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CREAGH FAMILY NOTES
WILCOX CO., ALABAMA

 by Dave Rayburn

It appears from the 1840 Census of Wilcox County that Thomas B. Creagh was the oldest member of the Creagh family, and the likely father of several sons found on census reports. The 1840 Census indicates Thomas B. Creagh was b. 1760-1770. Probate court records of his estate in Wilcox County indicates he died in 1843.

His son John G. Creagh was appointed Administrator of his estate and sureties includes G. W. Creagh, M. W. Creagh, and Alexander M. Creagh. All these individuals are probably his sons but there may also be other children. 

The 1840 Census of Wilcox County also lists the household of James Cree [Creah]. It seems possible that James Cree might also be son of Thomas B. Creagh but research to date has not provided evidence of that connection. So at this point, my conclusion is that there can be no conclusion of a connection between these two genealogical lines. Research of this surname is a work in progress and perhaps this question will be resolved as more information is found.

Census reports indicates some of these families moved back and forth between Wilcox and Clarke County, Alabama. 

Thomas B. Creagh

CENSUS: 1840 Wilcox Co., Alabama; Twp not stated; (Ancestry.com Image 67 of 72); Pg 339A –
Thomas B. Creagh
Males 70-80 = 1 (Thomas B. Creath b. 1760-1770)

SOURCE: Wilcox Co., Alabama, Will Book 2 (Oct 1843-Jan 1850), Pg 101, [LDS MF #1290225] –
The State of Alabama )
Wilcox County ) Know all men by these presents that we John G Creagh, G. W. Creagh, M W. Creagh, and A. M. Creagh are held and firmly bound unto David M. Sterrett Judge of the County Court of said County in the sum of twenty five thousand Dollars for the faithful payment of which sum will and truly to be made we bind ourselves our heirs Executors administrators and assigns Jointly and Severally firmly by these presents Sealed with our Seals and dated this 21st day of April A.D. 1843.
The condition of the above obligation is such that whereas the above bound John G. Creagh has been duly appointed administrator of the Estate of Thomas B. Creagh dec’d now therefore should the said John G. Creagh well and truly perform all the duties as administrator of said Estate then this obligation to be null and void, else to be and remain in full force & effect.
J. G. Creagh /Seal/
G. W. Creagh /Seal/
M. W. Creagh /Seal/
A. M. Creagh /Seal/


The State of Alabama )
Wilcox County )
Orphans Court this 21st day of April A. D. 1843
Be it remembered and made known to all to whom it may concern that on the application of John G. Creagh to our said Court we have caused these our Letters of Administration to issue in favor of the said John G. Creagh upon the Estate of Thomas B. Creagh dec’d and in every case which occasion may require he is authorized to bring suit and be sued as the lawful administrator of the said Thomas B. Creagh deceased as aforesaid.
Witness the Honorable David
M. Sterrett Judge of our said
Court this 21st day of April
A. D. 1843 and 67th year of 
American Independence
Attest
W. C. Gilmore Clk

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Family of G. W. Creagh

CENSUS: 1830 Clarke Co., Alabama, (Ancestry.com Image 5 of 50; Page ______ -
G. W. Creagh
Males 10-15 = 4
15-20 = 1
20-30 = 2
30-40 = 1 (G. W. Creagh b. 1790-1800) 

CENSUS: 1840 Clarke Co., Alabama; Twp not stated; (Ancestry.com Image 47 of 50); Pg 254B -
G. W. Creagh
Males 15-20 = 1
20-30 = 1
40-50 = 2
50-60 = 1

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Family of Alexander M. Creagh
Alexander M. Creagh was b. 1790-1800 in South Carolina; d. 1854 in Wilcox Co., Alabama. He married Willie S. _______ b. 1825 Alabama. After Alexander M. his widow, Willie S. (___) Creagh married 2nd to William H. Ketchum. 

William H. Ketchum was also previously married. He mar. (1) _________ and (2) Willis S. (_____) Creagh widow of Alexander M. Creagh. 
Children of Alexander M. Creagh and Willie S. ______ included:

Clara A. Creagh b. 1843 Alabama
Amanda H. Creagh . b. 1847 Alabama
Sallie W. Creagh b. 1850 Alabama
Willie G. Creagh (f) b. 1853 Alabama


CENSUS: 1840 Clarke Co., Alabama; Twp not stated; (Ancestry.com Image 13 of 50); Pg 237A –
A. M. Creagh
Males 30-40 = 1
40-50 =

