David James
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David M. James
Born 1940s.
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Biography

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David James was born in New Brunswick, Canada.
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David James is a Military Veteran.
Served in the United States Army 1971-1974, end rank E-5
Defense Language Institute-East Coast Branch (Slovene); Interrogation School, Fort Huachuca, AZ; Linguist, 528th MI Co., Fort Meade, MD
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Descendant of William the Conqueror.
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Descendant of several Magna Carta Surety Barons.
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Descendant of PGM migrant Edmund Littlefield.
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Descendant of PGM migrant Mary Barrett Dyer.
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Descendant of PGM migrant John Bailey.
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Descendant of PGM migrant The Rev. Stephen Bachiler.
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Descendant of Samuel Scott. Samuel was a patriot in the American Revolution.
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Descendant of Nathaniel Bailey. Nathaniel was a United Empire Loyalist.
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Descendant of Reuben Craft. Reuben was a United Empire Loyalist.
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Descendant of James Wetmore. James was a United Empire Loyalist.

David is a native of Maine, where his ancestors go back 10 generations, to the first period of European settlement. He grew up in Princeton and, thanks to his parents, who learned of the opportunity, had the good fortune to receive a full scholarship to Hebron Academy, [1] which he considers to have been his biggest break in life, and went on from there to McGill University, graduating in 1971 with a B.A. in History (Byzantine and Eastern European History, with a minor in Russian).

Before his retirement in 2007, David was marketing director for North Shore Music Theatre in Beverly, Massachusetts. [2] During his 25-year career there, he created one of the largest subscription audiences in the country, with 28,000 subscribers at its peak, and developed bus tours and group sales as a key component of the theater’s success. As a fundraiser and member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, [3] he worked with other members of the leadership staff to craft grant proposals that led to federal, state and local grant awards for NSMT’s respected education program and nationally-known development program for new musical theater works. In 2007, after he retired, he spent half a year studying Russian in St. Petersburg and Moscow, that included an internship in the PR department of the Mariinsky Theatre. [4] [5]

He spent the next two years translating the Church Slavonic version of the Psalter into English, which was published in 2011 and has since gone through several editions. [6]

He and his life-partner of over 40 years, Jon Kimbell, were married at Rye, New Hampshire, 26 Dec 2012, after it became legal to do so that year.

Since moving to Skowhegan in 2013, he has taken bread-baking courses at the Maine Grain Alliance [7] and has been working hard to improve his schoolboy French.

David has been researching his family roots since the mid-1980s. Over the years, his genealogical interests have broadened to include Maine's Washington County as a whole, as well as the areas of New Brunswick, Canada, that border Maine.

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To aid WikiTree in the administration of my account should I be incapacitated, or in the event of my death, I hereby give permission for all private and public profiles I'm presently managing to be transferred to community members on my trusted list or to the Leadership Team to be farmed out to any interested party or parties.

DNA

Maternal relationship is confirmed by a GEDmatch test match between David Mitchell James, GEDmatch T151295 and his second cousin, Susan Marie Mitchell, GEDmatch A511437. Their most-recent common ancestors are their great grandparents Peter Cosmas Mitchell and Alice Maude Decker. Total Half-Match segments (HIR) 104.8cM (2.921%). Estimated number of generations to MRCA = 3.5. 6 shared segments found for this comparison. 620252 SNPs used for this comparison. 55.933% SNPs are full identical.

Maternal relationship is confirmed by an AncestryDNA test match between David James and his third cousin, Mitch Wood, a son of Ann Boutelle Mitchell. Their most-recent common ancestors are their great great grandparents, John Mitchell and Elizabeth Lynch. Predicted relationship from AncestryDNA: 3rd Cousins, based on sharing 63 cM across 4 segments.

Paternal relationship is confirmed by a triangulated group on GEDmatch.com, consisting of Kit A577393 (Robert James), Kit RF7840094 (C.T., a sister of Tupper-678), and Kit M450569 (J.P.W.), who all share 10.3 cM on chromosome 14. The most-recent common ancestors shared by all three are Joshua Warren Dodge and Jane Shaw.

