JOSIAH JAMES was born on 8 Nov 1845 in Calais, Washington, Co., ME.
Born 11-9-1845 in Calais no birth record available.
Before enlistment in the army he was a lumberman working in the mill in the summer and the woods in the winter. He may have worked for James Heath in the mill in Princeton, ME. He enlisted in the army at age 18 on March 26, 1865. He went from Augusta to Savannah, Georgia and to Georgetown, (S.C.?), Charleston, and Abbyall, S.C. He got black measles and was sick three to four weeks. On a forced March from Georgetown, S.C. to Florenceville ? on 7-5-65 he got sick and was ill with malarial poisoning. He was in the hsopital at Camp Brighton, Washington, D.C. 5-1-65. He was discharged in Charleston, S.C. 4-5-66. He was in the 1st Regiment Company D Battery Heavy Artillary and was a private.
He moved to Princeton, ME and worked for Everett Glidden. Married Mary Glidden 4-14-1867.
He lost ½ of left ring finger in a mill accident.
He was 5'7", had blue eyes and black/gray hair at age 69.
He died in 1920 and is buried in Princeton Cemetary.
Mary E. James died in 1923 and is buried in Princeton Cemetary along with an infant son 1871 1871 and an infant daughter 1888 1888.
1880 census, Princeton, ME: v.12 ed.166. sheet 15, line 44:
Josiah James, age 35
Mary E. age 34
Mariah, age 12
Willie F., 7
Per his pension application, his children were:
Fred, b. 1-18-1868 ???
Maria McDowell, b. 11-3-1870 or 1868
Etta Scribner, b. 8-15-72 or 1872
William Forester, b. 8-28-74 or 1873
Charles, b. 10-29-76 or 75.
Henry, b. 9-28-78
Gertrude Mary (or May) Leland, b. 4-25-1880
Merton, b. 2-4-82
Celia Spinny, b. 12-18-85; died 1915, buried in Princeton Cemetary
Enac ???b. 1-1-91
He appears in deeds:
Josiah James grantt; Edmund Mercer, grantor v. 131, p.155
Mary E. James, grantee, Ferdinand Mercer, grantor v.166, p.309
Josiah James, grantor; Ferdinand Mercer, grantee v. 166. P. 290