Pine Mountain Settlement School
Series 4A: Pine Mountain Settlement School History – Creech Family


The Creech Family that includes William and Sally Dixon Creech and their relations is large and extended. Today the family is broadly dispersed throughout the country but when William Creech came to the Pine Mountain valley, he came with other members of the extended Creech family who lived only a short distance from each other. As the family grew and married, there were many families in the long valley who could claim “kin” to the Creeches.


Children of William Creech Sr. & Sally (Dixon) Creech, c. late 1930s or early 1940s. [creech_001.jpg]

This brief outline of the children of William Creech and Sally Dixon Creech is similar to the many mountain families who migrated into Central and Southern Appalachians.  The large families of the mountain settlers is not uncommon.  The average family size of these Appalachian settlers in the 19th and early 20th century was between 6 and 10 children.

The William Creech family put down roots in the Pine Mountain valley and married and these families made their home in the valley and the region.  A partial list of Creech family members who frequently interacted with Pine Mountain following the 1913 establishment of the School is included in the brief outline below. A brief genealogy of the William Creech family is shown in the chart.  A more extensive genealogical history may be found in the privately published  “The Creech Legacy,” (1985)  a tome of over 400 pages of family history. Online resources such as and other commercial genealogical sites may also be searched for those wanting a more extensive history of this important Pine Mountain family..

The children of William and Sally Creech:

Martha (died in infancy)
Rhoda (m. H. Wilder)
Columbus (b. 1881, m. Emily HIll)
Henry C. (m. Delia Blanton)
Nancy Ann (m. John M. Lewis)
William R. Creech (m. Joany Minyard)
Polly (m. Ben Lewis, d. 1936)
Joe Creech (m. Sudie [Susy] Smith)
Absolom (d. 1909)


Genealogy Chart of the William Creech and Sally Dixon Creech Family. [creech_010.jpg]


The following newsletter sent to friends of Pine Mountain Settlement School in 1916 describes Uncle William Creech’s vision for the new school and the advances of the School since its founding in 1913. For a transcription of “Uncle William’s Letter,” go to CREECH LETTERS !916.

Early Settlers on the Poor Fork of the Cumberland River, Harlan County Kentucky and Adjoining Counties by Jackie Owen (1990) [out of print -Contains information on the Creech Family and related families as well as b/w photos, and an index. It also includes family charts, pages for recording births, marriages, and deaths and information on the families of: Adams, Ball, Blair, Branson, Caudill, Chadwell, Collier, Creech, Day, Ely, Ewing, Howard, Kelly, Napier, Nolan, Parker, Posey, Scott, Sims, Spencer, Turner, and others ]

The following information is quoted from the Owen source:

Henry son of LEONARD AND POLLY GAY BRANSON, brother was Hezekiah. Henry b. ca 1790 in Maryland. d. 1849 in Harlan Co. KY buried near Harlan. Married Elizabeth Hogarg of Virginia b. 1797, daughter of James Hogarg (Hoggard). Henry and Elizabeth were married in Scott Co. VA then moved to Harlan Co. Branson is also spelled Bronson which is the spelling our line adopted. Henry served in the 54th Regiment of the War of 1812 according to Knox Co. Ky records. He is on the 1811 Knox Co. tax list. Received several land grants on Clover Lick Creek in Harlan Co. where he settled and started his family. In 1824, he sold land to Thomas Creech near a mill on Clover Lick. 1850 Harlan Co census shows Elizabeth at 52 and head of household, two children at home, Hezekiah Jr. 22, and Abigail, 14. At the Jan term of Harlan Court 1851, Roland Eversole, Henry J. Creech and William campbell were appointed to “lay off to Elizabeth Branson, widow of Henry Branson deceased…her dower…in the land of the said Henry Branson. They reported back to court in March 1851. Henry and Elizabeth’s children were: Hannah b.1814 d.1859 (m.John Smith), Chole b.1815 (m.Ezekial Hall), Leonard Jr. b.1820 d.1862 (m.Elizabeth Brasher),Elizabeth b.18 Oct 1823 (m.Philip Whisman Hall), Sarah (Sally) b.1835?)(m.William Creech), James b.1824 d.Sept 1862 (m.Sarah Howard), Hezekiah b.1828 d.abt1910 (m.Nancy Farmer), Catherine b.1829?, Richard b.1819?, Abigail b1821?, Lewis b.1825? Philip and Elizabeth’s children: Clarinda b.29 June 1847 m.Anderson Fields 25 Oct 1866, Martha b.1868 m.Eli B. Pratt, Mary Ann b.1870 m. Green B. Branson, Cornelius b.1872 m.Laura Harte in 1899, Sarah E. b.1876 m.Will Young and John Spencer, George b.1878, Green Fields b.1880, Enoch b.1887.

