Crager Family

Martin Vanburen Crager

Martin Vanburen Crager and wife Mary (or Marie) Ann Weeks moved to Angelina County from Rapides Parish, Louisiana shortly after the Civil War, perhaps in 1866. Martin served as a private solder in Company K of the 6th Louisiana Cavalry, CSA along with his son Francis, at the advanced age of 40. He was born about 1823 in Alabama or Mississippi (military marker says June 5, 1820) and died March 23, 1904. He is buried at Ryan Chapel Cemetery.

Martin and Mary Ann had the following children:

Mary, born 18 March 1826, was the daughter of Wiley S. Weeks, a Methodist minister and Delilah Scott. Wiley was living in the Crager household in 1870.

In 1860 Martin lived adjacent Edmond Crager, age 40, perhaps his older brother.

The Crager family may have lived in Texas before the Civil War before returning to Louisiana since the 1860 census indicates that Clarissa was born in Texas, although the 1870 census states Louisiana. It is interesting to note that Mary Ann's father Wiley Weeks lived in Gonzalez County, Texas about the same time since his first wife Delilah died and is buried there.

In 1900 Martin V. Crager lived with his daughter Mary Waller.

Francis Crager

Francis and Marie/Mary J. Crager had the following children:

Francis served as a private solder in Company K of the 6th Louisiana Cavalry, CSA along with his father Martin. The military marker at Ryan Chapel Cemetery states his middle name as Asbury, but the 1860 census shows his middle initial as M., perhaps "Martin" for his father or "Marion" for Revolutionary War hero Francis Marion, the "Swamp Fox".

Sources:

  1. 1910 Census, Angelina County, Texas, Precinct 4, Page 2, Dwelling 15 (John M. Crager
  2. 1910 Census, Angelina County, Texas, Precinct 4, Page 8, Dwelling 71(Robert M. Crager)
  3. 1910 Census, Angelina County, Texas, Precinct 4, Page 1, Dwelling 9(Wiley E. Crager)
  4. 1910 Census, Angelina County, Texas, Precinct 4, Page 4, Dwelling 35 (Carey E. Crager & Mary J. Crager)
  5. 1900 Census, Angelina County, Texas, Precinct 4, Page 6, Dwelling 44 (Martin V. Crager/Thomas Waller)
  6. 1900 Census, Angelina County, Texas, Precinct 4, Page 5, Dwelling 50 (Wiley Crager)
  7. 1900 Census, Angelina County, Texas, Precinct 4, Page 21, Dwelling 199 (Andrew Crager)
  8. 1880 Census, Angelina County, Texas, Subdivision No. 8, Page 12, Dwelling 109(Francis Crager)
  9. 1870 Census, Angelina County, Texas, Page 12, Dwelling 74 (Martin Crager)
  10. 1870 Census, Angelina County, Texas, Page 12, Dwelling 73 (Francis Crager)
  11. 1860 Census, Rapides Parish, Louisiana, Page 10, Dwelling 129