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Children of Robert James (1816-1869) and Winifred Simpson (1814-1885) of Loudoun County, Virginia:

 

1.  John Thomas James:  born October 4, 1842 in Loudoun County, Virginia; first marriage to Frocine Goodrich; second marriage to Isabelle Simpson (1855-1923), daughter of Henson Simpson (1829-1903) and Mary A. Hoge (1835-1908); died May 19, 1908 (aged 65); buried at Thornrose Cemetery, Section 7, Staunton City, Virginia; known children include: Mary Wesley James.

 

2.  Charles Fenton James:  born November 13, 1844 in Loudoun County, Virginia; married to Mary Alice Chamblin (1848-1912); died December 5, 1902 (aged 58); buried at Green Hill Cemetery, Danville City, Virginia; known children include: Mayo Chamblin James, Evelyn James, Julia Winifred James, John William James and Robert Lee James.

 

3.  Emily Anne James:  born 1846 in Loudoun County, Virginia; died February 15, 1942 (aged 95–96) in the District Of Columbia; buried at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Suitland, Prince George's County, Maryland.

 

4.  Mary Winifred James:  born October 9, 1848 in Loudoun County, Virginia; married to Samuel Withers, Sr. (1840-1926), son of John R. Withers and Saddie Smarr; died June 26, 1937 (aged 88) in Marion County, Missouri; buried at Providence Cemetery, Marion County, Missouri; known children include: John Francis Withers, Emma G. Withers, Robert Fredrick Withers, Sarah Agnes Withers, William James Withers, Samuel Withers, Charles Cleveland Withers and Clifton Ellis Withers.

 

5.  Eliza Pleasant James:  born 1850 in Loudoun County, Virginia; died September 11, 1851 in Loudoun County, Virginia; buried at North Fork Baptist Church Cemetery, North Fork, Loudoun County, Virginia.

 

6.  William Hughes James: born 1852 in Loudoun County, Virginia; never married; died August 23, 1876 in Hall Sound adjacent to Yule Island off the coast of Papua New Guinea; buried on the sandbank of Papua New Guinea opposite Yule Island; no issue.

 

7.  Mayo James, Sr.:  born January 26, 1855 in Loudoun County, Virginia; first marriage January 5, 1885 in Red River County, Texas to Addie Due (1866-1898); second marriage Jun 3, 1900 in Red River County, Texas to Mary Susan Fulton (1869-1932), daughter of William F. Fulton (1839-1912) and Sarah W. Fulton (1844-1892); died 1933 (aged 77–78) in Oklahoma; buried at Madras Cemetery, Madras, Red River County, Texas; known children through Addie Due include: Mayo James, Jr.; known children through Mary Susan Fulton include: Winifred James.

 

8.  Elizabeth “Eliza” Simpson James:  born November 25, 1856 in Loudoun County, Virginia; married to Maurice Nichols (1858-1915); died January 2, 1944 (aged 87) in Loudoun County, Virginia; buried at Hillsboro Cemetery, Lot 179 in Hillsboro, Loudoun County, Virginia; known children include: Winifred Simpson Nichols, Hubert Erskine Nichols, Leola Lee Nichols, Fenton Lacewell Nichols, Naomi J. Nichols and  Rowena B. Nichols.

 

9.  Hannah Elizabeth “Lizzie” James:  (twin) born November 25, 1856 in Loudoun County, Virginia; married to Octavius Osburn (1850-1930), son of Richard Osburn (1798-1852) and Patcy Osburn (1805-1875); died September 13, 1940 (aged 83) in Loudoun County, Virginia; buried at Hillsboro Cemetery, Lot 179 in Hillsboro, Loudoun County, Virginia; known children include: Randall Harrison Osburn, Leola James Osburn, Winifred Simpson Osburn and William Hughs Osburn.

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Notes:

 

Robert James (1816-1869) was the son of Thomas James (1768-1839) of Upper Merion Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania and Mary Russell (1786-1861) of Loudoun County, Virginia.

 

Charles Fenton James (1844-1902), son of Robert James (1816-1869) was a Confederate Captain in Company “F” of the 8th Virginia Infantry Regiment of the Army of Northern Virginia (CSA) during the Civil War.

 

William Hughes James (1852-1876) was a medical doctor and a naturalist from Loudoun County, Virginia.  He traveled from San Francisco, California to Australia in 1875 and from there with William Macleay's scientific research team known as the Chevert Expedition to Papua New Guinea.  During this 1875 expedition Dr. James assumed dual roles as ship's surgeon and collector/taxidermist. The expedition collected specimens of animal, plant and insect life in northern Queensland, the Torres Strait Islands and New Guinea. At the conclusion of the expedition Dr. James returned to New Guinea and continued collecting, and while doing so was murdered by indigenous natives. Many of his specimens were never recorded under his own name, but at least 99 birds, three mammals and some invertebrates were. They are now in the Natural History Museum within the Walter Rothschild Building in Tring, Great Britain; and the Macleay Museum at the University of Sydney, Australia. In 2017 Graham Fulton of the University of Murdoch and the University of Queensland published a biography of Dr. William Hughs James focusing on his participation in Australia’s first international scientific expedition. Mr. Fulton’s work entitled “Dr. William H. James 1852-76: Medical Doctor and Naturalist” was published in the Bulletin of the British Ornithologists' Club, Volume 137, pages 71-87 in March, 2017. A condensed version of this biography can be found on Page 174 of the James Family Archives website.

 

Sources:

 

Family Records of William Osburn James (1910-1986), grandson of Hannah Elizabeth “Lizzie” James, and his wife Frances James of Purcellville, Loudoun County, Virginia provided to the James Family Archives.

 

Dr. William H. James 1852-76: Medical Doctor and Naturalist” by Graham R. Fulton, published in the Bulletin of the British Ornithologists' Club, Volume 137, pages 71-87 on March 13, 2017.

 

Find A Grave Memorial for Rev John Thomas James (1842-1908), Memorial ID No. 39834945, created by JMB, added July 24, 2009.

 

Find A Grave Memorial for Capt Charles Fenton James (1844-1902), Memorial ID No. 14314941, created by Scott Hutchison, added May 17, 2006.

 

Find A Grave Memorial for Emily A. James (1846-1942), Memorial ID No. 85131079, created by Fred Sanford, added February 17, 2012.

 

Find A Grave Memorial for Mary Winifred James Withers (1848-1937), Memorial ID No. 37152345, created by Sandra, added May 16, 2009.

 

Find A Grave Memorial for Eliza Pleasant James (1850-1851), Memorial ID No. 74061769, created by Betty Frain, added July 28, 2011.

 

Find A Grave Memorial for Mayo James (1855-1933), Memorial ID No. 35830944, created by Ron & Myrna Cooper, added April 13, 2009.

 

Find A Grave Memorial for Elizabeth Simpson “Eliza” James Nichols (1856-1944), Memorial ID No. 53735914, created by Betty Frain, added June 15, 2010.

 

Find A Grave Memorial for Hannah Elizabeth “Lizzie” James Osburn (1856-1940), Memorial ID No. 53735935, created by Betty Frain, added June 15, 2010.

 

Updated:  August 5, 2019