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Dr. William Davis Hill Creasey

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Dr. William Davis Hill Creasey. Both professionally and as an enterprising agriculturist, Dr. Creasey enjoys wide and extended, as well as favorable acquaintance throughout Perry County. Born in Sullivan County, East Tenn, November 20, 1824, he is the son of Pleasant Creasey and Eliza W. Hill, both natives of Amberst County, VA., the father's birth occurring in 1788, and the mother's in 1799. She died in 1887, and her husband in Perry County in 1864. There were sixteen children in the family, of whom six are now living. William, the second child, spent his youth in Sullivan County, East Tenn., there principally receiving his eduation. In 1841, with his parents, he removed to Terre Haute, Ind., where they resided ten years, during four years of which time William was engaged in hauling fruit to Chicago, and after that was in business with his father shipping produce to New Orleans. On November 1, 1849, he and his father-in-law, Russell R. McBath, started for Perry County, Ark, where they arrived December 18, 1849, and here the Doctor has since resided. His father, of French and English descent, and a shoemaker by trade, came two years later, bringing his supplies on a boat, and landing at Perryville March 21, 1851. He was one of the Virginia volunteers in the War of 1812, under Capt. Doll, stationed at Norfolk, VA. Young Creasey studied medicine under some of the best physicians in Terre Haute, and in 1885, at the request of his friends, he began practicing in Perry County, and soon became a leading physician, though he has not been in active practice for several years. In 1856 he was elected justice of the peace of Aplin Township, serving two terms, during which time he was associate justice with Judge Price. He has been surveyor of Perry County since 1868, with the exception of one term, and is now acting in that capacity. He took no part in the Rebellion, but sympathized with the Union cause. Dr. Creasey now has 981 acres, located on Fourche La Fave River, comprising first and second bottom lands; there are 294 acres, in the home farm, about 100 being under cultivation, on which are a fine orchard and good buildings. He has raised on this farm as high as forty-five bushels of wheat per acre, and clover and timothy in large quantities. He takes a great interest in the progress of the county and is a liberal supporter of all public enterprises. December 5, 1845 Dr. Creasey married Miss Rutillia McBath, a native of Tennessee, who died in Pulaski County, Ark June 26, 1865. She was the mother of five children, two of whom are living: Eliza (wife of Jacob Smyers) and William A. May 10, 1866 Dr. Creasey married Malinda (Price) Brandon, who was born in Sebastian County Ark, in 1839; they have two children living: Robert J. and William Edward. The doctor has been intimately associated with this county's affairs and is justly entitled to the prominent recognition accorded him.