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suit: “The Commonwealth of Virginia to the sheriff ofMonongalia County. We commend you as heretofore you have been commanded that you take John Spurgeon if he be found within your bailiwick and him safely keep so that you have his body before the justice of our said county at the courthouse on the second Monday of March next to answer Valentine Sowerhaber of a plea of trespass on the case damage one hundred dollars.”185


There was certainly a lot of contention


with Sowerhaber, viz., “18 October 1800. Valentine Sourheber vs. Andrew Johnston [Sowerhaber’s wife’s brother-in-law], P & S., Judgment for £5.6.1. L. & Costs;” “12 November 1800. Andrew Johnson vs. Valentine Sowerhaber, Injunction Granted.”186


John Spurgeon is


connected with this Andrew Johnson as seen in a law suit by which “Andrew Johnson [was] summoned to answer to those things of which he stands indicted by the Grand Jury, 18 August 1801. Appearance bond for Andrew Johnson, miller, secured by John Spurgeon, 8 November 1801. November 1801 term of court. Judgment for the plaintiff.”187


John Spurgeon is listed as


John Spurgan in another suit against him by Valentine Sowerhaber in a plea of debt for $16 and $100 damage, dated 27 November 1800 and 27 March 1801, and brought to May 1802 term of court.188


By this time John Spurgeon had already died, in March of 1802. A Sourhaver (surely the same Valentine Sowerhaber), according to “Wiley’s History”189


was married to Sarah, one of Mary Green’s daughters by her first husband John Green, sometime following 1795. Wiley says he was a French trader and following their marriage returned with Sarah to Preston County (Her sister Elizabeth who was kidnapped by the Indians with her, married another French trader by the name of King, who when she wanted to return from the wilds, sold her to a soldier by the name of Andrew Johnson). However, the name of the daughter who married Sowerhaber is in conflict with that of the story by her grandson who said that her arm was crippled permanently when she was shot by the Indians when her father was killed and played dead, being left behind.190


Further information in regard to John Green is found in various records of the


Monongalia County Court in reference to Valentine Sowerhaber. To wit: “David Morgan summoned to answer Valentine Sowerheber in a plea of debt for 5 pounds and 19 shillings and 6 pence due by account, 14 April 1800. Thomas Bulter Sr. summoned to testify in behalf of Sowerheber … Aaron Rice summoned to testify in behalf of Morgan, 10 June 1800. “David Morgan, heir to William Morgan, deceased, who was an executor to John Green, deceased, to Valentine Sowerheber. March 1799, to my part of John Green’s estate which appeared to be in your hands (7.9.6); credited by cash (1.10.0) = balance of (5.19.6).” “Rec’d Octr. ye 12 1795, of


County, is now part of Garret County, Maryland. Sandy Creek Township was originally Sandy Creek Hundred, and so designated for census purposes, but in 1810 was changed to District #2 for census counting. Therefore the area of Blooming Rose is the same as Sandy Creek), infra, who also appears in this census as Masheck Browning, with wife and child, p.41; though the 1800 Pennsylvania Census does not show any listing for a John Spurgeon, an Elias, Ezekiel, and Samuel Spurgeon all appear in the Bedford County Census listing, and another Elias Spurgeon is listed in the 1800 Maryland Census at Murley Branch, Allegany County. 185“Monongalia County Court Records,” Drawer 43, Envelope 123B, 207,161. 186“Monongalia County Law and Chancery Order Book,” pp. 38, 45. 187Melba Pender Zinn, “Monongalia County, (West) Virginia, Records of the District, Superior and County Courts,” Vol 4: 1800-1802, 1810, (Bowie, Maryland, 1992), Heritage Books, p. 218. 188Melba Pender Zinn, “Monongalia County, (West) Virginia, Records of the District, Superior and County Courts,” Vol 5: 1802-1805 (Bowie, Maryland, 1992), Heritage Books, p. 54. 189Wiley, op. cit., 225. 190W. Scott Friend, “The Story of Sarah Green,” op. cit.


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