James married Ellen Maria FARRELL, daughter of Michael FARRELL and Julia UNKNOWN, about 1849 in Arthur, Wellington North County, Ontario, Canada. (Ellen Maria FARRELL was born in 1832 in Ireland, died on 15 Apr 1879 in Arthur, Wellington North County, Ontario, Canada 10 and was buried in Apr 1879 in St. John's Roman Catholic Cemetery, Arthur, Wellington North County, Ontario, Canada.)
There is a discrepancy between the birth year of James and Ellen's two oldest children and the probable date of their marriage. Ellen is still living with her parents on the 1851 census (much of which wasn't ennumerated until 1852), so it is impossible that John and Mary would have been born in 1850. More research is needed.
James next married Margaret O'CALLAGHAN, daughter of Timothy O'CALLAGHAN and Sarah MAHER, on 15 Nov 1881 in Guelph, Wellington County, Ontario, Canada.1 (Margaret O'CALLAGHAN was born on 4 Apr 1843 in Ontario, Canada and died after 1901 in poss Pilkington, Wellington County, Ontario, Canada.)
Ontario Marriage Index, 1858-1899 (Guelph, Wellington County, Ontario, Canada). Surety: 4. Name: James Harcourt
Residence: Arthur Village
Place of Birth: Ireland
Marital Status: widower
Father: Luke Harcourt
Mother: Mary McCaffrey
Spouse Name: Margaret O'Callaghan
Place of Birth: Guelph Twsp
Marital Status: widow
Father: Timothy O'Callaghan
Mother: Tara Maher
Witnesses: James White, Arthur Village; Elizabeth B. Green, Guelph.
Date of Marriage: 15 Nov 1881
Place of Marriage: Rectory Chapel, Guelph
Bridegroom's Religion: Roman Catholic
Bride's Religion: Roman Catholic
Married By: P. Hamel, minister
2 1881 Canadian Census (Arthur, Wellington North County, Ontario, Canada). Repository: Latter Day Saints Family Search. Surety: 3. Lists James Harcourt (age 55, b. Ireland), widower, and children William (age 15, b. Ontario), Stephen (age 13, b. Ontario), Richard Herbert (age 11, b. Ontario) and Margaret (age 9, b. Ontario), living in Arthur, Wellington North, Ontario, Canada. Also in the household are James' son-in-law Francis Steddick (age 20, b. Ontario, German), wife Catherine [Harcourt, James' daughter] Steddick (age 21, b. Ontario, Irish) and Humpry Desmond (age 63, b. Ireland), whose relationship [if any] is unclear. James, Francis and Humpry are all listed as "shoemakers."
Wellington County Marriages (Rootsweb: http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~maryc/welg75.htm). Surety: 4. 10031-75 James WHITE, 23, farmer, Ontario, West Garafraxa, s/o James WHITE & Mary NORMILE?, married Julia HARCOURT, 21, Ontario, Peel twp., d/o James HARCOURT & Ellen FARRELL, witn: John HARCOURT & Elizabeth Ann SULLIVAN, both of Peel twp., 1 Feb 1875 at Arthur village.
[Note: John Harcourt is likely Julia's brother]
Wellington County Marriages (Rootsweb: http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~maryc/welg77.htm). Surety: 4. 11684-77 Thomas HARCOURT, 21, yeoman, Canada, Peel twp., s/o James & Ellen, married Bridget FARRELL, 18, Canada, Peel twp., d/o Patrick & Margaret, witn: Bartholomew FARRELL & Catherine HARCOURT, both of Peel twp., 23 April 1877 at not given [reg in Arthur village ].
Toronto County Marriages (Rootsweb: http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~maryc/tor74.htm). Surety: 4. 11343-74 David BARRETT, 27, paper manufacturer, Ireland, Toronto, s/o Edward & Mary, married Mary HARCOURT, 23, Canada, Toronto, d/o James & Ellen, witn: William HUTCHINS & Mary Ann FEATHERSTON, both of Toronto, 6 March 1874
Ontario Canada Births, 1869-1907 (Wellington County, Ontario, Canada: 1885). Surety: 4. Harcourt, Cyril
Date of Birth: 8 Jun 1885
Place of Birth: Pennington [sp?], Wellington County, Ontario
Name of Father: James Harcourt
Name of Mother: Margaret O'Callaghan
Profession of Father: Farmer
Signature & Residence of Informant: James Harcourt, Pennington [sp?]
Marriage License (Roscommon, Roscommon County, Michigan). Surety: 4. Marriage may be solemnized between James Harcourt and Nellie Gardiner, affidavit having been filed in this office, as provided by Act 128, Laws of 1887, by which it appears that said James Harcourt is 28 years of age, color is white, residence is Seney, and birthplace was Canada, occupation is saloon keeper, father's name James Harcourt, and mother's maiden name was Ellen Farrell, has been previously married no times; and that said Nellie Gardiner is 18 years of age, color is white, residence is Houghton Lake and birthplace was Rocommon, occupation is housekeeper, father's name Julius Gardiner, and mother's maiden name was Julia Roach and who has been previously married no times, and whose maiden name was --.
Certificate of Marriage: Between Mr. James Harcourt and Miss Nellie Gardiner. I hereby certify that, in accordance with the above license, the persons herein mentioned were joined in marriage by me at Roscommon, County of Roscommon, Michigan, on the 8th day of July A.D. 1890, in the presence of Mr. Richard Harcourt of Seney and Miss Carrie Nolan of West Bay City.
1871 Canadian Census (Peel, Wellington North County, Ontario, Canada). Repository: Ancestry. Surety: 4. HARCOURT , JAMES
Religion: Roman Catholic
District: WELLINGTON NORTH ( 035 )
Sub-district: Peel ( B )
Microfilm reel: C-9949
Reference: RG31 — Statistics Canada
9 Michigan Death Index: Death Index for Schoolcraft County (Schoolcraft County, Michigan). Surety: 4. James Harcourt, died Schoolcraft County, Michigan in 1892.
Ontario Canada Deaths, 1869-1932 (Arthur, Wellington County, Ontario; 1879). Surety: 4. Ellen Maria [Farrell] Harcourt, died 15 Apr 1879, age 47, Arthur, Wellington County, Ontario.
Profession: Farmer's wife
Place of Birth: Toronto
Cause of Death: Physical and mental prostration, 2 months
Name of Physician: Dr. Wallace
Informant: James Harcourt, Arthur, P.C. [husband]
Date of Registry: 5 May 1879
Religion: Roman Catholic
Signature of Registrar: James Gibson