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Samuel and Rebecca [Lumley] Spain
Samuel Spain born in Edgecomb County, North Carolina about 1803. Samuel could be the son of Ruffin Spain and Jemima Brake, their marrage is recorded in Edgecomb County, North Carolina on 18 February 1800.
Samuel Spain married Rebecca Lumley before 1830, They like many others of the first families to settlers this area, must have been drawn to the area by the abundance of wildlife, good fertile soil, with the many nut bearing trees and wildberries that could be found in abundance.
Henderson County, Tennessee is located in the Western part of the state, of land that was ceded from the Chickasaw Cession on 19 of October 1818.
On November 7, 1821, Tennessee became a state and nine of the thirtenn sections dealt with Henderson County. Schools began to be built in 1822.
There were 8741 people enumerated on the 1830 Federal Census, Samuel and Rebecca Spain with daughter Sarah Ann Spain, being three of them.
Other Spain families on this census were those of Wright, David T., Marmaduke, Ruffin and David Spain. By 1840, Marmaduke (Duke M.), Wright, and David remained in Henderson County, however Samuel was not listed.
Samuel and Rebecca had moved with children Sarah Ann, Priscilla Jane, Felix Grundy, and Storex Shundy to Tishomingo, Mississippi, where they were enumerated in 1840. On the state census taken in 1837, Samuel and his family were not present, neither were they present on the Mississippi State Census of 1837, so one can assume that he moved to Mississippi sometime between 1837 and 1840.
The Pontotoc Land Office was opened as early as 1836, and with this, people poured into the region. Tishomingo County was one of ten Mississippi Counties that were carved from lands ceded from the Chickasaws. On the 15th of June 1843, Samuel Spain of Tishomingo County, Mississippi was sold by cash sale, land Document # 13638 for 160.19 acres. [www.glorecords.blm.gov.] in Alcorn County, Mississippi. Sec 7, Township 2S.
By this time Samuel and Rebecca had completed their family with the addition of three more daughters, Buallah, Lovina and Jemima.
Enumerated in 1850 in Tippah County, Mississippi, Samuel and Rebecca moved to Winston County, Alabama, where sons, Felix Grundy Spain had entered land
on the 29th of August 1858, and Storex Shundy Spain entered land on the 1st of December 1859. On the 1st of December 1859, Joseph M. Howell, husband of Lovina Spain, also entered land in Winston County.
On the 1st of September already residing in Winston County, Alabama, Samuel bought for cash sale 84.1 acres, Document # 31490 and on the 10th of September 1875 entered land, Document # 303 for 159.65 acres in this county.
Children of Samuel and Rebecca Spain
Sarah Ann Spain, born about 1830, possibly the first born of Samuel and Rebecca's children. I have not been able to track any of her immediate family.
She may have married before the move to Alabama, and remained in Mississippi.
Priscilla Jane Spain, born on 7th of September 1831, in Henderson County, Tennessee. Priscilla married James Curtis, son of Solomon Curtis and Charlotta Heaton, he was born in Fayette County, Alabama. After the Civil War, Jim Curtis, vowed to kill the men responsible for the killing of his brothers, for failure to support the Confederate Army. Tired of the killing, Priscilla remained in Winston County, Alabama while Jim went to Tennessee. Priscilla lived the remainder of her life in Winston County, and is buried at Rock Creek Cemetery near Double Springs.
Felix Grundy Spain, born in July of 1834 probably in Henderson County, Tennessee. Grundy Spain married Martha Ann Howell the 15th of September 1855 in Winston County, Alabama. Martha was born in July of 1842, in Georgia.
On the 1st of December 1859, Felix entered land in Winston County, Alabama [Township 10S Range 9W, Section 24 Document # 29592]. Felix and Martha lived out their lives in Winston County and from all accounts, they died after the 1880 Federal Census, I have not been able to locate their gravesites.
Storex Shundy Spain, born about 1838 in probably Henderson County, Tennessee. Storex married Elizabeth Hopper, daughter of George Hopper and Jemima Hogeland. Storex entered land in Winston County, Alabama on the 1st of December 1859 [Township 10S Range 9W, Section 26] This land is located the area of present day Clear Creek, on the southside of US 278.
Storex enlisted in the 1st Regiment, Alabama Calvary, Company H, on the 10th of October 1863 at Glendale, Mississippi, just north of present day Hattiesburg, Mississippi. He enlisted for one year.
November of 1863, detached on recruitment duty
November 23, 1863 records indicate he was absent without leave
December 1863, recruitement in Alabama
January and February of 1864, he shows to be present on a Hospital Muster Roll Card of Overton U.S.A General Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.
June 24, 1865, it was approved that Storex, allotments be restored by F. S. Cramer after the submission of a letter written in Storex's behalf on the subject of the desertion charges. [as written]
Camp 1 Ala Cav Vols
Huntsville Ala June 21" 1865
I have the honor to make the following statements in regard to Private Storex S. Spain Co H 1st Ala Cav Vols who has been erroneously reported as a deserter.
On the 15th of Apr 1864 Marjor Tramel myself and twenty five (25) Enlisted men were detailed to recruiting service in Alabama. Private S.S.Spain was one of that number.
When we returned Spain was sick and we were compelled to leave him in the country.
Again on the 25th of June 1864 I was sent into the same country. Spain was still unable to come in with me.
On the 5th of Augusta 1864 I was again detailed detailed as Recruiting Officer for the regiment and sent to the same part of the country. This time I found Spain well; and when I returned to our lines on the 18th of September Spain came with me. Col. Dolittle then Comd'g Post at Decatur, Ala learning of his extended knowledge of the country requested me to allow him to use Spain as a scout to which Spain objected, but said if he could be of the most service to his country it was alright.
He was accordingly detailed and sent into the country. The following afternoon we were attacked by Hoods Rebel Army.
Spain made his escape to the mountains, where being compelled to remain for a time, he at the head of the twenty five mounted union made himself the terror of the Rebel Cav.
At one time charged into Jasper the town of Walker drove seventy five rebel Cav from the place capturing nearly all their horses and arms and released the union prisoners confined there. When the Federal Forces again occupied Decatur, Ala he returned to that Post. On the 10th day of March 1864 by Cpt Ford Comd'g his Co. who did not know as welll as the cause of his continued absence.
In consideration of the above facts I would respectfully recommend that he be restord to duty without loss of pay or allowance which would be justice to
a good soldier and true gentlemen.
I can certify to all that I have stated above and will further say that instead of being called a deserter with the loss of pay and his good name he should be
rewarded, as he deserves for his great work for the Union.
1st Lieut 1 Ala Cav
Eliza Hopper Spain, Storex's wife indicated in her pension application, that Storex died before returning home, of intemitten fever, relapse of measles.
I have never been able to locate his buriel place.
Eliza remained on the land that Storex homsteaded in 1859 till her death. She is buried next to her father in Harper Cemetery, a family cemetery in the Clear Creek area.
Buallah Spain, born about 1839 in probably Tishomingo County, Mississppi. Buallah was enumerated in 1850 in Tishomingo County, Mississippi Federal Census with her family at age 11. She was not present in the 1860 census. I have found no other information on her.
Lovina Spain, born in 1841, in Mississippi. In 1856 Lovina married Joseph M. Howell in Ripley County, Mississippi. Joseph is possibly the brother of Martha Howell, wife of Lovina's brother Felix.
Joseph entered land in Winston County, Alabama [Township 10 Range 8W Section 31] on the 1st of December 1859.
Jemima Spain, born about 1843 in Mississippi, enumerated with her parents in 1860, age 20 years old. She was not present with her parents in 1870. I have found no other information on her.
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