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purchased of Samuel Worrel, upon payment of an obligation for 20 pounds, dated 21 Mar 1794, payable 1 May 1795. Signed, Hez. Davisson. Witnesses, M. Armstrong, Wm. McCleery.”196 photograph of Bruceton Mills follows:197


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Virginia Census next to Samuel Robenet and William Spurgeon (supra). Bruceton Mills was originally called Morton’s Mills, but when it became a flourishing town, it was renamed.198


October of 1788 James Spurgen is recorded transferring 400 acres of land to Samuel Morton in Monongalia County.199


The Samuel Worl mentioned above appears in the 1790 Monongalia County, (West) In


Will’s Creek was also known as Fort Cumberland and present day


Cumberland City, Allegany County, is the area of then Will’s Creek (though there is a run called Wills Creek north of Cumberland near the Maryland/Pennsylvania border). This area of Glades Farms is an unincorporated settlement today with several small churches and many small farms. This was where James Spurgeon was living when he was visited by his nephew Meshach Browning, and where Meshach wrote about talking with his cousin Jonathan as they cared for the livestock. A further action by James Spurgeon’s son Jesse says, “Jesse Spurgen petitions that on 21 Mar 1794, his father James Spurgen bought 400 acres on Little Sandy Creek, Monongalia County, Virginia, from Hezekiah Davisson, adjoining lands of Henry Hazel and John Woollery, with bond of 400 pounds on condition he receive 25 pounds by 1 Mar 1795.”200


This petition


further states that James Spurgen did pay 25 pounds to Davisson on this date. Spurgen executed four other obligations to Davisson on 21 Mar 1794, totaling 200 pounds, which Spurgen has paid for the land. Spurgen was in possession of land when Davisson died leaving children … however, Davisson did not convey the land to Spurgen in his lifetime. Spurgen made his will 23 May 1810 and soon after departed this life, said will bequeathing son Jesse Spurgen tract of “land whereon I now live.” Jesse Spurgen prays that the court order the Davisson heirs to convey the tract. Proposed decree - that defendants failed to appear, and upon evidence presented, court orders the transfer of the 400 acres to Jesse Spurgen. The defendants were assessed court costs.


196“Monongalia County Court Records,” Roll 58, Env. 202. 197 Photograph courtesy of cousins, Elmer and Barbara Ahart of Cañon City, Colorado. 198Wiley, op. cit., p. 227. 199Rick Toothman, “Monongalia County (West) Virginia Deedbook Records 1784-1810 (Old Series Volumes 1-4),” (Bowie, Maryland, 1994), Heritage Books, p. 378. 200“Monongalia County Court Records,” Roll 58, Env. 202.


© 1993 Spurgeon Family History by Dr. Gary Alan Dickey, 1546 Devonshire Avenue, Westlake Village, CA 91361 • p. 51


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