I just now read your post of one year ago. My late sister, Sandra Bales Walker did a lot of research on the James Bales-Rebecca Bracken line. I located this research on her computer and placed in on the web at http://jwbales.home.mindspring.com/bales/http://jwbales.home.mindspring.com/bales/
I still have no clue who the parents of James Bales were. I have been unable to link him to either the Quaker Bales line from Hopewell MM, or the Jesse Bayles line from Long Island/New Jersey/Ice's Ferry,West Virginia.