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Re: Spurgeon Brothers-Indentured Servants
Posted by: Tom Neel (ID *****7610) Date: February 27, 2008 at 20:04:57
In Reply to: Re: Spurgeon Brothers-Indentured Servants by Richard Puz of 968

1. James Spurgin, the son of James the indentured servant, is the one whose heirs reached an agreement regarding his will, 9 Feb 1811, in Adams Co Ohio deed records. There is a 9 Nov 1769 Frederick Co MD deed (M,636-7) James Spurgin Sr to James Spurgin Jr. His wife was Eleanor. Records are found in Monongalia Co VA, Bourbon Co KY, Clark Co KY, Harrison Co KY, Mason Co KY, and finally Brush Creek Twp., Adams Co OH. If you look at dates of children, this group is older than the James who died 1810 in Monongalia Co VA/WV, thus the placement of the above with the indentured James Sr.
2. Lydia is believed to have been a half sister of the James Spurgin who died in 1810 in Monongalia Co VA/WV. They would both be children of John.
3. Jane Dunn and Nathaniel Spurgin are possible children of John Spurgeon of Blooming Rose MD. However, the book Life of a Hunter, by Meshack Brown, a nephew, says that his uncle John Spurgeon married the widow Mary Green, whose husband had been killed by Indians, and they had one child, Lydia Spurgeon, who supposedly married the Ruble. This would imply that John Spurgeon had a first wife, parents of all those other early Spurgeons that we cannot attach to anyone else. This first wife was also named Mary, because she gave the release on the 1757 Frederick Co MD deed.
4. Yes, the John Spurgin of Blooming Rose, Allegany Co MD, and Monongalia Co VA (Preston Co WV), would be a son of James Spurgin the indentured servant. Yes, the line would be John of England, James the indentured servant, John of Blooming Rose, then Nathaniel (although there is no proof of the last step). Of the siblings, toss out Sarah. I don't remember the source now, but it listed a marriage of a Sarah Spurgeon to a Mackelfish. Mackelfish researchers have determined that the name does not read Spurgeon but is actually something else.
We were just sticking all the strays with this John of Blooming Rose since there isn't much tying him to children. Jane Dunn, especially, is in Kentucky and I don't think anything really ties her to John. Of the other children of James, the indenture servant, William (my ancestor) had a will and Bible naming children; Samuel's heirs had a series of deeds in Ohio grouping them together and a partition suit; James Jr's children are named in Adams Co OH deeds 1811; and Ezekiel's children are named in a Guernsey Co OH 1822 action regarding siblings of Nathan Spurgeon who died in the War of 1812.
If any of the indentured servant William's children did not move south to VA and NC and SC, or if the later immigrant John 1727 of the Baltimore MD area had children who moved to this same area, then we are in trouble with our guesswork!


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