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Descendants of Thomas Craigs (ca 1770 - 30 Sep 1860)
and first wife Ann Crosby (ca 1770 - 1811)
and second wife Margaret Patterson (ca 1780 - 10 Sep 1843)

Second Immigrant Generation

12. Thomas Craigs . Son of Thomas Craigs & Margaret Patterson. Born 19 Mar 1819 in Milfield, England. Died 14 Mar 1904 in Red Rock, NB. Buried in St. Peters Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Stanley, NB. Occupation Farmer. Religion Presbyterian.


    Thomas was the fourth son of Thomas Craigs and his wife, Margaret Patterson.   He and Margaret were farm labourers in Milfield Hill in 1841 (census) for Thomas Robison and his wife Jessy.   (LDS film #0438892)   Shortly after their marriage in 1843, they left England for Harvey Settlement, probably with Thomas's older brother, William and his wife Margaret Dixon and their daughter, arriving in July 1843 (1851 census) to join their parents and three brothers and a sister as well as other friends.

    Thomas petitioned for a 100 acre Crown Land grant on 3 Sep 1843 (NBFA RS108 1843) described as "north of the mill lot surveyed for Little, west of the Harvey Settlement".   According to family tradition, the land was of poorer qualiaty for farming than the earlier grants on the Fredericton St. Andrews Road, so in 1844 they left Harvey for Red Rock, where they got land on the eastern side of the Red Rock Road.

    Thomas was known by his nickname, "Daidy".   Thomas and his brother William, who lived on neighbouring farms, were elders in the Stanley Presbyterian Church.

    By the 1870s the "s" on the Craig name was seldom seen in the various public records.

    Thomas and his wife had a family of twelve children.

    From unidentified newspaper obituary - 1904:


    Thomas Craigs--Well Known Stanley Citizen Called to His Reward

    Mr Thomas Craigs died at his home at Stanley on Monday March 14th, at the age of eighty-five years.


    Deceased was born in Northumberland County, England, March 19th, 1819.   He became a member of the Presbyterian Church when a young man, in the old country and his life throughout was that of an exemplary Christian.

    In 1843 he married Miss Margaret Reed, a native of Dumfries, Scotland, and came to this country in the same year.   He lived for a year at Harvey Station and thence in 1844 removed to Red Rock, Stanley, where he resided until his death.   He was an elder of the Presbyterian Church at Stanley, for upwards of fifty years.   He was a farmer and devoted much of his time to the culture of fruit.

    Mrs Craigs will be sadly missed in the community where he resided.   He conducted a Sunday School in Red Rock for a number of years, and when a minister was not at hand was frequently called upon to conduct funerals, religious services and similar pastoral duties.   He was a kindly man with a pleasant smile for all whom he met, and leaves a large circle of friends.   Of his twelve children seven survive to mourn with their widowed mother, his loss.   Two sons, Mr James Craigs at home, and Mr Walter Craigs of Woodstock, and five daughters, Mrs Samuel Craigs of Zionville, Mrs James Jackson of Belfast, Ireland, Mrs John Flemming of Washington, Mrs James Craigs of Manitoba and Mrs Harry Ward of Williamsburg are the living children.   Fifty grandchildren and over forty great-grandchildren also survive him.

    The funeral took place Wednesday, 16th instant, Rev. J. J. Mullen officiating.


    He married Margaret Reid, 6 May 1843 in Coldstream, Scotland. Born 20 Jan 1820 in Dumfries, Scotland. Died 20 Apr 1913 in Red Rock, NB. Buried in St. Peters Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Stanley, NB.

    Margaret's maiden name has also been spelled "Reed".


    They had the following children:

  44   i.   Esther "Easter" Craig

  45   ii.   Margaret "Maggie" Craig

  46   iii.   Isabella "Bella" Craig

  47   iv.   Annie "Nancy" Craig

  48   v.   Jessie Craig

  49   vi.   Thomas Craig

  50   vii.   Eleanor "Ellen" Craig

  51   viii.   James "Jim" Craig

  52   ix.   William Henry Craig

  53   x.   Jane Taylor Craig

  54   xi.   Henry William "Harry" Craig

  55   xii.   Walter "Watt" Craigs