Son of Daniel A. Bouton and Frances G. O'Dell, of Sullivan Co., TN, and grandson of Lt. Col. James J. O'Dell and Jennet S. Tate. James first married Violet Etta Earhart in 1919. With her, he had two sons: Jas. O'Dell, Jr., and Charles Earhart. After Violet's death in 1949, he married Charlotte R. Eldredge. They had no children. The Boutons lived for many years in Washington, D. C., since James was an executive in the U.S. Post Office department. James and Charlotte eventually moved to NJ.