Mary Anne (Agnes) Semple

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Mary Anne (Agnes) Semple

Also Known As: "Mary A Craig", "Mary A. Craig"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Death: September 09, 1933 (75-76)
Phoenix, Maricopa, AZ
Place of Burial: Cypress Lawn Cemetary,San Francisco, Ca
Immediate Family:

Daughter of James Francis Semple and Margaret Annie Cavenaugh
Wife of Thomas Harrold Craig
Mother of Charles Francis Craig; Mary (Marie) Teresa Craig; Walter Hugh Scott Craig; Harold Thomas Craig and George Washington Craig
Sister of Theresa (Tessa) R Semple and Matthew Semple

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About Mary Anne (Agnes) Semple

GEDCOM Note

Birth: At Sea (Ireland to USA, arriving 8 Oct 1849 (Irish Immigrants: New York Port Arrivals, 1846-1851 Baptism: Marriage: Certificate, doc. #45, possession of P.Alves Death: Arizona State Board of Health, Death Cert #1182 (doc #44)

Affidavit provided by Mary Semple Craig when she applied for her widow's pension increase after the death of T.H.Craig gives much information about her childhood: This message has been sent through the Ancestry connection service. Simply reply to this email to respond to koo111 through the connection service. Note: The connection service uses your Ancestry username to identify you and does not display your name or email address. If you would like to remain anonymous, be sure to remove any personal information that your email program may include in your reply.

Pat- I also thought that the Affidavit was interesting. The body of it reads:

Mary A. Craig being first duly sworn deposes and says: I reside at 1694 Fell St., San Francisco, CA; I am the widow of Thomas H. Craig, formerly Adjutant, Captain, Major, and Lt-Col of the 84th PA Vol. Infantry; I was born in the year 1851, August 10th, at Philadelphia, PA; the names of my parents were James F. Semple and Margaret Semple; We resided at Green St. in Philadelphia; Matthew Semple deceased and Tesea R. Semple deceased; my parents died when I was ten years of age, whereupon with my sister and my brother, I went to reside with my uncle and aunt , Mr. and Mrs.Giltinan, who resided in 1860 to 1868 on Walnut St. in Phila. the city of Phila. kept no records of births prior to the year 1860; in 1868 I moved from Phila. to San Francisco, and went to live with my aunt and uncle Mr. and Mrs. Kavanagh, and resided on Pacific Ave.in the city; on July 20th , 1870, I was married to Thomas H. Craig , a photastic copy of my marriage certificate being attached hereto; my husband died in May 1915; I have no family records of the date of my birth, and do not know if any such ever existed; as I was a full orphan at the early age of ten years; and my brother and my sister were younger than myself, there was no one in authority to look after, keep or maintain any family records, and I know of no person living who would have possesion of the same, if any there were; in May, 1928 I was 76 years of age, and entitled to the increase of pension provided by the Act of Congress of May 22, 1928, and also by the Act of June 9, 1930.

then signed by Mary A. Craig

hope this helps

take care

dave ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
The above information corrects the followning:

A letter to Pat Riley Alves from Walter Craig, Senior Judge of the U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, October 25, 1982:

Dear Pat: This a belated acknowledgement of your inquiry of September 9th, which was awaiting my return from Oregon, where I had been sitting for a month. Shortly after my return from Oregon I was assigned to the District of Nevada, and have just returned last Saturday.

Your great-grandmother's maiden name was Mary (Agnes) Semple. She had a younger sister, Tessa R. Semple. Tessa R. Semple died in San Francisco in 1929. She was unmarried. Your great-grandmother "Nana" lived with my family from 1929 to 1932,I believe. Both Mary (Agnes) and Tessa are buried in the family plot in Cypress Lawn Cemetary in Colma. Mary ( Agnes) Semple and Tessa R. Semple were born in Philadelphia. {PATS NOTE: SEARCH 83 AND 98, 1850 & 1860 CENSUS REPORTS LIST MARY/ MARY A. AS HAVING BEEN BORN IN IRELAND, THO HER BROTHER MATTHEW WAS BORN IN PENNSYLVANIA) Both their parents died young and the two little girls were raised in a convent in Philadelphia. Some years ago I attempted to trace their heritage in Philadelphia without success, because the convents in that area did not retain records that old.

