Robert Craig d. 1763

In reassembling the life of Robert Craig born before 1700, died 1763, Sussex, Delaware, and his children, using extant records, I am attempting to determine kinship relationships among his descendants and other colonial families of Sussex, Delaware.  It appears no extensive research for the Craig, Cragge (variations in spelling) family of colonial Delaware is existent.

Documented in transcribed records of the Lewes Presbyterian Church, is the death of Ruth Creag, November 1757.  It is not unreasonable to presume that she is the wife of Robert, since there is no mention of laying off the widow’s dower in his will made January 1763.

Two documents, made between 1717 and 1724, show Ruth Creag (Craig) had given birth to four children.  Her ancestry is found in the will of Alexander McKollah (Liber A folio 206) made 28 August 1724 and transcribed in Maxwell History and Genealogy, page 376.  Alexander’s will names brother in law Robert Craig, cozens Elizabeth and Mary Craig, daughters of Robert Craig; cozens Tambleton (Hamilton) and Robert Craig, sons of Robert Craig; sister Elizabeth Gray and sisters Ruth Craig and Elizabeth McCollah.  Are Elizabeth Gray and Elizabeth McCollah the same person?  Alexander also leaves a bequest to his cozen Samuel Gray, son of David Gray.  Both Elizabeth and David Gray witnessed Edward Cragee’s last will and testament made 10 September 1717.  Arguably, the meaning of cozen during this period can mean, niece and nephew.  Moreover, it is argued, that Ruth recognised her biological kin, by naming her son, born after 1724,  Alexander.

The connection between the McKollah (hereinafter McCulloch) and Craig families is buttressed by the will of Edward Cragee of Sussex, yeoman made 10 September 1717, while very sick and weak in body.  Edward bequeaths to Alexander MacCullah, a bible that was either his Masters or perhaps it should read mother, and a legacy to Elizabeth Cragee, daughter of Robert Cragee.  Elizabeth Gray along with her husband David Gray are two of the witnesses to Edward’s will. [1]

To his son William, Edward Cragee bequests 215a. of land and marsh lying and being in White Oak Neck with the plantation and all appurtenances thereunto belonging while son Robert receives the plantation where Edward lives containing 300a. of land and 9 a. of marsh lying in Piles Pasture.  To his daughter, Mary Cragee, Edward leaves her fifteen head of cattle, all his pewter and one feather bed and rug and all the other * thereunto belonging and one iron pot. [2]

Summary:        Edward Cragee & unknown

                        William Craig

Is William the same who d. Mar/22/1769 and is described as Wm. Craig (elder of our church) ?

                        Robert Craig                         Mary Craig

Copyright rests with Sarah Baird, and due acknowledgement, must always be made of the use of any material contained in, or derived from, this paper. Citation: “Sarah Baird, “Robert Craig d. 1763”, 21 April 2022.”


[1] Wills Book A folio 120

[2] Film # 007652946 image 363.

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