Paternal relationship is confirmed by a triangulated group on GEDmatch.com, consisting of Kit T151295 (David James), Kit JZ2117208 (Susan Tupper), and Kit M175159 (M.A.M.), who all share 10.3 cM on chromosome 3. The most-recent common ancestors shared by all three are Joshua Warren Dodge and Jane Shaw.

Paternal relationship is confirmed by a GEDmatch test match between David James GEDmatch T151295 and his father Bob James GEDmatch A577393. Their MRCAs are Bob’s parents Raymond Dodge James and Lulu Ethel Jones. Estimated number of generations to MRCA = 1.0, based on sharing 3,583.5 cM across 26 matching segments.

Paternal relationship is confirmed through Y-chromosome DNA testing at Family Tree DNA. David James, FTDNA kit #24887, and his father, Bob James, FTDNA kit #46257, match at a Genetic Distance of 0 on 67 markers, thereby confirming their direct paternal lines back to their MRCA Raymond Dodge James. FTDNA indicates that the probability the two share a common ancestor within the last 3 generations is 81.94% and within the last 6 generations is 96.74%.

Paternal relationship is confirmed through Y-chromosome DNA testing at Family Tree DNA. David James, FTDNA kit #24887, and his 5th cousin, three times removed, a son of Gerald James, FTDNA kit #N41089, match at a Genetic Distance of 5 on 111 markers, thereby confirming their direct paternal lines back to their MRCA, John James. FTDNA indicates that the probability the two share a common ancestor within the last 8 generations is 76.14% and within the last 12 generations is 95.62%.

Maternal relationship is confirmed by a GEDmatch test match between David James GEDmatch T151295 and his mother Dorothy Ardelle Mitchell GEDmatch A072930. Their MRCAs are Dot’s parents John Melvin Mitchell and Addie Mae Dean. Estimated number of generations to MRCA = 1.0, based on sharing 3,586.7 cM across 23 matching segments

Paternal relationship is affirmed through Y-chromosome DNA testing at Family Tree DNA. David James, FTDNA kit #24887, and his second cousin, once removed, Franklin Willis James, FTDNA kit #50505, match at a Genetic Distance of 3 on 67 markers, thereby confirming their direct paternal lines back to their MRCA Josiah Eaton James. FTDNA indicates that the probability the two share a common ancestor within the last 5 generations is 60.31% and within the last 10 generations is 93.6%.

Paternal relationship is affirmed through Y-chromosome DNA testing at Family Tree DNA. David James, FTDNA kit #24887, and his sixth cousin, once removed, Unlisted, FTDNA kit #80923, match at a Genetic Distance of 4 on 67 markers, thereby confirming their direct paternal lines back to their MRCA John James. FTDNA indicates that the probability the two share a common ancestor within the last 6 generations is 49.21% and within the last 10 generations is 83.71%.

Paternal relationship is confirmed by a GEDmatch test match between David James, GEDmatch kit no. T151295, and his second cousin, once removed, Richard Hoyt James, GEDmatch kit no. T294272. Their MCRA's are Josiah Eaton James and Mary E. Glidden. Estimated number of generations to MRCA = 3.8, based on sharing 77.8 cM across 4 matching segments.

Paternal relationship is confirmed by a GEDmatch test match between David James GEDmatch T151295 and his second cousin, Teri Bergin, GEDmatch A019447 and A468268. Their MRCAs are Onslow Harry Jones and Elizabeth Ann Taylor. Estimated number of generations to MRCA = 2.7, based on sharing 356.3 cM across 14 matching segments.

Paternal relationship is confirmed by an AncestryDNA test match between Linwood Grant and his first cousin, once removed, David James. Their most-recent common ancestors are Merton James and Georgia Dodge. Predicted relationship from AncestryDNA: 1st-2nd Cousins, based on sharing 571 cM across 27 segments.

Paternal relationship is confirmed by a triangulated group on GEDmatch.com, consisting of Kit T151295 (David James), Kit NB3590316 (Brian James) and Kit A136183 (a granddaughter of William Howard Lansing), who share a 10.6 cM segment on chromosome 12. The most-recent common ancestors shared by all three are Benjamin James and Sarah Glidden.

