Nancy, a NAMES IN STONE user in Austin, Texas, recently mapped the Creedmoor Community Cemetery on the website, and was kind enough to share her story with the NAMES IN STONE News Room.
Nancy says, “It was fun trying out [the NAMES IN STONE] format. I am new at genealogy research and the cemetery that I added to the site was my first…”
When Nancy began doing genealogical research, she was pleased to find websites that gave lists of burials in cemeteries in order of placement or in alphabetical order. “That made it easier to find a name, except when it came to figuring out which inscription belonged with what family. I realized that was not the case for those researching a family [who didn’t have] the family history.”
Then Nancy found NAMES IN STONE. “The website is definitely a solution to the problem. It allows you to record exactly where a headstone is located, with additional information. It gives anyone searching an opportunity to see if any other headstones in the vicinity belong to that family.”
Nancy is very pleased with the capabilities of NAMES IN STONE and the results of the map she created. “The comparison of what can be done on Names in Stone and [on other websites] tells it all,” she says. The Creedmoor Cemetery map has nearly 50 burials, each with headstone photos taken by Nancy. She has also added details of family relationships—such as parents and spouses—that were available on the headstones.
Nancy found interesting community information in the cemetery, which led her to further research.
"The Creedmoor Community Cemetery is still being used—there are 41 headstones and the earliest date of burial is for William Hardin Aiton, Feb 25, 1896 (age 23 yrs 10 mos & 22 days) - more than likely the grandson of Thomas Aiton M.D. b. Sep 12, 1858 d. Feb 14, 1902. The name caught my attention; the following is all I could find on him:
Newspaper Date: April 8 1880
"__Dr. Thomas Aiton has removed to Creedmoor, Travis County, Texas where he requests his correspondents to address him hereafter. Alluding to the season down there in his letter he says: `Most too much rain for planting. Farmers very busy planting cotton. Corn looks well, wheat and oats fine, grass excellent. Herds of horses, mules and cattle moving north.'"
Pike County Democrat, April 8, 1880, Pike County Illinois
Spotlight on Creedmoor, Texas
Creedmoor is at the intersection of Farm Roads 1327 and 1625, fifteen miles southeast of Austin in southern Travis County. In the 1850’s, the site had general stores, a grocery, a meat market, a drugstore, a barbershop, a blacksmith shop, and an ice cream parlor, but the name Creedmoor did not appear until the establishment of the community’s post office in 1880.
Some sources say the town was originally called Willow Springs; others say it was first called Creekmoor, but was renamed Creedmoor by settlers who wanted the name to express their faith. Dr. Jacob T. Wilhite, once the country’s foremost authority on rabies and the founder and director of the Pasteur Institute at the Austin State Hospital, was born in Creedmoor. The town’s population grew from twenty in 1896 to 150 by 1915.
In 1921, a cyclone destroyed its four-room school and one of the local gins. The town suffered a drought in 1925. A 1946 map showed Creedmoor with a school, two churches, seven businesses, and more than thirty dwellings.
In the 1950's, it had two gins, and cotton was still a major local industry. Under threat of annexation by Austin in 1982, Creedmoor became the ninth community in Travis County to incorporate. In 1990, Creedmoor reported a population of 194, a store, a post office, and the San Francisco Catholic Church. The population in 2000 was 211, with three businesses.
Thank you, Nancy, for your contribution to NAMES IN STONE! Click here to see the map Nancy created of the Creedmoor Community Cemetery.