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Birthplace: Fort Meade, FL, USA
Death: Died in Dunedin, FL, USA
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About Elizabeth Maria Garrett (Craig)

Craig Ancestry (EGH 1981): ID #3, pages 32-33, 37-40

P37: "ELIZABETH MARIA CRAIG (3) was the oldest daughter of GEORGE McCHESNEY CRAIG (6) and MARY EUGENIA JOHNSON (7) born October 2, 1894 in Fort Meade, Floria. When she was 12 years old, she went to Bartow, Florida to live with her aunt, Helen Mar Johnson Wilson. The schools were not well established in Virginia at that time and she was sent to Summerlin Institute at Bartow. Her uncle Charles Cooper Wilson was a lawyer for the railroad and traveled in this capacity. On one of his trips to New York he bought cloth and Aunt Helen made some beautiful clothes for ELIZABETH (3) to wear to school, this according to ELIZABETH herself. She attended Summerlin Institute for one year, before returning to her home in Virginia.

P38: "She attended Harrisonburg State Normal, Harrisonburg, Virginia, for two years. Afterward she taught one year in August County, Virginia, at Doom's Station; and three years in Roanoke County, Virginia, at Mason's Cove; and one year in August County, Virginia, at White Hall."

"After the death of her mother in 1914, she assumed the responsibility of caring for her brother and sisters. It was in Salem, Virginia, that she met and married her husband, JAMES PAUL GARRETT (2) on November 15, 1917."

P39: "ELIZABETH (3) spent her years after marriage, caring for her family. She was a talented seamstress and had talent, probably inherited from her own mother, for painting. She encouraged her children to get an education and to make use of the talents they had. She is in 1981 living in Clearwater, Florida, in a retirement home. Prior to this she lived alone and maintained her own home. She has survived all her sisters and brother."

"ELIZABETH (3) and her family were visiting her Grandpa Brown's home near Zolfo Springs, Florida, when she and her brother Ben, went to the grape arbor at the edge of the yard. Somehow, ELIZABETH, who was only 3 years old at the time, went toward the swamp instead of back to the house. Soon word spread that there was a child lost in the swamp. A possé was organized to search for her. The alligators let her go through and swamp and the wildcats did not come she called, "Here, Kitty!" She survived the night lost in the swamp, however she was cut badly by the sword grass, which shredded clothing and skin alike. The next day members of the possé saw her coming out on the opposite side of the swamp. They fired three shots in the air signaling that the lost child was found. One of the men put her on horseback with him and returned ELIZABETH (3) to her Grandpa Brown's home. (This story was told many times by ELIZABETH (3) to her children with much more emotion that this writer is able to describe.)"

"ELIZABETH McCHESNEY CRAIG (13) took her grandchild, ELIZABETH (3) with her to Bear Lithia Springs, a health spa located between Elkton and Harrisonburg, Virginia. Here, ELIZABETH (3) met a boy younger than she. In 1934, ELIZABETH needed surgery and Dr. Linwood Keyser, Roanoke Hospital, Roanoke, Virginia was chosen to perform the operation."

"Contact had been lost over the years with her young friend, however, when Dr. Keyser and ELIZABETH (3) met again they seemed to recognize each other. He never married, and told her he had never forgotten her. He asked her to divorce PAUL (2) and marry him. Obviously, she declined. He died many years ago."

P40: "ELIZABETH (3) and JAMES PAUL GARRETT (2) had four children. He was called Paul and she was called "Lizzie" by many, but always Elizabeth by her husband."

James Garrett (EGH 1993): ID #3, page 21

P21: "ELIZABETH MARIA CRAIG (3), wife of JAMES PAUL GARRETT (2), was born in Fort Meade, Polk County, Florida, but her family moved to Augusta County, Virginia, when she was a young child. They then moved to Salem, Virginia about 1905. After the death of her mother in 1914, she assumed the responsibility of caring for her brother and sisters. It was in Salem, Virginia, that she met and married her husband on November 15, 1917.

ELIZABETH MARIA CRAIG (3) attended Harrisonburg State Normal, now James Madison College, in Harrisonburg, Virginia, for two years. Afterward she was a school teacher, teaching one year in Augusta County, Virginia, at Doom's Station; and three years in Roanoke County, Virginia, at Mason's Cove; and one year in Augusta County, Virginia, at White Hall.

My mother, ELIZABETH MARIA CRAIG (3), spent her years after marriage, caring for her family. She was a talented seamstress and had artistic talent, probably inherited from her own mother, for painting. She encouraged her children to get an education and to make use of the talents they had. She taught me to sew, crochet, knit, cook, and many other things that have benefited me throughout my life.

She lived alone after my father died, maintaining her own home, looking after he plants, which included some vegetables. She had a way with growing things. She has survived all her sisters and her brother. In 1981, she moved into a retirement home, Osceola Inn, Dunedin, Florida. She lived there until her death February 9, 1988. Her ancestry can be followed in "Craig Ancestry", Elizabeth G. Hodge, Athens, Georgia, 1981.

Both of my parents worked very hard getting petitions signed and eventually succeeded in getting a school built on our side of the mountain from Troutville, where the schools were located. It was through their efforts and some influence of my father's uncle, Senator William Allen Garrett, that this was accomplished. The school, Colonia HIgh School, Blue Ridge, Virginia was needed to prevent school buses from transporting children across the mountain to school in Troutville."

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Elizabeth Garrett's Timeline

1894
October 2, 1894
Fort Meade, FL, USA
1917
November 15, 1917
Age 23
1908
1908
- 1909
Age 13
Bartow, Florida, United States
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- present
Augusta County, VA
1988
February 9, 1988
Age 93
Dunedin, FL, USA
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- present
Harrisonburg, VA
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- present
Roanoke County, VA
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- present
Augusta County, VA
1927
1927
Age 33
1918
September 2, 1918
Age 23