Alfred Spracklin was born 3 November, 1810 in Pitney, Somerset, England to Peter and Betty Spracklin. He was baptized on 10 March, 1814 along with his brother George. His sister Ann’s prayer book verifies his birth.
March 10, 1814 Alfred baptized son of Peter and Betty Spracklin, this parish, labourer. March 10th, 1814 George son of Peter and Betty Spracklen, this parish, labourer.
Source: Baptismal Register of Pitney, Somerset, England, Alfred and George Spracklin, pg. 5, Somerset Archives & Records.
Alfred came with his parents and siblings to New York in 1823. He was 13 when they crossed the Atlantic. I wonder what he thought about the ship, the ocean and the whole trip. I wonder if he ever told the story to his family for he was old enough to remember.
Alfred’s father, Peter, was living in Knox County, Ohio till about 1835 when he made the move to Hardin Co., Ohio purchasing land from Wine Rood and John Andrews.
On 26 Jan. 1832, Alfred married Abigail Cooper in Knox County, Ohio. Abigail was born on 6 June, 1811 in New Jersey.
Spracklin, Alfred/Alford to Cooper, Abigail, pg. 24, 26 Jan 1832 by Fred, Cary JP, 243 – 10R;
Source: Knox County, Ohio Marriages 1808-1875, Compiled by R. DeLauder, Mt. Vernon, OH, and Indexed by Franklin Miller, Jr., Gambier, Ohio, Knox County Chapter of Ohio Genealogical Society, 1995.
I do not know who Abigail’s parents are, however, there is an Alexander Cooper living in Jefferson Twp. in Knox County in 1830. There are two girls in the 15 to 19 age range.
In October of 1839, Alfred was ordained a minister in the United Brethren Church in Richland Co., Ohio.
The Court of Common Pleas giving Alfred Spracklin the license to perform and solemnize marriages in the State of Ohio as a minister of the United Brethren Church as of 1st (7th) of October 1839.
Source: State of Ohio, Richland Co., Page 16 of Index and #324 for license FHL#1941225 Item 14 Marriage and Ministers license record 1833-1884.
Because Alfred was in Richland County, I thought I would try for a 1840 Census for him. I found an Alford Sprattan living in Richland County, Ohio and I think it is him and Abigail.
Males under 5 – 1 – could this be George P.
Males 30 through 39 – 1 – could this be Alford (Alfred)
Females 5 thru 9 – 1 – could this be Mary P.
Females 30 thru 39 – 1 – could this be Abigail
Professionals – 1
Under 20 – 2
20 thru 49 – 2
If you have been reading this blog you will recall that the children of John and Mary Keller started leaving Morrow County and moving to Richland and Crawford Counties where the United Brethren church was more established.
The website titled Heritage Pursuit has many of the history books for Ohio and other sources; however, to search you do have to pay a fee. The convenience is because the information is all in one place. I was using it to search for Spracklins, Goss, Delano and Keller and others. Internet Archive is also another source to find county history books free and to be able to search them.
Heritage Pursuit – 610 – HISTORY OF SENECA COUNTY.
Tiffin. In April, 1839, the conference was held at Union Schoolhouse, Seneca County.
In March, 1840, the Conference assembled at Phillip Betz’s house. H. G. Spayth was elected presiding elder. Alfred Spraylin, Jacob Newman, S. Lillybridge, M. Long, B. J. Needles and Jonathan Thomas were the preachers.
In 1841 the conference met at King’s Schoolhouse, Richland County, with Jacob Erb, bishop, presiding. Jeremiah Brown was elected presiding elder, and Alfred Spracklin preacher of the Seneca Circuit.
The conference of 1842, held at Monclova, Lucas Co., Ohio, was presided over by Bishop Kumber. John Davis and Jeremiah Brown were elected presiding elders of the western and eastern districts respectively, and Alfred Spracklin was continued as preacher of the Seneca Circuit.
In 1843 the conference met at Beaver Creek Schoolhouse with Bishop Kumber, Jr., presiding; the same elders were elected, and Spracklin continued in charge of Seneca Circuit.
Alfred performed marriages in Marion County in 1835 to 1842, also in 1867 to 1874. He is mentioned in several searches for Marion County on the Heritage Pursuit website. I found him mentioned in Vol. III and IV. It would be interesting to check the actual marriage records for Marion County.
