Weardale – 19 July 2014

As implied by the parish registers of Wolsingham, this is THE CRAGGS PLACE !

 

David, Peter and Chris visited – all too briefly – and were able to confirm

 

1/ Locations mentioned in the Parish Registers as having been Craggs homes as early as the 1550's are still there – Holebeck House and Landieu

 

 

2/ The villages and hamlets mentioned as Craggs homes in the St John's Chapel baptism records are all still very visible – and the church has a box of lever arch files with many more Craggs to be identified and “treed”.

 

3/ the Weardale Museum Family History section has a plethora of Craggs on their computer

 

Whilst we can't, at this stage, prove lineage before our Joseph Craggs of Satley, the circumstantial evidence is stacking up

a/ the reason he would locate in Satley – whether or not escaping press gangs – is that he was familiar with the area – Wolsingham is literally the next parish down the hill.

b/ he married Elizabeth Jopling – and Joplings and Craggs appear to have, over the years and at various times, been so close as to occupy the same house – Landieu – just a mile or two West of Wolsingham

 

It's clear that there is a lot more to be gleaned in this one valley – with the further tantalising suggestion that Craggs came from Ireland – not difficult to imagine – 80 miles to the Solway Firth and a very manageable boat trip from Ulster…

How close are we to linking to James Craggs Elder & Younger ? Do we want to ...

 

 

Links

 

http://discoverweardale.com/

http://www.weardalemuseum.co.uk/familyhistory.html

http://www.westminster-abbey.org/our-history/people/james-craggs

 

Special mention :

Chatterbox Café, St Johns Chapel https://www.facebook.com/chatterbox.cafe.art.info