Name: Mary Morris ESTES
Birth: 8 JAN 1832 in Henry Co, TN
Death: 17 SEP 1882 in Sharp Co, Ark.
Burial: Shiloh Cem, Sharp Co, Ark
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Change Date: 14 OCT 2016
Her parents were slave holders in Arkansas before the Civil War. According to her daughter, Rhoda, when Mary married ?they gave her a negro girl large enough to be a help to my mother, and a small negro boy. He fell into a hot vessel and was scalded to death. Then when the Civil War was over they set her free. My father was so opposed to slavery.? [The Emancipation Proclamation was issued Jan 1, 1863, but was not universally applied until the 13th Amendment (which has passed Congress on Jan 31, 1865) was ratified by the states, Dec. 6, 1865. The Civil War ended May 9, 1865.]
In 1872 Mary had her youngest child, Ben, when she was 40 years old.
Mary died in 1882 at the age of 50. Her obituary from the S.W. Register:
"Mrs. Mary Spurlock was born in Henry County, Tennessee January 8, 1832. She was the daughter of Burris and Martha Estes. She was converted in her thirteenth year, and first united with the Missionary Baptist Church and remained a member of that church about three years. She then joined the M.E. Church South, in which she lived a pious member until the day of her death, which occurred September 17th, 1882 in Sharp County, Arkansas.
Sister Spurlock was married to David Spurlock, July 8th, 1847. She was the mother of ten children, seven of whom are married, and nine of the ten are members of the M.E. Church South, and I trust they are all on their way to heaven. The youngest, little Benny, was a mourner at Shiloh, during the great revival that has just closed.
Our sister was confined to her bed over seven weeks, did suffer much, but she bore her afflictions as none but a Christian can. I visited her a number of times during her illness, and always found her submissive to the will of God. The day before she died, I found her happy. I conversed with her about her future prospects, and she said, 'all is well." She praised God aloud and continued to praise Him until her strength was gone. Thank God for the testimony of the dying saint. Sunday at 4 p.m. she fell asleep in Jesus. Monday we buried her at Shiloh. A large concourse of weeping friends and relatives attended the funeral, and after the burial services, we deposited her remains in the grave there to wait the resurrection. Sleep on, Aunt Mary, and by and by Christ shall descend and call your sleeping dust to life again."
Buried Shiloh cemetery with lots of family:
SPURLOCK, Mary M., b. 08 Jan 1832 - d. 17 Sept 1882
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Father: Burris ESTES b: 1805 in Orange Co, NC
Mother: Martha "Patsy" MORRIS b: ABT 1804 in Nashville, Davidson Co, Tn
David Drury SPURLOCK b: 15 DEC 1818 in Floyd Co, Ky
8 JUL 1847
in Lawrence Co, Ark.
- William Karr SPURLOCK b: 12 NOV 1848 in Kings Mill, Sharp Co, Ark
- John Thomas "Tom" SPURLOCK b: 31 OCT 1849 in Kings Mill, Sharp Co, Ark
- Robert Archibald ?Bob? SPURLOCK b: 17 MAR 1851 in Evening Shade, Sharp Co, Arkansas
- David Drury ?Drew? SPURLOCK b: 3 MAR 1854 in Hardy, Sharp Co, Ark
- Martha Belle SPURLOCK b: 5 SEP 1856 in Arkansas
- Eliza Frances SPURLOCK b: 8 SEP 1858 in Arkansas
- Mary Katherine SPURLOCK b: 7 SEP 1861 in Arkansas
- Nancy Drucilla SPURLOCK b: 3 NOV 1865 in Hardy, Sharp Co, Ark.
- Susan Rhoda SPURLOCK b: 11 DEC 1867 in King's Mill, Sharp Co, Ark
- Joseph Benjamin ?Ben? SPURLOCK b: 4 APR 1872 in Arkansas