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 Martha Wright “Mattie” <I>Cave</I> Craig

Martha Wright “Mattie” Cave Craig

Missouri, USA
Death 26 Feb 1901 (aged 56)
Jasper County, Missouri, USA
Burial Fidelity, Jasper County, Missouri, USA
Memorial ID 6286153 · View Source
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Martha "Mattie" Wright (Cave) Craig

Mattie was born March 21, 1844, to Henry Cave Junior and Frances Cleveland Craig, who lived in Central Missouri—Callaway, Audrain, Boone county area. Their family was well established in the area, and well-known. Mattie was born most likely born in Callaway or Audrain County.

Mattie had lots of siblings: Nancy Cleveland, Justinian, Henry Toliver, Marcellus, Margaret Frances, Catherine Ann, Pamelia, Louisa Ann, Harriett "Hattie", Margaret Catherine, and Helen Cleveland. Mattie was born two years before Helen. Mattie's mother died in 1848, and Henry remarried in 1849 to Sarah Allen, and they had four children: Henry, Allen, John C., and Mary Josephine. Of all of her siblings, Marcellus, who was 12 years older, is one Mattie talked about a lot, and wrote about in her school diary. She would always be excited when he was coming to visit.

John Vernoy "Boz" Craig married Mattie December 2, 1864, in Callaway or maybe Audrain County, MO.

A story told to a family member about Mattie and Boz was related by Edna Viola Lett Stauffer. Mattie was her great-aunt (or was referred to as such by Edna's sister Belva….)
Edna wrote: "Aunt Mattie was a most interesting character. I loved to visit her. She knew so many interesting things and had her room full of things she would sometimes let me handle and tell me about them.

"She was well educated and was artistic. She was of an entirely different temperament from Uncle Boz. I always felt like she lived on a little higher plane than the rest of us.

"Uncle Boz died first but it was not too long before she went too. Aunt Anna [Anna Adelia Benschoter] Paul took care of them. Aunt Anna said when Uncle Boz died, Aunt Mattie took up one of his hands and said, "Poor old hands, they'll never work for me again".

A diary was written by Mattie for the month of January 1856 when she was in school, boarded away from home in Columbia, Missouri. The school was Christian Female College, and in 1856 had been fully established from its first year in 1851.

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


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Wife of
MAR. 21, 1844
FEB. 26, 1901
56 Yrs 11 Ms 5 Ds

We shall meet to part--no more.

Gravesite Details Mattie's marker was transcribed for family by Lela Joy (Benschoter) Berry in 1919.





  • Maintained by: Margaret Pickett
  • Originally Created by: Kim Slayton
  • Added: 24 Mar 2002
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6286153
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Martha Wright “Mattie” Cave Craig (21 Mar 1844–26 Feb 1901), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6286153, citing Stone Cemetery, Fidelity, Jasper County, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by Margaret Pickett (contributor 47875384) .