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|Johnstown Tribune, 15 Apr 1899, Contributed by Lynne Canterbury|
|The Daily Tribune – Johnstown, Friday, April 14, 1899|
The subject of this sketch passed away at his residence, No. 392 Bedford street Fourth Ward, at 11 o’clock last night. He contracted la grippe thirteen weeks ago, and later Bright’s disease and lung trouble developed. He was conscious to the last.
James James was born April 4, 1843, in Pontypool, Wales, and was the only son of Lewis and Elizabeth James. His parents came to America in 1848 and located in Minersville, Northumberland County, this state, and a few years later his father brought him to this city in search of work, which he did not obtain. He then located near Ebensburg and worked in a mine there, while the subject of this notice attended the schools near by, the mother and one daughter remaining for some time at Minersville.
Mr. James was one of the first persons to enlist in Company A, Fifty-fourth Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers, during the Civil War. He was mustered into service with the company at Harrisburg in October, 1861, and during the battle at Newmarket, Va., he was wounded in the left leg. Mr. John Little, of Braddock, carried him from the field and he was later taken in an ambulance to a hospital. In February, 1864, he reenlisted at South Branch, Va., and served until the close of the War. The wound received in the battle at Newmarket, was in the left thigh, and Mr. James carried the bullet for nine years and nine months, when it was removed from his knee at Wheatland, Mercer County, this State, where Mr. James and family made their home for a year or two.
Upon the return of Mr. James from the Army he was married to Christiana Metz, daughter of Mr. Airwine Metz. The ceremony was performed by Rev. C. H. Jackson, on December 28, 1865, in the Methodist parsonage, which was in one of the Pike’s Peak houses on Locust street. Four children were born to this union, one of whom is dead. The living are Ella, wife of John H. Brazil, of the Thirteenth Ward; Miss Grace O. James, at home, and John H. James, who resides a few doors from his father’s late home. Mrs. James also survives her husband.
Mr. James’ mother died about a quarter of a century ago in Minersville, and soon after her husband came to his city stopping off with his son for a short time on his way to Trumbull County, O., where he died not long after locating there. The subject of this sketch is survived by one sister – Mrs. Catharine Morgan – of Mount Carmel, this State, who had been here during his illness and death.
For some time before Mr. James went to the Army he was employed in the Cambria Works, and upon his return home he resumed his work for the Company. During the Administration of James K. Boyd as Mayor of the city he was a member of the police force.
The funeral will take place at 2 o’clock Sunday afternoon. Rev. Silas T. Mitchell, Pastor of the Franklin-street Methodist Episcopal Church, will conduct the obsequies. Union Veteran Legion, Mountain Castle, No. 77, A.O.K. of the M.C., and the Royal Arcanum, of which Mr. James was a member, have been invited to attend the services in a body. Interment will be made in Grand View Cemetery.