John Craven


JOHN CRAVEN, a miller and farmer and resident of the village of Dillon, is part owner of the Dillon flouring mills, and also an owner of part of the land upon which that town is platted. He is a liberal, enterprising man, and is greatly esteemed throughout the county. His first wife was Martha L. Tweedy, by whom he had three children: George W., Anna E., now the wife of George W. Carson, and mother of one daughter, Gracie, and James E. The mother of these children died October 30, 1865 at the age of twenty-nine and her youngest child died on the ninth of the same month. Mr. Craven was subsequently married to Mary Whitson of this county. George W. Craven, eldest son of the above, was born July 4, 1853. He was reared on the farm and has all his life devoted much of his time to agriculture, though mainly occupied in milling. He is regarded as one of the thrifty and energetic people of the community. He was married November 16, 1886, to Maggie M., daughter of John and Isabel E. Coss, residents of Belmont county. The children of Mr. and Mrs. Coss are: Alfred D., RObert J. A., Ella A., Maggie M., Rachel R., Anna M., George M., Lizzie M. and John A. Both of Mrs. Craven's parents are living. Mr. and Mrs. Craven are members of the Methodist church, and he is an active republican. The town of Dillon, in which he is interested, bids fair to become an important place, as the coal mines at that place are developing in a manner that indicates that they are among the best in the United States.

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