Drusilla Spracklin and a Guardianship, 1866.

Drusilla Spracklin, wife of John A. Spracklin, was involved with a guardianship in 1866. There is not much information about this guardianship, just a bond being paid. I do not understand why she was compelled to be appointed their guardian but a thorough search of Court records like the Court of Common pleas might be in order to learn more.

Guardians Bond partial

Guardians Bond partial

General Index to Guardians, 1852 to 1922, Knox Co., Ohio, Probate Court.

J.C. Spraklin et al (wards)

D.E. Spracklin guardian

Appointed 25 June 1866

Journal C: 351

Bonds: 1, 417

Bond: $300 dated 25 June 1866

Drusella was appointed guardian to John C., Charles S. and George H. Spracklin, all minors (under 21).

Here is the journal entry in the Probate court books reflecting the information above.

June 25, AD 1866

John C. Spracklin, Charles S.

Spracklin and Geo. H. Spracklin

Guardian Appointed

Court of Probate Knox County, Ohio, June 25, AD 1866. This day the court on motion appointed Drusella E. Spracklin, guardian of John C. Spracklin aged nine years, Charles S. Spracklin aged 6 years and George H. Spracklin aged 4 years, minors heirs at law of John A. Spracklin de’d residents of said county open court entering into bond the sum of Three Hundred Dollars with Clement B. Wolverton and Noah S. Wolverton, who are approved of as bail, whereupon the said Drusilla E. Spracklin appeared in open court, accepted said trust and gave bond as requested by the Court and the law was duly qualified and letters issued to her accordingly.

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The Estate of John A. Spracklin (Jr.) the selling of his lands…

John A. Spracklin’s probate process was complicated.  In the last post I gave a summary of the court clerk journals and the packet for his probate.

In this post I wanted to share the process of selling the land holdings of John for payment of debts.

John’s estate did not have enough cash or personal possessions of any value to sell to pay debts. The appraisers gave the personal possession to Drusilla for the care of her children.

Meanwhile, the administrator moved quickly to sell John’s land holdings to cover the costs of administration and for the support of the three children.

Drusilla gave up her right of dower in land in order to sell the real estate. She opted instead for her dower in money to support her children.  I thought at first that was a bit odd but I learned from the information presented below that she actually went to the courthouse and bid on one of the pieces of land that her late husband had owned.  She was then able to provide a home for the children.

Source: Probate Court records, Vol. 2, page 619 to 622 Selling of Land to pay debts, or Box 40, 197, Knox County, Ohio Probate Records. 

Portion of page 619 of Lands Sold

Portion of page 619 of Lands Sold

In the beginning of this document they repeat the process of the Petitioner asking to sell the real estate.

The State of Ohio, Knox County, Mr. McClelland, Adm of John A. Spracklin dec’d vs. Drusilla E. Spracklin et. al.

Page 619

Proceedings had before Thomas V. Parke, Judge of the Probate Court within and for said County, on the 22nd day of Sept AD 1863.

Be it remembered that heretofore to wit, on the 7th day of August AD 1863. Mr. McClelland, Admr. of John A. Spracklin dec’d filed in said Court his Petition to sell real estate, belonging to said decedent which said petitioner _________and prepares following to wit,

To the Probate Court within and for Knox County, Ohio

Your Petitioner W. McClelland, Adm’r of John A Spracklin dec’d, respectfully represents that the said John A. Spracklin left no personal property in Ohio applicable to the payment of his debts or for the support of his widow and children. That the debts owing and which should be paid out of the assets of his said Estate as nearly as I ____know of the claim amount to about $120.00 that the appraisers have set off to ____of the children for their support for one year the sum of  $300 and that to this the cost and expenses of administration will have to be added and that there is no means by which the money for such purposes can be obtained, other than from the sale of the real estate left by the said John A. Spracklin.

Your Petitioner further represents that the said decedent died ___in fee simple of the following real estate situated in Knox County, Ohio. To wit, the one under______part of Lot No. 42 in Norton’s Northern addition to the Town of Mount Vernon, Knox County O. Also the one under___seventh part of a tract of land in the 1st quarter of the 6th twp. & 13 range US Military Lands in Knox County, being Lot No. 18 in the Plat of the survey of the Peter Davis farm, recorded in Book HH, page 2, in the recorder’s office Knox County, Ohio. Also the ______seventh part of a tract of land & being part of the S.E. qtr of section 22 Twp. 7, range 13, Knox County, Ohio. Con_____at the south-west corner of said quarter, thence north along the west line of said quarter 18 rods & 11/100 to a post on the line, thence east 53 rods to a corner, thence south 18 4/100 rods to a corner on the south line of said quarter, whence a white oak 12 in dia hence north 38 degrees 40’ distance 14 links, thence west on the township line to the place of beginning 53 rods, containing 6 acres more or less. Also the _______part of a tract of land situate in Knox County, Ohio to wit, the one ________ part of One Hundred & Thirty of land, off the east side of Lot no. 2, and forty acres off of the east side of Lot no. 3 in the second (2) quarter of the sixth Twp (6), and 14 Range, all of said _____premises being the same land on which John Spracklin late of said county deed ____constituting his homestead farm.

Your Petitioner further presents that in pursuance of an order of the Probate Judge in and for Knox County O, the app_____appended to ______ of the estate of said John A. Spracklin  app____said several trusts of lands as follows the first trust shown described at $50.00, the 2 – tract at $21.43. The third tract at $49.00 and the 4th tract at $772.00.

Your Petitioner further represents that the said decedent John A. Spracklin dead leaving Drusilla E. Spracklin no mean who is entitled to dower in said real estate and also leaving the following his heirs, and having the next estate of inheritance in the premises here described to wit: John Clement Spracklin aged 6 years, Charles Nathaniel Spracklin aged three years and George Henry Spracklin aged 11 months.

