James was born sometimes in late 1830s in New Brunswick to Mr. and Mrs. Armstrong. When his father died, he was brought up in an uncle's family and his mother married again - to Mr. Gardiner.
She moved away and gave birth to James's half-sister, Mary. James saw her only once, when mother visited him along with little Mary. His mother died soon after and he never saw his sister after that.
James' wife died in 1883 and left him alone with their little son Teddy.
- "James Armstrong has never got over his wife's death five years ago. He was just wrapped up in his bit of a wife... she was twenty years younger than he was. Her death was an awful shock to him I've heard... just seemed to change his nature completely. He got sour and cranky."
- —Rebecca Dew
Meeting Anne ShirleyEdit
Lewis Allen, hoping to get a photograph of a farmhouse to earn money, went with Anne Shirley, who was trying to get subscriptions for the High School Dramatic Club. They went down Dawlish Road and entered Armstrong House, where Lewis took the picture and James promptly refused an offer of a subscription from Anne. They were about to go back when they were encountered by his son Teddy, who gave them part of an apple turnover in compensation for his father's refusal and let Lewis take his picture in thanks.
Not long after Lewis took his picture, Teddy contracted pneumonia and died. James was devastated. However, Lewis Allen, his newly-found nephew, cheered him up by revealing he was the son of Mary Gardiner, who had been James' half-sister.
Lewis later gave him Teddy's photograph and went to live with him.
James was not fond of people, but he was a good cook. He worshipped Teddy, especially after his wife died and he became sour and cranky.
James is a male given name of Hebrew origin and means he who supplants. This name was one of the most popular names in the 19th century.
- James shared name with Jem Blythe and his son Jem Jr., Jim Anderson and his son Jims, James Pringle, James Grand, James A. Harrison, Jim Wilcox, Jim Boyd and James, father of Jamesina.
Behind the scenesEdit
- Thomas Piper provided the voice of James in the German audio drama Anne of Windy Willows (2009).
- Gary Reineke portrayed Jim in one episode of Road to Avonlea (1990–1996).
TV series appearances
Audio drama appearances