Generation No. 1
JOHN McCRACKEN was born in Ireland. He married MARY A. McGUIRE. She was born in Ireland and died January 09, 1910 at the age of 76. Relatively little information is available about the most senior of the McCRACKENs.
Although unconfirmed as of this writing, ROBERT JOHN McCRACKEN and daughter, Mabel, may be buried at Sterling, perhaps in St. Martin's Cemetery. ROBERT JOHN's parents may be buried there also. Sister KATE was supposed to have married a Donnigan (spelling uncertain) and another sister married a Callahan (perhaps named Mike). MARY A. McGUIRE McCRACKEN was supposed to have died at age 76 at the home of ROBERT JOHN and NETTIE McCRACKEN when they lived at Sterling (January 9, 1910).
JOHN McCRACKEN and MARY McGUIRE had six children:ROBERT JOHN McCRACKEN. Born Oct. 29, 1863 in Nebraska City,
Nebraska. Died April 10, 1916, at Sterling, Nebraska.
CHARLES McCRACKEN. Born in 1866. Died in 1926.
ROBERT JOHN McCRACKEN was born Oct. 29, 1863, in Nebraska City, Nebraska, the son of JOHN McCRACKEN and MARY McGUIRE. He died April 10, 1916, in Sterling, Nebraska. He married BRIDGET ELLEN RODDEN, who died at a young age. They had five children: EDWARD McCRACKEN, ROBERT JOHN McCRACKEN, FRANK LAWRENCE McCRACKEN, WILLIAM LEO McCRACKEN and LEO McCRACKEN. He later married NETTIE BELLE AUSTIN, who died Sept. 12, 1970, in Bridgeport, Nebraska. They had five children: CHARLES DAVID McCRACKEN, JAMES DOUGLAS McCRACKEN, AGNES McCRACKEN, JOHN VIRGIL (PAT) McCRACKEN AND MABEL McCRACKEN. ROBERT JOHN McCRACKEN was a pioneer farmer in western Nebraska, filing on land just south of the little village of Bayard just as the community was getting its start.
See Robert John McCracken Family home page.CHARLIE McCRACKEN was born in 1866, the son of JOHN McCRACKEN and MARY McGUIRE. He died in 1926. CHARLES2 McCRACKEN married ELSIE A. WILLIAMS, who was born 1875 and died in 1925. CHARLES McCRACKEN and ELSIE A. are both buried at Bayard, Nebraska. CHARLES McCRACKEN and ELSIE A. had one child, MARIE McCRACKEN, who married MIKE WILLIAMS.See Charlie McCracken and Elsie Williams McCracken home page.
Generation No. 3
ROBERT JOHN McCRACKEN was born June 3, 1890, in Bayard, Nebraska, the son or ROBERT JOHN and BRIDGET RODDEN McCRACKEN. He died September 18, 1951, in Bayard, Nebraska. He married LAURA MAE SNYDER April 3, 1917, in Lincoln,
Nebraska, daughter of HARRY SNYDER and MARY EDNA HIILLMAN. She was born December 14, 1897, in Oakwood, Oklahoma, and died December 06, 1973, in Bayard, Nebraska. She is buried in Bayard, Nebraska. They moved to the Bridgeport-Bayard area in the 1920s. For many years he bought and sold horses and cattle as well as farmed. ROBERT JOHN McCRACKEN is buried at Bayard, Nebraska. They had eight children, including one that died at birth: ELLEN MAY McCRACKEN, EDNA ROBERTS McCRACKEN, EVELYN FERN McCRACKEN, ELVA DORAINE McCRACKEN, ELAINE VIOLET McCRACKEN, ELIZABETH JEAN McCRACKEN, and ETHEL JOYCE McCRACKEN.See Robert McCracken and Laura Mae Snyder McCracken Family home page.See Harry Snyder and Mary Edna Hillman Family home page.JOHN VIRGIL McCRACKEN was born June 13, 1914, in Sterling, Nebraska, the son of ROBERT McCRACKEN and NETTIE AUSTIN. He died November 6, 1995, in Bridgeport, Nebraska. He married HENRIETTA WILHELMINA BUSING February 17, 1937 in Bayard, Nebraska. She was born May 7, 1915, in Leona, Kansas, the daughter of JOHANN BUSING and MARGARTHE JANSSEN. She died December 28, 1985, in Bridgeport, Nebraska. They had three children: BETTY J McCRACKEN, DONNA JEAN McCRACKEN, and GAIL DEE McCRACKEN.See John Virgil (Pat) McCracken and Henrietta Busing McCracken Family home page.
