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Thomas Harrold Craig

Also Known As: "Thomas Craig", "Thomas H Craig"
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Death: May 09, 1915 (71-72)
San Francisco, San Francisco, California
Place of Burial: Cypress Lawn, Colma, San Francisco Co, Ca
Immediate Family:

Son of Hugh Craig and Mary Harrold
Husband of Mary Anne (Agnes) Semple
Father of Charles Francis Craig; Mary (Marie) Teresa Craig; Walter Hugh Scott Craig; Harold Thomas Craig and George Washington Craig
Brother of John Aristedum Craig; Bridget Craig; George W. Craig; Agnes JoannaJane Craig; Hugh Harrold Craig and 1 other

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About Thomas Harrold Craig


Birth: Catholic Records of Central Pa., vo. I, pg. 212 Baptism: Catholic Records of Central Pa., vol. I, pg. 212 Shows of 23 August 1837 Godparents: Hugo Hurl/Joanna Hurl {Sister and brother of his mother}

Marriage:(1) Marriage Certificate, doc # 45 (2)San Francisco Call newspaper, 21 July 1870, p.4., col. 2 (doc #245) Death: Ca.State Death Cert #15-o16064, Local Reg.#2832, Doc.#11 Burial: Cypress Lawn Cemetery, Colma, California, Lot 150, Section I Profession: Lt. Col. U.S.A., 84th Reg. Pa Volunteers U.S. Customs Service, San Francisco, 1866-1914

  • *** Department of Military Affairs of the Adjutant General's Office of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania provided the following certified record of the military service of Thomas H. Craig in the Pennsylvania Volunteers (Civil War): Enlisted as Private in Philadelphia, Co. G. 2nd. Regt. Pa. Inf for 3 months service.................... April 18, 1861 Enrolled as Adjutant, F&S, 84th Regiment Infantry of Blair County, Pa.......................August 30, 1861 Age at time of enrollment: Not Shown Residence: Blair County, Pa Mustered into service as Adjutant.........................Dec. 24, 1861 Promoted Major.....................................................July 31, 1862 Promoted Lieut. Colonel........................................Oct. 1, 1862 Resigned...............................................................Dec. 21, 1862 Military Records from National Archives add the following: Enlisted as Private in California Co. B 8th Rgt. Ca Infantry......December 2, 1864 for 3 years service. Appointed Sergt.of Company B, 8th Rgt. .................................. Dec. 3, 1864 Daily duty as Acting Sergt. Major from Dec. 3, 1864 Sgt. Craig to be sent to Alcatraz Isle to act as Sgt Mjr.............. Transferred to N.C.S. as Regimental Sgt. Major at Regimental Hdqs, Ft. Point ...................................March 1, 1865 Mustered out..............................................................................Oct 24, 1865

MILITARY RECORDS FROM NATIONAL ARCHIVES: Headquarters, Medical Department, 84th Regiment I hereby certify that I have carefully examined Adj. T.H. Craig of the 84th Regmt and find him unfit for miliary duty in consequece of injuries received at the late Battle of Port Republic. I further certifty that in my opinion he will not be able to resume his duty as officer in less than 15 days... June 11, 1862

Maj. Walter Barrett, Cmdy 84th Reg. P.V. Sir I respectfully apply for leave of absence for fifteen days. Thos. H. Craig, Adjt. 84th Reg. P.V.

ADDITIONAL information on T.H. Craig and his wife Mary Semple were provided to me by a great-great grandson of his brother, James Craig. This cousin's name is Dave Meinhard and he lives in Pa. The info has been exerpted in these notes and the original materials are located in a large acid-proof box in my possession in June 2007. Some that deal with Mary Semple Craig have been removed and placed in the record file for the T.H. Craigs. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Excerpt from the Democratic Standard, Hollidaysburg, Pa 17 Sept 1862:

