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from Valetine Sowerhaber and Mary his wife to John Spurgin for 60 acres and three tenths of an acre of land was produced in open court acknowledged and ordered to be recorded.”180


On 10 August 1801, we can still assume John Spurgeon was alive because of the suit


brought against him concerning a land border title controversy: “Summons to Andrew Johnston and his wife Elizabeth, John Spurgeon and Mary his wife, Joseph Friend and Sarah his wife, Valentine Sowerhaber and Mary his wife, and Lydia Spurgeon, daughter of John Spurgeon summoned to answer a Bill in chancery exhibited against them by Levi Knotts, 28 April 1800. Levi Knotts said he owned 200 acres on both sides of Buffalo Run adjoining lands claimed by John Spurgeon and his wife Mary, formerly Mary Green, Joseph Friend and his wife formerly Sarah Green, Valentine Sowerhaber and his wife formerly Mary Green, Andrew Johnston and his wife formerly Elizabeth Green, and Lydia Spurgeon. He said his land cornered at a white oak, a corner of the original survey of which the above named being a corner between them. He said Willdee Taylor was the chainbearer when the land was surveyed and could prove the white oak was the corner. He prayed the court to hear the dispositions of Taylor so that his testimony may be preserved and perpetuated in case Taylor died or moved away because without this evidence he feared the defendants would bring suit and he would be turned out of possession of his land, 10 August 1801. [the reverse says: Executed on John Spurgin and wife and daughter, Johnston and wife by me, E. Hawton D.[istrict] S.[heriff]. ? Friend and wife, Sowenhaver and wife, not inhabitants of this Commonwealth.”181


The Friends and Spurgeons were closely related through the years. The families were


nearby inhabitants when in Frederick County, Maryland. About this relationship is found, “It seems Charles, Old John’s brother, was gone from Maryland by 1791, for that year the James Spurgins, and their nephew, Meschach Browning, then a boy of ten, came as occupants to the lately vacated Buffalo Marsh cabin. ‘An excellent log cabin’ they found, ‘with a fine potato patch and garden’; and nobody objected to their claiming the premises as their own. Since Nicholas Friend died here during the Friends’ occupation of the cabin, and since Nicholas has been looked back upon as a centenarian, he must have lived to within a few years of 1791.”182


Also, a further lawsuit was filed against John Spurgeon in that year of 1801. To wit:


“Valentine Sowerhaber [or Sauerhauer] states that in May 1800 John Spurgeon was justly indebted to Sowerhaber in the amount of 80 dollars [probably the above 60 acres of property] and he did promise to pay this sum but hath not paid and when asked to do so hath refused and still doth refuse to pay.”183


) alive by the following law Warrant for arrest marked, “Not found.” In November 1801, a Court


Order was filed requiring him to pay the debt. 7 March 1802 still shows a John Spurgeon (though this could be John Spurgeon, the son and not the father, it is likely the former, as by this time John Spurgeon the son was living in Allegany County, Maryland184


180“Monongalia County Order Book,” Vol. 1 [1796-1800], Melba Pender Zinn, “Monongalia County, (West) Virginia, Records of the District, Superior and County Courts, 1800-1802, 1810,” Vol 4, (Bowie, Maryland, 1992), Heritage Books, p. 220f. 181“Monongalia County Court Records“, Envelope 118B, op. cit. 182“Indian Blood,” op. cit., p. 79. 183Ibid., Envelope 23B. 184“1800 U.S. Census, Allegany County, Sandy Creek Township, Maryland,” FHL# M32, Roll 9, p. 43. Shows only two people - John Spurgeon (Jr.), age 45 & up and wife, to 45. This also matches with Meshach Browning's account in his autobiography, p. 70, (though he identifies it as Blooming Rose. Blooming Rose then a part of Allegany


© 1993 Spurgeon Family History by Dr. Gary Alan Dickey, 1546 Devonshire Avenue, Westlake Village, CA 91361 • p. 48


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