Craig, John Wilkie

I am trying to find obituaries and wills for John Wilkie Craig and Elizabeth Mary Gillespie who are probably my 2nd great grandparents.  They lived and died in McDowell County in Marion Township.  I believe they lived about 4 miles northwest of Marion near Tom’s Creek.  They are buried in the Craig Family Cemetery that is (at least in 1995) located near where their farm was located on Tom’s Creek. Following is info about them:

John Wilkie Craig (b. 8 May 1797 in Burke (now McDowell), Co. — d. 23 Nov 1884 in McDowell, Co)

Elizabeth Mary Gillespie (b. 6 May 1799 in Burke (now McDowell) Co. – d. 3 Sep 1877 in McDowell County, Co.)

I am also trying to prove that Martha Caroline Craig (b. 1820 in McDowell County – d. 27 Dec 1892 in Fremont County, CO) was their daughter.

I would appreciate any information about how to obtain obituaries and wills or other information about this family.  If I can arrange it, my wife and I may travel to McDowell County in the next year or so for research, but for now I was hoping I could obtain this information on the Internet or by mail.  Thanks for any help.

Thank you, Stan Walker                     Walnut Creek, CA

Early, John Clark (2008)

Obituary of John Clark Early ~ 2008

Transcribed by Joseph Cook

John Clark Early, 89, of Greensboro, lovingly known as the Candy Man, passed away on December 13, 2008 at Moses Cone Hospital.  Funeral service was held on Wednesday December 17, 2008 at 2:00 P.M. at Lawndale Baptist Church with interment to follow at Westminster Gardens Cemetery.  He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter Gwendolyn Early; and one brother.

His immediate survivors are his wife Grace of the home; daughters, Phyllis and Jim Willard of Jamestown; Susan and Joe DePeri of Greensboro; Linda Phillips of Greensboro; Scotti Lanier of Oak Ridge; 2 brothers; 2 sisters; 6 grandchildren; and 6 great-grandchildren.  He was patriotic and loyal to his country having served in World War II.  He was a member of the American Legion in Greensboro, and Masonic Lodge 656 of Greensboro.  He was a charter member of Lawndale Baptist Church and a faithful supporter of his Church as exemplified by his involvement in the Senior Adult Choir, his Sunday School Class, and serving as a Greeter on Sunday mornings.  His greatest loves were God, Country, and Family.  He will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

Friends may visit on Tuesday December 16, 2008 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Hanes-Lineberry North Elm Street Chapel.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to Lawndale Baptist Church.  The family wishes to extend special thanks to Dr. Stanley Tennant, MD and Lori Cannon, NP; and the staff at Greensboro cardiology and the Palliative Care Unit at Moses Cone Hospital.  On line condolences may be made to

The News Bulletin of McDowell County, Wednesday December 24, 2008 Volume 14 # 51