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MARCH 1988


by Woodrow Boyett
(continued from the December 1987 Issue.)

JAMES M CREED (CA 1782-1855)

Grandma Boyett's grandfather was James M Creed, father of Allen Creed, her father. He is found as head of a household in the 1830 Orange District Census and the 1840 Lexington SC Census. He is listed in the 1850 Thomas Co GA Census, in the household of his son Darlin Creed.  In 1840 his household consists of 1 male 10-15, 1 male 15- 20, a male 60-70, and 1 female 50-60.   So his wife, whose name is unknown, must have died in the 1840s. A James Creed Jr also is shown in the 1840 Lexington Census having 2 males under 5, 2 males 5-10, 1 male 30-40, 1 female under 5, and 1 female 30-40. Ms. Austin says that James Creed Jr is "no doubt" a son (I would think the oldest son, already married by 1830 and so not listed in the 1830  census of his father James Creed Sr). James Creed Sr is also found.   In the 1820 and 1810 Censuses of Orangeburg, and very probably in the household of his father (not proven) John Creed in the 1790 Census of Orangeburg District.

 James Creed Sr and family evidently left SC about 1845 and settled in Hamilton Cc FL, as they appear on the Tax List for the county dated 2 Mar 1846.  James, Darlin, Allen, and Jacob Creed each paid a tax of 50 cents as "white males over 21 yrs."  James Creed also paid a tax of 50 cents for one slave. The tax list for 10 Mar 1847 shows entries for Allen, Jacob, James,  Daniel and Darlin Creed.  (Notice that Daniel's name appears in the 1847 but not the 1846 list.) James again paid 50 cents for his slave. If you look back at the 1850 Thomas Co Census of Allen Creed, you will see that his son Darlin was born in FL. The Creeds all picked up and left FL about 1847-48, as the first recorded purchase of  Thomas CO GA land by a Creed was by Jacob and Darlin Creed of Hamilton Co FL on I Jan 1848.

On 5 Mar 1855, James Creed made a deed of gIft to his son Darlin "for and in consideration of the natural love and affection which he has and bears to his said son Darling Creed" (and also ten dollars).  He gave Darlin "one large two horse wagon, one small two horse wagon, one set Blacksmith's tools, entire contents of the shop, all the furniture belonging thereto; all the carpenter's tools, saws, augers ... one rifle gun and three single barrel shotguns-" I can see where Papa Inherited his skill in carpentery from, which, I know from personal experience, was quite remarkable. Papa would decide he wanted something made, when he came home from the Probate office after school or on Saturday, and since he had only one arm, he needed a helper, and I was that helper, no matter how sick I would say I was or whatever else I could think up to say I had to do. The worst thing about helping Papa carpenter was that I had to hold the nails for him to hit with the hammmer.   I didn't have to pretend that I was afraid my fingers would get mashed; I was.   But Papa assured me--not very gently--that if I would hold the nails exactly as he showed me he wanted them held, and not flinch, I would never get hit. After a few monitory taps with the hammer on my fingers, when I didn't do right, I began to straighten up both the nails and myself, and we got several things built--I can't remember now just what; but Papa always did what he said he would do.    But to get back to James M Creed. You can also see from the wagons in the deed of gift how the Creeds moved their families and belongings on the long trek from SC to FL and finally back to Thomasville GA where they settled.

Mr Pascal Burke of Thomasville GA found all this information and more for me, and I am very grateful to him for his exceptionally good research.


James M(atthew?) Creed's father was John Creed, according to the genealogist Ms. Jeannette Holland Austin. Ms. Austin says:
"I have just returned from SC and searching all the county records there for Creeds.   To say that I searched high and low is putting it mildly--was disappointed there was such little Information on the name. However, from this search, this genealogy is obvious:

"First of all, I found a Matthew Creed who witnessed the will of Abraham Paul in Craven Co SC dtd 13 Jan 1751, proved 9 Oct 1752, naming wife Nancy and children.

"Also, a land record was found of one John Self, 300 acres in Craven Co, All Saints Parish, branch of Sochester, bound east by land of Matthew Creed, 12 Aug 1767.  It appears to me that this was the Santee River which borders Georgetown and Charleston counties.  Old Craven county was the Charleston vicinity.

 "Richard Curl Creed and Matthew Creed Jr witnessed the will of Mary Holder dated 21 Aug 1776 Charleston Co.

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