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John James McCracken
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Birth: Dec. 2, 1832
Death: Jul. 2, 1910

John James McCracken:

John James McCracken was born 2 December 1832 in Daviess County, Indiana. His parents were John McCracken and Sarah Jane Webber.

He enlisted in Company "G" 42nd Regiment of Volunteers on 28 September 1861 at Washington, Indiana, and on 10 October 1861 he was mustered in at Evansville, Indiana, whith his brothers William Nelson, Thomas and Henry McCracken. John James McCracken was 28 years old and entered the service as a Sergeant.
The 42nd Indiana lost eight killed, fifty-three wounded and thirty-one captured at the Battle of Chickamauga. They fought under General Thomas who became known as "The Rock of Chickamauga" because it was his corps that held the line against the Confederates agter the rest of the Union army retreated in confusion. John James McCracken was one of the 9,756 Union soldiers who were wounded in the battle. His wound required the amputation of the right index finger. After the hand had healed, he was transferred to the Veterans Reserve Corps because he could no longer shoot a rifle. At Cliffburn Barrancks, D.C., on 28 May 1864, John was discharged being unfit for duty and having just five months of his enlistment to serve.

John J. McCracken returned to Daviess County, Indiana, and on 21 December 1867 he married Adaline Ingram. They had five children before Adaline died in 1880 after only 13 years of marriage.

John Lived until 2 July 1910, aged 77. He and his wife are both buried in Bethany Christian Church Cemetery.

Contributed by: Mrs. Jeanne Everett, McCracken Family Historian

John James McCracken
John J. McCracken, who was one of the wealthiest men of the county, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. jacob Clark, near Glendale, Saturday afternoon, of Brights disease. Funeral services were held from Bethany church Tuesday and burial in the adjoining cemetery. Mr. McCracken had been declining for two or three years but his condition did not become critical until about two months ago.
One relative estimates the estate of Mr. McCracken to be worth $50,000 or $60,000. The bulk of the estate is in farming lands. A partial distrubion of the cash was made several weeks agog by Mr. McCracken he realizing that chaces were against his recovery. He amassed his fortune by econimical living and assiduous work and it may be truthfully said that he was the architect of his own fortune.
Surviving him ar five children, two sisters and one brother. The children are Mrs. Jacob Clark, Harrison township: Orien H. McCracken and Austin McCracken Maysville: and Cyrus B. McCracken of Washington, and J.E.McCracken of Elmore township. Mr. McCracken was born in Barr township more than seventy-seven years ago and had lived all his life in Daviess county. He was an old soldier and one of the best known and respected men of the county.

Contributed by: Mrs. Jeanne Everett, McCracken Family Historian 
Family links: 
  Adaline Ingram McCracken (1844 - 1880)*
  Cyrus D. McCracken (1875 - 1961)*
*Calculated relationship
Bethany Cemetery
Daviess County
Indiana, USA
Created by: Bev
Record added: Sep 16, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 76600657
John James McCracken
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