Your Petition asks that the said widow and children may be made parties defendants to this ____ that the dower estates of the said Drusilla E. Spracklin may be set off and assigned to ____ on each other orders be made in relation to the same as shall be right & proper ___and that your petitioner may be ordered to sell said real estate and that all such other and further orders may be made herein us shall be accepting & proper.  Wm. McClelland

The State of Ohio, Knox County SS

I Wm. McClelland make out and say that the matters and things set for in the foregoing Petition are true as I ____ believe.  Sworn to by W. McClelland before me, and subscribed by him in my presence the 7 day of August  A.D.1863. Thomas V. Parke, Probate Judge.

Page 620

And afterwards to wit; on the 7 day of August AD 1863 said Petitioner filed in said Court Notice & proof of service in said debts together with answer of said Widow, which said notice & proof and _____sends in _____and figures following to wit.

Notice to pay Debts

Wm. McClelland Admin of John A. Spracklin dec’d, vs. Drusilla E. Spracklin et. al

In the Probate Court of Knox County, Ohio, Petition to sell land

To John Clement Spracklin, Charles Nathanial Spracklin and George Henry Spracklin.

You and each of you are hereby informed that I have filed a petition as administrator of the estate of John A. Spracklin, dec’ in the Probate Court for Knox County, Ohio for the sale of the real estate of said decedent and shall in pursuance of the _____of said Petition on the 22 day of August AD 1863 or as soon thereafter as counsel can be heard, ask for an order from the assignment of dower of the widow of said John A. Spracklin in and for the sale of the following real estate situated in Knox County, Ohio. To wit, one seventh (1/7) Lot No. 42, in Norton’s Northern addition to Mt. Vernon. 1/7 of Lot no. 18 on the Plat of the deed division of Peter Davis farm, 1/7 of a six acre tract in SE qtr of Section 22, 7th Twp & 13 Range and 1/7 of 180 Acres parts of Lot 2 & 3 in the 2 quarter, 6 Twp., & 14 Range & reference to the Petition is hereby had for a full & perfect description of said premises.  Wm. McClelland, Admin of J.A. Spracklin

The State of Ohio, Knox County SS

I William McClelland admin of John A. Spracklin make such and say that I ____ in written notice on each of the within named heirs, on the 7th day of August AD. 1863 of which the within is a true copy. Sworn to and subscribed before me this 7th day of August AD 1863. Thomas V. Park, Probate Judge.

Answer of the Widow:

William McClelland Admin, Of John A. Spracklin, dec’d, vs. Drusilla E. Spracklin, et. al.

In Probate Court of Knox County, Ohio, Petition to Sell Land,

I, Drusilla E. Spracklin, widow of John A. Spracklin dec’d hereby rescind my right to have dower assigned me by metes and bounds in the premises described in the petition and consent out the sale of same, electing to have interest set off to me in money out of the proceeds of such sale.

Signed by Drusilla E. Spracklin

Order to sell the real estate:

And afterwards to wit, on the 22 day of August AD 1863 and order was granted by said Court to said Admin. To sell said premises in said Petition described, which said order reads n words and figures following to wit.

William McClelland Admin Of John A. Spracklin, dec’d, vs. Drusilla E. Spracklin, et. al.

Petition to sell Land, Court of Probate, Knox County, Ohio, Augs. 22, AD 1864? (Mistake should be 1863)

On motion to the Court by William McClelland atty for the petition, and it appearing from the proof _____that due notice of the Pending of this proceeding has been given to the defendants heirs of the said John A. Spracklin dec’d, and that the widow acknowledged ______and it also appearing that by order of the Court, an appraisement of the premises described in the petition was made by the appraisers of the personal estate of the said John A. Spracklin and ______ in the inventory and also appearing from the answers of said defendant Drusilla E. Spracklin the widow of the said deceased that she has relinquished the right to have dower assigned to her by metes and bounds if any such she had, and elected to have the same set off to her in money out of the proceeds thereof. It is therefore ordered that the said Petitioner proceed according to law, to advertise and sell the interest of the said John A. Spracklin dec’d in said real estate at the door of the court house, at not less than 2/3 of such appraisal value, upon the following terms, to wit. One third in hand one third in one year and the balance in two years, with interest from the day of sale and that he make (page 621) report of his proceeding without unnecessary delay. T. V. Parke, Probate Judge. 

And affirmed to wit on the 22 day of August AD 1863 a duly certified copy of the ___order together with a description of said premises with a command under seal of this Court to the said Admin to proceed in the ______and sell said real estate ____duly ______which said ______commands ____in words & figures following to wit:

one seventh (1/7) Lot No. 42, in Norton’s Northern addition to Mt. Vernon 1/7 of Lot no. 18 on the Plat of the deed division of Peter Davis farm, 1/7 of a six acre tract in SE qtr of Section 22, 7th Twp & 13 Range and 1/7 of 180 Acres parts of Lot 2 & 3 in the 2 quarter, 6 Twp., & 14 Range all of said last described premises being the same land of which John Spracklin late of said county dead seized and constituting his homestead farm.

The State of Ohio, Knox County” I hereby certify the above to be a full and true copy of the order of sale made in this case.

Witnesseth my hand and the seal of the Probate Court of said county at Mount Vernon this 22 day of August AD 1863.

