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The various documents in my possession include a certified marriage certificate, numerous records of military records, pension records, bible records, letters, photographs, personal interviews with living grandchildren, and many other relatives holding authentic documents such as newspaper clippings and obituaries.

I also found the family of William Samuel Craig in the Nicholas County, Kentucky 1850 Census on Page 869, Family #435. William was listed as being 18 years old. There were also the many stories told to me by my paternal grandmother, the last child of William Samuel Craig.

Two of the Muster Rolls of William Samuel Craig which helped verify and prove his date of birth and his military activities.

Muster Roll  Muster Roll

The last official records I have for William Samuel Craig were from his staying in the National Military Home in Leavenworth County, Kansas on November 29, 1909, his death on March 13, 1913 and his burial in the "Old Stemple Cemetery," and finally the record of when he was dropped from the pension records on April 13, 1913.

During my visit to Norborne, Missouri, I was taken to the final resting place of William Samuel Craig and Levica Payne Craig. Levica died 20 years before William. He never remarried. Note the spelling of Levica's name. She was called "Levicy," and her loved ones thought it befitting that her tombstone reflect the endearment.

Tombstone of William Samuel Craig  Tombstone of Levica Craig

I would also like to say here that I finally found proof of another great-grandfather's whereabouts during the Civil War. Smith Thomas McKee was fighting for the South, was captured early in the war and spent the remainder of the war in a prison camp.

Another note of interest:   Levica Payne Craig had some brothers in the Civil War. In one of the letters something is said about one brother going off to fight for the North while another is on his way to fight for the South. Though we often hear of such stories, I wasn't sure I actually believed such a thing happened, but it did, and within my own family tree.


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