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Green Spurgeon’s daughter Hannah married a Mr. Ruble, and her daughter Cissia married Jonathan Trowbridge.


Apparently Wiley mixed up the two sisters names though the content of the story of John


Green’s death is the same. According to the grandson, a man named Surhaver married Mary Green, Sarah’s sister. That this is so is seen in the law suit of Levi Knotts, which names Joseph Friend and wife, (formally) Sarah Green, Joseph Friend and wife, (formally) Sarah Green, and Valentine Sowerhaber and wife, (formally) Mary Green.174


After returning, Sourhaver remained


at his wife’s mother’s place for a short time, sold their interest in the Green lands, and according to Wiley, returned to the Indians. It would seem that John Spurgeon agreed to purchase land from Sourhaver so he could leave. Apparently, Spurgeon wasn’t ready, or not able to pay him when due, and so Sourhaver went to court to receive his due. It seems there were bad feelings and somehow a case of trespass came up against Spurgeon as well, probably for being on land he had agreed to buy but now considered by Sourhaber not his because of non-payment and there- fore trespassing. The exact John Spurgeon, reasons, and final disposition of the case are not known, though things point to it being John Spurgeon the father, rather than the son, again for the reason that John Jr. at this time was in Allegany County, Maryland, not Monongalia County (West) Virginia.


A Mary Spurgeon, over 45 years of age, appears in the 1810 U.S. Monongalia County, (West) Virginia Census, with 1 male 10-16; 3 females 10-16; and 1 female 16-25.175


That this is


most likely Mary Green Spurgeon is because of the close proximity of her step children, James and Jno (John) and her step-grandsons, Jona. (Jonathan) and Jessee (sic).176


Mary Green Spurgeon was buried, along with her three husbands (her third husband being


John Spurgeon), in the old graveyard (now on the Morris Park Farm) near where Mr. Lewis was killed at Green’s Run (Monongalia County, (West) Virginia), during the Indian raid in 1788.177 This cemetery is off the Route 26 and #52 sideroad, NE of Kingwood. Preston County genealogist Janice Sisler wrote me concerning this cemetery, “I’ve passed (the cemetery I’m informed is the resting place of the Green family) almost all my life without knowing there was a cemetery at that spot … I haven’t been there but can give a vague description. It is located on a hill. There is no access road. There was once a fence around the small plot that seems to have a small tree in the center but the fence is gone and from a distance, there is no evidence of tombstones. I can guess that there might be three or four at the most. I have not so far seen anything that would lead me to believe that the early Greens had tombstones … It is likely that only fieldstones once marked the spots and that cows or men have altered the circumstances.”178 It is to be remembered that Preston County, where many of our ancestors lived, was derived from part of Monongalia County in 1818. In that year, the population of Preston County was about 3,000. A rough map showing the approximate location of Green’s Cemetery and the major roads near Kingwood follows (Morgan’s Run courses below the cemetery and Green’s Run above it):


174Ibid. 175“1810 U.S. Census for Monongalia County, Virginia,” FHL# M252, Roll 69, p. 434. 176Ibid. 177Wiley, op, cit., p. 225. 178Unpublished letter from Janice Cale Sisler, P.O. Box 113, Bruceton Mills, WV 26525, 20 April 1988.


© 1993 Spurgeon Family History by Dr. Gary Alan Dickey, 1546 Devonshire Avenue, Westlake Village, CA 91361 • p. 46


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