Dates of Service: 5/28/1813 - 6/15/1815
James Kingsley was born in Danvers, Massachusetts about 1786. Kingsley married Lydia Owen in 1805. Together the couple had at least nine children. During his time in the US Navy, James remitted an allotment of $9 each month to his wife.
It is likely that Kingsley went to sea at an early age. Some evidence suggests he may have been impressed out of the brig Cynthia into the British Navy around 1804.
James Kingsley joined Constitution ’s crew as a quartermaster at Boston on May 28, 1813. He was discharged at Boston on June 15, 1815.
Battles and Engagements
Kingsley was on board when Constitution captured a British man-of-war schooner and three merchant vessels. He fought in the battle with HMS Cyane and HMS Levant on February 20, 1815 and received $126.93 in prize money for the first vessel and $51.81 for the second. During the engagement, he served as 1st captain to gun no. 4 on the quarterdeck.
Kingsley’s place and date of death are unknown.