Today, we get a chance to actually see more names associated with Gideon. This should give a little insight into him.
Let’s look at the 1850 U. S. Census for Gideon Spangler:
First off, Gideon is no longer living in Virginia. We now find him in District 26, Cherokee County, Alabama. He is listed with his wife, Barbara and 4 children – Isaac, Elizabeth, Jacob and Joel.
Gideon and his children show to be born in Virginia while his wife, Barbara, shows to be born in North Carolina. This is consistent with what I found on my cousin’s site. With this census, we have the ages of the members of the household so we should be able to approximate the year of birth. Here’s how I read it:
- Gideon 48 – Birth year of 1802
- Barbara – 45 – Birth year of 1805
- Isaac – 18 – Birth year of 1832
- Elizabeth – 17 -Birth year of 1833
- Jacob – 15 – Birth year of 1835
- Joel – 13 – Birth year of 1837
Armed with this information, I now have a few other names I can research. Of course, these names are what my cousin had but, until now, I haven’t focused on them as I hadn’t proven the information yet.
We also find that living right next door to Gideon is a Nathan Spangler. This would be my 2x-great-grandfather, one of Gideon’s oldest children. The 5-year old son listed, James, is my great-grandfather. So, on this one Census page alone I have 3 generations showing!
There is also a Sophie Spangler listed in District 26, Cherokee County, Alabama. This is interesting because she is listed as being born in North Carolina in 1807 and is living with an 11-year old daughter named Elizabeth. Could it be that this is Barbara’s sister who might have married one of Gideon’s brothers and something happened to her husband? Just a curious thing to look in to.
One other note is that there are no other people on this page showing to have been born in Virginia except for at the top of the page. Unfortunately, the last name on the bottom of the previous page is unable to be read so we don’t know if this would be part of Gideon’s family or not! The wife being 23-years old might mean it could possibly be one of Gideon’s family but we really don’t know! Just me pondering a question while I am writing.
One last thing before I go. Let’s compare this household to what I found in the 1840 U. S. Census. In 1840 we had two males under 5, so Jacob and Joel would fit that part. We had one male aged 5 thru 9, Isaac fits that part. There were two females listed aged 5 thru 9, Elizabeth fits the part of one of them and the other is probably married by now. So, as far as the comparison goes, it fits well. I always like to try to confirm this when I am moving away from one state to another.
That’s it for today. I’ll try to cover the 1860 U. S. Census on my next post!