CENSUS: 1850 Wilcox Co., Alabama; 30 Nov 1850; Pg 382; Dwlg 544 – Fam 544 -
Alex’r, Creagh 40 M Farmer 1800 South Carolina
, Willy S 26 F Alabama
, Clara 8 F Alabama
, Amanda 3 F Alabama
, Sarah 6/12 F Alabama
Williamson, Joseph D. 68 S.C. wheelwright South Carolina
Creagh, T. R. 17 M Alabama
, Thomas 8 M Alabama


SOURCE: Wilcox Co., Alabama; Will Book 3 (Jan 1850-Sept 1858) Page 213; [LDS MF #1290225] –
The State of Alabama )
Wilcox County ) Know all men by these presents that we Mimorable W. Creagh and Willie S. Creagh, George W. Hamner, Wm F. Perkins, J. M. Alexander, Wm Jones & A. B. Cooper are held and firmly bound to John A. Jackson Judge of the Probate Court of Wilcox County and his Successors in office in the penal sum of four hundred thousand Dollars which sum will and truly to be Made we bind ourselves each and severally our heirs Administrators Executives and assigns given under our hands and Seals this the 27th day of July A. D. 1854. The condition of the above obligation is such that whereas the above bound Mimorable W. Creagh and Willie S. Creagh has been appointed Administrator and Administratrix of the Estate of Alexander M. Creagh late of said county Deceased.
Now therefore should the above bound Mimorable W. Creagh Administrator and Willie S. Creagh Administratrix do and perform all Matters and things as such administrator and administratrix w[h]ich are or May be required of them by law then this obligation to be void or else remain in full force and effect.
M. W. Creagh /Seal/
Willie S. Creagh /Seal/
George M. Hamner /Seal/ 
Wm F. Perkins /Seal/
J. M. Alexander /Seal/
Wm Jones /Seal/
A. B. Cooper /Seal/
Signed in the presence of
John Q. Grey
Witness to A. B. Cooper & 
Willie S. Creagh – J. Thomas


SOURCE: Wilcox Co., Alabama; Will Book 3 (Jan 1850-Sept 1858) Page 351; [LDS MF #1290225] –
The State of Alabama )
Wilcox County ) Know all men by these presents that we Willie S. Creagh are held and firmly bound unto John A. Jackson Judge of the Probate of said County and his Successors in office in the Penal Sum of Two Hundred Thousand Dollars for the due and faithful payment of which Sum will and truly to be made we bind ourselves, our Heirs, Executors and Administrators jointly and Severally firmly by these presents, Sealed with our Seals and Dated this 28th day of April A. D. 1856.
The condition of the above obligation is such that whereas the above bound Willie S. Creagh has been duly appointed Guardian for Clara A., Amanda H., Sallie W. & Willie G. Creagh, Minors. 
Now therefore Should the Said Willie S. Creagh Well and truly do & perform all the duties which are or may be required of her by law as such Guardian then the obligation to be void, else to be and remain in full force & effect.

Signed Sealed & delivered in presence of ) Willie S. Creagh /Seal/
E. Erbry as to J. F. & B. R. Glover ) John T. Glover /Seal/
J. W. Creagh, H. M. Cooper ) B. R. Glover /Seal/
As to Willie S. & Benj Glover & Cooper ) A. B. Cooper /Seal/
Benj Glover /Seal/
Approved June 3, 1856
Jno A. Jackson Judge





CENSUS: 1860 Wilcox Co., Alabama; Westertn Division; 21 July 1860; Pg 1145A; Dwlg 247 – Fam 247 –
William H. Ketchum 40 M Farmer 100,000 96,200 Georgia
Willie S. 35 F Alabama
Mary E. 11 F Alabama
Adel S. 9 F Alabama
William H. 6 M Alabama
Clara A. Creagh 17 F 38,500 Alabama
Amanda Creagh 13 F 38,500 Alabama
Sallie Creagh 10 F 38,500 Alabama
Willie Creagh 7 F 38,500 Alabama
Dwlg 248 – Fam 248 –
John W. Creagh 22 M Farmer 38,000 123,136 Alabama
Elizabeth A 20 F North Carolina
John G. 2 M Alabama
Infant 1/12 M Alabama

Comment:
1. John W. Creagh was son of John G. Creigh and was mentioned in his will. He was living in household of Aaron Burr Cooper (his step-father) at time of the 1850 Census. 
2. 
CENSUS: 1850 Wilcox Co., Alabama; 11 December 1850; Pg 405; Dwlg 902 – Fam 902 –
John W. Creagh 12 M Mississippi
Enum in hh of A. B. [Aaron Burr] Cooper 49 M Lawyer North Carolina


