Mr James Kelly was born on John Street in Carluke, Lanarkshire, Scotland on 6 July 1892.
He was the son of William Kelly (b. 1856), a journeyman tailor, and Robina Barr Reid (b. 1861), both Carluke natives who had married on 20 March 1884.
One of fourteen children, James' known siblings were: Daniel Reid (b. 1882), Mary Pillans (b. 1884, later Mrs David Reid), Margaret Graham (b. 1886, later Mrs David Lightbody), Euphemia "Effie" Reid (b. 1888), Robina Reid (1890-1971), Jane Reid (b. 1894, later Mrs James Lambie), William (b. 1895), Janet (b. 1897), Alexander Reid (b. 1899) and Betsy Reid (b. 1901).
He first appears on the 1901 census living with his family in Kirk Street in Carluke and it appears he lived at the same address all his life. By the time of the 1911 census he was aged 18 and still at home with his parents, was unmarried and worked as a house painter.
James boarded the Titanic at Southampton as a third class passenger (ticket number 363592 which cost £8, 1s) but his destination is unknown. He was lost in the sinking and his body, if recovered, was never identified.
KELLY--Drowned in the wreck of the "Titanic," on 15th inst., James Kelly, aged 19 years, son of William and Robina Kelly, Kirk Street, Carluke. - Carluke and Lanark Gazette, 27 April 1912
Several of his siblings later emigrated and settled in British Columbia and he still has family there. Both his parents remained his Carluke; his father passed away in 1930 and his mother in 1934.