Thos V. Parke, Judge

The actual selling of the land at the court house with bidding:

And afterwords to wit, on the 22 day of September AD 1863, said Admin made notice of said ___such report of sale and _____of notice __________which said report copy proof reads in words and figures as follows to wit,

To the Probate Court in and for Knox County, Ohio. In pursuance of the forgoing order in this case. I gave notice of sale of publication in the Mt. Vernon Republican a weekly newspaper of general circulation in said County of Knox for at least 4 consecutive weeks from the 22 day of September AD 1863 a copy of the same and proof of publication is ____set forth and made part of this _____ and on that day at 11 O’Clock am at the door of the Court house in accordance with said notice. I offered the real estate in the petition described for sale free and clear of the dower estate of Drusilla E. Spracklin. Whence Joshua A. Hobbs bid for the 1/7 of said six acre tract, the sum of $42.86 and he being the highest and best bidder for the same, and the same being more than 2/3 of the appraised value of said premises. I then and there struck off and sold the ____to her for that sum. I next offered the 1/7 of Lot No. 18 in the subdivision of Peter Davis farm, and Drusilla E. Spracklin bid therefore the sum of $______and she being the highest and best bidder of the same and said sum being 2/3 of the appraised value. I then and there struck off and sold the same to her for that sum. I next offered the 1/7 of the 180 acres described in the petition, and Walter H. Smith bid therefore the sum of $675.00 and he being the highest and best bidder for the same, and said sum being 2/3 of the appraised value, I then and there struck of and sold the same to him for that sum. Sept 22/63 W. McClelland, Adm.

Administrators Sale of Real Estate:

Notice is hereby given that the will on the 22 day of Sept. AD 1863 at 11 O’Clock Am at the door of the Court house in the town of Mt. Vernon, Ohio, will offer for sale to the highest bidder the following real estate as the property of John A. Spracklin dec’d, to wit, the one undersided seventh part of Lot No. 42 in Norton’s Northern addition to the town of Mt. Vernon, Knox co., Ohio. Appraised at Fifty Dollars

Page 622 – They repeat the land descriptions.

Terms of sale – one third in hand, one third in one, and the balance in 2 years from the day of sale, and secured by mortgage on the premises.  Wm. McClelland, Admin

Proof of Publication by Ed. Wight Foreman of the newspaper gives his affidavit which I am skipping.

Confirmation of the sale:

William McClelland Admin Of John A. Spracklin, dec’d., vs. Drusilla E. Spracklin, et. al.

Petition to sell Land

Court of Probate, Knox County, Ohio, Sept. 22, AD 1863

Now comes the said Petition and produces to the Court the report of the sales made by him in pursuance of an order herein before made and it appearing upon examination that said sales have in all respects seem legally made the same is hereby approved and confirmed, and said petitioner ordered to execute and deliver to the purchasers at said sale, proper deeds for the real estate sold by him add as _______and on their complying with the terms of the sale.

It is further ordered that the said Admin pay the cost of this proceeding including a fee of $12.00 for his services as atty herein, out of the first monies __________sale.

It appearing to the Court that said sales amounted to the sum of $765.65 and that the ____, Drusilla E. Spracklin is entitled to ___ of one third of that sum of $255.17 during life and that the present value of said sum is estimated at $190.00. It is therefore ordered that the said Administrator pay the said Drusilla E. Spracklin $190.00 as the full and value of her dower in the proceeds of said sale and that she banned and prohibited from ever acting upon any claim for downer in the premises so _____ Thos. V. Parke, Probate Judge.

There seems to be more to do regarding this probate.  There should be a deed selling the land to Drusilla. I don’t have copy of that deed, but I do have the deeds of the two men who bought the land.  A check of the Probate Index under Mr. McClelland’s name for anything that might be about John’s estate would be in order.  Sometimes things get filed under the Administrator or Executors names instead of the name of the deceased.  It would be interesting to check the probate and deed records in Illinois for John A. Spracklin.  Another look at the deed book for HH as mentioned about might be of interest.

If you are a descendant of John A. Spracklin, the son, and would like copies of this estate file, I would be happy to share, just comment on this post and I will find you.

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The Estate of John Andrews Spracklin (Jr.) in Knox County, Ohio

John A. Spracklin, son of John and Lydia Spracklin, did not have a will. This means that his estate went into probate and the process took from July 1863 to January 1866, about 2.5 years.

Here is a summary of the probate process that is written in the large journal books that the clerk maintains.

1. Probate Records Knox Co., Ohio, Mt. Vernon, Ohio — General Index V. 1, 1852-1914 FHL#1299062.

2. Appointment of the Administrator W. McClelland, July 18, 1863, Vol. B, pg. 728, FHL#2130104.  W. McClelland was appointed, bond set at $1400 and Joseph M. Byers, John Eichelberger, and Joseph S. Davis were appointed appraisers and were to appraise both the personal and real estate property of the deceased. 

Appointment of Administrator Jrl B, pg. 728

Appointment of Administrator Jrl B, pg. 728

3. Bonds July 18, 1863, Vol. 1 pg. 143 – FHL#1299058, $1400.00 and supported by Byers, Eichelberger and Davis.

4.  Additional information (column heading of index). Petition to Sell Land  August 22, 1863, Vol. B, pg. 743, FHL#2130104.  McClelland petitions to sell land, Drusilla does not claim her 1/3 dower preferring money for the support of her children, and it is ordered that the land be sold. 

