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much of the information on this page gathered from internet postings by Jackie Utley (granddaughter of Ida Ione Rosamon). The dates and middle name for Ida's daughter Juanita are taken from Ralph Leonard's webpage mydiptych.com, which traces far back into the Reeves family

Ida Ione Rosamon Craig/Asher/Agee

12-18-1898 to 12-16-1976 (or 1977)



  1895-Lela Mae Porter

  1900-Mattie L. Miller

  1903-Carrie Ballentine

  1905-Henry Lafayette Rosamon



Oscar Pinkney Craig

then Mr. Asher, then Mr. Agee




1918-Juanita Imogen

1920-Elbert Wayne Craig (by OP)

1921-Wilma (Utley)

c.1923-Illda (Holmes)



 Robert L Rosamon


 Sallie E.E. King

spouse's parents:

James Oscar Craig


Elizabeth Coffman Cole Craig

maternal grandparents:

Daniel Crafton King & (Miss) Reeves


paternal grandparents:

John Wesley Rosamon &

 Mary Elizabeth Warmath


maternal aunts & uncles:


paternal aunts & uncles:

JL; Nannie Meadows Fairless; Ida E; Cora Mae Jackson; John Henry Rosamon; James R Rosamon; Nora Alcena; William Irby Rosamon


Crockett County marriage records show Ida "Rosamond" marrying O.P. Craig on 10-21-1917. (Oscar Pinkney Craig)

Draft registration 1917 Oscar Pinkney Craig of Alamo, TN, born 2-9-1895 in Friendship, TN. Occupation: farming. By whom employed: self. Where employed: near Alamo. Single. Physical description: tall, of medium build, with brown eyes and black hair and one eye out.  

1930 census, Crockett County: Pinkney Craig, 34, married at 21, carpenter. Wife Ida, age 29, married at 16. Daughter Juanita, age 12. Son Wayne, age 10. Daughter Wilma, age 9. Daughter Illda, age 7.

According to information posted by Ralph Leonard on his website mydyptich.com, Juanita Imogen Craig was born in 1918 and died at sixteen years old, in 1934.

Photos on Rootsweb posted by Jackie Utley bear captions about Wayne Craig, son of Oscar Pinkney and Ida Rosamond Craig, identifying photos of a man in WWII uniform "in Laredo, TX, near the Laredo Army Air Base, where he served during World War II. He was killed in a motorcycle accident near the base on 4-21-1944." Another photo caption gives his full name as Elbert Wayne Craig, born 12-24-1920, died 4-21-1944, buried in Alamo City Cemetery.

1947 obit of Ida's father says, among other things, "Mr. Rosamond was born in Gadsden and lived there about 45 years, being a farmer and grist mill operator. He moved to Dyer county thereafter and came to Jackson six years ago, when he retired, and was making his home with a daughter, Mrs. Ida Craig, 266 Jackson St."

Caption & Photo on Rootsweb provided by Jackie Utley, "Oscar Pinkney Craig, son of James Oscar Craig and Elizabeth Coffman Cole Craig. Born February 9, 1895; died April 21, 1955; buried in Alamo City Cemetery (beside his son Elbert Wayne Craig)... he was married to Ida Ione Rosamond on 10-21-1917 in Crockett County."

newspaper clipping contributed to Tennessee Gen Web by Jackie Utley, dated 12-23-1976 (same source also lists in caption of photo of Ida I. a death date of 12-16-1977--not sure if it was 1976 or 1977), probably the Crockett Times: Mrs. Ida Agee--Services for Mrs. Ida Asher Agee, 78, were held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Lanier Funeral Home in Jackson with Rev. Paul Phillips officiating. Burial was in Highland Memorial Gardens. Mrs. Agee died Thursday at her home in the Oakfield community. She was born in Gadsden and attended Crockett County schools. She was a member of the Northside United Methodist Church. She leaves two daughters; Mrs. Wilma Utley of Jackson, and Mrs. Illda Holmes of the Oakfield community; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Obit from Memphis newspaper posted on Rootsweb by Jackie Utley: O.P. Craig: Former Restaurant Operator Dies at Alamo. Alamo TN: April 21--OP Craig died late Thursday at Praither Hospital after a long illness...burial will be in Alamo Cemetery with Ronk Funeral Home in charge. Mr. Craig, who was 60, formerly operated a restaurant in Alamo. He was a member of the Methodist church. He leaves two daughters, Mrs. J.P. Utley and Mrs. Barnie Holmes of Jackson; three sisters, Mrs. Calvin Blair of Alamo, Mrs. M.V. Williams of Friendship, and Mrs. Ellen Hester of Jonesboro, Ark; six brothers, Bell Craig of Jonesboro, Bob Cole, Rob Craig, E.C. Craig, and James Craig, all of Friendship, and Dave Craig of Alamo, and three grandchildren. (Note--original said Mrs. J.T. Utley, which is a typo.)

Jackie Utley maintains an Utley Family Update on the internet. The March/April 2005 issue had a profile of Wilma Rosamon Craig Utley (they spell Rosamon as Rosamond, but I've kept it consistent with the rest of the Rosamons to simplify searching within this website). That profile seemed to be in the form of a questionnaire filled in by Wilma. Jackie is Wilma's daughter. According to the profile, Wilma Rosamon Craig Utley was born 3-11-1921 in Alamo, TN. She recalls an older sister Juanita and brother Wayne and later a younger sister. She went to Jackson high school and then West Tennessee Business College. She met her husband, J.P. Utley on a blind date on 1-4-1939. They married 8-7-1943 before a justice of the peace in Bryan TX (JP was attending Texas A&M at the time). She recalled her in-laws, Prentyce Utley and Mrs. Bernard Utley, with fondness. Her children are Martha Jacqueline (Jackie) born 3-20-1949 in Jackson, TN, and Richard Wayne Utley, born 3-5-1952 in Jackson. Her grandchildren were listed as well.

From all appearances, Jackie Utley is a genealogist's dream. I've contacted her by email, and hope to hear back.

In 1999 there was an article in the Jackson Sun about the death of Heather Rushing, daughter of Joy La Rose, who collapsed at 24 years old, from heart failure due to anorexia. The article mentioned and quoted Heather's paternal Grandmother Glee Rushing, and maternal Grandmother Illda Holmes. Her father was named as Taylor Rushing and her stepfather as Len La Rose. She died on 8-30-1999 after completing a six-month treatment for her eating disorder, and having hidden that she had relapsed.