Yes, I have read this story as well as the one that says Jane Taliaferro was married to a John Craig who perished aboard ship on their way to America and that Toliver was born on ship and that Jane lived with her brothers when she arrived in America.
There is division among the Toliver Sr. descendants as to the truth of his birth. There are some questions that beg to be answered particularly why, if Toliver was a Taliaferro, have there been no DNA matches between male Craig and Taliaferro descendants.
I do know that housed in the Filson Historical Society in Louisville, Kentucky is a letter from Rev. Frances Craig (a Baptist minister and a son of Captain John Craig who was a son of Toliver Craig and Mary Hawkins) to his cousin Lewis Sanders, a son of John Sanders and Jane Craig (a daughter of Toliver and Mary Hawkins Craig Sr.). Rev. Francis Craig wrote to his cousin Lewis Sanders to inquire about the story of their grandfather's illegitimacy. He received a reply stating: "Your inquiry in relation to the origin of the Craig family is a somewhat delicate matter, but your statements are facts with this addition, that my grandfather's mother through life sustained an unblemished character." This letter is now part of the Lewis Sanders papers at the Filson Club Historical Society in Louisville, Kentucky.
Also at the Filson Historical Socirty is "TOLLIVER CRAIG - HIS NOTEBOOK AND AUTOBIOGRAPHY", [edited by Mary Louise Fricke, Rt 1, Box 91-A, Kingdom City, MO 65262, 1991] which is a transcription of an autobiographical sketch written by Toliver Craig III (son of Toliver Craig, Jr). It begins quite simply: "My grandfather was the illegitimate son of Jane Craig who was from Scotland and he married Mary Hawkins by whom he had twelve children." Mrs. Fricke writes that the former owner of the sketch, Grace West Baynham, supressed the word "illegitimate" from the typed copy she sent to H. L. Craig in 1937, which explains the unfortunate title he gave his book, DESCENDANTS OF JANE TALIAFERRO CRAIG (1958, available from University Microfilms International).
Lewis Sanders also had maintained a genealogy of the Craig and Sanders families; read Anna V. Parker's book, SANDERS FAMILY OF GRASS HILLS, published in 1966.
I am hardly an expert on the Craig family but, as a descendant I have done some digging and reading. I also believe it is important to keep an open mind. The Craigs were opinionated, forthright, outspoken and a bit narrowminded but they were not of the ilk to make up a nasty story about Grandma. Could there have been documents, that would have easily answered our questions, that were destroyed by war or perhaps a careless descendant? You bet. Could there be more to the tale that Jane decided to take to the grave with her? Of course. In the end though I am personally convicted that the archived information, set forth as "proved", written by those early Craig descendants, would have to be unarguably discredited before anyone could submit a competing theory as "truth" and have any confidence it would be cannonized by the family as a whole.
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