Saturday, November 22, 2014

52 Ancestors #47: Frederick Douglas Creighton (1907-1976)

No Story Too Small has issued a New Year's Challenge: "Have one blog post each week devoted to a specific ancestor. It could be a story, a biography, a photograph, an outline of a research problem — anything that focuses on one ancestor.” 

This week's post is about my maternal grandfather Frederick Douglas Creighton who was born 29 May 1907 in  Halifax, Nova Scotia and died 19 October 1976 (in  Halifax).


Frederick Douglas Creighton's baptismal certificate

Frederick Douglas Creighton (1907-1976) was the son of Charles Creighton (1884-1911) and Effie Tomlin (1886-1947). His father was a stevedore (a person employed, or a contractor engaged, at a dock to load and unload cargo from ships.) Effie was the daughter of a coal dealer in Halifax.


Frederick's father Charles died on the 28th of December 1911 (from mitral regurgitation after twelve days in the hospital) when Fred was only four years old. At the time, the family was living at 18 Cornwallis St., Halifax.


William and Effie (Tomlin) Melhuish
(circa 1940)

Frederick's mother (Effie) later remarried (the 31st of October 1916 at St.George's Anglican church) William Melhuish and they had three children together: Arthur, Edith and Gladys.

The Family Tree: Tomlin/Creighton/Melhuish

When Frederick Doughlas Creighton was 22 years old, he married Dorothy Claire Moreland on the 15th of October at Trinity Church in Halifax Nova Scotia.(Trinity Church no longer exists. It was torn down about 5 years ago. It’s now a parking lot.)

Frederick's signature
Between 1930 and 1940 Frederick and Dorothy were raising their family of three boys and three girls in various locations in Halifax, Nova Scotia
In the early years, the family lived in Tuft's Cove and the voter's list for that period showed that Frederick was initially employed as a butcher and later as  an iron worker. Tufts Cove looked very different in the 1930s than it does today (it is now an energy Generating Station).
1935 Voters List

1940 Voters List
Undated photograph of Frederick with daughters
Undated photograph of
Frederick and Dorothy (Moreland) Creighton (and Dawn)
Undated photograph of
Frederick and Dorothy (Moreland) Creighton
Undated photograph of  Creighton children
Between 1945 and 1956 the family of Frederick and Dorothy moved and lived at 23 Chester Avenue. Frederick was employed as an iron worker.

1945 — Age: 38 Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
1945 Voters List

1949 — Age: 42 Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
1949 Voters List

1953 — Age: 46 Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

1953 Voters List
By 1956, Frederick's wife Dorothy (Moreland) Creighton 
left Halifax with their youngest daughter.
1956: Frederick with daughter (my mother) Dawn Maureen Creighton
1956: Frederick with son-in-law (my father) Ernest J. Moynahan
Frederick went though periods of unemployment and finding work in the shipyards and as a crane operator. Also at this time, Frederick underwent heart surgery and had a pacemaker implanted.
Frederick Creighton at his home in Halifax in the 1960s

1962 — Age: 55 Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
1962 Voters List
1963 — Age: 56 Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
1963 Voters List

1965 — Age: 58 Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
1965 Voters List

1972 — Age: 65 Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada 
1972 Voters List
Frederick Douglas Creighton dies on the 19th of October 1976

Halifax Homes


Created in loving memory of my mother Dawn Maureen (Creighton) Moynahan


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