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James Willoughby was baptised at Saint Andrew's Church, Plymouth, on May 25th 1828, the son of Mr William and Mrs Mary Ann Willoughby, white smith, of East Stonehouse.

He first married Miss Mary Ann Morgan, also from East Stonehouse, on September 1st 1849 at Saint Andrew's Church.  They had four sons and two daughters.  Emma was the eldest, followed by Henry, Beatrice, William, Edward and James.  Mary died in 1867, presumably following the birth of the youngest son, James.   She was 36-years-old.

On October 18th 1869 Mr James Willoughby married Miss Mary Emma Hamlin at Stoke Damerel Parish Church.

Mr James Willoughby was the senior partner of the firm of Messrs Willoughby Brothers, engineers and iron founders, of Plymouth.

Although principally a businessman, Mr Willoughby was also a member of the Court of Guardians for Plymouth and made two unsuccessful attempts to get elected to serve on Plymouth Town Council, the first in Frankfort Ward (1880) and the second time in Saint Andrew's Ward (1881).  His ill health prevented him from making a third attempt in 1882.

On Thursday August 31st 1882 he was to have acted as an arbitrator in a case at Exeter but upon arriving at Exeter railway station he was seized with paralysis and carried to a hotel, where medical aid was sought.  The following day he returned to his home at 11 Frankfort Street, Plymouth, and received medical attention from Doctors Prance and Pearse.

Mr James Willoughby 'calmly expired' at 3am on Sunday September 10th 1882, almost exactly three years after his father.  He was 53 years of age.

Mr Willoughby had married twice and left three sons and two daughters by his first wife.

His funeral cortège stretched from the junction of Russell Street to King Street.  Leading it was a column of about 150 employees and apprentices of the Company.  This was followed by a carriage containing the Reverend Isaac Hawker, incumbent of Saint Luke's Church and Mr Thomas Pearse, surgeon.

After the hearse carriages containing Mrs Willoughby, widow; Miss B Willoughby, daughter; Miss G E Willoughby, niece; Messrs H Willoughby, Edward Willoughby and E Willoughby, sons; Messrs William Willoughby, Joseph Willoughby, and Samuel Willoughby, brothers and partners of the Company; and Messrs F S Willoughby, F W Willoughby, W Willoughby, G Willoughby, H Willoughby, J Willoughby, nephews.  Among the other mourners were Mr W Gilbert from the Saltash Steamboat Company; Mr Browning from the Plymouth Gas Works; Mr Roberts from the Delabole Slate Quarries; and representatives from the Phoenix Foundry.

Mr Willoughby was buried at the Plymouth, Stonehouse and Devonport Cemetery (now known as Ford Park Cemetery).