Just ran across your query of Jan 2010. I did extensive research on this case prior to the publication of my book "Noah Creech of Johnston County, North Carolina" in 2000. The actual death date was 15 Nov 1870 for Vine Allen Creech and his brother John Creech.This can be found in the deposition of Sarah Williams filed in Governor's Incoming Correspondence, 1-1-5, Box 57, Location 2740-13 (Folder November 20, 1868*) at the Dept. of Archives and History, Atlanta, GA.It was also reported at that time in the Central Georgian, Sandersville, Georgia (23 November 1870 issue) which can be found on microfilm from the Georgia Newspaper Project reproduced by the University of Georgia Libraries, Photographic Services, Athens, GA.
*Apparently, the erroneous 1868 date is coming from the misfiling of the 1870 paperwork in a folder marked November 1868.I have copies of the deposition and the newspaper article which I would be glad to share.Also, if you are related to this Creech family, please get in touch.