Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Where My Ancestors Came From

A week or so ago, a fellow genealogy blogger posted a link to where you can create all sorts of cool stuff like maps and puzzles. I thought it would be interesting to create a visual representation of where our ancestors came from so I created these two maps based on where our American ancestors were born. Looking at the maps confirmed that my paternal roots are primarily Southern, while my maternal roots are more Northern!

Where My Father's Family Came From
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Where My Mother's Family Came From
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© 2011 Denise Spurlock

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

On This Day: March 29

In 1810, my maternal 2nd great grandfather Andrew Yawman was born in Schmittviller, Moselle, France, the son of Philippe Jaman and Magdalena Hoffman. He died on December 24, 1891, in Denison, Grayson County, Texas. [Source: Gary A. Yawman, The Yawman Family and Related Families PDF, The Yawman Family Home Page ( : downloaded 30 Mar 2011), 5.]

© 2011 Denise Spurlock

Sunday, March 27, 2011

On This Day: March 27

In 1715, my maternal 6th great grandfather William Minthorn was born. He died in 1805. [Source: Joiner, Rev. Darrell and Sallyann (, Cary Family History.]

© 2011 Denise Spurlock

Monday, March 21, 2011

On This Day: March 21

My paternal 3rd great grandparents, Absolem Eaton and Sarah Reaves were married in Haywood County, North Carolina, on March 21, 1815. [Source: "North Carolina Marriage Collection, 1741-2004," online database, Ancestry ( : accessed 20 Mar 2011), Absolam Eaton and Sarah Reaves; County Court Records at Waynesville, NC and FHL # 0418147 item 2.]

Absolem and Sarah had eight known children: Malachi, Mary Elizabeth (from whom I descend), Dorcas, Abraham, James, Sarah, William, and Martha.

© 2011 Denise Spurlock

Sunday, March 13, 2011

On This Day: March 13

In 1678/79, John Holman, my maternal 6th great grandfather, was born. He was the son of Thomas Holman and Abigail Rigby. [Source: Joiner, Rev. Darrell and Sallyann (, Cary Family History.]

© 2011 Denise Spurlock

Saturday, March 12, 2011

On This Day: March 12

In 1851, my maternal great-grandmother Ruth Franklin was born in Ohio. [Labette County, Kansas, death certificate no. illegible (1914), Ruth Snider; Kansas Board of Health.] She was the oldest child of Joseph Franklin and Rhoda Cary. She died August 28, 1914, in Parsons, Labette County, Kansas, and is buried in Oakwood Cemetery.

In 1912, my father, Jasper Jackson Spurlock, was born in Jacksonville, Cherokee County, Texas, the fourth, and youngest, child of Jasper Jackson Spurlock and Mamie Olive Martindale. [Source: Cherokee County, Texas, delayed birth certificate no. 27/580 (issued 1943), Jasper Jackson Spurlock, Jr.; Texas Department of Health.] I don't have many pictures of my dad; this one was taken about 1955.

He died on February 15, 1978, in Ardmore, Carter County, Oklahoma, and is buried in Lone Grove Cemetery. [Source: Carter County, Oklahoma, death certificate no. 02625 (1978), Jasper J. Spurlock, Jr.; Oklahoma Department of Health, Oklahoma City.]

© 2011 Denise Spurlock

Sunday, March 6, 2011

On This Day: March 6

In 1825, my maternal 3rd great-grandparents, Arad FRANKLIN and Nancy WHITE were married in Clark County, Ohio. [Source: "Ohio Marriages, 1800-1958," database, FamilySearch ( : accessed 7 Mar 2011), Arad Franklin and Nancy White; source film number 466399, p. 97.]

and Nancy had eleven children: Joseph, Mary, Fannie, Jane, Culwell, Hannah, Julia, Nancy, Arad, Asahel, and Sarah. I am descended from the eldest son, Joseph.

© 2011 Denise Spurlock