18 May 2010

Obituary of Civil War Veteran Samuel Praigg

Obituary of Civil War Veteran Samuel Praigg:

Detroit Free Press
Friday, September 16, 1887
[2nd Item]

Praigg - September 14 - At the residence of his son-in-law, J. W. Moore, of 60 West Montcalm Street, Samuel Praigg, aged 75 years. -- Of funeral hereafter.
[September 17th, 1887 - Funeral Saturday 2 o'clock from above residence]

Samuel Praigg was a Civil War veteran, who enlisted at the age of 44 in Feby of 1865.

The Western Michigan Genealogical Society has a database for the Grand Rapids Home For Veterans listing Samuel Praigg:

Samuel Praigg
Date of Death: 14 September 1887
Registration # M-155
Film #11
5 Pages
Until Samuel Praigg's obituary was found, I thought he died in Grand Rapids, at the Michigan Soldiers' Home, rather than Detroit at the home of his son-in-law. The location of his grave is as of yet unknown.

Samuel Praigg's 3rd wife, Rebecca (Perry) Farrar, was the mother of Rosaltha Farrar who married James Levi More (my great-grandmother's brother). Praigg's first wife was Ann Boden; his second wife was Louise Crain, his third wife was Rebecca; his fourth wife was Jeanette Campbell and his fifth wife was Mrs. Sally (Beech) Wood Allen.

Samuel Praigg (AKA Prague) was born in Pennsylvania and lived in the Michigan counties of Wayne, Genesee, and Kent; he married Rebecca (Perry) Farrar in Oakland County and married his 5th wife, Sally, in Lapeer County., Michigan.


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PalmsRV said...

Thanks Lisa!


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Lauren said...

Thank you for posting this. Samuel Praigg was my gr gr gr grandfather.

PalmsRV said...


For some reason Samuel Praigg's life just resonated with me, even though I'm not related to him. He fit in nicely with my Genesee, Lapeer & Oakland counties research.

Do you know where he was buried?


Mark Praigg said...

My father was the late Nelson Samuel Praigg (1931-2001)--a direct descendant of Samuel Praigg. He remembered Samuel Praigg's son, Nelson Praigg

PalmsRV said...

Hope you enjoyed the blog post.

Lauren said...

Through Find A Grave, I now know where Samuel Praigg is buried. He and many of his family are in Elmwood Cemetery in Detroit.

Here's the link:

PalmsRV said...

That is great news, Lauren. Thanks for letting me know! Cathy

Lauren said...

Hi Cathy... I have one more update on Samuel Praigg. Through the power of Google I found a photo of him that is in a collection at the Detroit Public Library. It was taken the year before he died. The boy in the photo is my grandmother's father. I was thrilled to finally see a photo of this man. Thought I'd share it with you.


PalmsRV said...

Dear Lauren,

What a terrific find! Thank you so much for sharing that with me. I was wondering where the house was and the description of the photo included this: 'Handwritten on back: "On Farnsworth Ave., N.E. corner of John R, 65 Farnsworth... ."'

Joe Haynes said...

I live in Samuel Praigg's house in Fenton, Michigan. We found his name on a map from 1873. The current address of the house is 401 E. South Holly. Anyone know any more info on the house?

PalmsRV said...

Joe Haynes, What an interesting connection! I do not have any additional information, though.