James Spilman

Birth
Virginia, USA
Death 1787
Culpeper County, Virginia, USA
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 144090659 · View Source
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Probably a son of William SPILMAN (1700-bef. 29 Apr 1760) and Margaret FRANK of Westmoreland Co., Virginia.
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His wife's name was Sarah.
Jamss and Sarah had at least one son, Benjamin Frank SPILMAN, born 6 March 1765. They probably had other children.
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James SPILMAN appears on the rent roll of Culpeper Co., Virginia in 1764 living on 400 acres of land he got from the GREENS. The title to this land was disputed that same year by a cousin, William Tapp, who had been issued a patent to the property. James Spilman appears to have been dispossessed of that property but apparently permitted to occupy it as a "Squatter".
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A James Spilman was living on 1304 acres of land just northwest of Jeffersonton, Culpeper Co., Virginia in 1779. The rent roll shows him to have been 15 years behind in his rent.
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According to Melville, James and Sarah SPILMAN were the parents of Benjamin SPILMAN who married Nancy RICE, 12 April 1790, in Mercer Co., Kentucky, and who sired a long line of Presbyterian ministers who brought the gospel to Kentucky, Indiana, and Illinois.
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James SPILMAN appeared in the Culpeper list of titheables with a son under 21 in 1783-1785. In 1786 he is shown with two titheables probably indicating that his son had become of age.
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James SPILMAN was reputedly a strong Episcopalian but Benjamin, his son, Benjamin Frank SPILMAN, became a Presbyterian minister and fathered sons who were also ministers. The use of "FRANK" as a middle name for his son, Benjamin, suggests that James possibly was a son of William and Margaret (FRANK) SPILMAN.
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James SPILMAN probably died before 1788 when his wife and his son, Benjamin moved to Mercer Co., Kentucky.
According to Kentucky descendants, William Tapp, appeared shortly after James' death with quit-rent receipts for his land and forced James' widow, Sarah, off of his property "generously allowing her a few cows and sufficient wagons and horses to transport her and her family to Kentucky".
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Reference: Melville, Malcolm L. THE SPILMAN PAPERS (Forestville, California 1965), p.28,236-249.


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  • Created by: William DeCoursey
  • Added: 23 Mar 2015
  • Find A Grave Memorial 144090659
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