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John William "Johnny" Spurlock
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Birth: Jul. 5, 1866
Butler County
Alabama, USA
Death: Sep. 21, 1947
Union Parish
Louisiana, USA

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William/Martha Grace Jones Spurlock History

Prepared & submitted by W. Bryan Price, Great Great-Grandson of John William & Martha Grace Jones Spurlock

Source: "A Book of Favorite Recipes" Compiled by the Decendants of John William & Martha Grace Spurlock.
Little is known about the meeting of John William and Martha Grace; however, "Grace" related to family members in her later years about how she was attracted to "Johnny" when she first saw him. The feeling must have been mutual because he thought she was the "prettiest girl" in Church. One thing that attracted him was her long hair, so long that it touched the back of the horse when she rode. The story goes that, when Johnny first arrived in the community, the other girls told Grace to leave Johnny alone because they wanted a chance at him for their beau. The girls accused her of attracting every young man who came into the community. When she related this incident to members of the family, she said she wasn't worried because she knew in the end Johnny would be her beau. Naturally, most of their courting was done in church and under the strictest of rules. Grace said that Johnny told her in later years that, if she had kissed him before they married, he would never have married her.

In 1890, John William and Martha Grace were married, and to the union were born thirteen children:

Thomas Ransom, who married Guthrie Futrell;
Howard, who died at age 4;
Martha Jane (Janie) who married Rommie Bryan;
Fred Jackson, who married Billie;
Mary Alma (Mamie) who married Roy Weems;
Ernest Edwin, who died at the age of 8;
Lila Blanche, who married Blanford Messer;
Guy Robinson, who married Eva Foster;
Carrie Viola who married Miller B. Roye;
an infant who died at the age of 1 month;
Linnie Grace, who married Elzy Roberson;
John who died at birth; and
Samuel Victor, who married Nita Crowder.

Only nine children lived to be grown.

John William and Martha Grace built their home in Union Parish, farmed, and reared their children. The children helped both on the farm and taking care of the household. Many tales have been handed down about the family life, the hardships endured, and the joyful times.

Martha Grace did much cooking for relatives, friends and preachers and their families. She ministered to the sick often, including the newborns and the dying, and operated a switch board in her home (called a thumbswitch)connecting calls to and from the community to the main switchboard in Downsville. She managed the garden, the cows and the chickens.

John William managed the farm and led the singing at Church and conducted many singing schools. He also did most of the household, family and farm shopping as well as the selling of the crops.

Not only were John and Grace active in Church work, but also in civic affairs. He was very active in the Masonic Organization and she was active in the Order of the Eastern Star. Several nephews lived at various times with the family speaking well for the family atmosphere. However involved they were in household/farm duties and other activities, they were never too busy to find time for their family, always teaching them to love one another.

John William suffered from heart trouble and retired from farming at the age of 70. He died in 1947 at the age of 82. At that time, Martha Grace moved from the family home living with her children until her death in 1962 at the age of 88. Both are buried at the Mt. Nebo Cemetery. The family house structure was demolished in the mid-1960's and the family property remains in the hands of family members.

Family links: 
  John Thomas Spurlock (1842 - 1922)
  Mahala Jane Goen Spurlock (1843 - 1903)
  Martha Grace Jones Spurlock (1873 - 1962)*
  Thomas Ransom Spurlock (1892 - 1951)*
  William Howard Spurlock (1893 - 1898)*
  Martha Jane Spurlock Bryan (1895 - 1966)*
  Fred Jackson Spurlock (1897 - 1981)*
  Mary Alma Spurlock Weems (1899 - 1950)*
  Ernest Edwin Spurlock (1901 - 1909)*
  Lila Blanche Spurlock Messer (1904 - 1979)*
  Guy Robinson Spurlock (1906 - 1991)*
  Carrie Viola Spurlock Roye (1909 - 1994)*
  Infant son Spurlock (1911 - 1911)*
  Linnie Grace Spurlock Roberson (1913 - 2005)*
  John Paul Spurlock (1916 - 1918)*
  Samuel Victor Spurlock (1918 - 2002)*
  John William Spurlock (1866 - 1947)
  Texas Alabama Spurlock Crawford (1870 - 1952)*
  Thomas Edward Spurlock (1872 - 1939)*
  Ellis John Spurlock (1884 - 1952)*
  Margaret Ellen Spurlock Robinson (1885 - 1965)*
*Calculated relationship
Mount Nebo Cemetery
Union Parish
Louisiana, USA
Created by: Stacy Ann Williams Heslo...
Record added: Mar 14, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 86761230
John William Johnny Spurlock
Added by: W. Bryan Price
John William Johnny Spurlock
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In loving memory of John William Spurlock who is a brother mason but who also happens to be my paternal great great grandfather.
- W. Bryan Price
 Added: Jan. 25, 2013

 Added: Jun. 29, 2012
"Lilacs, Hollyhocks, Shamrocks and Spurlocks" (Quote by another John William Spurlock born in 1853 in Iowa)
 Added: Jun. 29, 2012

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