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John Rice CRAIGAge: 46 years18251872

Name
John Rice CRAIG

John Rice (AKA Rice Craig) Craig

Name
John Rice (AKA Rice Craig) Craig
Birth June 17, 1825
Mercer, Kentucky, USA
Latitude: N37.8047 Longitude: W84.8764

Death of a motherMary W. RICE
before 1846 (Age 20 years)
Anderson, Kentucky, USA
Latitude: N38.0042 Longitude: W84.9875

MarriageLucinda WHEATView this family
November 21, 1848 (Age 23 years)
Mercer, Kentucky, USA
Latitude: N37.8047 Longitude: W84.8764

Birth of a daughter
#1
Mary Elizabeth CRAIG
September 3, 1849 (Age 24 years)
Mercer, Kentucky, USA
Latitude: N37.8047 Longitude: W84.8764

Census 1850 (Age 24 years)
Mercer, Kentucky, USA
Latitude: N37.8047 Longitude: W84.8764

Death of a fatherFrederick CRAIG Sr.
after 1850 (Age 24 years)

Birth of a son
#2
John Harvey Craig
July 18, 1854 (Age 29 years)
Pleasant, Johnson, Indiana, USA
Latitude: N38.8711 Longitude: W85.1773

Birth of a son
#3
James Newton Craig
July 1857 (Age 32 years)
Pleasant, Johnson, Indiana, USA
Latitude: N38.8711 Longitude: W85.1773

Birth of a daughter
#4
Martha Claudia Craig
August 11, 1860 (Age 35 years)
Johnson, Indiana, USA
Latitude: N39.4896 Longitude: W86.0961

Census 1860 (Age 34 years)
Johnson, Indiana, USA
Latitude: N39.4896 Longitude: W86.0961

Death
Dragoon Creek
March 18, 1872 (Age 46 years)
Osage, Kansas, USA
Latitude: N38.6499 Longitude: W95.727

Burial
Plot owned by brother William Craig
March 19, 1872 (1 day after death)
Burlingame, Osage, Kansas, USA
Latitude: N38.7539 Longitude: W95.835

Family with parents - View this family
father
mother
Marriage: August 28, 1819Lancaster, Garrard, Kentucky, USA
6 years
himself
-6 months
elder brother
3 years
younger brother
2 years
younger sister
Mary Malvina Craig
Birth: January 8, 1828Salvisa, Mercer, Kentucky, USA
Death: August 14, 1906Emporia, Lyon, Kansas, USA
2 years
younger brother
James Harvey Craig
Birth: January 23, 1830Anderson, Kentucky, USA
Death: March 10, 1909Lyon, Kansas, USA
3 years
younger brother
Father’s family with Lucinda Briton-Powell Hunter - View this family
father
step-mother
Marriage: May 14, 1846Anderson, Kentucky, USA
Family with Lucinda WHEAT - View this family
himself
wife
Marriage: November 21, 1848Mercer, Kentucky, USA
9 months
daughter
5 years
son
John Harvey Craig
Birth: July 18, 1854Pleasant, Johnson, Indiana, USA
Death: July 22, 1929Topeka, Shawnee, Kansas, USA
3 years
son
James Newton Craig
Birth: July 1857Pleasant, Johnson, Indiana, USA
Death: December 24, 1940Oklahoma, USA
3 years
daughter

Shared note

John was a veteran of the Mexican American War. He was part of the 2n d Kentucky Foot Regiment and was slightly wounded at the Battle of Bue na Vista and again at the Battle of Churubsco in which he had been pro moted to Sgt. He was part of Capt Fry's Company D.

BATTLE OF BUENA VISTA (LA ANGOSTURA), MEXICO, FEBRUARY 23, 1847. Corporal Craig was slightly injured.