August 22, A.D. 1863

William McClelland, Admin of John A. Spracklin dec’d vs. Drusilla E. Spracklin et. al. ss:  Petition to Sell Land

Court of Probate August 22, AD 1863 On motion to the Court by William McClelland atty for the Petitioner, and it appearing from the proof addressed that due notice of the _____of this proceeding, has been given to the defendants heirs of the said John A. Spracklin and that the widow acknowledges accurate and it also appearing by order of the Court, an appraisement of the premises disclosed in the petition was made by the appraisers of the Personal estate of the said John A. Spracklin and reposted in the Inventory &c and it also appearing from the answer of the defendant Drusilla E. Spracklin, the widow of the said deceased that she has relinquished her right to have downer assigned to her by metes & bounds, if any such she had, and ____to have the same set off to her in money, out of the proceeds thereof. It is therefore ordered that the said Petitioner proceed according to law to advertise & sell the interest of the said John A. Spracklin held in said Real Estate, at the door of the Court House, at not less than two thirds of such appraised value upon the following terms, to wit. One third in hand, one third in one, and the balance in two years from the day of sale, and he made report of his proceeding without unnecessary delay.

5. Inventory Vol. J pg. 201 and 202 – FHL#1294319, August [3 or 7], 1863. Appraising of the personal real property, description of the properties in Knox Co., affidavit of the appraisers saying this is true and just and McClelland confirming the inventory and appraising of it and an explanation of not knowing about the land the deceased held in Illinois. The comments in the following transcriptions are made by a hired researcher years ago by my cousin.  To view these typed transcriptions just click on the picture and it will open.  Don’t forget to click your back button to return.

Estate Record J, pg. 201

Estate Record J, pg. 201

Estate Record, J, 201 and 202

Estate Record, J, 201 and 202

Estate Record, J, page. 201-202

Estate Record, J, page. 201-202

6. Lands Sold to pay Debts, Vol. 2 pg. 619, 620, 621, 622 – FHL#2130749, Sept. 28, 1863. Apparently Drusilla also made bid for some of the land of her late husband. I did not obtain the deed for this transaction. In the next post I will share the process of selling the land of J.A. Spracklin and it will describe how she managed to keep some of his land after giving up her dower.

7.  Deeds – Smith and Hobbs FHL#0314062, pg. 160, 161, Selling of Land Bk 52, pg. 98 and 99, August 22, 1863.  See Recorder of Deed records.

8. Partial Settlement, Vol. C, pg. 294 – FHL#2130348. Estates Settled Only pg. 294 not page 299 Under John A. Spranklin. October 11, 1865 to January 3, 1866.

9. Admin Serv. and Costs Vol. C pg. 299. – Common Pleas could not find. This is probably in the court records and not in probate records.

You will notice that the dates go all the way into early 1866, which means it was almost two and half years before the estate was settled.

John A. Spracklin’s Probate Packet or file where the original documents are kept is summarized below. The clerk of the court took the documents and recorded them in the big court books above.  Mr. McClelland scrawled most of it.  So these copies are very difficult to read and because of the better journal copies I have emphasized the findings in them. The following packets can be viewed online at Family Search.

1. Index to Estates, Guardians and Assignments Knox Co., FHL#2131068 #1279.

2.  Bond Box #172 and #2807, FHL#2218819 #172 – On line Image 315 Bonds 1860-1869 Box 172 no. 2651-3400.

The Bond was $1400.00, W. McClelland, Alexander C. Elliott and John McCormack signed.

Box 172 Administrators Bond

Box 172 Administrators Bond, example of a box

3.  Notice of Appointments, Box #132 & #1610 FHL#2137630.  See Journal records above for the administrator appointment.

4.  Inventory Box #44 and #1279 FHL#2118343, Recorded in Estate Records Vol. J, pg. 201 – 202.  There were three appraisers: J.S. Davis, M. Eichelberger, H.M. Byers. Basically they gave the personal property to Drusilla for the support of the children.

Box 44, #1279 contains the inventory written in Mr. McClelland’s scrawl on Schedule A.  See above typed transcription above for more details and easier reading.

5. Settlement Box #63 & #2092. Partial filed Oct. 11, 1863, Settled, January 9, 1966, Recorded in Book C page 294 – See Journals above.

Box 63 #2092 contains receipts of money distributed to various individuals, including Drusilla E. Spracklin for the care of the children.  A detailed accounting of expenses that covers several pages.

6.  Final Box #40 & #197, FHL#2118342. Recorded in Final Record, Vol. 2, page 619 to 622.  Covers Petition to sell land in 1863, copies of ads in the newspaper.

In the next post I will share the sale of the land of John A. Spracklin which was involved with lands that were his father’s.

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John A. Spracklin, the son: His Civil War Pension Record…

John Andews Spracklin, the son of John and Lydia Spracklin, died in action in the Civil War at Vicksburg.  He was wounded in the head and passed away on the 19th of June, 1863.  His father with the same name, died a year before on 6 February 1862 .  His mother Lydia had passed in 1851 so his parents did not have to deal with the tragedy of loosing a child.  I am sure that news spread fast among his siblings.

Drusila, John’s wife, was the one who took the brunt of this death and was left to care for three young boys.  Here is a little story about what happened when she received the news of John’s death:

CIVIL WAR TRAGEDY

A Spracklin (Spracklen) family history tells the story of Wilmina and George Spracklin’s first meeting (as a year old infant) during the Civil War of 1863, in the town of Mt. Vernon, Ohio. The two babies and their mother chanced to meet the at the town’s Post Office on the day that Mrs. Spracklin (len) had just opened a letter stating that her husband (a union Army solider) had been mortally wounded in battle. Although the ladies were complete strangers, little Wilmina’s mother (Mrs, Bricker, by name) took a moment to console the grieving Mrs. Spracklen who was holding her baby George. 

Following this incident the ladies never met again, as the Brickers soon moved from Ohio to a farm near Belle Plaine, Iowa. Widow Spracklen continued to live in Ohio where she worked and raised her three sons, George and her two older boys.

Eighteen years later, however, young George (following his mother’s death) decided to go west to seek employment, through coincidence, he stopped at an Iowa farm to ask for work. The farm was none other than that of the Brickers.  Mrs. Bricker upon inviting the young stranger in, soon discovered that the applicant was the same “little George” whose mother she had met that eventful day in the Post Office in Mt. Vernon, Ohio in 1863. 

