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Collection Number: 05399

Collection Title: D.I. Craig Papers, 1876-1929

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Size 4.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 50 items)
Abstract David Irvin Craig was born in Orange County, N.C., in 1849. He received his early education at the old Hughes Academy at Cedar Grove, N.C.; was a student at Davidson College, 1874-1875; and, in 1878, graduated from the Theological Seminary in Columbia, S.C. He was licensed to preach in May 1878 in Greensboro, N.C., and served as pastor at the Reidsville Presbyterian Church in Reidsville, N.C., until 1925. In 1881, Craig married Isabel Gertrude Newman of Columbia, S.C., with whom he had four children. Craig was elected as a representative of Orange Presbytery in the General Assembly, served as Moderator of Synod and the Presbytery, was one of ten original regents of Barium Springs Orphanage, held the Stated Clerk position for both the Orange Presbytery and the Synod, and was a trustee of Davidson College and Union Theological Seminary. He wrote historical works on Presbyterianism. Craig died in 1925. The collection includes one account book, one day book, 14 diaries, and some loose papers. The account book, 1878-1924, includes information about marriages, baptisms, and burials performed by D.I. Craig. It also contains insurance information and lists new members of Reidsville Presbyterian Church, 1878-1897, with some gaps. The day book, 1912-1923, contains salary, expenditure, and debt information for D.I. Craig and his family. The diaries, 1884-1925, include stories of his experiences on the Craig family "plantation," which was established in Orange County, N.C., during the 1750s. Craig also recorded a short history of the Craig and Strayhorn families in the 1884 diary and discussed family history in other diaries. Entries discuss President Grover Cleveland's appearance at the Great Centennial Celebration of the Presbyterian General Assembly in May 1888, local and national elections, his experiences with African Americans at the polls on election days, thoughts on Prohibition, meetings with the Synod and Presbytery, his perspective on racial issues, farm life, family members, and the local gossip. Also included are entries describing the Wilmington race riots of 1898 and race riots across the country that followed first black Heavyweight Champion of the World (1908-1915) Jack Johnson's defeat of Jim Jeffries, a white boxer and former world heavyweight champion who came out of retirement to fight Johnson on 4 July 1910. Loose papers, 1878-1925, include clippings mentioning D.I. Craig's life and work, a program for Reidsville Presbyterian Church, and photographs of New Hope Cemetery in the 1920s. The cash book, 1914-1929, contains information on sermons preached and prayer meetings held at Reidsville Presbyterian Church as well as a list of baptisms, marriages, and funerals performed by D.I. Craig. There are also loose papers throughout the book primarily addressed to D.I. Craig's son, Carl B. Craig. The notebooks, 1876-1878, consist of a collection of writings, sermons, and lectures given by educators at the Theological Seminary in Columbia, S.C., and they also include some written thoughts and reflections of D.I. Craig. The Addition of August 2010 consists of a single volume providing genealogical information about the Craig family written by D.I. Craig in 1899. Other information in the volume is written in another hand and includes a transcription of an obituary of a relative who died in the Civil War during the Battle of Bean's Station (14 December 1863) and a transcription of a letter purported to have been found by a servant at a federal army camp near Camden, S.C. Dated 26 February 1865, the letter from Thomas J. Myers to his wife in Boston, Mass., recounts the looting and pillaging that occurred, likely in Camden, S.C., as General William T. Sherman's army travelled north through the state.
Creator Craig, D. I. (David Irvin), 1849-1925.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the D.I. Craig Papers, 1878-1925, #5399, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Eleanor Craig Snellings of Richmond, Va., and David E. Craig of Tallahassee, Fla., in June 2008 (Acc. 100969).
Addition of August 2010 received from Mildred C. Tilly of Nashville, Tenn. (Acc. 101327).
Sensitive Materials Statement
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David Irvin Craig was born in Orange County, N.C., to James Newton Craig and Mary Emeline Margaret Strayhorn on 11 February 1849. He received his early education at the old Hughes Academy at Cedar Grove, N.C.; was a student at Davidson College between 1874 and 1875; and in 1878, he graduated from the Theological Seminary in Columbia, S.C. He was licensed to preach in May 1878 in Greensboro, N.C., and was invited to pastor at the Reidsville Presbyterian Church in Reidsville, N.C. Craig married Isabel Gertrude Newman of Columbia, S.C., on 7 September 1881. During their 33-year marriage, they had four children: Marion Craig Purcell of Salisbury, N.C.; Carl B. Craig of Laurinburg, N.C.; Irvin M. Craig of Wilmington, N.C.; and Louise Craig of Reidsville, N.C.

