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 Hiram Threlkeld “Buddy” Craig

Hiram Threlkeld “Buddy” Craig

Birth
Callaway County, Missouri, USA
Death 28 Aug 1918 (aged 69)
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Burial Fidelity, Jasper County, Missouri, USA
Memorial ID 6286157 · View Source
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Hiram "Buddy" Threlkeld Craig

Threlkeld? Buddy was born near Fulton, in Callaway County, in 1849, and probably named for one his family's neighbors--Hiram Marcellus Threlkeld (who married Nancy B Craig, back in 1828 when they still lived in Kentucky and before the couple moved to the Callaway/Audrain County area).

Buddy's Parents & Siblings: There were 12 children in the family belonging to John Toliver and Adelia (Barger) Craig: William Gasper Lafayette, Drusilla Elizabeth, Nathaniel Toliver, James Granville, Henry Brown, John Vernoy, Margaret Catherine, Harriet, Pamela Frances, Hiram Threlkeld, Abram Carter, and Larkin Phillip.

On The Move: John and Adelia moved their family to the Nebraska Territory by the time Buddy was 11. Ten years later, they were back in Missouri, in the Jackson, Jasper county area where John established a farm. Buddy and some of his brothers who were still single helped manage the farm. Buddy would stay there for more than 20 years.

Buddy eventually moved to Chicago, Illinois, where he worked as a carpenter.

Falling In Love and Marriage: He met a stunning young woman, Margaret Mary Keisig, who was born to Ernest and Emma Keisig in Mitchell, Perth, Ontario, Canada. It was the first marriage for both--Buddy was 47 and Margaret (spelled Margreta on their marriage certificate) was 29. They were married on September 3, 1896, in Mitchell, according to the rites and ceremonies of the Church of England by the rector of Trinity Church. At the time, Buddy was working in Chicago, and Margaret was from Listowel, Ontario. Witnesses were Emma and Edith Siegel.

A Family: Buddy and his wife soon had a daughter, Mary Adelia Craig, born December 2, 1897, and who died as an infant. The daughter was fostered by the Snell family in Texas, and it is thought that Mary Adelia died after her mother did.

Sadly, Margaret Mary died in 1898 or 1899, most likely in Chicago, although no record of her death has been found.

According to research done by Eloda Fay (Benschoter) Bryant in the 1950's, after the death of his wife, Hiram took his baby daughter to Texas (perhaps from Nebraska) to his sister Drusilla Elizabeth (Craig) Snell, and her husband, Caswell Snell for fostering as they had no children. No record of his daughter's death has been uncovered, although it is likely that she died and was buried in Evergreen Cemetery in Houston, Harris County, Texas, where Caswell and Elizabeth are buried.

A Widower: Buddy continued to live and work in Chicago as a carpenter after the deaths of his family. He never married again. And, he did not move back to Missouri.

Death and Burial: He died in Chicago, and on September 2, 1918, was laid to rest in Stone Cemetery, surrounded by his family.

The following story was told by Edna Lett Stauffer in the book by Harry LaVird Craig DESCENDANTS OF JANE TALIAFERRO CRAIG:

"After the death of our great grandparents [John T. and Adelia Craig], the farm was in the possession of Uncle Buddy Craig. I don't know whether he bought it or not, but when I was a child it was called 'Uncle Buddy's place'. Uncle George Benschoter and Aunt Nell lived on it for several years. Then Uncle Vernie Benschoter and Aunt Hattie lived there. I believe they were living there when Uncle Buddy died in Chicago. I know Uncle Vernie went to Chicago, brought back his body and buried him in the old Stone Cemetery on his (Uncle Vernie's) private lot. The farm now belongs to strangers as does grandfather Benschoter's."

~~mjp~~


Gravesite Details Son of John T. and Adelia Craig.

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  • Maintained by: Margaret Pickett
  • Originally Created by: Kim Slayton
  • Added: 24 Mar 2002
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6286157
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Hiram Threlkeld “Buddy” Craig (22 Jan 1849–28 Aug 1918), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6286157, citing Stone Cemetery, Fidelity, Jasper County, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by Margaret Pickett (contributor 47875384) .