Convention Member Thomas McCraney
Born July 22, 1791, in Newburgh, Orange County, New York. He served in the War of 1812 in Captain Samuel Ingersoll’s Company, 7th Regiment New York State Artillery, and was discharged in Canada where his family had migrated. By 1833, Mr. McCraney and his wife Susanna (Slayton), and their children were in Jo Davis County, and setting out to mine just across the Mississippi River in what is now Dubuque County, Iowa. Mr. McCraney had crossed the Mississippi River to the Dubuque side in 1832. On January 10, 1833, Susan Ann McCraney, the first white child in Dubuque, and perhaps in all of Iowa, was born. Mr. McCraney was a member of the First General Assembly of the Territory of Wisconsin, which at that time, included Iowa. He was elected one of the delegates to form the state’s constitution in 1846. Mr. McCraney married his second wife, Mary A. Harwood Hill in 1844. They moved to Garnavillo, Clayton County, where he lived until his death in May 21, 1855, in Dubuque.