James was a son of Orrick L. Bixby & Mary Ann Shedd.
James was working as a mechanic and living in South Burlington, Vermont in 1867 when he and Clara Brown married in Jericho, Vermont.
James and Olla May Smith married in Minneapolis, MN in 1884.
During the Civil War, James served with the 5th Regiment of the Vermont Volunteer Infantry. He mustered in on September 9, 1861 as a Private, and was promoted to Corporal and then Sargeant. On March 25, 1863 he was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant. Wounded at Cold Harbor on June 4, 1864, he mustered out September 15, 1864. Several Vermont newspapers printed injury reports that stated James injury was "arm, slightly" ; the 1890 US Census of Union Veterans of the Civil War, which lists James' post office address as Denver Colorado although he is included in the Minneapolis Census, notes his arm injury and states "But does not trouble him now."
Burlington Daily Times (Burlington, Vermont) April 13, 1863: "James A . Bixby, from Burlington, has been promoted to be Second Lieutenant of Company I, 5th Regiment. Mr. Bixby went out as a private of the same Company, and has won his present position by meritorious conduct."
In 1869, James and Ezra Dike formed Dike & BIxby, a hardware store and tinware manufactory in Bristol, Vermont. Their products included stoves and Sugar Tools (for producing maple syrup and maple sugar.) A fire in January, 1872 destroyed many of Bristol's business buildings, including Dike & BIxyby's store and warehouse. By the end of April, a new two story building replaced the warehouse, the the partners conducted their business from there until their new store was built.
The Rutland Daily Hearald, April 5, 1878 " James A. Bixby, Esq., late of the firm of Dike and Bixby, of Bristol, has located in Algona, the shire town of Kossuth county, Iowa. Mr. Bixby is a man who ought be a welcome citizen anywhere on the continent where civilization has a foot hold."
Some sources suggest James died in Minneapolis. However -The Burlington Free Press, May 21, 1892: "Recent deaths: "News was received at Bristol Monday, of the death of James A. Bixby at Denver Col. He was in business in Bristol from 1869 to 1878." The St. Paul Daily Globe, on May 14, 1892, reported :The remains of the late J. A. Bixby arrived from Denver yesterday. The funeral will be held from Holy Trinity church tomorrow afternoon."
JAMES A. BIXBY
1842 - 1892