Former slave, possibly more than 117 years old, remembered

An old veteran: A pioneer resident of the county was laid at rest

The funeral of George W. Creel, a member of one of the pioneer families of this section of the state whose death occurred on Sunday, at the age of 81 was held yesterday afternoon and attracted a large number of relatives and friends from the county and city, the services being conducted at the home of the family at Davisville by Rev. Mr. Metz.

Mr. Creel was a member of Jenkins Camp, Confederate Veterans and members of the camp acted as pallbearers at the funeral, these being Judge J.G. McCluer, James R. Mehen, J.E. Wigal, G.W. Hays, George Romine and John Dugan.

Among those who attended the funeral was Ned Peyton, colored, who owns a small farm on the Ohio side, whose age is 117 years, a former slave of the Creel family, who stated that he had come to attend the funeral of his “young master.” The records at the Creel home show that Peyton was brought here from Virginia by the Pioneer of the Creel family in this county in the year 1808, Peyton at that time was able to ride a horse and did ride with the remainder of the party when they came across the mountains from Virginia. Although liberated many years ago he has since invariably made a visit to the old Creel homestead once a year, generally making the trip afoot. While members of the Creel family believe he is 117 years of age, Peyton claims he is 121 years of age.

From the The Parkersburg Sentinel

June 3, 1914

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More memories of Mr. Peyton

Mary Fought Johnson, a member of another pioneer family of early Davisville, when writing memories of her youth, recalls the following about the former slave of the Creel family:

He loved fat pork side and when he came to visit Eric’s mother would always have fat pork, cooked greens and cornbread. Even on Sundays when she would have fried chicken and all the goodies, the old ex-slave preferred his fat pork side.

He loved bright neck ties and Opal says she remembers Eric telling how they would collect all the older bright ties and give to him when he came

He was a very good man, a real Christian and always gave thanks in prayer before he ate.

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Special correspondence

KANAWHA STATION, Jan. 1. – The holidays of 1888, like those of other years, have passed into history, and, while perhaps not different in their general tenor from their predecessors, yet one event connected with them will cause them to be much longer remembered by the citizens of Walker Station than is ordinarily the case. We refer to the nuptials of Miss Lizzie, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. T. Devaughan, and Mr. P.C. Barrett, Jr., of Murphy’s Mills, which occurred at the residence of the bride’s parents at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 27th. The bride wore a beautiful costume of blue plush. She wore no jewelry but pearls in her hair.

From the The Daily State Journal

January 9, 1889

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