When James McEnhill was born on 14 October 1865, his father, Hugh, was 30 and his mother, Catherine, was 29. He had three sons and three daughters with Jane Doherty between 1900 and 1910. He died on 10 March 1933 in Tyrone at the age of 67.
He worked with his brother Hugh in an asylum in Tyrone as of 1900. James was the keeper of An Clog Dubh – the Black Bell of Drumragh, otherwise known as The McEnhill Bell. This ninth century church bell was held by the oldest male in the McEnhill clan. James gave it for safekeeping to the Sacred Heart Church in Drumragh in 1932.