By DANZA JOHNSON
TUPELO – For the first time in more than 30 years, the Creilly family had a good old-fashioned family reunion at the place where their roots began – Mt. Vernon Road.
Carl Myatt of North Carolina helped organize the family reunion as a way to get to see some of his family members that he hadn’t seen in years. Myatt’s mother Lucille was one of eight Creilly siblings who lived on Mt. Vernon road and raised 26 children between them.
One unique thing about the Creilly family and the road they were raised on is that they have family ties to U.S. President George Washington, according to Myatt. In fact, Mt. Vernon Road is named after Washington’s home.
“Our great-great-grandfather Robert Creilly came from Ireland and married Mildred Ann Dandridge who was cousin to George Washington’s wife Martha,” said Myatt. “And this road was named after Washington’s home. So our family history here runs deep.”
Over the years all the Creilly offspring have moved off, but Myatt said Mt. Vernon Road will always be home.
“All of us cousins are the second generation of the Creilly bloodline,” said Myatt. “We don’t see each other nearly enough and we barely get to talk. So we decided that coming home for a family reunion would be a great way to get to see one another again. We’ve had several cousins to die recently, so we felt this was important to spend time with one another while we are still here.”
DANZA JOHNSON / NEMS Daily Journal