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James CROFT was the son of James CROFT and Margaret TEMPLE. He was christened on 13 Mar 1757 in Aysgarth. On 9 January 1786 he married Elizabeth HUTCHINSON at St. Michaels Church in Spenithorne by Will Kirkbank. Elizabeth was born in February 1759. Her parents were Joseph HUTCHINSON and Eleanor MORLAND of Bellerby, who married 14 May 1758 at St. Michael's Church.
James CROFT was a stone mason, lived in East Witton and most of his children were baptised in St. Andrew's Church. He and his family immigrated to US in 1817 leaving behind son Michael (who was married and had a family of his own) and son Joseph's eldest son, James (with the Moreland family).