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Jane Craig

Birthplace: Scotland, United Kingdom
Death: after 1704
Spotsylvania,, Virginia, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Robert Taliaferro of "Church Neck" and Sarah Short
Mother of Rev. Taliaferro "Toliver" Craig
Sister of Elizabeth Taliaferro; Robert Taliaferro, Ill and Jane Taliferro
Half sister of Sarah Sallis; John Short; Samuel Short and Thomas A. Short

Managed by: Anne Brannen
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About Jane Craig

Jane Craig, according to tradition the mother of Toliver Craig.

Legend used to have it that she was impregnated by Captain Richard Taliaferro at sea while in transit to the American Colonies. However, DNA disproved that. But it's still possible that Taliaferro was her middle name. If this unsourced statement can be supported with evidence, the ancestry of Toliver Craig will need to be changed.


"Sources disagree about the circumstances of Taliiaferro Craig's birth. According to traditional accounts and his own descendants, Taliaferro was the illegitimate son of Ricardo Tagliaferro, an Italian sea captain, and Jane Craig, a young Scottish woman who traveled with him to the Virginia colony. She was pregnant and Tagliaferro never married her. Craig gave birth to a son she named Taliaferro Craig in 1704. His name was later anglicized to Toliver or Tolliver. Jane Craig never married.

"Ricardo Tagliaferro was said to have settled in Virginia, where he later married and had a family. He was said to have a brother there, Robert Tagliaferro (or Taliaferro). The Taliaferro families became distinguished in Virginia.

"But, this story about Craig's connection to Robert Tagliaferro may not be accurate. The Robert Taliaferro who was the ancestor of the prominent Taliaferro family of Virginia (later anglicized to Toliver or Tolliver), arrived in Virginia from England in the mid-17th century. His ancestors had been in England for some time, with the first serving as a court musician to Queen Elizabeth I in the 16th century.


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Jane Craig's Timeline

Scotland, United Kingdom
Age 20
St. George Parrish, Spotsylvania, Virginia
Age 20
Spotsylvania,, Virginia, United States