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The 1850 U.S. Census shows him in Doddridge County, age 63, listed with his wife


Catharine, 63, and two of his children still with him, Catharine 23 (Who would marry William Ahart), and Rachel 19; and living next to him, his son Jeremiah 24, and his family.271


This same census shows a Geo. Spurgen in Gilmer County, and a Jessie, John, Frederick, and Harrison Spurgen located in Preston County. The changing county names and borders make Jonathan’s last residence location confusing. It appears that he moved several times. In actuality, he didn’t move, the county border moved around him. When he moved to Gilmer County, as Wiley says, supra, this area was actually called Lewis County (Wiley using the current county name as of the date of his writing in 1882, rather than the contemporaneous county name when our Spurgeons moved there). Ritchie, Gilmer, and Doddridge Counties were all formed out of what in 1840 was Lewis County. Ritchie County formed in 1843 and Gilmer and Doddridge Counties in 1845 from their parent Lewis County. This explains why, though Wiley says Jonathan Spurgeon and his family moved to Gilmer County in 1840, he was found purchasing land in Ritchie County—they were the same place, Ritchie County in 1843 and Gilmer County in 1845, and close enough to the County border to be enumerated as living in Doddridge County in 1850—all at one time Lewis County!


The following deed describes the land he purchased there:


This indenture made this 8th day of August in the year 1843 between Jonathan Spurgin of the County of Ritchie and State of Virginia of the first part and Jonathan M. Bennett Trustee of the County of Lewis ... of the second part, and John Hurst of the County of Lewis and Peter Lynch of the County of Harrison ... on the third part: WITNESSETH, that whereas the said Jonathan Spurgin this day became purchaser of a tract of 300 acres of land situate on the head watters [sic] of the middle fork of Hughes River formerly in the County of Lewis but now in the County of Ritchie ... at the price of $300 ... [he may] remain in quiet and peaceable possession of the above described land ....


There is also a small community called “Spurgeon” with its own post office and a general store located nearby in this area. The following map272 boundary problems:


shows its location and also the land


271“1850 U.S. Census for Doddridge County, Virginia,” FHL# M432, Roll 942, Dwelling #120, Family #120, 13th District, p. 009.


© 1993 Spurgeon Family History by Dr. Gary Alan Dickey, 1546 Devonshire Avenue, Westlake Village, CA 91361 • p. 65


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