Enoch Arden Chunk Craft
and Mary Caudill

Enoch Arden Craft and Mary Polly Caudill
Enoch Arden Chunk Craft b 28 Feb 1842 Letcher Co KY d 16 Feb 1937 Letcher Co KY; buried Chunk Craft Cemetery, Millstone, Letcher Co KY; Findagrave Memorial; s/o Archelous Columbus Craft and Lettishia Lettie Webb. Enoch Arden Chunk Craft m. 2 May 1867 Letcher Co KY to Mary Caudill b 15 Apr 1845 d 11 Feb 1936 Millstone, Letcher Co KY; buried Chunk Craft Cemetery, Millstone, Letcher Co KY; Findagrave Memorial; d/o John Adams Caudill and Rachel Cornett. Children of Enoch Arden Chunk Craft and Mary Caudill.

1. Rachel Virginia Craft b 14 Feb 1868 d 3 Aug 1954 Greenup Co KY; m. 23 Jan 1886 Letcher Co KY to Israel Jesse Adams b 14 Sept 1865 Letcher Co KY d 6 Nov 1947 Greeunup Co KY; s/o Jesse B Adams and Margaret Jenkins.

2. Archelous Chelan Archie Craft b 20 SEP 1869 Letcher Co KY d 7 Jul 1952 Letcher Co KY; m. 26 Apr 1895 Letcher Co KY to Pricy Adkins b 26 Apr 1881 Pike Co KY d 15 Jan 1939 Letcher Co KY; d/o Lewis Franklin Adkins and Irene May Rena Craft b about 1856 Pike Co KY. Archelous C Archie Craft m. 25 Jul 1940 Letcher Co KY to Martha Dixon b 6 Dec 1879 Letcher Co KY d 14 Jun 1967 Letcher Co KY; d/o William Van Dixon and Dicy Combs. Martha Dixon m. Archie C Craft b 9 May 1884 Letcher Co KY d 6 Jul 1959 Letcher Co KY; buried Thornton Cemetery, Thornton, Letcher Co KY; s/o Joseph Craft and Rausea Bagwell. Archie C Craft m. 5 Nov 1919 to Lettie Dallas Wright b 8 Jan 1894 Baker, Letcher Co KY d 15 Apr 1974; buried Thornton Cemetery, Thornton, Letcher Co KY; d/o William S Wright and Lettie Bates. Martha Dixon m. Joseph Enoch Cornett b 29 Oct 1872 d 21 Jun 1933; s/o John Baxter Cornett and Elizabeth Hayes.

3. Letitia Lettie Craft b 21 APR 1872 Letcher Co KY d 27 Mar 1905 of hanging herself in the barn of her father over anger and grief of her husband's infidelities; buried Chunk Craft Cemetery, Millstone, Letcher Co KY; Findagrave Memorial; m. 30 Aug 1889 Letcher Co KY to Joseph Leonard Joe Hall b 29 Mar 1865 Shelby Creek d 20 Oct 1928 of suicide by gunshot; left a suicide letter describing his reasons and method of suicide to his son; buried Chunk Craft Cemetery, Millstone, Letcher Co KY; Findagrave Memorial; s/o Enoch Mahlon Hall and Nancy Hampton. Joseph Leonard Joe Hall m. Sarah Caudill b abt 1856 Pike Co KY d 10 Aug 1887 in childbirth of son, Alvin Hall; buried Frank Tackett Cemetery, Pike Co KY; d/o Matthew Caudill and Elizabeth Betty Tackett. Joseph Leonard Joe Hall m. Drucilla E Sillar Craft b 19 Dec 1860 Letcher Co KY d 4 Jul 1942 Letcher Co KY; buried Thornton Cemetery, Thornton, Letcher Co KY; d/o Nelson Robert Nelt Craft and Elizabeth Catherine Reynolds. Drusilla Sillar Craft m. Miles Mayo Adams.

4. Nancy C. Craft b about 1872 Letcher Co KY d 15 Dec 1875 Letcher Co KY of diptheria.

5. Drucilla Craft b 4 Dec 1874 Millstone, Letcher Co KY d 20 Dec 1959 Millstone, Letcher Co KY; possibly buried Sergent Cemetery, Democrat, Letcher Co KY; Findagrave Memorial; m. Isom Sergent b 23 Nov 1864 Letcher Co KY d 20 May 1920 Letcher Co KY; buried Sergent Cemetery, Democrat, Letcher Co KY; Findagrave Memorial; s/o Andrew Jackson Sergent and Elizabeth Nolan.

6. John D Craft b 9 JUL 1876 d 24 Jan 1878 Letcher Co KY

7. Watson G Craft b 9 MAR 1878 d 1881

8. Benjamin E Craft b 12 SEP 1879 Millstone, Letcher Co KY d 15 Jun 1957 Letcher Co KY; m. 1 Dec 1898 Letcher Co KY to Mary Matilda Tolliver b 20 Oct 1883 Letcher Co KY d 12 Mar 1922 Letcher Co KY; buried Millstone, Letcher Co KY; d/o Melvin Burton Tolliver and Arminda A Baker. Mary Matilda Tolliver m. 15 Dec 1900 to William Ervin Wright b 16 Feb 1880 Letcher Co KY d 31 Mar 1961 Pike Co KY; buried Millstone, Letcher Co KY; s/o Andrew Wright and Matilda Collier. William Ervin Wright m. 6 May 1922 to Nanny B Johnson b 19 Apr 1902; d/o Timothy Paul Johnson and Cosby Jane Quillen. Benjamin E Craft m. 16 Feb 1905 to Emily Swindall b 5 Aug 1887 d 18 Dec 1959 Letcher Co KY

9. Mattie Elizabeth Craft b 15 JUL 1881 Letcher Co KY d 6 Feb 1958 Letcher Co KY; m. 7 Oct 1906 to Maryland D Bates b 28 Feb 1885 Beaver, Knott Co KY d 5 Jul 1983 Letcher Co KY; s/o Washington Uriah Bates and Mary Higgins.