Lieut. Col. Walter Barrett of the 84th Regiment P.V., has resigned. In the line of promotion Thos. H. Craig, who is at present the Major of the 84th, will as a matter of course, become the Lieut. Col. Major Craig has been with the 84th since its organization at Camp Crossman up to the present hour, and has "bore the burthen and heat of the day," upon all occassions. At Hancock, Winchester, Port Republic, and all the battles in which the 84th has participated, Maror Craig has proven himself a brave soldier and accomplished officer. He is one of the very best drilled officers in volunteer service, whilst his heroism and gentlemanly deportment have made him not only the idol of the officers and men of the 84th, but of all who are acquainted with his worth as a man and his efficiency as an officer. If ever any man earned promotion, that man is Major Craig, and we hope that the Governor will not hesitate for a moment to promote him to the rank of L-C of the 84th, with whose existence and misfortunes he has been so fully and creditably identified.His promotion will be creditable to the Administration, as well as a tribute due to merit of a high order. The advancement of Major Craig will give new life and infuse new hope into the shattered ranks of the gallant but ill-fated 84th Regiment." +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Head 2nd Med. Dept. 84th . Regt. P.V. Camp near Falmouth Va, Dec 18, 1862: I do hereby certify that I have carefully examined Thos. H. Craig, Lieutenant Colonel of the 84th Regt. P.V. and find him afflicted with disease of the spine, resulting from a dislocation of the vertebrae, which has rendered him unfit for duty for the past two months, and in my opinion he will never again be able to resume his duties as an officer. J.D. McClure, Acting Surgeon ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ 84th Reg. Penn Vols. Camp near Falmouth, Va Dec 18, 1862: To Lieut Col. Dickerman Surg. Genl. Cen. Gr. Div A of P Sir: Owing to ill health, as will appear by enclosed Surgeons's Cert. I hereby tender my resignation as Lieutenant Colonel 84th Reb. P.V. Thos H. Craig, Lt. Col. 84 P.V. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

DISCHARGE CERTIFICATE: (Doc #7): Headquarters, Army of the Potomac Camp Falworth, Va, December 22/62 Special Orders #33: The following named officer, having tendered his resignation is honorably discharged from the military service of the United States on Surgeons Certificate of disability. Lt. Colonel T. H. Craig, 84th Pa Vol By command of Major General Hooker Signed Jos Dickinson, Assistand Adjutant General

I hereby certify that the above is a true copy and that I have this day paid Lt. Col. T.H. Craig $294.00 in full from 1 November 1862 to 22 Dec 1862, both days inclusive. No final pay due. ____________ Paymaster, U.S. Army Washington, Dec 27, 1862

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ A letter written by Thomas H. (Doc #8) on letterhead of the Custom-House, San Francisco, Cal., Collectors office, Dated June 10th, 1892:

Hon. Geo. C. Gorham Washington, D.C. Dear Sir: You can readily believe that I was not only surprised but overjoyed on receipt of yours of the 3rd instant transmitting my long lost discharge, expecting as I did to find only a formal "certificate of Service" of comparatively slight value as a momento of the war, and I cannot sufficiently thank you for your persistent efforts to procure it. You are certainly entitled to the full credit of its recovers as I intended making no further inquiry after your failure to find it among Stanton's papers. I have written a letter of acknowledgement and thanks to Colonel Ainsworth. After exhibiting our almost miraculous find to some of our mutual friends I will have it framed and hung up with my four Commissions as evidence to my descendents that I enlisted as a high private three days after Lincoln's first call for volunteers, a record of which I feel prouder than any of my subsequent promotions. If I can be of any service to you here at anytime I will be only too glad of an opportunity to reciprocate your kindness. Yours gratefully, Thos. H. Craig +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Excerpt from ? Newspaper: "In Uncle Sam's Employ 42 Years" (so must have been in 1908) The oldest government official, in point of service, in this country is Colonel Thomas H. Craig, a former Blair Countian, who holds a position in the customhouse at San Francisco. Colonel Craig is a brother of Messrs. John Craig of 1804 6th Avenue and George W. Craig of 1106 Third avenue, and he has been in the employ of the government ever since the war. The following account of Colonel Craig's governmental service appears in a recent issue of the San Francisco Chronicle: Excerpt: "Some time ago the claim was made that the oldest Government official, in point of service, was holding down a desk in a department in Washington, having been an employee of the Government since 1872. If this is the best they can do, San Francisco has them beaten by a city block, for Colonel Thomas H. Craig, who is in charge of the arrival and clearance of vessels desk at the Customhouse here, has been an employee of that department since January 1, 1866. At that time, with thirty-six other soldiers of the Civil war, he was placed in the Customhouse by General John F. Miller, who had been department commander at Nashville, Tenn., President Andy Johnson's old home, and while there had won Johnson's regard and secured the Collectorship of this port. Colonel Craig was in many of the most important engagements of the Civil War, and was mustered out with the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel of the 84th Penna., the youngest officer in the regiment. His services at the Customhouse of late have been important, his desk being recognized as being one of the most trying on the floor. From S.F.Daily Commercial News "Shipping News" column, 11 May 1915 (Doc.#1) Death of Colonel Thomas H. Craig: Colonel Thomas H. Craig, for over 48 years an official of the Custom House, passed away at his home, 991 Haight Street, this city, last Sunday evening after a lingering illness. Colonel Craig was appointed to the customs service at this port on January 1, 1866, by General John F Miller, the Collector of Customs. On January 1, 1867, Colonel Craig was promoted to Entrance and Clearance Clerk, which position he occupied continuously until he resigned on account of ill health April 22, 1914. He was generally regarded as an expert in navigation laws and was one of the most popular men in the customs service and is known to every ship master who entered this port since he became entrance and clearance clerk. At the time of his retirement he was one of the oldest employees in the customs service of the United States. Colonel Craig had a distinguished reputation as a soldier of the Civil War. He was born in Pennsylvania, August 28, 1938, and enlisted as a private from Pennsylvania for three months service when Lincoln called for volunteers, and after being mustered out re enlisted in the 84th Pa. Volunteers with the rank of first lieutenant and adjutant. He participated in many noted engagements, among them the two battles of Bull Run, Port Republic, Winchester, Rappahannock Station, Thoroughfare Gap, Cedar Mountain, Bath, Hancock, Fredericksburg and others. For meritorious service on the field of battle he was promoted successively from first lieutenant to major, and then to lieutenant colonel. He was only 24 years of age at the time of his promotion to the lieutenant colonelcy, but was obliged to resign from active service in the winter of 1862-63 on account of injuries received in battle. Colonel Craig was a member of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion and of Lincoln Post G.A.R. He was the first inspector-general of the G.A.R. of the State of California, and participated in the first Memorial Day services held in San Francisco under the auspices of the G.A.R. Colonel Craig leaves surviving him his wife; a daughter, Mrs. J. Early Craig; and three sons, George W. and Walter S. of Oakland, and Charles F. Craig, an attorney in this city. An elder son, Harold A. died ten years ago.The funeral services will probably be held on Wednesday morning, of which due announcement will be mad

