The Rev. Alfred and Abigail Spracklin’s children: Lucius Alfred Spracklin and his family in Hardin Co., Ohio

Lucius Alfred Spracklin was a son of Alfred and Abigail Cooper Spracklin. I have seen where his names were switched and he was Alfred Lucius. Lucius appears in the 1860 and 1870 census with his parents living in Dudley Twp., Hardin Co., Ohio.

Map of Hardin County, Ohio with townships from Wikipedia

Map of Hardin County, Ohio with townships from Wikipedia

Lucius was born on 19 August, 1851 in Hardin Co., Ohio.  Alfred was migrating from Richland to Hardin Co. and he might just have made it to Hardin by then.  I have deeds and things that show his migration.  However, I still think we need to verify all these children’s births with county records before we are sure.

Lucius married Sarah A. McClearen a daughter of William McClearen and Susan Ann Shanks. Sarah was born in Dudley Twp., Hardin Co., Ohio.  They married on 10 November, 1872 in Hardin County. Source: Marriage Records of Hardin Co. Ohio, Books 1 -10 1833 to 1899, Hardin Co. Genealogical Society. Sarah’s last name is spelled a variety of different ways.

Lucius A.l Spracklin was involved with a suit on 29 February, 1876 regarding the Estate of a Daniel Lear.  This suit included R.A. Powelson, W. Hampton. L.A. Spracklin as defendants.  Source:  Pages 435-436, Dudley Twp., Docket Book 1863-1877 Book part 2, Hardin Co. Genealogical Society. I have not obtained a copy of this court case at this time.

On November 8, 1878 he was part of a deed involving the partition of the lands of his father Alfred Spracklin. This deed was included in a past post about Alfred’s estate on this blog.  Lucius acted as an appraiser regarding his father’s estate.

Lucius and George were the grantee’s in a deed regarding the Estate of Alfred. Sarah L. Austin and Mary Buttery sold their share back to their uncles in September of 1879. I have included this deed in a very interesting past post about these two descendants of Alfred.

Lucius and Sarah are living in Dudley Twp., in the 1880 census. Why Emery Rhineberger is with him is not known.  He would be sister Caroline’s son.

Line 18, 204, 204, Spracklin, Lucius, W, M, 28, farming, all born Ohio, father born England, mother born N.J.
Spracklin, Sarah A, W, F, 25, wife, keeping house
Spracklin, Mary B, W, F, 6, daughter
Spracklin, Permilia W, F, 5, daughter
Spracklin, Abigail A.D, 2, daughter
Spracklin, William A., W, M, 5m Dec., son
Rineberger, Emery, W, M, [4], nephew

Source: Lucius Spracklin Family, 1880 U.S. Federal Census, Dudley Twp., Hardin Co., Ohio, pg. 22, SD#2, ED#97, 17-18th June, 1880 by __________.  Note: This census was very difficult to read being very faded. 

History of Hardin County Ohio, Chicago, Warner Beers & Co., 1883, pg. 905

L.A. Spracklen, farmer, P.O. Larue, was born in 1851 in this county, and is the son of Alford and Abigail (Cooper) Spracklen. His father was a native of England and his mother of Pennsylvania. His maternal grand parents were Peter and Polly Spracklen. The subject of this sketch is a farmer by occupation, is generally successful in business and owns seventy-five acres of land in Dudley Township. He has been a resident on his farm for three years. He was united in marriage, November 10, 1872 to Sarah Ann, born October 26, 1854, in this county, daughter of William and Susan Ann (Shanks) McClearen. Her mother’s parents were Thomas and Mary (Williams) Shanks. Mrs. Spracklen was the first of a family of four children, all living. Mr. Spracklen is the father of five children, one boy and four girls, viz, Mary B., Parmelia, Della, William (deceased), and Otta Ione. He and his wife are members of the United Brethren Church. He is a Republican in politics, has filled the position of School Director for five years, and is a useful citizen; is at present Trustee of Dudley Township.

Lucius must have died suddenly per this brief notice in the local paper:

Death at LaRue – LaRue, Nov. 9, L.A. Spracklin prominent farmer and quite extensive stock shipper, residing three miles north of this place, died Thursday night of typhoid fever. He was a member of the Odd Fellows and Knights of Phythias lodges, of this city. The funeral occurred today.  Source: The Marion Star, Saturday 9 November, 1895, page 8. 

Sarah, his wife, was living in Dudley Twp. in 1900.

