WILLIAM & SALLY CREECH FAMILY

Pine Mountain Settlement School
Series 4A: Pine Mountain Settlement School History – Creech Family
Series 09: Biography – Families

WILLIAM & SALLY CREECH FAMILY


TAGS: William and Sally Creech Family, Pine Mountain Settlement School, William Creech Sr., Sally Dixon Creech, Henry Creech, Delia Creech, Columbus Creech, Kentucky mountain families, genealogy charts, Uncle William Creech’s vision


The Creech Family includes William Creech Sr. and Sally Dixon Creech, the founders and donors of the land for the Pine Mountain Settlement School, Pine Mountain, Kentucky. Today the family is broadly dispersed throughout the country. However, when William Creech came to the Pine Mountain valley, he settled among other members of the extended Creech family who lived only a short distance from each other. As the successive generations grew and married, there were many families in the long valley who could claim “kin” to the Creeches.

Creech children of Uncle William and Aunt Sal standing next to Creech Cabin at School. [mott_3496_011x-.jpg]

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

WILLIAM & SALLY CREECH FAMILY: The Children of William and Sally Creech

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

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. (m. Joany Minyard)
Polly (m. Ben Lewis, d. 1936)
Joe (m. Sudie [Susy] Smith)
Absolom (d. 1909)

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


WILLIAM & SALLY CREECH FAMILY: Uncle William Creech’s Vision for the School

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 1916.


WILLIAM & SALLY CREECH FAMILY: Other Resources

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 [Branson], 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. abt 1910 (m. Nancy Farmer), Catherine b.1829?, Richard b.1819?, Abigail b1821?, Lewis b.1825?

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 Ancestry.com and other commercial genealogical sites may also be searched for those wanting additional information on this important Pine Mountain family.

Also, for assistance in researching histories of families in Eastern Kentucky, see: Harlan County, Kentucky Genealogy – FamilySearch Wiki


WILLIAM & SALLY CREECH FAMILY: GALLERY

[For additional photographs of the Creech Family, go to CREECH FAMILY and VI 37 FRIENDS & NEIGHBORS Creech Family.]


See Also:

COLUMBUS CREECH Biography
CREECH COTTAGE
CREECH FAMILY
CREECH FAMILY HIGHLIGHTSEMILY HILL CREECH Biography
GUIDE TO CREECH FAMILY LETTERS Correspondence
HENRY C. CREECH Biography
OMA CREECH Biography
RUTH SMITH CREECH Biography
SALLY DIXON CREECH Biography
VI 37 FRIENDS & NEIGHBORS Creech Family Photographs
WILLIAM & SALLY CREECH FAMILY

WILLIAM CREECH Biography
WILLIAM CREECH A SHORT SKETCH OF MY LIFE Autobiography

Return to GUIDE TO FAMILIES IN THE PINE MOUNTAIN VALLEY COMMUNITY


Title

William and Sally Creech Family

Alt. Title

William and Sally Dixon Creech Family

Identifier

WILLIAM & SALLY CREECH FAMILY

Creator

Pine Mountain Settlement School, Pine Mountain, KY

Alt. Creator

Ann Angel Eberhardt ; Helen Hayes Wykle ;

Subject Keyword

Pine Mountain Settlement School ; William & Sally Creech Family ; William Creech Sr. ; Sally Dixon Creech ;  Henry Creech ; Delia Creech ; Columbus Creech ; Kentucky mountain families ; genealogy charts ; Uncle William Creech’s vision

Subject LCSH

Creech Family.
Creech Sr., William, — 1845 – 1918.
Creech, Sally (Dixon), — 1846 – 1925.
Pine Mountain Settlement School (Pine Mountain, Ky.) — History.
Harlan County (Ky.) — History.
Education — Kentucky — Harlan County.
Rural schools — Kentucky — History.
Families — Kentucky.
Schools — Appalachian Region, Southern.

Date

2014-07-29 ; Date digital: 2008-06-30 ; 2015-03-22 ;

Publisher

Pine Mountain Settlement School, Pine Mountain, KY

Contributor

Family of William and Sally Dixon Creech

Type

Collections ; text ; image ;

Format

Original and copies of documents and correspondence in file folders in filing cabinet.

Source

Series 09: Biography – Families ; Series 4A: Pine Mountain Settlement School History – Creech Family.

Language

English

Relation

Is related to: Pine Mountain Settlement School Collections, Series 09: Biography – Families ; Series 4A: Pine Mountain Settlement School History – Creech Family.

Coverage Temporal

1911 –

Coverage Spatial

Pine Mountain, KY ; Harlan County, KY ; Jane, KY ;

Rights

Any display, publication, or public use must credit the Pine Mountain Settlement School. Copyright retained by the creators 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.

Description

Core documents, correspondence, writings, and administrative papers of the Creech Family ; clippings, photographs, books by or about the Creech Family;

Acquisition

n/d

Citation

“[Identification of Item],” [Collection Name] [Series Number, if applicable]. Pine Mountain Settlement School Institutional Papers. Pine Mountain Settlement School, Pine Mountain, KY.

Processed By

Helen Hayes Wykle ; Ann Angel Eberhardt ;

Last Updated

2008-06-30 hhw ; 2015-03-22 hhw ; 2018-03-19 hhw ; 2018-08-12 aae ;

Bibliography

Source(s)

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.

The Creech Legacy, [History of the Creech Family] Pine Mountain Settlement School Institutional Papers. Pine Mountain Settlement School, Pine Mountain, KY. Archival material.

Bibliography

Early Settlers on the Poor Fork of the Cumberland River, Harlan County Kentucky and Adjoining Counties by Jackie Owen (1990) [out of print].

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