James, Peter a minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church South, was born in Pennsylvania in 1789, and removed to Virginia in 1799, and from thence, a year later, to Mississippi. In 1812 he joined the Mississippi Conference. He filled several prominent positions within the limits of his Conference, and was for a time presiding elder. The Memphis Conference being formed out of a part of the Mississippi, he was invited to join the latter, which he did; but his health declining, he became a superannuate. He died March 18,1869. "Peter James possessed but limited literary attainments; but, by gift of application, he became an able minister of the Gospel. In all the relations of life he maintained his integrity as a Christian, and exemplified the virtues and graces of our holy religion."-- Min. Ann. Cof M.E. Ch. S. 3:340.