A nephew described James: "Uncle James was a fascinating if somewhat awesome person. His tall rather guant figure, somewhat fierce eyes under overhanging brows, and gruff almost gutteral tones made a deep impression every one of the few times we saw him."
Residences & events:
Ross Co, OH
1860 Irish Grove Twp, Atchison Co, MO. According to the census his family lived just 2 doors from his father's family. James was a laborer at age 37, wife Eliza was 40 and they had living with them a 16 year old James Shuster (Eliza's son?). Two doors down the other direction was brother John with brother Samuel next to him.
1870 Clark Twp, Atchison Co, MO. In the census that year he was living next door to brother John with a Graves family on the other side. He was a 46 year old farmer, had real estate worth $7000, and wife Rachel was 45. Their children at that time were Austin, 14; George, 10; Angeline, 8; and John, 6. Daughter Mary and Albert Howard lived just down the road while son Alexander was living with his Uncle John. Perhaps Alexander and the step-mother couldn't live together?
6/1/1880 S Clark Twp, Atchison Co, MO. That year James was 66, still farming, his wife was Rachel, 55, and the children were George, 20, Angeline, 18, and John, 16. Next door was brother John's family.
6/14/1900 Same place. The census recorded James as a widower at age 76, still farming, with Ann, single, age 38, with "housewife" marked out and "daughter" added. Down the road was brother William's family.