David Franklin Spangler is my paternal grandfather. I never knew him as he died before I was born and my Dad never talked about him. I’ve heard some stories and I have memories of stories but I really don’t recall where they came from. There is only one person still alive who could give me some insight into my grandfather and I’m not sure how I can get in touch with her. With that in mind, I am left with little choice but to try to “decipher” the clues left behind by the records I am able to obtain. If I’m able to touch base with my Aunt Irene, I’ll update this and correct any false assumptions!
Not a lot of information is known about his younger years. After his birth he is found again in the 1900 U. S. Census living with his parents in Red River Co., Texas. This census also shows his younger brother, Bob, was born in Texas in 1895 so we can assume that the move to Texas occurred sometime before 1895. He is living on a farm in Clarksville Township, Supervisor District #1, Enumeration District #101. According to this census he attended school 3 months during this year. One could assume that because he is almost 18, perhaps he only attended 3 months that year because he reached his graduation, but that would only be an assumption. He can read, write and speak English so this is all good!
The next record I have for David is of his first marriage. He married Susie Vaughn on December 21, 1903 in Clarksville, Red River County, Texas. Searching the records I can determine that David was 21 and Susie was 18 at the time of their marriage.
There were four children born to this union:
- Esther Mamie Spangler – born October 2, 1904
- Mary Ethel Spangler – born September 11, 1908
- Julia Mae Katherine Spangler – born December 13, 1912
- Unknown Spangler – born about June of 1918
The 1910 U. S. Census shows David and Susie with their two daughters, Esther and Ethel, still living in Clarksville. David’s occupation is listed as Farmer.
Susie (Vaughn) Spangler died on January 3, 1919 in Clarksville, Texas. I have not found a death record but according to the newspaper obituary, Susie was buried at Harris Chapel Cemetery in Clarksville.
David Franklin remarried in May of 1919.
David Franklin Spangler married Bessie Walker on May 8, 1919.
The 1920 U. S. Census shows that Bessie V. is 20 and David is 37, so there was quite an age gap there!
The marriage of David and Bessie didn’t last long. The stories I have heard are that Bessie ran off and left David. This would be easy to understand when you consider the age difference. David had a daughter, Esther, who was almost as old as Bessie so I can see there would be quite a bit of tension in that household! No one knows what happened with her or where she ran off to!
David Franklin Spangler married Ora Elizabeth Gamble on July 12, 1925. Ora is my paternal grandmother.
There were 6 children born to this union:
- Unnamed Spangler girl – born May 4, 1926 in Clarksville, Texas. Died May 4, 1926. Buried in Harris Chapel Cemetery, Clarksville, Texas.
- Unnamed Spangler boy – born June 14, 1927 in Clarksville, Texas. Died July 5, 1927. Buried in Harris Chapel Cemetery, Clarksville, Texas.
- Gladys Rose Spangler – born June 14, 1927 in Clarksville, Texas. Died August 16, 1927. Buried in Harris Chapel Cemetery, Clarksville, Texas
- Ora Irene Spangler – still living.
- David Isaac Spangler (my father) – born November 12, 1928.
- Martha Jo Spangler – born January 10, 1930.
David and Ora also adopted Helen Marie Spangler. She was born June 23, 1926.
In the 1930 U. S. Census, David and Ora are listed with Helen, David, Irene and Martha in Clarksville, Texas. Dave is listed as a Laborer doing odd jobs.
In the 1940 U. S. Census, David and Ora are listed with the same 4 children and Dave is listed as a Laborer on the farm.
David Franklin Spangler died on August 27, 1961 in Paris, Lamar Co., Texas. He is listed as a retired Transfer Man on his death certificate. The cause of death is listed as Cerebral Hemorrhage and Hypertension. He was buried August 28, 1961 in Evergreen Cemetery, located in Paris, Texas.