Missouri Telegraph, Friday April 28, 1916,
MRS. F. J. CRAIGHEAD DEAD
Mrs. Frances Jane Craighead, 85 years old, died a 4 o'clock Thursday afternoon at her home on East Fifth street, after a lingering illness with a complication of diseases. Mrs. Craighead had not been in the best of health for a year or more, her decline being due to the infirmities of old age. She had been confined to her bed almost continuously since Christmas, and for the last week or two her life had hung by a narrow thread, her unusual vitality enabling her to survive as long as she did.
Mrs. Craighead, whose maiden name was Payne, was a daughter of late William and Elizabeth Payne, natives of Virginia and Mrs. Craighead was born in that state March 3, 1831. She came to Callaway County with her parents when she was eight years old, the family settling on a farm in the Ham's Prairie neighborhood, where Mrs. Craighead grew to womanhood and where she was married in July 1853 to I. O. Craighead. The family lived in the Ham's Prairie neighborhood until the death of Mr. Craighead on June 29, 1899. Mrs. Craighead broke up housekeeping about Christmas that year and made her home with her children until she bought the residence property on East Fifth street, where her death occurred.
Mrs. Craighead is survived by the following sons and daughters: Mrs. M. A. Howe, of St. Louis, Mrs. M. E. Gingrich and Mrs. J. L. Gingrich of Fulton, Mrs. E. F. Bush , of Webster Groves, J. D. Craighead of La Junta, CO, and Dr. E. B. Craighead of Washington D. C. Also three sisters, Mrs. Eliza Taylor and Mrs. J. W. Davis of Fulton and Mrs. James Payne of the U. B. neighborhood.
Mrs. Craighead was a woman of splendid traits and was a wife and mother of endearing qualities. Her life had been spent unselfishly for the betterment of her family and friends and she was held in the highest esteem by all who knew her. She had been a member of the Methodist church all her life and took an active part in tall church work until advancing age made such activity impossible.
Funeral services were held at the Methodist church in Fulton at 2 o'clock, Sunday afternoon and burial was in the family burying grounds at Ham's Prairie. Rev. W. L. Scarborough officiating.