Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Wordless Wednesday - Immaculate Conception Eighth Grade Class of 1947-48, Celina, Ohio

This photo of the Immaculate Conception eighth grade class was taken for the 1947-48 school year in Celina, Ohio. My Dad, Tim Creeden is the fourth kid from the left in the back row. The class graduated from Immaculate Conception High School in 1952.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Sports Center Saturday - ICHS Basketball Teams, Celina, Ohio, 1925-1927

The back of the 25-26 team picture says Father John, Manager and Dutch Schulte, Coach, 1925-26. My grandfather Robert (Bob) Creeden would have been 15 that year and may be the boy on the back right next to the priest. Al Winkeljohn may be the boy on the front right. ICHS was the Immaculate Conception High School in Celina, Ohio.

There was no label on this picture, so good thing they had the year on the basketball! It says 26-27.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Census Sunday - Matson Families in Hopewell Township, Mercer County, Ohio

My great-great-grandparents Timothy Creeden and Mary Ann Matson moved from Clinton County, Ohio to Hopewell Township in Mercer County, Ohio sometime in the mid 1880s. I wondered why they made the move and found at least part of the answer in the census records. Several members of Mary's family had already moved to Mercer County by the time the 1880 census was taken.

The earliest Matson records I found in the Mercer County census were for a John Matson in 1830 and a William Matson in 1840. I didn't find any other trace for these Matsons, although there is a William Mattison in the 1850 census. He is only 11 years old and is living with the Issac Coil family.

In 1860, John, Elizabeth, and Enos Matson were living with the David Wright family in Liberty Township. The Matson children were all minors. There was also a Nancy Matson, age 17, working as a servant for the Daniel Garwick family in Center Township.

Mary Matson and several children were in the 1870 census for Hopewell Township. I'm not sure what, if any relationship these early Matsons have to my family.

Mary Matson in 1870 census, Hopewell Township, Mercer County, Ohio
Mary Matson Creeden's sister Terissa orTheresa was married to John Sholler and they were in Hopewell in the 1880 census. John's entry was at the bottom of a page and Theresa's was on the next page for District 2, Enumeration District 186.

John and Theresa Sholler in 1880 census, Hopewell Township, Mercer County, Ohio
Their brother John Matson was living nearby in the same enumeration district as John and Theresa. He was a boarder at Lavina Bender's house and was a farmer. John and Lavina were married in Mercer County on October 1, 1882.

John Matson in 1880 census, Hopewell Township, Mercer County, Ohio
Other Matsons in the same enumeration district were Elizabeth Matson, listed as an aunt to Lewis Nunery, Sarah L. Matson, a servant at the William H. DeFord household, and Sarah Matson and her son John W. Matson. From John's age of 23 in the census, he would have been born around 1857. An obituary for a John William Matson, born in 1857, says that he was born in Clinton County, Ohio. It's probable that this is the same John W. Matson and shows that he is also linked to the Clinton County Matsons.

Sarah and John W. Matson, Hopewell Township, Mercer County, Ohio
John Matson and John Sholler were both in the 1890 Veteran's Census for District 2, Enumeration District 186 for Hopewell Township. John died in 1896 and is buried next to Timothy and Mary's son James E. Creeden in the Old Buck Cemetery in Hopewell Township.

So it appears that Timothy and Mary had a lot of family nearby in Hopewell Township! That helps explain why they made the move to Mercer County.

To Do: Investigate the unknown Matsons to see if they have links to my Mary Matson.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Treasure Chest Thursday - Space Program Souvenirs

My father worked for NASA during the Apollo and Shuttle programs and often received souvenirs of the space missions. This memento from Apollo 14 is a wallet-sized card with a small piece of the lunar surface safety line carried by the astronauts on the moon's surface on February 5-6, 1971. It has a picture of the launch in the background and the names of the Apollo 14 astronauts: Edgar D. Mitchell, Alan B. Shepard, Jr. and Stuart A. Roosa. The other side of the card has my father's name and the NASA logo used during the 1970s.

According to, the lunar safety line was a 100 foot long cord designed to be used to pull an astronaut to safety if they were unable to climb up a steep slope or out of a crater. Since the safety line wasn't used, it was decided to use it in mementos given as a thank you to the staff at the Kennedy Space Center for their efforts on the Apollo program. A letter of thanks was distributed along with the card, so I'll have to see if I can find the letter in my father's collection.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Church Record Sunday - 150th Anniversary of Immaculate Conception Church in Celina, Ohio

Today marks the start of a six month celebration of the founding of the Immaculate Conception Church in Celina, Ohio. The church was founded in 1864 by twenty Catholic families. Construction of the current building began in 1900 and completed in 1903. There are some wonderful photos and history of the church on the 150th Anniversary Facebook page. My father's side of the family has strong ties to the church and many of my ancestors were baptized, married and worshiped there.
ICC as it appeared in 1935
My Creeden family moved to Mercer County in 1885 and in Timothy Creeden's will, he stipulated that $100 be given towards construction of the new church and $100 be given for masses for the repose of his soul.

Receipt for donation to ICC from Timothy Creeden's estate in 1900
Receipt for donation to ICC for masses for Timothy Creeden in 1900
My father went to the ICC school from first to twelfth grade and graduated from there in 1952.

ICC School and Parsonage in 1949
From the pictures I've seen, the interior of the church is beautiful. This postcard doesn't have a date, but is probably from the late 1940s or early 1950s. It shows the church as it was decorated for Christmas that year.

Congratulations to the parish on their 150th anniversary! 

Friday, June 20, 2014

Follow Friday - June 2014

Here are a few of my favorite finds for the past few weeks:

Monday, June 16, 2014

Military Monday - Charles Creeden WWI Registration Cards recently added indexed records to their collection of US WWI Draft Registration cards for 1917-1918. As of this latest addition, the index is 96% complete. Since they are still adding records for Ohio, I decided to see if there was anything new for my Creedens.

I had seen my great-grandfather Charles Creeden's registration card before, but I was surprised to see another Charles Creeden from Clinton County, Ohio. My Charles was born in Mercer County, Ohio, but his parents lived in Clinton County before he was born.

Charles A. Creeden WWI Draft Registration Card, Celina, Ohio

My great-grandfather's registration card shown above was dated June 5, 1917 and showed that he was working as a Foreman at the Mersman Brothers Brandts factory. This was a large furniture factory in Celina. Charles was 30 years old and was living on S. Fulton in Celina with his wife Anna and children Robert and Mae.

Charles Creedon WWI Draft Registration Card, Wilmington, Ohio

The second Charles Creedon was 21 years old and gave his address as 226 Walnut in Wilmington, Ohio, although he was working as a machinist at the Continental Motor Company in Detroit, Michigan. He was single when the card was signed on June 2, 1917. I noticed that while the name was indexed under Creeden, it looks like this Charles used the more common spelling of Creedon.

Despite what my Charles' brother Edward stated, I don't believe that my great-grandfather ever served in the military. I found a couple of probable matches for the second Charles in the military records on He's listed in the Official Roster of Ohio Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines in the World War, 1917-18 and the Ohio Military Men databases.

Charles Creedon in Ohio Military Men database
To Do:
  • Investigate the second Charles and his family in Clinton County to see if there is any connection to my Creedens.
  • Search for additional military records for Charles Creedon.