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Susan Souers Sprankle
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Birth: May 1, 1831
Summit County
Ohio, USA
Death: Oct. 31, 1909
Wayne County
Indiana, USA

Various spellings of her maiden name exist in family records: Sour, Soures, Souers, Saur, among others. One maiden name listed as "Sour" in daughter Mary's Klaehn Funeral Home Record. Maiden name listed as "Sams" in her own Klaehn Funeral Home Record (daughter of Jacob Sams, USA). Research continues to find the proper ancestral name linkage.

Pending more family records review, following is an excerpt from the bio of her husband, John Sprankle:

In the year 1847 was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Sprankle to Miss Susan Soures, who was born in Summit county, Ohio, on the 1st of May, 1831, being a daughter of Jacob and Mary (Hartman) Soures, who removed to Adams county, Ohio, while she was a child, while she there maintained her home up to the time of her marriage.

Source: History of the Maumee River Basin, Vol III, by Col Robert S. Robertson. No publication date but Volume I, by Charles Elihu Slocum, was copyrighted in 1905

John and Susan had three children, Mary, Josephine, and John Charles Fremont (JCF) Sprankle. Mary and "JCF" are documented, but Josephine's history is still under research despite being identified in the 1930 census.

In 1878, Susan gave her only son, JCF, a book that her father, Jacob, had bought in 1826. "Elements of Geography and History Combined in a Catechetical Form for the use of Families and Schools" was complied by Frederick Butler and published in 1825 in Wethersfield, Connecticut. The text and maps provided a geographical discussion of the continents, countries, and makeup of the world as it existed at that time. Jacob used it in his schoolwork, and some scribbled notes exist on some of the pages with his thoughts. Even then, people were curious about the whole world around them. I now have that book, handed down to me through my father.

v/r Ken Sprankle 02/04/2016

Her obituary published in the local newspaper:

Mrs. Susan Sprankle Called By Death
Aged Woman Dies at Home of Son Near This City

Mrs. Susan Sprankle, widow of John Sprankle, died of the infirmities of old age at 5:30 last evening at the home of her son, J. C. F. Sprankle, three miles west of this city. She had been an invalid for eleven years.

Mrs. Sprankle was aged seventy-eight years and six months, having resided in Aboite township for half a century. With her husband she came there from Summit County, Ohio, fifty years ago, residing of a farm there until ten years ago, when she took up her residence with the son at whose house she died. The husband died January 31, 1908. Surviving with the son are five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She also leaves two sisters [daughters], Mrs. Henry Smaltz, of Aboite township, and Mrs. Josephine Rousseau, of Great Falls, Mont.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday morning at 10 o’clock at the home of the son, J. C. F. Sprankle.
Family links: 
  John D Sprankle (1825 - 1908)
  Mary Frances Sprankle Smaltz (1851 - 1937)*
  John Charles Fremont Sprankle (1856 - 1941)*
*Calculated relationship
Lindenwood Cemetery
Fort Wayne
Allen County
Indiana, USA
Plot: L, Lot 70
Maintained by: Ken Sprankle
Originally Created by: OPPSheryl
Record added: Feb 28, 2012
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Susan <i>Souers</i> Sprankle
Added by: Ken Sprankle
Susan <i>Souers</i> Sprankle
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Susan <i>Souers</i> Sprankle
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Merry Christmas, great-great grandmother! KAS
- Ken Sprankle
 Added: Dec. 25, 2015

- Steve
 Added: Nov. 27, 2012

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