Line 187, 189, Spracklin, Sarah A., Head, M, F, Oct. 1855,, 44, Widowed, 8 born, 6 living, born Ohio, all parents born Ohio, Farmer, 0, yes, yes, O, F, F, 156
Spracklin, Otta I, daughter, W, F, Nov. 1881, 18, S, born Ohio, at school, all yes
Spracklin, Ethel L., daughter, W, F, Aug, 1885, 14, S, born Ohio, at school
Spracklin, Lucius R, son, W, M, Jan, 1892, 8, S, born Ohio, at school
Spracklin, Ida Li, daughter, Daughter, W, F, Apr. 1896, 4, S, born Ohio

Source: Sarah Spracklin Family, 1900 U.S. Federal Census, Dudley Twp., Hardin Co., Ohio, SD#7, ED#83, Sht#9, enumerated on 14 June, 1900 by Joel F. Pfeiffer.  You will notice that Ida is not listed in the other sources above. Her birth must have been very close after Lucius’s death.

In the 1910 Census her name is really  messed up.  She is listed as Sareal A. Sprochlin.

Line 63, 152, 153 Sprochlin, Sareal A. Head, F, W, 55, Widow, 8 born, 6 living, born in Ohio, all born in Ohio, All English, Farmer,  farmer, Em, yes, yes, O, M, F, 138

Sprocklen, Ethel S., daughter, F, W, 22, S, type setter, Newspaper, W, No. O, yes, yes

Sprochlen, Lucius R., son, M, W, 18, S, Farm Labor, home farm, W, No, O, yes, yes

Sprochlen, Iola Li, daughter, F, W, 17, S, none, yes, yes, yes

Source: Sarah A. Spracklin (Sareal A. Spechlan) Family, 1910 U.S. Federal Census, Dudley Twp., Hardin Co., Ohio.  SD#7th, ED#101, Sht#7B, enumerated 2 and 3 May, 1910, by Jell H. Ballinger.

There is a death certificate for Sarah with the State of Ohio #16787, Reg.#535, Dist#8248, County of Hardin, City Kenton, O., Mrs. Sarah Ann Spracklin. Female, White, widow, husband L.A. Spracklin, DofBirth October 26, 1854, age 75 yrs, 4 mos., 14 days, born Mt. Victory, Ohio to Wm. McClaren who was born at Mt. Gilead and Susanne Shanks. Informant Mrs. Wm. Krimblebine, died March 10, 1930, fibroid [phthisic], and influenza, burial Otterbein Cemetery, Kenton O. etc. 

Lucius and Sarah had the following children:

Mary (May) Belle Spracklin was born on 26 September, 1873 at Mt. Victory, Hardin Co., Ohio.  married on 6 September, 1900 to a Harley Max Codding who was born 23 September, 1873 in LaRue, Ohio. Their children were Lillian and Donald.

Harley was the son of George Pit Codding born 1846 and Martha Morrow born 1848.

Harley and May B. appear in the 1910 Census with their two children:

Line 85, 21, 21, Codding Harley M., Head, M, W, 36, M1, 9, born Ohio, all parents born Ohio, English, Farmer, general farming, Emp., yes, yes, R, F, 19
Codding, May S, wife, F, W, 36, M1, 9, two born two living, born Ohio
Codding, Lillian, daughter,  F, W, 7 F, born Ohio
Codding, Donald W, son, M,W, 5, S, born Ohio

Source: Harley M. Codding Family, 1910 U.S. Federal Census, Bowing Green Twp., Marion Co., Ohio, SD#12, ED#73, Sht#1B, enumerated 16 April, 1910, John E. Harris.  They also appear in the 1920, 1930 and Max is alone in the 1940 U.S. Census. 

May Belle Spracklin and Harley Max Codding are buried in the Rivercliff Cemetery in Mt. Gilead. He died  12, August, 1948 and she died 22 March, 1937 both in Mt. Gilead, Morrow Co., Ohio  There are no tombstone photos but there is a very nice obituary for May at her memorial at Find A Grave.

Harley Max Codding appears in the WWI Draft registration cards and his birth is given as September 23, 1873. He references May Spracklin his wife as his nearest relative.  He is 44 years old at this time of the draft.

—Parmelia Spracklin was born about 1875 in Hardin Co., Ohio and she married on 23 December, 1896 in Hardin Co., Ohio to Willis  E. Thew. Both are buried in the Montgomery Cemetery in LaRue, Ohio. She died 23 July, 1898 in LaRue. Find A Grave has memorial’s.

