William Rhodes James

(1817—1898)



 BORN 16 August 1817 at Berkshire Hall Estate, St Thomas Vale, Jamaica.
 CHRISTENED 7 October 1817
 DIED 10 June 1898 in St Thomas reg district, Devon.
 
 MARRIED Mary Lister (1825-1875) on 5 January 1847 at York Minster, England.
 CHILDREN   William Rhodes James jnr (1847-1932india) [m. 1865 May Herklots. Son was Lt Col William Rhodes James MC, OBE (1886-1972)]
 Mary Elizabeth James (b. 1849, York)
 Herbert Lister James (b. 1853, Acomb, Yorkshire)
 Julia A James (b. 1855, York)
 John Ernest James (b. 1857, York)
 Charles Lister James (1858-)
 Helen Maude James (1859-)
 Emily Constance James (b. 1861, York)
 Montagu Vidal James (1862-1891)
 Decimus Arthur James (1863-)
 Florence Irene James (1865-)
 Eric Haughton James (1866-)
 Ethelwyn Mabel James (1868-)


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Civil Engineer.

Sent to England with brothers, Richard Boucher and John Vidal for their education by the first convenient opportunity as instructed by will of William James I. Members of the elder branch of family as well as descendants were sent to Eton and Oxford. In 1839 he sailed on S.S. Dumfries for Australia with his brothers but returned in 1843.

There is evidence that he bought land in the Inman Valley, South Australia. Wikipedia states that three James brothers created the James Track to their property.

Had 13 children, 7 sons, 6 daughters.

He owned a rope factory in Devon, Corrie Mills.

Lived in:
1851: Lord Mayor’s Walk, York
1861: Mill Lane, York
1871: Crimchard Village, Chard, Somerset.
1881: Ridge House, Stockland, Devon
1891: Compass House, Heavitree, Devon.

UK Marriage record says marriage occurred in Barnstaple, Devon.


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