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Biographical Sketch of
CHRISTIAN WILLIAM5 CREAGER

son of Casper4 Creager & Barbara Schmidt
(Johann Christian3 Creager, Johann Casper2 Krieger/Creager, Hans Ernst1 Krieger)

by
Audrey (Shields) Hancock
with
contributions from
Paul Creager
Mary Lou Marshall
Ken Striker



CHRISTIAN WILLIAM5 CREAGER, s/o Casper4 CREAGER and Barbara SCHMIDT (aka Barbara SMITH), was born 22 [David's Church Cemetery Record, Montgomery Co., OH] or 24 November 1812 [History of Montgomery Co., OH] in Frederick County, Maryland. Christian apparently did not marry until he was 30 years of age to 18 year old Susan DOLAN on 25 March 1841 in Montgomery County, Ohio by John Folkerth J.P. "Susan Dolen" 's father was present and gave his consent. [Marriage Record Bk. A-2, p. 174: Christian W. Creager & Susan "Dolen" (sic)]

"Both Christian and Susan signed their names as heirs of Casper Creager" in 1847. (Internet, 23 Aug 2011, E-mail to ASH: Mary Lou Marshall)


2007, Courtesy of Mary Lou Marshall

Christian appears to have been a properous farmer. Christian and Susan were parents of a large family, but as was typical of the time period they lost three young children and one in young adulthood. Like many other families of the day whooping cough, diptheria, consumption (tuberculosis), flu, pneumonia, etc. was widespread and claimed many young ones within families.

  
2007, Courtesy of Mary Lou Marshall, who received them from Stanley Aultz of Ohio

Christian William Creager and wife, Susan Dolan

Christian died 1 November 1892 Montgomery County, Ohio, and he was buried at David's Cemetery in Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio. Susan was born bet. 14 April 1820 - 1822 in Ohio and died 18 March 1894 Montgomery County, Ohio. She was buried in Calvary Cemetery, Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio. The two apparently practiced the faith of their parents with Christian being of the Evangelical Lutheran Church and Susan being Roman Catholic. The couple apparently crossed religious family boundaries of the day to fall in love and marry...living together for 62 years, but in death they do not lie side by side. Christian William was buried in David's Cemetery in Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio, while Susan lies buried at Calvary Cemetery, a Catholic cemetery, of Montgomery County, Ohio. They children appear to also have taken different paths in their religious convictions.


The children of this marriage included:
  1. William Henry Creager born 1842 (Censuses) or 1844 (Remembrance); died May 1868 at 24y (Remembrance); bur Calvary Cemetery [See gravestone below.]
  2. John P. Creager born 1842, 1843 or 1844 (Varies in censuses)
  3. Mary Ann Creager born 1845, 1846, or 1848 (Varies in censuses)
  4. Ezra Creager born 1847 (according to two censuses)
  5. Susan "Anna" Creager born 1848 (according to two censuses)
  6. Jacob P. Creager born 17 September 1850 (Death Record, but perhaps informant was wrong.) [Sep 1850 Census indicates he was already 8m old and other censuses seem to validate his earlier birth.]
  7. Eliza Jane "Jennie" Creager born 5 March 1851 (Death Record)
  8. Daniel Creager born 1854 (History of Montgomery Co., OH) or 1865 (Remembrance); died 1870 at 5y 5m (Remembrance)
  9. George Creager born 1856 (Gravestone) or 1861 (Remembrance); died 1861 (Gravestone) or May 1866 at 5y 4m (Remembrance)
    [Note: Is this the George Creager who died 31 May 1861 at 5y 5m 13d, thus born 1856?]
    [David's Cemetery gravestone: see below]
  10. Emma Florence Creager born about 1859 (Census)
  11. Emily Creager born abt. November 1859 (Remembrance); died 22 March 1860 at 5m (Remembrance)
    [Was she the unknown daughter mentioned in the History of Montgomery Co., OH born 1852?]
    [Could Emma & Emily have been twins? ASH]

    [Note: It would be interesting to learn if bapitismal records exist for any of the children. ASH]



2007, Courtesy of Mary Lou Marshall



1850 U. S. Federal Census
Montgomery County, Ohio
Jackson Township
18 September 1850
#1192-1192
William Creager, 38, male, farmer, Real Estate $3200, b Maryland
Susan Creager, 26, female, b Ohio
William Creager, 8, male, b Ohio
John Creager, 6, male, b Ohio
Mary Creager, 5, female, b Ohio
Ezra Creager, 5, male, b Ohio
Susan Creager, 2, female, b Ohio
Jacob Creager, 8/12, male, b Ohio
(Internet, Heritage Quest: Series: M432 Roll: 714 Page: 355 Image: 46)
(Look-up help appreciated from Paul Creager.)



