DESCENDANTS OF JAMES CRAIG OF DELAWARE

The earliest record of James Craig (written as Creage in the early records) comes from his purchase of 100 acres of land in Mill Creek Hundred, New Castle County, Delaware, on 2 April 1733. The property was part of the land that William Penn granted to his daughter, Letitia Penn, and his son, William Penn, Jr., known as "Staning Manor". The eastern 15,500 acres of this tract, divided about equally in Chester County, Pennsylvania and New Castle County, Delaware, was conveyed, October 23, 1701, to Letitia and known as "Letitia's Manor" or "Staning Mannor". Letitia later married William Aubry of London. Here is a more detailed picture showing the location of the property owned by James Craig. His will, probated 17 May 1770, mentions daughters Ann, wife of Arthur McCluer, Mary, wife of Samuel Henry, and son James. Nothing more is known of the daughters Ann and Mary.

James Craig Jr., married Jane Wetherow, 7 April 1759. James and Jane sold the Delaware property in 1771 and moved to Loudoun County, Virginia, where they purchased property 15 November 1771.

Most of the children of James and Jane left Virginia by 1814 and are subsequently found in: Columbiana Co., Ohio, Fayette Co., Kentucky, Green (now Adair) Co. Kentucky, and Hopkins Co., Kentucky. William Craig went to Columbiana Co., Ohio where some of his descendants lived for many years. James Craig is the only child known to have continued to live in Loudoun Co., Virginia, and his descendants can still be found in nearby counties. The youngest, Samuel Craig, joined his brother, William, in Ohio for a short time and then moved to Kentucky where my father, his great-grandson, was born in Muhlenberg Co.