James was born in Tennessee in 1814 to William W Ogilvie and Margaret Blanton. His father was a wealthy farm and slave owner. Census records through 1830 show that James lived at home in Tennessee. The 1840 Census is inconclusive, as it shows a male his age which could be either him or his brother George. It's not clear when James moved to Arkansas, but his father remained in Tennessee.
James married at least twice, the first known marriage at age 34. She died three days after giving birth to their son James. He remarried two years later and had children with her as well. James passed away in 1864 at 49 years old.
Timeline with Sources
1814 Aug 22 - Birth - Davidson County, Tennessee
1820 United States Federal Census - Nashville, Davidson, Tennessee
Free White Persons - Males - Under 10: 2 (George, John); 26 thru 44: 1
Free White Persons - Females - Under 10: 2 (Mary, Elizabeth); 26 thru 44: 1
Slaves - Males - Under 14: 2; 26 thru 44: 1
Slaves - Females - 14 thru 25: 1
1830 United States Federal Census - Davidson, Tennessee, USA
1856 Dec 13 - Birth of Son Cornelius Franklin Ogilvie - Johnson County, Arkansas - Find A Grave: Memorial #31290906
1859 Feb 2 - Birth of Son John Patrick Ogilvie - Johnson County, Arkansas - Find A Grave: Memorial #27714492
1860 United States Federal Census p 172 family #1195 - Spadra, Johnson, Arkansas, USA - Residence Post Office: Clarksville - Household members: James Ogilvie 45; Eliza Ogilvie 31; B H Ogilvie 10; J W Ogilvie 8; G W Ogilvie 6; R H Ogilvie 4; F C Ogilvie 3; J P Ogilvie 1
1864 Aug 9 - Death - Johnson County, Arkansas - Burial - Ogilvie Cemetery I, Harmony, Johnson County, Arkansas - Find A Grave: Memorial #30007812
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: