CREIGHTON FAMILIES of Mason,
with additional information on related families
SEE AUTOGRAPHS FROM SOME OF THESE CREIGHTONS ON THIS PAGE.
JOSEPH CREIGHTON and EUNICE JEFTS
was born sometime before
1800, although no record of his birth has been found.
Mason Town Records, pages 268 - 269, 328 and 333: Reference to Sally Creighton, William Creighton and Joseph Creighton: "Conditions which the selectmen made for the poor for 1826: Whoever bids them of are to provide for them in sickness and health. In health suitable food drink lodging and house room firewood and clothing their clothing at the end of the term for which they undertake to maintain them is to be equal to what it was when they receive them. In Case of sickness they are to have proper nursing and suitable necessary clothing and medicine in addition to what they are to have in health. In case of death the town will bury them they are to recieve pay no longer than they keep them. The children to have all the schooling the district affords when they are bid off."
Joseph may have died soon after 1822 and Eunice had a child in 1829, named Amasa ELLIOTT. Amasa's father is unknown at this time, but he may have been William ELLIOTT? She married 2ndly to Abraham SHATTUCK probably about 1833 or 1834, perhaps in Washington, NH. Abraham SHATTUCK was much older than Eunice, having been born in 1759. He was a Revolutionary War Soldier. The following excerpt was found among Abraham's Revolutionary War Papers:
Military Records of Abraham Shattuck: "I, Eunice Elliot, wife of William Elliot and formerly widow of Abraham Shattuck, a soldier of the war of the Revolution and at the time of his death a Pensioner of the United States, do hereby relinquish all claim which I might have had to Bounty land under the law of March 3rd 1855 at the widow of the said Abraham Shattuck and request that the sume may be granted to America Shattuck and Sophronia A. Shattuck who were miner children of the said Abrahma on the third day of March 1855. They haveing applied with my consent for the a fore said Bounty land." 
Abraham and Eunice
had three children:
SHATTUCK died on 10 March 1841 in Washington, NH, at the age
of 81, Eunice married William
They were married on 24 Oct 1841 in Bellows Falls, Windham
Co., Vermont.  In the 1860 census he was listed
with Eunice as a farm laborer, age 71. He died some time
after 1860. Eunice died 11 Nov 1870 in Mason, NH at the age
of 71. [This William was apparently not the father of
Amasa Elliott .... next friend
Additons and corrections are gratefully accepted for these CREIGHTON families.
Child #1 of Joseph CREIGHTON and Eunice JEFTS: William Alexander Creighton
William Alexander Creighton was born in Mason on 28 March 1812. When William was 14, the Town Selectmen put William, his sister, and brother up for adoption to the town's folk. Apparently, his father Joseph had disappeared or died. His mother seems to have moved up to Washington, NH. William was in the town records for 1826-1828 as a "farmed out" child. See quote above.
In 1840, when William was 28, he married Sara Ann BARRETT, the daughter of Levi BARRETT and Sally BALDWIN. Sara was born about 1821 in Washington, NH. The family was very poor, as were many families in Mason. William was a farmer and also did odd jobs around town, such as road work. He bought land in Mason from Alvah P. BARRETT who may have been related to his wife.
William and his wife had 10 children. The first child
died the first year in 1841. their fourth child, Alvah, died
of measels in Boston within a few months of joining the 13th
NH Infantry. In 1865 Sarah filed for a pension as the mother
of Alvah. And in 1878, William applied for a pension for the
same reason. It was stated in the pension papers that he was
elderly and quite ill. He died on the 13th of Feb. 1889 at
the age of 70y 10m 13d in Mason. He is buried in the Old
Pratt Cemetery. Sarah his wife died in Dec 1877. William's
probate records lists 5 of his children. His son, George was
appointed as exceutor of the property.
NINE CHILDREN OF WILLIAM CREIGHTON & SARA ANN BARRETT: [See sources below]
#1 Child born 1841 died 1841, perhaps at 15 days old  
#2 George L.
born 30 Aug 1842 in Mason. When he was 21 he married
Martha M. HOLDEN
in Townsend, MA on the 28 Aug. 1864. Martha was the daughter
of Abner Holden and Rachel -?-. George was a farmer and
worked in a granite quary. He was a soldier in the Civil
War, although records still need to be found. His date of
death is unknown except it was probably before
1922. [10, 135,
#3 Joseph Chester CREIGHTON   was born 7 Sept 1844 in Mason, NH. He married about 1870 to Clara M. LEE.   He lived in Mason for 24 years before his death on March 2, 1904 in Mason. He is buried in Pratt Cemetery. He is mentioned in various Mason Town Reports as worked on the roads.
They had 5 children:
#4 Alvah B.
   was
born 25 Nov 1847 in Mason, NH. On 2/3/64 he mustered into
Unassigned NH 13th Infantry; He died of disease on 13 April
1864. His tombstone can be viewed at:
#5 Sarah E. CREIGHTON     was born 3 June 1850 in Mason, NH. She died 2 April 1928 in Mason and is buried in Pratt Cemetery. She had a child, Finis Francis, perhaps by a Charles L. WRIGHT, although no marriage record has been found. She married Michael McCabe  on 2 Nov 1868, probably in Mason, NH. Michael was from Ireland. Michael may have died.  They had a child born before 1870, but it probably died young, after 1872. Sarah married secondly to Charles H. Hartwell, on 16 Sept. 1872 in Mason. Charles was born ca 1851 in Nelson, Cheshire Co., Mass. He was a stone cutter.  Charles died before 1900. 
#6 Finis D. CREIGHTON,
was born 12 Jun 1853 in
Mason, NH. and died 31 Oct. 1863. Died age 10yr 5mo 15d;
died of a fever [10, 164,
#7 Willis W. CREIGHTON was born in Mason on 2 Sept 1856 and died in Goffstown, NH on 5 July 1937 at age 80. He apparently never married. [12, 164, 167]
#8 Clinton McCellan
CREIGHTON  
 was born 8 Nov 1862 in Mason. He died of
pnumonia on 16 June 1902 at the age of 39. He was a laborer
and worked as a quarryman. He married
Alice May LEE on
9 Sept. 1882, Townsend, MA.
Children: (Some of these children may be the same. At
times they went by middle names or nicknames and other times
they went by first names in the various censuses and other
records. This has made it difficult to identify them
#9 William H. CREIGHTON   was born 1 Aug 1866 in Mason, NH. He is buried in Pratt Cemetery although the date is unknown. May have lived in Lynn, Mass.?
Child #2 of Joseph CREIGHTON and Eunice JEFTS
Child #3 of Joseph CREIGHTON and Eunice JEFTS: Sally (or Sarah) CREIGHTON
Sally (or Sarah)
......1. Louisa AUSTIN (1843- ?)
Child #4 of Joseph CREIGHTON and Eunice JEFTS: Joseph P. CREIGHTON
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