Maternal relationship is confirmed by an AncestryDNA test match between David James and his half second cousin, a son of Darrell Fickett. Their most-recent common ancestor is their great grandmother, Mary Alice King. Predicted relationship from AncestryDNA: 3rd-4th cousins, based on sharing 126 cM across 8 segments.

Sources

  1. https://www.hebronacademy.org/
  2. https://www.nsmt.org/
  3. https://afpglobal.org/
  4. https://www.mariinsky.ru/en/
  5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mariinsky_Theatre
  6. A Psalter for Prayer, ISBN: 978-0-88465-474-2 (hardback, 7 x 10); 978-0-88465-188-8 (hardback, 8.5 x 11); 978-0-88465-418-6 (pocket edition); 978-0-88465-198-7 (ePub); 978-0-88465-234-2 (Mobi/Kindle).
  7. http://kneadingconference.com/
  • First-hand information. Entered by David James at registration.

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  • David James: Family Tree DNA mtDNA Test Full Sequence, haplogroup H1c7, FTDNA kit #24887, MitoYDNA ID T13181 [compare]
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Hello David,

We wrote to you about the check-in for Profile Improvement Project (PIP) a couple of weeks ago. Would you like to continue in Biography Team Level 1 where we have placed you? That's the Team that works on improving profiles from both your own watchlist and projects you are involved with to Level 1 of the PIP Profile Standards.

If you do not wish to participate in the Project, please let us know. Sincerely,

Debi Hoag and Robin Shaules Co-Leaders, Profile Improvement Project

posted by Robin (Dodge) Shaules
I apologize for my tardiness!

Yes, I wish to participate on the Biography Team Level 1, as I improve biographies on a daily basis, as may be seen in my contributions log. Where I am remiss is in using the tracker. I will try to be conscientious about this from now on. And thanks for the reminder!

posted by David James
It's good to hear from you. We're looking forward to working with you.

Thanks,

Robin

posted by Robin (Dodge) Shaules
Dear David,

The Profile Improvement Project (PIP) is performing its first annual check-in with our project members. Please review the following and let us know if you are content where we have placed you or would like to be more involved.

We are in the process of transitioning to a team structure. There will be three participant PIP Teams to start -- The Maintenance Category Team, the Unknowns Team, and the Biography Team. There is also the Voyage Team which guides new Voyagers. See the Profile Improvement Project Teams for a brief outline of each team.

You're currently identified as a member of the Biography Team Level 1, working on profiles from your own watchlist, from projects in which you are involved, and whatever else you find. Biography Teams Levels 2 and 3 will work on designated profiles for notables (Level 3) and everyday people (Level 2). Please let us know if you would like to help with a higher-level Bio Team or one of the other Teams.

We would also like to invite you to join the email GoogleGroup and text chat Discord channel for our project. If you request to join our GoogleGroup, please be sure to include your Wiki ID. Neither is required; we also use the Profile_Improvement tag in G2G for Project announcements.

We thank you for all you do to help the Profile Improvement Project and WikiTree. The Project’s mission is to:

Make profiles beautiful! We clean up messy biography sections and sources, and try to set standards for attractive, useful, and well-written biographies, starting with those we manage.

We know you’re working on profiles *smile* We would like to hear about successes you’ve had toward the Project’s goals. We would also appreciate any feedback you might have to help us improve the Project. Please share your thoughts in a reply to this comment or privately via private message to either of us.

Sincerely,

Debi Hoag and Robin Shaules Co-Leaders, Profile Improvement Project

posted by Robin (Dodge) Shaules
I am so thankful for all of David's patient suggestions and help to me as a newbie Wikitree-er. He is very professional and thorough.
posted by Lea (Walker) Sullivan
Hi David!

Thank you so much for honoring me with the Community Star Badge! I have enjoyed solving puzzles of all kinds since I was a toddler. I was intrigued by Jirah Harlow's unknown first wife in the bio you wrote, especially because Grace (Pendleton) Harlow could not possibly be the mother of Jirah's daughter Mary Ann (Harlow) Pulk, my children's ancestor. Thank you for writing a bio that piqued my interest to search for Lydia Johnson.

I accept the badge, not because I think I deserve it. I am just one of thousands who promote Wikitree's mission of one free family tree, and a newcomer to boot. I accept the badge as a symbol of going deeper in. A bit bolder here. A bit more descriptive there. And ever curious, especially where facts are missing or contradictory.

