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foreman of the first Frederick County Grand Jury in 1749, and whose brother, Joseph Chapline, in 1748 was appointed a Frederick County judge).141


John’s other brother Ezekiel fought in the


early border wars with the Maryland Army Group about 1758 and was paid £2 1/2 English for 30 days service.142


The old Spurgeon farm was located in the Middletown District, Frederick


County, Maryland. The above mentioned Peter Bainbridge who was in command of the Colonial War Militia unit in which James, Samuel, and William Spurgeon served, also lived in the Middletown District. As militia units were almost always conscripted from neighborhoods, we know that the Spurgeons had to be living in this area at this time. Though the amounts they were paid is shown in these muster rolls, it is highly likely that our Spurgeons did not receive their compensation until as late as 1767, a full ten years after their service.143


was an important early settler in the area of Sharpsburg, now Washington County. Rent rolls of the area provide additional Spurgeon information: “A list of persons who


stand charged with lands on Frederick county Rent Rolls which are under such circumstances as renders it out of the power of George Scott Farmer to Collect the Rents, and therefore claims allowance under his articles for the same ….”144


Spurgeon, lives and has part of his land in Pennsylvania; William Spurgeon, lives in Pa.”146 These delinquent land rents for Frederick


County in 1768-69 list “James Spurgeon, John Spurgeon, James Spurgeon, both him and land in Pa [additional land].”145


Frederick County Delinquent land rents for 1771-72 lists, “James It is


most probable that the above James is the immigrant James. By 1771 we find him in Pennsylvania territory, for we find John appearing in court proceedings of “The King vs. Joseph Kelly,” in 1771: “Felony - True Bill. The prisoner being arraigned pleads not guilty. And now a jury to wit: [appearing with 11 other jurors], and John Spurgeon upon their oaths do say that the said Kelly is not guilty of the felony whereof he stands indicted.”147


In 1772 in Colerain


Township, Bedford County, Pennsylvania he appears on the tax lists for land, improvements, and livestock.148


In the same year his name appears in a petition for a new road:


Upon the petition of divers inhabitants of the County of Bedford setting forth that your petitioners, with many other inhabitants of the said county, labour under great inconveniences for want of a road leading from the Town of Bedford to Abraham Miley’s mill, from thence to Neals Gap, and from thence to the Little Conallaway near to Mr. Powel’s at the Province line, and praying the Court to nominate and appoint men to view and examine the same as a public road in and through such convenient places as they shall think may be least to the damage or inconveniency


141Millard M. Rice, “This Was the Life,” op. cit., p. 38; see also Schildt, op. cit., p. 24. 142“Spurgeon’s Quarterly,” Issue #2, February 1985, p.43. 143Hienton, “Prince George’s Heritage,” op. cit., p. 168 shows that the General Assembly passed an act for payment for the companies of militia which had served at various times during the war, and which payments are recorded in the Ledger for 1767, Archives of Maryland, LIX, pp. 8, 19, 90, 184-5. 144F. Edward Wright, “Early Lists of Frederick Countians“, (Silver Spring, Maryland, 1986), Family Line Publications, p. 10. 145Ibid., p. 13. 146Ibid., p. 17. 147“St. Clair’s Bedford,” op. cit., Vol I, No. 2, September 1981, p. 7, Pennsylvania Quarter Sessions, Docket I, , p. 7, (1771). 148“Bedford County, Pennsylvania Tax Records, 1772 & 1773“, p. 74-6, (Quoted in “Spurgeon Quarterly” (Nov 1984), p. 3.


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