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John Craighead

Born Born 02 May 1847 in Seymour Twp., Northumberland Co., Ontario.
Died Died 13 April 1923 in Sidney Twp., Hastings Co., Ontario.
Married Married 1st - 23 May 1873 to Jane Acheson, b. 1841, d. 13 Dec 1880
    2nd - 27 Mar 1889 to Letitia Cochrane, b. 14 Jan 1861, d. 29 Aug 1943

Parents and Family of John Craighead:

  1. Barbara Craighead; b. 1845, d. 1849
  2. John Craighead; b. 02 May 1847, d. 13 Apr 1923
  3. Christina Craighead; b. 1850, d. 09 Oct 1880
  4. Mary Ann Craighead; b. 06 Jul 1852, d. 04 May 1928
  5. William Craighead; b. 19 Jan 1858, d. 16 June 1936
  6. Elizabeth Craighead; b. 01 Dec 1862, d. 12 Oct 1945

Parents and Family of Jane Acheson:

  • Father: William A. Acheson; b. in Ireland, d. before 1851 Northumberland Co., Ontario.
  • Mother: Latishie Little; b. about 1803 in Ireland, d. 05 Mar 1875 in Northumberland Co., Ontario.
  1. John Acheson; b. 1831 in Ireland, d.
  2. Elizabeth Acheson; b. 1831 in Ireland, d. 09 Sep 1906
  3. Margaret Acheson; b. about 1838, d. unknown
  4. Jane Acheson; b. 1841, d. 13 Dec 1880

Parents and Family of Letitia Cochrane:

  • Father: John Cochrane; b. 24 Nov 1828 in Scotland, d. 19 Dec 1915
  • Mother: Elizabeth Acheson; b. 1831 in Ireland, d. 09 Sep 1906
  1. Margaret Cochrane; b. 10 Feb 1855, d. 1944
  2. James Cochrane; b. 26 Apr 1857, d. 1913
  3. William Cochrane; b. 10 Oct 1859, d. 18 Sep 1943
  4. Letitia Cochrane; b. 14 Jan 1861, d. 29 Aug 1943
  5. John Cochrane; b. 14 Jul 1864, d. 1956
  6. Peter Cochrane; b. 14 Jun 1866, d. 1956
  7. Robert Cochrane; b. 25 Jun 1869, d. 23 Jun 1936
  8. Charles Cochrane; b. 24 Jun 1875, d. 26 Mar 1956

Children of John Craighead and Letitia Cochrane:

  1. James Craighead; b. 1889, d. 1890
  2. Jessie Craighead; b. 1890, d. 1891
  3. Robert Craighead; b. 1892, d. 1894
  4. Percy Stanley Craighead; b. 5 August 1895; d. 4 Nov 1975
  5. John Seymour Craighead; b. 10 Jul 1897, d. 19 Jan 1983
  6. Charles Gordon Craighead; b. 09 Oct 1899, d. 02 Nov 1970
  7. William Henry Craighead; b. 03 Oct 1900, d. 06 Mar 1964

Johnís Early Years

John was the second child of William and Elizabeth. His older sister, Barbara, born in 1845 only lived about four years. Therefore, John was the eldest of the children. He was about 7 years old when his parents bought the family farm on Lot 21, Concession 5 of Seymour Township, Northumberland County in Ontario. He attended the nearby country school and helped around the farm.

As a young man starting out in life, John entered a partnership with Robert John Eley in Campbellford. They manufactured and sold home furniture such as bedroom sets, dining room tables & chairs, couches and various other pieces. They also ran the funeral service for the district. This partnership was dissolved on 09 Feb 1888 with R. J. Eley taking over the business and paying $4,000.00 to John. This business continued to be successful and eventually was taken over by the Bennett's.

John and Jane

John married his first wife, Jane Acheson, on 23 May 1873. They lived in Campbellford and John worked with his business partner to operate the furniture manufacturing business and store. They never had children. Then Jane died on 13 Dec 1880 and was buried in the Burnbrae Cemetery.

John and Letitia

After dissolution of his business partnership, John went farming again and purchased an 150 acres farm on Lot 20, Concession 9 of Percy Township, Northumberland County on 22 Dec 1888 for $4,500.00. Then on 27 Mar 1889, John married his second wife, Letitia Cochrane. Letitia was a neice of John's first wife, Jane Acheson. John and Letitia had seven children but the first three died as infants. The other four, all boys, were born and raised on this farm. On 01 Feb 1905, John and Letitia sold the farm in Percy Township and moved into Campbellford where they lived for nearly two years. They then purchased on 3 Jan 1907 an 164 acres farm on the north halfs of Lots 24 & 25, Concession 9 in Sidney Township, Hastings County, on the east side of the village of Stirling, Ontario. Here they farmed and continued to raise their four boys. The eldest son, Percy, took over the ownership of the farm on 29 Dec 1921.

The Final Years for John and Letitia

John died on 13 Apr 1923 and was buried in the family plot in the Stirling Cemetery. Letitia continued living on the farm with her son Percy until her death on 29 Aug 1943 and was buried alongside her husband.
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