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"The Robert Bruce McCraw_s of BaySprings, Ms."

Updated September 19, 2001

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According to data gathered by several different researchers, my McCraw family descended from Scottish immigrants, who settled in Virginia during the mid-1700's. William MacCraw was born on the Isle of Skye, Scotland and came to America. He died between 1748 and 1752 in Cumberberland Co., Va. William MacCraw came from Invernesshire to Goochland Co. Va. prior to 1723. William's sixth child, Samuel, was my sixth generation grandfather. Two separate Bible records list the family of Samuel McCraw (1729-1811), and wife, Alice Walker (1737- ?). Among their seven children was a son named Thomas Edward McCraw,Sr. (1763-1839). Edward married Mary Owen (1765-1849), who was of Welsh ancestry, and they lived first in South Carolina, and then in Alabama. Their third child was a son named Samuel(1794-1870), who married Elizabeth McCraw(ca. 1796- ?)and settled in Fayette County, Alabama. These were the parents of Stephen Anderson McCraw (1822-1889), who married Mary Elizabeth Stroud (1836-1871) and they had nine children. Their third born was my greatgrandfather,John Samuel Moody McCraw. John Samuel later changed his name to John Thaniel McCraw. His siblings are listed in order of birth as follows: 1. William C. McCraw; 2. Betsy Drusiller McCraw; 4. Reuben Anderson Joshua McCraw; 5. Benjamin Franklin McCraw; 6. Sarah Jane McCraw; 7. James Fletcher McCraw; 8. Julius Monrow McCraw; 9. Mary Louis McCraw; [following the death of Steven's first wife Mary Elizabeth in 1871], Steven married the second time to a widow named Mrs.Sarah(Louisa)Jane Dollar Johnson. She was the daughter of Ambrose Dollar and Jemina Clearman. Mrs. Johnson and Steven A. McCraw were married on Aug.22,1872, and had three children. Steven's siblings from this union, are as follows: 10.Rachael E. McCraw; 11. David Allen McCraw; 12. Elisha Anderson McCraw; On Feb.5,1880, my greatgrandfather married Helen Angelina Dollar,and they had ten children. Their first child,Reuben Anderson McCraw,was born Nov.5,1880 and died Mar.8,1963. He was my Grandfather. His siblings are listed in order of birth as follows: 2.Charlie Monroe McCraw; 3.John Melton McCraw; 4. Minnie Lee McCraw; 5. Ambrose Benjamin McCraw; 6. James Edward McCraw; 7. Mary Frances McCraw; 8. Rosie Elnora McCraw; 9.William Orion McCraw; 10. Willie Angeline McCraw. My Grandfather, Reuben A. McCraw, Married Vida Viola Keene on March 19, 1905. His bride was the daughter of Margaret Elizabeth Rigdon and Joseph Keene. Reuben and Vida had ten children. The eighth child, Ernest Joseph McCraw, born June 15, 1920, was my father. He was a medical Doctor and surgeon in Laurel,Ms. for 31 years. I live near Bay springs,Ms., and have two siblings. I am married to the former Donnette Hendry, and have four children and three grandchildren.

 
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