2. The above family of William H. Ketchum was in the same year [1860] also enumerated in the County of Mobile, Alabama as follows:
CENSUS: 1860 Mobile Co., Alabama; Mobile Ward 2; [date not indicated]1860; Pg 273A -
Dwlg 669 – Fam 462 –
William Ketchum 39 M Merchant Georgia
Willie 35 F Alabama
Mary 10 F Alabama
Adel 7 F Alabama
William 11 M Alabama
Clara Creagh 17 F Alabama
Manda 13 F Alabama
Sallie 11 F Alabama
Willie 7 F Alabama


SOURCE: Alabama Records Volume125 compiled byKathleen Paul Jones & Pauline Jones Gandrud – Pg 59 –

From Digests of Cases to Alabama Supreme Court
June Term 1867, Book 30 Part 1 p. 72
KETCHUM & wife versus DENNIS & wife
Appeal from Probate Court of Wilcox
Petition of J. C. (al) Dennis and wife Clara A. (Formerly Clara A. Cleagh (note by Gandrud: should be Creagh), to set aside a decree of said probate court rendered on 13 Mar 1865 on final settlement of accounts of W. H. Ketchum and Willie S. Ketchum guardians of said Clara. Petition sworn to before a Notary Public in New Orleans on 6 July 1866.


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SOURCE: Alabama Records Volume125 compiled byKathleen Paul Jones & Pauline Jones Gandrud – Pg 97 –

List of Alabama. Senators and Representatives from Wilcox Co. Alabama

……. 1865 Aaron B. Cooper, …..

COOPER: Aaron Burr Cooper, lawyer, born Dec 11, 1800 in Morris County, New Jersey, came to Mobile Co. Ala in 1822, and a year later to Clarke Co. and in 1826 to Monroe County. In 1850 to Wilcox County. Married twice, the second time to Mrs. Creagh, widow of Judge John G. Creagh of Clarke Co. Two of his sons were killed in the war. (Owen’s History Vol. III Pg 396)

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SOURCE: Alabama Records Volume 5 Early Newspapers, compiled by Kathleen Paul Jones & Pauline Jones Gandrud; Pg 65 –
Flag of the Union, Tuscaloosa – August 8, 1838
Died on Monday 30th of July in her 24th year of perpureal fever at the residence of her brother-in-law, Hon. John G. Creagh, near Clarkesville, Clarke County, Ala. Mrs. Ann D. Creagh, consort of Mr. Alexander Creagh of Clarke County. Also left infant son seven days old. Her aged widowed mother, brothers and sisters also survive. 

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Family of John G. Creigh/Creagh


CENSUS: 1830 Clarke Co., Alabama; Pg 228B –
John G. Creagh
Males 20-30 = 1
30-40 = 1 (John G. b. 1790-1800) 

CENSUS: 1840 Clarke Co., Alabama; Pgt 238B; (Ancestry.com Image 13 of 50) –
John G. Creagh
Males 0-5 = 2
5-10 = 2
10-15 = 2
20-30 = 1
30-40 = 1
40-50 = 2
Females 5-10 = 1
10-15 = 3
15-20 = 1
30-40 = 2
60-70 = 1


SOURCE: Wilcox Co., Alabama; Will Book 1 (1826-1844) Page 396 & 397
LDS MF #1290225
Will of John G. Creigh

As life is uncertain and I am anxious to dispose of my property by Will. I now made & publish the following as my last Will and Testament.
In the first place I appoint A. M. Creigh my Executor and so far as I have authority the Guardian of John W. Creigh. Secondly I direct my said Executor to pay off & satisfy all debts and demands which now Exist against me. 
Thirdly. I give and bequeath to my Wife the one half of my estate and the use of the others half until John W. Creigh shall arrive at the age of twenty one. Out of the proceeds of said “half” she is to support cloth and educate him, 
Fourthly. I give unto John W. Creigh the one half of my estate with the condition and limitation above.
Fifthly, should, I die before John E. Barren arrive at the age of twenty one I wish him to remain in my family and to protected until he arrives at that age. In Witness whereof I have hereunto subscribed, my name,
Sarah O. House S/John G. Creigh
William Falconer
J. Lance Anderson

The State of Alabama )
Wilcox County ) Personally appeared in open Court J. Lance Anderson one of the subscribing Witnesses to the foregoing will who being duly sworn deposith that he saw John G. Creigh sign and publish & declare the same as his Last Will & testament and that he believes the testator to have been of sound & disposing mind & memory at the time of signing the same & that he signed his name thereto as a witness together with Sarah O. House and William Falconer the other subscribing Witness in presence of each other & in the presence of the testator & at the request of the testator. 
Sworn to and subscribed )
In open Court this 21st )
Of September 1843 )
D. W. Sterrett Judge )

