Benjamin Franklin Craig

Male25 May 1831–23 March 1892

Brief Life History of Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin Craig was born on 25 May 1831, in Jackson, Ohio, United States. He married Vilena Deline I Cooper on 10 December 1856, in Scott, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 4 daughters. He lived in Iowa, United States in 1870 and Pilot Grove Township, Montgomery, Iowa, United States in 1885. He died on 23 March 1892, in Villisca, Montgomery, Iowa, United States, at the age of 60, and was buried in Chippiannock Cemetery, Rock Island Township, Rock Island, Illinois, United States.

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Benjamin Franklin Craig
Vilena Deline I Cooper
Marriage: 10 December 1856
Charles Evans Craig
Anna Craig
Rhoda Craig
Mary Craig
Franklin Curtis Craig
Jane Craig

Sources (19)

  • Benjamin F Craig, "Iowa State Census, 1885"
  • Legacy NFS Source: Benjamin Franklin Craig - Individual or family possessions: birth: 31 August 1831; Cheviot, Hamilton, Ohio, United States
  • F. Benjamin Craig, "Iowa Marriages, 1809-1992"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    10 December 1856Scott, Iowa, United States
  • Children (6)

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    World Events (8)

    1832 · The Black Hawk War

    Age 1

    Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.


    Age 2

    Historical Boundaries: 1833: Unorganized Federal Territory, United States 1834: Michigan Territory, United States 1834: Des Moines, Michigan Territory, United States 1836: Des Moines, Wisconsin Territory, United States 1836: Wisconsin Territory, United States 1838: Iowa Territory, United States 1846: Iowa, United States 1847: Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States 1851: Montgomery, Iowa, United States


    Age 20

    Historical Boundaries: 1851: Montgomery, Iowa, United States

    Name Meaning

    Scottish: topographic name for someone who lived near a steep or precipitous rock, Older Scots crag, craig. Compare the synonymous English Cragg .

    Manx: either a shortened form of Gaelic Mac Concharraige ‘son of Cu Charraige (‘hound of the rock’) or possibly of Mac Thorveig ‘son of Thorveig’, from the Old Norse personal name Thórveig (from the god's name Thórr + veig ‘pith, strength’).

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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