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Mike Watson offers possible source of name for Craycraft, KY

About: Craycraft, Adair Co., KY, Near Oak Grove, Ozark, New Concord

By Mike Watson

Why was Craycraft so named? In searching for community and post office information for An Adair County, Kentucky History, volume 1, which included many locations in the county, I was unable to determine exactly how the post office came to have that name.

One theory is that it was named for a local farmer, Charles Craycraft, who married in Adair County to Florence Bryant in 1883. He was born in Greenup County, KY in 1840, and died in Schuyler County, Illinois in 1920, a veteran and pensioner of the Civil War. It is interesting to note that on the marriage record in Adair County, Charles' age was listed as 22, but all records found give his birth year as 1840.

Florence was born in 1865 and was living in Dakota County, Nebraska in 1930. They had four children, three of whom lived: Lyman, William, and Carlie. -Mike Watson

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