More at Heritage Pursuit – Hopewell Twp. 558
United Brethren Church, of Bascom, may be said to be contemporary with the establishment of Seneca Circuit. A reference to the history of Eden Township points out the beginning of this church in the county. In 1841 Jeremiah Brown was appointed presiding elder, and Alfred Spracklin, preacher, of this circuit. In 1844 Samuel Hadley succeeded Rev. Spracklin. In 1845 J. Gurber, W. Herrington and J. C. Bright were preachers. In 1848 the circuit was reorganized, John Davis being appointed preacher of Seneca Circuit. In 1849 S. Long and J. Martin were appointed; in 1851, John Curtis; in 1852, G. Schneider, the circuit than containing 300 members. In 1854 M. Long was appointed preacher; in 1856, D. S. Caldwell; in 1858, James Long; in 1860, S. T. Lane; in 1862, W. Mathers; in 1863, D. Glancey; in 1864, I. Crouse; in 1865, S. T. Lane; in 1867, S. Essex; in 1868, M. Bulger; in 1869; G. Bender; in 1870, S. Foster; in 1871, G. French; in 1873, G. Hoover.
Sandusky Co. 599
The other circuits of the conference were Maumee, Scioto, Richland, and Owl Creek, in Knox county, travelled respectively by S. Lillibridge, J. Alsop, J. Davis, and B. Kaufman.
The third session of Sandusky conference was held at the house of J. Crum, in Wood county, Ohio, April 26, 1836. Preachers received John Dorcas, T. Hastings, Francis Clymer, Michael Long, Alfred Spracklin, and William Williams.
In January of 1841 Peter and Betty Spracklin sold land to their son Alfred in Hardin Co., Ohio. Alfred is living in Richland County, Ohio at this time. This is a fun deed because we get to see father and son interacting and Betty is also involved.
Peter Spracklin Deed to Alfred Spracklin)__ This indenture made this twenty-first day of January one thousand eight hundred and forty one by and between Peter Spracklin of Hardin County and State of Ohio of the one part and Alfred Spracklin of the County of Richland and State of Ohio of the other part withnessth that the said Peter Spracklin and his wife Betty Spracklin from and on consideration of the Sum of two hundred Dollars to them paid in hand the Receipt whereof be doth hereby acknowledged have given granted bargained sold released and conveyed and covenant unto him the said Alfred Spracklin and his heirs and assigns forever all that tract or parcel of land situate in the County of Hardin and State of Ohio and baring the East half of the southeast quarter of section no. twelve in Fractional Township No. five on Range No. twelve of Congress Land in District of Delaware containing eighty acres be the same more of less. To have and to hold the premises aforesaid with all the privileges and appurtenances belonging or in any wise appertaining and his the said Alfred Spracklin and unto his heirs and assigns forever and the said Peter Spracklin for himself and his heirs executors and administrators convenant and _____to an with the said Alfred Spracklin his heirs and assigns that he the said Peter Spracklin and his wife is lawfully seized of the premises aforesaid and that the ___ right and ___to debt and convey clear of and from al encumbrances whatever and further that the said Peter Spracklin will well and truly warrant the premises is herein and hereby grantee unto the other said Alfred Spracklin and to his heirs and assigns against he lawful ___and ___ of all person claiming by from or under him.
In testimony Whereof we set our hand and seals this 22 January AD 1841 – In the Presence of Asahel Ingham and David Ingham. Signed by Peter Spracklin SEAL and Betty (her X mark) Spracklin SEAL.
State of Ohio Hardin County SS:
Before me B.L. Boynton a Justice of the Peach an and for said County personally appeared Peter Spracklin and Betty his wife and acknowledged the signing and sealing of the above conveyance to be their voluntary act and deed and the said Betty being at the same time examined by me separate and apart from her husband and the contents of said conveyance made know to her by me she then declared that she had voluntarily signed sealed and acknowledged to same and that she is still satisfied therewith this 22 January 1841. B.L. Boynton JP (Seal) Recorded the 16th day of Feb AD 1841 D. Barron RHC.
Source: Deed of Peter Spracklin to Alfred Spracklin, Register of Deeds for Hardin Co., Ohio, 21 January, 1841, FHL#913820 Vol. D, pg. 469-470.
