James was born at Conlig. He is the youngest known child of Robert and Sarah. His birth was registered by his mother.
At the time of the 1901 Census James was residing with his mother aged 11 yrs, a Scholar he could read and write and his birthplace was confirmed as Conlig.
James migrated to Scotland some time prior to 1912 when he married Maggie Conway. James signed the Ulster Covenent in 1912 and at the time gave his residence as Alexandra Place, Kilwinning, Ayrshire - he also cited W. John Baillie 151 Bellevue St, Belfast. It is believed that his two brothers were also living in Scotland at this time and that they also signed the covenent:
Martin James Alexandra Road Kilwinning, Ayrshire Scotland: Ayrshire: North Ayrshire Conservative club Burns, Patrick
Mr Martin John 12 Main Street Stevenstown, Ayrshire Scotland: Ayrshire: North Ayrshire Conservative club Burns, Patrick
Mr Martin Robert Garden Square Scotland: Ayrshire: North Ayrshire Conservative club Burns, Patrick
The Martin's lived at Seaview in Glencairn St, Stevenston for many years and were living here at the time of the birth of their grand-daughter, Caroline.
Jim died at 73 years of age at his home at 6 Adeer Place, Stevenston of Atherosolerosis and Acute Coronary Antery Occlusion. The informant was his daughter, Sarah Catt. He is buried in an unmarked grave at The Kirk burial ground in Stevenston.
Birth Certificate, Registry of BDM, Northern Ireland
Ireland, Census, 1901, National Archives of Ireland
It may be possible to confirm family relationships with James by comparing test results with other carriers of his Y-chromosome or his mother's mitochondrial DNA.
However, there are no known yDNA or mtDNA test-takers in his direct paternal or maternal line.
It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share DNA with James: