Word of mouth is that James B's parents migated from England and the family settled in Lee County, Virginia. James was a scholar and a school teacher.
He is buried in Oiltrough, AR, along side his wife's guardian and uncle, Kelly Hulsey in the Richardson Cemetary.
He reportedly was an officer in the Confederate Army during the Civil War.
He married Mariah Hulsey b. 4-2-1855 d. 3-11-1931. They were married 3-31-1874.
They had eight children: Richard Crabtree, Mollie Crabtree Walker, Priscilla Crabtree Ellison, Lottie Crabtree Graham, James P. Crabtree, Kelly Crabtree, Helen Crabtree Shaw,and Price C. Crabtree.