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Dissident preacher in colonial New England, and afterwards a nonconformist preacher in his native England.

Baptized on Oct. 5, 1595 at Boston, Lincolnshire. He matriculated pensioner from Emmanuel College at Cambridge in 1611, B.A. 1614/15, M.A. 1618. Ordained a deacon at Peterborough on Mar. 16, 1616/17, and made a priest the following day, he ministered in Lincolnshire before removing to New England. He married his first wife Olive Ingoldsby (b. 1602-d. by 1627), daughter of Rev. Anthony Ingoldsby http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=81509437 and Dorcas Bulkeley Ingoldsby http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=81509654, on Apr. 20, 1620 at Fishtoft, Lincolnshire, who was the mother of his son Thomas James http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=33956790. After her death he remarried Elizabeth, whose maiden name is unknown at present. He arrived with his family in Boston, Massachusetts on June 5, 1632 aboard the ship 'William and Frances'. On Oct. 14, 1632 he and his wife Elizabeth were dismissed from the Boston Church to participate in the organization of a new church at Charlestown, Massachusetts where they were admitted as founding members on Nov. 2, 1632. A restless and 'very melancholic man' his time there was short lived, he relocated to Providence, Rhode Island in 1637, to New Haven, Connecticut in 1639, and in 1642 he was a missionary to Lower Virginia. In 1649 he left New Haven and permanently returned to England. Although a controversial nonconformist preacher known to have Presbyterian leanings, he was hired in 1650 to be Needham Market's minister. He died testate with a will dated Feb. 5, 1682/83, which was proved Feb. 13, 1683/84, in which he made the bequest "I Give & Bequeath unto my Sonn Thomas James http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=33956790 of Easthampton in Long Island in New England in Case he be liveinge att the time of my death all my Books & such of my Household goods & Clothes as can or may conveniently be sent over..."

He was buried on Feb. 16, 1682/83, in the parish of Barking which is where the record of his burial was made. Thomas Denny http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=134439281, a 'pious and ancient gentleman' from Combs in Suffolk, England, said that 'he knew the Reverend Master Thomas James, Minister of Needham, about four miles off, who came from New England', and further reported 'That though he was much beloved and esteemed, yet when he died, the clergyman who came in his place, would not allow him to be buried in any other part of the churchyard but that unconsecrated corner left for rogues, whores, and excommunicates, though the clergyman owed his benefice to the noble uprightness of Mr. James's heart'.

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Thomas James
425 Lincolnshire, England
1 February 1683
337 88 suffolk, England
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