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old.”229 “25 May 1804 – Hunter: James Spurgeon; Justice: John McClain. 3 old.”230


“A list of


wolf scalp certificates recorded since 22 June 1804, $4.50 each … James Spurgen (3).”231 Other information concerning James Spurgeon is found: “John Shaw complained that


Joseph Butler assaulted him and caused him to be falsely confined in jail on 10 May 1798. William Biggs, Benjamin Butler, John Chipps, and Jas. Spurgen summoned to testify in behalf of Shaw, 28 April 1800. May 1800 term, “We the Jury find for the plaintiff $200 damages,” Hugh McNeely, foreman.”232


“We the viewers appointed by Your Honorable Body have viewed


the road from John Willet’s to the Maryland line agreeable to your order of April last past,” 23 May 1801. Signed by Samuel Deardorff, John Smith, and Benjamin Jeffreys. “James Spurgin and his hands to open the road.”233


A book entitled, “Forty-four Years of the Life of a Hunter,” by Meshach Browning, originally published in 1859 contains some interesting stories regarding our family.234


Meshach


Browning, born in 1781 in Frederick County, was one of Maryland’s most well-known frontier hunters and tells of his adventures in present Garrett County, Maryland. It is claimed that in his lifetime, he killed some 2000 deer, 500 bears, about 50 panthers, more than 1000 rattlesnakes, and scores of wolves and other animals. By this book, it appears that Meshach’s mother, Nancy (Farmer?), was a sister of the wives of the two Spurgeon brothers, James and John, and relates his experiences with them in Blooming Rose, Allegany County, Maryland, and in Monongalia County, (West) Virginia. Meshach is buried in a cemetery located off of 219 near the town of Hayes, just south of the National Freeway (40/48) and his grave is marked by a Maryland State Historical Marker:


229Ibid. 230Ibid. 231Melba Pender Zinn, “Monongalia County, [West] Virginia Records of the District, Superior and County Courts, 1805-1808,” Vol. 6, (Maryland, 1993), Heritage Books, p.360. 232Melba Pender Zinn, “Monongalia County, [West] Virginia, Records of the District, Superior and County Courts, 1800-1802, 1810,” Vol 4:, (Bowie, Maryland, 1992), Heritage Books, p. 130. 233Ibid., p. 170 234Meshach Browning, “Forty-four Years of the Life of a Hunter,” (Philadelphia, 1859), J.B. Lipincott & Co.; [Reprint 1985 Appalachian Background, Inc., Oakland, Maryland].


© 1993 Spurgeon Family History by Dr. Gary Alan Dickey, 1546 Devonshire Avenue, Westlake Village, CA 91361 • p. 57


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