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1911 –

Title Creech Family 
Alt. Title  William and Sally Dixon Creech Family
Creator William Creech and Sally Dixon Creech
Alt. Creator Henry Clay Creech and Creech family
Subject Keyword Creech Family; William Creech; Henry Creech; Delia Creech; Sally Dixon Creech; Pine Mountain Settlement School; mountain families; genealogy charts; Uncle William Creech’s vision; Creech correspondence ;
Subject LCSH Creech Sr., William, — 1845 – 1918.
Creech, Sally (Dixon), — 1846 – 1925.
Pine Mountain Settlement School (Pine Mountain, Ky.) — History.
Rural schools — Kentucky — History.
Schools — Appalachian Region.
Rural schools — Appalachian Region, Southern.
Description Letters of correspondence from William Creech, the founder and donor of the land for the Pine Mountain Settlement School, KY. Letters describe his activities and life prior to the founding of the School and in the succeeding years. The letters, largely addressed to Katherine Pettit and to other members of the Board of Trustees, provides information on the formation of the agreements that passed the land to the School and the formal arrangements of the School.
Publisher Pine Mountain Settlement School, Pine Mountain, KY
Contributor Family of William and Sally Dixon Creech
Date Date digital: 2008-06-30 ; 2015-03-22
Type collection ; text ; images ;
Format Letters; documents; photographs and copies of same ;
Source Pine Mountain Settlement School Archive; Creech family ;
Language English
Relation Pine Mountain Settlement School administration; Katherine Pettit; Ethel de Long Zande; Series 4A: Pine Mountain Settlement School History – Creech Family ;
Coverage temporal 1911 –  ;
Coverage spatial Pine Mountain Settlement School, KY; Jane, KY; Harlan County, KY ;
Rights Any display, publication or public use must credit Pine Mountain Settlement School, Kentucky. Copyright retained by the authors of certain items in the collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Donor Creech family and associated friends of Pine Mountain Settlement School.
Citation Creech Family Records. Series 4A: Pine Mountain Settlement School History – Creech Family. Pine Mountain Settlement School Institutional Papers. Pine Mountain Settlement School, Pine Mountain, KY. Archival material.
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Last updated 2008-06-30 hhw ; 2015-03-22 hhw ; 2018-03-19 hhw
1911, 1912, 1913, 1914, 1915, 1916, 1917, 1918, 1919, 1920
1921, 1922, 1923, 1924, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1929,1930
1931, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940
1941, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950
1951 – 1960
1961 – 1970
1971 – 1980
1981 – 1990
1991 – 2000
2001 –


Early Settlers on the Poor Fork of the Cumberland River, Harlan County Kentucky and Adjoining Counties by Jackie Owen (1990) [out of print -The author has traced her family’s histories into the eighteenth century. Much of the family tree will be applicable to other descendants. B/w photos, index. Several family charts, pages for recording births, marriages, and deaths. Much on the following families: Adams, Ball, Blair, Branson, Caudill, Chadwell, Collier, Creech, Day, Ely, Ewing, Howard, Kelly, Napier, Nolan, Parker, Posey, Scott, Sims, Spencer, Turner, and others ]

The Creech Legacy, [History of the Creech Family in the Pine Mountain Settlement School Archive.]

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