After frequent visits to the Bricker home for a period of two years, George Spracklin and Wilmina Bricker were married in 1883, they made their home in town for a few years and then moved to the new state of Wyoming where Wilmina died in 1901 at the age of 39. She is buried at Poverty Flats near Douglas, Wyoming.  

Source:  B. Roufley files, received from a grandson wife of George Spracklen circa 1980’s.  Note:  George was born in 1862 so he would have been about 13 years old upon his mother’s death.  His brother John would be 19 years old and his brother Charles would have been 15 years old.

John A. Spracklin’s Civil War pension is featured with only 4 pages at Fold3 #68.365 with a reference to Minors #226737 September 25, 1876. I have not been able to find the Minor reference on Fold3 at this time or any of the other numbers on the card so I don’t think the whole pension is on Fold3.

The copies I obtained of this pension file were in the files of B. Roufley, my cousin and we are great grand nieces of John’s.

John Spracklin's Pension Index Card

John Spracklin’s Pension Index Card

After John’s death Drusila would apply for his Civil War Pension, on the 29th of August, 1863. She filed at the Probate court in Knox County, Ohio, which implies that she returned to Ohio from Illinois, after the death of her husband.

Signature of Drusilla and Clement

Signature of Drusilla and Clement

Widows Declaration — Army Pension (summary of the form)

 On the 29th of August, 1863 personally appears before me the Probate Judge in the county and State named above Drusila E. Spracklin a resident of Mt. Vernon…being of the age of 29 years….that she is the widow of John Andrews Spracklin, Private, Co. H, Capt. Dobson 116th Regm’t…who died on the 19th of May, 1863 (a month before my information) from a gunshot wound to the head.  She further declares she was married to the said John Spracklin on the 3rd of November 1855, a certified copy will be made hereon (it was included with the declaration). She farther declares that she has 3 children that are under the age of sixteen years at the time of her husband’s decease; their names and ages and residence at the time are as follows:

John Clement Spracklin age 6 years, Charles Nathaniel Spracklin age 3 years and George Henry Spracklin age 11 months all of whom live with applicant in Mt. Vernon, Knox Co., Ohio. She appoints W. McClelland her attorney…witnessed by Clement B. Wolverton and T.V. Parke.  Clement B. Wolverton and Andrew Lauderbaugh residents of Mt. Vernon are witnessed to knowing John and Drusilla. 

Apparently the Adjutant General office in Washington D.C. was contacted on October 28, 1863 and they filled out an affidavit regarding the death of John Spracklin and testified to it being the correct information.

It states: he enrolled on the 14 of August 1862 in Shelby Co., Illinois into the 116th Reg. Company H for 3 years. He mustered in as  Private the 6th day of September, 1862 in Decatur, Illinois. He is reported to have died in the division hospital on June 19, 1863. Name of Applicant Druscila E. Spracklin, Mt. Vernon, Knox Co., Ohio.

A Isom Simmons, 2nd Lieut, Co. H, 116th also wrote an affidavit on Jan. 23, 1864 from Larkinsville, Alabama which I shared in a past post. Here it is again for clarification.

It reads: “Larkinsville, Ala (Name of city hard to read), Jan. 22, 1864. I certify on honor that John A. Spracklin a member of Co. H, 116th regiment, Illinois Inftry Volunteers was wounded in the head on the 19th day of May 1863 at Vicksburg, Miss. and also that the wound was the cause of his death on the 19th day of June 1863 at Division Hospl. Walnut Hills, Miss. signed by Isom Simmons (first name difficult to read) 2nd Lieut. Co. H, 116th, Ill. Vols.”

Several years later Drusilla applied for a Widow’s Claim for Increased pension on the 27th of August, 1866. There were three additional documents.

Partial Increased Pension page

Partial Increased Pension page

1. State of Ohio, Knox County, 27th day of August 1866, personally appeared before me…Drusilla E. Spracklin, a resident of Mt. Vernon in the County of Knox, State of Ohio, who being duly sworn, in order to obtain the pension by the act of Congress of 1866…That she is the widow of John A. Spracklin who was a private in the 116th Reg’mt of Illinois, Volunteers in the War of 1861, that she is in receipt of pension certificate 68365 and was paid to include March 4 1866 at the Columbus, Ohio agency….following named children of hers, left her by her said husband at the time of his death, which were under 16 years of age at the date of the passage of the act (1866):

John C. Spracklin born October 17, 1856

Charles N. Spracklin born May 1, 1860

George H. Spracklin born June 19, 1862

John was born in Mt. Vernon, Knox Co., Ohio, Charles N and George H. were born in Shelby Co., Illinois. She appoints Wm. McClelland of Mt. Vernon her attorney. Signed by Drusila E. Spracklin. 

Witnesses were Nathaniel S. Wolverton and a David Y. Gardner, residents of Knox Co.

Signed by Thomas V. Parke, Probate Judge, Know Co., Ohio.  

This is why Civil War pension files are so amazing, you never know what information you will find. In this case the mother gives the information about her children’s births and their birth location.  We also see how Drusila spelled her own name via her signatures.

Drusilla gave testimony in an affidavit in September of 1867:

2. Written on the side ________________(partially cut off) No. 68365, The State of Ohio, Knox County: ss

Personally appeared before me the _____________authority Druscilla E. Spracklin who being duly Sworn says that she is the identical person who had made applications for increase pension No. 68365 ___ pending.  That her late husband John A. Spracklin left no minors by a former marriage.  That she has not married since the death of her said husband, nor abandoned the support of any of their children under sixteen years of age nor permitted any one for whom increase is claimed to be accepted by and that the children named in her said application are the only legitimate children of herself and her said deceased husband none living – she refers to her application as to the names of her said children and proof of the same heretofore sent. Signed by Drusila E. Spracklin (Her original signature).  

