William CRAIG and Christina SWAN
also Adam CRAIG and Janet GEMMILL
from Lanark Scotland to Eastern Ontario in 1820


February 27, 2009:
William Craig, Calabogie Janet Gemmill & Adam Craig to Canada from Brother of Adam Craig Lanark, Scotland in 1820. Picture of William Craig of Calabogie Picture of Janet Gemmill & Adam Craig
Note: These Craig and Gemmill families were part of the 1820-21 group settlement of Scottish emigration societies. This group settlement is best described in Carol Bennett's book, The Lanark Society Settlers.
Hello: I have William Craig, died 1850 buried in Lanark, ON? Married Christina Swan. So he seems to be settled around Lanark with a brother, Adam, and have all his children in Canada by then. Dad told me that William's son Adam from there married a Catholic, Bridget Lee, from Mount St. Patrick and the kids were that from then and all buried in Springtown cemetery close by the only Catholic church. The couple went to separate churches. Now there is St. Patrick's in Calabogie. Sometime we can get to Springtown and sort out some dates. Ethel's brothers have names like Laurie, Cleveland and fought/ died WWI Ruby was a sister. There is a memorial in town. Ruby Craig was married a second time to the Calabogie town Doctor, R. A. Flynn. Adam Craig married to Bridget Lee, I think, was a cook with the Kingston and Pembroke Railway (K&P, also called the Kick and Push Railroad) when cooks brought food to the train during stops and fed travelers much better. Ethel was born near 1891 since she died at 55 in the 1950's. Seeking decendants of William and Jean, children were John b 1767 m Janet Gibson Lillias b 1769 Jean b 1771 William b 1773 Jammes B 1775 John and Janet, children were William b 1793 Marian b 1795 Jean b 1798 John b 1800 Adam b 1800 All born in Lanark, Lanarkshire Scotland. William m Christina Swan and they and John and Adam arrived in Canada in May 1820. They settled in Lanark county Ontario and later moved to Calabogie, Renfrew County. Looking for the line of: *William Craig.B/May12/1857 at Dalhousie [Gillhouse] Lanark County, Ontario, Canada. *Married:Dec.27/1881 at Ontario,Canada. *Mary Elizabeth Ballance Rothwell B/Dec.4/1861 at Carlton Ontario,Canada. Children: #1/ Margaret[Mary]Jane Craig B/ Nov.13/1884 Ontario Canada. She married:David Skinner,Alberta,Canada #2/William John Craig B/Sept.22/1886 Ontario Canada. He married:Lydia Darkey,Alberta,Canada. #3/Jessie or Jesse May Craig.B/Aug.15/1888 at Kemptville or Carleton Place Ontario Canada. She married:Charles Horace Payne.Nov.6/1907 at Bowden Alberta Canada #4/Sinclair Lockhart Craig. B/Sept.2/1891,Bowden Alberta, Canada. He married:Mary Rasmussen,Alberta Canada. #5/Andrew Craig.B/March.23/1893 at Bowden Alberta Canada. He married:Agnes Rasmussen,Alberta Canada. #6/George Henry Craig B/Dec.27/1895 at Bowden Alberta Canada. He married:Mame MacLean. at Alberta Canada. #7/Christina Craig B/May.13/1897 at Bowden Alberta,Canada. She married:Charles Rollans at Alberta,Canada. #8/Violet Craig. B/March.2/1899 at Alberta,Canada. She married:Harold Hayward at Alberta Canada. #9/Ivan Adam Craig.B/April.8/1902 at Alberta,Canada. He married:Luella Gilliland at Alberta,Canada. From what I have heard William,Mary and the three children came from Ontario Canada to Bowden Alberta Canada in 1889 where they homesteaded. William had been a lumberjack in Ontario. ... Ronald Conlon see also the Patrick Conlon and Ann Corrigan web page
New January 24, 2011: Hi, I am a descendant of William and Jean. My line is as follows; John Craig and Jane(Jean)? William Craig and Jean Russell John Craig and Janet Gibson William Craig and Christian Swan Andrew Craig and Sarah Radwell(Rathwell) John Craig and Catherine Phillips John Craig and Eva Belle Dowsett Evon Craig and Muriel Lumsden Eric Craig and Joan Fisher Me William's wife is often referred to as Christina, but her name as shown on their eldest daughter Janet's baptismal notice is Christian. Janet was born in Scotland with all the others born in Ontario.
baptism of Janet Craig, 1820
William died in 1870. I have a date of 1837 for Christian but no records other than William listed as a widower in the 1851 census. I have a list of six children: Janet(Jessie) Buchanan Craig John McDonald Craig William John Craig George Craig Adam Craig Andrew Craig I have included a few images I have cropped out of original documents I have. The originals are too large to send by email. I have several anecdotal accounts of William and Christian's arrival in Canada being for 1820 but no documentation. I do have another account of him arriving in 1821 on the Earl of Buckinghamshire but it is not substantiated either. The first mention I can find of him in Lanark county is in October 4, 1821 where he received lot 3p of concession 3 in Lanark township. He was a cooper by trade. Any clarification on this is greatly appreciated. I am currently looking for information on his son Andrew 1834-1905. He is listed in the 1851 census as married, no other details. I can't find any marriage or banns announcement, no records of births or baptisms for his children, nothing. He and his wife Sarah Radwell(Rathwell) had nine children: William Christian S. Andrew John Sarah Janet Margaret Sinclair James Jessie B Adam I know he left the province and moved to Windermere, British Columbia / BC where he died on Oct 16, 1905. By the 1881 census he is listed as a widower but no records of children? I did find a mention of Sinclair and Jessie Craig 13 and 11 at the time but the entry is isolated from any other Craigs. Any information or better yet pictures of Andrew would be greatly appreciated. Finally, here is a link to my blog. I have picture pages for my family and on my Grandfather Evon's page pictures of his parents and grandparents: http://theossingtonkitchen.blogspot.com/2011/01/grandma-and-grandpa-craig_02.html Thank you for your time ... Paul Craig

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