On 23 December 1822, Nancy Craig, the great granddaughter of Daniel Craig of the Scotch Irish Settlement in Northampton County, Pennsylvania, married Samuel Goode in Franklin County, Virginia. Their daughter, Polly, was my great, great grandmother. Polly passed down the legend that her Scottish family came to America from Ireland. Her great, great grandfather, Daniel, was one of four brothers who settled in Pennsylvania. Her grandfather’s name was Thomas. That is all of the story that remained.
In the early 1720s, Daniel and his brothers and sisters boarded a ship in County Tyrone, Ulster, Ireland, landed in Philadelphia, and settled in Northampton and Bucks Counties, Pennsylvania, east of the Delaware River. The oldest brother, William, settled in Augusta County, Virginia, but the other siblings settled the Scotch Irish Settlement in Pennsylvania.
One of the settlers, John Jameson, was later found in Augusta County and even later in Albemarle County. Here his daughter married Thomas Craig who could be the son of Daniel, although there is an argument among descendants. Daniel willed his Pennsylvania plantation to his son Thomas. For this reason some researchers claim this Thomas never went to Albemarle County, Virginia. But there is no record Thomas took over. Polly’s father in Franklin County was named Thomas, and Daniel’s son, Thomas., had a son named Thomas Jr. who moved to Franklin County, Virginia. And Polly claimed it was so.
The puzzle is in positively linking Daniel to his son Thomas of Albemarle County, and therefore his grandson Thomas of Franklin County. Daniel’s brother, Thomas, also had a son Thomas, but even though he never traveled to Franklin County, much of the past research confused the two lines.