CRAGIN George, Sr.

CRAGIN George, Sr.[1, 2]

Male 1808 - 1884  (75 years)

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  • Name CRAGIN George 
    Suffix Sr. 
    Born 20 Sep 1808  Douglas, Worcester, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Residence 1840  Putney, Windham, Vermont Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Address:
    Putney Association 
    Residence 1 Mar 1848  Oneida, Madison, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Address:
    Kenwood Oneida Community 
    _UID 4CCA6E4EF1FE4EF3999C48E18EB7EFD5698E 
    Died 9 Mar 1884  Utica, Oneida, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried Aft 9 Mar 1884  Oneida, Madison, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Address:
    Oneida Community Cemetery 
    Cragin monument
    Cragin monument
    George Cragin - father
    George E. Cragin, M.D. - son
    Carrie (Bolles) Cragin - daughter-in-law
    Notes 
    • GEORGE CRAGIN was born at Douglas, Massachusetts, in 1808. His father was a merchant and cotton manufacturer, and represented the town of Douglas in the State Legislature for thirty-five years. George worked on the farm and in his father's factory from the time he was ten years old and had little schooling. Too much politics in conjunction with the financial panic of 1827 forced his father into bankruptcy, and George hired out as a clerk in New York City. Charles G. Finney was then conducting a revival in the city, and George with thousands of others was converted. This was in June 1829. George, by nature a zealous propagandist, immediately threw himself into revival work.

      One Sunday in June 1831, when returning to his boarding-house, George's attention was arrested by a girl, beautiful and appealing. She was Mary E. Johnson, a member of his church. She held by the hand a waif, who had been brought to the church-school in the morning and at the end of the day was ??? for. She had tried to find the child's home, and turned to George for help. Leading the child between them they found the mother. Mary then invited him to tea at her home, which was near, and introduced him to her parents.

      Mary was born at Portland, Maine, in 1812. Her father was Daniel Johnson, a bookseller and legal expert. Her mother was Mary Gorham, a deeply religions woman, whose pastor was Edward Payson, the mystic. The Johnsons later moved to New York City. Mary was carefully educated in private schools until the age of fifteen She then became an assistant teacher, and at eighteen, having shown unusual gifts, was placed in charge of an infant school in the church.

      It was love at first sight with both. After a courtship of two and a half years they were married.

      In New York City George Cragin became the publisher of the "Advocate of Moral Reform" and in 1836 he became a Deacon of the Tabernacle Church. Initially he was strongly opposed to the Perfectionist doctrine but was brought to the doctrine of holiness through the influence of his wife and the writings of John Humphrey Noyes.

      In 1840, the Cragins joined the Putney Community begun by John Humphrey Noyes and his family. During the first years at Putney, George and Harriet Noyes were close as were his wife and John H. Noyes.

      He and his wife joined the Oneida Community on March 1, 1848 coming from Putney. A frequent contributor to early Community publications, George Cragin was also listed as a trap manufacturer, gardener and chain maker. He was later the volunteer secretary to the Business Board. A long series of articles, "Story of a Life" presented his autobiography in the "Circular" beginning February 13, 1864.
    Person ID I93988  Noyes Family Genealogy
    Last Modified 3 Jun 2013 

    Father CRAGIN Benjamin,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother HILL Azubah,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married Y  [2
    Family ID F40825  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family JOHNSON Mary Elizabeth,   b. 13 Nov 1810, Portland, Cumberland, Massachusetts [Maine] Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Jul 1851, Rondout, Ulster, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 40 years) 
    Married 7 Feb 1834  New York City, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Children 
     1. SUMMERS-CRAGIN Sarah Ann,   b. 15 Feb 1827, New York City, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Oct 1905, Oneida, Madison, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)  [Adopted]
     2. CRAGIN Frances E.,   b. 20 Jan 1838, New York City, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1840, New York City, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 1 years)
     3. CRAGIN Sarah Louisa,   b. 1 Mar 1839, New York City, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1840, New York City, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 0 years)
     4. Dr. CRAGIN George E.,   b. 7 Jan 1840, Putney, Windham, Vermont Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1915  (Age 74 years)
     5. CRAGIN Charles Adam,   b. 8 Sep 1841, Putney, Windham, Vermont Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Jan 1878  (Age 36 years)
     6. CRAGIN John Holton,   b. 24 Sep 1844, Putney, Windham, Vermont Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Sep 1899, Oneida, Madison, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 54 years)
    Last Modified 21 Jan 2020 
    Family ID F37516  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    George Cragin
    George Cragin
    George Cragin
    George Cragin
    from an early portrait.
    George Cragin, Sr.
    George Cragin, Sr.

  • Sources 
    1. [S3808] Internet-Find A Grave, Find A Grave Memorial #49751412 (3/18//2010).

    2. [S6286] Book-The Oneida Family: Genealogy of A Nineteenth-Century Perfectionist Commune, p.10.

    3. [S3808] Internet-Find A Grave, Find A Grave Memorial #47725734 (8/4/2010).