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Re: Craig Family search Ohio and WV

This is an old post so not sure if the original poster is still around.

My step-great grandmother Willetta MCCOWN TRAYNUM (1914-2008) was the granddaughter of Jane and Richard CRAIG. Her mother was Edna CRAIG, their daughter. The WATSON family were in-laws of the CRAIG family as their oldest daughter (Mary) married a man with the last name of WATSON.

I have been compiling a family tree of the MCCOWN and CRAIG families and know of cousins and other relatives here in Toledo or who moved to other areas but were from here.

It was interesting to see posted Jane CRAIG's death certificate. Another posting here at Afrigeneas a while ago (just read it today) was regarding the Wanzo Funeral Home's records detailing the family history's of many black families here in Toledo being he was the first black undertaker here in Toledo.

Six generations of my family have been buried either by Wanzo or Dale-Riggs who bought the funeral home. On Jane's death certificate it state's she was buried by Wanzo. When the weather clears, I'll go over to the cemetery and see if I can find her grave. Wanzo's records are kept at Bowling Green State University and whenever I get a day off work, I'm going to go spend the day at their library reviewing them and in the meantime, I keep track of who was buried by Wanzo, versus Sherrill who was another funeral home that black people used here so Jane will go on my list of "buried by Wanzo."

We have many pictures of the CRAIGs and MCCOWN's. Also, I met the younger Richard CRAIG many years ago (great grandson of Richard and Jane) and I believe he is still alive. My great grandmother has a cousin who is actively involved in the African American Legacy Project of Northwest Ohio and if the poster is still around, I can see if she has more information regarding the CRAIG family if it is still desired.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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