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Christian County Illinois

Named after Christian County in Kentucky through the influence of emigrants from that county.

Established February 15, 1839 as Dane County (Laws, 1839, p. 104). Name changed to Christian County in 1840.

Portrait and biographical record of Christian County, Illinois : containing biographical sketches of prominent and   representative citizens, together with biographies of all the Governors of the state, and of the Presidents of the United States.  Chicago, Ill. : Lake City Pub. Co., 1893.  Transcribed and annotated by Judy Rosella Edwards, 2007.
JOSEPH C. CREIGHTON is an able member of the legal profession of Taylorville. Christian County has many lawyers of wide reputation some, men of years and experience, and others comparatively young in practice. Among the latter class is our subject, but skill and ability have won him a reputation which may well be envied by many an older practitioner.

Mr. Creighton is descended from Southern families, and on his father's side traces his ancestry back to Scotland, although his progenitors lived for two or three generations in Ireland prior to coming to this country, and one branch of the family remained in the Emerald Isle, where many of the descendants are still to be found. The great-grandfather, John Creighton, reared eight sons, six of whom, with most of their descendants, remained in the Southern States, the others being scattered in the North and West.

The family in Scotland,  Ireland, England and America has contributed largely to the clerical profession, and has also furnished many distinguished physicians and lawyers. The grandfather of our subject, Joseph Creighton, was born in South Carolina, and came to the Territory of Illinois about 1868, locating in what is now White County. The maternal grandfather, John Crews, was a native of Virginia, and came to Illinois in 1817, locating in what is now Wayne County. Both grandfathers were farmers and Methodist preachers.

The father of our subject, John M. Creighton, was born in White County, Ill., in 1821, and wedded Mary Ann Crews, who was born in Wayne County, in 1827. They had eight sons and one daughter, namely: James A., Judge of the Circuit Court of Springfield, Ill.; Jacob R., now an attorney of Fairfield, Ill., who has been twice elected as State's Attorney and was candidate for Attorney-General on the Democratic State ticket; Charles E., a Methodist minister, now deceased; Joseph C., of this sketch; Martha E., wife of Dr. W. S. Borah, of Baldwin, La.; Walter, who died in infancy; Milton M., an attorney of Litchfield, Ill.; and John M. and Thomas F., both of whom are living on the home farm in Wayne County. The father of this family died in 1869, but the mother is still living on the old homestead, four miles east of Fairfield.

We now take up the personal history of Joseph C. Creighton, whose birth occurred in Wayne County on the 13th of January, 1855. He was reared to manhood under the parental roof, and remained in the county of his nativity until August, 1881, when he came to this county.

He fitted himself for his profession by reading law with his brother, Judge Creighton, of Springfield, Ill. He was admitted to the Bar in Taylorville, and here opened an office in 1881. Four years later the present firm of Ricks & Creighton was formed, and has since continued.

They have had a successful career, and Mr. Creighton has been honored with the following official positions: In 1882, he was elected City Attorney, and re-elected in 1884. The same year he was appointed Master in Chancery, was re-appointed in 1886, and filled the office until 1888. In that year he was elected State's Attorney for the county, was again chosen for the position in 1892, and is still creditably filling the office.

On the 17th of June, 1884, Mr. Creighton was united in marriage with Miss Cordelia B. Allen, an accomplished young lady of Taylorville. They occupy prominent positions in social circles and are highly esteemed by all.

They are people of literary tastes, and Mr. Creighton has in his library a very valuable, as well as rare, work on medical jurisprudence, which formerly was owned by Abraham Lincoln, and as such is cherished as an interesting relic.

The public and private life of our subject are alike above reproach, and the faithfulness and fidelity with which he has ever performed his official duties have won him the highest commendation of all concerned, whether of his political belief or not.



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