Name: David (Drury?) SPURLOCK
Birth: 1783 in Virginia
Death: 1846 in Evening Shade, Ark
Change Date: 19 MAY 2017
Might have been David Drury. His father John had a brother named David and maybe one named Drury. And he had a grandson named David Drury.
David moved to Kentucky before he was married with his father and brothers, between 1794 and 1799.
This is probably his uncle: On a list of Kentucky Militia, "Commissioned Officers, 1799-1804" was "David Spurlock, Lieutenant, 56th Regiment."
This following entry was from Annals of Southwest Virginia 1769-1800 by Summers; though it doesn't seem likely to be the same David since he would have been only 11 years old! It?s more likely that it was his uncle.
Dec. 1, 1794 "David Spurlock was appointed overseer of the road from the Merry Fork of Greasy Creek to the Grayson Line." (George Hancock was mentioned in the same record; probably Susanna's uncle)
He was 21 when he married Susanna Hancock about 1804. Since her father died in Virginia, perhaps he went back to Virginia where he met and married her. The early Kentucy settlers had a close relationship with Virginia and made frequent trips back.
Dec. 1808 David bought 50 acres on Beaver Creek from David Morgan for 30 pounds.
August 1810 he and Susanna bought 100 acres on Beaver Creek for $250.
Sept 1815 David bought 75 acres on Beaver Creek from John Spurlock for $500.
1810 Kentucky census, Floyd Co, p 11
1 male 26-44 - David 27
1 female 26-44 - Susannah 30
1 male 16-25 - (maybe a brother of David?s or Susannah?s)
2 males under 10 - Pleasant 5
1 female under 10 - Rhoda 2
2 houses away is Matthew Spurlock (30010-3001)
6 children under 10!
In 1820 they were in Floyd Co, Ky. along with 3 other Spurlock heads of families: Matthew & Hiram (David's brothers) and Francis.
David's family on the 1820 census: 220010-02110 - translated to mean:
2 boys under 10 - [Wm. David (8), David Jr. (2)]
2 boys 10-16 - [Pleasant (15), & ? ]
1 man 26-45 - [David Sr (37)]
2 girls 10-16 - [Rhoda (12), Frances (6)]
1 girl 16-26 - [? ]
1 woman 26-45 - [Susanna]
In 1823 David owned 50 acres on the Louisa Fork of the Sandy River in Floyd County. In 1826 & 1829 he owned 50 acres on the Beaver Creek in Floyd County. Besides being a farmer David was also a carpenter.
Interesting note: There is a David Spurlock and family in the 1830 Fountain County, Indiana, census. It is hard to imagine why he would have taken this route, which was out of the way (from Floyd Co., KY to Crittenden Co., AR), but this is the only David Spurlock in 1830.
Fountain Co, IN, p170:
David Spurlock - 0121101 - 210001
1 man 40-50 - David 47
1 woman 50-60 - Susannah 50
1 boy 25-30 - Pleasant 25 (but Pleasant is married and in Floyd Co, Ky)
1 girl 15-20 - Rhoda 22 (but Rhoda is already married, too)
1 boy 15-20 - William 18
1 girl 10-15 - Frances 16
2 boys 10-15 - David 12, Jesse 10
1 boy 5-10 - Robert 7
(missing: Nancy 8, John 5)
IF this is this family (which is questionable) perhaps the man 25-30 could be nephew Byrd Spurlock, who later married Frances.
About 1830 David took his family down the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers to Ark., where they first settled at a point in Arkansas opposite Memphis, Tennessee, in Crittenden Co, Ark.
Daughter, Rhoda, who had married in 1829, remained in Floyd Co, Ky.
In 1838 David was in Mooney township, Phillips County, Ark; (maybe he lived near the line between Phillips and Crittenden on the east side of Arkansas)
Arkansas land records show land warrants for David Spurlock in Crittenden County, Ark:
Apr 10, 1837 - 40 acres (sec 9, twp/rng 8N 9E)
Jul 28, 1838 - 40 acres (sec 9, twp/rng 8N 9E)
Aug 20, 1838 - 80 acres (sec 9, twp/rng 8N 9E)
Oct 10, 1839 - 160 acres (sec 12, twp/rng 8N)
In 1840 they were in Crittenden County, Ark. (near Memphis).
1840 Crittenden Co, Ark, Jasper, p. 38:
Spurlock, David - 00114001 - 00010001
David - 50-60
wife - 50-60 (Susanna)
4 boys - 20-30 (William 28, David Jr 22, Jesse 20)
1 boy, 1 girl - 15-20 (Nancy 18, Robert 17)
1 boy - 10-15 (Johnny 15)
[Pleasant m 1830, Rhoda m 1830, Frances m bef 1840]
In the 1840 Crittenden Co., AR census, David has 55 slaves, so he must have had a big cotton farming operation.
About 1846 the family moved northwest to the Big Creek area near Center, between Hardy and Evening Shade in Sharp County, Ark. (then it was included in Lawrence Co. In 1868 it became Sharp County.)
"The Sharp County Journal, A History of Liberty Hill and King's Mill? by Dr. Audrey Thompson:
"The first Spurlocks to settle in Sharp County were the family of David Spurlock, Sr., in 1846. He had originally moved to Crittenden County, Arkansas from Kentucky and lived there for several years. David Spurlock, Sr. died soon after he moved his family to Big Creek near Center, but he left a large family that has spread all over Sharp County and far beyond. Three of David Spurlock Sr.'s sons that were important to the history of Liberty Hill and King's Mill were John Spurlock, Robert Spurlock and David Spurlock, Jr."
*Annals of Floyd County, Ky 1800-1826, by CC Wells
Find A Grave Memorial# 133898172
Father: John SPURLOCK b: 12 FEB 1760 in Montgomery Co, Va
Mother: Frances "Fanny" TURMAN b: 15 AUG 1760 in Lunenburg, Va.
Susanna HANCOCK b: ABT 1780
in VA, Prob Patrick Or Henry Co.
- Pleasant SPURLOCK b: 1805 in Floyd Co, Ky
- Rhoda SPURLOCK b: 1808 in Floyd Co, Ky
- William S. SPURLOCK b: 1812 in Floyd Co, Ky
- Frances SPURLOCK b: 1814 in Floyd Co, Ky
- David Drury SPURLOCK b: 15 DEC 1818 in Floyd Co, Ky
- Jesse SPURLOCK b: 1820 in Floyd Co, Ky
- Nancy SPURLOCK b: 1822 in Floyd Co, Ky
- Robert T. SPURLOCK b: FEB 1823 in Floyd Co, Ky
- John ?Johnny? SPURLOCK b: 3 MAR 1825 in Floyd Co, Ky