As alluded to, James is listed with his father, McAlvin's second wife Martha, and six siblings in the Harris County, Georgia Federal census for 1850. A few years later on 24 July 1853, James married Francis Louisa Patrick in Gwinnett County, GA. It appears James spends the rest of his life there. In 1860, Jas D., Francis, and their son John are in Lawrenceville where James is occupied as Postmaster.
"1st Because he did not actively participate in said rebellion, or at any time, take up arms against the Government of the United States during the same, but that he did on the contrary use every [available?] means to evalle such service, and did to prevent being taken into the Confederate army as a conscript employ a substitute to take his place therein.
2nd Because he did not seek or accept said office for the purpose of giving any aid whatever to said rebellion, but that he held said office from about the year 1855, up to the time when said state seceded and that he did not afterwards seek to continue therein but was requested so to do, by the Confederate authorities, and that he consented to remain therein, for the various reasons, that he being a poor man with a family to support could thereby retain his former employment, that to do so would be an accommodation to the people __?__ in the office, and that he could thereby more easily evade military service in the Confederate armies."
|Amnesty Oath attached to James' application for Presidential Pardon.|
James D. Spence died 22 May 1898. He, wife Frances Louisa, and son John Howell were all laid to rest in Lawrenceville Historic Cemetery of Gwinnett County, Georgia.