James was born about 1870, the son of unknown parents. The place is not known.
His wife was Margaret McLuckie, who he married in 1898 in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia. Their three known children were Robert (1901-?), Jim (1904-?) and Christopher (1907-?).
!Source: Free Settler or Felon, Hunter Valey History, New South Wales, Australia, Alexander McLuckie, at http://www.jenwilletts.com/Thomas2Mcluckie.htm