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On the same date, James also sold to another son, William, a 50-acre lot from the same property. His wife Susana signed the back of the deed releasing her interest.111


This tract was an


interesting and complicated one, the surveyor’s original plat map showing its odd shape, starting at a black walnut tree:


BlackWalnut


Spurgeon's Choice [300 acres]


Henry Hunt, described as land lying and being on the Main Branch of the Town Creek, Frederick County, Maryland.112


to William James 8 May 1783, described as land lying and being on the Main Branch of the Town Creek.113


James Spurgeon’s son James sold his portion of “Spurgeon’s Choice” on 3 June 1773 to James Spurgeon’s son, William, sold his portion of “Spurgeon’s Choice” This land ownership is very confusing due to the border boundary disputes


between Pennsylvania and Maryland over the Mason-Dixson line. This boundary line was not surveyed until 1763-67 and Maryland issued patents to land in what later became part of Pennsylvania. So, the above pieces of land known as “Spurgeon’s Choice” when purchased by James Spurgeon in 1763 and once described as being part of Frederick County, Maryland, when sold by his sons are described as being part of Town Creek in Colerain Township in Bedford County, Pennsylvania.


In 1771, the Quarter Sessions Records of Bedford County, Pennsylvania, tell us: “On the


petition of George Brent and others, setting forth the necessity of a road from Bedford to Little Tonnollaways near John Powells. Ordered that William Spurgeon [son of], James Spurgeon, John Perrin, John Friend Jr., Joseph Friend, and John Johnson do view the same and they or any four of them make return thereof to the next court agreeable to the Act of the Assembly in that case provided. Order issued.”114


The Cumberland County Tax List for 1768 shows James Spurgeon Sr. listed with 4 horses, 2 cows, 4 sheep, 50 acres warranted, and 11


111“Frederick County, Maryland Land Records,” Deed Book M, pp. 624-625. 112“Frederick County, Maryland Land Records,” Deed Book T, pp. 348-50. 113“State of Pennsylvania, Bedford County, Deed Books,” Book A, p. 492. 114“St. Clair’s Bedford, The History and Genealogy of Bedford County, Pennsylvania,” Vol. II, No. 1, (June 1982, Laughlinton), Southwest Pennsylvania Genealogical Services, p. 8, from the Bedford County, Pennsylvania Quarter Sessions, Docket 1, p. 6 (1771). 115The original tax lists were found in the West Virginia Regional History Collection, West Virginia University, A&M 701SC, by Dennis Rodgers, and published in the newsletter, “Go West Virginia: Hacker’s Creek Journal,” Vol IV, Issue I, October 1985, pp. 42-49.


© 1993 Spurgeon Family History by Dr. Gary Alan Dickey, 1546 Devonshire Avenue, Westlake Village, CA 91361 • p. 33


In the Colerain Township, Bedford County (created from


Cumberland County in 1771) tax list for 1768, James Sr., and his sons James Jr., and William Spurgeon are listed. In the tax lists for the years 1772 and 1774-6, James is listed with 50 acres of land, no livestock, a cabin, and 3 persons, “old.”115


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