Born: November 1, 1807, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, England.
Died: August 14, 1884, Motueka, New Zealand.
Buried: Pioneer Park, Motueka, New Zealand.
James was the son of John Deck of Bury St. Edmunds, and brother of hymnist Mary Walker. He maried twice: to Alicia Feild (1829) and Lewanna Atkinson (1855)
He was educated for the army, and became an officer in the Indian service.
Retiring from the army, and having joined the Plymouth Brethren, he undertook, in 1843, the charge of a congregation of that body at Wellington, Somerset.
In 1852, he went abroad and settled in New Zealand.
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