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* Craver / Graber - Foy - Fishel - Robinson - McAteer*

Updated April 17, 2010

I am researching several families, all of which ended up in and around the Piedmont area of North Carolina.

My CRAVER family of NC has its roots in the GRABER/GREBER/GRAEBER families of PA. The name Craver was translated in my family from the German Graber in the late 1700s. I am specifically interested in Andreas Graber (B. abt. 1700, D. abt. 1760) in PA, whose son, Philip Craver (1745-1820) migrated with his family to Rowan County, NC. Many of Philip's descendants still live in this area, now Davidson County, NC. Others moved to IN, IL, GA and TX.

My FOY family is traced back to John Foy, B. 1804 in NC. John was probably the son of Andrew Foy and Hannah Amos. Andrew was living in Montgomery County, PA in 1790. By 1800 he was listed in Stokes County, NC, and later in Rockingham County, NC. In the 1830 census, John Foy and a much younger Andrew Foy appear in the Rockingham County census. They lived near each other so it is possible that they were both sons of the the elder Andrew Foy. Other possible children of the elder Andrew Foy are Richard Henry Foy, Pleasant Nichols Foy, Samuel Foy, James Madison Foy, Elizabeth Foy, and Hester Foy. Andrew Foy's birth date is estimated based on the 1810 and 1820 Rockingham County census records. His death date is estimated because he does not show up in the 1830 census. An older female, perhaps Andrew's widow, Hannah Amos Foy, is listed in the 1830 census record with a much younger Andrew Foy, probably the son.

My ROBINSON family lived in Kershaw, Chesterfield and Lancaster counties in SC during the late 1700s and early 1800s. William Robinson had at least 10 children, including my ancestor, Littleton Robinson (B. abt. 1801). Most of this information was researched in the 1980s and 1990s by me and my mother, Margruette Robinson Craver.

My FISHEL family originated in Germany and immigrated to York County, PA, in 1742. My ancestor, Johann Adam Fishel, moved to the Friedberg community of Forsyth and Davidson counties, NC, about 1779. Most of the information on the NC Fishels was researched by my mother, Margruette Robinson "Pete" Craver, who died in 2003. I transcribed her information into my database after her death.

My McATEER family originated in Ireland. Most of the information I have on this family is descendants of Alexander Smith McAteer, B. 1809 in SC, who married Jane M. Porter, B. 1810 in SC. The information on this family is listed as a gedcom tree below.

You will find various reports on the Craver/Graber, Foy, Robinson, and Fishel families at the bottom of this page.


Karen Craver Foy

144 Sunset Road
Clemmons, NC 27012
United States

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  • Maggie Delphinia "Delphine" Craver Hege (126 KB)
    Maggie Delphinia "Delphine" Craver, 1880-1935, was the daughter of John Davidson Craver and Nancy Essick. She was married to Charlie Hege.
  • John Davidson Craver (727 KB)
    John Davidson Craver was born in 1826 in Davidson County, NC, and died in 1910.
  • Alexander Rowan, Sarah and Laura Hege Craver (221 KB)
    Alexander Rowan Craver, B. 1812, D. 1901, was the son of Michael and Elizabeth Craver. Sitting beside him is his wife Sarah Parks Craver. Their daughter-in-law, Laura Hege Craver, wife of Daniel Columbus Craver, is standing behind them.
  • Manie Lee Craver (136 KB)
    Manie Lee Craver, 1883-1967, was the son of John Davidson Craver and Nancy Essick. He was married to Oma Brinkley.
  • Ransom Eli Craver (168 KB)
    Ransom Eli Craver, 1864-1930, was the son of John Davidson Craver and Crissy Hinkle. He married Angelico Spaugh, 1865-1940.
  • John C. Robinson Family Group (438 KB)
    John C. Robinson, B. 1857, D. 1929, was the son of John Jackson Robinson and Hulda Shehorn. This photo includes some of his children and grandchildren as well as members of Witmore, Summerlin and possibly Hanes families of Lancaster County, SC.
  • Unknown Craver Woman (167 KB)
    I found this picture among with pictures of John Davidson Craver and his children. I thought for a long time that it was Crissy Hinkle, John's wife, but I am unsure. Any help would be appreciated.
  • William Franklin Craver (156 KB)
    William Franklin Craver, 1855-1928, was the son of John Davidson Craver and Crissy Hinkle. He was married first to Paulina R. Evans, and second to Belle Raper.
  • Weisner School - Arcadia township, NC (304 KB)
    Group of students from Weisner School, Davidson County, NC, 1915-1916 school year. If have identifications on most of these students.
  • Fishel Reunion 1924 (571 KB)
    A Fishel family reunion from 1924. The photo was taken in Davidson County, NC, where many of the Fishel families lived. I do have identification information on several people in the photo, if anyone is interested.
  • Sarah Elizabeth Craver Tesh (78 KB)
    Sarah Elizabeth Craver, 1850-1927, was the daughter of John Davidson Craver and Crissy Hinkle. She was married to J. Frank Tesh.
  • Fishel and Foltz Family (1012 KB)
    Foltz Fishel Family
  • John Alpheus Craver (109 KB)
    John A. Craver, 1853-1923, was the son of John Davidson Craver and Crissy Hinkle. He was married to Susan Cornelia Sowers.
  • Fishel Spach Family Renion 1920s (894 KB)
    I'm not sure of any of the people in this photo. I was told it's of a Fishel and/or Spach Reunion from the 1920s. Great photo, but little information on who's in the picture.
  • Alexander R. Craver (86 KB)
    Alexander R. Craver, 1857-1926, was the son of John Davidson Craver and Crissy Hinkle. He was married to Mary R. Snider
  • Andreas Graber, the youth, grave marker, NC (89 KB)
    Andreas Graber, B. 1784, D. 1802, is buried at Bethany Church of Christ in northern Davidson County just south of Forsyth County, NC. The cemetery used to belong the The Meeting House at Fredrickstown, a German Reformed church located in what was at the time northern Rowan County.
  • Henry Lindsay Craver (104 KB)
    Henry Lindsay Craver, 1859-1916, was the son of John Davidson Craver and Crissy Hinkle. He was married to Ellen Raker.
  • Belinda Spaugh Birthday Dinner (2553 KB)
    This photo was taken at a birthday party for Belinda Spaugh, B. 1846, D. 1922. The exact year of the photo is unknown, but judging from the ages of some of the children, it was taken around 1909. I have identified many of the people in this photo if anyone is interested. Many families are represented including Craver, Foltz, Spaugh, Fishel, Woosley and Zimmerman, all of which lived in northern Davidson County, NC.
  • Emanuel Mathias "Tice" Craver (144 KB)
    Emanuel Mathias "Tice" Craver, 1861-1930, was the son of John Davidson Craver and Crissy Hinkle. He was married to Eliza Alice Miller Phillips.
  • Joseph H. Craver (61 KB)
    Joseph H. Craver, B. 1820, D. 1889, was the son of Lewis and Rosina Mae Craver.
  • Charlie Pinkston Craver (168 KB)
    Charlie Pinkston Craver, 1878-1962, was the son of John Davidson Craver and Nancy Essick. He was married to Mary Elizabeth Link.
  • Nancy Caroline Lee Craver (51 KB)
    Nancy Caroline Lee Craver, B. 1827, D. 1900, was the wife of Joseph H. Craver.

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