The McElroy Family of Richmond, Ontario, Canada

Henry's son Patrick married Eliza Craig. This page provides some information pertaining to the Craig family.

The Family of Eliza Craig

Patrick McElroy, Henry's eldest son, was in his teens when the family settled in Richmond. He went into business with his father and, in 1828 married Eliza Craig in Hull, Que. Eliza was the daughter of John Craig, another of the original military settlers.

A copy of the will made in 1818 by Eliza's grandfather, Robert Craig, reveals that her family came from Drains in the Parish of Carncastle in the county of Antrim. Robert Craig had three daughters and two sons. To his daughter, Ann, he bequeathed:

my dwelling house and all my furniture, also the cow and cow house with the field my cow now grazes on together with my possession of the bay, viz, the part of the land there I now occupy, and also I leave to my said daughter Ann Craig the sum of Ten Pounds Sterling yearly end every year out of my yearly income or profit rent I now receive.

To his daughters, Jenny and Chelly (Charlotte) he left the reminder of his yearly income with the proviso that at their deaths, the income would go to his grandson, Robert Craig. (Eliza's brother)

To his sons, John and William, he left a guinea each. The will also provided that after the deaths of Jenny and Chelly, the land he owned would pass to his grandson, Robert, "to take the place and hold it himself and neither to let, sell, nor dispose of the same in any way whatever but to fall into the next nearest heir.

This was not the only property the Craig family had a claim to. The following memorandum was written by my great grandfather, William McElroy:

Mama had a relation, a friend to her father, John Craig, and whose name was Thomas Craig - who lived in a place near the City of Philadelphia in Pennsylvania called Craig's Settlement. The man must have been well off as he left property after his death that was valuable. And it appears he had no children as the place was advertised for heirs. This man was buried at his own burial ground in Craig's Settlement. Mama's father, John, about the year 1824 or 25 went to claim the property as next-of-kin and was away two or three years till 1828 but did not accomplish it. He searched up the records on it and was satisfied he was the right claimant. He returned in 1828 to Canada and took back part of his family and shortly after died in a hotel in Philadelphia. This Thomas Craig was his uncle. Grandfather Craig's Father's name was Robert Craig - his eldest son was Grandfather John Craig - besides which he had another son named William and a daughter named Charlotte (Chelly) (who was afterwards married to Henry Purdy) another daughter named Ann was never married. Great Grandfather Robert Craig lived in a place called Carncastle in the County of Antrim. His place was since bought by Sir Sidney Smith who was an English Admiral. William Craig, my grandfather's brother, was afterwards a captain in the merchant service and owned a ship. He afterwards settled in the City of Baltimore, was married in Ireland but had no children that we know of.

A letter written to William by someone who signed herself, "Your cousin, Agnes Newman," throws a little more light on the matter. The letter came from Portland, Michigan, but it is not possible to decipher the date. Agnes Newman was, no doubt, a daughter of one of Eliza's brothers or sisters.

Dear Cousin Willie

It has been on my mind to write for weeks and today I have decided to do so. I wonder how you are all. I trust as time rolls on you have had your share of life's joys. Your family are getting scattered now - you must feel quite alone in Richmond now. I wanted to tell you because you were so much interested about what a young lawyer, who was a class mate of cousin John's son, said of the place which Uncle Robert inherited. He went there to see it and said it was a fine old place and the Admiral of the British Navy lived there as it belongs to the government now. For Uncle Robert had no right it seemed to sell it and I think he did not all of it anyway because he did break the law it was taken by the government. I think John's son thought maybe he could get something but I think not. Uncle Robert said one time he had some papers that might be valuable. To his son, John, he said it. Let me hear from you once again.

As ever your cousin

Agnes Newman

From this letter, it appears that Eliza's brother, Robert, did indeed receive his inheritance but, later, leased or sold a portion of it against the provision of his grandfather's will. The Government therefore confiscated the lot.

Patrick and Eliza had eleven children of whom two were still born. All were born in Richmond. Their birthdays are as follows:

HenryApril 7, 1829
Ann Isabella1832
JohnJanuary 8, 1835
MaryJune 12, 1837
RobertFebruary 25, 1840
MargaretApril 6, 1842
DavidJuly 31, 1845
WilliamJune 16, 1848
JamesOctober 11, 1851