The Settlement of Craig Township
From Harriman's History of Switzerland County
1812 the settlement of Craig Townshiip was quite sparse. Among the
names from that locality
in those early days, we find those of George and Sturman Craig, Joshua
Cain (or Kane), Robert
McKay, James McKay, Abisha McKay, George Ash, Henry Hannas, Nathaniel
Evans, Isaac Hockasmith, Jacob Kern, a Mr. Houze, Mr. Lanham and a few
others now lost
Hannas was from Kentucky, and was a Baptist preacher, farming being his
He located on a portion of the farm now owned by John Cotton, and
resided there many
years. He finally removed to Gibson County, where he died.
Garard was also an old Kentuckian, and a saddler by trade. He also did
farming, as most
of the early tradesman were compelled to do. He located on the old
Madison and Cincinnati road, about six miles from Vevay, and resided in
the township most of his life.
or David, Bray was also among the first settlers of Craig Township. The
first election of justices,
after the organization of the county, was held at his house in 1817.
The village of Braytown
was named in his honor, though it never throve.
McKay located in this township in 1812. He came here from Shenandoah
where he was born in 1782. His father was a native of Scotland. Mr.
McKay reared quite a
family. He was a member of the Home Guards, organized for the
protection of the few settlers along the Ohio River from the Indians, and left a
good estate at his death in 1832. His son Merritt was born in 1814, on the farm
where he has resided up to the present time, a rather remarkable instance.
Samuel Bellamy was born in Virginia about the year 1784, and when 12
years old removed
with his parents to near Nashville, Tennessee, where he grew to
manhood. In 1815, he removed
to this township with his wife Elizabeth Johnson, and six children,
three of whom were by his first wife, deceased. In 1852, he removed to
Iowa, where he died July 6th 1854. He entered the ministry in Tennessee, and
while living there labored untiringly in the cause of Christ.