The collection of the information in this book was the re sult of circumstances. Like the majority of individuals the compiler had no thought of or care for his ancestry until one day in 1891, he received a letter from Dr. Thos. Cloyd Craig of Eas ton, Kans., making inquiries about the family name, Dr. Craig having seen the writer's name in some Medical Journal. In a very short time a similar letter was received from Dr. W. H. Long of Haddonfield, N. J. Following the correspondence with these two gentlemen an interest in family history was aroused and the correspondence gradually extended to other parties and to other branches of the family.