Since the surname is somewhat unusual, it is intriguing to find a Thomas Credille in the same neighborhood as William Credille in the early records of Georgia.
Thomas Credille apparently arrived in Georgia first. On 3 April 1787 Thomas “Cridille” received a warrant from the Washington County court to lay out 200 acres “in lieu of part of an old warrant in the name of Stephen Parker.” 1 A few months later, In August 1787, “Thomas Credille” of Greene County, Georgia bought 200 acres on the waters of South Ogeechee from James Alford.23 Thomas Credille then appears (along with his neighbor James Alford) in Capt. Cain’s tax district of Greene County, Georgia in 1788 and 1789 with 200 acres of land and a single white poll. In both cases the name was written as “Credille”.
In late 1793 Hancock County was formed from the southern part of Greene and Thomas Credille subsequently appears on the extant tax rolls of Hancock County. In 1794 Thomas “Credle” was taxed in Whitfield’s district with the 200 acres purchased from Alford plus 200 acres located in Washington County. Coincidentally, our William “Criddle” was also taxed in Hancock County, in Eiland’s district, with a single poll and no real estate. 4 In 1796 Thomas Credille was taxed on the same 200 acres adjacent to James Alford, again with a single poll and no slaves, but by 1796 William Credille was being taxed in Greene County.