James E. Horton was born on January 13, 1835. On October 24, 1860 he married Sarah S. Hathaway, daughter of Odell S. and Helen M. Hathaway in the home of the bride's father. Witnesses were her father Odell Hathaway, Davis H. Barclay, and Thomas C. Ring. James was employed by Hiram Falls, an importer and dealer in china, glass and earthenware. The business was located at 76 Water Street. In the 1862 Newburgh City Directory, James is now listed as the successor to Hiram Falls in this business. Horton lived at 72 Smith Street from 1864 to 1865. He made his home at 123 Montgomery Street until c. 1876. In 1867, Horton is listed as the Newburgh City Supervisor. It appears that his home was at 172 South Street from 1877 until 1878. Mr. Horton is listed as living in Goshen, Orange County, New York in the 1880 census. His occupation is listed as a Crockery Agent. Household members at that time include his wife Sarah, along with children George 15, Ida 14, Edith 11, Hiram 10, as well as a daughter Helen, age 8. In the 1900 census, James, age 65 and his wife Sarah, age 64, now married for forty years, are listed as residing in Middletown, N.Y. along with their daughter Helen M., age 28. His wife Sarah is listed in the 1910 census as 73 years of age and living in the home of her daughter Ida Tremper in Middletown.