thanks phillip is phillip the oldest ancestor and starting point of your Creal family line??? I first visited the Creal gen forum after visiting the daughters of the america revolution geneaological library in washington DC 10nov2000. At the libray i learned a bit about spelling variations on family names. i was all hyped up and excited about researching again. i'd just made $16.00 worth of photocopies at the DAR library, i am still giddy and sorting info. this reason for my question was: while reading at the library i read there were apparently 3 creel/creal/crail brothers that came to the uninted states abt 1650-70. my dad (b1915) died over 25yrs ago while I was a child had relayed family tradition that I remember. My dad told me that there were two brothers that traveled together. this intrigued me greatly. were the brothersindentured or free? why can I only find information on one john creele starting with a 1693 land purchase of 60acres?
I was fishing, wanting to hear if your line had a similar tradition and tring to determine if our lines merge. I have heard several stories on the spelling variations: there was a fight between brothers and a resulting change of name spelling, or just the usual cencus takers spelling a name however fancy struck them or phonetically even if wrong family spelling.
I got the info on your ancestor probally from YOU off this message board, I am tring to tie your phillip to my chart that goes back to 1650. and he is the oldest Creal on this message board.
your grandmother was "TOO COOL" doing geneaology research 70years ago was very progressive and lucky for you! you must have many first hand accounts and stories that are lost to most of us.