Thursday, September 26, 2013

Dresden Enterprise Apr 24 1896 - The Illustrated Edition Part 13 "William Congrave Croft"

This is the thirteenth in a multi-part series featuring the April 24 1896 edition of the Dresden Enterprise.  If you missed the previous posts you can find them here: part onepart two, part threepart fourpart fivepart sixpart sevenpart eightpart ninepart tenpart eleven, part twelve.

Most of the individuals pictured in this edition of the Enterprise also had a brief profile to go along with their picture.  William Congrave Croft did not.  The Enterprise simply reported that he was going to succeed Franklin P. Fonville as County Trustee so I had to go in search of something to say about Mr. Croft.

He was born May 6 1842 in Arkansas to George W. Croft and Elizabeth Golden.  After the death of his mother in 1847 he and his siblings were brought to Weakley County by their uncle, William Golden and raised in his household.  During the Civil War, like so many of his west Tennessee compatriots, he served in Co. K 31st Tennessee Regiment.  William signed up September 2, 1861 at Trenton, rank of private. He was appointed 4th Corporal November 1861.  In 1862 and 63 he was on detached service in Chattanooga.   In his later years, William would be an active participant and Commander for the James G. Pirtle UCV Camp #990, Fulton Kentucky, at several of the Confederate Reunions.  

Croft was married three times but he only had children with his first wife.  He married Martha Elizabeth Roberts in 1867 in Weakley County TN.  Their children were: Emma, George and Oswald Croft. Martha died about 1881.

He served as Weakley County Trustee for a number of years during the 1890's.  

He married his second wife on May 20 1885, Catharine Virginia "Jennie" Ridgeway, 1853-1908.  Jennie died in 1908:  "Mrs. Jennie Croft, of Fulton, died at her home in that city Friday night.  Mrs. Croft was born in Henry county, Tenn., April 28, 1853. She was a daughter of Hon. Wm. Ridgeway. On May 20 1885, she was married to W.C. Croft, and was a member of the Baptist church, at Fulton.  Deceased is survived by her husband.  Interment took place at Mt. Moriah Cemetery."  Hickman Courier June 5 1908

In 1905 he ran for a position on the city council in Fulton. Paducah Sun Sept 30 1905

In 1906 Croft was elected vice-president of the board of directors at the City National bank of Fulton.  Paducah Sun, January 30 1906

In the January 14 1909 edition of the Hickman Courier the following wedding announcement appeared:

"Mr. W.C. Croft and Mrs. S.A. Verhine were married at the home of Mr. Cothran in West Fulton Jan. 7. The ceremony was performed by Rev. McLeskey of the Cumberland Presbyterian church.  Immediately afterward Mr. and Mrs. Croft went to their home in East Fulton."

He and his third wife, Zilphia T. (Mrs. S.A. Verhine), appear in the 1910 and 1920 Census records for Fulton Kentucky. This was Zilphia's second marriage as she was first married to S.D. Verhine January 28, 1873 in Obion County. His middle initial appears in some places as A and others D. 

The Richmond Daily Register for April 11 1919 reported that W.C. Croft was among the members appointed by Kentucky Governor Stanley to serve on the Board of Trustees for the Confederate Home at Pewee Valley.

William Croft died July 20 1925 and is buried in Mount Moriah Cemetery in Weakley County.  Zilphia died September 26, 1925, the daughter of James and Elizabeth Turner.

Source material:  U.S. Census Records, Civil War Service Records, Family Trees/Croft Family Bible/, Tennessee Marriage Records, Kentucky Death Certificates, History of Goodspeed for Obion county, Paducah Sun, Hickman Courier

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