Monday, March 21, 2022

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks - Week 11 - Flowers

The theme this week is "Flowers."  Spring isn't far off for those of us in the northern hemisphere, and with that comes thoughts of flowers — which, not coincidentally, is this week's theme! Any Roses, Daisys, or Petunias in the family?


Rose Creeden was the half sister of my 2x great-grandfather Timothy Creeden. I've posted about Rose before, but have found a couple of new records for her since then. Timothy became her guardian after their father Patrick's death in 1883 and the guardianship papers showed that they moved from Clinton County to Mercer County, Ohio. These records helped to provide proof that Timothy was the son of Patrick Creedan of Clinton County.

Rose was born on 02 May 1861 in Clinton County, Ohio to Patrick Creedan and Hannah Hoover. She was baptized in St. Brigid's parish in Xenia, Greene County, Ohio. I've only recently become aware that a lot of my family's church records are in Greene County probably due to that being the closest Catholic church during the 1850s and 1860s. The baptismal record from St. Brigid's is shown below. The full record is available on

Patrick's will of 1883 left two shares of his estate to be used for the care of Rose. According to the will and guardianship probate records, Rose was unable to care for herself. Timothy served as her guardian until at least 10 December 1895 when Rose was admitted to the Mercer County Infirmary. I don't know if she was admitted to the home because Timothy could no longer care for her financially or if her condition became worse. The money said aside for her care in Patrick's will may have run out by then. Timothy died in 1899 and there was no mention of Rose in his will.

In 1914, the infirmary underwent renovations and an inspection according to a newspaper article in The Coldwater Chronicle, published on 05 May 1914. The article states: "The women that were not too feeble to be about greeted the visitors warmly... Rose Creeden was busy with her day’s round of cleaning, in which she takes extraordinary pride.". Rose was also listed as a housekeeper in the 1880 census, so it does seem like she was able to do some tasks. The paragraph of the article the mentions Rose is shown below. The full article is available at The Coldwater Chronicle archives.


Rose lived out the rest of her life in the Mercer County Infirmary and died on 30 June 1922

#52Ancestors is a series of weekly family history prompts developed by Amy Johnson Crow.

Sunday, October 17, 2021

Sunday's Obituary - William Creeden of Cincinnati, Ohio

The following obituary was published in The Cincinnati Post on 11/21/1901.

William Creeden, 37, a carpenter living at 3554 Haven Avenue, Avondale, died late Wednesday at the City Hospital from injuries received by being struck Monday night by a Zoo-Mt. Auburn car at Vine and Shields Streets. His skull was fractured, and he never regained consciousness. He leaves a wife and three children. Coroner Schwab is investigating. Creeden will be buried Saturday morning at Reading, O., near which place he was born.

A death notice was also published on the same day:
CREEDEN -- William, beloved husband of Margaret Creeden, suddenly,
Wednesday, Nov. 20, at 9:30p.m. Funeral from residence, 3554 Haven Avenue, Avondale, Saturday, Nov. 23. Requiem high mass at St. Andrew's Church at 8 a.m.

This is one of the William Creedens that I've been researching in the hopes of identifying the correct families for each of them. This is a quick tree I've done for this William on


A baptism record shows that William was born on 22 Feb 1863 and baptized on 15 Mar 1863 at the Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Reading, Hamilton County, Ohio. The parents were given in Latin as Timotheus Creeden and Helena Callaghan. One of the sponsors was John Creeden. 

William married Margaret Nolan on 31 May 1883. There is a note on the marriage license where his father Timothy gives his consent for the marriage. The civil record is shown below. A church record shows that the marriage was at Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Reading, Ohio and one of the witnesses was Daniel Creeden.

William and Margaret had 3 sons: Thomas W. born in 1886, Michael J. born in 1888 and Lawrence born in 1892.

After William's death in 1901, Margaret appears in several Cincinnati city directories and is named as his widow.

Margaret and Thomas Creeden, 1903 Cincinnati City Directory

Margaret and Michael Creeden, 1913 Cincinnati City Directory

Margaret eventually moved to California where her son Lawrence and other relatives lived. She lived there until her death in 1930.

Updating to add that none of the records I have show the middle name or initial for this William. I think I can rule him out as being my Patrick William or the William Patrick Creeden that went to Kansas.

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Sunday's Obituary is a prompt developed by Leslie Ann at Ancestors Live Here.

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

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Saturday, June 12, 2021

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks - Week 23 - Bridge - Nowland Land Patents in Maryland

The theme this week is "Bridge." A bridge connects two things that are separated, whether it's land or people (maybe even time?).

I'm going to use this prompt to write about land records for tracts of land called Woodbridge and Bandon Bridge in Cecil County, Maryland. Bandon Bridge was granted to Darby Noland and Woodbridge to Dennis Nowland.

My Nowland ancestors came from Ireland to Maryland in the 1600s and settled in Cecil County. I'm still sorting out some of the relationships, but my current Nowland tree is shown below. Dermond and Dennis are thought to have been born in Ireland. Dermond's wife Anne is referenced as Anne Browning/Browne in some of the land sale and probate records, so she most likely remarried to a Browning. The Browning name is also mentioned in the Rent Rolls for the land.

The book Settlers of Maryland, 1679-1783. Consolidated Edition has the following entries for Dermond and Dennis: The book is available on

Note that the entry for Dennis Nowland should be for Woodbridge and not Moodbridge. I included the entry for Pierce Noland since he was in Cecil County at the same time. He sold his land without developing it and settled in Virginia. His will didn't mention Darby or Dermond, so I don't know if they were related.