  • **************************** Memorial booklet printed by the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States stated that at the Battle of Port Republic he was run over by a caisson causing internal and spinal injuries, which eventually necessitated his resignation from the service. Prior to that, he participated in many battles, including Second Bull Run, where he commanded his Regiment. It also stated that he then engaged in the banking business in Philadelphia, but removed to California via the Isthmus.

An article in the Craig scrapbook from the Harrisburg Union Newspaper, June 23, 1862: An Excellent Promotion: Elsewhere in our paper it will be noticed that Thomis H. Craig, late Adjutant of the Eighty-fourth Regiment, has been promoted to the post as Major. This is unusual in the American army, as men generally rise from one rank to another, and according to precedent the senior Captain would have been the first in the line of promotion. It happens, however, that all the Captains in the regiment were in favor of Craig being promoted, because he fairly earned promotion in five hard fought battles. He was by the side of Colonel Murray when that gallant officer fell, and, although terribly shockjed at the catastrophe, he took command of the regiment until relieved by Captain Horrell, and fought with unexampled bravery until the victory - and the only real one of the Shenandoah Valley - was won. Napoleon promoted men according to merit, and it was not considered anything but sheer justice for him to elevate a corporal over a Colonel,when he discovered a requisite qualification. The example in case of Major Craig is alike creditable to the men who solicited the promotion and the Governor who gave it. In copies of military records (copies in Possession of Patricia Riley Alves in 1995, originals belong to Craig Edward Riley), Thomas Craig first joined and enrolled in Philadelphia 18 April 1861. When he enlisted in San Francisco in Dec. 1864, he is described on the company (Co.B., 8th Regiment, Ca. Infantry)Muster and Descriptive Roll as follows: Occupation: Clerk Eyes...Dark; Hair...Dark; Complexion...Light, Height...5ft 7 1/2in.

