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John Fletcher Crabtree
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Birth: Apr. 13, 1824
Lee County
Virginia, USA
Death: Apr. 3, 1915
Upper Lake
Lake County
California, USA

John Fletcher Crabtree was born in Lee County, Virginia on April 13, 1824. When a young man, John moved to Jackson County, Missouri, where he met and then married Elizabeth Davis on Nov 28, 1844. The couple traveled west to California in 1852, and first homesteaded in Contra Costa County, before finally settling in Lake County around 1870. First at Twin Valleys, and then in about 1875 at Crabtree Hot Springs.

About 1875, John Fletcher Crabtree and sons found the hot springs by following a well used Indian trail, and have graded a fair road to reach their springs, on Rice Fork of the Eel River, where they invite invalids to try the medicinal qualities of the water. Not only did the Indian believe in the health giving qualities of the mineral waters, but many whites also had absolute faith in the springs as a cure-all. Some people even took sick horses there and swore by the results. No water was commercially bottled here, but the springs was commercialized as a resort but in a very small way.

At Crabtree Hot Springs, John built his home about 150 yards southwest from the junction of Rice Fork Eel River and Salt Creek, on a bench on land, but around 1907 he sold the property to Sheriff Samuel Tate Packwood(1842-1924), who was an Upper Lake businessman & former sheriff of Kittitas County, WA.

John & Elizabeth had 12 children(4 daughters & 8 sons). He died on April 3, 1915, and is buried with his wife Elizabeth Crabtree(1828-1909).

This trip also included a visit to Todd Mitchell at Crabtree Hot Springs. 
 
Family links: 
 Spouse:
  Elizabeth Davis Crabtree (1828 - 1909)*
 
 Children:
  Isorah Crabtree Adams (1846 - 1876)*
  Isabell Crabtree (1852 - 1860)*
  Alonzo Marion Crabtree (1853 - 1939)*
  Alphonso Crabtree (1856 - 1934)*
  Charles Crabtree (1875 - 1947)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
J. F. CRABTREE
BORN - 1824
DIED - 1915
ELIZABETH CRABTREE
BORN - 1828
DIED - 1909
 
Note: CRABTREE - at top of medium upright joint headstone.
 
Burial:
Upper Lake Cemetery
Upper Lake
Lake County
California, USA
Plot: Original Owner of Lot 33 in Block 3(known as Ogden's Addition & is the second oldest part of the cemetery).
 
Created by: CrabTreeHotSprings
Record added: Nov 20, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 101030308
John Fletcher Crabtree
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