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 John Vernoy “Boz” Craig

John Vernoy “Boz” Craig

Callaway County, Missouri, USA
Death 17 Oct 1900 (aged 59)
Jasper County, Missouri, USA
Burial Fidelity, Jasper County, Missouri, USA
Memorial ID 6286152 · View Source
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John Vernoy "Boz" Craig

Sixth Child: In the 1850 census, John was age 9 living with his parents, John Toliver and Adelia (Barger) Craig in Callaway county, Missouri. John's family had been in Missouri at least since 1833 when his oldest brother, William, was born in that year. John was the sixth child born to his parents.

Brothers and Sisters: His known siblings were William Gaspar Lafayette, Drusilla Elizabeth, Nathaniel Toliver, James Granville, Henry Brown, Margaret Catherine, Harriett, Permelia/Pamela Frances, Hiram Threlkeld, Abraham Carter, and Larkin Phillip. It is interesting that of all of John's siblings, only one--Harriett--born March 9, 1865 and died March 28, 1865, did not survive childhood.

Nebraska: Sometime after the last of their children had been born in 1854, John and Adelia moved with their family to the Nebraska Territory (Speiser, Richardson County).

Adventure Out West: Our John's father, John T., not only farmed but had a freighting business, which mostly he directed and in which his sons labored. This story is told in DESCENDANTS OF JANE TALIAFERRO CRAIG by Harry LaVird Craig:

"While in Richardson County, Nebraska, and in Jasper County, Missouri, in addition to farming, [John Toliver Craig] did considerable long distance freighting, his sons doing most of the road work. With his sons, William G. L. and John V., he went overland to California, the purpose of the journey being the freighting of the machinery for a sawmill. (My father said this trip was in 1857; Uncle Bob says it was after 1850. HLC) After a short time in California, William G. L. went to Nevada, and John T. and his younger son [John Vernoy] returned home, sailing from San Francisco around Cape Horn. When far down the coast of South America, John Vernoy became seriously ill, and when the ship reached Punta Arenas they went ashore where the young man could have a doctor's care. They were in Punta Arenas, then the southernmost town in the world, for forty days before they obtained passage on another ship."

Meeting Mattie: It is not clear how John, who was known as "Boz" or "Bos" became acquainted with his bride-to-be, but sometime after the June 1860 census and before the end of 1864, he met Martha (always known as "Mattie") Cave, was captured by her quiet, dark beauty, and married her on December 2nd, 1864. No family record as of this date has an exact place for their marriage--maybe in Callaway County, maybe in Audrain County, maybe in Boone County, but definitely in Missouri.

Farming in Missouri: Boz and Mattie moved not long after, in 1866, to the Jackson township of Jasper County, Missouri, near Fidelity, and established a farm there, not far from where his folks had begun farming, as well as his brother William and his family.

Family?: Boz and Mattie did not have any children, although family stories exist saying that they raised a young man by the name of Walter Robinson. Existing census records do not capture that information. They did have a 12-year old boy staying with them in the records of the 1900 census--Leroy Beeson, born August 1887 in Nebraska.

Hands That Worked for Mattie: Boz continued farming until his death in October of 1900, with his wife, Mattie, at his side. Anna Adelia (Benschoter) Paul, who cared for them when they became ill, said that after Boz had breathed his last, Mattie picked up one of his hands and said, "Poor old hands, they'll never work for me again."

Note: Thank you to "I Remember When" for taking such good care of this memorial in the interim.



MAR. 1, 1841
OCT. 17, 1900
59 Ys 7 Ms 17 Ds

Show him, O Lord, Thy Mercy.

Gravesite Details Inscription on marker was transcribed and recorded for family in 1919 by Lela Joy (Benschoter) Berry.




  • Maintained by: Margaret Pickett
  • Originally Created by: Kim Slayton
  • Added: 24 Mar 2002
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6286152
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for John Vernoy “Boz” Craig (1 Mar 1841–17 Oct 1900), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6286152, citing Stone Cemetery, Fidelity, Jasper County, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by Margaret Pickett (contributor 47875384) .