When you own land you pay taxes and the Spracklins were listed in 1841 for Hardin County, Ohio – it is very hard to read and they are two full pages of figures so what you see below is a summary.
Peter Spracklin Dudley on Congress Lands at R12, T5, S12 – W1/2 & E1/4 and also E ___ SE 1/4 and SW 1/4.
George Spracklin on R12, T5, S12 – W1/2 SE 1/4 SW 1/4 also W 1/2 SW 1/4
Alfred Spracklin on R12, T5, S12 – E1/4 SE 1/4
In 1842 they appear again and it is fun to see them close to each other.
Peter Sprocklin Dudley Township Land Tax R12, T5, S12 – W1/2 SE 1/4 and W1/2 SW1/4
Sprocklin, George R12, T5, S12 – W1/2, SE 1/4 SW1/4 and We 1/2 SW 1/4
Sprocklin, Alfred, R12, T5, S12 E1/2 SW1/4
Peter and George appear in the Chattel Tax for 1842 which refers to animals – Pork, ___, Cattle?
Peter 2, 80, 2 and 16
George 1, 40, 3 and 24
Alfred Spracklin and Abigail were involved with the estate of Alfred’s father Peter and appeared in three deeds in which the heirs of Peter gave their remaining interests in the estate of Peter to Alfred. I have featured these deeds in past posts regarding his father Peter Spracklin’s estate including brother Peter who lived in New Jersey and Samuel Lawrence.
1847 Estate of Peter Spracklin – Alfred gets the land J. Spracklin et. al. Hardin County Recorder of Deeds, FHL#91386 Law Record, Vol. I (not J) pg. 281. 29 October, 1947.
Know all men by these presents that we John Spracklin and Lydia his wife of the county of Knox and Elias Myers and Permelia his wife of the County of Marion, Sylvanus Cook and Ann his wife of the County of Hardin, George Spracklin and Elroloa his wife of the County of Hardin and Betty Spracklin of this County of Hardin all by the State of Ohio fore and in consideration of the sum Two hundred and fifty dollars paid in hand by Alfred Spracklin of Hardin County in the State of Ohio do hereby revise release and forever quit claim made the said Alfred Spracklin’s his heirs and assigns forever all and right title interest and estate legal and equitable in the following premise with appurtenances situate in the County of Hardin and State of Ohio being the west half of the south east quarter of Section twelve in the Fractional Township No. five South of Range No. Twelve containing eighty acres be the same more or less.
In testimony whereof we have herewith set our hand and seals this 29th day of Oct. A.D. 1847.
Executed in the presence of us: Attest Ephraim McLain, Elizabeth Lawrence, Solomon Spracklin, Daniel D. Spracklin.
Signed by John Spracklin (Seal)
Lydia Spracklin (Seal)
Elias Myers (Seal)
Parmelia A. Myers (Seal)
Sylvanus Cook (Seal)
Ann Cook (Seal)
George Spracklin (Seal)
Aroa Spracklin (Seal)
Betty (her mark) Spracklin (Seal)
The State of Ohio Marain County SS: Before me Ephraim McLain a Justice of the Peace in and for said County personally appeared the within named Elias Myers and Permelia his wife, Sylvanus Cook and Ann his wife, George Spracklin and Arloa his wife and Betty Spracklin an acknowledged the signing and sealing of the within deed to be their voluntary act the same time examined by me separate and apart from their said husbands and the contents of the said instrument made known to them by me they declared that they did voluntarily sign seal and acknowledged the same and that they are still satisfied therewith this twenty night day of Oct. A.D. 1847.
State of Ohio Knox County ss: Before me C.M. Eaton a Justice of the Peace in and for said County personally appeared the within name John Spracklin and Lydia his wife, and acknowledged the signing and sealing of the within deed to be their voluntary act and deed and the said Lydia Spracklin being examined apart from the said husband by me and the contents of the said instrument made known to her by me did then declare of the same to be her voluntary act and deed and that she is still satisfied therewith. Acknowledged before me this 27th day of march A.D. 1848.
29 October, 1847 Peter Spracklin, a son, who is living in New Jersey sells his share of the estate of the father Peter Spracklin to Alfred.
