August 10, 1810, Trenton, New Jersey.
October 4, 1883, New York City.
Mercer Cemetery, Trenton, New Jersey.
Mary was the daughter of Benjamin Yard and Priscilla Keen, and wife of Henry B. James.
When she was 13 years old, she began teaching Sunday school in the Methodist Episcopal church. She became a prominent figure in the Wesleyan Holiness movement, assisting Phoebe Palmer, and often leading meetings at Ocean Grove, New Jersey, and elsewhere.
Articles by her appeared in the Guide to Holiness, the New York Christian Advocate, The Contributor, The Christian Witness, The Christian Woman, The Christian Standard, and the Ocean Grove Record. Her works include: