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Emma Josephine Craig

Also Known As: "Emma Craig", "Emma J. Craig"
Death: August 30, 1968 (86)
SANTA CLARA, California
Place of Burial: Cypress Lawn, Colma, Ca
Immediate Family:

Daughter of John Aristedum Craig and Mary Agnes (Mollie) Crawford
Wife of Charles Francis Craig
Mother of Marion Craig and Jean Marie Craig
Sister of Infant Craig; Helen E. Craig; John Vincent Craig; Charles Arsteed Craig; Jane Agnes Craig and 3 others

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About Emma Josephine Craig


This letter from Emma Josephine Craig to her sister Lene gives much of the family history of the Craigs. It is in possession of Patricia Riley Alves, document # 46, dated April 3,(no year) Dear Lene: First of all thanks for your Birthday day greetings then for all the interesting clippings. Now did the suit arrive, any good to you or anyone else? Now then, to our ancestors. An old book of Dad's has some clippings about the death of Grandfather & Grandmother Craig. He was born 1799 doesn't say where, Married Jan 7 1834 at Alexander, Pa (now this may be Va instead of PA (as Grandmother's brother Wm. Harold {Jan Harold's father} (I could talk this better than I can write this) lived in Richmond Va. Grandfather Craig died June 1884. Maybe tombstones in Hollidaysburg or records at Alexander Pa (if there is such a place) could tell you where he was born. Craig was originally Craigie and that is Scotch. I also thought Grandmother was born in Ireland. Maybe the Wolf furniture people family whose grandmother was our grandmother's sister, a Mrs. Wm. Anderson, could tell you. Then grandmother had another sister living at time of her death a Mrs. Annie Kiefe of Decatur, Ill. Jane was Mrs. Anderson. I think dad and mother were born either at Gaysport or Hollidaysburg I feel sure. Grandmother Clark (mother's grandmother lived (I'm not sure) near Newry (I could talk this better than I write this) She was Aunt Sally's and Aunt Elizabeth (Lizzie's) mother also. Mother's great grandfather was a Reverend Patterson someplace near Newry. Too bad this is such a jumble but it's the best I can remember. Maybe Maggie Sheridan, mother's coz's offspring could help out further. Hope this helps a bit. Thank Margie for her nice birthday note card. Am very tired now, writing does me up, so will send this on. We go to Peggy's for Easter. Hope you have a Happy Easter. Love to all, also to Helen & family, also Charles. Is Helen still in Fla? [This letter had to be written before 1955 as Charles died in 1955]

note: Sharon Riley Flower believes that Reverend Patterson was married to a woman named Rebecca Stevens; there are records of an early Blair County Presbyterian minister Mathew Stevens, of Shaver's Creek in the 1780's; perhaps this is a connection. I remember my mother Peggy Craig telling me that the minister ancestor didn't actually have a church but was on a "circuit".

From the book Blair County's First 100 Years, pg 218-19: Presbyterianism was the primitive religion of the Juniata Valley and of this particular part of it....The devotional exercises of the early settlers in Blair County consisted of private and family worship together with that of the social prayer meeting..In the year 1770 Mr. King was sent out by the Presbytery of Carlisle as a supply, to visit and preach in the new destitute settlements of the upper Juniata. This brings us to the time of the Revolutionary War. We have no account of public religious worship in this region during that conflict...but after the close of the war, destitute settlements enjoyed more frequent supplies of preaching. Scattered groups and communities of Presbyterians were then gathered together and organized into churches....When the Presbytery of Huntingdon was organized..there were just seven groups of churches and as many pastors. The several groups of churches were as follows: ....Upper and Centre, Pastor Matthew Stevens, formed 1783....Hollidaysburg: In 1784 a building.....For a number of years the colonists worshipped here under the ministrations of...and Matthew Stevens, and others.

In 1893, Emma Craig was a student at Sacred Heart School in Altoona. She appeared in a photo of "Room 4" on pg 27 of the 60th Anniversary of the Parish book published in 1950. Her brother Charles Craig was in Room 5. Her sister Lena was on pg. 31 an 32. Sacred Heart parish and school began in 1890 and the first pastor had been at St. John's Altoona - where Emma was baptised?

  • ********************************************************************************************************************************** Sharon Flower's letter to her granddaughter Jo Flower on the occasion of her First Communion in May, 2011

Dear Jo:

Your great-great grandmother, Emma Josephine Craig, was a very devoted Catholic woman who prayed the rosary often.

She was born on March 19, 1882, in Altoona, Pennsylvania. Like you, she was an excellent student and an avid reader. After graduating from high school, she went to Normal School for two years. This was a great deal of education for a woman in her day. She became a schoolteacher at the Catholic elementary school in Altoona. Aunt Pat tells me she also taught piano.

In 1909 her cousin, Attorney Charles Craig, came East on vacation from San Francisco to meet his Pennsylvania relatives. They fell in love and he asked her to come West to California and marry him. So in June of 1910 she boarded the train in Pennsylvania to come to California where they were married at the cathedral in Sacramento. She didn’t see her family again until 1941 when she was able to take the train east for a visit --- just imagine. Because there was no telephone yet, they had to keep in touch by writing letters. Even when they finally got a telephone, it was very expensive; so most communication was by letter. Emma and Charles built a house in Oakland. They had two daughters: my mother Peggy and her sister Jean. We used to visit them almost every month and spent all the holidays with them. My grandmother always made split pea soup. The other thing I really remember is making waffles with her and beating the egg whites.

One of my best memories is when I was six. My brother Craig was born on November 10, a week before my sixth birthday. My dad took my sister and me from San Jose up to Oakland to stay with my grandparents until Thanksgiving. In those days women stayed in the hospital two weeks when they had a baby. “Uh oh!” I thought. “Guess I won’t have a birthday party this year.” Imagine my surprise when my grandmother invited 4 girls from the neighborhood to come for a party. Tim’s Baptism

When we stayed with her, we often prayed the rosary together. My mother told me Grandma wanted me to have her rosary when she died. Mom wasn’t sure, but she thought she got it for her first communion. I don’t know if you have learned to pray the rosary yet, but I’m sure you will one day. We thought it would be special for you to have your great-great grandmother’s rosary. Perhaps one day you will give it to your youngest granddaughter.


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Emma Josephine Craig's Timeline

March 19, 1882
March 19, 1882
Old St. John the Evangelist, currentlly Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament
July 7, 1913
German Hosp., San Francisco, Ca
August 7, 1917
Age 37
Oakland, Alameda, California, USA
August 30, 1968
Age 86
SANTA CLARA, California
August 31, 1968
Age 86
Cypress Lawn, Colma, Ca
Sacred Heart School, Altoona, Pa