Your great-grandfather, Thomas Harold Craig, was born in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, which is not far from Altoona, where your grandmother, Emma, was born and raised Your great-grandfather was in the regular army, and as a result of injuries suffered in the Civil War when his horse was shot from under him and he was run over by a caisson, he was ultimattely assigned to the San Francisco Presidio. Following his retirement from the army as a Lt. Colonel, he became Clerk of the Port of San Francisco.

I believe your grandfather, Charles, had the Colonel's records, together with two swords, one of which was supposed to go to Thomas H. Craig, II, and one to me. Colonel Thomas was born in 1839 and died in 1915. In 1868 he sent for your great-grandmother, Mary (Agnes) and her sister Tessa, who traveled to San Francisco, and there Colonel Thomas and Mary (Agnes) were married. They spent their honeymoon at Emerald Bay on Lake Tahoe, which must have been a beautiful place at that time.

I have learned from friends in Philadelphia that historically the name Semple was well and favorably known.

It could be that my older sister Lucille has considerably more information than I have. She passed away in 1969. She had two boys, one Malcolm Clay Heffelman in Schenectady, New York and Dr. Craig Semple Heffelman, who is an orthopedic surgeon in Houston, Texas. His address is 6503 Edloe Street, Houston 77005. My sister's information may have been passed on to Craig.

I believe that grandmother Nana was also related to Gen. Edward O.C. Ord, after whom Ft. Ord is named. Our cousin, Ned Ord, whose name is also Edward O.C. Ord, is a lawyer, and his last address that I have is 3336 Las Heurtas, Lafayette, Ca.

You have another cousin, John Charles Craig, who is an engineer, and the last I recall operated his business under the name of John Charles Craig and Associates in Honolulu. His home address is 239 Piako Driive, Honolullu 96816. His younger brother, Robert Walter Craig, lived with your great grandmother and Aunt Tess in their home on Fell and Masonic Streets in San Francisco for a couple of years while he was attending U.S.F.

My recollection is that Mary (Agnes) and Tessa had an older brother whose name was Matthew, and he resided in Alaska for many years, but where and when I do not know. Cousins Jack and Bob, along with ther brothers Tom and George, were the sons of my uncle, George, who was your grandfather's older brother.....

  • *** The 1905 San Francisco Blue Book lists Mrs. Thos. H. Craig and Miss Tessa R. Semple, of 1314 Page Street, as members of the California Federation of Womens Clubs, the California Club, San Francisco District (pg 267)

On May 29, 1915 Mary A Craig filed a Declaration for a Widow's Pension (doc#42), stating that she was the widow of Thomas H. Craig who enrolled at Philadelphia on the 18th of April 1861 as a private in the 19th Pa. Volunteers. He was honorably discharged on August 8, 1861 and he also served in the 84th .

1930 U.S. FEDERAL CENSUS: SAN FRANCISCO, DIST. 138 : 1614 Fell Street Craig, Mary A Head Rent Female White 78 Widow..states she was born in Pa (actually born at sea between Ireland and U.S.) and that her parents were born in England (they stated in 1850 and 1860 Census that they were born in Ireland)

I received a phone call from cousin Jack Craig (John Charles), son of George Craig, grandson of T.H. Craig, in April, 1983. He recalled his "Nana" (Mary Agnes Semple Craig) as being a very big lady. He himself is over six feet tall and Nana was nearly as big as he and very strong. Her sister Tess, on the other hand, was small and delicate.

Cousin Jack also recalled that the family of Thomas Harold Craig traced itself back to King Harold of Saxony, something that my mother, Marion Craig also told our family..

He further related that Jubal E. Craig met his wife, Marie Teresa when he represented her divorce from her 1st husband.

Info that can't fit into Thomas H's Notes: May 2006:

Soldier Names

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No. Soldier Name Side Function Regiment Name 1 Craig, Thomas H. Union Infantry 1st Battalion, Pennsylvania Infantry (100 days, 1864)

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2 Craig, Thomas H. Union Infantry 19th Regiment, Pennsylvania Infantry (3 months, 1861)

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3 Craig, Thomas H. Union Infantry 84th Regiment, Pennsylvania Infantry

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Mary Anne (Agnes) Semple's Timeline

1849
October 8, 1849
From port of Newry, Ireland, ship Brothers
1857
1857
Pennsylvania
1872
1872
California
1873
1873
California
1875
1875
California
1876
1876
California
1877
1877
California
1930
1930
Age 73
San Francisco, San Francisco, California
1933
September 9, 1933
Age 76
Phoenix, Maricopa, AZ
September 10, 1933
Age 76
Cypress Lawn Cemetary,San Francisco, Ca