This is what I have to date on James taylor Spurgeon, reported to have been born in Cocke Co., TN on March 4, 1855. From Family records, we have that his mother was Margaret Spurgeon, but we have no name for his father. I don't know if Spurgeon was the married name of Margaret, or if she was married.
Notes for MARGARET SPURGEON:
Susan Spurgeon, of Nashville, Tenn., states that her father, William Jr., wrote down before his death that James Taylor Spurgeon's mother's first name was Margaret and that he had two brothers, John and Thomas, who "moved to Missouri and stayed".
Children of MARGARET SPURGEON are:
i. JAMES TAYLOR2 SPURGEON, b. March 04, 1855, Va. or Tenn.; d. June 29, 1905, Lawrence Co., Al.; m. MARY LEE ODELL, July 25, 1872, ? Prob. Cocke Co., Tenn.; b. April 11, 1857, Cocke Co., Tennessee; d. February 01, 1942, Sheffield, Colbert Co., Al..
Notes for JAMES TAYLOR SPURGEON:
I spoke to Elizabeth Spurgeon Walden, dau. of James Taylor Spurgeon, Jr., today-Dec. 12, 1999. Elizabeth gave me the info on Mary Odell's family. This was found a piece of paper found in Uncle Jim's Bible. Elizabeth also said that she had always heard that James Taylor Spurgeon, Sr. was born in Va. Susan Spurgeon, another cousin, has told her that she believes that he was born in Tenn.
James Taylor Spurgeon died in Limrock, Jackson Co., AL after emergency Gallbladder Surgery.
Email dated 2/29/00 from Susan Spurgeon: Found Notebook of her father and it said that JTS came to Woodville, Al. and was a Section Foreman for Southern R.R.
The following information comes from USGENWEB. search engine for the state of Alabama.
Names from cemetery in Jackson Co., Al.:
PETERS COVE CEMETERY, JACKSON COUNTY, ALABAMA
THIS CEMETERY IS LOCATED ON ONE OF THE BACK ROADS IN WOODVILLE. TURN RIGHT OFF THE OLD HWY 35 COMING FROM SCOTTSBORO ON CO. RD. 30, BEAR AROUND TO THE LEFT AND THE CEMETERY IS ON THE RIGHT ABOUT A MILE DOWN THE ROAD.
JAMES T. SPURGEON 6-1855 6-1905
MARY ODELL SPURGEON 4-1858 2-1942
1870 Census Cocke Co., TN, Dist. 8, Newport P.O., Page 441A, HH# 50:
William Vincent, 96, Farmer, Value of Real Estate, 10,000, Value of Personal Estate, 1000, Delaware
Margaret Spurgeon, 30, Housekeeper, TN
James, 15, Laborer on Farm, TN
John, 12, Laborer on Farm, TN
Thomas, 7, TN
Miranda, 1, TN
Mr. Vincent's age on the census is clearly 90something that looks like a 6 but is unlike the other 6s on the page-but it is clear that the census states that he is 90something! The census states that he is deaf.
This does appear to be James Taylor Spurgeon. It is known that he had two brothers, John and Thomas. No one has heard of a sister named Miranda, tho. Margaret's marital status is not given. According to the census, Margaret could not write, James and John could not read nor write.
Maranda, 1, TN. There is no relationship noted between Mr. Vincent and Margaret.
1880 Census of Jackson Co., AL, Township 4, Page 179B:
James Spergin, 26, works railroad, TN/TN/TN
Mary, 22, TN/TN/TN
Mily, 6, TN
William, 2, AL
1900 Census Jackson Co., AL, Woodville Precinct, Roll 20, Book 1, Pg. 183:
Spurgeon, James T., born Mar 1852, 48, Tenn/Tenn/Tenn, RR Foreman
Mary, Apr. 1856, 44, Tenn/Tenn/Tenn, married 27 years, 10 children/7 living
Thomas B., June 1880, 22, Ala, RR laborer
Wann, June 1886, 14, farm laborer
Bertha L., Aug. 1888, 11
Hadden C., 8, Apr. 1892, 8
James, Mar. 1897, 3
Margaret K., Jan. 1899, 1
1910 Census Jackson Co., AL, Limrock Precinct 22, ED 48, pg. 3b
Wann Spurgeon, 23, Al/VA/TN
Ethel, 17, Al/AL/AL
James, 14, brother, Al/VA/TN
1900 Census Wayne Co., MO, Cedar Creek Township, ED# 151, Page 40B, HH# 113:
Thomas Spergeon, Nov 1865, 35, Married 6 years, TN/TN/TN
Mary J., May 1873, 22, 2 Children/2 Living, MO/MO/MO
Margaret, daughter, Apr 1895, 5, MO/MO/MO
Lucy, Daughter, Apr 1898, 2, Mo/MO/MO
Margaret, Mother, Sept 1834, 65, Wd, 1 Child/1Living, TN/TN/TN
Is this Thomas, the brother of James Taylor Spurgeon, and Margaret, his mother??? Or just a coincident???
William D. Page of Huntsville, Al sent me death certificates, obits, and other records that he has collected. This has given me a good bit of information to add to the Spurgeons. The death certificates of Uncle Tom and Uncle Will both state that James T. was born in TN and Uncle Will's states that James T. was born in New Port, TN as was his wife, Mary Lee Odell. Mary's death certificate states that her parents were William O'dell and Eliza Webb, both born in New Port, TN. Burial was Feb 3, 1942 at Peters Cove, AL. A. W. Spurgeon, son, was the informant.
More About JAMES TAYLOR SPURGEON:
Burial: Peters Cove Cemetery, Jackson Co., Al.
Notes for MARY LEE ODELL:
In the 1860 C. of Cocke Co., Tenn., Mary is listed as "Nancy", age 3. In the 1870 C., she is listed as Mary, age 12 ?-it is so hard to read that it could be any two digit number-, Eliza is listed as age 15, and Susan as 10.
Documents were sent to me by William D. Page of Huntsville, AL.
Death Certificate gives date of birth as April 11, 1856 in New Port, Cocke Co., TN. The death certificate information is given by A. W. Spurgeon, son of Mary Lee Odell and James Taylor Spurgeon. Her age at death is given as 85 years, 9 months, and 20 days. Parents given as William O'dell and Eliza Webb who were born born in New Port, Cocke Co., TN. Burial was Feb 3, 1942 at Peters Cove.
More About MARY LEE ODELL:
Burial: Peters Cove Cemetery, Jackson Co., Al.
ii. JOHN SPURGEON, b. Abt. 1858.
Notes for JOHN SPURGEON:
Cocke Co., TN marriages:
FINE, SARAH SPURGEON, JOHN 363 12 MAR 1883 S P MCMAHAN
Same John Spurgeon???
iii. THOMAS SPURGEON, b. Abt. 1863.
iv. MIRANDA SPURGEON, b. Abt. 1869.
If anyone has any info to link this family to any of the others in that area of TN, please contact me. We are at a conplete lose as to who James' father was.
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