Census records show that James was born on October 24, 1819 in Tennessee. James’ father was born in North Carolina and his mother was born in Tennessee, their names are unknown at this time. James was a farmer and land records show that James obtained 23 acres in Sumner County, Tennessee on October 6, 1879 which was recorded in the land records of the county on April 23, 1880.
James’ wife, Margaret, was born on January 4, 1824 also in Tennessee. She was the daughter of Robert Taylor and Margaret Kirkpatrick. The 1880 census tells that James was 60 years old and a widower and that Joseph W. and Mollie A. Hunter were living with him as boarders. James and Joseph were farmers and Mollie kept house for them.
James and his family were members of the Beech Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Sumner County. James was baptized in March 1837, while Margaret and their children were baptized in infancy. Beech Cumberland Prebyterian is the oldest church in Hendersonville, Tennessee being formed in 1798 and was built by Margaret's father, Robert Taylor. Beech Cumberland is on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Enumeration of Male Voters in 1891 in Tennessee shows J.B. Herring, age 70; race: white, of Sumner County, Ward 7.
James and Margaret’s children:
1. Lucy Vasta Herring; b. August 16, 1844; d. Abt. 1920; m. Hardy Clayton Tomlinson 2. Margaret Herring; b. August 12, 1846; d. February 16, 1936; m. Danl B. Montgomery 3. John Taylor Herring; b. October 10, 1847; d. January 26, 1915
North Carolina and Tennessee, Early Land Records, 1753-1931 Name: James B Herring Record Date: 23 Apr 1880 Location: Sumner, Tennessee Warrant Number: 26115