BATTLES OF CHURUBUSCO AND CONTRERAS, MEXICO AUGUST 19 & 20, 1847

Other notes:

1848 Nov 21 - Mercer Co., Ky. - John R. Craig md. Lucinda Wheat. Bond - John Q. Robertson (same signature as on Wm. B. Craig & Mary)

The three brothers, John, Frederick and James were in Indiana in 1860 , Missouri in about 1870 and Kansas by 1880.

John Rice Craig was also known as Rice Craig during his lifetime. Th e following census reports showing some deviation in his age, explain s why he was thought at times to be two different people.

Further proof is reflected in the following records:

October 5, 1849--Mercer County Deed Book 26, page 351; Thomas J. Powell and Harriet his wife sell to John Q. Robertson for $ 150, lot # 6 (inherited by Harriet from Joseph Wheat) 12 3/4 acres. Th e land is bordered by Jackson Randall and Mary Wheat Randall, John Q . and Nancy Wheat Robertson's lot, Joseph Wheat, Melvin Wheat, JOHN R . CRAIG and wife Lucindy Wheat Craig.

March 24, 1851--Mercer County Deed Book 27, page 217; John Q. Roberts on and wife Catherine of Owen County, sell to Robert Robertson for $15 00 the 78 acres where he is now living on the waters of Salt River beg inning in the middle of the turnpike (now U.S.127) in line with the Cu nningham heirs, in a line with the road to Lucto, touching RICE CRAIG' s land, being the same land conveyed in part by Caniders (? maybe Kenn edys) heirs and in part by Joseph Wheats heirs. (Comment: This must b e in the present day area of Wheat School Road--right at the Anderso n County line.) Robert Robertson is listed as age 24 in the 1850 Merce r County Census, so we assume he is a son of John Q. Robertson. He li ves three households away from Rice/John RIce Craig, and not so far aw ay is Floyd Gritton who has Mary Craig, age 22, living in his househol d.

One aspect of the brothers move to Indiana is very muddy. The 1860 Joh nson County Census shows there is also a Frederick Craig, age 56, wh o was born in Kentucky, living a short distance away. The temptation i s to think that this is the father of the younger Craig men. However , the ages do not match. Frederick Sr. was born abt 1796 in Garrard Co unty, Kentucky and would be about 65 years of age.

There is another possibility; the Frederick Craig who was the son of W illiam Craig. This Frederick was born about 1807 which would make hi m the proper age. However, he supposedly died in Putnam County, Indian a at a much earlier date. That conclusion is based upon the will of Jo hn W. Craig where an item of the will indicates that property was lef t to the heirs of Frederick's son. From that the assumption is that Fr ederick, son of WIlliam, is therefore also deceased.

In any case, there is a Frederick Craig mentioned in the 1860 Johnso n County, Indiana Census and is shown living not too far from the 3 so ns of Frederick. It is highly unlikely the combination of the name Fre derick Craig and the proximity to 3 brothers, sons of Frederick, is ju st an accident. Although it is odd that Frederick Craig would show u p so nearby without being related, however, we cannot find the resolut ion oddity at this time. John Rice (Rice Craig) and wife Lucinda Wheat Craig are shown with dau ghter Mary and a Henry Craig, shown as 20 years of age. It is possibl e that the name was Harvey and that this was one of the many transcrip tion errors of the 1850 census. John R. had a brother Harvey that woul d have been exactly 20 at the time. Harvey, not yet married may have b een living with John R. because his father remarried in 1846, after hi s wife Lucinda had died. The census shows John R. (Rice) Craig at age 36 living with his wife L ucinda, 30, and their 3 children; Mary E., age 10; John H., age 5 an d James, age 2.

The 2 youngest children are shown as born in Indiana while the other s were all shown as born in Kentucky.

Shared note

The Mercer County Marraige index shows this wedding in that county i n 1848.

The Mercer County Marraige index shows this wedding in that county i n 1848.

The Mercer County Marraige index shows this wedding in that county i n 1848.

The Mercer County Marraige index shows this wedding in that county i n 1848.