James Hall was the fifth child of John Hall & Margaret Slack christened March 30th, 1847 at South Hetton, Co Durham.
James lived with his parents at South Hetton until 1870 when his father died. James was a coal miner like his father.
In 1871 James was still at home at South Hetton with his widowed mother, brother William, & sister Barbara.
By 1881 James was living at Easington Lane, Hetton-le-Hole, with his brother John who was head of the household. They were both coal miners. Their mother was also living with them.
James appears never to have married & in 1891 he was recorded at the Common Lodging House, Lyons Lane, Hetton-le-Hole, still working as a coal miner.
By 1901 James had entered the Houghton-le-Spring Union Workhouse, but was still described as a coal miner/hewer.
James died, aged 60, in the Union Workhouse & was buried on October 16th, 1907 at St Michael & All Angels, Houghton.