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Further interesting information from this time period comes from Monongalia County Court records in wolf scalp voucher payments: “1784, This contains a true statement of the wolf scalps entered in the record book from the first commencement up to 20 July 1784 … Nathan Spurgin ….”201


In the same year they moved to Bruceton Mills in 1784, General George Washington and


his nephew Bushrod Washington (who was later appointed by President John Adams to the United States Supreme Court) visited James and lodged with the Spurgeon family there overnight in the glades.202


In his diary Washington wrote, “After crossing this hill the road is very


good to the ford of Sandy Creek at one James Spurgeons, abt. 15 Miles from Ice’s Ferry … From Spurgeon’s to one Lemons is reckoned 9 miles and the way is not bad; but from Lemons to the entrance of the Yohiogany Glades … is intolerable …”203


The purpose of this visit across the


Allegany Tablelands concerned Washington’s vision to manage a feasible passage between the Potomac and the Ohio Rivers for a canal system or easy portage between these two rivers as a passage to the Western Territories.204


C.W. Beerbower whose great-grandfather Jacob Bierbower married Elizabeth Spurgeon, sister of Jonathan Spurgeon, wrote:


As a lad in the 1880’s, my uncle told me of the visit of the famous man, George Washington, in the Glade County of West Virginia. The General had stayed at the Spurgeon home. This tale was authenticated many years later … They passed by “Morton’s” Mill on Big Sandy, a tributary of Cheat River, to the home of James Spurgeon in the “Sandy Greek Glades.” We will briefly mention the Spurgeons - James and John - and a number of other pioneers who had crossed the Allegheny Mountains from the east as early 1767 … The most extensive early settlement that was made in the present Glade Farms district was that in the “Sandy Creek Glades.” These lands were taken up by the Spurgeons, Richard Morris, Hoge [Hoguemeyer] from Hagerstown, Maryland, Worley, Van Sickel, Cushmans, and Robinettes. The James Spurgeon tract was 400 acres, and it was in his home that Meshach Browning spent several years when a boy … The reader can imagine how the Spurgeon family were surprised to have General Washington and his nephew … ask for lodging for the night in September 1784. We have no record as to how many were in the family of James Spurgeon, but one of his sons, Jesse Spurgeon, died April 3, 1865, aged 81 years, which would make Jesse 4 years old [sic] when General Washington was an overnight guest at the home.205


Oren F. Morton in 1914 described the area of Glades Farms (Preston/Monongalia County) thusly:


201“Monongalia County, [West] Virginia Records of the District, Superior and County Courts, 1800-1803,” (Maryland, 1990), compiled by Melba P. Zinn, Vol. II, p. 5. 202Earl L. Core, “The Monongalia Story: A Bicentennial History,” Vol. 1, ibid., p. 396. 203Earl L. Core, “The Monongalia Story: A Bicentennial History. The Pioneers,” Vol II, (Parsons, West Virginia, 1976), MaClain Printing Co., p. 118, 119. 204Ibid., p. 117. 205“West Virginia History,” Vol. XIX (1957-58), Published by State Department of Archives and History (Charlestown, WV), pp. 186-193; the entire series of this work, volumes 1-44 (1939-1983) located in the UCLA University Research Library were surname index searched and only this and one other reference were found.


© 1993 Spurgeon Family History by Dr. Gary Alan Dickey, 1546 Devonshire Avenue, Westlake Village, CA 91361 • p. 52


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