|Birth: ||Apr. 4, 1831|
|Death: ||Jul. 1, 1905|
Son of Francis Marion Craft Sr. and Polly Hougham.
CRAFT, William F., the subject of this sketch, is the son of Francis and Mary Craft. He was born on a farm in Hancock County, Indiana on the 4th of April 1831. In 1847 his parents moved to Parke County and settled in Reserve Township. Mr. Craft was bread a farmer and has lived and worked on a farm all his life, with the exception of one year, when he worked at the carpenter's trade. In 1851, he was married to Margaret WEAVER by whom he has 4 children. One year after his marriage, Mr. Craft purchased a beautiful farm on Sugar Creek, Penn Township, where he has continued to reside ever since. His farm contains good coal, building stones, potter's clay and the best body of oak timber in Parke County. Mr. Craft is an active member of the United Brethren church and is looked upon as one of the solid men of the county. His father, who was born in the year 1800 is still living and able to do a day's work in the harvest field. His mother died in 1850. Taken from the Historical Sketch of Parke County Atlas of Indiana Centennial, 1816-1916, Page 37.
William F. Craft
Died-- at his home near Marshall, Saturday, July 1, William F. Craft, aged 74 years, 2 months and 27 days.
He was the fifth child of Francis and Mary Houghman [sic] Craft, born in Rush county, Indiana, April 4, 1831. He moved to Parke county with his parents in 1848. He lived the remainder of his life in Parke county except a period of about three years, when he lived near Ridge Farm, Illinois.
He always engaged in farming, which he did with a will. He moved to the farm north of Annapolis in 1861, where he resided until failing health compelled him to give up his occupation, and in November, 1903, he moved to Marshall. During his entire life his constant motto was to do whatever he undertook with all his might and strength.
Mr. Craft was married April 3, 1851, to Margaret Weaver, and they therefore lived together 54 years. Four children were the result of this union: Jennie, Mrs. Arminda Edwards, Isaac and Alice, all of whom are living except Jennie, who died January 7, 1903. He had three grandchildren, Odea, Ocie, and Aletha Edwards.
His funeral occurred at 2 o'clock on Sunday afternoon at his home, conducted by his old and respected friend, Rev. George Linebarger, from the theme: Do unto others as you would that others should do unto you;" all of which was at his own request. He was in every sense of the word a good citizen, a devoted husband and father and a kind neighbor and friend. When a young man he became a christian and a member of the U. B. church. As is every other part of his life he entered into it with all his energy, gave to Christ his whole heart and strength. Old age and failing health caused him to give up active work for the church, but his communication and peace with his Maker remained, and brought much comfort to him during his suffering, and left a blessed memory to his children and their aged mother. The remains were taken to the Bloomingdale cemetery. The honorary pall bearers were: Judge White and S. D. Puett, of Rockville, J.C. Vickery, of Bloomingdale, Josiah Heath, William Heath and C. K. Huff, of Marshall. After the body was lowered in the grave by pall bearers James Elder, J. M. Neet, Allie Poe, Ernest Teague, Charley Byerly and Omer Davies, some very appropriate and timely words were spoken by S. D. Puett--a friend long loved and respected. He gave vocal expression to the thoughts of the vast audience of friends when he left them with the thought that Mr. Craft leaves behind him the record of a life lived in full accordance with the Golden Rule--Brotherly Love.
The Rockville Tribune July 12, 1905 pg. 4.
Margaret Weaver Craft (1827 - 1915)
Jennie N Craft (1853 - 1903)*
74 years 2 months 27 days
Bloomingdale Friends Cemetery
Created by: Terri Snyder Satchwell
Record added: Aug 21, 2013
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