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MARCH 1987
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For that reason, I am including information on the Fitzpatricks with the hope that it will help us understand more about the Creeds.

According to Scott, at the time of his move to Ohio, James Fitzpatrick was upwards of 60 years old.   He was determined to gratify the inclination of his children by seeking a new home on the rich lands of the Scioto Valley. Fitzpatrick had reared his family and spent the greater part of his life at his home on Indian Creek, Monroe Co VA, which was a tributary of the New River.

The  Fitzpatricks were old-fashioned Methodists. Scott relates the events of the night before the Fitzpatrlcks started on their trip to Ohio.   Friends and neighbors, who were mostly Methodists, too, met with the Fitzpatrlcks for an evening of prayer and singing that last night they were all together in Monroe Co.  The friends and neighbors accompanied the Fitzpatricks the first day of their journey, returning the next day.

In October 1805, Fitzpatrick arrived at Chillicothe  from Monroe Co VA with his wife and large family (most of the children being grown).4 In the early part of March 1806, Fitzpatrick moved up to Highland Co from Chillicothe and settled on a farm about three and a half miles SE of Hillsborough.   This particular land he had purchased from Henry Massie because of its promise of health.

Chillicothe and the surrounding area was well improved at this date.   However, the people in the bottoms were just recovering from the fever and ague.    The Fitzpatricks learned that this was an annual occurrence.     Fitzpatrick was somewhat concerned about living in the bottoms so he purchased land in the uplands of Highland Co.

The first regular Methodist meeting ever held in the county of Highland was held at Fitzpatrick's in the fall of 1805.

In 1811 or 1812 when Simon Kenton was last in Highland Co, he stayed several nights with the Fitzpatricks.

According to Scott, Jeremiah Smith and Matthew Creed Jr came out from Monroe Co VA as early as 1304.     They made a crop for Hugh Evans and worked where they could get work to do. Shortly after Fitzpatricks came, Smith married Sally and settled down in the neighborhood of his father-in-law.   It would seem that Matthew Creed Jr arrived in Highland Co before his father.

In the autumn of 1806 Matthew Creed came with his large grown family from Monroe Co VA. Matthew Creed was another Revolutionary soldier who fought at King's Mountain and "the Point". He was known as a great hunter and an Indian spy during the troublous times of Western VA. Creed bought property from Terry Templin and settled within half a mile of his brother-in-law James Fitzpatrick 6   Creed and Fitzpatrick had been close neighbors in VA.  Creed and his family were also members of the Methodist Church and aided much in advancing its interest in the county.7

The want of mills was a great difficulty which all the early settlers had to encounter. However, it was overcome in this neighborhood in a year or two.    Creed erected a horse mill, which was used by the distant settlers. Before the building of his mill, the Fitpatricks and their neighbors were obliged to carry their grain to Porter's horse mill beyond New Market.  Creed's mill stood for nearly 20 years and was extremely useful.  According to Esther Fitzpatrick,8 the first wheat ground on the upper Rocky Fork was ground at Creed's horse mill. She says many a day she has stood at the mill sifting the bran out of the flour as it was ground.

Scott relays another interesting story about Matthew Creed.  Even though game was abundant, Mr. Creed who was considered a good hunter, did not take time to indulge as much as many others.  He preferred to build a turkey pen near the house, in which he would catch a large number of turkeys. They were then taken until the family became tired
of them, when the old man would then turn them out to see them run.

There is a reference in the book to a Daniel Huff Sr who came from Surry Co NC in 1806.  I mention this reference only because of the Surry Co interest.

In the last newsletter, there was some information on the Ballard and Harvey families of Monroe Co.  I recently copied a  few Monroe Co marriage records of surnames that I know were related to the Creeds from Monroe Co/Highland Co. If anyone is interested in receiving these notes, please let me know. Anyone having  Ballard connections in Monroe Co might also be interested in some information that I located in a Boone Co WV genealogical publication ("Kith and Kin").   If you do not have access to this publication, please let me know.

Does anyone have additional information an the Highland Co Creeds that you can share?

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