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of Catoctin Creek in the Middletown Valley, west of Catoctin Mountain. In the northern, less populated part of the valley, the creek was more often called Middle Creek.88


The 226 acres of “Trimbling” started at a bounded black oak on the north side of a branch On the land James


Spurgeon bought from Miles Foy, he paid an alienation fine by order of Benjamin Tasker, agent for the Lord Proprietor of Maryland. That property’s basic location in relationship to present day boundaries and towns in the Valley area of Frederick County is as follows (not to exact scale):89


N


W E S


Present Locust Valley


Spurgeon's Trimbling


Crampton Gap


Washington County


Branch of Broad Run


Burkittsville


The road from Monocacy to Antietam [also called Conegechiany or Israel Friends Road; also “The Road by Richard Touchstones”.]


Richard Touchstone's


Catoctin Creek Armoldtown


Braddock Heights


Middletown


I visited this area in June of 1988, and I stood at the place where Broad Run passed


through “Trimbling.” It is beautiful countryside with rolling hills and rich farmlands. The distances between points are not as great as it looks on the map and with modern roads is traversed quickly and easily. Traveling on modern highways in this area makes it difficult to realize that in 1750, Western Maryland was a wilderness and the western frontier of the country. I drove from “Trimbling” through Crampton Gap to Sharpsburg where the Spurgeons were located on both sides of the Potomac River in 1736.


In May 1749, James Spurgin, “planter,” for £5 loaned to John Barry, a carpenter, received a mortgage on Barry’s hogs in Frederick County.90


deed between John Israel to James Spurgin was made for corn, hogs, and household goods.91


November of 1749 he served as a juror for several cases presented by the Grand Jury through the Lord Proprietary. “The first petit jury impaneled was in the case of Lord Proprietary vs. William Roberts, on trial for felony, and were as follows: Robert De Butts, Joseph Doddridge, Moses Chapline (under whom the Spurgeons served in the French and Indian Wars), Herbert Wallace,


88From private correspondence dated 21 July 1988 with area historian, Dr. Calvin Schildknecht, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. 89Adapted from Dern & Tracey, op. cit. p. 223. 90“Frederick County, State of Maryland, Land Records,” Deed Book B, File# 401. 91“Spurgeon Quarterly,” Special Edition, January 1988, p 1.


© 1993 Spurgeon Family History by Dr. Gary Alan Dickey, 1546 Devonshire Avenue, Westlake Village, CA 91361 • p. 28


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