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Creekmore Family Photo Album
Left to right:
Thomas Edward Creekmore, Sr.
UPDATE on William
Aydlett received from Jack Dudley on March 19,
This is Creekmore Brothers General store
The Creekmore brothers
started the store in 1921 and closed it in 1954.
You can see the post office attached to it, and the filling station next
door that Coopersmith operated.
filling station burned down one night when someone bought a mason jar of
gasoline into the store where the men were smoking and playing checkers. Creekmore
Brothers was a gathering place at night for the local men. My
grandfather had a standing rule in the house that no one was to go there
at night. If they needed anything he would go back and get it.
Locals in the village would hear my grandfather Thomas and his brothers,
Hilary and Will, say good night to one another every night before they
parted and headed to their homes in the Village.
Made at Campbell's Photography Studio on Main St. in Norfolk, Va. probably between 1897-1900.
Left to right:
William Theodore Creekmore b:
Apr. 10, 1855 d: Oct. 13, 1901
Mary “Polly” (Fulford)
Creekmore was the daughter of Samuel and Sarah Robinson Fulford, was
born 15 October 1857 at Camden Run Gregory NC. Samuel and Sarah R.
Fulford had three other children to live to adulthood: Martha, Billy
and Lydia Fulford.
Photo taken in the early 1920s of the grandchildren of Wm. Theodore & Mary Fulford Creekmore - Edna, Sarah, Thomas Jr. and Mary. [see adult photos of Sarah & Mary at the Nags Head Beach Club below]
Thomas Edward Creekmore, Sr. was born 25 March 1890. He married Edna Powell (born 2 October 1885 - died 21 December 1978) daughter of Kenneth and Sarah Jordan Powell. Tommy and Edna resided at the Creekmore home place for a while, and he continued to farm. Later they moved to the Hoziere place at Puddin Ridge and he farmed there. Then they bought the "Wilse" Creekmore house in Moyock Village. After a few years they moved back to Puddin Ridge in the Wolcott house and Tommy farmed for Wolcott. Tommy was a member of Moyock Methodist Church and part owner of the Creekmore Bros. Store in Moyock Village. He died in his home on 29 may 1963. He is buried in Memorial Cemetery, Moyock. Thomas and Edna had 6 children: Edna Amanda Creekmore married Copeland D. Newbern; Sarah Creekmore married Julian “Don” Bell (son of J.M. and Adelaide Flora Bell); Mary Creekmore married Millard Elliott; Thomas Edward Creekmore, Jr. married Jean Wood Creekmore; Dorothy Creekmore married William H. West; and Christine Creekmore married Robert J. Breiner.
|This is the Wilson Creekmore house. Wilson fought during the Civil War. He probably owned most of Moyock. Land was purchased from him to build Moyock Elementary and the Teacherage. When my grandfather, Thomas Edward Creekmore, Sr., purchased the house from him, he also bought the store located on the main road across from Moyock Village. It was known as Creekmore Brothers General Merchandise (see top picture).|
taken in 1946 in the back yard of the Wilse Creekmore house. The
Rupert West house can be seen in the background.
Left to right:
Barbara Creekmore born in 1944; d/o Thomas Edward Creekmore, Jr.
Billy Creekmore born in 1946; nephew of Thomas Edward Creekmore, Jr.
Thomas Edward Creekmore, Jr. born Feb. 5, 1919; died Sept. 30, 1994
Mary Elizabeth (VanNostrand) Cox - c. Oct. 14, 1853 - Feb. 21, 1954
Mary Elizabeth VanNostrand, better known in Moyock as "Miss Molly", was born in New York to Thaddeus VanNostrand, a man reported to be a blockade runner during the Civil War. In 1860 Thaddeus and his family were living in the town of Jamaica in Queens Co., NY where Mary was listed as age 7 and Thaddeus' occupation was a "bay man". By 1870 Thaddeus had moved his family to the town of Portsmouth, Va. where he was "Captain of a sloop" and Mary was then 17 years of age. Miss Molly married Jerome B. Cox, a man somewhat older than her, in Moyock on June 18, 1874 and they set up housekeeping in a nice, comfortable home next door to the Wilse Creekmore house. In 1880 Jerome was listed as a grocer and Mary was age 28. Miss Molly always refused to tell anyone her age but from the information on the census records from 1860-1880 we can be fairly assured that she was born circa 1852-53 which means she lived to be at least 100 and probably longer. Although Miss Molly lived in the South most of her life, she never lapsed into a "Southern drawl". No one knew how unhappy her marriage had been until Jerome died in 1911. Neighbors had been called in to stay with Molly and to watch over the body laid out in the parlor. One of the neighbors went upstairs to check on her and to their surprise found her with perfectly coiffed hair and looking in the armoire to find a suitable kimono and slippers. At last death had set her free and her one consuming thought was romance at last! Days passed into weeks and weeks into months but no romance ever came. Needless to say, Miss Molly was one of the most colorful characters that Moyock had seen in years!
House on the left is the Rupert West House, house on the right is the Wilse Creekmore house. This picture was taken in the mid 1930's before my grandmother renovated the house. She enclosed the upstairs porch added a winding stairway and indoor plumbing. Granddaddy used the outhouse behind the garage for many years after that. Both houses face Shingle Landing Road, which was a dirt path at that time. My mother, who lived in Great Bridge, Va. loved to tell stories of visiting her aunt Barbara Humphries (Mrs. E.F. Humphries) on Tulls Creek Rd. They would come down Shingle Landing in their Model T. The area was so desolate that her mother would carry a gun in the glove compartment. They had to journey all the way across the Tulls Creek Bridge to about 1/4 of a mile on the left hand side to see Aunt Bob.
|Thomas Edward Creekmore Jr. and his friend Bim Poole. Picture was taken in the early 1940's in the side yard of the Wilse Creekmore House in Moyock Village.||Thomas Edward Creekmore, Sr., son of William Theodore & Mary Fulford. Thomas was born March 25 1890. His wife Edna was born October 2 1885. She was the daughter of Kenneth and Sarah Jordan Powell of Snowden. Picture was taken circa early 1940's in the side yard of their home (the Wilse Creekmore house in Moyock Village on Tulls Creek Rd.).|
|Sarah (Creekmore) Bell and her younger sister, Mary (Creekmore) Elliott. Mary married Millard Elliott of Fort Worth Texas. Mary is buried in Moyock Cemetery. Her husband was a descendent of Sam Jones, the last President of the Republic of Texas.||Dorothy Creekmore West (left), daughter of Thomas E. Creekmore. Sr. and Edna Powell Creekmore. Dorothy was the wife of William H. "Billy" West. Lady on right is Jean Wood Creekmore, daughter of Booker Dwight Wood and Ida Williamson Wood. She married Thomas Edward Creekmore, Jr. It was taken around 1940 on the front of Creekmore Brothers store in Moyock Village.|
|Picture was taken approximately 1925 at the Wilcott Farm on Pudding Ridge Road. The young boy with the goat is Thomas Edward Creekmore, Jr. His father, Thomas Sr., farmed for the Wilcott's. The young girl in the picture is his sister, Mary Creekmore Elliott, who was born around 1917. The older woman in the cart and the man standing beside the gate are unidentified.|
Photos and information kindly provided by Barbara Creekmore. No part of this document may be used for any commercial purposes. However, please feel free to copy any of this material for your own personal use and family research.