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Craig, William

Born: 1790-XX-XX Fayette County, Kentucky

Died: 1847-10-02 Sangamon County, Illinois

Flourished: Sangamon County, Illinois

Craig married Mary P. Swope in Kentucky in 1821, and together they had seven children. In 1832, they moved to Illinois, where they settled in western Sangamon County and established a farm. Craig was interested in developing transportation in Illinois through rivers and railroads: he was an incorporator of the Wabash and Mississippi Railroad Company and the Mississippi, Springfield, and Carrollton Rail Road Company. He was also a founder of the Beet Sugar, Silk, and Vegetable Oil Manufacturing Company.

John Carroll Power and S. A. Power, History of the Early Settlers of Sangamon County, Illinois (Springfield, IL: Edwin A. Wilson, 1876), 233-34; U.S. Census Office, Sixth Census of the United States (1840), Sangamon County, IL, 39; An Act to Incorporate the Wabash and Mississippi Rail Road Company; An Act for the Incorporation of the Mississippi, Springfield and Carrollton Rail Road Company; An Act to Incorporate the Beet Sugar, Silk, and Vegetable Oil Manufacturing Company; Sangamo Journal (Springfield, IL), 4 April 1835, 3:1.