Amy, I am also looking for ELLIS kinsmen in Fayette Co. Particularly, John B. ELLIS, bn 1852, Blount, but living in Fayette, at Collins, in 1880, married to Martha, and had 3 small children, Lula, 7, Bell, 3, and Jessie, 4M.
I'm wanting to find his grave. I think he died in the 1920's.His mother, Emma L, is bur. in Cem. there # 5531 9456 on Findagrave.I know my Ellises were kin to the Murphy family--- a long history here. Any help I can give I'll gladly share. I don't know about your James...maybe you've found your answer by now.