Sworn by Drusila E. Spracklin before this 25th day of September A.D. 1867.  I further certify that I am well acquainted with her and know her to be the person she represents herself to be and that I have no interest in her claim for increase pension.  Signed by Alexander  D. Elliott, Clerk, Court of Com. Pleas, Knox Co., Ohio.

Here is a witnesses affidavit:

3. Evidence in Support of the Claim of Drusila E. Spracklin, No. 68365 for increase pension. The State of Illinois, Shelby County, ss:

Personally appeared before me the undersigned authority, Justice of the Peace of the County of Shelby and State of Illinois, who being duly worn says, that she was personally acquainted with John A. Spracklin a private in Co. H of the 116th Regiment of Ill. Volunteers; also with his wife Drusilla E. Spracklin and also with their children John C., Charles N. and George H. Spracklin.  That she knows they were born in the order named; that she was present when the said George H. Spracklin was born; that he was born on the 19th day of June A.D. 1862That the said Drusilla E. Spracklin left the county and moved back to Ohio the next fall after said child was born.  That she has no interest in the claim of the said Drusilla E. Spracklin for increase pension.

Mark of X by the following names:  Attest C. Thornbeck, William W. Newkirk, Elizabeth Sp..lan, Mary H. Newkirk. (All difficult to read).

Sworn to and subscribed before me this 12 day of August A.D. 1867

I further certify that I am personally acquainted with said Affiant; and that she’s a credible person; and that I have no interest direct or indirect in the prosecution of said claim for increase pension.  I further certify that the content of said affidavit was made known to the affiant before she signed the same.  Witness my hand and official Seal this 12th day of August A.D. 1867, Clarvis Thornbeck, J.P.

Drusilla applied for John’s pension but was also involved with his estate and probate process which I discuss in the next post.

Note:  I will be happy to share original copies of the Civil War service and pension of John A. Spracklin with those descendants of this man who are interested.  Leave a comment and I will connect with you.

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John A. Spracklin, the son, his Civil War Service..

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John A. Spracklin served in the Civil War from Illinois.  He was a son of John and Lydia Spracklin.

John’s Civil War service record was in the possession of a cousin and she shared the information with me.  It is difficult to read the service cards because the writing is very light and patchy.  I did my best and even darkened the cards but it is difficult.

John A. Spracklin served from 6 September 1862 to 19 June, 1863 which is approximately 9 months before he was killed in action.

Below is a summary of his Civil War Service record cards:

J.A.Spracklin First Card

J.A.Spracklin First Card

1. S, 116 Ill. J.A. Spracklin, Priv. Capt. Dobson’s Co. 116 Reg’t Illinois Inf. age 25 years. Decatur, Illinois: Sept 6, 1862 muster-in date Sept 6, 1862. Joined for duty and enrolled When Aug 14, 186[2] Where Shelby Co., period 3 years.

2. S 116 Ill: J.A. Spracklin, Priv. Co. H, 116 Reg’t Illinois Infantry for date Oct. 31, 1862, Absent without pay 8 days.

3. S 116 Ill: J.A. Spracklin, Priv. Co. H., 116 Reg’t Illinois Infantry. for _____& Enrollment Dec. 31, 1862. Absent. Absent without leave Nov. 26, 1862 Memphis.

4. S 116 Ill:  John A Spracklin, Priv. Co. H, 116 Reg’t Illinois Infantry for Jan and Feb 1863. Deserted at Memphis ____Nov. 26, 1863.

5. S 116 Ill:  John A Spracklin, Priv. Co. H, 116 Reg’t Illinois Infantry for Jan & Feb 1863. Deserted at Memphis [Term] Nov. 26, 1863?

6. S 116 Ill:  John A Spracklin, Priv. Co. H, 116 Reg’t Illinois Infantry for April 10, 1863 Present.

7. S 116 Ill:  John A Spracklin, Priv. Co. H, 116 Reg’t Illinois Infantry for Mch and April 1863 Present.  

8. S 116 Ill:  John A Spracklin, Priv. Co. H, 116 Reg’t Illinois Infantry Appears on Co. Muster Roll, dated for Washington D.C. June 1865, Last paid Feb. 28, 1863, Clothing acccount:  drawn since $37.77. Bounty paid $25.00; due $75.00. Died June 19, 1863 from woods recev’d in action at Vicksburg Miss. May 19, 1963.

Summary Card John A. Spracklin

Summary Card John A. Spracklin

9. S 116 Ill:  John A Spracklin, Priv. Co. H, 116 Reg’t Illinois Infantry for May & June, 1863. Died of wound in Inv. Hospl June 19, 1863.

Because of the difficulty in reading the services cards the question of his desertions maybe be suspect.  He was apparently a prisoner of war for a period of time, here is the card with notes:

Prisoner of War Card for J.A. Spracklin

Prisoner of War Card for J.A. Spracklin

So review these with care and copies are available from the compiler upon request.

Below are two casualty sheets for John A. Spracklin:

J.A. Spracklin Casualty Sheet

Casualty Sheet for J.A. Spracklin

Another Casualty Sheet for JA Spracklin

Another Casualty Sheet for John Spracklin

More information about John’s regiment the 116th Illinois Infantry Regiment:

http://civilwar.illinoisgenweb.org/reg_html/116_reg.html

Vicksburg, National Park Service website is very good with lots of information about this battle and the soldiers.

http://www.nps.gov/vick/index.htm

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John and Lydia Spracklin’s Children: John Andrews Spracklin, the Son & Civil War Soldier

John and Lydia (Goss) Spracklin had a son named John Andrews Spracklin and he is frequently confused with the father.

