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Re: Jane Welborn or Mary Jane Sellers or both
Posted by: Bob Spurgeon (ID *****3084) Date: December 14, 2002 at 17:16:38
In Reply to: Jane Welborn or Mary Jane Sellers or both by Brad Kramer of 968

This is the best I have found on that subject:
Col William Spurgin was married to Jane in mid 1750 and had twelve children. Most records have the maiden name of Jane as Mary Jane Sellers. There has been no solid proof of this claim. Mrs. Carolyn Wellborn Haskins has been researching the Wellborn and related families for the past forty-five years and has always lived in the area of the Spurgin and Wellborn families. From her research of deeds, court records and Welborn family stories it has always been a fact that Jane's maiden name was Welborn. It is a fact that they already had children when they moved from VA/MD area with the Teague and Welborn families. It seems to me that the contention of Mrs. Haskins carries more weight than anything else I have seen. They moved from Maryland/Virginia border to North Carolina where Col. William became a Justice of the Peace and a member of the State Supreme Court. When the Revolutionary War became a reality, Col. William chose to support King George while his wife chose to support the Rebels and some of the children also. When he was branded a traitor to Independence, he was run out of North Carolina and his properties confiscated. He met Ann Reddick Bedsaul in Southern Virginia where she divorced her husband and left him with five children and chose to go with Col. William to Pennsylvania. There he wrote to the authorities in Canada for land for having supported the King. He was granted land in Ontario and with his new family took up residence there where he again was elected to serve in the court of that time period. They had four children. Two boys and two girls. The girls married and stayed in Canada to raise their families. The boys immigrated to Indiana and raised their families there. It appears from Census records that some of their half brothers were in the area and also some cousins. After Samuel died , his family moved to Iowa. Samuel's brother, Aaron also went with his children to Iowa. It is not clear whether he died in Iowa or whether he returned to Canada. I suspect he is buried in Iowa.

Source: Mary W. Glenn Sep 1999

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