1860 U. S. Federal Census
Montgomery County, Ohio
Van Buren Township
23 July 1860
P.O.: Dayton
#1000-1022
Christ. M. (sic) Creager, 48, male, farmer, Real Estate $12,800, Personal Property $3700, b Maryland
Susan Creager, 37, female, housewife, b Ohio
Wm. H. Creager, 17, male, farm hand, b Ohio
John P. Creager, 15, male, farm hand, b Ohio
Mary A. Creager, 12, female, b Ohio
Ezra Creager, 13, male, b Ohio
Susan Creager, 12, female, b Ohio
(Internet, Heritage Quest: Series: M653 Roll: 1014 Page: 246 Image: 11 & 12)


#1007-1029
Henry Long, 39, male, farmer, Real Estate $1000, Personal Property $1000, Maryland
Harriet Long, 37, female, housewife, b OH
Peter B. Long, 15, male, farm hand, b OH
Mary E. Long, 13, female, b OH
Emma L. Long, 9, female, b OH
Laura E. Long, 5, female, b OH
Saml Long, 37, male, farm hand, b NJ
Jacob Creager, 11, male, b OH
Eliza J. Creager, 10, female, b OH
George Creager, 4, male, b OH
Emma Creager, 1, female, b OH
(Internet, Heritage Quest: Series: M653 Roll: 1014 Page: 246 Image: 12 & 13)


With the younger children living apart from the family it appears possibly that someone was sick in the family or perhaps another unknown child was near birth or born at this time.
(Look-up help appreciated from Paul Creager.)

This gravestone at David's Cemetery, Montgomery County, Ohio appears to be the one for George Creager, s/o Christian William Creager and Susan Dolan.

Courtesy of: Ken Striker of Dayton, OH
7 July 2003
George6 Creager
(Christian Wilhem5, Casper4, Johan Christian3, Johann Casper2, Hans Ernst1)
GEORGE [curve]
son of
C. W. & S. [curves upward] Creager [curves upward]
Died "May 31, 1861"
"Aged 5y 5m 13d"

[Note: Date and age given in David's Cemetery Records which conflicts with date and age in "Remembrance".]



1870 U. S. Federal Census
Montgomery County, Ohio
Van Buren Township
Page 23
16 June 1870
P.O.: Dayton
#158-156
Creager, Wm., 59, male, white, farmer, Real Estate $16,000, Personal Property $12,000, b Maryland
Creager, Susan, 49, female, white, keeping house, b Ohio
Creager, John P., 27, male, white, farm laborer, Personal Property $400, b Ohio
Creager, Mary A., 24, female, white, at home, b Ohio
Creager, Ezra, 23, male, white, farm laborer, Personal Property $300, b Ohio
Creager, Susan, 20, female, white, at home, b Ohio
Creager, Jacob, 20, male, white, works on farm, b Ohio
Creager, Eliza J., 16, female, white, at home, b Ohio
Creager, Emma, 11, female, white, at home, b Ohio
(Internet, Heritage Quest: Series: M593 Roll: 1248 Page: 762 Image: 23 &24)
(Look-up help appreciated from Paul Creager.)

"C. W. CREAGER, retired farmer, P. O. Dayton, Box 810, was born in Frederick Co., MD, November 24, 1812, a son of Casper and Barbara (SMITH) CREAGER. They were of German descent, and natives of the above named State. In 1813, they with three children, came to Ohio and settled in Warren County, near Franklin. His death occurred in May of 1846, aged eighty-five years, as nearly as can be ascertained. His wife survived just one year, and died at the age of sixty-eight. He died at 6 A.M. and she at 6 P.M. They were reared in the Evangelical Lutheran Church, and remained in fellowship with the same, and had their children instructed in the doctrines of that church. Adam, Solomon and Christian William, were the children born in Maryland, and Ezra, David, John, Sophia, Daniel and Mary, born in Warren County, OH. C. W. was reared as a farmer; worked for his father till twenty-one years of age, when he began life for himself; worked by the month and cropped for about six years. On the 25th of March, 1830, he married Susan DOLAN. She was of Irish parentage, born April 14, 1822. They lived on rented land at different places till 1845, when they purchased a farm in the western part of Montgomery County, whre he remained twelve years, and then purchased 151 acres in Van Buren Township, of the same county, where they now reside and are comfortably situated for life. They are the parents of eleven children--William Henry, John P., Mary A., Ezra, Susan, Jacob, Eliza Jane, infant daughter deceased, Daniel, George and Emma Florence. The two youngest sons and the oldest are deceased. William H. was a member of the Catholic Church, with which his mother is also identified. Mr. Creager is a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church."
(Source: The History of Montgomery Co., OH, W. H. Beers & Co., 1882)


