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Colonel William B. Creasman
Posted by: Kevin White Date: October 10, 1999 at 18:20:57
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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


The first out of the ordinary mention i find of William CREASMAN was in 1857. Dr. Elisha Mitchell was measuring the height of the mountain in Yancey County which is called today Mt. Mitchell, in his honor - the highest mountain east of the Mississippi, as Dr. Mitchell established, but which was disputed at the time. Dr. Mitchell was alone on the mountain and had nearly finished his surveying when he fell to his death, winding up in a pool at the base of a waterfall. When Dr. Mitchell was overdue to return his son became alarmed and travelled to Yancey and asked William CREASMAN's neighbor, the well-known bear hunter "Big Tom" WILSON, to locate Dr Mitchell. Big Tom found the Dr's camp and followed the two week old trail and located the Dr's body. It was late in the day, though, and they decided to leave the Dr in the pool until the next morning. When they returned the next morrning to start up the mountain they met a party of "men of the vicinity" who had already retrieved the Dr's body and were bringing him down. Word had spread over night to Asheville of the Dr's death and the "Asheville News", a weekly, dispatched a reporter. This was Zeb Vance, who would be elected governor of NC in 1862, but at this time he was at home, having lost the only election he ever would. Vance had an ownership interest in and was closely politically associated with the "News". Vance filed a story which included the names of the "men of the vicinity" who had retrieved the Dr, and they included William CREASMAN and his brother-in-law John H. WHEELER.

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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