Lydia (Goss) Spracklin passed away on 19 January 1851 in Wayne Township, Knox County, Ohio per her tombstone. I refer you to the post on her final resting place.
“John and Lydia (Goss) Spracklin Rest Peacefully in Green Valley,” April 21, 2013. (See Archive on the right side of this blog and find the date and click.
After Lydia’s death, that following April, John remarried, on 19 April 1851.
John Spracklin married a
Miriam McWilliams Miriann/Miriam M. Williams – see below under update.
How did I stumble upon this 2nd marriage?
Well, it was in a deed in which Miriam Spracklin released her dower rights to some land of John’s in Clinton township in Knox County, Ohio.
Who is this Miriam Spracklin and how did John and Miriam become involved, I do not know?
Miriam Spracklin to P. Spracklin & Others )
Rec’d April 16, 1863 )
To all people to whom these presents shall come in greeting
Know ye that I Miriam Spracklin of the county of Delaware County and State of Ohio, the grantor for divers goods causes and consideration thereunto [moving is finally] for five dollars received to my full satisfaction of Peter Spracklin, Solomon G. Spracklin, Daniel D. Spracklin, John Spracklin, Olive E. Merryfield, Mary G. Glancy and Lydia S. Kenner, heirs at law of John Spracklin deceased, the grantees have given granted revised, released and forever quite claimed and do by these presents absolutely give grant, revise, release and forever quit claim unto the said grantees to their heirs and assigns forever all such right and title as I this said grantor have or a right to have in or to the following described land, situate in the county of Knox and state of Ohio and being 120 acres off of the east side of lot no. two (2) and 50 acres off of the east side of lot no. three (3) in the second quarter of the sixth township and fourteenth range, in said county. Also lot No. forty-two (42) in Norton’s Northern Addition to the Town of Mount Vernon in said county. Also subdivisional lot No. twelve (12) of the south west part of the south east quarter of section No. Twenty two (22) in township No. seven and range thirteen (13) in said county. Also lot No. (18) eighteen in the division of the Peter Davis farm; in Clinton Township in said Knox county. Also any and all other real estate owned by John Spracklin, deceased, late of said Knox county, wherever the same may be situated, whither in the State of Ohio or elsewhere. To have and to hold the premises aforesaid unto the said grantees, heirs and assigns to that [within] I the said grantor or my heirs nor any other person or persons claiming title through or under me, shall or will hereafter claim or demand any right or title to the premises or any part thereof, but they and every one of them shall by there presents be excluded and forever barred. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the fifteenth day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty three.
Miriam (herXmark) Spracklin
Signed Sealed and delivered )
In the presence of K. Tavers, Wm. W Maley) The State of Ohio Delaware County ss. before me, a Notary Public in and for said county personally appeared Miriam Spracklin and acknowledged that she did sign and sealed the foregoing instrument and that the same is her free act and deed. “I further certify, that I did examine the said Miriam Spracklin, separate and apart from her said husband and did then and there make known to her that the contracts of the foregoing instrument, and upon that examination of the declared that she did voluntarily sign, seal and acknowledge this [ensure,] and is still satisfied therewith. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand this 15 day of April A.D. 1863. Nathan Towers, Notary Public in and for Delaware Co., Ohio.
Source: Deeds Knox Co., Ohio Recorder of Deeds, 1808-1901, Deed, V. 51-52, 1862-1864 pages 393-394.
Once I found that piece of information I had to dig deeper.
Spracklen, John & Miriam McWilliams, April 18, 1851 by Benjamin H. Kearns, M.C.
Source: Early Marriage Bonds of Delaware County, Ohio, 1832-1855, Complied by the Delaware City Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, Delaware, Ohio, Volune II, K to Z.
It took a while to find this marriage. It was my first visit to Ohio in 2007. I found it at the Ohio Genealogical Society when they were still in their old location. As you can see it was a very bad quality film, I have doctored it a lot.
I didn’t have time to go to the Delaware County Courthouse in 2007 or look at Delaware County Marriage records in 2011 on my 2nd trip. I found another source that you can at least read.
Source: Genealogical Index of Delaware and Union Counties, Ohio Surnames “Shu” to “ST,” compiled by Margaret Main Bouic, Marysville, Ohio. pg. 4372. (Remember click on the photo to enlarge it and then use your back or tabs to return to this blog.)
These are secondary sources so they need to be confirmed by going to the courthouse in Delaware, Ohio or studying microfilm of the marriage records. UPDATE: Original marriage record found.
On my 2nd visit to Ohio in 2011, I tried to find out more about Miriam. The interesting fact is that John Andrews Spracklin was living with his youngest daughter Lydia and her family in the 1860 U.S. Federal Census. There was no sign of Miriam Spracklin or any Miriam in the area in that census?
#1264, #1277 Line 26: Richd Kenner, age 30, male, farmer, born in Eng.; Lydia age 22, female, born in Ohio; Chars age 3, male born in Ohio, George age 8 male born in Ohio; Jno. Spracklin age 66, male, value of real estate is 6000, personal is 964 born in England; Wm. McKay age 23, male, born in Ohio; ____ McKay age 29, female born in Maryland.
Source: Richard Kenner Family, 1860 U.S. Federal Census, Liberty Twp., Knox Co., Ohio, Roll M653_995, pg. 312, Ancestry.com.
UPDATE 9/17/2013: In response to a cousins inquiries about the birth and death dates of Lydia (Goss) Spracklen, I pointed out that John Spracklen had married a second time. I also went and found the original marriage record at Family Search. Here is an example of consulting the original record because Miriam’s name is Miriam M. Williams not Miriam McWilliams. The index at FamilySearch referring to Miriam and John’s marriage also writes her first name as Miriann. So the above published indexes look incorrect. Click to open this: John Spracklen & Miriam. It means you always need to check the original if you can or keep an open mind. The FHL# 391395 – Digital Folder Number is #004016690, Image #00132.
There is a Miriam McWilliam living in Oxford, Delaware, Ohio in 1850 per the Agricultural Census at Ancestry. (Selected U.S. Federal Census Non-Population Schedules 1850-1880.) There are lots of McWilliams’ in Knox and Delaware Counties but who exactly she is I do not know. It would be interesting to know more about how this all came about, if anyone out there is familiar with McWilliams ancestry and can help. I would be grateful.