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     Here is information on a few Craig individuals that may be helpful to some researchers tracing families with that surname.

     A Craig is found among the people mentioned in THE RAVING FOE: THE CIVIL WAR DIARY OF MAJOR JAMES T. POE, C. S. A. AND THE 11TH ARKANSAS VOLUNTEERS AND A COMPLETE LIST OF PRISONERS, compiled and edited by J. C. Poe. The Longhorn Press in Eastland, Texas, published the book in 1967.

     The roster has no page numbers, but the list of prisoners in Johnson’s Island Prison, Ohio, appears in alphabetical order. Categories for each person are name, grade, regiment, company, where taken, date:

     CRAIG, J. M., 1 Lt., 7 Tex, C, Donelson, 16 Feb 1862


     The following obituary appears on page 5, column 4, of the 2 September 1932 issue of The Comanche Chief, a newspaper published in Comanche, Texas.

     "Joe Craig Buried at Board Church

     Joe Craig, 75, for many years a citizen of the Hasse community passed away at his residence Tuesday afternoon less than three weeks after the death of his wife on August 12. Mr. Craig had been in failing health for some time and was ill at the time of the death of Mrs. Craig.

     Interment was in the Board Church Cemetery Wednesday afternoon.

     Mr. Craig, who was born in Alabama, came to Texas as a young man, settling first at DeLeon, but had lived in the Hasse community for more than twenty five years.

     Mr. Craige (sic) is survived by the following children: Charlie, Lewis and Lonnie Craig of Hasse, Billy Craig of Desdemona, Mrs. Alice Bilbrey of Blanket and Mrs. Lizzie H__er of Brownwood."
     (Editor’s note: The married name of Lizzie was too light to read.)

     If you have an ANSLEY ancestor in your lineage, you may want to join the Ansley Family Association (AFA) for only $10 annually. Checks, payable to AFA, may be sent to AFA Membership, Attn: James (Jim) Ansley, Jr., 359 Rainbow Lake Drive, Brevard, NC 28712-9770.

     Membership dues include a subscription to the organization’s newsletter, which is published twice a year. Edited by Roger and Marcia Spafford, the periodical contains ANSLEY births, marriages, and deaths from all over the country.

     Issues may also include a variety of miscellaneous genealogical information and research tips. For example, an article in the Spring 2015 issue pertains to the ancestry of Elum Stokes Hayes, born in 1885 in Thomson, Georgia, and died in Asheboro, North Carolina. Elum’s mother was Sara Druellen ANSLEY, whose line goes back to William ANSLEY, born about 1717 in New Jersey and died in 1773, and his wife, Rebecca COX, born about 1721 and died about 1750 in New Jersey. In addition, the article furnishes the COX and POTTS lineages of Rebecca (COX) ANSLEY as well as the background of Elum’s HAYES forebears. Individuals who descend from these families will appreciate the data provided on each line.

     Genealogists interested in orphan train riders will enjoy the brief but informative article written by Shaley George in Volume 29, Issue 1 (First Quarter 2015) of the Crossroads Newsletter. She provides the history of the American Female Guardian Society, begun in 1834, and their orphanage, the Home for the Friendless. As part of the story, she explains their mission and how their name evolved over time. In addition, she tells about the society’s more than 100 ledger books which often contain vital information about children brought to the orphanage. The collection of ledgers is now part of the materials available at the National Orphan Train Complex Museum and Research Center in Concordia, Kansas.

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