Enoch Arden Chunk Craft
and Polly Ann Caudill

Enoch Arden "Chunk" Craft and Polly Ann (Caudill) Craft
Enoch Arden "Chunk" Craft b 29 Dec 1842 Letcher Co KY d 16 Feb 1938 Letcher Co KY; (see 1860 Letcher Co KY Census); s/o Archaleous Craft and Letty Webb. Enoch Arden Chunk Craft m. 2 May 1867 Letcher Co KY to Polly Ann Caudill b 15 Apr 1847 d 11 Feb 1936; d/o John Adams Caudill and Rachel Cornett. Children of Enoch A "Chunk" Craft and Polly Ann Caudill;

1. Rachel V Craft b 14 Feb 1868 d 3 Aug 1954 m. 1886 to Israel Jesse Adams b 14 Sept 1865 d Nov 1947 s/o Jesse Adams and Margaret Jenkins. They lived in Greenup Co KY.

2. Archelous C "Archie" Craft b 20 Sept 1869 d 7 Jul 1952 m. 26 Apr 1895 to (1) Pricey Adkins; d/o Elder Lewis Adkins. Archelous C "Archie" Craft m. 25 Jul 1940 to (2) Martha Dixon b 6 Dec 1879 d 14 Jun 1967; buried Jim Brown Cemetery, Uz, KY; d/o William Van Dixon and Dicey Combs. Martha Dixon m. Joseph E Cornett b 29 Oct 1872 Letcher Co KY d 21 Jun 1933; buried Jim Brown Cemetery, Uz, KY, (west of the mouth of Dry Fork above the home of Jim Brown); s/o John B Cornett and Elizabeth Hayes.

3. Letitia "Lettie" E Craft b 21 Apr 1872 d 27 Mar 1905 m. 30 Aug 1889 to Joseph Leonard "Joe" Hall, s/o Enoch Mahlon Hall and Lettie Hampton. Joseph Leonard "Joe" Hall m. 22 Apr 1905 to Drucilla "Siller" Craft b 4 Dec 1874 d 20 Sept 1959; d/o Nelt Craft and Elizabeth Reynolds. Joseph Leonard Hall m. 20 May 1916 Letcher Co KY to 4th Diannah C Webb.  Joseph Leonard Hall m. 1 Aug 1918 Letcher Co KY to 5th Martha Tackett b 1898. Joseph Leonard Hall m. 19 Aug 1919 Letcher Co KY to 6th Diannah C Webb.

4. Drucilla "Siller" Craft (aka Drewsiller) b 4 Dec 1874 d 20 Sept 1959 m. 4 Aug 1893 to Isom Sergent b 11 Nov 1863 d 24 May 1920; s/o Andrew Jackson Sergent and Elizabeth Nolan.

5. John D Craft b 9 Jul 1876 d in infancy.

6. Watson G Craft b 9 Mar 1878 d 1881 at age 3 years.

7. Benjamin E Craft b 12 Sept 1879 d 15 Jun 1957; m. 16 Feb 1905 to Emily Swindall b 5 Aug 1887 d 18 Dec 1959.

8. Mattie Craft b 15 Jul 1881 d 6 Feb 1958; m. 7 Oct 1906 to Maryland D Bates b 28 Feb 1886 Beaver Creek, Knott Co KY d 5 Jul 1983; s/o Uriah "Rarr" Bates and Mary Hagans Higgins.

9. Sabrina Craft b 8 Sept 1883 d 1 Jan 1956; m. 11 Aug 1899 to Elbert Franklin Bentley b 5 May 1880 d 24 Jul 1962, s/o John Martin Bentley and Malinda Addington. Elbert F Bentley m. 2nd to Polly Wright.

