John married Minerva McFarland in 1875 in Clinton County, Ohio and they had 3 children: Hiram H., Flora, and Estelle/Stella. John married a second time to Ida Phillips in Darke County, Ohio in 1896.
The following census record is from Darke County, Ohio and looks like a definite match for John. He is listed with his wife Ida and daughters Flora and Stella. Right next to him is William Creedan with his wife Mary and several children. William is the same age as my Patrick William and living next to my John Creedan, but is this the same person? It's possible that Patrick William used his middle name since his father's name was also Patrick. For both John and William, their father is listed as being born in Ireland, while their mother was born in Ohio. This would be correct for my family.
|John Creedan and William Creedan in Darke County, Ohio - 1900|
I looked through the family trees on Ancestry.com and found that several list William Creedan as the son of Timothy and Ellen Creeden. However, they reference the same 1900 census record shown above as one of their sources. None of the trees mention a John Creedan, but I decided to do a little investigating on Timothy and Ellen Creeden. Here they are in the 1870 census for Hamilton County, Ohio:
|Timothy and Eleanor Creden in Hamilton County, Ohio - 1870|
|Timothy and Eleanor Creeden in Hamilton County, Ohio - 1880|
|W.P. Creeden in Sedgwick, Kansas census in 1905|
|William Creeden in 1900 census in Hamilton County, Ohio|
So, which trees have the correct William? My suspicions are that the William that stayed in Hamilton County is the son of Timothy and Ellen and the William that moved to Kansas is a different William. The information I've found so far seems to suggest that he may be my Patrick William, but more investigation is definitely needed.