Generation No. 4
ELLEN MAY McCRACKEN was born August 9, 1918, in Adams, Gage County, Nebraska, the daughter of ROBERT JOHN McCRACKEN and LAURA MAE SNYDER McCRACKEN. She died June 10, 1970. She married GERARD PERRY JEFFRES, son of ROYCE WILLIAM JEFFRES and MARGARET MURPHY JEFFRES, on November 7, 1937. He was born April 25, 1913, , son of ROYCE JEFFRES and EUGENIA MURPHY. He died November 8, 1984, in Bayard, Nebraska. Both are buried in Bayard, Nebraska. They had three children, including a son who died at birth: BARBARA JEFFRES, BONNIE JEFFRES, and ROBERT JEFFRES.See Gerard Jeffres and Ellen McCracken Jeffres Family home page.EDNA ROBERTA McCRACKEN was born March 7, 1921, in Bayard, Morrill County, Nebraska, the daughter of ROBERT JOHN McCRACKEN and LAURA MAE SNYDER McCRACKEN. She was christened in St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Bridgeport, Nebraska. She died March 7, 1998, in Caldwell, Idaho. She married LAWRENCE JOSEPH JEFFRES on Oct. 12, 1940, in Harrisburg, Nebraska. He was born Feb. 16, 1917, the son of ROYCE WILLIAM JEFFRES and MARGARET EUGENIA MURPHY. He died on June 8, 1987, in Nampa, Idaho and is buried at Canyon Hill Cemetery in Caldwell, Idaho. They had two sons: RONALD LAWRENCE JEFFRES and LEO WAYNE JEFFRES.See Edna McCracken Jeffres & Laurence Jeffres Family home page.EVELYN FERN McCRACKEN was born January 24, 1924, in Bridgeport, Nebraska, the daughter of ROBERT JOHN McCRACKEN and LAURA MAE SNYDER McCRACKEN. She married NORBERT TILLEY on January 17, 1946, at the Bridgeport, Nebr. Catholic Church. They had two children: BEVERLY JOAN TILLY and ROBERT WILLIAM TILLY.See Evelyn McCracken Tilly & Norbert Tilly Family home page.ELAINE VIOLET McCRACKEN was born March 28, 1929, in Bridgeport, Nebraska, the daughter of ROBERT JOHN McCRACKEN and LAURA MAE SNYDER McCRACKEN. She married LEWIS VERLE NELSON on July 12, 1952 in Reno, Nevada. He was born in Broadwater, Nebraska, on Sept. 24, 1922, the son of WILLIE and ANNA NELSON. They had one son: LLOYD GENE NELSON.See Elaine McCracken Nelson & Verle Nelson Family home page.ELIZABETH JEAN McCRACKEN was born February 1, 1931, in Bridgeport, Nebraska, the daughter of ROBERT JOHN McCRACKEN and LAURA MAE SNYDER McCRACKEN. She was married earlier to Tom Daniels, and they had one son, DAVID ALLEN DANIELS. She later married WELLS F. ANDREWS and they had four sons: GERALD FREDRICH ANDREWS, NEIL ANDREWS, DENNIS ANDREWS, and BRYAN ANDREWS.See Elizabeth Jean McCracken Andrews & Wells (Andy) Andrews Family home page.ETHEL JOYCE McCRACKEN was born October 13, 1935, in Bridgeport, Nebraska, the daughter of ROBERT JOHN McCRACKEN and LAURA MAE SNYDER McCRACKEN. She married DONALD HIGGINS on May 26, 1955, in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. He was born Oct. 13, 1934 in Sidney, Nebraska. They had one child: STEVEN WAYNE HIGGINS.See Joyce McCracken Higgins and Donald Higgins Family home page.BETTY J. McCRACKEN was born October 8, 1937, in Bayard, Nebraska, the daughter of JOHN McCRACKEN and HENRIETTA BUSING McCRACKEN. She married JAMES FILLIS April 1, 1956, in Bridgeport, Nebraska. He was born May 23, 1933, in Bridgeport, Nebraska. She married BLAKE L. SMITH on May 13, 1992, in Coeur D'Alene, Idaho. He was born August 27, 1936, in Bayard, Nebraska, the son of JAMES SMITH and RUBY THORNTON. BETTY Mc CRACKEN and JAMES FILLIS had three children: JAMES DOUGLAS FILLIS, DANIEL LEE FILLIS and RUSSELL DAVID FILLIS.See Betty McCracken Fillis/Smith Family home page.DONNA JEAN McCRACKEN was born September 5, 1942, in Bridgeport, Nebraska, the daughter of JOHN McCRACKEN and HENRIETTA BUSING McCRACKEN. She married (1) VINCE HAYES. She married (2) PETER CHRISTENSEN. She married (3) DEE FOWLER. She married (4) JAMES KAUFMAN. She married (5) ROBERT KEMPF January 16, 1997. Donna Jean was married to Peter Christensen twice and divorced. According to word of mouth information, Dee Fowler was from Texas and resided in Rusk and Tyler, Texas at one time; it is believed that he's deceased. DONNA McCRACKEN and PETER CHRISTENSEN had one child: HENRY AUSTIN CHRISTENSEN, born May 25, 1978, in Wyoming. DONNA McCRACKEN and JAMES KAUFMAN had two children: LAURALEE KAUFMAN, born November 11, 1961; BEVERLY ANN KAUFMAN, born May 25, 1963, in Scottsbluff, Nebraska.
GAIL DEE McCRACKEN was born January 7, 1947, in Box Butte County Hospital, Alliance, Nebraska, the daughter of JOHN McCRACKEN and HENRIETTA BUSING McCRACKEN. She married (1) CLAYTON SHOEMAKER. She married (2) JOHN DAVIS on January 1, 1969, in Denver, Colorado. She married (3) ROD HOCOTT on June 25, 1978; he was born August 7, 1946. GAIL McCRACKEN and JOHN DAVIS had two children: JEFFERSON JACK DAVIS and JORDAN JAY DAVIS. JEFFERSON JACK DAVIS was born July 3, 1969, at Scottsb1uff, Nebraska. He married SUZETTE DIDIER in October, 1993; she was born June 24, 1968. JORDAN JAY DAVIS was born June 28, 1973.
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