
||Harriet Elizabeth Dauchy, b. 17 Apr 1846, New Canaan, Fairfield, Connecticut , d. 25 Sep 1918, Rushford, Fillmore, Minnesota (Age 72 years) |
||21 Aug 1875
||Rushford, Fillmore, Minnesota
| ||1. Nellie Lorena James, b. 24 Apr 1876, Rushford, Fillmore, Minnesota , d. 7 Dec 1950, Rushford, Fillmore, Minnesota (Age 74 years)|
| ||2. George Harvey James, b. 3 Apr 1879, Rushford, Fillmore, Minnesota , d. 9 Mar 1964, Houston, Fillmore, Minnesota (Age 84 years)|
| ||3. Royal Dexter James, b. 20 Apr 1883, Rushford, Fillmore, Minnesota , d. 3 Mar 1959, Rushford, Fillmore, Minnesota (Age 75 years)|
| ||4. Carolyn Estelle James, b. 21 Dec 1885, Rushford, Fillmore, Minnesota , d. 28 Sep 1951, Rushford, Fillmore, Minnesota (Age 65 years)|
||James, George - House in Rushford, Minnesota|
||James, George - House in Rushford, Minnesota|
||14 Mar 2017 |
||James, George - Foundry|
George James' Foundry, Rushford, Minnesota
George James outside his foundry in Rushford, Minnesota
George James, 1832-1907
George James, 1832-1907
||James, George - Furnace|
||St. John the Baptist's Church, Spetisbury, Dorset|
Jeremiah James and Louisa Maria Harvey were married in this church on 23 Sep 1822. Edward, Jane, Thomas, Caroline, George and Janett James were baptized in this church between 1822 and 1835.
||James, George death card, 4 Mar 1907|
||James, George death record|
||James, George family church record|
||James, George - Will, page 1|
||James, George - Will, page 2|
||James, George - Will, text|
||James, Jeremiah immigration record|
Jeremiah James, age 32, occupation gardener, emigrated to US from Bristol, England on the ship Nile, and arrived in New York on 6 Jun 1836 with wife, Louisa (33), Edward (13), Jane (11), Thomas (12), Caroline (9), George (3), Janett (1). They arrived with one bed and bedding, five boxes, three baskets, one tea tray, one writing desk, one work box, one package cooking utensils
- [S233] birthplace and year.
- [S8161] Roll D, page 70, line 19.
- [S188] 1855 NY State Census.
- [S186] Deed.
- [S189] 1865 NY State Census.
- [S187] Deed.
- [S165] 1880 Minnesota Census.
- [S183] Probate petition re: Henry James to Columbia County Surrogates Court by George Tator, 13 Jun 1893.
- [S94] 1885 Minnesota State Census.
- [S97] 1900 US Census, Minnesota, Fillmore, Rushford, Enum. Dist. 35, p. 8B.
- [S184] Church records from Church of St. John the Evangelist, Stockport, NY, compiled 1991 by Linda L. Fenoff, City of Hudson Deputy Historian.
- [S181] 1880 MN Census.