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James Creedy

(1811/18 - 1914?)

James Creedy is believed to have been born in Bridgwater between 1811 and 1818.

The 1851 census shows James Creedy as 33 years old and living at Bakers Court, Eastover, Bridgwater; he was working as a labourer. Also in the property is 31 year old Elizabeth Creedy from Castle Cary (presumably his wife), eight year old Elizabeth and six year old Emma.

At the time of the 1871 census James was living with his wife, daughter and her family at 15 Polden Street Bridgwater. He was recorded as a 55 year old labourer.

The 1881 census shows James Creedy as 67 years old and a widow, living at 20 Bristol Road, Bridgwater. His occupation is shown as potato dealer and his birthplace stated as Bridgwater.

At the time of the 1891 census James is recorded as 80 years old and living at 16 Bristol road, Bridgwater with his daughter Elizabeth [now Dibble] and her family. James is identified as a greengrocer.

The records of Bridgwater Infirmary show that a James Creedy was admitted on 23 June 1892 for a "contused shoulder" following an accident. He was discharged as "cured" on 11 July 1892. His surgeon was a Mr Routh

The 1901 census places James at 84 Bristol Road, Bridgwater and shows his age as 90. Also in the house was his daughter Emma, now a Emma Gilling, but still shown as Creedy, and granddaughters Emma and Alice also shown incorrectly as Creedy. His son in law Richard Gilling was away at sea.

Family stories have suggested that James was a big rugby fan and that as a celebration of his 100th birthday, he attended the Wales vs England game in Cardiff and was allowed to "kick off". Although the family always believed that James lived to be 103, based on the above differing ages, it is possible that he never actually reached his real 100th.