Mr James Kelly was born in Carluke, Lanarkshire, Scotland around 1893.
He was the son of William Kelly (b. 1856), a tailor, and Robina Barr Reid (b. 1861), both Carluke natives who had married around 1881.
One of fourteen children, James' known siblings were: Daniel Reid (b. 1882), Mary Pillans (b. 1885, later Mrs David Reid), Margaret Graham (b. 1887, later Mrs David Lightbody), Euphemia "Effie" Reid (b. 1889), Robina Reid (1890-1971), Jane Reid (b. 1894, later Mrs James Lambie), William (b. 1896), Janet (b. 1898), 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, his body was not recovered.
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.