  
2007, Courtesy of Mary Lou Marshall,who received them from Stanley Aultz of Ohio

Christian William Creager and wife, Susan Dolan

1880 U. S. Federal Census
Montgomery County, Ohio
Van Buren Township
District 176
3rd & 4th day of June 1880
#44-44
Creager, William, white, male, 67, Married, Farmer, Cannot read nor write, born Maryland, father b MD; mother b MD
Creager, Susanna, white, female, 57, wife, Married, Keeping house, Cannot read nor write, born Ohio, both parents born Ireland
Creager, John, white, male, 38, son, Single, farmer, Cannot read nor write, born Ohio, father b MD, mother b OH
Creager, Emma, white, female, 20, daughter, Single, at house, Can read & write, born Ohio, father b MD, mother b OH
(Internet, Heritage Quest: Series: T9 Roll: 1052 Page: 770 Image: 4)
Information Courtesy of: Paul Creager


Although Christian Wm. & Susan were living in 1890, there are only fragments of the 1890 U. S. Federal Census available as most were destroyed by a fire at the Commerce Department in Washington, DC on 10 January 1921.

CREAGER GRAVESTONES
David's Cemetery
a Protestant cemetery
Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio
Christian William "C. W." (aka Christian Wilhelm) Creager, hus/o Susan (nee Dolan) Creager
William Henry Creager, s/o Christian and Susan

  
Courtesy of: Ken Striker



Will of Christian William Creager
On file in Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio
Administration & Execution
Vol. 18, Page 405, Case 16056
Administrator: Jacob Creager
(Source: Internet, 11 Jan 2007, E-mail to ASH: Mary Lou Marshall)



C. W. Creager
(aka Christian Wilhelm/William Creager)
Born Nov 22, 1812
Died Nov 1, 1892

Christian William Creager, husband of Susan (nee Dolan) Creager, was buried at the Protestant cemetery known as David's Cemetery. David's Cemetery was associated with those CREAGERs of the Evangelical Lutheran faith. Christian was Evangelical Lutheran, but his wife, Susan was Catholic. Their young son, George6, (Christian William5, Casper4, Johan Christian3 Creager, Johan Casper2 Krieger/Creager, Hans Ernst1) who died at five years of age was also buried at David's Cemetery.

Courtesy of: Ken Striker
Barely readable stone:
GEORGE
son of
C. W. & S. [curves upward] Creager [curves upward]
Died May 31, 1861
Aged 5y, 5m, 13d




CREAGER GRAVESTONES
Calvary Cemetery
a Catholic cemetery
Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio
Susan (Dolan) Creager, wife of Christian William Creager
William Henry Creager, s/o Christian and Susan

Some of the graves within the cemetery were removed from the earlier St. Henry's Cemetery and reinterred at Calvary Cemetery.

Plot is Section 13 off St. Joseph Drive near a FROENDHOFF monument by the street.

  
Information & photos courtesy of: Ken Striker of Dayton, OH

Susan, wife of C. W. Creager, born Apr 14, 1820; died Mar 18, 1894
Wm. H. Creager, died May 4, 1866, aged 24 yr 3 mo
The stone for Wm. H. Creager had been moved from the defunct St. Henry Cemetery (present site of Miami Valley Hospital).


[Note: Internet, 15 July 2003, E-mail to ASH: Ken Striker indicates the following, "I called Calvary Cemetery this morning... They had records of Susan Creager, the wife of C. W. Creager, who was buried at David's Cemetery. The stone for the oldest son, Wm. H. Creager is nearby, flat to the ground. The biography below indicates that they [Susan and son, Wm. Henry] were Catholic. It is a situation like at C. W. Creager's burial spot at David's Cemetery. The mother has a similar monument and also there is a small stone nearby for the son Wm. H. Creager, and the information for Wm. H. is on one side of her monument."]




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Created: 15 July 2003
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