The patent record for Bandon Bridge is in Book NS B, page 535. The patents are available on the Maryland Archives website. The patent record entry is long, so I'm showing a shorter transcription from Book 22, page 351 below.


The record shows that Darby Nolan was granted 60 acres of a tract of land called Bandon Bridge on the South of St. Augustine Creek in Cecil County in May 1687. It describes the location of the land and says that it bounds a tract of land called Woodbridge and also mentions a tract called Coch's Forrest.

The patent record for Woodbridge is in Book EE 6, page 76 and is dated September 9, 1714. 


The record states: "Patent to Dennis Nowland of Cecil County, son heir at law and devisee of Dermond O'Houllaughane aka Nowland late of the said county for a tract of land lyeing in the said county called Woodbridge originally laid out in the year of our Lord 1680 for one David Mackinna for two hundred acres and by him conveyed to one Cornelius Machneahin? and the Dermond in Joint Tenancy with said Dermond being the survivor became possessor of the whole."

The names given in the Woodbridge record are interesting and I'm guessing spellings may have been mangled. I can't find any references to the surname O'Houllaughane, although I found a few with similar spellings. Darby can be a nickname for Dermot, so Dermond might not be the correct spelling either. An index of Irish surnames from 1659 lists Holaghan,    Hologhane, Hologhan and O Hollahan and a Hoolihan name study lists variants for Ó hUALLACHÁIN including Nolan.

I found a little more history of Woodbridge on page 200 of The History of the Society of Jesus. The text states that David Mackenny sold Woodbridge to Darby Nowland and that his son Dennis sold the land to James Heath.

I was able to find more about the Nowlands in the rent rolls, land sales and probate records for Cecil County, so I'll follow up on those records in future posts.

#52Ancestors is a series of weekly family history prompts developed by Amy Johnson Crow.

Sunday, March 28, 2021

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks 2021 - Weeks 11 and 12 - Fortune and Loss - Edward C. Councell

Week 11's theme is "Fortune." Merriam-Webster gives several definitions for fortune: A large sum of money; prosperity attained partly through luck; or destiny, fate. Week 12's theme is "Loss." Loss is universal. There are many ways to explore this theme, whether it's the loss of a loved one, a livelihood, freedom.

Edward C. Councell was working for The Charleston Daily Courier newspaper in Charleston, South Carolina when he had the good fortune to win $15,000 in the Union Canal lottery of May 1828.  

The Charleston Daily Courier, May 16, 1828

In June of the same year he married Agnes Wallace, daughter of Thomas Wallace of Charleston.

The Charleston Daily Courier, June 09, 1828

Edward worked at several newspapers in Georgia and South Carolina before branching out to run his own book and job printing business. He was running a successful business in 1852 when misfortune struck and he was forced to sell his shop due to rapidly declining health. Edward died in May of 1854 due to consumption.

One of my Maryland ancestors is Edward Carey Councell of Maryland, so I was intrigued to see whether or not the lotto winning Edward C. Councell from Charleston was related to him. An obituary for Edward from May 19, 1854 in The Baltimore Sun confirmed my suspicion that Edward was from Maryland.

The Baltimore Sun, May 19, 1854

Another article from the Charleston Courier printed on June 22, 1854 states that Edward was a native of Talbot County, MD and left behind a widow, sister and an only son.

I found some mentions of Edward in Talbot County records that show he was the son of John Council. Edward C. Council was indentured to a printer in 1813 at the age of 15, placing his birth year at 1798. The following image is from the book Bound to serve: the indentured children of Talbot County, Maryland by R. Bernice Leonard. The book is available on

Indenture of Edward C. Council in 1813

Edward was named as a grandson in the will of Elizabeth Browning written in 1807 and filed in 1809 in Talbot County, MD. She left most of her estate to her three daughters Eleanor, Elizabeth and Mary and grandchildren Edward, Eleanor and John Council Jr., but also mentions her sister Ann Council, wife of John in the will.

From Maryland, U.S., Compiled Marriages, 1655-1850 on, Eleanor Counsell married Henry Newcomb in January 7, 1823 in Talbot County, MD. Eleanor Newcomb was named as a niece in the will of Mary Browning in 1826 in Talbot County.

In a Talbot County land sale recorded in book JP 62, page 288 Edward C. Councell and his wife Agnes sold land to Nicholas Willis. The record states that Edward and Agnes are living in Chatham County, GA and are selling land in Island Creek, Talbot County, MD. The tract of land was known by the names Hier Dyer Lloyd and Clora Dorsey and was from the estate of their deceased mother Ann Marie Councell. The deed was recorded on September 25, 1849.

There are additional land records in JP 59, starting on page 510 that show sales of parts of Hier Dyer Lloyd and Clora Dorsey from John Councell and his wife Ruth and from Ellen Newcomb. Both of these sales are also to Nicholas Willis and mention their deceased mother Ann Marie Councell. The land records are available on

The records and articles listed above establish that John Councell and his wife Ann Marie Browning had at least 3 children: John Jr., Edward C., and Eleanor and that their child Edward was the one from Charleston. I believe that John the father may be the brother of my 4x great-grandfather Edward Carey Councell, but need to do more research to be sure.

#52Ancestors is a series of weekly family history prompts developed by Amy Johnson Crow. Newspaper articles in this post are available on