Born in Nova Scotia. 
A family tree by bethrandolph1 on Ancestry.com says he was born about 1862 in Nova Scotia. This also says he married Ada in 1883 in Lowell, Massachusetts.
There is a note in the Whitten family bible that says "James Hamm died July 5, 1910, at his home at 216 Ludlum[?] Street in Lowell. Buried at Edson Cemetary in Lowell."
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