  • **** Register of Officers and Agents, Civil, Military, and Naval, Service of the U.S. on the 30th of September, 1867, printed by the Government Printing Office, 1868: President of the United States: Andrew Johnson of Tennessee $25,000 per annum Vice President of the United States [Vacant] $8,000 per annum CUSTOMS: California - San Francisco T.H. Craig Export and Abstract Clerk Born: Pa $1,800 per annum
    • ** Addresses in S.F.: (From S.F. City Directories at Sutro Library) [and from the San Francisco Blue Book] 1864/5 Oriental Hotel S.W. corner of Battery & Bush "The Oriental was a two-story frame building with long galleries across the front. Partitions between rooms were of cloth covered with paper which necessitated the carrying-on of any intimate conversation in whispers. But in spite of these slight disadvantages, we were happy there, and found what was known as the élite of the city sharing the discomforts. In the dining-room, one long table was reserved for men who took their meals there and lodged elsewhere. " "The Presidio 'carried on' socially as well as militarily through the war years and afterward. So many gallant officers I knew are forgotten now. Vivid, dashing figures they were, many of them distinguished for service to their country. Their blue uniforms with brass buttons, and white stripes down the trousers for infantry, yellow stripes for cavalry, and red for artillery, are bright flashes of color in my memory of old San Francisco. General McDowell succeeded General Albert Sidney Johnston as commandant and brought with him from Washington, his aides, handsome Captain Jim Cutting, of New York, and Captain Franklin Haven, of Boston, both West Point men. Later, the General's aides were Colonel William Neal Dennison, son of Governor Dennison of Ohio, and General Whittier, who was a Bostonian and had the Beacon Hill reserve of manner, which was odd in the West. Also he was conspicuous by reason of being 'clean-shaved' when other men were wearing elaborate hirsute adornments. It was a day of something like facial landscape gardening for men. Hedges, parterres, and veritable jungles trimmed their features. The Hallecks lived in a large house at Folsom and Second Street near Rincon Hill, where they gave a ball every winter, and where Captain Sumner and I once danced figures of the cotillion for the terpsichorean edification of other guests. It was the popular dance in New York, imported from Paris to supersede the Lancers. The tall, ecclesiastic figure of Colonel Coppinger looms in recollections of the Halleck balls. Ecclesiastic except for the long Dundreary whiskers he wore — 'weepers' we sometimes called them, I suppose because they faintly suggested streams of tears flowing down either side of the face. He was tall and thin and dark, with an interesting austerity probably acquired during his service in the Papal Zouaves; an Irishman by birth, but a citizen of the world. He had come to America from Rome to fight in the Civil War, and from a private in the Federal Army had risen to the rank of Colonel. A blithe spirit was Colonel Smedberg, who had served gallantly in the war and been severely wounded. Whenever a party dragged, Colonel Smedberg would suggest singing and proceed to open the program with 'Marching Through Georgia' in a fine baritone. The rest of the party joined in the chorus, and then Major Calif would contribute 'When I was in the Army,' a favorite number at the minstrels. As soon as there was an opening, Cutler McAllister would lift his voice in 'One Fish-Ball' intoned with appropriate melancholy: 'The waiter roared it through the hall, "We don't give bread with one fish-ball,"' many times." "Through residence neighborhoods of the old city passed the colorful figure of the Chinese vegetable vendor in blue cotton blouse and trousers, padded slippers, and a broad hat like an inverted tray of woven bamboo. Over his shoulder he carried a flexible pole and, slung on either end of it, a huge basket overflowing with fresh greens and glowing fruits that bobbed rhythmically to his swinging gait. On Fridays the Chinese fishman followed him on his rounds and stopped at the curb to weigh silver fish in his scales. Chinese peddlers of silks and brocades, carved ivory and jade, carried their wares from house to house packed in cases that were tied in great squares of yellow cotton. It was an adventure to have one brought in with his pack. He would step softly into a room with many little bows and kneel on the floor to untie the knotted cloth; and presently the carpet would be covered with a fascinating confusion of bright silks, ivory fans, lacquer boxes, pale green tea-cups of 'Canton Medallion,' and carved sandalwood that scented everything.Chinatown was endlessly fascinating. As early as the seventies it was said that thirty thousand Chinese were crowded into the quarter which extended northward on Dupont Street from California to Broadway, a district six blocks long and little more than a block wide. It was an enchanting little city where gentlemen in lavender brocade coats and puffed silk trousers were thick among coolies in their blue cotton. Their long queues were braided with strands of cherry silk. Little-foot women, with sleek heads and jade bracelets falling over their hands, leaned on their attendant maids in slow progress, the tiny feet shod in gold-embroidered silk; and adorable children, in green and cherry-red embroideries, laughed in the crowd of the lantern-hung street. It was, in short, a scene transported from Pekin. Windows of the bazaars were a blaze of color. Sweetmeat vendors were stationed along the curb, and over the gilded balconies of restaurants drifted the shrill music of singing slave girls. Everywhere the scent of sandalwood mingled with that of the fish markets.

