By Pamela Pattison Lash
Here is a brickwall scenario detailing a Civil War veteran and what may have happened to his family. If anyone knows more about this family, please email me and I’ll pass along the info to a family researcher who wants to “tear down that wall”.
David Creek/Crick (c1832 Perry Co, PA – pos c30 Nov 1894), son of Peter and Christina Creek; this family arrived in Williams Co, OH c1842; his parents are buried in Louden Cem, Superior Twp, Williams Co, OH, both dying in 1866
David’s enumeration in the following federal census records:
1850 Superior Twp, Williams Co, OH
h/h 524/526 Creek, Peter 62 PA farmer
Jane 60 PA
Daniel 18 PA
Note 2 units above Jacob Creek 37 PA and wife Lydia w/family
1860 Superior, Williams, Ohio; Roll: M653_1052; Page: 200; Image: 405; Family History Library Film: 805052.
h/h 1085 Creely, Peter 71 PA
Christina 68 PA
David 28 PA
Clippinger, Mary 17 OH
George 14 OH
David Crick participated in the Civil War as a private in Co E 14th OVI, where most of those recruited were from Defiance Co, OH; a headstone was ordered by the GAR post for him in Hicksville, Defiance Co, OH c30 Nov 1894.
He applied for a CW pension 22 Mar 1883; no widow’s pension application was attached to his file, leaving the possibility that his wife had died or there was a divorce.
The following newspapers by an online source give accounts of the Co E 14th OVI CW service:
Defiance Democrat- 4/27/1861, 10/10/1863
Napoleon North-West- 9/30/1863
Paulding Independent- 4/25/1861, 8/1/1861, 10/8/1863
Williams County Leader- 4/9/1863
(Williams County) Union Press- 3/28/ 1862
Member Williams County Leader- 5/30/1861
"Occasional", Williams County Leader- 5/22/1862
The 14th OVI regiment was organized at Toledo, Ohio from August 14 - September 5, 1861, to serve three years. On the expiration of term of service the original members (except veterans) were mustered out and the organization, composed of veterans and recruits, retained in the service until July 11, 1865, when it was mustered out in accordance with orders from the War Department.
Some of the battles in which this unit participated include:
Wild Cat, KY, October 21, 1861
Mill Springs, KY, January 19-20, 1862
Shiloh, TN, April 6-7, 1862
Corinth, MS (Siege of), April 30, 1862
Hoover's Gap, TN, June 27, 1863
Chickamauga, GA, September 19-20, 1863
Missionary Ridge, TN, November 25, 1863
Ringgold, GA, November 27, 1863
Dalton, GA, May 9, 1864
Resaca, GA, May 13-16, 1864
Kennesaw Mountain, GA, June 9-30, 1864
Utoy Creek, GA, August 5-7, 1864
Jonesboro, GA, September 1, 1864
Goldsboro, NC, March 21, 1865
The brigade, which had lost 33% of its number, was mustered out on July 11, 1865 at Louisville, KY.
David Crick married Emma (aka Maria E) Rouse on 23 Jan 1864 in Hillsdale Co, MI; also called Mina Rowse in Loren’s marriage certificate as Loren Krick (Lena Turner, 30 Dec 1905 St Louis, Gratiot Co, MI)
Maria E Rowse (2 Sept 1844 Crawford Co, OH – pos aft 1880); d/o Calvin and Margaret Wiseman Rowse; this family moved from Crawford Co, OH to Morrow Co, OH c1851-1853 and then to Williams Co, OH and lived there c1855-1865; they moved to Owen Co, IN and then to Lewis Twp, Clay Co, IN
Maria Emma (pos aka Mina C) was listed on the following census enumerations:
1850 Bucyrus, Crawford, Ohio; Roll: M432_671; Page: 443B; Image: 255.
Maria F Rowse 6 OH
1860 Bridgewater, Williams, Ohio; Roll: M653_1052; Page: 105; Image: 216; Family History Library Film: 805052.
Maria Rouse 15 OH
1870 Marion, Owen, Indiana; Roll: M593_348; Page: 290A; Image: 586; Family History Library Film: 545847.
Maria not living in parents household b/c she’s married to David Crick; Maria 26 OH
1880 Lewis, Clay, Indiana; Roll: 270; Family History Film: 1254270; Page: 602C; Enumeration District: 243; Image: 0225.
Mina C Rowse 25 OH divorced
Note the age is not correct but there does not seem to be any data to support the parents, Calvin and Margaret Rowse having a daughter named Mina C so it could be Maria E and Mina C are the same person.
David and Maria (after 1864 marriage) are found in this federal census:
1870 Camden, Hillsdale, Michigan; Roll: M593_673; Page: 258A; Image: 196; Family History Library Film: 552172.
h/h 136/137 Crick, David 36 PA works on farm
Maria E 26 OH
Matilda J 6 OH
Margaret 3 MI
George W 2 MI
Ten years later they are not together. Was David truly a widower or was there a divorce? If a divorce, it was not filed in Williams Co, OH.
1880 Brady, Williams, Ohio; Roll: 1077; Family History Film: 1255077; Page: 504C; Enumeration District: 005; Image: 0643.
Crick, David 50 PA-PA-PA widower, farm laborer living w/John and Clar Ashliman
Note David’s age is not consistent with other census information.
1890 Tiffin, Defiance, Ohio; Roll: 60; Page: 2; Enumeration District: 151.
David Creek Co E 14th OVI private, Evans Post GAR, record lost on disability; service 1 Sept 1861 – 11 July 1865
David is 18 in 1850
28 in 1860
36 in 1870
50 in 1880
Next the information available at the present time shows their children:
1. Matilda J (c1865 OH – bet 1882 and 1900)
Matelda J Creek married Hiram E Noyes in Woodbridge, Hillsdale Co, MI on 13 Nov 1882; they were both 18 years of age; she was born in OH and he was born in MI;
Ceremony performed by Samuel Jacobus JP with Mary and S L Dickinson as witnesses; both of Woodbridge (Hillsdale Co, MI Marriages V1 p399 #4793); by 1900 her husband is enumerated as a widower
2. Margaret (c1866/1867 OH – aft 1870)
3. George W (c 1868 MI – aft 1880)
1880 Pittsford, Hillsdale Co, MI
Creek, George W 11 MI with Mary C and Jonas Brown
George’s parentage - father Germany; mother MI
Mary C Brown’s parentage father OH; mother NY
4. Loren E (2 May 1873, Camden Twp, Hillsdale Co, MI – aft 1905)
Father David Creek, b OH, rr engineer/Mother Maria E Creek, b NY
Born Camden, Hillsdale Co, MI on 2 May 1873
(Hillsdale Co, MI Births, V2 p197)
Married 30 Dec 1905 Lena Turner in Gratiot Co, MI; his parents listed as David Krick and Mina Rowse; he’s a farmer, born in Hillsdale Co, MI; he’s 32/she’s 29
5. Calvin Eugene (29 July 1875, Camden Twp, Hillsdale Co, MI – 10 Nov 1889, Camden Twp, Hillsdale Co, MI)
Father David Creek b PA/Mother Maria E Creek
Born Camden, Hillsdale Co, MI on 29 July 1875
1880 Woodbridge, Hillsdale Co, MI
Creek, Eugene O 4 MI with Samuel and Mary Dickinson – he’s listed as son
Mary Dickinson is listed as 38 PA-PA-PA
Eugenia Crick, male child of David and Nina E Crick died in Camden, Hillsdale Co, MI on 10 Nov 1889 at 14Y 2M 12D
Buried West Woodbridge Cemetery, Hillsdale Co, MI