Martha Jane Craig

FemaleFebruary 1864–1943

Brief Life History of Martha Jane

When Martha Jane Craig was born in February 1864, in Illinois, United States, her father, Francis A. Craig, was 29 and her mother, Isabella Patterson, was 31. She married Clarence E Mears on 5 December 1888, in Merrick, Nebraska, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 1 daughter. She lived in Kearney, Buffalo, Nebraska, United States for about 20 years and Central City, Merrick, Nebraska, United States for about 10 years. She died in 1943, in Merrick, Nebraska, United States, at the age of 79, and was buried in Central City, Merrick, Nebraska, United States.

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Clarence E Mears
Martha Jane Craig
Marriage: 5 December 1888
Mildred G Mears
Clarence Craig Mears

Sources (13)

  • Mattie Meort in household of Clarence Meort, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Martha Jane Mears, "Find A Grave Index"
  • Martha J Craig in entry for Clarence Craig Mears, "United States, Social Security Numerical Identification Files (NUMIDENT), 1936-2007"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    5 December 1888Merrick, Nebraska, United States
  • Children (2)

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    Siblings (2)

    World Events (8)


    Age 1

    Abraham Lincoln is assassinated by John Wilkes Booth.


    Age 7

    In 1871, a cow kicked over a lantern, causing a fire that burned down half of Chicago. Today this city is the third largest in the US.

    1885 · The First Skyscraper

    Age 21

    The Home Insurance Building is considered to be the first skyscraper in the world. It was supported both inside and outside by steel and metal that were deemed fireproof and also it was reinforced with concrete. It originally had ten stories but in 1891 two more were added.

    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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