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This deed made the 25th October 1864 between Philip Spurgin, Jesse Spurgin, Robert Louther, Charles De Moss, and William Ahart [and their spouses named] of the first part and John Spurgin of the second part.... in consideration of ... 45 dollars in hand paid to each we do grant by general warrantee [sic] unto the sd John Spurgin all the individual interest in the following described land, being their interest in Jonathan Spurgin deceased, old farm being on Bear Fork of Cove Creek ... containing 126 1/2 acres ....277


On 8 November 1864 a release of dower rights was recorded:


West Virginia, township of Southwest in Doddridge County: I, T. S. Gray, a justice of the township aforesaid, do certify that Robert Louther and William Arhart and Mary Ann Louther the wife of Robert Louther and Catharine Arhart the wife of William Arhart, whose names are signed to the foregoing deed bearing date on the 25 day of October 1864 this day acknowledge the same before me in my county, and the said Mary Ann Louther the wife of Robert Louther, and Catherine Arhart the wife of William Arhart, being examined by me privily and apart from their husbands, and having said deed fully explained to them, declared that they had willfully executed the said deed and that they do no wish to retract it.278


Further information from Barbara Ahart, contained in a letter written to her from Charles


Junior Spurgeon, brings to light some interesting facts regarding Boyce cemetery and the burial of Jonathan and Catherine Spurgeon there, as well as their daughter Rachael. “Now to the head- stone of Jonathan. I was never at Boyce Cemetery, but I do remember Grand Dad having Levi Spurgeon [a stone mason], son of Jabez Spurgeon, & ‘Doc’ Radabaugh, Levi’s son-in-law, putting up a stone wall around the small cemetery. As I recollect, Grand Dad told me his Father, Mother, & Sister was all that was interred there. Their names were Jonathan, Catherine, & Rachel. I understood Levi & Doc put some kind of stone markers up for all three. We lived within 1 mile of that cemetery but I was never there … My understanding [was] that all 3 [Jonathan and Catharine Spurgeon and their daughter, Rachel] in the Boyce cemetery died of Typhoid fever or diphtheria, at that time there was no remedy or cure for either disease.”279 Jonathan’s son, Jeremiah, had gone to Lost Creek to visit his wife’s family, the Van Horns, and became ill there and died.280


that Jonathan Spurgeon died in 1853.281 1854 in Doddridge County.282


Though we do not have an exact date, we can determine from the probate of his estate Jonathan Spurgeon’s estate was probated 5 January


Some of the items of settlement were: 1 rifle $8, 1 sidesaddle $12,


277“West Virginia, Doddridge County Land Records,” Vol. 6, p. 1. 278Ibid., pp. 2-3. 279Unpublished letter written to Barbara Ahart, 8 December 1988. 280Barbara Ahart, “Spurgeon Family History,” (1990), unpublished manuscript, p. 14. 281The Clerk of the Gilmer County Clerk’s Office in 1987 searched their death records for me from 1853 to 1903 and found no death certificate for either Jonathan or Catherine Spurgeon. 282“West Virginia, Doddridge County Court Records,” Fiduciary Book I, p. 156.


© 1993 Spurgeon Family History by Dr. Gary Alan Dickey, 1546 Devonshire Avenue, Westlake Village, CA 91361 • p. 69


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