John Daniel Cravens was born July 9, 1838, in Howard County, Missouri. In 1860 he married Mary Louise Kivett and immediately joined the Army and went off to the Civil War. Mary died in 1861 and when John returned from the war four years later he married Mary 's sister, Martha Catherine Kivett. Martha was born March 25, 1848, also in Howard County, Missouri.
John was a farmer and they also raised children. Some time following the Birth of the third child in 1870, the family moved to Colusa, California, and John continued farming. After the birth of the ninth child in 1883, te family moved to a 160 acre farm on Stillwater five miles from Anderson where john worked a truck garden and the last two children were born.
The children are as follows:
|Sarah Belle Cravens Yank||1866-1889|
|Roma E. Cravens Cross||1868-1940|
|Ada Lee Cravens Payton||1870-1944|
|John Vivian Cravens aka "Viv" never m.||1874-Unknown|
|Hattie Mae Cravens Meyer||1876-1946|
|Orra Cravens Cunningham||1878-1942|
|Mary Josephine Cravens Huff||1881-1963|
|Cora Cravens (Never Married)||1883-1911|
|Arthur Cravens aka "Op"||1885-1966|
|Norma Cravens Holt Givan||1891-1994|
Martha Cravens loved to dance so John would take her, even though he did not dance, and he spent the evening talking to the ladies while Martha danced.
In 1907, the family still remaining at home, moved to Anderson on 5 acres and raised grapes. Orra worked in a drugstore, Cora taught school, Op worked in a mill at Bella Vista and Norma attended the first high school which was in a dwelling, John died in 1917 in Anderson and Martha then lived with Orra, Op and Norma. She died in 1924 in Dunsmuir. Both John and Martha are buried in the Anderson District Cemetery. Norma Holt Givan was the last child living to the age of 97 years.
Source: Shasta Historical Society