Jane Francis Herring and John G. Conger
Jane Francis Herring Conger and Benjamin D. Suggett
Jane Francis Herring Conger Suggett and Cal Craighead

Jane Francis Herring was my great grandaunt, daughter of George Washington Herring Sr. and Lucy Simco

Jane was born Dec. 9, 1838 in Callaway Co., Missouri. She married John G. Conger, on October 22 1857 in Callaway Co., Missouri. John G. Conger was born in 1838 in Callaway Co., Missouri. John's parents were Stephen D. Conger and Lucy J. Gordon.

Jane Herring's brother, James E. Herring, married John Conger's sister, Eliza Conger in 1857, the same year that Jane and John were married.

Jane Francis Herring and John G. Conger had two children:
  1. Lee Roy Conger, b: 16 Oct 1858 Callaway Co. Missouri, d: 23 Aug 1945, Callaway Co. Missouri, buried Ebenezer Baptist Church Cemetery, Callaway Co. Missouri.
    • Married Oct. 19, 1881 in Callaway Co., Missouri, Ada M. Smith, b: Oct 25, 1861 d: Apr. 21, 1885, Callaway Co. Missouri. Buried Ebenezer Baptist Church cemetery, Callaway Co., Missouri.
      • Children:
      • Florence Estelle Conger b: Aug. 18, 1882 Callaway Co. Missouri, d: Nov. 18, 1969.
        • Married, Apr. 12, 1905, Callaway Co., Missouri, Oran Aubry Maddox, b: Dec. 29, 1880, Missouri, d: July 25, 1971. He was a son of William M. Maddox and Mildred B. Jones. They are buried in Ebenezer cemetery, Callaway Co., Missouri.
          • Children:
          • William L. Maddox, b: abt. 1907, Callaway Co., Missouri, d: Apr. 1, 1973.
            • Married December 24, 1929, Virginia Lee Baker, b: Nov. 17, 1909, Reform, Callaway Co., Missouri, d: Dec. 30, 2003,Centralia, Boone Co., Missouri. She was a daughter of Wilson Owen Baker and Margaret Berry. They are buried in Callaway Memorial Gardens cemetery, Fulton, Callaway Co., Missouri.
              • Children: One daughter, Living
          • John R. Maddox, b: abt. 1910, Callaway Co., Missouri.
          • Marin E. Maddox, b: abt. 1911, Callaway Co., Missouri.
          • Julia N. Maddox, b: abt. 1917, Callaway Co., Missouri.
            • Married July 3, 1936, Paris, Monroe Co., Missouri, Joseph Woodrow Calvin, b: Mar. 5, 1913, Reform, Callaway Co., Missouri, d: Apr. 26, 1998, Fulton, Callaway Co., Missouri, buried Hillcrest cemetery, Fulton, Callaway Co., Missouri. He was a son of Richard and Dora Ross Calvin.
              • Children: Two sons, one daughter, Living.
      • Ada E. Conger b: Apr. 21, 1885 Callaway Co. Missouri, d: Dec. 1, 1886, Callaway Co., Missouri.
        • Newspaper obit notice: Ada E. Conger Abt 1 Dec 1886 Callaway Weekly Gazette
  2. Florance Ann Conger, b: Dec. 2, 1860 Callaway Co. Missouri, d: July 19, 1948, Callaway Co. Missouri.
    • Married April 28, 1879 Madison Wright, b: Mar. 19, 1859, Callaway Co. Missouri, d: May 21, 1942, Callaway Co. Missouri. He was a son of Thomas Austin Wright and Mary Jane Houchins. They are buried in Ebenezer Baptist chuch cemetery, Callaway Co., Missouri.
John G. Conger died 19 Jun 1864, leaving Jane a widow with two small children. John Conger was killed while fighting on the side of the Confederacy in the Civil War at Kennesaw Mountain, Georgia. He was buried in Georgia.

On December 22, 1864, Jane married Benjamin D. Suggett in Callaway County. Her name was listed as Francis Jane Conger on the marriage record.

Benjamin D. Suggett was born in 1811 in Kentucky. He was quite a bit older than Jane and already had several children by his first wife, Elizabeth F. Branham. Elizabeth was born in 1831 in Callaway County. They were married November 1, 1848. I do not have an exact date of death for Elizabeth Suggett, but it was between 1857 and 1863. They had 5 children, Napoleon (born 1850), Marion (born 1852), Edward (born 1855), Sarah (born 1857), and Benjamin (born 1860).

