Jeremiah James was born in England about 1802, the son of Luke James and Jane Sibley. He was baptized on 6 Feb 1803 in Sturminster Marshall, Dorset, England. Louisa Maria Harvey was also born in England about 1802, the daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Harvey. She was baptized on 31 Dec 1802 in Iwerne Minster, Dorset, England.
Jeremiah and Louisa were married on 23 Sep 1822 in Spetisbury, Dorset, England. They had ten children: Edward Thomas, baptized 28 Dec 1822, Jane Sibley, baptized 1 May 1825, Thomas Harvey, baptized 7 Nov 1826, Caroline Elizabeth Maria, baptized 15 Feb 1829, George, baptized 20 May 1832, Janett, baptized 25 Jan 1835, Henry, born 7 Apr 1837, Elizabeth, born Dec 1839, Alice, born 4 Mar 1842, and Louise, born about 1843.
According to his children's baptismal records, Jeremiah worked as a servant to George Smith, Esq. during the period 1822-1829, and worked as a servant to Miss Matthews of Brianston during the period 1832-1835. In 1836, Jeremiah listed his occupation as gardener.
The James family immigrated to the United States from Bristol, England on the ship Nile, arriving in New York on 6 Jun 1836. The family went initially to Poughkeepsie, New York, then on to Stockport, Columbia County, New York, where they lived by 1840. In U.S. census data, Jeremiah's occupation was listed as farmer.
Jeremiah James died on 15 Apr 1869 in Stockport, NY. Louisa Maria James died on 30 Aug 1873 in North Adams, MA. Both are buried in the cemetery of the Church of St. John the Evangelist in Stockport, NY.
Over the years, most of Jeremiah's children moved from Stockport, New York to North Adams, Massachusetts where they (or their husbands) worked for the Arnold Print Works, a manufacturer of printed cloth.
George (1832-1907) See below.
George married Eliza McLaughlin on 27 Mar 1853 in Stockport, NY and was a farmer with a ten-acre tract of land. He and Eliza had two children, Ida Jane, who died at the age of 1 year, and Annie. In 1869, he sold his land in Stockport and moved west, settling by 1870 in Jordan, Fillmore County, MN, where he was a farmer and lived with his wife and daughter. According to family lore, Eliza did not like Minnesota and moved back to New York. By 1875, George was living without Eliza in Rushford, Fillmore County, MN and on 12 Aug 1875, he was granted a divorce from her. On 21 Aug 1875, he married Harriet Elizabeth Dauchy in Rushford. Harriet was born on 17 Apr 1846 in New Canaan, Fairfield County, CT to William and Harriet Raymond Dauchy. George and Harriet had four children: Nellie, George, Royal and Carolyn. George was an iron moulder by trade who built furnaces. He died on 4 Mar 1907 in Rushford. His wife, Harriet, died on 25 Sep 1918 in Rushford.
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