As a teenager, in about 1871, James and his parents moved to Washington Township, near Fayette City, Fayette County. He lived there the rest of his life.
On Dec. 6, 1877, at the age of 21, James was united in holy matrimony with 25-year-old Adaline Stephens (1852-1931), the daughter of Levi B. and Mary G. (Griffith) Stephens of Washington Township.
They did not reproduce, but raised several nephews and nieces on their farm.
When the federal census of 1910 was enumerated, James and Adaline are shown in Washington Township, Fayette County. Boarding in their home were Adaline's widowed mother Mary and 27-year-old servant Ella B. Sirocco. Their next-door neighbors were Cassius and Annie Stephens, apparently relatives of Adaline's. James' occupation was listed simply as "farmer."
Similarly in 1920, the census shows them in Washington Township, again with James' employment listed as "farmer." A few doors away were the families of Cassius and Anna Stephens and Emmor and Sarah Stephens.
James is profiled in Volume III of Nelson's 1920 Biographical Dictionary and Historical Reference Book of Fayette County. The book calls him "a prominent farmer and one of the representative citizens of Washington township..." It also misspells his mother's maiden name as "Minniard."
James and Adaline were members of the Little Redstone Methodist Church. They are said to have helped finance the rebuilding the church after a fire.
Sadly, afflicted with myocarditis and coronary stenosis, Adaline died of a heart attack on Feb. 17, 1931, at home. She was just a few weeks shy of her 80th birthday.
James survived his wife by 14 years and dwelled near Fayette City. In his later years, nieces Mary E. (McKnight) Prewett and Mahala "Hallie" McKnight "made their home with him." Toward the end, he endured an insufficient flow of blood to his heart as well as increasing senility.
At the funeral, Elizabeth and Grace Prewett sang "We will Say Good Night Here, But Good Morning Up There." Elizabeth and Wilda Stephens sang "The Beautiful Garden of Prayer." His pallbearers were his grand-nephews -- Harry, David and Arthur Prewett, Albert Folkens, Charles Rossell and William Radcliffe.
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