James appears in the 1850 Federal census in Pickens County, South Carolina as head of household. James' household appears as follows: James age 42; Ellender age 42; William age 19; Katharine age 17; David age 15; Nancy age 15; Mary age 13; Joshua age 11; Martha age 7; Elender age 5; and Elizabeth age 2; and Elender Crow age 20.
James was in Shelby County, Alabama prior to 1858 as he filed land patent Document #32350 in the Tuscaloosa land office on the 1st of June, 1858 for 240.69 acres of land located in Shelby County, Alabama as follows: E1/2 of the SE 1/4; E1/2 of the NE 1/4; NW 1/4 of the NE 1/4; and the NE 1/4 of the NW 1/4 of Section 29, Township 19S, of Range 1E. This land is located between the current towns of Chelsea and Westover in Shelby County, Alabama.
James appears in the 1860 Federal census in Shelby County, Alabama as head of household. James' household appears as follows: Jas. M. age 52; Ellenod age 52; Jonny age 20; Ellen age 16; Elizabeth age 13; and Jas. M. age 9.
James appears in the 1870 Federal census in Shelby County, Alabama as head of household. James' household appears as follows: James age 62; Elender age 62; Jas M. age 18; and Eliza A. age 17.
James served as a Commissioner of Shelby County in 1873. The Shelby Guide had the following notice of James' appointment: "James M. Spearman has been appointed by Gov. Lewis, Commissioner to fill the vacancy occasioned by the resignation of capt. John W. Pitts."
James died sometime after the 18th of December, 1873 and before the 1st of January 1874. The notice of James' death appeared as follows in The Shelby Guide: "Since our last two of our oldest citizens have gone to "that bourne from whence no traveler returns" - James M. Spearman, a member of the Commissioners Court, and Mr. Chas. Bragg." The 18th December, 1873 issue of The Shelby Guide was the last issue of the paper printed before the 1st January 1874 issue.
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