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:

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.  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.

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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