Midland Junction, Feb. 23 [Special]— Mr. Patrick Creegan died here this morning of a cancer on the face, aged 56 years. Three boys and two girls survive him, all of whom are grown. Cumberland Evening Times, Friday, Feb. 23, 1894 (Courtesy of Pat Dailey)
Patrick J. Creegan came to America sometime before 1853. He and Ann O’Connor married in St. Michael’s parish in Frostburg, MD on Sept 12, 1853 as recorded by the pastor Fr. Michael Slattery. They settled in the Midland/Ocean area of George’s Creek where he worked in the mines. He and Ann had twelve children. He was the first of at least four succeeding generations of Patrick Creegans born in Allegany County MD.
According to Civil War records, he enrolled in the Union Army at Webster, PA on August 26, 1861. In 1881, he filed for Invalid Pension benefits claiming “Chronic Rhumatism and Lumbago of back” as supported by Dr. Englar, the examining surgeon. The Government surgeon, however, found no evidence of either, ruling that he was “not disabled from earning his subsistence from manual labor.” Consequently, his claim was denied.
Patrick and his wife Ann’s birth-years are both designated as 1830 based on the 1870 US Census on which they listed themselves as forty years old. In his later years, Patrick Creegan is said to have operated a saloon in Midland.
According to St. Michael’s records, Patrick Creegan purchased burial plots in the parish cemetery, and according to his wife’s obituary, they are buried there, but there is no record of their burials, nor do they have any visible grave markers or headstones in the cemetery.
In a Cumberland Evening Times article, however, for May 30, 1921, Patrick Creegan’s name was listed among the Civil, Spanish, and World War Veterans whose graves in St. Michael’s Cemetery were “decorated with red poppies and flags.”