Photo courtesy Helen Haley
|George Creed was born 27 May, 1829 on
the family farm at South Rawdon, in Hants County, Nova
Scotia. He worked as a farmer, storekeeper and eventually
Postmaster in South Rawdon. The Creed family had
emigrated from Faversham, England and his grandfather,
Richard Creed, was a clerk with the Royal Engineers and
had been involved in construction work at the Halifax
He travelled extensively in the Maritimes and was very interested in the Mi'kmaq. Reading of the discovery of strange etchings in the rocks along rivers and lakeshores in Queens County, in James More's History of Queens County, Creed travelled to see the petroglyphs in 1881. He returned to Kejimkujik and made his first tracings there and at McGowan Lake in 1887. The following year, assisted by his wife and two nephews, he was able to stay longer making tracings of several hundred petroglyphs.
In 1888, Creed deposited a set of his tracings in the office of the Provincial Secretary. They were transferred to the Provincial Museum of Nova Scotia in 1910. A second set was given by Creed to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC.
George Creed died in 1899 and was buried in the graveyard on his farm, "Clifford Farm", in South Rawdon. A detailed history of the Creed Family can be found here at Ruth Davison's Genealogy pages.