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Children of Thomas Potts James (1803-1882) of Radnor Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania and Isabella Batchelder (1810-1901) of New Ipswich, New Hampshire:

1.   Mary Isabella James:  born September 19, 1852 in Burlington, New Jersey; married February 4, 1885 to Silvio Mario Alfredo de Gozzaldi of Denno, Tyrol, Austria; died April 6, 1935 in her home in Cambridge, Massachusetts; known children include:  Isabella Luigia de Gozzaldi, Amy Frances Alba de Gozzaldi, Richard Silvio Mario de Gozzaldi and Alfred James “Jake” de Gozzaldi.

2.   Montgomery James:  born December 20, 1853 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; unmarried; died December 24, 1895 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; no issue.

3.   Clarence Gray James:  born June 30, 1856 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; unmarried; died March 13, 1892 in Philadelphia Pennsylvania; no issue.

4.   Frances Batchelder James:  born September 26, 1859 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; married in Devonshire, England to Lieutenant John Rose Troup (1855-1912), the Congo explorer, son of General Sir Colin Troup; known children include:  John Rose Troup, Jr.



Thomas Potts James (1803-1882) was the son of Isaac James (1777-1874) of Radnor Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania and Henrietta Potts (1780-1832).

Mary Isabella James de Gozzaldi (1852-1935) was educated at the Berkeley Street School and later traveled abroad to study painting and languages, including Italian and German. While in Europe, Mary met and became engaged to Silvio de Gozzaldi, then a captain in the Austrian army. Soon after their marriage, the Gozzaldi' s moved to Switzerland where they had three children, a daughter and two sons. When the children reached school age, the family returned to Cambridge where Mary succeeded to her father’s home. Silvio de Gozzaldi, now a Colonel, divided his time between Cambridge and Austria until his retirement, he then became an American citizen and settled permanently in Cambridge with his wife and family. Gozzaldi had a lifelong interest in genealogy and early American history. She was a founder and Vice President of the Cambridge Historical Society, established in 1905.

Montgomery James (1853-1895) graduated from Harvard College in 1876, receiving the degree of S.B.  He was a civil engineer in Mexico and in South Africa, Served in the British army during the Zulu war, and was afterward in the employ of King Leopold of Belgium in the Congo State.

Clarence Gray James (1856-1892) pursued special work in chemistry at Harvard College, and was afterward a manufacturing chemist in Philadelphia.


Memorial of Thomas Potts James Who Settled in Pennsylvania, by Mrs. Thomas Potts James, 1874, page 317.

Military: Rev War: N-Z Surnames/Memoriams and Transfers: Pennsylvania Society, Sons of the Revolution, 1898 Membership List.

Obituary of Isabella Batchelder James (1810-1901), Boston Evening Transcript, Wednesday, August 7, 1901, Page 13 of 16.

The History of New Ipswich, New Hampshire, 1735-1914 by Charles Henry Chandler and Sarah Fiske Lee, pages 224-225.

Mary Isabella Gozzaldi Papers, 1844-1952 A Finding Aid - Brinkler Library, Cambridge Historical Society, 159 Brattle Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138.

African Exploits:  The Diaries of William Stairs, 1887-1892 – By William G. Stairs and Roy MacLaren, page 23.