Obituary of Sabrina Craft: CRAFT, Sabrina, the dau of Enoch A. and Polly Ann Craft; md: Elbert F. Bentley, Aug 11 1899, just before her 16th birthday; 14 children; 3 died in infancy; surviving: Martin, Ben, Enoch, Ellis, Letitia, Callie, Polly Ann, Malinda, Rachel, Percie, and Viola; she also leaves one brother, Ben E. Craft, 3 sisters: Mrs. Sillar Sergent, Mrs. Mattie Bates, and Mrs. Sarah Jane Franklin. d: at age 72 yrs, 3 mos, and 23 days old. Member of the Old Regular Baptist Church. (Source).

10. Ibby Craft b about 1885; m. 15 Nov 1901 to John F Holbrook.

11. Sarah Jane Craft b 23 Jan 1889 d 9 Jun 1974; m. 28 Nov 1907 to Ben Franklin b 14 Jun 1880 d 20 Sept 1969; s/o Andrew Jack Franklin and Manerva Sergent.

12. Nancy Craft b about 1872 d 1875 about age 3 years.


Enoch Arden Chunk Craft CSA

Enoch "Chunk" Craft was with General John Hunt Morgan's men when the General was killed. Enoch helped carry General Morgan's body onto the train. Enoch stated that the General's body was not mutilated and that his clothing was not dirty.


An interview by Karen Mullins (karenchat@aol.com) with Watson Craft, Grandson of Chunk Craft and Polly Ann Caudill; (Source)

Did Grandpa Chunk speak to you about the Civil War?

He didn’t speak much about it. I do remember he when it would come up he would say, “That was a terrible time.” I wasn’t interested enough at the time to ask questions. I let it pass. He was one of John Hunt Morgan’s raiders in the Civil War. Later, I read every book I could get my hands on about the Civil War period. I read all I get on John Hunt Morgan.

Grandpa Chunk was in the Kentucky 13th. It went by several names. First it was the 5th Mounted Infantry. Then it was the 13th Calvary. It ran thru 13 names during the Civil War. They started at the mouth of Sandlick. Grandpa, his brother, A.C. and an uncle were with Ben Caudill who organized them.

Sandlick is West Whitesburg. Grandpa Archeleus helped start the Indian Bottom Church Association. It was originally at Blackey on Arch Cornett’s property. Later it moved to Colley. Arch Craft was a founding member of three Old Regular Baptist churches. He was a member of the Roaring River church in North Carolina before he came to Kentucky. In 1829 he helped start the church at Blackey. It was the first Old Regular Baptist Churches in Kentucky. He was a founding member of the Sandlick church, which was an arm of the Indian Bottom Association at Blackey. Then he helped found the Thornton church. It was quite a ways to go to Blackey from Colley for church. He would have to go on Friday and come back Monday so it was four days to go to church.

Arch was appointed as a delegate for the Indian Bottom Association. He was also a delegate at Sandlick. The church at the mouth of Colley Creek was just out of the Colley and to the left so it was very close for him. He and his son “Preacher Arch” were both delegates for the Colley church. I found all this in a book about the United Baptist Church of the U.S.

There were no land grants for rebel soldiers. Now Arch Craft had a land grant in North Carolina. He got it from being in the Revolutionary War. He had land in Boone, North Carolina. They could have it and keep it if they improved it. How they improved it was to put up a house and have a garden. They asked him to go to Kentucky and he said no, his house was built and he did not want to leave. He finally agreed to go when the State of Virginia gave him another land grant. He and James Caudill, Stephen Adams and some others all came together. They were headed for Bryan Station. When they reached Pound they traveled all day and got as far as Camp Branch. They stayed their first night there. The next morning they woke up to snow. They had their families with them. They stayed there the whole winter. There was plenty of game, fish and they just decided to stay.

I don’t know where Preacher Arch homesteaded, but Grandpa Chunk bought all his land.

Nelson Craft, one of the first postmasters at Craftsville. He was Grandpa Chunk’s brother. The only post office in Craftsville was in A.C. Craft’s kitchen. Millstone was a separate post office where the train came in. Watson delivered mail by horse on Saturdays and Holidays when he wasn’t going to school.


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