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As can be seen, the Spurgeon surname only occurred 6 times and in only 4 states in re-


lationship to the head of a family appearing in the census. Of course, we know that the census enumerators missed some of our adult Spurgeons, but the lack of frequency of the surname in all 12 states is striking. The surname was listed under the spellings of Spurgeon, Spurgen, and Spurgin. In the 1776 State Census (though not in the Federal Census) for New Hampshire another spelling for one head of a family, a William Spriggens, is found (one of the common spellings, or mis-spellings of the name in other places). In the 1790 Census a Samuel and a Yecael are found living in proximity to each other in Bedford County, Pennsylvania; a William Spurgin is found in Virginia (the brother of John Spurgeon and son of immigrant James Spurgeon); a Jean and a William Spurgin are found in North Carolina; and an Elizabeth Spurgeon is listed in South Carolina.123


above Yecael Spurgeon (also spelled Yscael), when spelled out, particularly the latter spelling, is pronounced EE-seek-ale. Robert Scott also notes that the above William Spurgeon went to Kentucky before 1790. While he is listed in the 1790 census for Virginia, one has to remember that this census is comprised of two sets of tax lists, one for 1784 and one for 1785. In some cases, areas are listed for both years so a person can be on both lists. William’s family reached Bourbon County, Kentucky by 24 November 1784 when his son Samuel was married.124


James’ son, John became a landowner on 29 October 1753 when he purchased 46 acres called, “Father’s Good Will” in Frederick County, Maryland,125 James.126


which he sold with his father 1756 when it appears in the Frederick County Debt Books.127


This land “Father’s Good Will” is recorded under John Spurgeon’s ownership in 1775- This area was a wilderness at that


time, the first settlements occurring in the southern part of the county in 1732, when English


123William and Jean Spurgeon are found in proximity to each other in the Salisbury District, Rowan County, North Carolina, he listed 2/1/6 and she 1/2/3 in their households; Yecael and Samuel are listed in proximity with 1/4/3 and 1/5/6 respectively listed in their households [Head of family & 16 and up; males under 16; and free white females all ages]; Elizh. Spurgen is listed 1/3/2 and 2 slaves in the 96th District, Spartanburgh County, South Carolina. 124Thanks to Robert W. Scott, Lake Hiawatha, NJ, for this insight. 125“State of Maryland Index to Patents, Frederick County,” Liber Y. & S. #6 Folio 261; certificate in name of Joseph Chaplin, Liber G.G. #1, Folio 31. 126“State of Maryland, Hall of Records,” op. cit. #782139, pp. 467-68. 127“Western Maryland Genealogy,” Vol. 8, No. 2, April 1992, p. 81.


© 1993 Spurgeon Family History by Dr. Gary Alan Dickey, 1546 Devonshire Avenue, Westlake Village, CA 91361 • p. 36


A Spurgeon cousin, Robert W. Scott, notes that the


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