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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
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.
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.
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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