It’s been a while since I did any kind of writing about my genealogy research. Today, I’d like to start a series on my 3rd-great-grandfather, Gideon Spangler. I think I should start off by giving you a hint on how I have come about what I’ve discovered on my Spangler research.
How I Got Started On My Spangler Research
I initially didn’t think about researching my Spangler line. The main reason for this is because I have a cousin who has done some research on both the Spanglers and the Gambles. That cousin is Dorothy Landers Fisher.
She had a webpage for a while on GeoCities but has since lost it as those sites are all gone. I was fortunate enough to have backed up her site and have a copy. I plan on putting that up on my site soon.
Most of what I have on my Spangler research is thanks to Dorothy. Now, at the risk of causing some issues, I can’t say that all of her research is flawless. Heck, we ALL do the best we can but nobody’s perfect! I have found some mistakes and have opted to remove those who I can’t find sources for.
When it comes to the Spangler line, I must give Dorothy a lot of credit. There’s not a lot to go by so I really don’t know how she came about some of her research. For the most part I took the names and dates for granted and only changed anything as I found evidence that was contrary to what she had.
Nonetheless, she is the one who is responsible for what I have been able to do on my Spangler research. For that, I give her much love and much thanks! Atta girl Cuz!
Why Start With Gideon?
So, with you all having an idea of where I started from, I wanted to begin with my oldest relative on this line and work my way down. I know this is contrary to the real way of doing genealogy. We should start with ourself and work our way back but this is a blog where I am highlighting my research in such a way as to solicit new information. Therefore, starting with the oldest relative gives me a better way of connecting with someone with more info.
Looking online, I have found very little info about Gideon Spangler. Few, if any, have websites that have anything related to my Spangler research. Yes, there is the Spangler/Spengler page but in my opinion that site is more about name-collecting than researching as there are no sources and a lot of this info is either contradicting or outright wrong!
Ancestry.com has quite a few “Trees” with Gideon Spangler on them. However, most of them have no sources and, as usual, are the result of name-collecting. There are a couple of them that have parents for Gideon and I’ve written down the names just in case I am able to make a connection but I want to be sure that I have some sources before adding them.
What Do I Have On Gideon Spangler?
I’ve been very fortunate in my research lately. I have been able to find Gideon in the 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860 and 1870 U. S. Census. I find that it is hard to find all the Census records for most folks.
I also have been able to download a 35-page claim for the U. S. Southern Claims Commison on Ancestry.com. This gives me some insight into Gideon’s life. It is from this claim that I was able to determine that Gideon died before the 1880 Census.
What Is The Purpose Of This Series?
The purpose of this series is to share what I have and my interpretation of it all. I’m not sure how many posts this will take because I don’t want to have three page blog posts. I’ll try to break them down into manageable pieces!
I’d also like to solicit responses from my readers to see if you would agree with my interpretation or if you may see something different.
I’d like to invite you to come along with me in the next few weeks and see what we can discover together!