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James Christopher Marks, Irish organist. Member American Guild Organists, National Association Organists (president 1912, 13).; Mason (33 degree).


Marks, James Christopher was born on July 29, 1863 in Cork, Ireland. Son of J. Christopher and Marian (Johnston) Marks.


Educated Royal School, Armagh, 1876-1881, Trinity College, Dublin, 1881-1885. Royal University of Ireland, 1883-1884. Honorary Doctor of Music, University State of New York, 1908.


Came to the United States, 1902, naturalized, 1919. Began as choir boy Cork Cathedral, 1870. Then assistant organist to father at St. Finn Barre’s Cathedral, Cork.

Organist and choirmaster St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Cork, 1881-1902. Organist St. Andrew’s Church, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1902-1904. Organist and choirmaster Church of the Heavenly Rest, New York City, 1904-1929.

Organist emeritus since 1929. Many prizes for musical compositions, including prize for best song in Great Britain, 1893.


Member American Guild Organists, National Association Organists (president 1912, 13). Mason (33 degree).; Clubs: Bohemians, St. Wilfrid, St. George’s Society, Canadian, British Brooklyn New York‡.


Married Maud Sidley Dowman, November 11, 1886 (died May 2, 1899).; married second, Minnie Mae Belcher, October 27, 1903 (died August 31, 1931). Children: Malcolm Chamney (deceased), J. Christopher, Jocelyn Gibbons, Dorothy Dowman.

J. Christopher Marks

Marian (Johnston) Marks

Minnie Mae Belcher

Maud Sidley Dowman

J. Christopher Marks

Malcolm Chamney Marks (deceased)

Dorothy Dowman Marks

Jocelyn Gibbons Marks