10. Sabrina Craft b 8 SEP 1883 d 1 Jan 1956 Fayette Co KY; m. 11 Aug 1899 to Elbert Franklin Bentley b 5 May 1880 Pike Co KY d 24 Jul 1962 Letcher Co KY; s/o John Martin Bentley and Malinda Addington.

11. Ibby Victoria Craft b 27 APR 1885 Letcher Co KY d 30 Apr 1907 Letcher Co KY; buried Chunk Craft Cemetery, Millstone, Letcher Co KY; m. 15 Nov 1901 Letcher Co KY to John Q Holbrook b abt 1878; s/o Doctor Anderson Holbrook and Manerva Bentley.

12. Sarah Jane Craft b 23 JAN 1889 d 9 Jun 1974 Letcher Co KY; buried Chunk Craft Cemetery, Millstone, Letcher Co KY; m. 27 Nov 1907 Letcher Co KY to Benjamin J Franklin b 14 Jun 1880 Letcher Co KY d 20 Sept 1969 Letcher; Co KY; buried Chunk Craft Cemetery, Millstone, Letcher Co KY; s/o Andrew Jackson Franklin and Minerva Sergent.


Obituary: Enoch Arden Chunk Craft
Mountain Eagle, Feb 1937

E. A. Craft, known to the people of Letcher county as Uncle Chunk, succumbed Tuesday night to complications and old age. He was the last remaining Civil War Veteran and the landmark of the early days of Letcher County.

He was born the same year that Letcher County was constituted and would have been 95 years of age on the 28th of this month. He was one of the old time land marks of the county and was all warp and filling of the old Webb Adams and Craft generations, being related directly to the settlers here. His father is remembered by the older people as El. Arch Craft who for years sounded the gospel up and down this valley and who for years was moderator of the Thornton Regular Baptist church. His father was the grandson of Archelius Craft the first of that name to settle here and who came here along about 1800 at the time that John Adams settled at the mouth of Bottom Fork. Archelius Craft married Betty the daughter of John Adams.

Uncle Chunk's mother was Letty Webb Craft being a daughter of Benjamin Webb who also married Elizabeth, daughter of John Adams, she was a sister to Uncle Miles, Jason and Wiley Webb. Early life he was married to Polly Ann Caudill daughter of Eld. John A. Caudill another Regular Bapti st minister and this made his relationship county wide. Being of the Webb, Adams and Craft families and having married into another one of the prominent families he was related to practically everybody the county at one time. Both he and his wife were members of the Baptist faith and consecrated Christians. His wife preceeded him death about a year ago. Uncle Chunk will be missed. Long he has been a part of Millstone and Letcher County. He has stood like the strong oak, sheltering the young ones storms and times of dire need, but at last after a life of honest toil, a life that has been worth while and a life that has been well spent, he has fallen.

He had no enemies, never made any. He tried to treat everybody right and all who went there felt at home at Uncle Chunk Craft's. His has been a well spent life. His children and relatives have no regrets. He lived well. Like the weary traveler, who, worn out with the struggles of life, and wro, tired and weary reaches home - so has Uncle Chunk - he is at home at last. Such men as Uncle Chunk Craft will be missed and we regret to see their passing.

Military service of Enoch Arden Chunk Craft: He served as a Private Co. D, 13th KY Cavalry, the Confederate Army the Civil War. On 16 Sep 1912, he applied (#2376) to the state of KY for a Confederate Soldier's and Widow's Pension; he was a resident of Letcher County per the application.

The following tribute article was printed a special edition of The Mountain Eagle of 28 May, 1931, honoring prominent business leaders and patriarchs of the county.

Uncle Chunk Craft and Aunt Polly Ann

"We are glad, our readers are glad that the above [pictured] two old pioneer citizens are still living after so long, having weathered time's beating and so often destructive storms. We are proud to show them for many reasons, one of which is that they are each the representative of several of the oldest and best families that ever saw the light of the hills, mountains and creeks of what is now Letcher County -- the old Craft family, the old Caudill family, one of the old Adams families and, not least if you please, the old Webb family. How sacred and dear to our hearts are these old names to some of us, most of us! Uncle Chunk Enoch (but that name doesn't sound so feelingly) is a son of the late Archelas Craft, who for years sounded the gospel up and down these valleys, and Lettie Webb Craft, a daughter of the late Benj. (sic) Webb, who was a son-in-law of the first John Adams and the head of that family of Adams, so plentiful and so well known all over the mountains. Archelas Craft was a grandson of the first Craft to come into the country, too, and who came with John Adams. Aunt Polly Ann is a daughter of the late preacher John A. Caudill, and when this is said all the Caudills of that family know her. Uncle Chunk and Aunt Polly Ann still reside at the old home on Millstone and are approaching, peacefully and gladly, 'the set of a glorious sun over on the other shore.' And may God bless them and spare them with us for years yet!"


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