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Spurgeon men were sons of the immigrant James Spurgeon Sr. This land was given to Ezekiel by his father’s will in 1784. To wit: “… I give and bequeath to my beloved son Ezekiel Spurgin 50 acres of Land Including where he lives aj. to my own place where I live also I give and be- queath to my beloved son Ezekiel Spurgin affornamed the old mention place of 50 acres where I live, he taking care of me and his Mother as formerly providing for us During our Naturall lives ….” The John Fluke survey locates the Spurgeon land between Warrior Ridge and Town Creek immediately to the east. It does not locate them vertically along Town Creek, but they resided extremely close to the Maryland border and probably in School District No. 4 as found in the old Bedford County Atlas.104


man named Iames. A cemetery located on this property has about 30 flat unmarked creek stones used as grave markers and may be the final resting place for James and Susanna Spurgeon as well as other Spurgeons.105


the remainder of it to one William Perdew. To wit:


This indenture made the 5th day of June 1804 between Ezekiel Spurgeon of the Township of Southampton, Bedford County ... and Catherain [sic] his wife ... 150 acres of land lying and being situated on both sides of Town Creek ... beginning at the lower end of the second Lott [sic] on the 7th line ... being a part of 300 acres of land granted unto James Spurgin Sr. by right of a patten [sic] bearing the date 26 July 1763 recorded Anapoles [sic] ... being a certain tract of land 100 acres willed to him by his father James Spurgeon Sr., the 24th of December 1784 and recorded 1 July 1790, and the other 50 acres consigned to him the said Ezekiel Spurgeon from James Collins, 7 October 1791.106


In the historical fiction novel about the underground railroad for slaves during the Civil


War, author David Bradley sets the climax of the book in an Iames family graveyard in Southhampton Township. Bradley writes, “… he had gotten word that a group of slaves was coming north and had connived to get a local merchant … to take a load of grain to Iiames’ Mill, on Town Creek, in Southampton Township, and to wait while it was ground, and haul it back, giving them an excuse not only to go into the South County but to stay there and wait for the slaves, and a place to meet them … Because with an hour’s lead and a storm to cover his trail, C.K. could get to Iiames’ Mill and take the slaves and lead them up over Tussey Mountain and into town and hide them.”107


An interesting insight into Town Creek is found in the Bedford County, Pennsylvania Archives:


Another event never noted by Bedford County or other historians is the Spergen settlement of a little colony of thirteen pioneers who came into Town Creek Valley, now Southampton Township, Bedford County, 1728. They were John Spergen, Thomas Prather, Richard Iames, Robert Fleetheart, George Painter,


104Ibid. 105Information received in 1988 from the material of the late Harriet Dom through the courtesy of her husband Paul, Cumberland, Maryland. 106“State of Pennsylvania, Bedford County, Deed Books,” Book F, p. 458. 107David Bradley, “The Chaneysville Incident,” (New York, 1981), Harper & Row, Publishers, pp. 395, 409.


© 1993 Spurgeon Family History by Dr. Gary Alan Dickey, 1546 Devonshire Avenue, Westlake Village, CA 91361 • p. 31 This land is mentioned again in 1804 when James’ son Ezekiel sold


William Spurgeon (James’ son) sold part of this property in 1783 to a


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