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 descendants 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. 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]

As seen in this brief outline of the children of William Creech and Sally Dixon Creech, the family was similar to many mountain families in the numbers of children. The average family size for mountain families in the 19th and early 20th century was between 6 and 10 children.

A partial list of Creech family members who frequently interacted with Pine Mountain following the 1913 establishment of the School are included in the brief outline below. A more complete genealogy of the family is in the chart that follows and in online resources such as and other commercial genealogical sites.

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 Smith)
Absolom (d. 1909)


Genealogy Chart of the 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.



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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SERIES 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
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