Often we went shopping in Dupont Street, for silks, carved teakwood tables, and lacquer trays, and the Canton china that found its way into San Francisco dining-rooms. And often we brought home gifts of lichee nuts, jars of ginger, or white lilies growing in jade-green bowls — goodwill offerings from the merchants. These friendly aliens, with their love of bright hues, their strange theatrical customs, the tong wars and 'hatchet-men,' and all the mystery of life lived in subterranean levels, like geological strata, brought a flare of rich color to the pageant of the old city. Violent agitation against the Chinese in the seventies left many people cold, so to speak, and especially cold were San Francisco housewives. For them the Chinaman solved a domestic problem. He was a marvelous cook through a genius for imitation, and his integrity was refreshing. Much of the responsibility of housekeeping could be safely left to a 'Number One Boy.' And Chinese servants were eminently good to look at in their long white blouses, padded slippers, and their heads shaved almost clean, just a patch of hair left to braid into a queue which was wound tightly about the crown. " (Source: The Fantastic City ) CALIFORNIA AS I SAW IT -by Harvy Rice, v.99: " The Mercantile Library contains over 30.000 volumes (Oct 30, 1869)..."the trade and commerce of S.F. have become comparatively immense....export trade has increased from 1 1/2 Million dollars to 22 million annually in less than 20 years. A man may live here for 50 cents a day. "


1867/8 Insp Customs H (Entry.&Clear clerk) 1868/9 N.W. corner California & Dupont Entrance & Clearing Clerk, Customs H. 1870 631 Sacramento Entrance & Clearing Clerk "(Between Montgomery & Spring) 1871-77 1710 Clay Export & Abstract Clerk, " 1878-80 1532 Ellis 1900 -09 1314 Page Deputy Collector of Customs 1910 991 Haight 1915 Haight

U.S. CENSUS: 1860 Philadelphia County lists (on a Thomas H. Craig in the 22 Ward on pg 073 with the # PA45536028

1870 San Francisco, S.F. Co., Ca., roll# M573 631 Sacramento Street Craig, Thomas H. I had researched Roll 82, ward 8 with no results, then back to roll 81 with no results In 2001 I found him indexed on Ancestry. com as follows 3rd. Ward, San Francisco, pg. 329 (?) with the following #, which I am not sure to what it refers: 2D#CA23920376 74 75 1880 San Francisco, S.F. Co., Ca. E.D. 218, pg.9

1532 Ellis Street Craig, Thomas 37 Custom House Clerk (born in Pa.) " Mary A. 28 Keeping house (born in Pa.) " Harry A. 8 (born in Ca.) " Marie T. 7 (born in Ca.) " Geo. W. 5 " " " Walter Scott 5 " " Charles F. 4 " " Semple,Teresa 20 Sister-in-law

1900 San Francisco, S.F. Co., Ca. E.D. 159,sheet # 2-3, Line 94 1314 Page Street Craig, Thomas H. 59 Deputy Collector of Customs " Mary A. 43 " Harold A. 28 Clerk, Insurance " George W. 24 Clerk, Insurance " Walter S. 24 Clerk, Shipping " Charles F. 23 Attorney at Law Babin, Marie 21 Married 5 years " Lucille M. 10/12ths Semple,Tessie R. 30 Sister-in-law

1910 San Francisco, S.F. Co., Ca. E.D. 167, 991 Haight Craig, Thomas H. 71 Customs officer (parents born in Pa.) " Mary A. 56 (parents born in Pa.) " Charles F. 34 Lawyer Semple,Tessa 37 Sister-in-law

THE BLUE BOOK OF SAN FRANCISCO, Published by Shreve & Co. , 1909 edition lists Craig, Col., and Mrs. T.H., Mr. Charles F. (Miss Simple) at 1314 Page Street, so they must just have moved by the 1910 census.

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

MILITARY: Document #34: Headquarters, Army of the Potomac, Falmouth, Va. Dec 18, 1862: I hereby certify that I have carefully examined Thos. H. Craig, Lieut. Col of the 84th Reg't. Pa., and find him afflicted with disease of the spine, resulting from a dislocation of the vertebrae, which has rendered him unfit for duty for the past two months and in my opinion he will never again be able to resume his duties as and officer. J.D. McClure, Acting Surgeon, 84th PA.

