mecravener on Family Tree Circles
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YESTERDAY I WROTE OF AN ADDRESS WHICH LEAD TO MY DISCOVERING AND REVEALING INFORMATION ABOUT MY FAMILY HISTORY. I ALSO MET FAMILY RELATIONS. EACH DAY FOR THREE WEEKS I HAD CONVERSATIONS WITH AUNT MARGERET,THE YOUNGEST SISTER OF MY GRANDFATHER, EDWARD.
THE FAMILY CARAVAN SET OUT FOR INDIANA, PENN. THERE I SAW AMOS' STORE AND THE GRAVE YARD OF GEORGE WASHINGTON CRAVENER. MANY OTHER CRAVENERS WERE BURIED THERE.I HAD THE OPPERUNITY TO SEE THE HOME OF
THE CRAVENER'S. THE WHOLE EXPERIENCE WAS WONDERFUL.
EVEN AS A TEENAGER,I WAS INTERESTED IN MY PAST. IT WAS SUCH A SECRET IN MY FAMILY. NOT UNTIL AFTER MY FATHER DIED IN 1995, DID I BEGIN TO SORT THRU BOXES OF LEGAL FORMS, SMALL NOTES, AND ADRESSES WITHOUT NAME OR PHONE NUMBERS. IT WAS TEDIOUS. I WAS IN THE EARLY STAGES IF GREIF. I WAS ANGRY THAT MY FATHER HAD DIED.
I FOUND A SMALL NOTE AND UPON IT WAS AN ADDRESS IN PENN. BUT IT LACKED ANY TELEPHONE NUMBER. I DIAL INFORMATION AND WAS GIVEN A NUMBER, WHICH I THEN CALLED. A WOMAN PICK THE PHONE UP, HELLO MARGERET SPEAKING.
INTRODUCED MYSELF AS NAT CRAVENER'S OLDEST CHILD, MADELEINE. I FOUND YOUR NAME AND ADDRESS AMOUNG MY FATHERS BELONGINGS. HE HAS RECENTLY PAST AWAY. WHAT WAS YOUR RELATIONSHIP TO MY FATHER?
WELL, YOU SEE, I AM YOUR GRANDFATHER EDWARD YOUNGEST SISTER. ...
OUR CONVERSATION LASTED APPOXOMENTLY 45 MINUTES. I WAS VERY EXCITED AND AUNT MARGERET SPOKE SO HIGHLY OF HER FATHER AMOS AND HER FAVORATE BROTHER EDWARD, MY GRANDFATHER. TOWARDS THE END OF THIS DICUSSION I WAS INVITED TO COME AND MEET AUNT MARGERET IN PENNSYLVANIA. I THANKED HER VERY MUCH AND EXPLAINED THAT I WORKED. I WOULD HOWEVER, LOOK IN INTO THIS, AND THANK HER AGAIN .
WOW!!! THAT WAS SOME CALL. COMLETELY UNBELEIVALBE. YESTERDAY I BARELY KNEW MY PATERNAL RELATIONS AND NOW THE DOOR STOOD OPENNED FOR ME.
NEEDLESS TO SAY I DID COME TO PENNSYLVANIA AND THAT WILL BE A SEPERETE PAPER. I LEARNED SO MUCH ABOUT MY PATERNAL FAMILY. I MET SEVERAL RELATIVES. MY BROTHER FLEW IN FROM SWEDEN TO JOIN US ALL IN A CAROVAN ACROSS PENNSYLVANIA TO INDIANA, PENNSYLVANIA.
SO TO RESPNDED SPECIFICALLY TO YOUR QUESTION ON HOW LONG I HAVE BEEN WORKING ON A FAMILY TREE, THE BEST ANSWER IS A LIFE TIME.
Amos Orlando Cravener my great grandfather Amos was born 17 december 1868 and died at age 46. In 1916 Amos had several occupations. He worked as a bookkeeper, ran a general store in Illonios.After receiving his calling he became a minister. Amos began the Moody Bible inst. He preached on Sundays for coal miners and their families. The Church was non-denominational in western Penn. and Cleveland, Ohio.
Amos had a healthy sense of humor.
A man tryed to sell Amos insurance, you have 4 children, what if you were to die? You have a house and could not pay for it any longer. I have a policy that will give your family 20 dollars each month. What would your wife do?
I do not have more than grocery money, resonded Amos.
What if I pay the first month, would that help?
Amos agreed and died before the month was over.
Jenny, Amos wife lived on that. The children were Constance 1893, Edward Kimmel 1892, George 1901/02 and Margeret 1910/11.
It is said that Amos Cravener died running for a train. It has been mentioned that died being hit by the train. We will never know.
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