It is not surprising that there is confusion because John A. Spracklin, the father, died in February of 1862 and the son John died of a wound to his head which he received in the Civil War on the 19th of June, 1863 in Vicksburg, Warren, Mississippi. John A. Spracklin, the son, is buried in Walnut Hill Cemetery but where that is located in not indicated and there are many cemeteries with this title throughout the country.

He is not listed in the National Cemetery in Vicksburg: http://www.nps.gov/vick/learn/historyculture/interments.htm

Probate Index Knox Co. Showing father and son's probate - Spracklin

Probate Index Knox Co. Showing father and son’s probate – Spracklin

This means that when you look at the probate index for Knox County you see two John Spracklins listed for the year 1863. In past posts on this blog, I have shared about the father’s estate and you can find those posts by using the search box or go to the category for John A. Spracklin the father.

Here is a link to the National Park in Vicksburg where the battle of Vicksburg is remembered. http://www.nps.gov/vick/index.htm  You can read about the cemetery history, the interments and the relocation of many of the soldiers, and the poor record keeping.

“He died at the Division Hospital in Walnut Hills, Mississippi of wounds received to the brain on the 19th of May 1863.

The following letter was included among papers of cousin B. Roufley’s regarding his death:

It reads: “Larkinsville, Ala (Name of city hard to read), Jan. 22, 1864. I certify on honor that John A. Spracklin a member of Co. H, 116th regiment, Illinois Inftry Volunteers was wounded in the head on the 19th day of May 1863 at Vicksburg, Miss. and also that the wound was the cause of his death on the 19th day of June 1863 at Division Hospl. Walnut Hills, Miss. signed by Isom Simmons (first name difficult to read) 2nd Lieut. Co. H, 116th, Ill. Vols.”

 I will share more about John’s Civil War service in a future post.

John Andrews Spracklin, the son, was born about 1835 in Mount Vernon, Knox County, Ohio. He married Drusila Elizabeth Wolverton on 3 November, 1855, in Knox County, Ohio.

John and Drusila's Marriage

John and Drusila’s Marriage

State of Ohio, Knox Co., Nov. 3, 1855, Mr. John A. Spracklin to Miss Drusella E. Wolverton. This is to certify that on the 3 day of November A.D. 1855 J.W. H. Cochran a Justice of the Peace joined in Matrimony Mr. John A. Spracklin and Miss Druscilla E. Wolverton. Given under my hand this 3 day of Nov. A.D. 1863. W. H. Cochran, J.P. – In Testimony whereof….the seal of the court at Mt. Vernon this 29th day of Aug. A.D. 1863, Thomas V. Parke, Probate Judge. 

Source:  Marriages, Nov. 3, 1855, Probate Court, Knox Co., State of Ohio.

Drusila was born about 1834.  She was the daughter of Clement B. Wolverston and [Noah] Louisa Lauderbaugh.  Clement was born about 1801 and died August 1879 in Knox County, Ohio. He is buried in Mound View Cemetery in Mt. Vernon and his tombstone is featured on Find A Grave. There may have been at a sister named Katherine who married  W. C. Culbertson. These names will be important when I write about the estate of John and Drusilla.

I have seen Drusilla’s name spelled many different ways: Drusilla, Drusella, Druzella, Druzilla.  I keep seeing more versions of the spelling.

John appears in the 1850 U.S. Census with his parents.  He is listed as age 15. This census has been featured in past posts about the Spracklin family.

Unfortunately I cannot find John and Drusilla in the 1860 census.  This may mean they were migrating.  I have seen references to Iowa, Nebraska and then Illinois when John mustered into the Civil War.

1870 U.S. Census places Drusila in Mt. Vernon, Ohio with her three sons. She is using Ellen as her name and she is alone.

Line 18, 273, 258, Spracklin, Ellen, 35 F, all White, Keeps house, $700, $4000, all born Ohio, John E. 13, M, Charles 10, M, George 8, M.

Source:  1870 U.S. Federal Census, 5 Ward, Mt. Vernon, enumerated 3 August, 1870 by Geo. W. Steele. 

John and Drusila had three sons – A family tree at Ancestry titled Scheler/Spracklen-2 has sources for these children. You may have to be a member to view or you can use your library card to access the Ancestry Library edition. Here is the link.  There are other family trees but I think this one is one of the better ones for this family.

http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/26912564/person/5132515126

1. John Clement Spracklin was born 17 October, 1856 probably in Mt. Vernon, Ohio. He died 23 Feb., 1926 in Waterviet, Berrien, Michigan. He first married Barbara Ellen Mutchler in 1879 and then Matilda Evaline Shrader in 1905. There were three children with Barbara:  Matilda, Ida O. and Christina Alice.  He is buried in Century Farm Cemetery in Berrien, Michigan but there is a memorial but no tombstone photo at Find A Grave.

Line 36, 30, 30, Spracklen, John C. Head, W, M, Oct, 1856, 43, Widowed, born Ohio, parents born Ohio, farmer. Matilda L, daughter, W, F, July 1881, 18, Single, born Indiana. Ida O, daughter, F, Oct. 1888, 11, Single, born Indiana, Christina A. daughter, W, F, Jan. 1891, 9, Single, born Indiana. Last two at school.

Source:  1900 U.S. Federal Census, Wayne Twp., Fulton Co., Indiana, Sht#2, SD 13, ED 45, enumerated 2 June, 1900 by Wm. Caton

2. Charles Nathaniel Spracklin was born 1 May, 1860 in Shelby Co., Illinois but it could be Ohio and his death was 21 Aug., 1929 in Ft. Smith, Sebastian, Arkansas. He married a Lucy Ann McGrew and had several children.

