When Herschel Franklin James was born on 24 July 1905, in Lauderdale, Alabama, United States, his father, Robert Wesley James, was 26 and his mother, Mary Ann "Molly" Jackson, was 22. He married Minnie Mae Springer on 20 August 1925, in Lauderdale, Alabama, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons. He lived in Election Precinct 4 Cross Roads, Lauderdale, Alabama, United States for about 20 years. He died on 13 August 1986, in Rogersville, Lauderdale, Alabama, United States, at the age of 81, and was buried in Lauderdale, Alabama, United States.
English and Welsh: from the Middle English personal name James. Introduced to England by the Normans, this is an Old French form of Late Latin Iacomus, a variant of Latin Iacobus, Greek Iakōbos, the New Testament rendering of Hebrew Ya‘aqob (see Jacob ). The medieval Latin (Vulgate) Bible distinguished between Old Testament Iacob (which was uninflected) and New Testament Iacobus (with inflections). The latter developed into James in medieval French. The distinction was carried over into the King James Bible of 1611, and Jacob and James remain as separate names in English usage. Most European languages, however, make no such distinction, so that forms such as French Jacques , stand for both the Old and the New Testament names. This surname is also very common among African Americans. Compare Jack .