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Descendants of Thomas Craigs (ca 1770 - 30 Sep 1860)
and first wife Ann Crosby (ca 1770 - 1811)
and second wife Margaret Patterson (ca 1780 - 10 Sep 1843)

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Descendants of Thomas Craigs (ca 1770 - 30 Sep 1860)
and first wife Ann Crosby (ca 1770 - 1811)
and second wife Margaret Patterson (ca 1780 - 10 Sep 1843)

Undocumented Pre-Immigrant Generation

1. Mr Craigs 

 

(In order to include the families of both marriages of Thomas Craigs in this report, it was necessary to put in his father   as Mr Craigs.)   

   

Children:

  2   i.   Thomas Craigs

Mr Craigs

Descendants of Thomas Craigs (ca 1770 - 30 Sep 1860)
and first wife Ann Crosby (ca 1770 - 1811)
and second wife Margaret Patterson (ca 1780 - 10 Sep 1843)

First Immigrant Generation

2. Thomas Craigs

 

Son of Mr Craigs. Born Approx 1770 in Lanton, Northumberland, England. Died 30 Sep 1860 in Harvey. Buried in Harvey Settlement Cemetery. Occupation Hand Loom Weaver. Religion Presbyterian.

 

The spelling of the surname became "Craig" in many of the families.

   

For full details on the Craig Family, see the genealogy book, "The Craigs of Harvey Settlement, Red Rock and the Pontiac" by Helen C. Craig.   The following excerpt is copied from the book:

 

    "Thomas Craigs was born in Lanton, Northumberland County, England, a small place near the border of Scotland.   Little is known about his early life.   Presbyterian Church records in Kirknewton and Wooler provide us with information about marriages, deaths and baptisms of his children.   His first wife, Ann Crosby, died in 1811 at the age of 41 and was buried from the Kirknewton Church.   (LDS Film 0252591)   For his second marriage a year later, his banns were read in Kirknewton prior to his marriage to Margaret Patterson.   It would be assumed that Margaret was unable to write as she signed the marriage register with an "x".  

 

She was from Kimmerston according to "her book" that came with them to Canada so perhaps she did know how to read.

 

    "Thomas's children were baptised by the Presbyterian ministers in Wooler West Chapel.   It was here that he held several positions in the church.

He was an elder and clerk of session, responsible for recording the minutes of the meetings of the elders who made up the session.   He was also the precentor during the worship services where he taught the hymns by singing the hymns line by line for the congregation to follow.   At that time any musical accompaniment by an instrument was considered sinful."

 

    "When Thomas's sons Walter, James and Henry went to Canada, he was nearly 70 years of age, old by the standards of that day.   He must have felt that his days as a hand loom weaver were coming to an end.   Even though Presbyterians did not raffle their possessions, he felt he had no choice but to do so in order to get enough money for passage for him, his wife and 2 unmarried children.   The winner of the raffle for his clock gave it back to him to take with him.   It has probably not survived although there are memories of a clock with wooden works in a home in Red Rock.........    The congregation in Wooler gave him a suit of clothes and a pair of glasses.   The glasses are still with a family member.   They were engraved, "Presented by members of the West Chapel Wooler to Mr Thomas Craigs 1840."   His minister, Rev. Thomas Gray wrote 'Sketch of the Life of Mr. Thomas Craigs' and published it in The Scottish Christian Herald, second series, vol. 3. no. 153 as well as a separate pamphlet."

 

    "From the letters written by Thomas Craigs that were published in "The Sketch", we knew that they sailed from Liverpool on May 24 or 25 (1841) on a large ship in the timber trade and that they arrived in Saint John and travelled to Fredericton and Harvey in time to attend Sabbath services on July 5..........."

     

"Thomas's wife Margaret died 2 years after their arrival in Harvey Settlement....."

    

"Thomas lived with his son Henry in Harvey Settlement (1851 Census).   He visited with his sons, Thomas and William, in Red Rock.   There is a tradition that he walked the distance in one day but towards the end of his life he had to take two days to make the trip of over 50 miles." He wrote the undated poem at this link to his grandchildren in Red Rock.

 

From The Morning News, published in Saint John, NB, 8 Oct 1860:   "Died Harvey Settlement, Sabbath morn., 30th ult., Thomas Craigs, age 91."

 

He first married Ann Crosby, 22 Jun 1794 in Coldstream, Scotland. Born Approx 1770. Died 16 Oct 1811 in Kirknewton, Northumberland, Eng.

   

They had the following children:

  3   i.   Ann Craigs

  4   ii.   Thomas Craigs

  5   iii.   Mary Craigs

  6   iv.   Robert Craigs

  7   v.   Walter Craigs

  8   vi.   Ann Craigs

 

He second married Margaret Patterson, 8 Nov 1812 in Kirknewton. Born Approx 1780 in Kimmerston, England. Died 10 Sep 1843 in Harvey. Buried in Harvey Settlement Cemetery.
 

