was born in 1720 at Staten Island, Richmond County, New York. He was the son of John Laurens Dye
and Anne (Unknown)
. James Dey married Sarah Leach
circa 1742. James Dey wrote a codicil on 13 December 1763; I will and ordain that if any of my sons should die before they arrive to the age of 21 years or marry, then the share of the deceased to be divided among the survivors. In case of the daughters the share is divided among them. James Dye, gives his wife the use of the plantation, three cows, two horses, and some necessary household goods, ect., for the use and benefit of herself and her children to use one year. All his other personalty is ordered sold as soon as practicable and at the end of one year after his death the plantation and personalty preserved are to be sold. This as will be seen could have no other result than a seperation of the family, each to look out for himself and herself. The property or rather proceeds of the sales was to be divided into sixteens, two sixteens to his wife, and each of his sons, and one sixteenth to each of his daughters. He died on 4 April 1764 at New Jersey.