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 Elizabeth <I>Criddle</I> Craig

Elizabeth Criddle Craig

Kaysville, Davis County, Utah, USA
Death 16 Mar 1891 (aged 35)
Layton, Davis County, Utah, USA
Burial Kaysville, Davis County, Utah, USA
Plot 2-8-B-3
Memorial ID 124553 · View Source
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Elizabeth is a daughter of John Criddle and Elizabeth Ann Taylor of Layton.

She married David Craig, 27 December 1870 at the Salt Lake LDS Endowment House, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Their children are: - John David Craig, Lizzie May Craig, and Ada Jane Craig.

Most of Elizabeth's information is on her husband's biography. It seems that women were known through their husbands in those days; but, I am working on her personal information...going over letters which reveal more of her personal life.

Will add more later. Be patient, Great Grandmother! Only 35 years old...what happened?

Her burial date was 18 March 1891.

UPDATE: Personal note to grandmother, "Well, GMA - I have finally found the second marriage record and combed through your personal letters and documents. Those letters, written from family members in Idaho and California, had set the mystery in motion; and the attempts to quiet rumors of your disastrous second marriage are now quite understandable!"

Things are what they are - she was a young widow, only 27, with the heartbreak of losing two little daughters and a very beloved husband. Left with much property and the need to care for a large farm, she had only the help of a nine year old son.

She and Grandpa David had been married for less than 12 years. John David was their first born, three years after their wedding. Next came Lizzie May, almost three years later and Ada Jane a year and a half after Lizzie.

Little Ada Jane was their first heartbreak, living only six weeks. Four years later, Grandma Elizabeth's young husband was killed in a horse drawn wagon accident; they both had fought for his recovery, but it wasn't to be. He had just turned 36.

John David was only nine when his father died; and, four years later his second little sister, Lizzie, was another heart break for them, dying at ten years old. The young man, who would need to help his mother work a huge farm, was not yet thirteen.

Elizabeth and John David cared for the farm for six years, and as "David" reached the age to be wanting a family of his own, Elizabeth agreed to marry John Barton, the local undertaker. They wed 29 March 1888 at Logan, Cache, Utah. He had been in the furniture and "undertaking" business and was the attending mortician at David's death.

Barton's brother was the local tax assessor; he and John Barton had also been privy to Elizabeth's personal and financial standing for about six years and John had recently become a widower. Both of the Barton brothers' signatures found upon documents concerning her financial holdings, including valuable stock in the Adams' Mercantile and her personal property arrangements, validate that conclusion.

Barton was fifteen years older than Elizabeth, and family records indicate there was little approval of him. Young David especially did not think Barton had Elizabeth's best interest in mind. Barton had three grown children (having lost another in infancy) and two young daughters.

Even as Elizabeth took him and his daughters into her comfortable home because she greatly missed her own little girls, the situation rapidly deteriorated.

It was early in the marriage when young David and Elizabeth recorded in personal letters (originals, now in my possession) that Barton expected Elizabeth to, not only pay all expenses, but also to pay Barton for chores he might do around the house and farm.

The relationship soured quite soon, Barton moved out and shortly thereafter, his tax assessor brother sent Elizabeth a formal notice that her property had been "re-accessed", according to an old obscure law; and that she had only a certain number of days to come up with "X" amount of cash for the added back taxes.

The curious thing about the letter, which is also in my possession, is that it was written on a certain date, but not postmarked for over a week, which cut her time to respond to the demand down to about two days!

The exact dates are known to me, and the other puzzling facts are (1) That within that very year, grandmother died of an undetermined stomach ailment at 35 years old. (2) I have in my possession the original drawing showing her proposed tombstone, which Barton arranged for; and, it reads: "ELIZABETH, Wife of JOHN BARTON". (3) Another drawing of the same stone was found in the family papers, drawn by the same gravestone company, and it reads: "ELIZABETH CRIDDLE, Wife of DAVID CRAIG". At the bottom of the page (which is actually a purchase order), it further reads, "David Craig will pay $ 50 dollars more for the stone" (referring to her surviving son, David).

The latter version was erected at grandmother's grave, alongside the matching one of grandfather David's. (4) Sometime later, it was broken off with the portion containing her name missing. To this day, the stone remains as pictured. I have not yet found divorce papers, but her son, David, remained owner of all her property because she had, unbeknownst to anyone, quit claim deeded it to him prior to her ill fated second marriage!

Within a year, Barton was married to a third bride, 17 years younger than he. She was a 36 year old spinster and he was 53; but they soon had three children together.

Grandmother.....I have only linked you to your beloved David, but have added the records of others in attempt to document your entire history.

Barton's other wives:

# 1 Sarah Flint

# 3 Francis Catherine Jeeves-Shelton

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  • Originally Created by: Utah State Historical Society
  • Added: 2 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 124553
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Elizabeth Criddle Craig (21 Jun 1855–16 Mar 1891), Find A Grave Memorial no. 124553, citing Kaysville City Cemetery, Kaysville, Davis County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by history4sure (contributor 46997739) .