Benjamin and Jane Herring Conger Suggett had three children:
  1. Benjamin George Suggett, b: 1865 Callaway Co. Missouri. d: 1945, California
  2. Mary Christian Suggett, b: Jul. 20, 1867 Callaway Co. Missouri, d: Oct. 15, 1951, Kansas City, Jackson Co., Missouri, buried Richland Christian Church cemetery, Callaway Co., Missouri.
    • married Aug. 11, 1886, Sterling Price Beaven, b: Mar. 4, 1861, Callaway Co. Missouri, d: Feb. 28, 1931, Independence, Jackson Co., Missouri, buried Richland Christian Church cemetery, Callaway Co., Missouri. Sterling was the son of Charles Milton Beaven & Frances Isabella Miller. Sterling was a farmer & attorney. He was probate judge from 1899 to 1910 & Missouri State Senator from 1911 to 1914.
      • Children:
      • Earl Nixson Beaven b: 9 Oct 1887 Callaway Co. Missouri, d: 11 Feb 1906, buried Richland Christian Church cemetery, Callaway Co., Missouri.
      • Charles Cicero Beaven b: 14 Dec 1889 Callaway Co. Missouri, d: 30 Dec 1982.
        • married Helen Dolores Bright, b: Dec. 24, 1901.
          • Children: Living
      • Ruth Ditmar Beaven b: 5 Sep 1891 Callaway Co. Missouri, d: 17 Sep 1956
        • married Gus C. Jobson.
      • Paul Beaven b: 12 Feb 1899 Callaway Co. Missouri, d: Dec. 15, 1899, buried Richland Christian Church cemetery, Callaway Co., Missouri.
      • Beulah Wise Beaven b: 3 Jan 1901 Callaway Co. Missouri, d: 12 Oct 1986, married Murl R. Moore. Buried Richland Christian Church cemetery, Callaway Co., Missouri.
      • Price Davis Beaven b: 14 May 1904 Callaway Co. Missouri, d: 21 Aug 1989, Woodlands Texas. Buried Richland Christian Church cemetery, Callaway Co., Missouri.
        • married Dorris Barron
          • Children: Living
      • Augusta Hockaday Beaven b: 27 Apr 1906 Callaway Co. Missouri, d: 27 Nov 1967.
        • married Mary Jane Bragg, b: Aug. 18, 1905, d: Jun. 16, 1995.
  3. Otho B. Suggett, b: 4 Dec 1870 Callaway Co. Missouri, d: 16 Jul 1950, Callaway Co. Missouri.
    • married 18 Sep 1901 his second cousin, Harriet Belle Berry, b: 2 Apr 1876, Callaway Co. Missouri, d: 8 Jun 1950, Callaway Co. Missouri. They are buried in Hillcrest Cemetery, Fulton, Callaway, Missouri. Harriet Belle Berry was a daughter of John G. Berry and Sarah Simco, Granddaughter of Reuben B. Simco and Sarah Cowherd Hill. She was my 2nd cousin twice removed. They had no children.
Benjamin D. Suggett died in 1877 and once again Jane was a widow with young children.

In 1878 Jane married Cal Craighead. (other names found for Cal Craighead are B. F., Calvin, Calhoun, T.W., Benj. W. S. C. and Craghead). Cra(i)ghead researchers say his full name was: Benjamin Wadkins See Calhoun Craghead.

He was previously married on Oct 21, 1857 to Margaret Ann Douglas. She died before 1878. He had several children still at home when he married Jane. He was a son of William Craghead and Nancy P. Craighead, which would make him my 2nd cousin 4 times removed. His grandparents were Robert Maxey Craghead and Nancy Powell, and, Isaiah Walter Craghead and Feminina Robinson. Robert Maxey Craghead and Isaiah Walter Craghead were both my 4th great granduncles, their parents John Craghead and Jane Elizabeth Leodicea Maxey were my 5th great grandparents.

Jane and Cal Craighead had two children:
  1. Gertrude Craighead, b: 1880 Callaway Co. Missouri, d: 1884, Callaway Co. Missouri, of dipheria.
  2. Nellie Gray Craghead, b: 21 Nov 1882 Callaway Co. Missouri, d: 28 Feb. 1922, Callaway Co., Missouri.
    • married June 27, 1898 in Callaway Co., Missouri, Albert Gaines Graves, b: 20 Apr 1878, Kentucky
      • Children:
      • Samuel Winston Graves b: 12 Aug 1899, Callaway Co., Missouri
        • married Ethelyne Atkinson
          • Children: Living
      • Joseph Calhoun Graves b: 6 Mar 1902 Callaway Co., Missouri
        • married Lucille Roland
          • Children: Living
      • Grant Orville Graves b: 19 Mar 1908, Callaway Co., Missouri
        • married Lillian Bishop
          • Children: Living
On the 1880 census, Benjamin Suggett Jr. [14 years old] was living with his grandmother, Lucy Simcoe Herring and his Uncle Willis Dabney Herring. He died in 1945 in California.

This extended family is a bit complicated. I am listing who was living in their household on the 1880 census here.

