This family has some very confusing information in the census records.
In 1870 W. Cravin age 28, born in Ohio, is living in Union, Oregon with M. J. Cravin age 16, born in Ohio. No child is listed as living with them.
In the 1860 census Martha is living with her parents in Otoe, Nebraska Territory and is age 8, having been born in Illinois. There is a William Craven age 18, born in England, living in Perry, Pike, Illinois. By 1880 Martha (Mattie) age 28, has remarried to Frank T. Glisan and Dora Glisan is living with them in Baker, Oregon. Dora is 15 years old, having been born in Oregon.
In the 1900 Census Dora is listed as being born in October 1868 in Oregon, her father born in England and her mother born in Missouri.
With this basic information we pursued several avenues of research. At familysearch.org we found a probable match for William, with another wife and son born in Idaho. William Craven just seemed to disappear after 1874, and so I pursued the family found in the 1860 Census. I was able to track this family in Illinois back to England and found them in the 1841 Census there. I felt a high level of probability that this was the correct family, but wanted an additional proof to be 100% sure.
That week I met with the client and presented to her the possible family link. We worked for some time on her database of now over 4,000 people. As I was leaving she showed me an old magnetic photo album that had been stored in her bathroom. She showed me several family documents that were placed in the album in a rather random order. I stated to her that it was very important that she protect these items in acid free sheet protectors and put them into notebooks according to families.
Later that night, after I had gone home, she started to work on the album and
discovered in it a newspaper article about this William Craven. She was very excited to share this with me. It was certainly a serendipity moment. It is an amazing article written in response to a glowing article published previously about the wonderful return of a wandering son. In it he had explained to the reporter an incredible story of the family he had in Oregon. Obviously his ex-wife Martha Glisan was also well acquainted with people of this locality in Illinois. Call this a wife's vengeance on a scoundrel. It is possible there were other things about the story that we do not know.
The following is a transcription of the newspaper article. No publication information is provided. In the 1880 census he is listed as living in Missouri, Brown, Illinois with a new wife and child. He later settles with this family in Missouri and this marriage seems to have lasted until his death probably before 1920, as his third known wife is listed in the census that year as a widow.