From 1873 to 1881, Judge James B Humphrey served Allegan County as a Probate Court judge. In the 1870 Allegan Village census, he is listed as 33 years of age, occupation – sawyer, resideing with wife Maggie (27) and children Charles (4) and Fanny (1). 
In 1881, Judge Humphrey was appointed to and accepted the post of Deputy Treasurer of the State of Michigan.
- 1870 Census, Village of Allegan, Allegan County, Michigan, online transcription: www.migenweb.org/allegan/census/1870alleganvil.html
- “State Siftings,” Ann Arbor Courier (9 Sep 1881), online: http://oldnews.aadl.org/node/170387