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of me and his Mother as formerly providing for us During our Naturall lives, also I give and bequeath unto my beloved Son Ezekiel Spurgin a feather Bed and the cloathe belonging to it, also I give and bequeath unto my Dutiful and beloved daughter Ann Spurgin a feather Bed and the cloathes belonging to it, and what futter I have to be equally Divided betwixt my beloved Daughter Ann Spurgin and my beloved daughter—Mary Spurgin, I also give and bequeathed to her the box iron and heater and looking Glass and her Mothers New Spining wheel ... I also give unto my beloved sons James and William Spurgin ... and my daughters ... Elizabeth .... Rebecca ... and Lydia ... each one Shilling Sterling ... and ordain my beloved sons Samuel and Eziekiel Spurgin with my Trusty friend George Elder to be my only and sole Executors of this my last will and testament …. Signed by James Spurgeon (his sign IS); John Perrin, and William (his X mark) Iiames.121


James Spurgeon, yeoman, died circa 1790 probably in Colerain Township, Bedford


County, Pennsylvania , as this was where the above will was signed and was proved on 1 July 1790 (though not being recorded until 1956!). His death before this time explains why his name does not appear in the 1790 U.S. Census for Pennsylvania. Items included in his estate inventory: 1 black mare and 1 Roan horse; 1 little sorrel horse; 3 cows, 3 calves, and 1 heffer with bell and collar; 6 small sheep; 2 wedges and maul rings, two axes and ads and Howel; 1 hand saw, 1 hackel, 1 pair of stilyards; 2 old syths and 1 ring and old iron lumber; 2 old reeds, 3 riddles, 1 fluke and coulter; 1 old plough share and coulter and bolts; 1 saddle and bridle and wareing apparel; 2 spoon moulds and 1 kittle and bails, 1 pot and bails (pail?); 2 puter and 9 tin cups and 1 coffee pot; 2 earthin ware and 2 gimblets, 7 trenchers, 2 bouls, 2 plattrs, 3 bottles; 2 old raisers and 1 old horse flames; 1 padlock and candlestick, 1 earthen jugg; 2 shew leather and 1 old chest and 1 lookin glass; 3 old feather beds and 2 chaff beds and furniture; 1 old pair of shoes and stockens and old iron; 4 old barrels, 1 powdering tub, 1 washing tub, 2 cegg; 1 cowhide, 1 box iron, a women saddle. Amounting to £46.71.0 (amount obscured). Signed by John Perrin, William (his X mark) Jiams (Iiams).122


It was this Iiams to whom William Spurgeon (James’


son) sold his property in 1783 in Bedford County. In 1790, the first of the decennial U.S. censuses was started. It is interesting to see in the


12 states that conducted the census in that year where the Spurgeon surname appeared and its frequency. The following chart shows that distribution:


121“Bedford County, Pennsylvania Will Book,” Book 22, p. 122. 122“Spurgeon Quarterly,” Issue 16, November 1988, p. 395f.


© 1993 Spurgeon Family History by Dr. Gary Alan Dickey, 1546 Devonshire Avenue, Westlake Village, CA 91361 • p. 35


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