James was born in 1831 in Robeson, NC, son of John and Priscilla West Faulk. He married Eliza Jane Brunson in 1848 and had the following children: Rachel b. 1851, John b. 1855 and James b. 1869. 

James enlisted in Company A, Tucker's Cavalry on January 8, 1862 in Georgetown. He was assigned to Company B on April 8, 1863 and was on that roster when it became Company F, 7th SC Cavalry. Detached on Waccamaw Neck January - September 3, 1862; present September 1862 - April 1863; absent sick May - June 1863; present July - September 16, 1863; September 16 - October 1863 one of 14 privates sent to Horry District to arrest conscripts and deserters. Present November 1863 - October 1864; receipted for clothing with company November 16,1864.

James died on September 5, 1884 in Horry County, SC.