CRAVEN, W J - Calhoun County, Arkansas | W J CRAVEN - Arkansas Gravestone Photos

W J CRAVEN

Ricks Cemetery
Calhoun County,
Arkansas

June 29, 1849 - February 20, 1903

William Jasper Craven is a resident of Calhoun County, Summerville post-office, Jackson Township, and was born June 29, 1849. His parents, George W. and Agnes M (Webb) Craven, came from Bibb County, Ala., to Union County, Ark., about 1849, and here it was that our subject was born, the eldest of a family of five children, viz: William J., Elizabeth, Amanda, Mary, Jane and Columbus. The latter died in July, 1863. The subject of this short sketch commenced doing for himself at the age of twenty-one years, selecting farming as his occupation. He owns a farm of 240 acres, with eighty under cultivation. Mr. Craven was married in 1873, to Miss Martha L. Ricks, a daughter of J. D. & Martha M. Ricks, who came from North Carolina about 1848, and settled in Calhoun County. To this union have been born six children, all living, viz: Martha A, James David, William A., Annetta M., Robert J. and Carrie L. Although taking no active part in the politics of his county, Mr. Craven is a stanch Democrat. He is at present serving as magistrate; was first elected in 1874, and has served ever since, with the exception of two years, when he was elected, but resigned. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, also of the Farmers' Alliance and Industrial Union. Mr. Craven takes a deep interest in all things that concern the welfare of the community in which he resides. (Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Southern Arkansas, 1890. Goodspeed Publishing Company)

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