James was born about 1830, the son of unknown parents. The place is not known.
His wife was Jane Rankin, who he married in 1879. The place has not been found. They had no known children.
!Source: Step-Daughter's Marriage Record 1880. Jane Allan previously Scott Maiden Surnam Rankin
!Source: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~wilahu/index.html Auston-McQuire Genealogy Site Cook, Stapples, Duffy, and MacKinnon Families, and email from Lesley A McQuire of that site.