Source: Hardin Co. Register of Deeds, FHL913866 Vol. I, pg. 280:
Peter Spracklin To Deed Alfred Spracklin, Know all men by these presents that we Peter Spracklin and Mary Adaline Spracklin his wife of the City of Camden and County of Camden in the State of New Jersey by their attorney George Spracklin of the County of Hardin in the State of Ohio in consideration of Eighty five Dollars in hand paid by Alfred Spracklin of the County of Hardin and the State of Ohio do hereby revise release and forever quit-claim unto the said Alfred Spracklin his heirs and assigns forever all our right title interest and estate legal and equitable in the following premises with the appurtenances situate in the Country of Hardin and State of Ohio being the West half of the Southeast quarter of Section twelve in fractional Township No. five South of Range 12 twelve containing eighty acres be the same more of less. The above premises are truly conveyed by virtue of a Power of Attorney legally executed on the 6th day of April A.D. 1847 by the above named Peter Spracklin and Mary Adaline Spracklin and recorded in the office of Hardin County Ohio in Book H, pages 237 and 238 on the first day of June A.D. 1847 in testimony whereof I have hereunto set our hands and Seals this 29th day of October A.D. 1847. Executed in the presence of Ephraim McLain and Elias Myers. Signed by Peter Spracklin (SEAL) Mary Adaline (SEAL) George Spracklin (SEAL)
The State of Ohio Hardin County SS: Before me the Subscribers a justice of the peace in and for said County personally appeared George Spracklin attorney for Peter Spracklin and Mary Adaline Spracklin do acknowledge the signing and sealing of the within name conveyance to be their voluntary act and deed for the purposes there in expressed this 29th day of Oct A.D. 1847. Recorded Nov. 17th 1848 C. Seaman DHCO Ephraim McLain JP.
At that time in 1847 Samuel Lawrence was living in Philadelphia and a Barnard family was there as well. They are included on this deed and at this time I don’t know their relationship to the Spracklin family? Here is a summary:
Deed of Samuel Lawrence & Others (Barnard) et. al to Alfred Spracklin of Hardin Co. for 85 acres in Dudley Twp. – Law Record in 1844. Description: “…To wit, The West half of the North West quarter of Section Thirteen (13) in Township five (5) and Range twelve (12) containing 85 (85) acres of land, ore or lefs…” County of Hardin, State of Ohio for $3000.
Signed by S. Lawrence, E. Lawrence, James Barnard, Mary Barnard, George Barnard, Elizabeth Barnard, Sara Ann Barnard and witnessed by John Celonds and Samuel Burnett. Signers are all of Philadelphia
Hardin Co., Ohio. Hardin County, Ohio Registre of Deeds, FHL#913866, Vol. I (not J), pg. 280.
Alfred is living in Perry Twp., Richland Co., Ohio in the 1850 Census. He has not yet made the move to Hardin. I have not done any deed or court research in Richland or Seneca County, which might also show more of Alfred’s business.
Line 1 – 42/42 Alfred Sprikelan (Spracklin), age 39, Male, United ___ Preacher $1500 born in England,
Abigal Sprikelan age 39, F., born in New York;
Permelia M., age 17, female, born in Ohio;
George age 13, male born in Ohio;
Caroline M., age 9, female, born in Ohio;
Malinda age 7, female, born in Ohio;
Emaline S., age 5, female born in Ohio.
Source: Alfred Sprikelan (Spracklin) Family, 1850 U.S. Census, Perry, Richland Co., Ohio, Roll M432-724, pg. 414.
Over the years in Hardin County, Ohio, Alfred Spracklin was involved in quite a few land transactions. I do not have copies of these deeds because there was not enough research time to find them all.
Here is a summary of those deeds he was involved with. You might want to double-check these it has been a long time since I did this work.
In 1856 Allen Dildine sold to Alfred Spracklin land in Dudley Twp. R12, T5, S12 amounting to 80 acres – SW4 SW4 – Source: FHL#913866 Law Record V. I. Note: I believe this Allen to be Thomas Dildine’s father. Thomas married Mary Pamela Spracklin, the daughter of Alfred and Abigail.
In 1860 Joseph Edgar sold land to Alfred Spracklin in R12, T5, S13 consisting of 28 acres PT SE2? Source: Hardin County, Ohio Deeds, Vol. 27, pg. 352 Dudley Twp. FHL#913866.
