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Wilson Preston Creekmore Album

Wilson Preston Creekmore Adelaide (Williams) Creekmore
Photo of Wilson dated June 1892 --Wilson Preston Creekmore, son of Horatio Creekmur and his 3rd wife, Susan Catherine Morse, (see the Horatio Creekmur Journal here) was born on April 15, 1847 (probably in Norfolk Co., VA) and died in Moyock on July 5, 1905 of stomach cancer.  He is buried in Moyock Memorial Cemetery (see a photo of his headstone here).

Horatio Creekmur, Sr. and his family lived in Norfolk Co., VA (St. Bride's Parish) in 1850 with children: Horatio (Jr.?) 18, John 13, Samuel 8, Caleb 6, Wilson 3, and Columbus 10 months.  By 1860 Horatio Sr. disappears from the census records and Samuel E. & Wilson P. are living with their older brother Horatio (Jr.?) and his family in Norfolk Co., VA (Elizabeth River Parish).  Samuel is 18 and Wilson 14 in this census.  Wilson has not turned up in a search of the 1870 census but by 1880 Wilson, age 33, is living in Currituck County (Moyock Twp.) with his 1st wife, Sarah L. Creekmore, and 2 of her Fulford children from a previous marriage.

Wilson married Adelaide "Addie" Williams, daughter of Daniel (a Harvard-educated attorney) & Josephine Williams, circa 1892.  Addie was born March 1866 at Snow Hill, Greene Co., NC and died in Norfolk in 1913.  They had 3 children two of which lived to adulthood-- one was Ethel Louise Creekmur (grandmother of our submitter) who was born in Moyock on Mar. 28, 1902 and died in Hilton Head, SC on Nov. 8, 2000.  She married Welsford Artz.  The other child, William Preston Creekmur (born March 19, 1896) became a doctor and married Doris Schotz,  They lived in Philadelphia but never had any children.  Ethel & William were orphaned in 1913 when their mother died.  Ethel went to live with an aunt and William was old enough to go off to Prep School. He was educated at Trinity College which later became Duke University.

Wilson Preston Creekmore ran away from home at the age of 14 to join the Confederate Army (4th North Carolina Cavalry) [See his military record here.]  His only full brother, Samuel Creekmore, went with him.  Sam lost an arm and Wilson was taken prisoner.  He was discharged after the war and was one of the early settlers in Moyock, opening a general store and buying up property, including a farm. He later gave the land for the Moyock Elementary School and also built and gave a house and land to Dr. Marvin Mann so he could settle in Moyock. According to the Moyock Masonic Log Book, Wilson P. Creekmore was an original member of Atlantic Lodge #238 which was organized April 10, 1865.  He is listed in the 1867 Currituck Voter Registration as Wilson "Creekmur".  After marrying Adelaide Williams, a school teacher, Wilson built a house in the Village where Ethel and her brother, William Preston, were born.  In 1900 Wilson, age 53, is listed as a grocery merchant in Moyock Twp.  After Wilson's death in 1905,  Adelaide ran the farm and leased (or sold) the store.  She and her 2 children lived in Moyock until about 1910 and then Adelaide married a minister and moved away to Henderson NC and later Norfolk VA.

NOTE:  Wilson Preston Creekmur must have used the "Creekmore" spelling after settling in Currituck County or the census enumerator just automatically spelled it that way, however, Wilson's children always went by "Creekmur".










Photo taken c. 1904 at Zoeller's.  Ethel Louise Creekmur (1902-2000) is on the left and her brother, William Preston Creekmur (1896-19__) is on the right.  In their adult lives Ethel was known as "Creek" and William as "Bub".








Photo made in May 1897 at Zoeller, Morgan Co. Water Street, Elizabeth City NC. of the Wilson P. Creekmore house in Moyock. People identified in the picture are: William Preston Creekmur being held by an unidentified man at the front gate.  The three people standing by the fence are Wilson and Addie Creekmore and "Aunt" Nita Williams.  "Grandmother" was on the front porch.  [see close-ups below]

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