Niagara County

1897 Biography - Margaret Thorburn

Thorburn, Margaret, born in Queenston, Ontario, Canada, eldest daughter of David and Isabel (Thompson) Thorburn, was educated at Lewiston Academy, N. Y., and later on at Mrs. Cockburn's Lady's Boarding School in Toronto, Canada. In 1853 was married to John Craigie, and they had seven children, four of them are now living, David T., John R. T., Mrs. Mabel Lyon and Mrs. Alice T. Trowbridge. John Craigie was a native of Scotland; before leaving that country was employed on North British Railway as a book-keeper; after coming to Canada entered into mercantile and milling business; later on as a railroad contractor in this State and Pennsylvania. Mr. Craigie settled in Lewiston in 1881 and died May 7, 1887. Mrs. Craigie's father, late David Thorburn, was a native of Roxburghshire, Scotland, was a merchant and member of Parliament in Canada for several years; also special commissioner, and superintendent of Six Nations Indians affairs on Grand River; also government arbitrator and stipendiary magistrate on Welland Canal; his parents' names were David and Catharine Thorburn; they lived and died in Scotland. Isabel (Thompson) Thorburn's grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Emerick, were natives of Holland; emigrated to the State of Pennsylvania; settled in township of Pedden, that State; during the Revolutionary war they were taken captives by Indians as well as two of their children, a son and daughter. Mr. Emerick and little son could not carry the pack so were tomahawked; the lives of the mother and daughter were saved. After seven years captivity they were rescued by British officers.

Contributed 2017 by Lisa Slaski from Landmarks of Niagara County, New York, by William Pool, D. Mason & Co., Syracuse, NY, 1897

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