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Mr. William Morgan the sum of 3 pounds it being part payment of a legacy due to me of John Green’s estate. I say rec’d by me, Jos King.” 9 September 1800 term of court, judgment for the plaintiff.”191


John Spurgeon and his first wife Mary (not Mary Green), had at least six children;


Nathaniel ca. 1750-ca. 1830; John born ca. 1755-CA. 1836; James ca. 1756-July 1810; Sarah; and Lydia. John’s brother William, moved to Monongalia County, (West) Virginia in the 1780’s, and then moved to Kentucky Bourbon County, Kentucky about 1800, where he was a landowner and slave holder. In the 1790 U.S. Census for Monongalia County William is listed with 12 in his family, with Samuel Robinet (sic) living next door (William, Samuel, and Ezekiel were all married to Robinettes). As mentioned above, it would seem John’s second wife Mary Green would have been too old to be able to bear him any children.


John’s son, James Spurgeon, was born circa 1756 in Frederick County, Maryland (near


the Maryland/Pennsylvania border). We know this because of John’s service in The French and Indian War in 1757/58 and the fact that he held property there as late as 1762. I place his birth circa 1756 because he is found taxed in Colerain Township, Bedford County where he appears as a single freeman paying 15.0 (his uncles Ezekiel, Samuel, and William appear in the tax list in this year in Colerain Township as well). He would not probably have paid tax much before he was 17 and so by subtracting 17 from 1773 this gives us a circa date of 1756 for his birth, figured about 1 year after his brother John Jr.’s birth.192


It seems that James Spurgeon would have


married his wife Elizabeth in Frederick County as this is where his nephew Meshach Browning placed them in the 1770s in his book.


James Spurgeon settled in the “Sandy Creek Glades” in Grant District, near the


headwaters of the Little Sandy, Monongalia County, (West) Virginia in 1784 coming from Wills Creek or Will’s Creek (with one John Scott), Maryland, buying out Samuel Worral, and lived next to his cousin Jesse (James’ uncle Samuel’s son), where James Spurgeon managed a ferry at Bruceton Mills (seen below) across the Big Sandy and held land on the west side of the river.193 Of this land, it is written, “James Spurgin is Intitled to 400 acres of Land in Monongalia on the West side of Big Sandy Creek opposite the big Lick to Include his settlement made thereon in the year 1773.”194


to 400 acres of land in Monongalia County on the waters of Sandy Creek adjoining lands Claimed by James Spurgeon to include his Settlement made thereon in the year 1776.”195


And further, “Charles Donaldson assee [sic] to Alexander Brennon is Intitled A bond


dated 21 March 1794 reveals, “Hezekiah Davisson of Harrison County, Virginia is bound to James Spurgin of Monongalia County, Virginia, in the sum of 400 pounds Virginia currency, dated 21 Mar 1794, on condition that Davisson shall give Spurgeon title to a tract on Sandy Creek containing 400 acres, adjoining lands of Henry Hesel and John Wolley, land that Davisson


191Melba 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. 117. 192“Pennsylvania Archives,” Third Series, Vol. XXII, pp. 16-17. 193Wiley, op. cit., p. 364; see also, “Reports of Commissioners on Adjustment of Claims to Unpatened Lands 1779- 1790,” Monongalia County Court House, p. 253; and “General Index to Surveyor Books of Monongalia Co. WV,” Book 2, p. 275, “James Spurgeon, 400 acres, Mar. 23, 1784, Big Sandy Creek.” 194Earl L. Core, “The Monongalia Story: A Bicentennial History,” Vol. 1, (Parsons, West Virginia, 1974) MaClain Printing Co., p. 253. 195Ibid., p. 318.


© 1993 Spurgeon Family History by Dr. Gary Alan Dickey, 1546 Devonshire Avenue, Westlake Village, CA 91361 • p. 50


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