James Carrington was born in Norwich on the 2nd January 1868 (see the oddly named birth certificate below), and was christened on the 1st December 1869
By the 1891 census he was staying at 10 Sandsfield Lane in Gainsborough as a boarder. He was 23 and was working as an advertising agent, one of his fellow boarders was Joseph Dye (born circa 1867), also an advertising agent, and also born in Norwich (I believe his family came from Lakenham in Norwich).
By 1901 he had moved even further North to and was living with his first wife Ellen Butterfield in Blackburn, where he was listed as a beer seller (working on his own account) occupying the Ship Inn at 151 Penny Street. Ellen was 12 years his senior, and was a native of Blackburn. They had married in December 1897 in the district of Blackburn (Volume 8e, page 530).
James died two years after his wife on the 7th October 1917 at 47 Southwell Road at the age of 49. According to the death certificate (below) he was a licensed victualler, and he died of Phthisis Pulmonalis (Tuberculosis). The signature, description and residence of the informant was given as M.A.L.Spencer (sister) in attendance, 10 Carshalton road, Norwich. James had a sister called Mary Ann (born around 1876), and I assume that this is the sister referred to.
Birth Certificate for James Carrington
Clearly, at this point you are thinking that this must be the wrong person, since sex change operations were not really popular in 1868! However, the following notes attached to the birth certificate show that there was a mistake, but not how this was made!
Here Phoebe Carrington is his mother (who it has taken 35 years to noticed her daughter is in fact a son - presumably she couldn't read the birth certificate) and who is Eliza Bunting? I reckon that this is Eliza Carrington, James's sister.
In 1881, 151 Penny Street, Blackburn was occupied by Thomas Parsons and his family. No signs of an Ellen though. He was a beer seller and mason, although it doesn't appear to have been a pub at that time.
FreeBMD lists the registration information for his marriages:
Marriages December 1897, James Carrington and Ellen Butterfield (Blackburn, Volume 8e, Page 530).
Marriages December 1909, James Carrington and Phoebe Annie Chettleburgh (Norwich, Volume 4b, Page 441).