Friday, January 30, 2009

Creel Family Motto--I think I Dig It

So I was just aimlessly googling the name "Creel," which was my great grandmother's maiden name, and struck open a site that had the Creel family crest (still working on a picture), a little history (name first appeared in England after the Norman Conquest), and the family motto: Nil Morer Ictus." Translated (are you sitting down?) that means: I do not care for blows. Hell, me neither!

6 comments:

girlssentaway.com said...

That's funny! I did some digging in ancestry.com, which Ansley is a big fan of. I found a cousin who knew some info about my family.

Douglas said...

There is a reasonable chance you are related to the Creel family that first appears in 1680 Virginia with Charles Creel. If so, you are related to everybody. One group moved to Wood County VA, now Parkersburg, WV (my stepmother's home town). Some then went to KY or MO. The KY Creels spread far and wide. They include the Creels of Mexico (Google Henry Clay Creel). The MO Creels include George Creel of WWI media fame.

It is more likely you are related to the Creels that went to GA and then AL (my grandmother was a Creel from AL). Those Creels moved from AL, state by state, to eventually get to CA. It includes the Creels that were in 19th century New Orleans.

There are Creels in Ireland, Scotland, and England. I don't know how we are related, except that most, if not all the Creels that are in this country probably came by way of Ireland. Until you have more info, enjoy the story that is the most fun to tell. Don't worry about unimportant details. Feel free to follow that old Scots & Irish tradition of using what every version of a story gives the desired result for the time.

Elizabeth said...

Hi Douglas. Thanks for your post. Actually, the more info, the better. I'd love to trace the line....my vague understanding, from last time I checked this out, was that the family moved from Virginia on down. So that fits with Charles. Sounds like you've done a lot of the geneaology...do you have any of it online? I'm actually thinking about doing a book on some of this...

Anonymous said...

It was intresting to find that Creel's have a Night in their ancestry. My family (Father and Grand Father are from north Florida and Alabama). I live in Wisconsin. It's also intresting to see how prominant the Creel name is in Mexico.

Steven Creel

Randy said...

Hi--we stumbled across your blog, and having helped my father-in-law, Ivy Creel, write a little book on his family history, I could not resist chiming in. My husband's father grew up on a farm in Joyce, Louisiana, located approximately in the middle of the state. HIS grandfather was Thomas L. Creel, whose family migrated from the Meridian, MS, area. Thomas Creel and his wife, Sarah Francis, had four children: Thomas, Piedy, Ellen and Callile Frank, (PaPa's father), or Frank, as he was called by family and friends. Frank ended up in Joyce, LA, father of 12 kids! My precious father-in-law (Ivy) is now 92 and the patriarch of the family. I don't know if this resonates with anyone else's history but if it does, I'd love to hear it. PaPa seems to know very little about his roots. I'd love to tell him more before he leaves this life. Thanks for listening.

Sher said...

Hi - we stumbled across your blog and, having helped my father-in-law, Ivy Creel, write a little booklet on his family history, I just had to chime in. PaPa Creel, as we call him, grew up on a farm in Joyce, LA, (approximately in the middle of the state). His grandfather, Thomas L Creel, and his family migrated to LA from the Meridian, MS area. He and his wife, Sarah Frances, had four children: Thomas, Piedy, Ellen and Callile Frank, (PaPa's father), or Frank, as he was called by family and friends. Frank settled in Joyce, LA, the father of 12 children. PaPa Creel (Ivy) has lived his adult life in Baton Rouge, LA. At 92 yrs old and the patriarch of those 12 children, he seems to know very little about his roots. If any of these names resonate with anyone, I'd love to know.. I'd love to be able to fill in some blanks for him before he leaves this life. Thanks for listening.