In the 1900 U.S. Census for Montgomery Twp., Marion Co., Ohio we find a Willis E. Thew listed with a Retta L. as wife.  He has remarried.

Line 11, 307, Thew Willis E. Head, W, M, July, 1875, 24, M, O, born Ohio, father born Ohio, mother born West Virginia, Lumber dealer, 2, yes, yes, yes, R, H.

Thew, Retta L. wife, W,F, Mach 1877, 23, M, O just got married, children born 0, children living 0, born Ohio, parents born Ohio, yes, yes, yes.

Source: 1900 U.S. Federal Census, La Rue town, Montgomery Twp., Marion Co., Ohio. SD#19, ED#166, Sht#13, enumerated 26 of June, 1900 by Grant Bain. 

Per the book on the History of Hardin Co., Ohio page 457-458:  To John W. Thew and his wife children have been born as follows:  Willis E. born July 26, 1875, married Milly Spracklen, and they have one child, Leroy; Milly Spracklin died and Willis married for his second wife a Miss Dell Van Arsdale….The wife of John W. Thew was a Mattie Stewart.

Willis appears with Dell and Leroy in the 1910 Census in Marion County, Ohio.

Line 14, 123, 130, Thew, Wm. E. Head, M, W, 34, M2, married 10 years, born Ohio, parents born Ohio, English, Machinist, Iron Shop OA, yes, yes, R, H, 13-1-1X

Thew, Dell, wife, F, W, 33, M1, married 10 years, 1 child born, 0 living, born Ohio, parents born Ohio, yes, yes

Thew, LeRoy, son, M, W, 12, S, born Ohio, yes, yes, yes.

Ridgeway, Basil, hired man, W, W, 24, S, born Ohio, parents born Ohio, machinist, Garage, W, M, O, yes, yes.

Source: 1910 U.S. Federal Census, Willis Thew Family, LaRue Village, Montgomery Twp., Marion Co., Ohio, SD#12, ED#97, Sht#5A, enumerated on 18 April, 1910 by Roy C. Smith. 

Willis and Millie’s son Leroy Thew was born about 1898 in Ohio. In the above 1910 census he is 12 years old and the marriage of the couple is only 10 so this is Millie’s child.

LeRoy married on 6 July, 1933 in Marion to a Margaret Baker born about 1913 in Ohio. There is a Marriage Record for them for Ohio. Margaret’s parents were Frank J. Baker and Mary Van Tassel.  Leroy Thew died on 12 March, 1976.

Leroy and Margaret had a daughter named Dixie Jean Thew born about 1937. Dixie married a James S. Weist on 8 January, 1960. James was born about 1938.  His parents were Mac Phillip Weist and Mildred L. Bridge.

Leroy and Margaret appears in the 1940 Census living in LaRue. Leroy is 42 years old and Margaret B. is 27. They have a daughter listed Dixie Jean age 3. Leroy is an auto salesman

—Della (Abigail A. Della) Spracklin was born 22 February, 1877 in Hardin Co., and she married a J. Albert Herman or John A. Herman on 15 September, 1895 in Hardin Co., Ohio per their marriage record. Her father was L.A. Spracklen.  They had about four children: Fay, Foster, Caroline and Elgene.  I might have these children with the wrong person?  Foster married Josephine Dunn and had Carolyn who married George S. Beach October 19, 1952 in Dola, Ohio.  She had a sister name Elgene.

They, John and Della, appear in the 1920 Census in Dudley Twp.,  John A. Herman is 47 years old and Della is 41. Charles F. their son is listed as 15 years old.  John is a laborer on a farm.

I cannot find them in the 1930 census but did find them in the 1940 U.S. Federal Census in Dudley Twp. John A. Herman is 67 years old at this time. Della is 61 and below them on another line is a Foster C. Herman who is 35 years old and wife Josephine who is 29, Carolyn daughter who is 8 and Elgene a daughter who is 2. Both men are farming.

Here is the marriage of their daughter Caroline.

On October 19, 1952 he married Carolyn Herman by the Reverend H.J. Knauff at the St. John’s Lutheran Church in Dola, Ohio. She was born in Dudley Township to Foster and Josephine (Dunson) Herman, her grandparents were J. Albert and Della (Spracklen) Herman and Jerome and Goldie (Dunson) Wilson. She has a younger sister, Elgene Herman who lives in Dudley Township. She attended the first five grades of elementary school at Hepburn and finished elementary and high school at Mt. Victory graduating in 1949. After graduation she was employed at Short Moto Company, Kenton, Ohio until 1953.  In 1977 she was employed as Bookkeepr at Ault Implement Company. They have three children and have lived at _____for 27 years etc…The article continues to describe their children…

Source: Hardin County, Ohio A Historical Update with Family Histories, Hardin County Archeological and Historical Society, 1983. Article Gordon Beach.

