THE CRETIN FAMILY
CHAPTER 4 THE FIRST GENERATION

At this time, we have not been able to identify the immigrant. Based on the information that has been found I believe that there may have been at least three brothers; Robert, John and William CREIGHTON. 1. Robert CREIGHTON was a merchant who died in November 1767 in Dorchester County. In his will he mentions John CREIGHTON as his next of kin and executor of his estate. 2. William CREIGHTON died in Baltimore County on March 16, 1757. It is estimated that William was born sometime between 1720 and 1725. John CREIGHTON, John MURRA and Thomas ARCHER posted the administration bond. In his will William mentions his wife Mary and his sons William and John. It is assumed that William died quite young because his son William was only two at the time and in his will he left funds to each son for eight years of schooling. The children of William and Mary CREIGHTON were: 2.1 William CREIGHTON born May 25, 1755 in Baltimore County. 2.2 John CREIGHTON alive in 1757. Based on the fact that William was mentioned first in the will and it was common practice to name the first son after the father, it is assumed that John was probably born sometime between February, 1756 and March, 1757. 3. John CREIGTON was mentioned in the wills of Robert and William as a brother. It is estimated that John was born between 1715 and 1720. John CRAYTON was living in what was then Baltimore County when his son was born in 1746. John CRETIN and Patrick LINCH witnessed the will of Thomas Joyce on November 25, 1748 in Anne Arundel County. On June 29, 1752 John CRATON was included on a list of debtors in the will of Charles CHRISTIE in Baltimore County. A land conveyance was recorded in 1752 where John CREATON purchased 250 acres at Deer Creek from Thomas and Ann SHEA. The acreage was called "Uncle's Good Will". John CREBIN was listed as guardian of Richard Joyce in the will of Thomas JOYCE probated on August 14, 1753 in Anne Arundel County. In 1754 John is listed in the Baltimore County Debt Book for the land "Uncle's Good Will". On June 18, 1756 John CRAYTON posted an administration bond for Robert Greenwell. On November 29, 1756 John CRETIN was brought to Annapolis to make a deposition after being accused of treason for siding with the French. Accused at the same time were Father Bennett NEALE, Ignatius WHEELER and Thomas SHEA, all Catholics living in the Deer Creek area of Baltimore County, an area that was later made part of Harford County. All of these surnames are seen often in documents relating to the history of Harford County. In that deposition John CRETIN stated that he had been living in the Deer Creek area for about four years and that he was a Roman Catholic. It was soon discovered that the accusations were false and all of the accused were sent home. On September 10, 1757 John CRATON posed an administration bond for Timothy McCANN in Baltimore County. In his will, Timothy appointed John CRETON as executor and guardian of this grandchildren Patrick and Ann McCANN, children of his son Daniel. In November, 1759 a John Cretin was named as the father of Ann Cretin's (no relation) illegitimate child. John CRETIN witnessed the will of Joseph GATES on December 9, 1762 in Baltimore County. He also witnessed the will of Edward Flannagan on May 1, 1765 in Baltimore County. John CRATON and Arthur CASKREY were sureties for the will of Charles FLANAGAN on July 18, 1768 in Baltimore County. John CRETIN signed the Joppa Petition in 1768 that dealt with the attempt to move the county seat from Joppa. John CRETIN's account with Dr. John ARCHER for 1772 to 1775 included treatment for a Negro Henry on December 20, 1773 and on July 20, 1775, treatment for Elizabeth HARDY (listed as daughter of John CRETIN). John was treated by Dr. Archer on June 14, 1775. Philip ? was treated by Dr. Archer at John CRETIN's home on July, 6, 1775. In John CREITON's account with Dr. John ARCHER for 1780 to 1783, a tooth extraction for Nancy FLANNIGAN is listed on November 19, 1781. John was treated in September 1783, John CRATON