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William Carroll Creager

  • Birth 18 Jan 1840
  • Death 17 Jan 1906
  • Burial Vernon, Wilbarger County, Texas, USA
  • Plot 8-35-2
  • Memorial ID 97693964

Name: William C. Creager
Event Type: Military Service
Military Service Date's from 1861 to 1865
Military Beginning Rank: Private
Military Final Rank: Private
Military Side: Confederate
State or Military Term: Texas
Military Unit: 6th Regiment, Texas Cavalry (Wharton, Stone's)
Military Company: D

"Texas, Marriages, 1837-1973"
Name: William Carroll Creager
Spouse's Name: Elvira M. Clayton
Event Date: 15 Sep 1864
Event Place: Grayson County, Texas
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W. C. Creager
W. C. Creager Sold Wool At 5 Cents Pound

Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Creager came to Wilbarger County in 1883 and settled two and
a half miles southeast of Vernon. He freighted lumber from Henrietta to build
their home. Mr. Creager was born in Texas. Mrs. Creager, who, before her marriage
was Miss Elvira Melissa Clayton, was born in South Carolina and moved to Grayson
County, Texas, while a girl After leaving Sherman they moved to Clay County where
they lived a short time before coming to Wilbarger County.

Mr. Creager bought 2,000 head of sheep and farmed in addition to looking after
the flock. In 1886 he and Mrs. Creager moved to Vernon and operated a boarding
house for a number of years on the corner where the present city hall now stands.
In 1891 they moved back to the farm and the flock of sheep had increased to
5,000 head and were grazed between Beaver Creek and the Wichita River. G. A.
Creager said that his father sold wool at 5 to 10 cents a pound in those days. In
talking of the early days, he said that the years from 1884 to 1887 and 1892 to
1896 were hard ones. When the family came to the county there were few houses
east of Vernon. Their nearest neighbors were the Capps family; others in that
part of the county were the Davis and Byars families.

The sheep were sold in 1896 and in those days it was not an uncommon sight to
see antelope grazing in among the sheep. The cowboys rode ahead of the cattle
with their canteens so that they could fill them with water as it was very scarce
in some parts of the county.

W. C. and A. Y. Creager freighted between Henrietta and Wichita Falls while Mrs.
Creager and the children looked after the farm work. All of the children finished
in the schools of Vernon. The first school they attended was in a building near
where the Cy Long buildings on Pease Street are located and Prof. Nye was
teacher. The next school building was on the present site of the First Methodist
Church and the next where the old junior high now stands.

Mr. and Mrs. Creager are survived by the following children: A. Y. and W. P.
Creager of Sherman, B. C. Creager of Electra, G. A. Creager of Vernon and Mrs.
Ruth C. Lewis of Denver, Colo.
[Source: Charles P. Ross, "Early-day history of Wilbarger County". Vernon,
Tex.: Vernon Times, 1933] (provided by #47217091)


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  • Created by: Kristal
  • Added: 24 Sep 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 97693964
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Carroll Creager (18 Jan 1840–17 Jan 1906), Find A Grave Memorial no. 97693964, citing Eastview Memorial Park, Vernon, Wilbarger County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Kristal (contributor 47499454) .