James was born on 7 August 1851 the son of William Yates (book keeper) and Sarah Heap. He married Ann Street on 18 April 1873 and took her five-year-old bastard son John Frank Street into his household as a step-son. Together James and Ann had three daughters: Mary (c1875); Elizabeth Hannah (c1878); and Sarah E (c1881). Sarah did not survive childhood. James is listed in the census of 1871 as a "Cotton Skein Dryer", in 1881 as a "Cotton Dyer" and in 1891 as a "Cotton Draper". In 1901 and 1911 he is listed as a labourer. In the 1911 census, their grandson David Landimoor is with them. He is not found in the 1921 census, and it seems likely that he died in the preceding decade, possibly in 1915 although the name is sufficiently common to make it difficult to identify the particular death with confidence unless a newspaper death notice or similar evidence is found.
↑ 4.04.1 "England and Wales Census, 1891," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:7H1L-6W2 : 6 May 2019), James Yates, Pilkington, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom; from "1891 England, Scotland and Wales census," database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO RG 12, Lancashire county, subdistrict, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.
↑ "England and Wales Census, 1901," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X9KX-5RH : 21 May 2019), James Yates, Radcliffe, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom; from "1901 England, Scotland and Wales census," database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing Radcliffe subdistrict, PRO RG 13, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.