Willaim Burton CREASMAN was born in 1825 in North Carolina, probably in that part of Buncombe County which today is Yancey County. He was the son of Joseph CREASMAN and Martha ????. Joseph, born ca 1798, was the tenth and youngest child of Adam CREASMAN and Nancy "Jane" REEL. Adam was born about 1748 in Sleepy Creek Township of Hampshire County, VA, now Morgan County WVA, one of five sons of Philip CHRISTMAN Sr. Of the five sons, Philip Jr. stayed in the Hampshire County area, two went to Kentucky, and Adam and Conrad (b ca 1750) wound up in Buncombe County NC, after an intermediate stay in Lincoln County NC. The first CREASMAN in Buncombe was Philip, who is thought to be Adam's son, and who was joined on Bull Creek by his father and uncle and other family members.
William Burton Creasman married 6 April 1848 Joyce Caroline WHEELER, daughter of John WHEELER and Rhoda RAY. John WHEELER was born 1793-4 in Washington County VA, and married Rhoda RAY 8 March 1821. Rhoda RAY was born ca 1805 in what became Yancey County NC, the only daughter of Thomas RAY Jr and Ivey HENSLEY. She had eight brothers.
William Burton CREASMAN and Joyce Caroline WHEELER had:
1. Absalom P. b. 26 Mar 1851
2. Altha J. b. 21 Nov 1852
3. Harriett Suffronia b. 29 Dec 1855, d. 6 Sep 1856
4. Manley Atison b. 8 June 1856
5. Mary Lucinda b. May 1858
6. Martha Rhodica b. Dec
7. Willa (or Willie Hardy Loduska) Lodusky b. 15 Aug 1861, m. 11 April 1878 Francis Marion Williams, a schoolteacher, d. 26 Dec 1948, both are buried at Morgan Hill Baptist Church, Ivy Township, Buncombe County. They had 8 children.
8. Julia Cordelia b. 9 Nov 1863, d. 14 Nov 1864
9. John Henry Joseph b. Nov or Dec 1864, in South Carolina according to the 1870 census - the only one of their children not born in NC
10. Louisa b. 10 Sep 1868
11. Alice Burton b. 6 Nov 1869, m. Napoleon Bonaparte NELSON
It was late May 1861 before NC left the Union, and after that the same scene was enacted in every county seat across the land. Companies of 100 or so men were raised, and following long established custom, elected their own company officers - a captain and (usually) three lieutenants. On July 3, 1861 a company was raised in Burnsville, Yancey County. The company elected as its captain William Burton CREASMAN. Also in the company were the captain's brother-in-law, John H. WHEELER, and his father-in-law, John WHEELER, age 68, a Baptist "minister of the gospel". The captain's brother, Berry C. CREASMAN served as a second lieutenant with this company, but there isnt a record of when he joined or was promoted. Berry resigned in April of 1863 for medical reasons. John Wheeler was discharged 15 May 1862 by reason of "age and a diseas(e) of the liver". John H. WHEELER apparently served throughout the war. Also in this company was Nathaniel O. ALLEN, who was married to the captain's sister-in-law, Lucinda WHEELER, and John HENSLEY, who was married to another of the captain's sisters-in-law,
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