William Spurlock has been cited as a son of John Lowell Spurlock and Sally Aven (t) Spurlock and a grandson of Drury Owen Spurlock, b. 1715, New Kent Co., VA. This William Spurlock has raised considerable interest among Spurlock researchers mainly for his assumed wayward ways, including marrying a very young girl, Sarah Byrd (Bird), when she was only 13 and he being 58. Some researchers contend that William may have been married several times but two have been cited. For this message, we'll pick up William in the 1850 Barbour Co., AL., census. William was enumerated in dwelling 226, Division 23, 9-28-1850. In his home were himself, 58 yoa; Sarah, 13, b. in GA.; Daniel Byrd, 52, and Nicey Byrd, 49; both born in GA. William and Sarah had been married for less than a year, 8-2-1849,in Barbour Co. William and Sarah would have three children over the next few years, John, Mary and Columbus.
Spurlock researchers have submitted information to various sources stating that William Spurlock died prior to 1860 since he was not enumerated in the 1860 Barbour Co. census living with his wife. This may not be accurate.
In 1860, Sarah Spurlock was listed in the home of Jeremiah Bird, 62 yoa, b. in SC., dwelling 154, Eufaula PO, Barbour Co. Also in the home were Sarah's children, John, 8; Nancy, 4; and Columbus, 2. Jeremiah Bird is most likely Daniel Byrd in 1850. William Spurlock is not in Barbour Co.
However, a William Spurlock, 66 yoa, b. in Ga., is listed in the home of L. H. Holmes, dwelling 934, Lawrenceville PO district, Henry Co., AL., in the 1860 census conducted on 8-20-1860. L. H. Holmes, 31 yoa, b. in NC, a farmer with $6,000. in real estate and $14,515. in personal property. In Holmes' home were wife, Mahala M., 31, and children, Sarah V., William B., Lewis H. and Mary M. William Spurlock was working as farm labor with $30. of personal property.
Lawrenceville, in Henry Co., is about 20 miles south of Eufaula in Barbour Co. I believe the William Spurlock in Henry Co, is the husband of Sarah Byrd (Bird) and working away from home on a large farm to support his family. I have not researched the relationship of Holmes to William Spurlock but it would not be unusual for a close friend, or relative, to give an old man a job.
Living nearby in dwelling 954, home of Mary Skipper, 76 yoa, b. in NC., is James Spurlock, 23, born in AL., working as a farm laborer. Henry J. Carter, 33, may be the head of this household. He has a wife and four children . Listed under James Spurlock is Jane Hendy, 15, b. in AL.; her role in the family is unknown.
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