The census was very kind to
genealogists in 1880. The census takers recorded the streets as they followed
their route. This made it possible to determine that John and Catherine lived
on North Pitt Street
not far from Queen Street,
probably, still in house number 55 (see details in the 1880 census page
including a map of the routes). Read
about how Alexandria
numbered the houses before and after 1888. I attempted to cross-compare the
names of their neighbors for the 1860, 1870 and 1880 census. None of the
neighbors were the same between each census and when I tried to find a number
of them, to see where they were, I could not find them in Alexandria anywhere. I guess folks moved a
Take a look at the 1880 census information; I’ve
included the streets and route.
Creegan’s at 55 North Pitt Street. As seen above, the
Creegan family was, almost certainly, living at 55 North Pitt Street at the time of the census. They
definitely were living at 55 N. Pitt in 1876-1877 according to the
Chataigne’s City Directory. And the entry in the 1880-1881 Chataigne’s Directory
lists John Creegan at “h e s Pitt 3 n Queen” which, translated means home east side of Pitt 3 doors north from
Queen. Three doors north from Queen on an 1891 Sanborn Fire
Insurance map is 309 North Pitt (If I am correct, 309 is the current number
for what was 55 North Pitt prior to 1888). 309 is one of the few remaining old
homes on that block. It is clear that they have not yet moved to 312 North Pitt Street
address, as it would be on the other side of the street. However, they probably
moved to 312 North Pitt before the end of the decade.
John was granted US Citizenship in Oct 1884.
We have 4 rent receipts between 1884 and 1887 from St.
Mary’s that tell us John and Catherine were living in housing most likely owned
by the Church.
Michael married Mary Ida Kinslow on
15 Apr 1885 in St. Peters Church,
Catherine Creegan (Michael and Ida)
and Catherine Reinhardt (Catherine and Julian), John and Catherine’s first
granddaughters, were born in 1886.
Granddaughter Ida Regina was born 10
Article in the Alexandria Gazette, 31 Jul 1888. Legal Brevities – Mr. John Cregan while
“breaking” flour in the stores of Messrs. J. T. and J. G. Beckham yesterday
evening was caught by a tier of barrels rolling on him and [was] quite badly
Article in the Alexandria Gazette, 3 Dec 1888. Painful accident – Mr. John Cregan, an old
and faithful cart driver, who has been in the employ of Messrs. J. T. and J. G.
Beckham for some time past, met with a serious accident on Saturday evening
last. As he was driving along the Strand between Duke and Prince Sts., someone threw a shovel of ashes in the street which
scared the horse and made him shy. In doing so the horse threw Mr. Cregan from
the cart and he fell between the cart and the breeching. This scared the horse
and he inflicted a severe kick on Mr. Cregan’s leg, breaking the bone above the
ankle. In the meantime, one of the cart wheels had run over Mr. Cregan’s other
foot painfully hurting his heel. Before the horse could be stopped and Mr.
Cregan extricated, the latter had been otherwise seriously hurt.
Nearby, on what is now the 200 block
of North Pitt (and certainly there in 1880), are four row houses built by Moses Hepburn on his own property. Born a slave in
1809 and freed seven years later, Hepburn overcame tremendous racial prejudices
and became a successful entrepreneur in Alexandria.
Can you tell I cut and pasted this?