—William Carrol Spracklin was born about 1875 and died 17 November, 1880 in Hardin Co., Ohio.

—Otta Ione Spracklin was born 4 November, 1881 in Hardin Co., Ohio. She married a William Ruh Krimblebine. He was born 1879 in Ohio. There are Find A Grave Memorials to these individuals. They are buried in the Grove Cemetery outside of Kenton. He died 1945 and she died on 18 September, 1861 in Bellefontaine, Lake Twp., Logan Co., Ohio.

The search engines do not like the last name, but I did find them in the 1920 U.S. Federal Census in Kenton City, Pleasant Twp., Hardin Co., Ohio. William is 41 years old and Otta I. his wife is 38. Their daughter Lorena E. is 13. He is an engineer for a railroad.

Their daughter Lorena E. Krimblebine was born 1907 in Ohio. She married to a Floyd A. Lyman.  They had Sue Ann.  Lorena died 24 Aug. 1990 in Columbus, Ohio.

—Ethel F. Spracklin (Florence Ethel) was born 3 August, 1887 in Hardin Co., and she married to a John T. Holycross on 21 October, 1911. His parents were Henry Holycross and Elizabeth Manlick.

John died 28 September, 1980 and she passed on 19 September 1947. They are both buried in Grove Cemetery, outside of Kenton, Ohio. Find A Grave has memorials for them.

They had a son Harold S. Holycross born 26 February, 1914 in Spencerville, Allen Co., Ohio and he died 1 January, 1969 in Lima, Allen Co., Ohio. He married 21 October, 1939 in Falmouth, Kentucky to Carol Wagner. She was born 12 April, 1912 in Kenton and died 8 March, 1946. They are both buried in Grove Cemetery near Kenton, Ohio with Find A Grave memorials. Harold and Carol had a daughter name Jean who married a James Reed.

I found them in the 1920 Federal Census living in Buck Twp., Hardin Co., Ohio. John Holycross is listed as 28 years old and his wife Ethel F is 29 years old. The son is Harold S. age 6. John is working as a machinist for a tool company. She is a packer at a candy factory.

—Lucius Ray Spracklin was born 27 January, 1892 in Hardin Co. He married Lena Scranton on 20 August, 1911.  She was born about 1893.

Their marriage announcement appears in the local paper:

Will Make Future Home In Country, Miss Scranton and Mr. L. R. Spracklin Married – Miss Lena Z. Scranton of LaRue and Mr. L. Ray Spracklin of Hardin county, were united in marriage by Rev. J.W. Miles, at the United Brethren church parsonage on south Prospect street, Saturday afternoon. They were unattended.  Mr. and Mrs. Spracklin will make their future home on a farm in Hardin Co. Source:  Marion Weekly Star, Saturday August 25, 1911.

Lucius Ray Spracklin age 25 filled out a #354 Registration card for WWI. He states he was born Jan. 27, 1892. His home is LaRue, Ohio. He is natural born, citizen, farmer for self, has a wife and child, married and needs to support them. He is of medium build, blue yes, brown hair, no marks. Signed June 5, 1917.

Lucius R. Spracklin died on 6 December, 1975 in a long-term care facility in Kenton, Ohio. He was 83 years old. Lena passed on 29 November, 1966. They are buried in the LaRue Cemetery in LaRue, Ohio. Find A Grave has memorials for them and a tombstone picture.

Ray and Lena appear in the 1920 U.S. Federal Census living in Dudley Twp., Hardin Co., Ohio.  He is listed under the name Ray Spracklin, age 28. Lena his wife is 26 and their daughter Doris is 5 years old. Rays is working as a farmer on a general farm.

They are still living in Dudley Twp., in the 1930 U.S. Federal Census. Ray L. is now 38 years old, Lena Z. his wife is 36, Doris I, their daughter is 15 and James R their son is 2 years old. Ray is still farming.

In 1940 they are in Dudley Twp., L. Ray is now 48, Lena Z his wife is 46, their son James R is 12 and son Richard E. is 5 years old. Ray is now listed as a poultry buyer.

