James Davis was probably born in early July 1867, in the village of Luxborough, Somerset. It is impossible to determine exactly when he was born as his birth was never registered. The best clue is that he was baptised in Luxborough parish church on July 14th 1867, the son of John Davis who worked as an iron miner, and Maria, formerly Richards.
Mary Eliza Ford was born on May 9th 1872 at 19 Willway, Bristol, the daughter of William Ford and Eliza formerly Brookes.. William had worked as a shoe maker and boot finisher, probably in a factory, and had in his later years been a lamplighter before being extinguished in January 1894.
James Davis married Mary Eliza Ford in Bristol Register Office, on 27th October 1894