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George Benson.246 Jonathan purchased a broad file 60¢, 1 halter chain and coller 70¢, 1 sickle


25¢, 1 blind halter 78¢, 1 open barrel $1, a slide $1.65, 1 sheep skin 50¢, 1 white-faced steer $8.90, a white small steer $6.53, 1 cow $11, a shovel 79¢, 1 ox yoke 68¢. The amount of his movable property, before expenses was some $1209.30.


On 12 February 1812, some kind of family dispute arose as the following suit of “Elizabeth Spurgeon Vs. James Spurgeon’s Heirs,” testifies to:


The Commonwealth to the Sheriff on Monongalia County, Greetings: You are hereby commanded to summon Amos Glover and Drusilla his wife, late Drusilla Spurgeon, Jeremiah Castile and his wife Malinda, late Malinda Spurgeon, Jesse Spurgeon. Jonathan Spurgeon, John Kelly and Catharine Spurgeon, George Benson and Kesiah his wife, late Kesiah Spurgeon and Betsey Spurgeon, Co-heirs and legal representatives of James Spurgeon deceased to appear before the justices of the peace of our County Court on the second in March next to a Bill in Chancery as filed against them by Elizabeth Spurgeon, widow of James Spurgeon, deceased.247


The reasons that surrounded this action are not known as the disposition of this particular


case and its circumstances has yet to be found. As late as 5 June 1813, Jesse Spurgeon was still acting as executor of his father’s estate involving further residue of moveable property. It would seem that is was a matter of dispute about the final settling of the estate. In the March 1813 term, the plaintiff, Elizabeth Spurgeon, dismissed the order.248


James and his wife Elizabeth (Farmer?) had nine children; Drusilla 1778-ca. 1824; Lina


ca. 1779-?; Jesse 1781-1865; Jonathan 1787-1853; Catharine 1789-?; Keziah 1797-?; Elizabeth ca. 1799-1833; and possibly two others whose names are unknown (perhaps dying young). From what has been so far discovered, it would seem that James’ wife was Elizabeth (Farmer?) not Browning. Though Wiley’s “History of Preston County”249


says that James’ wife was Elizabeth


Browning, this was the married name (not the birth surname) of her sister who was the mother of Meshach Browning. I believe this is simply a case of confusion by Wiley, who misunderstood that the Browning name was a married name and not a birth name. O.F. Morton picked up the same error when he stated the same in his “History of Preston County, (West) Virginia.”250


Jonathan Spurgeon was born in 1787 in the Glade Farms area of Monongalia County (Now Preston County), (West) Virginia.251 Jonathan’s first wife, Ruth Jeffreys, and Catherine’s


246A Glover descendant and cousin, Joyce Glover, of Torrance, California, has been of great help in comparing deeds, maps, and information which has helped to make important distinctions between many Spurgeons with the same Christian names and to separate the fathers, sons, uncles, brothers, etc. 247“Monongalia County Court House Records,” Drawer 43, Envelope 211, FHL# 207,195. 248Melba Pender Zinn, ‘Monongalia County, (West) Virginia, Records of the District, Superior and County Courts, 1813-1817,” Vol. 9, (Maryland, 1998), Heritage Books, p. 45. 249Wiley, op. cit. 250Oren F. Morton, “A History of Preston County, West Virginia,” The Journal Publishing Company, Kingwood, West Virginia (1914), p. 396. 251It is to be remembered that part of Monongalia County, Virginia, became Preston County, [West] Virginia, and therefore these ancestors did not move, but the names and boundaries of the counties changed around them.


© 1993 Spurgeon Family History by Dr. Gary Alan Dickey, 1546 Devonshire Avenue, Westlake Village, CA 91361 • p. 61


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