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. From them he inherited a strong devotion to principle and a firm belief in the dignity of labor. He was married in 1817 to Mary Rand Turner, daughter of Hon. Charles Turner, Jr., Member of Congress, and Hannah Jacob, daughter of Col. John Jacob. She was a relative of Mr. James, though hardly near enough to be called a cousin. They had eight children; only two of whom lived to maturity—Horace and Matilda Turner. Mrs. James died December 13, 1831, and Mr. James married, second, Amanda Jacobs, daughter of David Jacobs, April 14, 1833. She had no children. The first Mrs. James was only thirty-four years old when she died, and we know very little about her except the influence of her Christian character upon her children. It is a family tradition that Miss Jacobs declared that she never would be a step-mother to anybody's children, but when her suitor came rowing down the river and asked her to come up to Medford and be a mother to his two, she did not say him nay. She w