On 15 December, 1862 George Barnard sold land to Alfred Spracklin in Dudley Twp. R12, T5, S13, consisting of 85 acres W2 NW4. Source: Hardin County Register of Deeds, George Barnard to Alfred Spracklin -FHL#914214 Deeds Records, Vol. W, pg. 62. Note: Once again George Barnard appears interacting with the Spracklins. This man was also featured in the deed with Samuel and Elizabeth Lawrence in 1847 regarding Peter Spracklin’s land. Their relationship to the Spracklins is not yet determined. As far as I can determine he left and went back to Philadelphia and died there. Find A Grave has a memorial of a man that I think is this George Barnard.
In 1865 Alfred Spracklin is the grantor and he is selling land to a J.C. Stevens, Dudley twp. R12, T5, S13. This is another 85 acres W1/2 NW1/4. Source: Hardin Co., Deeds Book Y, pg. 734. FHL#914214.
That same year of 1865 Portius Wheller sells land to A. Spracklin in Dudley Twp., R12, T5, S13, for 39 acres NE4 NE4. Source: Hardin Co., Deeds Book Y, pg. 267, FHL#914214 Note: If you scroll up on this post you will see that this man is listed right below the Spracklins in the tax records for 1842.
Other deeds were all grantors selling to Alfred Spracklin in Dudley Twp. Alfred may have bidded highest for the ones listed as et. al’s at estate sales.
Grace D. Patrick 80 acres 1867, Albert Scranton in 1867 for 80 acres, J.B. Banning for 21 acres 1871, Lewis Merriman et. al. for 120 acres in 1873, A. Teeters et al. for 120 acres in 1873 and Jas. T. Wood a Forest Survey No. 995750 for 50 acres in 1876.
I cannot say that the research is done regarding Alfred and his land selling and buying for Hardin because you usually need to check both Grantor and Grantee indexes. Also Richland and Seneca County should be checked to see just what he was involved with.
By 1860 Alfred and Abigail have made the move to Dudley Twp., Hardin Co., Ohio. Why he left Richland I do not know unless his interest in the ministry there had ended.
Line 2: 602/581, Alfred Spracklin, age 49, Male, farmer, $6800 Real Estate, $1280 personal, born in England:
Spracklin, Abagail, age 48, female born in New Jersey;
Caroline, age 19,
Melinda J., age 17;
Emeline age 15
A. Lucius age 8 male all born in Ohio.
Source: Alfred Spracklin Family, 1860 U.S. Federal Census, Dudley Twp., Hardin Co., Ohio, Roll#M653-983, pg. 337.
In 1870 Alfred and Abigail are still in Dudley Twp., Hardin Co., Ohio. Ellsworth English is a son of their daughter Caroline from her 1st marriage. She will appear in later years as Caroline Rineberger (various spellings).
Line 12, 11/10 Spracklin, Alfred, 59 years, male, farmer $2000, $3000, Born in England, parents were born foreign-born; Abagail age 59 is keeping house and born in New Jersey; Hartman, Matilda age 21 female is a domestic servant born in Ohio; Spracklin, Lucius age 18 male is working on farm and born in Ohio; English, Ellsworth, male age 7, born in Ohio.
Apparently on 6 June, 1876 Alfred was involved in a legal action in the court. A judgement was made against a Joseph & D.D. Ward who owed him money. The ruling was that the amount would be paid but it did not clarify what the money was owing for. Source: Dudley Twp. Docket 1863-67 Book 1, part 2, Hardin County Genealogical Society.
Alfred’s land was a little scattered in Hardin County. In the Atlas for 1879 it appears in several locations and fortunately Alfred is still listed. Click on the photo and it will open to a bigger screen.
Alfred passed on the 22nd of January, 1878. He is buried in Lee Cemetery and there is a very large monument to him and his wife. Abigail followed him the next year on 7 October, 1879. Find A Grave has a memorial to both Abigail and Alfred Spracklin.
In the picture below their tombstone is the large one in the center of the photo. The one to the left in front is the tombstone of his parents Peter and Betty. It is facing away.
Abigail is on the other side from Alfred’s information.
Alfred was responsible for the tombstone for his parents Peter and Betty Spracklin and if you look at the very bottom you will see his statement:
In this post we have seen a variety of spellings of the surname Spracklin that add to the list. It makes it really difficult to find information because of this.
There is more to come about Alfred and Abigail and their family.