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Published on: 09 Dec 2014
Updated: 4 June 2017
Craig, Craigie, Crag, Cragin, Cragg, Crage, Craggen, Craggene, Craggin, Cragon
Descendants and Researchers:
Mahlon C. Bickford – MahlonBickford@outlook.com
Nancy Westenfield – firstname.lastname@example.org
Randa Comstock – email@example.com
First Generation in America
- JOHN CRAGON/CRAGGEN, born probably in Scotland c1635 and died in Woburn, Massachusetts after 27 Oct 1708, aged 85 years. He married in Woburn, Massachusetts on 4 Nov 1661, SARAH DAWES.
Children of John and Sarah (Dawes) Cragon:
2. i. ABIGAIL² CRAGGEN, b. at Woburn, 4 Aug 1662; d. 17 June 1707; m. JOHN KNIGHT
2. ii. SARAH² CRAGGEN, 10 Aug 1664 m. FRANCIS NURSE
2. iii. ELIZABETH² CRAGGEN, 3 Aug 1666; m. JOHN SHEPARD
2. iv. MERCY² CRAGGEN, at Woburn, 25 Mar 1669; m. THOMAS SKELTON
2. v. ANNA² CRAGGEN, at Woburn, 6 Aug 1673; probably never married.
2. vi. JOHN² CRAGGEN, b. 19 Sep 1677; d. 26 Jan 1703 m. DEBORAH SKELTON
2. vii. RACHEL² CRAGGEN, 14 March 1680; d. 18 March 1680 TWIN
2. viii. LEAH² CRAGGEN,14 Mar 1680; d. 18 March 1680 TWIN
Middlesex County, MA: Probate File Papers, 1648-1871.Online database. AmericanAncestors.org. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2014. (From records supplied by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Archives.)
SOURCES AND NOTES:
Nancy Westenfield (firstname.lastname@example.org) shared on 28 May 2017:
“I have one date that of the first John Cragon. I have four documents one by a family person who says death date is 27 of Jan and the other three good sources say death date 27 of Oct. Rest of info checks out with my sources.” (The discrepancy is probably because of the calendar difference. ~ Teresa)
Source: Towns of New England and Old England, Ireland and Scotland, Containing
Narratives by Allan Forbes.
“CRAGGIN,” or CRAGIN.
John Craggin was taxed in the Country Rate, made Aug 26, 1666 and is numbered
April 3, 1668 with those who had right in the common lands of Woburn. He married
Sarah Dawes Nov 4, 1661; and by her had 8 children; two of whom, twins, Rachel &
Leah were born March 14, 1680 and both died four days later. He died Oct 27,
1708; his widow, Sarah, died Dec 23, 1725. ~ http://files.usgwarchives.net/ma/middlesex/towns/woburn/woburnhistory.txt
“CRAGGIN,” or CRAGIN.
John Craggin, Jun’r, his son entered his intentions of marriage with Deborah
Skelton, April 13, 1700: and to them were born twins, John & Anna, March 25,
1701 and, secondly, Benjamin b. Nov 27, 1702. John Craggin Jun’r d. Jan 26,
1703/4. [Woburn Records of Births, etc., Town Records, Vol I., pp. 43, 44.]~ http://files.usgwarchives.net/ma/middlesex/towns/woburn/woburnhistory.txt
“Royalist soldier captured at Worcester. Transported from Gravesend to Boston on the “John and Sarah”, master John Greene, 13 May 1652. (NER) This comes from a book titled “Scots Banished to the American Plantations 1650-1775” by David Dobson. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc. Baltimore. 1983. pg. 234.”
The Story of John Cragin “The Craggin Family” An excerpt from the book “Genealogy of Joseph Teel Mary Stetson Alexander Their Ancestors and Descendants” by Ethyl E. Beieler Gould. ~ REFERENCES FOR THE CRAGGIN FAMILY: THE AMERICAN GENEALOGIST, Vol. 15 (1938-9), pages 218-220; THE AMERICAN GENEALOGIST, (1994), pages 81-85: MIDDLESEX COUNTY, MASSACHUSETTS PROBATES #5296; Hoyt’s OLD FAMILIES; SHEPARD FAMILIES OF NEW ENGLAND. Vol. III; Torrey’s NEW ENGLAND MARRIAGES PRIOR TO 1700; Sewall’s HISTORY OF WOBURN, MASSACHUSETTS; June Craggin Godley’s THE CRAGGIN STORY REVISED, page 8-10; NEW ENGLAND HISTORICAL GENEALOGICAL REGISTER Vol. for October 1847; WOBURN, MASSACHUSETTS VITAL RECORDS; CONCORD, MASSACHUSETTS VITAL RECORDS; PAGE FROM CRAGGIN FAMILY BIBLE; READING, MASSACHUSETTS VITAL RECORDS; SALEM, MASSACHUSETTS VITAL RECORDS; MENDON, MASSACHUSETTS VITAL RECORDS; Collier’s ENCYCLOPEDIA Vol. 8, 1992, page 423
“John Craggen/Cragon had at least one daughter, Sarah who married, Francis NURSE, son of Rebecca Towne Nurse, hung as a witch in Salem, Massachusetts.” – submitted by David Edwin Hill
From American Ancestors.org:
“Either “John Crag” or “John Cragon” of the John and Sara evidently ended his days in Rhode Island. In September, 1683, “John Crage, a scotsman and a Tayler by Trade,” hanged himself from a cherry tree on the land of John Potter at Portsmouth.“
Torrey’s New England Marriages Prior to 1700. (Online database.
AmericanAncestors.org. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2008.) Originally published as: New England Marriages Prior to 1700. Boston, Mass.: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2015.
Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850 (Online Database: AmericanAncestors.org, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2001-2010).
Colonial Soldiers and Officers in New England, 1620-1775. (Online database: AmericanAncestors.org, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2013).