ELLWOOD B. JAMES, one of the most prominent pioneer settlers of Jasper county, was born in Loudoun county, Virginia,
June 10, 1807. His father, David, and his mother, Charlotte, James, were both natives of the Old Dominion, belonging
to old Virginia families. Ellwood B. James was married in 1835 to Elizabeth A. Richardson, also a native of Virginia.
In the fall of 1837, with his young wife and their only child, he removed to what is now Jasper county, Missouri,
but what was at that time Barry county, the family of his father in law, Joseph Richardson, coming to southwest
Missouri and settling in what is now Lawrence county at the same time. Mr. James opened a store at Centreville
(now Sarcoxie) soon after his arrival. On the organization of Jasper county in 1841 Mr. James was appointed by
the county court clerk of the circuit and county courts and ex officio recorder of deeds of the new county, which
office he continued to hold by successive elections until the beginning of 1859, a continuous service of eighteen
years. When Carthage was laid out he moved his family and store to Carthage and continued his mercantile business
until 1844, when he closed it out and devoted his attention wholly to the duties of his office.
In 1857 Mr. James, in partnership with his son, again engaged in mercantile business at Carthage, under the firm
name of M. M. James & Company, which business was sold out by them shortly before Mr. James' death, which occurred
on the 31st of March, 1860.
Ellwood B. James was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church, South, and also a prominent Mason. His wife survived
him many years, living after his death at Carthage, except the time she was compelled to absent herself by war.
Their children were Montalbon M., born in Virginia; Mary S. Holman, wife of David S. Holman; Elmina S. Bulgin,
wife of William G. Bulgin; George E. James, and Myra J. Wyne, wife of George M. Wyne.
Mr. James by careful management accumulated a considerable property, at his death leaving some valuable real estate
in and near Carthage to his widow and children.
The Biographical History of Jasper County, Missouri
By Hon. Malcolm G. McGregor
The Lewis Publishing Co.
Jasper County, MO
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