- Birth Date
- 23 April 1814
- Death Date
- 22 January 1901
James was the brother of Amelia Ann Thomas Jervis, also of this company.
Portions of William Woodward's daily journal is included in Faithful Stewards--The Life of James Gray Willey and Elizabeth Ann Pettit. On 12 June 1956 he has recorded that James Thomas and Mary Somerville were married while on the ship Thornton. Mary's name appears on the ship manifest, but James' name does not.
By 4 March 1858 they had returned to Missouri where their first child was born.
James and Mary died in Missouri.
- Age at Departure: 42
- Head of Household
- "Faithful Stewards--The Life of James Gray Willey and Elizabeth Ann Pettit."
- Find a Grave
- Josiah Rogerson, "Martin's Handcart Company, 1856," Salt Lake Herald-Republican, 3 November 1907.
- Josiah Rogerson, "Strong Men, Brave Women and Sturdy Children Crossed the Wilderness Afoot," Salt Lake Tribune, 4 January 1914.
- Journal History of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 30 November 1856, 7, 73.