Intrepidly, Patricia Kapusta

May I ask what the code is for your Samuel Scott sticker?
posted by [Living Bostick]
Cousin Leia:

Not sure if you are referring to Scott-322, Scott-1551 or Scott-1528, but in each case, to find the code for the stickers on any of those profiles, just choose edit mode and you can copy the code from there. It’s the text between the {{ }} brackets, immediately following the = Biography = header (brackets included).

posted by David James
edited by David James
Descendant of Samuel Scott. Samuel was a patriot in the American Revolution.

How do you make a sticker for the above statement? I have no idea. I can't edit your profile so I have no idea how you did it, and it doesn't state so anywhere I know of.

posted by [Living Bostick]
edited by [Living Bostick]
Leia, here is the code for the Samuel Scott descendant sticker on my profile:
Descendant
Descendant of Samuel Scott. Samuel was a patriot in the American Revolution.

I'm a bit slow on the uptake, so I apologize for not understanding your simple question sooner!

posted by David James
David and Leia are 10th cousins twice removed. Thank you for your acknowledgement.
posted by [Living Bostick]
You’re very welcome. Merry Christmas and thanks for catching the duplicate!
posted by David James
Hello and welcome to the American Revolutionary War (1776) Project. At the project home page you can find useful information about the project:

American Revolutionary War (1776) Project

We use Google Groups for Project communication:

https://groups.google.com/d/forum/wikitree-1776-project

Please let us know if you have any questions!

SJ - 1776 Project Leader

posted by SJ Baty
David, making more than one thousand contributions in September added so much to the breadth and depth of our Shared Tree. The Appreciation Team thanks YOU!

Pippin Sheppard

WikiTree’s Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
David, I recently added Sewall Labaree to my Addison-Jonesboro branch. Thought you may be interested. You can view the profile here, I hope it sparks further research and additions to the tree in the future: https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Labaree-14
posted by Colleen Griffin
David, I changed the name of your ancestor Betsy Parker. You're welcome to adopt her profile here: https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Parker-33759
posted by Karen Lowe
Thanks, David, for your comment on John Crane-2444. Just wondering if you would advise me getting a copy of "The History of Whiting" from the library? Would I get additional genealogical help from the book, besides what I already have in the profile?
Hi David, I recently joined up for the source-a-thon and noticed your name...we share the same interests of Washington County, Maine - Go Team Nor'easters!
posted by Colleen Griffin
I did not realize until recently that our interests overlap. My father and paternal grandparents (Cox & Whitney) were from Washington County, Maine. I have been frustrated by finding some birth/marriage/death records on Ancestry or FamilySearch and NOT finding many others that I need for WikiTree and my own Ancestry.com tree. I have also been a contributor on Find-A-Grave trying to get all the websites in synch - except I gave up on FamilySearch because of all the duplicate profiles they have. Any suggestions for improving the data & sources for my Wash Co ancestors would be greatly appreciated. I've taken the Ancestry and 23&me DNA tests. I've been using Family Tree Maker since the late 1990s. I was in Wash Co doing research & taking photos & visiting cousins back in Nov 2015.
posted by Carleton Cox
David, thank you for each of your more than 1000 contributions to our Shared Tree for the month of August 2019. All of your work makes our Tree all that much better.

Pippin Sheppard

WikiTree’s Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
Hi David!

Thank you for your time and energy in creating over 1000 (actually, over 1800!) contributions to WikiTree for the month of July 2019. Your efforts are appreciated!

Pip Sheppard

WikiTree Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
Have you considered the notes I posted for

Jonathan Greenlaw, brother of Charles ?

My late uncle, Dr. Colin Torrey Greenlaw, MD, found what he thought was the Scotland family at at Liberton (others apparently did also) but decided the children's names and birth order were a poor match and looked further. He then found baptismal records from vicinity of Castle Cary (Falkirk, Sterling area) from late 17th and early 18th Centuries which have apparently two William and Jane familes, one of them having a better fit of childrens names, birth years, and birth order. I have copies of prints from the microfilm, and my typed 'translation' and will be happy to share this information hoping to get the question of which "William and Jane" better examined.

posted by Russ Greenlaw

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