James Craig – 1847

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James Craig, my 3rd great-grandfather, traveled to the Salt Lake valley with the Brigham Young company , which arrived on 24 July 1847.  He played the bugle to wake up the company each morning and became known as the “Bugler of the Pioneers.”  He is a descendent of the Pierse Creagh who was mayor of Limerick, Ireland in 1651.

-James was born on 1 Jun 1821 at Ennistymon, Clare, Ireland to David Creagh and Elizabeth MacNamara.

-James was baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on 8 Apr 1844.

-James married Margaret McMulkins or McMillens on 26 Aug 1844 at Lockport, Niagara, New York.  (She was born in Lockport on 20 Apr 1827.)

-James received a Patriarchal Blessing in July 1846.  Here are original and typed versions.

First child, Daniel, was born in 1848 in Nebraska.

-James received another Patriarchal Blessing in November 1848.  Here is the typed version.

-James & Margaret were sealed on 26 Aug 1849 at home of L.D. Young in Salt Lake.

-Second child, Margaret Ann, was born in July 1850 in the Millcreek area of Salt Lake.

-Listed in the 1850 US Fed Census were James & Margaret with two children.

-Third child, James Mormon, was born in Nov 1851 in Millcreek.

-Fourth child, my 2nd great-grandfather Joseph Hiram, was born in Mar 1853 in Millcreek.  He later married Lisania Judd, daughter of Hiram Judd.  HERE is the page for Hiram Judd.

-James was called to serve a mission in England/ Ireland in 1854.

-Fifth child, Eliza Jane, was born in Jan 1855 in Millcreek.

-James returned from his mission in 1858, traveling with the John W. Berry company.

-Sixth child, Ephraim Heber, was born in May 1859 in Millcreek.

-Listed in the 1860 US Fed Census were James & Margaret with six children.

-Seventh child, Manasa, was born in Feb 1861 in Millcreek.

-James & Margaret were called to help establish settlements in southern Utah; they settled in Santa Clara, Washington County, Utah.

-Margaret died on 1 Jan 1863 and was buried in Santa Clara.

-James was sealed to Caroline Ann Bailey & Mary Ann Smeal in Nov 1863 in the Endowment House in Salt Lake.

-James died on 2 Mar 1868 and was buried in Santa Clara.

-Listed in the 1870 US Fed Census were the five younger children, still living in Santa Clara with another family.  The two older children could not be found that year or any later years and may have died.  A new child, Emma, shows up in this census and may have been a cousin.

3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Joseph Reid
    Aug 28, 2014 @ 09:28:57

    James Craig is in my direct line on my maternal side, and through James Mormon Craig. Thank you for the brief history. I would be interested in anything else you might have; diary entries, mission stories, family history stories,etc.


  2. Wayne Borrowman
    Oct 19, 2015 @ 15:15:34

    I believe this ancestor of yours joined the church in Canada, probably western Ontario near Detroit. He was part of the Warwick branch in western Ontario. He partnered with Archibald Gardner, another Warwick member, in Winter Quarters, another from the branch and lived among the Warwick saints on Millcreek. My grandfather’s grandfather, John Borrowman, formed the branch from in 1843-44 on his mission from the families and people who joined because of his labors. He would have been part of the Canada Company of Saints crossing Iowa. James and John corresponded when John was in California after his release form the Mormon Battalion.
    If his date of marriage is correct, his wife would have been part of the company too, although she is not listed in the histories of the time (they often listed just heads of families). This information comes Robert Gardner’s life history, plus John Borrowman’s journal, both of which are online.


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