James Buckton was born about 1799 in Whitley, Yorkshire. He married Elizabeth and had the following children:

The 1841 Census shows that James was living in Chapeltown and working as a labourer.

The 1851 Census shows that James was now a widower living with his five youngest children in Chapel Allerton and working as a Quarryman.

James died a year later aged 53 and was burried on 5 September 1852 in the churchyard at Chapel Allerton.