He was born in Alabama but was in the Texas Republic by 1839. He settled in the Cooke County area, where he had a large ranch, married Emma Lucille Spence, and by her had six children. The last was a daughter, Lillian, born in 1880. (Her photo is here too.) James is thought to be descended from Edward Washington of Virgina, born about 1640. He died on a visit to his son's ranch in New Mexico, and is buried in Cooke County, Texas.