B.F. Craghead age 43, this is Cal Craghead/Craighead
Francis J. Craghead age 41, this is Jane Francis Herring
Clyde Craghead age 17, this is William Clyde, Cal's son by Margaret Ann Douglas
Edward Craghead age 16, this is Edward P., Cal's son by Margaret Ann Douglas
Henry Craghead age 15, this is Henry R., Cal's son by Margaret Ann Douglas
Lester Craghead age 12, this is Thomas Lester, Cal's son by Margaret Ann Douglas
William Scrogham, listed as son, 7 years old, black, and servant. Scrogham is an interesting name because there are ties to an old Scrogham family in Virginia to the Benjamin Herring side of my family. Some of that family came to Missouri. However, who this child is, why he is listed as a son and a servant, and his history... I don't have a clue.
Felix Craghead age 8, this is Cal's son by Margaret Ann Douglas
Gertrude Craghead age 1, this is Cal and Jane's daughter
Mary S. Suggett age 13 sdau, this is Jane and Benjamin Suggett's daughter
Other Suggett age 9 gson, this is Otho suggett, Jane and Benjamin Suggett's son
Wm. N. Creacy age 4 nephew, and Edgar Creacy age 4 nephew. William and Edward Creacy, were twin sons of Lindsay Creacy and Mary Fannie Craghead. Mary Fannie was a sister of Cal Craghead. She died in December of 1879 and all her children were living with various relatives in the 1880 census. Mary Fannie Craghead was my 2nd cousin 4 times removed.

Jane Francis Herring Conger Suggett Craighead (sometimes refered to as Jennie) died February 24, 1929, and is buried in the Ebenezer Baptist Church Cemetery, Callaway County Missouri, next to Cal Craighead. Cal Craighead died 15 Nov 1915.

Obit, Dec. 2, 1915, Fulton Gazette.
E.W. Craighead Dead
     E.W. (Cal) Craighead, 82 years old, died at his home in Calwood early Tuesday morning as a result of paralysis and the infirmities of old age. He had a stroke of paralysis about three years ago and was attacked with another recently. Funeral services were held Wednesday morning at Ebenezer Baptist Church by the reverend J.A. Taylor, pastor of the Fulton Baptist Church. Burial was in the cemetery of the church.
     Mr. Craighead was the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Craighead, who settled south of Fulton in 1820. He was born south of this city and lived there until he was married to Miss Margaret Douglass, who died about forty five years ago. Later he moved to Calwood vicinity. Seven sons, two of whom are dead, were born to the first union. Those living are: Samuel E. Craighead, of Audrain County, Clyde W. and Edward of Calwood vicinity, and Felix of Utica Kansas. About five years after the death of his first wife, Mr. Craighead was married to Mrs. Jennie Suggett. To this union two daughters were born, one of whom is dead. The living daughter is Mrs. Albert Graves, near Calwood. A sister, Mrs. James May of Pettis county, is also living. Mr. Craighead was a survivor of the Civil War, being a soldier in the Confederate Army under Price.
     He was a member of the Christian church, and his life was in keeping with his church relations. Many friends of the family sympathize with them in their bereavement.

obit - I don't have the newspaper name or date, this was a clipping from the files of Chic Herring.
Nonogenarian Died Suddenly
Mrs. Jennie Craghead Passed Away at Home of Daughter, Mrs. A. G. Graves, Sunday.
     Mrs. Virginia Jennie Craghead, 90 years old a native of Callaway County, died suddenly at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Albert Graves, of Bluff street, at 10:00 o'clock Sunday morning. Her death came unexpectedly as she had not been ill. She had been active, both mentally and physically, until a week ago, when she suffered a fall and had been confined to her bed since that time.
     A funeral service was conducted at 2:30 o'clock Monday afternoon at the Ebenezer Baptist church, northeast of Fulton, by the Rev. S.S. Keith, and burial was in the cemetery at that church.
     Mrs. Craghead's maiden name was Virginia Herring. (this is not correct, her name was Jane Frances Herring) She was a daughter of the late George Washington and Lucy Herring who came to Missouri from Virginia in 1835. She was born in November, 1838, three years after the arrival of her parents in Callaway County.
     Mrs. Craghead was first married to John Congo (Conger) and to this union two children were born. They are: Lee Congo (Conger) and Mrs. Matthew Wright, both living east of Fulton. Her first husband was killed at Kenesaw Mountain, Tenn., (it's in Georgia) in 1863 (June of 1864) while serving as a soldier of the Confederacy.
     Mrs. Craghead was married a second time to Benjamin Suggett, who died in 1875 (1877). To this union, three children were born. They are: Benjamin Suggett Jr. of California, Mrs. S.P. Beaven of Kirksville, and O.B. Suggett of Fulton.
     The last marriage of Mrs. Craghead was to Calvin C. Craghead who preceeded her in death by ten years. (fifteen years) To this union, two children were born. They are: Gertrude Craghead, who died in young womanhood (she died at age 5), and Mrs. A.G. Graves, with whom Mrs. Craghead has made her home the last few years.
     Mrs. Craghead was a member of a family of twelve children, (I only have records of ten and no evidence that there were twelve...) three of whom are left to mourn her passing, They are: George W. Herring, and Dabney W. Herring, both living south of Fulton, and Mrs. Mary Gannaway of St. Louis.

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