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bail bond for £200 dated 14 August 1789, signed by James Spurgin, Michel Kerns and William McCleery, witnessed by William John and Rich’d ?. Assignment of bond to Wallis Estell dated 11 September 1786, signed by William Barrett, witnessed by John Robeson and John Chitwood. Assignment of bond to Thomas Hughart dated 16 September 1786.”213


The year 1790 finds the


further District Court proceedings, “James Spurgeon and Michael Cearn summoned to answer Thomas Haghart, assignee of Wallis Estill, assignee of William Barrett, in a plea of debt for £80 Pennsylvania currency and damages of £30, 10 August 1789. September 1790 term of court, waved.”214


threatening imprisonment if not paid.215 follows:


On 22 February 1790, James countersued Thomas Hagart for a debt of £40, His signature as of that date appears on the warrant as


appears. It appears, however, that these references are not to my direct line ancestor James, but to his Uncle James.216


In 1789, in personal papers of theMonongalia County Court the name of James Spurgeon In 1792, James Spurgeon signed a petition calling for the division of


Monongalia County.217 James Spurgeon is mentioned in Monongalia County in 1798 and 1800 in the following This is also recounted in the 1798 District Court


descriptions: “9 October 1798 James Spurgen proved that he attended two days a witness for Elihu Horton at the suit of Joseph Robnett.”218


records of Monongalia County which state, “John Shaw, labourer, indicted 10 November 1797 for stealing dark bay mare ($80) the property of Joseph Butler, Jr., yeoman. Appearance bond for Shaw with Elihu Horton and James Thomas as surety, 27 April 1798. Thomas Robinet summoned to testify in behalf of Shaw, 7 May 1798. Peter Cook and James Spurgin summoned to testify in behalf of Shaw, 1 May 1798. May 1798 term of court, “We the Grand Jury find not a true bill.”219


This incident is recorded again in the following account, “13 May 1800. James


Spurgen proved that he attended one day as a witness for John Shaw against Joseph Butler and was summoned for that purpose … This day came the plaintiff by his attorney and there upon came also a jury to wit …James Spurgin ….”220


will of Elias Soullard signed 14 February 1798 in Monongalia County.221


213Ibid., p. 1. 214Ibid., p. 21. 215“Monongalia County Court Records,” FHL# 207,135, Book I, p.7. 216“Monongalia County, [West] Virginia Records of the District, Superior and County Courts [1776-1799],” (Maryland, 1990), compiled by Melba P. Zinn, Vol. 1, p. 87. 217“Spurgeon Quarterly,” Special Edition, January 1988, p. 7. 218“Monongalia County Order Book,” Vol. I [1796-1800], p. 261. 219Melba Pender Zinn, “Monongalia County, [West] Virginia Records of the District, Superior and County Courts [1776-1799],” Vol. 1, (Maryland, 1990), Heritage Books, p. 140. 220“Monongalia County Order Book,” Vol. I [1796-1800], p. 458. 221Rick Toothman, “Monongalia County (West) Virginia Deedbook Records 1784-1810 (Old Series Volumes 1-4),” (Bowie, Maryland, 1994), Heritage Books, p. 138.


© 1993 Spurgeon Family History by Dr. Gary Alan Dickey, 1546 Devonshire Avenue, Westlake Village, CA 91361 • p. 55 A James Spurgeon appears as an executor to the


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