CHARLES CREESE, farmer; P.O. Tallula, was born in Capt May Co., N.J. Oct. 7, 1812, where he was raised and schooled. He spent some fifteen years of his early life at sea, coasting in transient trade a number of years. In 1837, his father bought a vessel (Fame) and he was made captain; this he sailed some two years. In 1839, his father built the vessel Glide, which he sailed some five years. The latter boat was a 175-ton vessel. He sailed the M. Marey for a time. He abandoned the life of a sailor, and came to Illinois in 1849, with his family, settling where he now resides. He has a fine farm of 240 acres. His wife was Jecoliah Cresse, of his native county. They were married in November 1840. She died in July 1875, leaving a family of five - Philip, Judith, Margaret, Anthony and Charles M.