Jonathan married Ann Jones, daughter of Elisha Jones and Susanna Hollingsworth, on 29 Sep 1813 in Union Township, Miami County, Ohio. Ann died on 9 Jan 1849 at age 37, leaving him a widower. James was the second child and first son.
James' birth to Jonathan and Ann Jay was recorded in the Mill Creek Monthly Quaker Meeting in Miami, Ohio as taking place on 25 Apr 1836.
James Jay married Esther M. Evans, daughter of Moses Evans, on 15 Mar 1866 in Montgomery County, Ohio, United States.
In the 1870 United States Census, James Jay, a white male age 34, was living in Monroe Township, Miami County, Ohio, United States. James was occupied as a farmer, with a personal estate worth $1200. Members of the household were as follows:
|Esther M Jay||F||22||Ohio|
|Harriet L Jay||F||3||Ohio|
|Charles A Jay||M||1||Ohio|
In the 1880 United States Census, James Jay, a 44 year old married white male head of household, was living in Sherman, Nuckolls County, Nebraska, United States. Members of the household were as follows:
|James Jay||Self||M||44||Ohio, United States|
|Esther Jay||Wife||F||32||Ohio, United States|
|Harriet Jay||Daughter||F||13||Ohio, United States|
|Charlie Jay||Son||M||11||Ohio, United States|
|Martha J Jay||Daughter||F||6||Nebraska, United States|
|Lawsin Jay||Son||M||4||Nebraska, United States|
|Nancy Ivens||Sister-in-law||F||30||Ohio, United States|
|Dora E Jay||Daughter||F||8||Ohio, United States|
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