Line 65, 79, 79, Spracklin, Charles N., Head, W, M, May 1860, 40, M, 13, born Illinois, parents born Ohio, Carpenter. Lucy, A., wife, F, July 1868, 31, M, 13, 5 children born 5 living, born Indiana, parents born Indiana. Jessie L, Son, M, Oct. 1887, 12, S, born Kansas. Charles A., son, M, July 1891, 8, S, born Kansas
Catherine B, daughter, F, Mch, 1894, 6, S, born Kansas. Gerald F. son, M, Mch 1896, 4, S, born Kansas. Mildred E. daughter, F, Dec. 1898, 1, S, born Kansas.

Source:  1900 U.S. Federal Census, Belvue Twp., Pottawatomie, Kansas,  Sht#Four, SD#85, ED#130, enumerated 13 June 1900, Edwin A. Worthing

3. George Henry Spracklin was born 19 June 1862 in Shelby Co., Illinois  according to my source but it may have been Pana, Illinois and died about 1927 in Montana.  He married in 1882 in Iowa to Willmina Bricker born 1862 in Ohio.  She died about 1901 in Douglas, Converse, Wyoming and is buried there in the cemetery in Poverty Flats known as the Pioneer Cemetery and the tombstone is on Find A Grave.  George may have married two more times to a Ophelia G. and a Luella A. Farnes.

Line 6, 53, 53, Spracklin, Geo. H., Head, W, M, June 1862, 37, M, 18, born Illinois, parents born in Ohio, Farmer. Willimina, wife, W, F, Aug, 1862, 37, M, 18, 9 born 5 living, born in Ohio, parents born Ohio. John, son, W, M, Sept. 1883, 16, S, born Nebraska, Vernon, Son, W, M, June 1886, 13, S, born Wyoming. Frankie, daughter, W, F, Aug. 1891, S, born Wyoming, Willis, Son, W, M, Aug. 1893, born Wyoming. Gerald, Son W, M, Nov. 1896, born Wyoming.

Source:  1900 U.S. Federal Census, Upper Labante precinct, Converse, Wyoming, Sht # 3, SD ___, ED 22, enumerated 8 and 9 June, 1900 Samuel Slaymaker.

George and Willimina married about 1882 in Iowa and had seven children:

1.  John Simon Spracklin born 20 September, 1883, Belle Plaine, Benton Co., Iowa. He died about 1957 in Iaho.  He married Gladis Effie Braae and had 4 children.

2. Charles Vernon Spracklin was born 12 June 1885, Chadron, Dawes Co., Nebraska, he died 31 January 1938 in Douglas, Converse, Wyoming.  Charles married Hulda Margaret Olin.  The children are listed in the following census.

Charles appears in the 1930 U.S. Census.

Line 50, 15, 1, Spracklin, Charles V., Head, O, $10,000, yes, M, W, 45, M, 30, No, Yes, Nebraska, parents born in Iowa, farmer, Hulda M., wife H, F, W, 47, m, 22, no, yes, born Nebraska, parents Sweden, Marvin F, son, m, w, 18, s, no, yes, the children all born in Wyoming, laborer, Mae D., daughter, F, 1, 16, S, yes, yes, Grace L, daughter, F, W, 13, S, yes, yes, Elmer, L, son, m, w, 9, s, yes, yes, Charles B., son, m, w, 7, s, yes, yes, Lester K., son, m, w, 7, s, yes yes.

Source:  1930 U.S. Federal Census, Converse, Wyoming, Election District 15 Bear Creek, ED #5-17, SD#3, Sht #1, enumerated April 16, 1930, Mrs. Bessie C. Harnbuckle. 

3.  Frank Marque Spracklin was born 29 August 1890 in Glenrock, Converse, Wyoming and died 20 May 1943 in Redding, Shasta Co., California. He married Ruby Ann Newell and they had the following children: Mable R., Helen C., Francis B., Frank M. and Ruby H.  Frank is buried in the Burney Cemetery in Burney, Shasta County, California but there is a memorial but no tombstone on Find A Grave.

4. Willis Richard Spracklin was born (twin) August 1894 and died 8 September 1975. He married a Mildred Poirot and they had these children: Quentin P., Patricia W., George Emil, Richard C., Douglas G., Willis, A, Charles E.  He remarried in 1945 to Marguerite L. Goodwin.  He is buried in the Douglas Park Cemetery, in Converse Co., Wyoming. See Find A Grave for more details.

5. Williard Ross Spracklin was born (twin) 20, August 1894 in Douglas, Converse, Wyoming and died very soon after his birth in 1894 in Douglas.  He is buried with his mother in the Pioneer Cemetery in Converse, Wyoming.  See Find A Grave for a picture of the tombstone and more information.

6. Guy V. Spracklin was born 15 November 1895/97 and died October 1978 in Nevada. He married a Bessie M. Smith and had three children. He may have been known as “Gerald?”

7. Druzella Belle Spracklin was born 8 April, 1900 in Wyoming and died 22 August 1974 in Montana.  She married several times.

I have not spent a great deal of time researching these descendants of John and Drusilla Spracklin. I am content to refer you to the family tree mentioned above and Find A Grave for more information. There is still a great deal more to do on this family and I urge you to double check my findings for there are some inconsistencies between me and other information and a thorough census search is really in order to get a better feel for the families as well as burial information. My interest is in sharing about the father John’s Civil War experience and about Drusila’s struggles with a guardianship after his death and then her death in 1875.  Be warned that the names of this family are misspelled very badly so try different variations when searching.

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