James was indirectly listed in the company roster in William Chipman's notebook under his father Thomas Dowding.
More research is needed to confirm James's date of birth. However, there is a possibility that James was born sometime between January and March 1865 based on data from a possible entry for James in the collection "England and Wales, Civil Registration Birth Index," from FamilySearch.org. It is important to note that the 1900 Census states that James was born April 1865. Death date listed reflects family tradition from Family Tree at FamilySearch.org.