Private James Cornelius Boykin was March 9th, 1843 at Gadsden County, Florida.
In 1860 he was living near Quincy, Gadsden County, Florida, at his father John’s residence along with two older brothers and sisters, and two younger sisters. James had attended school during the preceding 12 months, along an older brother and sister, and his two younger sisters.
He enlisted in Davidson’s Company on March 12h, 1862 at Quincy, Gadsden County, Florida. He was present with the company from his enlistment until June 20th, 1862 when he was reported sick at Atlanta, Georgia. He was reported absent without leave in Florida in muster reports beginning on November 12th, 1862 and continuing through March 2th, 1863. He apparently returned to the company prior to April 11th, 1863; he was assigned to police duty at Knoxville, Tennessee on that date.
He was wounded at the Battle of Chickamauga on September 19th, 1863, and sent to a hospital at Atlanta Georgia where he remained until October 10th, at which time he received a furlough of 30 days.
He married Jane Carolina McKeown in 1863; it is not unlikely that the marriage occurred between his return to Quincy and December 31st, 1863.
He is last recorded as still absent at Quincy, Florida as of February 1864; he surrendered at Tallahassee, Leon County, Florida on May 10th, 1865 and was paroled at Quincy, Gadsden County, Florida on was paroled May 21st, 1865.
After the war, he engaged in farming then became a merchant at Chattahoochee, Gadsden County, Florida. He moved to Washington County, Florida in 1876, where he continued his trades and served as Sheriff. Afterward, he moved to Jackson County, Florida, where he worked as a clerk until he passed away on November 26, 1885 at Sneads, Jackson County, Florida. He was a Mason, and is interred at Pope Cemetery, Sneads, Jackson County, Florida.