D.I. Craig served as the pastor for the Reidsville Presbyterian Church until 1921, when his health began to fail; however, he continued as the Pastor Emeritus until his death on 9 February 1925. In addition to serving as the pastor of the Reidsville Presbyterian Church, D.I. Craig was elected as a representative of Orange Presbytery in the General Assembly; served as Moderator of Synod and the Presbytery; was one of ten original Regents of Barium Springs Orphanage; held the Stated Clerk position for both the Orange Presbytery and the Synod; was a trustee of Davidson College and a member of the Board of Directors; and was a trustee for the Union Theological Seminary. Craig also served as a scholar for the Synod and Presbytery of North Carolina. He wrote historical publications and treatises on Presbyterianism, including A history of the development of the Presbyterian Church in North Carolina and of the Synodical home missions: together with evangelistic addresses by James I. Vance and others (1907) and A historical sketch of New Hope Church, in Orange County, N.C. (1891).

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The collection includes one account book, one day book, 14 diaries, loose papers, one cash book, and two notebooks, all relating to Presbyterian minister D.I. Craig of Orange County, N.C. The account book, 1878-1924, includes information about marriages, baptisms, and burials performed by D.I. Craig. It also contains insurance information and lists new members of Reidsville Presbyterian Church, 1878-1897, with some gaps. The day book, 1912-1923, contains salary, expenditure, and debt information for D.I. Craig and his family. The diaries, 1884-1925, include stories of his experiences on the Craig family "plantation," which was established in Orange County, N.C., during the 1750s. Craig also recorded a short history of the Craig and Strayhorn families in the 1884 diary and discussed family history in other diaries. Entries discuss President Grover Cleveland's appearance at the Great Centennial Celebration of the Presbyterian General Assembly in May 1888, local and national elections, his experiences with African Americans at the polls on election days, thoughts on Prohibition, meetings with the Synod and Presbytery, his perspective on racial issues, farm life, family members, and the local gossip. Also included are entries describing the Wilmington race riots of 1898 and race riots across the country that followed first black Heavyweight Champion of the World (1908-1915) Jack Johnson's defeat of Jim Jeffries, a white boxer and former world heavyweight champion who came out of retirement to fight Johnson on 4 July 1910. Loose papers, 1878-1925, include clippings mentioning D.I. Craig's life and work, a program for Reidsville Presbyterian Church, and photographs of New Hope Cemetery in the 1920s. The cash book, 1914-1929, contains information on sermons preached and prayer meetings held at Reidsville Presbyterian Church as well as a list of baptisms, marriages, and funerals performed by D.I. Craig. There are also loose papers throughout the book primarily addressed to D.I. Craig's son, Carl B. Craig. The notebooks, 1876-1878, consist of a collection of writings, sermons, and lectures given by educators at the Theological Seminary in Columbia, S.C., and they also include some written thoughts and reflections of D.I. Craig.

The Addition of August 2010 consists of a single volume titled "Origin and History of the Craig Family" written by D.I. Craig. The volume contains extensive genealogical information about the Craig family, including the ancestry of D.I. Craig's mother, Emeline Strayhorn Craig, and those of his wife, Isabel Newman Craig, through her paternal and maternal lineages. There is also detailed information on the early lives of D.I. Craig's children; genealogical information on the Mitchell family of Ottowa, Kan., and on other Craig relations in both North Carolina and South Carolina; and a listing of Craig relations in the New Hope Church cemetery in Orange County, N.C. Other information in the volume is written in another hand and includes a transcription of an obituary of a relative who died in the Battle of Bean's Station (14 December 1863) and a transcription of a letter, called the "Yankee Letter" in the volume, purported to have been found by a servant at the federal camp near Camden, S.C. The transcriber gave the history of the letter's transcription, noting that it was copied from a previous transcription that had been copied from the original letter. Dated 26 February 1865, the letter from Thomas J. Myers to his wife in Boston, Mass., recounts the looting and pillaging that occurred, likely in Camden, S.C., as General William T. Sherman's army travelled north through the state.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Account Book, 1878-1924.

1 item.

Arrangement: chronological.

The account book includes information about marriages, baptisms, and burials performed by D.I. Craig. It also consists of contains insurance information and lists new members received by Reidsville Presbyterian Church from 1878 to 1897, with some gaps.

Folder 1

Account book, 1878-1924 #05399, Series: "1. Account Book, 1878-1924." Folder 1

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1 item.

The day book contains salary, expenditure, and debt information for D.I. Craig and his family.

