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July 2, 2009
from John R. Reed
I was searching for information on the Cragun family and
noticed that for Zechariah Cragun (married to Elizabeth
Shideler) you have only 2 children listed: Dora E.
[Shanklin] and Ella M. They also had a son, Sylvester
Shideler Cragun, born 1852, married to Candace S.
Sylvester and Candace had 5 children, the youngest of
whom was Margaret Elizabeth Cragun, born 9/17/1894, my
grandmother. Since my grandmother was the only one of the
five to have children, the Cragun surname for
this branch of the tree ended with Sylvester.
Margaret Elizabeth Cragun married Merritt Wright Reed and
had 2 children: Harry John Reed (my father) and Margaret
Jean [Reed] Sheldon.
The Shideler Cemetery just south of Logansport, IN, is
where many of the Craguns and Shidelers are buried,
including Zechariah and Elizabeth Cragun, Sylvester and
Candace Cragun, Sylvesters sister Ella Cragun, and
3 of his children -- Margaret [my grandmother] and her
second husband [Earl Danforth], Ruth C. [died in
infancy], and Harry M. This is also where my father is
I have photos of these gravesites if you are interested.
Let me know, Id be happy to hear from you.
John R Reed
My connection to these
people is remote: Zechariah and Elizabeth Cragun's
daughter Dora married a SHANKLIN. Dora and her
husband had a daughter who married a BEARD. The Beard
man she married was the first-cousin of my
grandfather. It's unusual that you found those folks
in my database because I do not work at filling out
the extended family of extended family.
However, I've checked the information you offered
against the various census records and have added the
information to my database.
If you have grave site photos that you'd like to
share, you can upload them at findagrave.com.
All of the names that you mentioned as being at
Shideler Cemetery have already been entered in the
findagrave database. You can begin here:
Sylvester S. Cragun and his wife Candace (Marshall)
Harry John Reed
You can also add photos of the people to those
memorial pages at findagrave. Because those pages are
for your father, your grandmother, your
great-grandparents, the person who entered them will
transfer them to you if you request a transfer. Then,
you can add whatever information you would like to
Sep. 2, 2009
Hello Alice, I have quite a bit of information about the
Griffiths in Ripley County, Indiana and how they are
related. I see where others have inquired about these
families and would like to try to tie these together.
Thank you for writing.
I have limited information on the GRIFFITHs whom I
work. The bulk of what I know can be seen here: Henry Mullan Griffith, 1848-1900. Henry was one of four children born to
George Alexander Clark GRIFFITH and Eliza Jane KITTS.
I've never learned when or where Henry's father died,
and I've never found where Henry's mother was buried.
Henry's grandfather died young, soon after marriage,
and Henry's grandmother married again before moving
June 16, 2011
I have not seen any recent entries to the guest book, so
I am not sure if it is active but thought I would try. I
can trace my line down from Adam REPLOGLE
b aprx 1762 Pa. Married to Laviana METZGER
b 1755 Pa. Catherine Metzger REPLOGLE b 1813 Oh married
to Samuel R MILLER b 1812 Oh. John R MILLER b 1831 Oh
married to Sarah WRIGHT b 1837 Ind. Othar MILLER b 1856
Ind married to Elvira GARNER b 1860 Ind. Clyde L. MILLER
b 1880 Ind married to Trella M Truex b 1883 Ind. Retha J
MILLER b 1918 Mi married to Melvin M McENTIRE B 1913 Oh.
Melvin and Retha are my grand parents.
Thanks for writing. I
don't find those particular people in my database,
but the names REPLOGLE and METZGER sure are familiar
and married into many of the families that I work.