They had the following children:

  9   i.   James Craigs

  10   ii.   Henry Craigs

  11   iii.   William Craigs

  12   iv.   Thomas Craigs

  13   v.   Luke F. Craig

  14   vi.   Isabella Craigs

Thomas Craigs

Descendants of Thomas Craigs (ca 1770 - 30 Sep 1860)
and first wife Ann Crosby (ca 1770 - 1811)
and second wife Margaret Patterson (ca 1780 - 10 Sep 1843)

SECOND Immigrant Generation

3. Ann Craigs

 

Daughter of Thomas Craigs & Ann Crosby. Born 16 Mar 1796 in Lanton. Died 17 May 1796 in Kirknewton.

Descendants of Thomas Craigs (ca 1770 - 30 Sep 1860)
and first wife Ann Crosby (ca 1770 - 1811)
and second wife Margaret Patterson (ca 1780 - 10 Sep 1843)

SECOND Immigrant Generation

4. Thomas Craigs 

 

Son of Thomas Craigs & Ann Crosby. Born 15 Apr 1797 in Lanton.

   

Thomas probably died young since another child was named Thomas in 1819.

Descendants of Thomas Craigs (ca 1770 - 30 Sep 1860)
and first wife Ann Crosby (ca 1770 - 1811)
and second wife Margaret Patterson (ca 1780 - 10 Sep 1843)

SECOND Immigrant Generation

5. Mary Craigs

Daughter of Thomas Craigs & Ann Crosby. Born 30 Jan 1800. Died 8 Nov 1813 in Kirknewton.

Descendants of Thomas Craigs (ca 1770 - 30 Sep 1860)
and first wife Ann Crosby (ca 1770 - 1811)
and second wife Margaret Patterson (ca 1780 - 10 Sep 1843)

SECOND Immigrant Generation

6. Robert Craigs 

Son of Thomas Craigs & Ann Crosby. Born 10 Jul 1803 in Milfield.

   

In the 1841 Census for Milfield there is a Robert Craigs, age 36, occupation weaver and living alone with no family.

Robert Craigs
Mary Craigs
Thomas Craigs
Ann Craigs

Descendants of Thomas Craigs (ca 1770 - 30 Sep 1860)
and first wife Ann Crosby (ca 1770 - 1811)
and second wife Margaret Patterson (ca 1780 - 10 Sep 1843)

SECOND Immigrant Generation

7. Walter Craigs  

Son of Thomas Craigs & Ann Crosby. Born 18 Dec 1805 in Milfield, Northumberland, England. Died 8 Dec 1900 in Clarendon, Pontiac Co., Quebec. Occupation Farmer.

   

Walter's name and birthdate is recorded in Thomas Craigs' Bible.   It is the only one of the children of Thomas and Ann that is listed so perhaps he is the only one to survive to adulthood.   Walter dropped the "s" on Craig when he came to Canada.   He and Ann had 6 children and a foster child.

   

Walter and his wife, Ann Sinclair went to Clarendon, Pontiac County in 1838, joining Ann's relatives--mother Janet, and brothers James Matthew and John Sinclair (1842 Census).  

 

From The Equity, Shawville, Quebec, 27 Dec 1900:

  

Died on the 8th inst., Walter Craig of Clarendon, aged 96 years.   Deceased was born in Northumberland, England, 1804 and settled in Clarendon in 1838, and consequently endured all the hardships inherent to life in a new country on its first settlement.   His family consists of two daughters--Mrs Richard Hudson, Ramsey, Ont., and Mrs Wm Hudson, North Bay, and Thomas on the homestead.   He also leaves 18 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren, and a name of a just and good man.

 

He married Ann Sinclair. Born 28 Nov 1804 in Lanark, Scotland. Died 25 Sep 1895 in Clarendon, Pontiac Co., Quebec.

   

Ann was daughter of John Sinclair and Janet Letham.

 

From Clarendon Regular Baptist Church records:   September the twenty-seventh one thousand eight hundred and ninety-five I the undersigned entered in the family burring (sic) ground on lot number nineteen in the fifth range of the township of Clarendon the body of Ann Sinclair wife of Walter Craig farmer.   Deceased September the twenty-fifth one thousand eight hundred ninety-five aged ninety one years the witnesses that were and have signed with me were       J D Medcof Clergyman

 

They had the following children:

  15   i.   John Craig

  16   ii.   Thomas Craig

  17   iii.   Robert Craig

  18   iv.   Janet Craig

  19   v.   Ann Crosby Craig

  20   vi.   Thomas Craig

Descendants of Thomas Craigs (ca 1770 - 30 Sep 1860)
and first wife Ann Crosby (ca 1770 - 1811)
and second wife Margaret Patterson (ca 1780 - 10 Sep 1843)

SECOND Immigrant Generation

8. Ann Craigs

Daughter of Thomas Craigs & Ann Crosby. Born 31 Jul 1808 in Milfield.

   

No further information.