The marriage of Ray and Lena’s son James was announced in the Marion Star, Wed, June 16, 1948 page 9.

LaRue, Mt. Victory – Couple Wed in Indiana – LaRue – Miss Helen Stine daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Stine of Mt. Victory, became the bride of James Spracklin, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Spracklin of LaRue, Saturday, June 5, at 8:45 am in the South Side Christian Church of Kokomo, Indiana it was learned today. The single ring ceremony was ___by the Rev. Stanley I. Shippey in the presence of a few friends and relatives. Mrs. Bernice Arthur a friend of the bride placed wedding music through the ceremony. The bride was attired in a white linen suit with black accessories. Her flowers were of red roses and her only jewelry was a locket and ear rings, gifts of the groom. Mrs. Earl James of LaRue sister of the groom, was the brides only attendant. She was attired in a blue bouche ensemble with white accessories, her flowers were of pink roses. Earl James of LaRue was his brother-in-laws only attendant.  The bride is a graduate of Mt. Victory High School class of ’48. Mr. Spracklin was a graduated from LaRue High school in 1946. The couple will reside near LaRue on a farm. 

Lucius Ray and Lena Spracklin had the following children:

–Doris I. Spracklin was born about 1915. She married an Earl M. James. They had a son Ronald E. James. Doris is living with her parents in the 1920 U.S. Federal Census in Dudley Twp., Hardin Co., Ohio. She is listed as being 5 years old.

–James Ray Spracklin was born 25 March 1928 and died 17 October 1996 in Spring Hill, Florida.  He married Helen E. Stine.  They had Brenda and James.

–Richard Eugene Spracklin married a Donna Jo. Reed who was born 24 February 1935.  They had Denise J., David R. and  Daniel R.

Iola Li or Ida Lelah Spracklin was born 9 April, 1896 in Hardin Co. She married a George B. Fields born about 1896.

I found them in the 1920 Census on Front Street in Montgomery, Marion Co., Ohio and the 1930 U.S. Federal Census living near John & sister Ethel in Kenton, Hardin Co., Ohio.  George is 34 years old, while Ida his wife is listed as 33 years old. George is a truck driver and Ida is working as a stenographer in a candy factory.  No children are listed.

In the 1940 Census they are in Kenton, Ohio. George B. is now 44 and Ida is now 44. They are living at 306 1/2 W. Franklin Street in Kenton. He is a proprietor of a retail store.

It looks like George B. Fields pass on 12 February 1944 in Kenton. Ida Fields passed in 25 December of 1974 in the Lima Memorial Hospital in Kenton.  I suspect they are in Grove Cemetery but there is no listing for them at Find A Grave at this time.

There is an estate for Lucius Alfred Spracklin in the Hardin County Estate Records Index but the documents are not online at this time.  To obtain copies you would have to go to the courthouse  or check with the Hardin Co. Genealogical Society who was given a lot of probate records at the time of my visit to Ohio in 2007.  This estate would assist in defining the children and heirs of Lucius Alfred Spracklin.

  • #3533 Spracklin, L.A. with Sarah A. Spracklin,
  • Admin. Docket Vol. 2, page 372
  • Appointment Journal Vol. K, page 336
  • Bond Vol. D, page 102
  • Inventory Vol. J, page 299
  • Sale Bill Vol. J, page 305
  • Sale of Real Estate Vol. 15, page 178
  • First Acct, Vol. M, page 319

I hope I have all the right children with the right parents, if not just let me know for Lucius and Sarah Spracklin, it has been very difficult to figure out.  I also do not have pictures of their tombstones in Otterbein Cemetery which is just down the road from Lee.  Sigh!


Summary of Alfred and Abigail Spracklin’s Family research:

As usual studying a family and learning about them only creates more questions that need answers. My research on Alfred and Abigail’s family is certainly not done. To get a really good grasp of this family serious estate research needs to be done and more digging into land records, court records, seeking obituaries and more. I feel that I would need to return to Ohio and with the new information that I have found, dig in more on Alfred’s family.

I have visited Rivercliff and Grove Cemeteries before looking for Keller family and would have to go back with a thorough search for Spracklin family.  It would mean expanding the research in Richland, Seneca, Crawford, Marion and more of the counties and I really would love to find United Brethren records at county level.  Sigh!

If you are a descendant of the Rev. Alfred and also Abigail please leave a comment and share.  My thanks to Eric for the pictures of the George Peter Spracklin family.

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