The Civil War in North Carolina

Reminiscences and Memoirs of North Carolina and Eminent North Carolinians

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was marked by untiring industry, rectitude of deportment and scrupulous fidelity to his clients, with strong moral courage that was ready for the discharge of any duty devolving upon him, and a thorough knowledge of his profession. These essential elements crowned his life with success. During his residence in Stokes he married Ruth, daughter of Hugh Martin Esq., by whom he had several children, and in Dec. 1845 he married Jane, relict of Dr Mitchell, and the daughter of the late Archibald Henderson of Salisbury, whose character and life has been already sketched. (See page 181.)

        Burton Craige (born 1811, died 1875,) was a native of Rowan County, the son of David Craige. He was educated by Rev. Jonathan Otis Freeman, and at the University, where he graduated in 1829. He studied law, and in 1832 entered the Legislature as a member from the Borough of Salisbury, and also in 1834, he was elected to the 33th, 34th, 35th and 36th Congresses (1853 to '60.) He was a member of the State Convention of the 20th of May 1861, and introduced the ordinance of Secession, which passed unanimously. He was a member of the Confederate Congress, and a hearty sympathizer in the Southern cause.

        Members of Confederate Congress:

        1861. George Davis, William T. Dortch, (Senate.) Wm. N.H. Smith, Thomas Ruffin of Wayne, T. D. McDowell, A. W. Venable, John M. Morehead, R. C Puryear, Burton Craige, A. T. Davidson.

        1864. Wm. A. Graham, Wm. T. Dortch, (Senate.) Wm. N. H. Smith, R. R. Bridgers, Thos. C. Fuller, James M. Leach, J. T. Leach, of Johnston, Josiah Turner, John A. Gilmer, Jas. G. Ramsey, Burgess S. Gaither and Geo. W. Logan.

        Mr. Craige was a man of warm feelings, and generous impulses, of high sense of honor, and at times rash, impulsive and impetuous. He died at Concord, Cabarrus County, on Dec. 30th, 1875.

        Mr. Craige married Elizabeth, daughter of Col. James Erwin of Burke County, by whom he had several children; among them Kerr Craige, who represented Rowan in 1872, and is now a practicing lawyer in Salisbury.

        Hamilton C. Jones, (born 1798,) resided for many years and died in this County. He was a native of Greenville, Va.; liberally educated. He graduated at the University of North Carolina in the same class in 1818, with Bishop Green, Robert Donaldson, Robert H. Morrison, Wm. D. Mosely, James K. Polk, Hugh Waddell, and others. He read law with Judge Gaston at New Berne, and after being admitted to the bar, settled at Salisbury, where he practiced with success. He entered public life as a member from Rowan in 1827, and was re-elected in 1828, and in 1838 and 1840. In the latter year he was elected Solicitor of this Judicial District, and re-elected in 1844. He was a faithful and active officer. From his pen originated the amusing articles on Cousin Sally Dillard, and other productions. He was considered a genial companion, full of wit. All his efforts in the Legislature were enlightened by his exquisite genius and humor.

        Francis E. Shober resides in Salisbury, but is a native of Salem, where he was born, March 15, 1831. He was educated at a Moravian settlement, and at the University where he graduated in 1851, in the same class with David Miller Carter, Bartholomew Fuller, Benj. S. Hedrick, Rufus L. Patterson, and others. He studied law, and was licensed in 1853. When the dark days of 1861 came, Mr. Shober opposed secession, and in 1862 was elected to the Legislature as a Conservative and reelected in 1864. He was elected a member of
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