Ann Craigs
Walter Craigs

Descendants of Thomas Craigs (ca 1770 - 30 Sep 1860)
and first wife Ann Crosby (ca 1770 - 1811)
and second wife Margaret Patterson (ca 1780 - 10 Sep 1843)

SECOND Immigrant Generation

9. James Craigs 

Son of Thomas Craigs & Margaret Patterson. Born 5 Oct 1813 in Milfield, England. Died 22 Aug 1902 in Harvey, NB. Buried in Harvey Settlement Cemetery. Occupation Farmer. Religion Presbyterian.

   

PANB Marriage Records, p. 166:   "James Craigs and Mary Hume on 14 Dec 1841 by Daniel McCurdy, witnesses Thomas Craigs and Luke Craigs."

James, as a single man of 23, came to Harvey Settlement with the other settlers in 1837.   He received Land Grant Lot #11W, second tier, directly behind that of his younger brother Henry.

   

James and Mary lived all their married lives on the farm in Harvey and are buried in the Harvey Settlement Cemetery.

   

For complete details of this family see "The Craigs of Harvey Settlement, Red Rock and the Pontiac" by Helen C. Craig, 1999.

   

He married Mary Hume, 14 Dec 1841 in   Harvey Settlement, By Daniel McCurdy . Born 1816 in Fenton, Northumberland, England. Died 24 Aug 1899 in Harvey. Buried in Harvey Settlement Cemetery. Religion Presbyterian.

   

Mary emigrated to Harvey Settlement with her infant daughter Jane and her sister Margaret Hume Carmichael and family in 1837.

Undated photograph of James Craigs and wife Mary Hume

(source: Dann Craig)

Copied from unidentified newspaper clipping:  

 

"Over Four Score Years

    

Death at Harvey of one of the Earliest English Settlers

   

Harvey, York County, is mourning the loss of one of their aged and best loved ladies in that community in the person of Mary, wife of James Craig, who died Thursday last at the age of 82 years.   She was a native of Fenton, Staffordshire, (sic) England and she and Mr Craig were the only surviving couple of the first settlers of Harvey.   She leaves a husband bereaved in his old age, eight children, sixty-one grandchildren and forty-five great grandchildren to mourn their loss."

 

They had the following children:

  21   i.   Jane Craig

  22   ii.   Thomas Craig

  23   iii.   Samuel Robert Craig

  24   iv.   Margaret "Maggie" Craig

  25   v.   James "Black Jim" Craig

  26   vi.   Isabelle Craig

  27   vii.   Elizabeth "Betty" Craig

  28   viii.   John Albert "Jack" Craig

  29   ix.   Henry "Black Harry" Craig

James Craigs
james craigs..jpg
isabellea craig.jpg

Isabella Craig  
Born November 6, 1851 in Harvey died August 23, 1924 in 
Williamsburg, N,B,
She is the daughter of James Craig and Mary Hume,
Married to William Dorcas of Stanley.

Isabella and William had 9 children, and lived in the 
Stanley area after they were married.

James Craigs  
Born May 4, 1849 died June 3, 1908
Son of James Craig and Mary Hume,.
Married to Eleanor (Ellen) Craig of Stanley,

Descendants of Thomas Craigs (ca 1770 - 30 Sep 1860)
and first wife Ann Crosby (ca 1770 - 1811)
and second wife Margaret Patterson (ca 1780 - 10 Sep 1843)

SECOND Immigrant Generation

10. Henry "Harry" Craigs & Isabella Kay

 

Son of Thomas Craigs & Margaret Patterson. Born 22 Jan 1815 in Milfield, England. Died 11 Jul 1893 in Harvey, NB. Buried in Harvey Settlement Cemetery. Occupation Farmer. Religion Presbyterian.

   

Henry and his wife Isabella Kay came to NB in 1837 on the brig Cornelius, and were pioneer settlers of Harvey Settlement.   Henry got Lot #11 West 1st tier in Harvey Settlement, which contained 100 acres of land.   Ownership of this farm remained with his direct descendants until 1991.

Undated carte-de-visite image of Henry "Harry" Craigs (b. 22 Jan 1815 Milfield, England - 11 Jul 1893 Harvey, NB).

Source: Ellis Craig, Ottawa, 24 Apr 2007.

Undated image of Henry "Harry" Craigs (b. 22 Jan 1815 Milfield, England - 11 Jul 1893 Harvey, NB). The image presented here was from another copy, possibly a carte-de-visite. Source: Ellis Craig, Ottawa, 24 Apr 2007.

From The Herald, Fredericton, 29 Jul 1893, p.2:   (A weekly newspaper published on Saturday)

 

Henry Craig, sr., one of the oldest residents of Harvey, passed to his rest on Monday, 10th inst., aged 79 years.   He came from the borders of Scotland in the year 1837 and has resided here since that time.   Deceased was one of the most successful farmers in the place and took an active part in affairs concerning agriculture.   He was well known in this parish and in Stanley and was much esteemed.   The funeral took place Tuesday and was largely attended.