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My cousins, Elmer and Barbara Ahart, made a genealogical trip to this area in 1988, and Barbara recorded the following interesting comments and observations in her diary:


Next we went to West Union to talk to Charley Spurgeon, the retired funeral di- rector. We felt sure he could mark the Boyce graveyard on the county map so we could find it easily … on our way to the old Jonathan Spurgeon farm. What a thrill when we found the sign that read “Bear Fork,” and right next to it another that read “Spurgeon Farm.” We were able to drive right to the Schulte farm, where we met Bud and Barbara Schulte … Bud’s mother was a Spurgeon - he told us, ‘Bear Fork’s plumb full a’ Spurgeons, clear up ta’ the head a’ the holler.’ He also told us that Jonathan Spurgeon once owned all the land along Bear Fork - from down in Gilmer County up to ‘th’ head a’ th’ holler.’ He said he remembered when about 40 years all the land along the fork was completely cleared - there was no timber at all, just cornfields and pasture as far as you could see - that he felt sure that’s how it was when Jonathan Spurgeon and Wilhelm Ehrhardt lived there. It is about three miles from Jonathan’s place ‘over the hill at the head of the holler’ to the Ehrhardt’s place. There was a road over the hill, but passable now only with four wheel drive. Bud insisted that he take us to the Boyce graveyard - said he could never give us directions so we could find it [and he was right!]. And he said it was too much of a climb on foot - so we climbed on the back of his Honda 4WD A.T.V. and he took us right to the fence around the graveyard. What a ride!! The cemetery has probably not had any maintenance for 30 years. It is completely overgrown with brush and trees. There appear to be about 100 graves - most of the stones have weathered completely smooth. We found the headstone of Jeremiah’s [Jonathan’s son] wife, Rebecca [Van Horn] Spurgeon, but not of Jonathan and Catherine. I feel sure they are buried there, we just couldn’t find the exact spot … we spent a very pleasant hour exploring the graveyard, taking pictures, and enjoying the beauty and the serenity of the spot. The walk back to the farmhouse was easy—now that we knew the way and it was all downhill.


This land at Bear Fork was given to his surviving family members as evidenced by the following deed when they sold it eleven years after the death of Jonathan Spurgeon:


© 1993 Spurgeon Family History by Dr. Gary Alan Dickey, 1546 Devonshire Avenue, Westlake Village, CA 91361 • p. 68


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