What are the sources for the origin and parentage of William Crabtree, immigrant to Maryland?

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A 1965 typewritten publication, The Crabtrees of southwest Virginia (imaged on Ancestry.com), only suggests a Yorkshire origin and a ca. 1705 migration for William and his wife Jane who settled in then-Baltimore County, Maryland.

The Wikitree profile also claims parents and a birthdate and a city of origin and a marriage date, but the only source offered is someone's Family Tree Maker file. (The family's profiles contain pointers to other non-sources, e.g., Ancestral File, every genealogist's favorite work of fiction, "U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900", and the popular "First-hand information as remembered by", 2014. :P)

What are the proper sources to prove that [1] the profile's relationships and events happened at all and [2] that they belong to this William Crabtree?

WikiTree profile: William Crabtree
in Genealogy Help by Cheryl Hammond G2G6 Mach 2 (21.9k points)

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There was also a marriage of William Crabtee too a Jane in Maryland.

Early reliable info in this time period,is hard to find,Too many people with

same first and last name.born abt the same time.Most info that is available

is based on other peoples search.Seldom proven.
by Wayne Morgan G2G6 Pilot (917k points)
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Each "fact" of someone like Crabtree can be checked out.  If the fact is true, it may lead to more true facts. Or it may not be.  I checked out his death in "Kingsville," which was founded by Abraham King.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kingsville,_Maryland.  

Interestingly Crabtree died in "Kingsville" 4 years before the birth of the man who gave his name to the area.  So we can be sure it was not KIngsville when Crabtree died, and that then also throws his date and place of death into question..

I'm on a business trip at the moment but when I return I'll check out my early Maryland sources and see if the name shows up in any way.
by Jack Day G2G6 Pilot (362k points)
There was a William Crabtree who patented 100 acres called "Labour" in Baltimore County on 1 Oct 1718;  100 acres "Crabtree's Lot" in Baltimore County on 20 June 1726, and "Begin" in Baltimore County on 8 July 1730.  (Coldham, Settlers in Maryland 1701-1730, p;. 37).  There we no Crabtrees in Coldam's earlier volume,, 1679-1700.   There was a John Crabtree who immigrated about 1659 in Skordas' book.  

William apparently kept acquiring land.  He acquired another 100 acres, "Crabtree's Addition" in Baltimore County on 10 June 1734.  By then there was also a Thomas Crabtree in the picture, who acquired 100 acres "Minster" on 20 Feb 1733.  Both these on p. 50, Coldham, Settlers of Maryland 1731-1750.

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