James Family Archives


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Children of Joel L. James (1811-1875) and Angelina Ryan (1812-1906) of Bedford County, Virginia:


1.    William George James: born July 7, 1832 in Bedford County, Virginia; married July 6, 1853 in Lamar County, Texas to Lucinda Elizabeth “Betty” Whaley (1835-1881), daughter of James Whaley (1800-ukn) and Sophia Clarke (1796-unk); veteran of the Civil War - 2nd Lieutenant, Company “I”, 34th Texas Cavalry, 2nd Texas Partisan Rangers (1861-1865); died January 17, 1908 (aged 75) in Jones County, Texas; buried at Shiloh Cemetery, north of Trent in Jones County, Texas; known children include: John H. James, George William James, Leroy Campbell James, Melinda Alice James, Braxton Leftrich James, Florence Theodora James, Charles M. James, Richard M. James and Carey Cordelia James.


2.    Mary Elizabeth “Lizzie” James: born October 1834 in Bedford County, Virginia; married October 3, 1859 in Fannin County, Texas to Isaac Phillip Ray (1840-1903), son of Isaac Rea (1782-unk) and “Elizabeth” of Bromsgrove, Worcester, England; died March 1923 (aged 88) in Bedford County, Virginia; known children include: Joel Washington Ray, Mary Isabell. Ray, William Ray, Sean Ray, Lue Ella Ray, Addie Ray, John Henry Ray.


3.    John R. James:  born circa 1836 in Bedford County, Virginia; married January 6, 1856 in Fannin County, Texas to Celeste Achie or “Etier”; departed Ladonia, Fannin County, Texas and went to Jefferson, Texas with a freight wagon train never to be heard from again; known children include: George S. James, Joshua James, McHenry James, Mary James, and John James.


4.    Nancy Ann James:  born circa 1839 in Bedford County, Virginia; married May 7, 1857 in Bonham, Fannin County, Texas to Leander “Lee” Andrew Privett (1832-1896); died January 10, 1907 (aged 67–68) in Matoy, Bryan County, Oklahoma; buried in Matoy Cemetery, Matoy, Bryan County, Oklahoma; known children include:  Elizabeth Angeline “Lizzie Ann” Privett, C.N. Privett, Madison “Matt” Privett, Nettie Lou Privett, Erasmus “Ras” Irving Privett, Ada Melinda Privet, James Privet, Nina Lurill Privett, Walter Joel Privett, Charley George Privett, Florence Privett, and, Etta Cordelia Privett.


5.    Malinda “Linda” James:  born August 1, 1844 in Bedford County, Virginia; married December 13, 1866 to William Hemsell (1842-1922); member of the Baptist Church; died November 2, 1920 (aged 76) in Commerce, Hunt County, Texas; buried at Rosemound Cemetery, Block B, Commerce, Hunt County, Texas; known children include:  David L. Hemsell, Britta H. Hemsell, Melvin (or Merion) Hemsell and Edward “Ed” James Hemsell.




Joel L. James (1811-1875) was the son of Jonathan James (1785-1843) and Polly Bandy of Bedford County, Virginia.


Lucinda Elizabeth “Betty” Whaley James (1835-1881), the wife of William George James (1832-1908), is said to have died on May 8, 1881 in Hunt County, Texas 12 days following the birth of her final child.




See, Records of the James Family Archives.


See, Marriage Certificate of William George James and Lucinda E. Whaley, dated July 6, 1853, Lamar County, Texas, Marriage Record Book 1, Page 83.


See, Biography and Civil War Military History of 2nd Lt. William George James (CSA) (1832-1908)


See, 1870 (9th) US Census for the State of Texas, Inhabitants in the Town of Ladonia, County of Fannin, Enumerated 22nd day of November, 1870, Item No. 20, Dwelling No. 12, Family No. 12; Head of Household: William George James.


Virtual Memorials on “Find A Grave” Website:


William George James (1832-1908), Memorial ID No. 77679281, by Marty Rutledge, added October 5, 2011.


Lucinda Elizabeth Whaley James (1835-1881), Memorial ID No. 86912626, by Marty Rutledge, added March 17, 2012.


Nancy Ann James Privett (1839-1907), Memorial ID No. 86921201, by Marty Rutledge, added March 17 2012.


Lee Andrew Privett (1832-1896), Memorial ID No. 10610626, by Bev, added March 13, 2005.


Melinda James Hemsell (1844-1920), Memorial ID No. 54953967, by Russell McKay, added July 14, 2010.


William Hemsell (1842-1922), Memorial ID No. 54953911, by Cathy and Russell McKay, added July 14, 2010.




William George James (1832-1908) is elder man seated in center. From left to right, William’s son Braxton Leftrich James (1864-1923), daughter-in-law Flora Alice Johnson (1874-1960); granddaughter Flora Agnes James (1900-1982); granddaughter Vera Blanche James (1892-1989); grandson Manson Leon ”Cap” James (1902-1974); daughter Alice James (adult woman standing in back); granddaughter Elizabeth Alice James (1904-1972); grandson William Jackson “Bill” James (1894-1974); and, grandson Marvin Leftrich James (1895-1969).  Photo taken in 1906 in front of the James family home, a.ka., “the old rock house”, located near the town of Trent in Jones County, Texas between the towns of Abilene and Sweetwater.


Malinda James (1844-1920), William Hemsell (1842-1922) and Angelina Ryan James (1812-1906), undated.



Updated: July 13, 2022