Shelby  County  Indiana


The  Shelbyville  News
Wednesday April 23, 1986
Margaret R. Craven, 65, R.R.2, Shelbyville, died Tuesday, W. S. Major Hospital; lengthy illness.
Born on October 13, 1920, in Shelbyville, to  Roy and Ruth M. (Cotton) Bird
Married  Carlos E. Craven,  September 12, 1943, in Shelbyville, he survives.
Other survivors are a daughter,  Pamela Pareti, Fort Myers, Florida, and three brothers,  William Bird  and  James Bird, both of Shelbyville, and  Robert Bird, Indianapolis.
A brother preceded her in death.
Lifelong Shelbyville resident; homemaker; member of the First Christian Church.
Murphy Mortuary with the Rev. James Horner officiating. 
Burial:  Forest Hill Cemetery.
Contributed by Barb Huff
Summarized by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  Republican
Friday, May 16, 1947
Native of England Dies Af-
ter Short Illness
          Ben Cravens  about 75 years old, a native of England, passed away at the W. S. Major hospital at 10:15 a.m. Thursday after a short illness.  He was taken to the hospital the preceding night.  Mr. Cravens resided on East Jackson street.
          He had lived in Shelbyville since about 1914, coming here soon after reaching the United States.  During his residence in London, England, he had been a weaver by trade.
          MR.  CRAVENS  had served in the British Army in South Africa during the Boer War, being in the siege of Ladysmith.
          There are no survivors so far as it is known here.
          Funeral arrangements had not been completed last night but will be announced today by the Sleeth Funeral home.

Saturday, May 19, 1947
Cravens Funeral Will
Be Conducted Today
          Last rites will be held at 2:00 p.m. today at the Sleeth Funeral Home for  Ben Cravens,  age 75, a native of England who died at the Major hospital here Thursday after a short illness.  His home was on E. Jackson St.
          The Rev. A. J. Spaulding will officiate at the funeral service and burial will be made at the Tindall cemetery.  Friends may call at the funeral home at any time.
Contributed by Barb Huff for Andy Sutcliffe

The  Shelbyville  Republican
Saturday, January 24, 1931
Mrs. Minnie Cravens, Age 60
Years Died at Major Hos-
pital Friday Night.
          Long suffering from severe burns sustained in an explosion from a gasoline stone, was ended at seven o'clock Friday night with the death of  Mrs. Minnie Cravens,  wife of  Bennie Cravens,  which occurred at the Major hospital.  The explosion occurred on December 4, at the home of the late  James Griffith Dunn  where Mrs. Cravens was helping to care for Mr. Dunn who was ill with pneumonia.
          The deceased was born in Decatur county in June 1870 and was the daughter of  Solomon and Nancy Swango.  She was sixty years old and had been a resident of this city since childhood.  Her marriage to Bennie Cravens took place 12 years ago.
          Besides the husband, Mrs. Cravens is survived by one sister,  Mrs. Ida Dunn,  of this city, and several nieces and nephews.
          The body was taken to the C. F. Fix and Son mortuary where friends may call any time after ten o'clock Sunday morning.  Funeral services will be held there Monday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock with the Rev. A. L. Wooten, pastor of the Vine Street M. P. church officiating.  Burial will be in the Forest Hill cemetery.
Contributed by Barb Huff for Andy Sutcliffe

The  Shelbyville  Democrat
Saturday, January 24, 1931
Victim of Addicent Dec. 4 Died Fri-
day Evening at the W. S.
Major Hospital.
          Burns suffered in an explosion Dec. 4 proved fatal Friday night to  Mrs. Minnie Craven,  60, wife of  Benny Craven,  210 east Jackson street.  Mrs. Craven, who had been confined to the W. S. Major hospital since the accident, had shown little or no improvement, and her death was not unexpected.
          She was severely burned when a can of gasoline exploded as she was preparing a fire in a kitchen stove of the home of her brother-in-law, the late  James Dunn,  near the Craven residence on Jackson street.  When the gasoline exploded she was enveloped in flames and was painfully burned about the chest and shoulders before the fire had been extinguished by  Dr. R. W. Gehres,  who was attending Mr. Dunn when the explosion occurred.  She was moved to the hospital following the accident and her death occurred there at 7 o'clock Friday evening.
          Following her death the body was moved to the C. F. Fix & Son mortuary, where it was prepared for burial.  Funeral services are to be held at two o'clock Monday afternoon with the Rev. A. L. Wooten, pastor of the Vine street M. P. church, officiating.  Burial will be in Forest Hill cemtery[sic].  Friends may call at the Fix & Son mortuary at any time after ten o'clock Sunday morning.
          Although a native of Decatur county, Mrs. Craven had resided in Shelbyville since childhood.  She was a daughter of  Solomon and  Nancy Swango  and was born in June, 1870, being at the time of death sixty years and seven months old.  Twelve years ago, she was united in marriage to Benny Craven, who, with a sister, Mrs. Ida Dunn,  of Shelbyville, survives.  She also leaves a number of nieces and nephews.
Contributed by Barb Huff for Andy Sutcliffe

The  Daily  Republican
Saturday, June 7, 1884
Page 4 column 3
Tribute To The Memory of The Late Amanda F. Cravens
          Amanda F. Cravens, daughter of  Dr. J. R. Cravens, was born in Harrisonburg, Virginia October 6, 1804.  She was united in marriage to Jacob Kennerly on December 7, 1820.  Three children were born to them, two sons and a daughter.  The two sons, Thomas and Joseph, are all that remain, the father and daughter and now the mother having "passed over the river".  Mr. and Mrs. Kennerly moved to Madison, in this State, in 1830 and in 1832 moved to Shelby county where they settled on the present old homestead.  Deceased united with the Methodist church at an early age of fifteen, consequently she has been a follower of Jesus for sixty-five years.  During her last illness she suffered greatly but bore it patiently for one so aged and feeble. Her only hope was in her Saviour.  The strong arm upon which she had leaned for so many years supported her with all needed strength as she descended into the "dark valley and shadow of death".  She fell asleep in Jesus, June 4, 1884, in her eightieth year.  The funeral services at the old home on Friday morning, were quite largely attended by her old neighbors and friends, who deposited her remains in the cemetery.
[Buried City Cemetery]
Submitted by Barb Huff

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