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Day book, 1912-1923 #05399, Series: "2. Day Book, 1912-1923." SV-5399/1

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14 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

The diaries, 1884-1925, include stories of his experiences on the Craig family "plantation," which was established in Orange County, N.C., during the 1750s. Craig also recorded a short history of the Craig and Strayhorn families in the 1884 diary and discussed family history in other diaries. Entries discuss President Grover Cleveland's appearance at the Great Centennial Celebration of the Presbyterian General Assembly in May 1888, local and national elections, Entries discuss President Grover Cleveland's appearance at the Great Centennial Celebration of the Presbyterian General Assembly in May 1888, local and national elections, his experiences with African Americans at the polls on election days, thoughts on Prohibition, meetings with the Synod and Presbytery, his perspective on racial issues, farm life, family members, and the local gossip. Also included are entries describing the Wilmington race riots of 1898 and race riots across the country that followed first black Heavyweight Champion of the World (1908-1915) Jack Johnson's defeat of Jim Jeffries, a white boxer and former world heavyweight champion who came out of retirement to fight Johnson on 4 July 1910.

Folder 2

1884-1885 #05399, Series: "3. Diaries, 1884-1925." Folder 2

Folder 3

1886-1887 #05399, Series: "3. Diaries, 1884-1925." Folder 3

Folder 4

1888-1889 #05399, Series: "3. Diaries, 1884-1925." Folder 4

Folder 5

1890-1891 #05399, Series: "3. Diaries, 1884-1925." Folder 5

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1892-May 1894 #05399, Series: "3. Diaries, 1884-1925." SV-5399/2

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May 1894-August 1897 #05399, Series: "3. Diaries, 1884-1925." SV-5399/3

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August 1897-1900 #05399, Series: "3. Diaries, 1884-1925." SV-5399/4

Includes an entry about the Wilmington race riots of 1898.

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1901-September 1904 #05399, Series: "3. Diaries, 1884-1925." SV-5399/5

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September 1904-1907 #05399, Series: "3. Diaries, 1884-1925." SV-5399/6

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1908-1910 #05399, Series: "3. Diaries, 1884-1925." SV-5399/7

Includes an entry about the 4 July 1910 fight between Jack Johnson, an African-American man, who defeated Jim Jeffries, a white man. The event provoked race riots across the country.

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1911-1914 #05399, Series: "3. Diaries, 1884-1925." SV-5399/8

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1915-November 1917 #05399, Series: "3. Diaries, 1884-1925." SV-5399/9

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December 1917-May 1923 #05399, Series: "3. Diaries, 1884-1925." SV-5399/10

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June 1923-2 February 1925 #05399, Series: "3. Diaries, 1884-1925." SV-5399/11

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About 30 items.

Loose papers include clippings mentioning D.I. Craig's life and work, a program for Reidsville Presbyterian Church, and photographs of New Hope Cemetery in the 1920s.

Folder 6

Loose papers #05399, Series: "4. Loose Papers, 1878-1925." Folder 6

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1 item.

The cash book, 1914-1929?, contains information on sermons preached and prayer meetings held at Reidsville Presbyterian Church as well as a list of baptisms, marriages, and funerals performed by D.I. Craig. There are also loose papers throughout the book primarily addressed to D.I. Craig's son, Carl B. Craig.

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Cash Book, 1914-1929? #05399, Series: "5. Cash Book, 1914-1929?" SV-5399/12

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2 items.

The notebooks, 1876-1878, consist of a collection of writings, sermons, and lectures given by educators at the Theological Seminary in Columbia, S.C., and they also include some written thoughts and reflections of D.I. Craig.

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Notebooks, 1876-1878 #05399, Series: "6. Notebooks, 1876-1878." SV-5399/13-14

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1 item.

The Addition of August 2010 consists of a single volume titled "Origin and History of the Craig Family" written by D.I. Craig containing extended genealogical information about the Craig family, including the ancestry of D.I. Craig's mother, Emeline Strayhorn Craig, and those of his wife, Isabel Newman Craig, through her paternal and maternal lineages. There is also detailed information on the early lives of D.I. Craig's children; genealogical information on the Mitchell family of Ottowa, Kan., and on other Craig relations in both North Carolina and South Carolina; and a listing of Craig relations in the New Hope Church cemetery in Orange County, N.C. Other information in the volume is written in another hand and includes a transcription of an obituary of a relative who died in the Battle of Bean's Station (14 December 1863) and the transcription of a letter, called the "Yankee Letter" in the volume, purported to have been found by a servant at the federal camp near Camden, S.C. The transcriber gave the history of the letter's transcription, noting that it was copied from a previous transcription that had been copied from the original letter. Dated 26 February 1865, the letter from Thomas J. Myers to his wife in Boston, Mass., recounts the looting and pillaging that occurred, likely in Camden, S.C., as General William T. Sherman's army travelled north through the state.

Folder 7

Origin and History of the Craig Family, in Orange County, N.C. #05399, Series: "Addition of August 2010: Origin and History of the Craig Family, in Orange County, N.C. (Acc. 101327)" Folder 7

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Processing Information

Processed by: Jennifer Thompson, November 2008

Encoded by: Jennifer Thompson, November 2008

Series 5 and 6 were added in August 2009

Finding aid revised by Martin Gengenbach in November 2010 because of addition.

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