Children of Jesse K. James (1814-1896) of Jefferson County, Ohio and Mary Elizabeth
1. `Henry James: born October 7, 1840 in Greensboro Township, Henry County, Indiana;
served in the Civil War as a Corporal in Company A, 75th Regiment, Indiana Volunteer
Infantry; killed in battle on September 19, 1863 (aged 22) at Chickamauga, Walker
County, Georgia; buried at the Chattanooga National Cemetery, Section P, Grave #6309,
Chattanooga, Hamilton County, Tennessee.
2. Evan James: born May 13, 1842 in Greensboro Township, Henry County, Indiana;
member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quaker); married November 25, 1869 in
Wabash County, Indiana to Sarah Elizabeth Leedy (1850-1924), daughter of Jonas Leedy
(1825-1907) and Harriet Craig (1824-1900); died June 5, 1938 (aged 96) in Lincolnville,
Wabash County, Indiana; buried at Center Grove Cemetery, Lincolnville, Wabash County,
Indiana; known children include: Josephine James, Mary Pearl James and Chester Craig
3. Samuel James: born February 5, 1844 in Greensboro Township, Henry County,
Indiana; served in the Civil War as a Corporal in Company G, 118th Regiment, Indiana
Volunteer Infantry; died from Pneumonia caused by marching and exposure on October
20, 1863 (aged 19) in Knoxville, Tennessee; buried in an unknown grave near hospital
at Knoxville, Tennessee.
4. Mary Melissa James: born October 19, 1845 in either Greensboro Township, Henry
County, Indiana or Wabash County, Indiana; married William W. Underwood (1838-1888),
son of Ezekial Underwood and Anna Wall (1806-1899); died April 24, 1934 (aged 88);
buried at Dexter Cemetery, Dexter, Cowley County, Kansas; known children include:
James Underwood, Ortus Underwood, Leona Martha Underwood, Otto Underwood, Mary Melissa
Underwood, Kate Underwood, Grace Underwood, Earl Underwood, Raymond Underwood and
5. David Ridgeway James: born December 20, 1847 in Greensboro Township, Henry
County, Indiana; married circa 1874 to Elizabeth Alice Davis (1848-1921); died March
12, 1930 (aged 82) in California; buried at Rose Hill Cemetery, Section I, Lot 61,
Bloomington, Monroe County, Indiana; known children include: Jesse Orville James,
Willis Alva James, Mary E. James, Matty D. James, Glenn James, Merle James, Von James,
Bryant D. James, Verne James and Walter Pavy James.
6. Robert Owen James: born March 19, 1850 in LaGro Township, Wabash County, Indiana;
married May 9, 1878 in Remington, Jasper County, Indiana to Mary Pearl Leedy (1855-1940),
daughter of Isaac Calloway Leedy (1830-1903) and Rebecca Jane Kautz (1836-1918);
died January 1, 1949 (aged 98); buried at Washington Park East Cemetery, Indianapolis,
Marion County, Indiana; known children include: Rolin Roscoe James.
7. Jesse Elwood James: born February 17, 1853 in LaGro Township, Wabash County,
Indiana; died November 11, 1859 (aged 6); buried at Rush Creek Burial Grounds (Own
Cemetery) in Lincolnville, Wabash County, Indiana.
Henry James (1840-1863) served in the 75th Indiana Volunteer Infantry and was engaged
in the Battle of Chickamauga (September 18–20, 1863). He charged down Snodgrass
Hill. Henry was hit by a minnie ball that entered under his chin, and exited through
his cheek, removing most of his jaw. He spent the night on the battlefield, and the
next morning made his way to a Confederate aid station. Based on correspondence
between the Confederate doctor and his father Jesse K. James, after the war, we know
that although Henry was in great pain he helped nurse the other soldiers there. Henry
succumbed to his wounds three days later and died. The Confederates kept track of
his body, and he was later buried in the National Cemetery in Chattanooga.
Evan James (1842-1938) enlisted as a private on October 10, 1861 in the Union Army.
He was mustered into Company “G” of the 34th Regiment, Indiana Infantry and served
for three years during the Civil War. He was mustered out on September 21, 1864.
Samuel James (1844-1863)served in the Civil War as a Corporal in Company G, 118th
Regiment, Indiana Volunteer Infantry. He died of pneumonia while in a Federal Hospital
near Knoxville, Tennessee as a result of marching and exposure. According to the
officer in charge, a board was erected as a headstone. That board was later dislodged,
and the Federals had no other record of where his body was. After the war, his father
Jesse K. James went down to both Knoxville, and Chattanooga to visit the graves of
Mary Melissa James (1845-1934) was married to William W. Underwood (1838-1888) who
also served in the 118th Regiment of the Indiana Volunteer Infantry during the Civil
War. Will's family were Quakers from Clinton County, Ohio. Will is also buried in
Rolin Rosco James (1879-1953), the son of Robert Owen James (1850-1949) of LaGro
Township, Wabash County, Indiana and Mary Pearl Leedy James (1855-1940). He was born
October 16, 1879 in Lincolnville, Wabash County, Indiana in 1881, Rolin and his family
moved to Des Moines, Iowa where his father Robert worked for the railroad. In 1885,
Rolin and his family moved back to Indiana. In May of 1896, Rolin and his family
then moved to Vincennes, Indiana where Rolin graduated from Vincennes University
in 1900 with a degree in Classical Studies. He then transferred to Earlham College
where he graduated in 1902 with a A. B. degree. Rolin later studied at Harvard Law
School. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church and an attorney by profession.
Rolin is best known, however, for being one of the four founding members of Tau Phi
Delta fraternity at Vincennes University in 1897. This fraternal society later came
to be known as "Sigma Pi Fraternity," a well known national fraternity that helps
men, "strive for excellence by living out core values that promote fellowship, develop
character, leadership, advance heightened moral awareness, enable academic achievement,
and inspire service. Today, Sigma Pi's Executive Office is located in Nashville,
Tennessee. The fraternity currently has 104 Chapters and "Colonies" across the nation
and abroad with over 3,800 members and 116,000 lifetime members.