was a taxable in Spesutia in 1774 with son James and Negroes Rachel, Jim and Tom. John CREATIN was taxable in Spesutia in 1776 with sons James and John and Negroes Jo, Jym, Rachel and Bess. John CREATIN, Sr. was over 18 in Spesutia in 1778. John CREATON made a conveyance to Patrick CREATON in 1779. John CREATON was listed as a landowner in Spesutia in 1783 on "Uncle's Goodwill" with two white inhabitants. John married Martha LYNCH sometime before November, 1746 since the record of their son's birth states John and his wife Martha. Martha's maiden name was discovered through the will of her father Patrick LYNCH who died in 1766 in Baltimore County. Patrick LYNCH married Martha BOWEN in 1722. Martha LYNCH was born January 28, 1725 in Baltimore County. John and Martha had the following children: 3.1 Patrick CRETIN born November 14, 1746 in what was then Baltimore County. His birth was recorded in the register of St. George's Parish (Episcopal). At that time the Episcopal Church was the Established Church of Maryland and responsible for collecting taxes and recording births, marriages and deaths. 3.2 John CRATIN was born in 1752 in Baltimore County. 3.3 James CRETIN was born about 1753 in Baltimore County. 3.4 Sarah CREIGHTON was born about 1755 in Baltimore County. Martha died sometime before 1783 and I believe that it was probably closer to 1759. On December 4, 1783 John married Elizabeth Hood or Flood. I have found it recorded both ways. John died before March 22, 1784 when his will was probated in Harford County. His will was dated November 10, 1783. This will left the dwelling plantation to son John. It also mentions sons James and Patrick and grand daughter Bettsey CASKREY and left a cow to Miles McGOUGH. Dr. John ARCHER and Ignatius WHEELER were named as executors. The will was witnessed by Edward FLANAGAN, Bernet RYELY and Francis COSKERY. On May 1, 1784, Elizabeth CRETIN renounced the will. Apparently at the time of his death, John CRETIN owned 12 slaves which were distributed on January 16, 1786 as follows: Elizabeth, the widow - Rachel, Jim, Jo, and Mary Patrick - Nat and Jim James - George and Bett John - Tom and Jude Elizabeth McSHERRY - Harry In June 1789 the court appointed Captain Bennett MATHEWS and Dr. John ARCHER to settle the dispute between the widow and Patrick CREITON. In August 1789 the court issued citations to James CRETIN to answer complaint of Elizabeth CRETIN and ordered John CREIGHTON's estate to pay Elizabeth Ann HARDY (otherwise Elizabeth Ann McSHERRY) her part of the estate with interest from the time she arrived at age 16. A final resolution was made August 20, 1792 in which all parties acknowledged receipt of their portions of the estate. Who is this Elizabeth Ann HARDY? In Dr. ARCHER's records she is listed as the daughter of John CRETIN (1775). Is it possible that she is John's illegitimate child who was born to Ann CRETIN in 1759? According to the court records we know that she came to live in the household at the age of 16. It is assumed that she was married by 1786 when she is listed as Elizabeth McSHERRY. The other mystery is the parentage of John's grand daughter Bettsey CASKREY. It is my belief that John had another daughter who married into the COSKREY (CASKREY) family, perhaps to Francis COSKERY who witnessed John's will and that this daughter died before John. Also on file at the Harford County Archives is a Promissory Note initiated by William SMITHSON on May 20, 1783 in which he promises to pay to John CRETIN the sum of 25 pounds 15 shillings with legal interest from that date until paid. The note was witnessed by Edward ROBINSON. On the back of the note payments are annotated. On March 27, 1787, Elizabeth CRETEN received twelve pounds from William SMITHSON. On May 24, 1787, payment of three pounds, one shilling and four pence is recorded by Benedict HARDY. The final notation assigns all rights to the remaining debt to Dr. John ARCHER in settlement of the accounts of John CRETIN now deceased and signed by Elizabeth CRETEN.
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