Today, I will take a look at the last two U. S. Census records for Gideon Spangler. The reason for this is because there isn’t that much information on these two censuses. Of course, that doesn’t mean that they don’t bring new questions!
1860 U. S. Federal Census
In the 1860 census, Gideon is still living in Alabama. He is in the Third District, Cherokee County, Alabama. Here is a list of the individuals living in Gideon’s household at that time:
- Gideon Spangler – 66 – Farmer
- Barbara Spangler – 63 – Domestic
- Joel Spangler – 25 – Farming
- Elizabeth Spangler – 24 – Domestic
- Catherine Spangler – 3 -
- John C. Clayton – 22 – ??? -
There are two things that need to be taken note of here. First, there is a new child to add to my tree. Her name is Catherine! My cousin has her listed as Gideon’s child but I am curious about that. She’s only 3 so that would mean that Gideon was 63 when she was born and her mother would have been 60!
I’m thinking, just out of pure logic, that this is probably Elizabeth’s child. Of course, for this to be true would mean that Elizabeth had the child out of wedlock and that would be unheard of in these days! Of course, if this was true, then it would explain why Elizabeth, as far as I can tell, never got married.
The one other addition is a John C. Clayton. I can’t make out what his occupation is. Maybe someone with better abilities than me can make it out. It looks like “Day ?” Here is a pic of it:
1870 U. S. Federal Census
In the 1870 Census, Gideon is found living in Township 9, District 8 of Cherokee County, Alabama. The post office location is Sand Rock. Here are the people listed in his household:
- Gideon Spangler – 75 – Farmer
- Barbara Spangler – 70 – Keeping Home
- Elizabeth Spangler – 40 -
- Catherine Spangler – 14 -
So Joel has now moved off and the John Clayton that was living there in the 1860 census has moved on. Could the Civil War have had something to do with that? Was this John Clayton somehow connected to Elizabeth Spangler?
I know that the last few posts have not brought a ton of information on Gideon Spangler, but I hope they have given you a glimpse of what I have on him. I’ve added new children to his tree but still have little information that will bring me closer to their identities.
I do feel that I have gained a new insight into Gideon by these posts. I am very hopeful that my posts will reach out to someone who may be able to help me to get further in my research.
I still have the 35 page U. S. Southern Claims file to go through and transcribe so I am not closing this series. I am just temporarily pausing it while I gather new information.
Look for more on this in the future!