James was born in 1830, the third son of James Fea and Margaret Sinclair
He married Mary Kemp on 30th November, 1854, in Orphir, Orkney. Mary was born c 1825 in Aberdeenshire, daughter of William Kemp and Maggie Michie. She died 16th June, 1901, aged 76 years at the Ruah in Eday.
They lived in Rousay in 1855 and at Eday in 1881. James' occupation was Shepherd or Agricultural Labourer.
James and Mary had four children
James died 2nd January, 1893 - aged 63 years