This is what I have on the father of JAmes B. Cravath. Maybe his California location will help trace info for James. Thank you for your info. I had nothing on James but I am archiving any Cravath family info, pictures and documents. Hopefully we will complete a family book someday.
SOURCE: CRAVATH FAMILY HISTORY, 1940, PG. 34 Samuel prosper was born 16 Aug. 1816 in Genesee Co., N.Y. He recieved his education in the district schools and became a cabinet maker with his own business. Early in his career he went to Penn. where he met and married Catherine Freeman. She was of English decent whose family traced their ancestry back to Sir Francis Drake. Some members of her family traced their relationship so conclusively in The Court of England that they recieved their share of his estate in England. Samuel and Catherine's first four children were born in Crawford Co., Pa. and they then moved to Ohio where in 1853 his fifth child was born. Samuel became prominent in politics being one of the organizers of the Abolitionist Party and stumped the state with such men as gov. Kirkwood, William Lloyd Garrison, and Soloman P. Chase. In 1855 he moved his family farther west to Will Co., Ill. but 3 years later he moved again to Worth Co., Iowa. Here in the early settlement he held many prominent positions of public trust. In 1885, Samuel moved to Poway Valley, San Diego Co., Calif. where his children had gone to live. Salome and her husband, C.C. Watson, with her youngest brother Augustus K. had gone out in 1872. Samuel became known by his friends and neighbors as "Father Cravath" and was "thought of as an intelligent, upright man who never thought his neighbor harm and whose voice and means were always used to the advancement of mankind; while he was an extremeist in many of his views , no one ever doubted his honesty and purpose.....". He had since childhood been a member of the Congregational Church and died at the age of 76 at his home of a cerebral hemorrhage. His widow, Catherine lived to be 93 and passed away peacefully in her sleep at the home of her daughter, Salome (Mrs. C.C. Watson) in Poway, Calif.