We know very little about JB and his life. We don't even fully know his name, beyond his initials, nor how he related to the Walton family.
We do know that his life was either violent or involved some kind of risky activity. His skeleton revealed a mess of healed fractures, as well as several broken ribs. His knee had once been hit so hard that an area of bone (30mm in diameter) remained permanently crushed.
JB would have been subject to a lot of aches and pains. Periostitis inflamed his joints, rendering them prone to swelling and increasingly painful to move. He also suffered from mild osteoarthritis in his back. All of this before the tuberculosis came, which took his life aged 55.
But not everything was bad. There's a strong likelihood that the woman buried beside him was his wife. Her initials were IB. Unfortunately, she was only 45 when she died. They also had at least one child. Thirteen year old NB was laid to rest beside her parents.
They all perished during the 1830s. Each of them was placed into a stone coffin. Tacks on the lid spelt out their initials and ages. That's how we know them. His read JB: 55.
What was remarkable was what happened next. At some point after burial, JB's body was dug back up and mutilated. Those broken ribs, it turned out, had happened five years after death. Someone had smashed through after JB's heart. Moreover, the cranium had been very deliberately sliced from his head, presumably to remove his brain. His feet and shins remained in place, but the thigh bones were removed and crossed over his chest. His skull was placed on top.
It looked like the device on the Jolly Roger flag, so beloved of pirates. But this was nothing to do with the ocean. JB was so arranged because someone somewhere thought that he was a vampire. The good folk of Connecticut, during the early 19th century, were just trying to protect themselves.
The body of JB isn't with the rest of his kin, in the cemetery at Hopeville, Griswold. He alone was taken to the National Museum of Health and Medicine, in Washington D.C., where he still remains.