Comment:
It appears that John W. Creigh is the son of John G. Creigh

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SOURCE: Wilcox Co., Alabama, Will Book 3 (Jan 1850-Sept 1858; [LDS MF #1290225] Pg 209 –
The State of Alabama )
Wilcox County ) Know all men by these presence that we M. W. Creagh, George M. Harrison, & Benjn Glover are held and Firmly bound unto John A. Jackson Judge of the Probate Court of Said County and his successors in office, in the penal sum of Twenty Thousand Dollars, for the due and faithfully payment of which sum, will truly to be Made we bind ourselves, our heirs, Executors and administrators jointly and severally, firmly by these presents. Sealed with our seal and dated this 27th day of July A.D. 1854. This obligation of the above bound M. W. Creagh has been duly appointed Guardian for John W. Creagh a Minor. 
Now therefore should the said M. W. Creagh well and truly do and perform all the duties which are or may be required of him by law as such guardian, then this obligation to be void, else to be and remain in full force and effect.
M. W. Creagh /Seal/
Geo. M. Harrison /Seal/
Benj. Glover /Seal/

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SOURCE: Wilcox Co., Alabama; Will Book 2 (Oct 1843-Jan 1850) Page 236 237
LDS MF #1290225

The State of Alabama )
Wilcox County ) Know all men by these presents that we Alexander M. Creagh, James A. Howze and M. W. Creagh and held and firmly bound unto David M. Sterrett Judge of the County Court of said County and his successors in office in the sum of one hundred Thousand Dollars for the due and faithful _________ of which sum well and truly to be made we bind ourselves our Heirs Executors and Administrators jointly and severally firmly by these presents. Sealed with our seals and dated this 16th day of May A. D. 1844.
The condition of the above obligation is such that whereas the above bound Alexander M. Creagh has been duly appointed Executor of the last will and testament of John G. Creigh decd.
Now therefore should the said Alexander M. Creagh well and truly do and perform all the duties which are or may be by law required of him as such Executor then this obligation to be null and void else to remain in full force and effect.

Approved May 16th 1844
D. M. Sterrett Judge
A. M. Creagh
James A. Howze
M. W. Creagh

The State of Alabama )
Wilcox County ) 
Orphans Court
May 16th 1844
Be it remembered and be made known to all to whom it may concern that upon this application of Alexander M. Creagh to our said court we have executed(? Executor(?) letters testamentary _______ _____ in favor of Alexander M. Creagh on the Estate of John G. Creagh decd and _______________________ ______________________ the lawful Executor of John G. Creagh aforesaid. 
Witness the Honorable David W. Sterrett Judge of our said Court this 16th day of May A.D. 1844 and sixty eighth of American Independence.
W. C. Gilmore Clk



SOURCE: Wilcox Co., Alabama; Will Book 2 (Oct 1843-Jan 1850) Page 240 & 241
LDS MF #1290225

The State of Alabama )
Wilcox County ) Know all men by these presents that we Alexander M. Creagh, G. W. Creagh, Clara Cleagh are held and firmly bound unto David M. Sterrett Judge of the County Court of said county and his successors in office in the sum of twenty five thousand Dollars for the decd and faithful payment of which sum well and truly to be made we bind ourselves our heirs Executors and administrators jointly and severally firmly by these presents Sealed with our seals and dated this 18th day of November A. D. 1843.
The Condition of the above obligation is such that whereas the above bound Alexander M. Creagh has been duly appointed administrator of the Estate of Thomas B. Creagh decd. Now, therefore should the said Alexander M. Creagh, well and truly do and perform all the duties which are or may be by law required of him then this obligation to be null and void else to remain in full force and effect.
Witness A. M. Creagh
William Falconer G. W. Creagh
J. Lance Anderson Clara Creagh

Approved by me the 20th Novr 1843
D. M. Sterrett Judge


The State of Alabama )
Wilcox County )
Orphans Court November 16th 1843

Be it remembered and made known to all to whom it may concern that upon the application of Alexander M. Creagh to our said court we have ___________ these our letters of Administration to issue in favor of Alexander M. Creagh upon the Estate of Thomas B. Creagh deceased and in every case which occasion may require he is authorized to bring suit and be sued as the lawful administrator of Thomas B. Creath decd.
Witness Hon__ David M. Starrett Judge of our said Court this 185h day of November A. D. 1843.
W. C. Gilmore Clk