Document # 7: Headquarters, Army of the Potomac, Fulmouth, Va. Dec. 22, 1862, Special Orders #33 : The following named officer having tendered his resignation is honorably discharged from the military service of the United states on Surgeons Certificate of Disability: LT. COLONEL T.H. CRAIG - 84TH PA VOL. By Command of Major General Hooker Signed, Jos. Dickinson, Asst. Adjutant General.

I certify that the above is a true copy and that I have this day paid Lt. Col. T. H. Craig $294 in full from 1 November 1862 to 22 Dec 1862, both days inclusive. No travel pay due. December 27, 1862 +++++++++ He made his original "Declaration for an Original Pension of an Invalid" on Feb. 1, 1879 (Doc. 32) that he was discharged 20 December 1862 on surgeon's certificate of disability at Falmouth, Va. He later served as Sgt. Major 8th Ca. Infantry on Post-duty in the Harbor of San Francisco. (Dec. 2, 1864-Oct. 24, 1865) In 1893, Mary Craig testified in affidavit to the following: "That I am and have been for the past twenty two years the wife of the applicant Thomas H. Craig, late Adjutant, Major and Lt. Colonel of the 84th Penna. Volunteers, that he has during all that time suffered from spinal troubles said by him to be the result of injuries received in the battle of Port Republic, Va., June 8, 1862, when he was knocked down and run over by an artillery caisson and carried from the field insensible. that with advancing years he has become helpless to the extent of daily requiring the occasional assistance of myself or some other member of the family. This assistance is necessary in dressing and undressing him, especially in putting on and removing his shoes and stockings, as it is impossible for him to bend his back for that purpose without severe pain. He frequently, from the same cause, requires assistance in ascending and descending the stairs and in changing from a sitting to an erect position. He is unable to lift any weight or perform any action requiring the bending of his body in any direction without apparent suffering, thus frequently requiring my personal aid and assistance in many of the ordinary operations of his daily life. He is not permanently confined to his bed or obliged to reamin indoors but has at times from an occasional strain been confined to his bed for days in a helpless condition, unable to turn in any direction without assistance." Reminiscences of Thomas's childhood in Hollidaysburg are referred to in the notes on Hugh Craig, written in 1896 from San Francisco to the Standard . (Copy of this, Doc #2, in Long archival file) The following is pertinent to Thomas's life: "I was born in the old homestead in 1838, and my parents, who were married in Alexandria, Pa. in 1834, celebrated their golden wedding in the same home in 1884 and died therein at an advanced age, the property still remaining in possession of the family. Across the street from our home was the public square called by us the "common".... "I was elected secretary of the Juniata Hose Company shortly before I left Hollidaysburg in 1855 TO MAKE MY HOME IN PHILADELPHIA. I WAS THEN EMPLOYED IN THE COUNTY RECORDERS' OFFICE IN THE COURT HOUSE BY MY FORMER SCHOOL TEACHER, LEWIS WILLIAMS, RECORDER, as the munificent salary of fifteen dollars per month, the first money I had ever earned.... Thomas enlisted as a private from Pennsylvania in April, 1861, at Lincoln's first call for volunteers, and rose to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel of the 84th Pennsylvania Volunteers, one of the great fighting regiments of the war. He participated in many great battles, and was severely wounded at the Battle of Port Republic, and was consequently forced to resign the service. Coming to San Francisco in 1864, he organized the George H. Thomas Post of the G.A.R. and was the first inspector-general for California of the G.A.R. He was also a member of the California Commandery of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion, which organization was composed of officers of the Army, Navy and Marine Corps of the Civil War, and their male descendants. Cypress Lawn Cemetary is the resting place of the T.H. Craig family. Most of the nineteenth century pioneers who helped establish the society of Northern California are interred here. The family burial plot contains the remains of Colonel Craig, his wife Mary Agnes Semple, his sons Charles, Walter and Harold, his daughter-in-law Emma Josephine and his sister-in-law Tessa.

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Thomas Harrold Craig's Timeline

September 24, 1837
St. Pat's, Newry, Pa
Age 67
San Francisco Assembly District 37, San Francisco, California
May 9, 1915
Age 72
San Francisco, San Francisco, California
May 12, 1915
Age 72
Cypress Lawn, Colma, San Francisco Co, Ca