Name: John SPIDEL
Given Name: John
Birth: 10 May 1833
Death: 10 Sep 1897 in Gettysburg, Oh
Burial: Gettysburg Cemetery, Darke County, Oh
Change Date: 3 Dec 2004 at 13:42:28
1860 - Franklin Township in Darke County, Ohio, USA
John Spidle, age 26, carpenter, born PA
Margaret Spidle, age 25, born OH
1880 - Franklin Township in Darke County, Ohio, USA
Name Relation Marr. Gender Race Age Birth Occupation Father Mother
John SPIDLE Self M Male W 47 PA Farmer PA PA
Margret Wife M Female W 44 OH Keep House MD OH
Daniel Son S Male W 19 OH At Home PA OH
Delila Dau S Female W 17 OH At Home PA OH
John W. Son S Male W 15 OH At Home PA OH
Jacob C. Son S Male W 12 OH At Home PA OH
David S. Son S Male W 10 OH At Home PA OH
Sarah M. Dau S Female W 05 OH PA OH
The Gospel Messenger October 16, 1897
SPIDEL and TRACY - In the Oakland church, Darke Co., Ohio, Sept. 10, 1897, John Spidel, aged 64 years and 4 months, and Willie Tracy, his nephew, aged about 15 years. They were starting home from Gettysburg (OH), where they had been hauling grain. Just as they were in the act of crossing the Pan Handle R. R., they were run over by the fast mail train, which killed both of them instantly. In 1858 Mr. Spidel was married to Margaret Marker who, for many years past, has been a member of the Brethren church. Seven children blessed this union, two of them having preceded him. The younger son, David, died July 2, 1888, from injuries received by his team running away from an approaching train, two weeks before. Very singularly, Mr. Spidel's father, bearing the same name as his younger son, was instantly killed by a runaway thirty-four years ago. Thus representatives of three generations, - son, father and grandfather, - have all been taken away in a similar manner, so unexpectedly and so sudden. Willie Tracy was the youngest son of George W. and Barbara Tracy, the latter a daughter of Henry Kuns, of Cerrogordo, Ill. His mother died while he was yet an infant. For several years he had been living with his Uncle John Spidel. He leaves a father and two brothers. Two funerals, - two hearses each carrying a member of the same family, at the same time, - rendered the occasion a sad one. Funeral services were conducted by brethren Stutsman, Kreider, and Christian at the Presbyterian church in Gettysburg. Levi Minnick.
? - Newspaper clipping found in Spidel folder at Garst Museum, Darke County, Ohio
The funeral of John Spidel and adopted son, Willie Tracy, notice of whose tragic deaths occurring at Gettysburg (OH) last friday afternoon will be found on the first page of this paper, was held from the Gettysburg, Presbyterian church, Monday, 2 p.m., Sept. 13, conducted by Revs. Kreider, Stutzman and Christian of the German Baptist church and the bodies were interred in the Gettysburg cemetery.
Mr. Spidel was born in Union county, Penna., May 10, 1833, and came with his parents to Ohio locating near Dayton, in 1836.
In 1850 he came to Darke county locating in the neighborhood in which he lived up to his death.
He was married to Margaret, the daughter of Jacob Marker, of Painter creek, April 4th, 1858.
Mr. Spidel in early life and up until a few years since was a carpenter and builder and although he had but a very limited education, yet his every venture was a success. In later years he gave his entire attention to farming, which with the co-operation of his industrious sons has yeilded him many broad acres. As a friend and advisor he was always reliable; as a citizen he commanded the respect and confidence of all who knew him. He lived not for himself alone - His house was the home of many and the latch-string was always out. He and his most estimable wife were never known to turn anyone away hungry or suffering for the necessaries of life.
While the deceased had never connected himself with any religious organization yet he was a regular attendant at divine worship with his wife who is an exemplary member of the German Baptist church and he always, contributed there to.
The immediate family consists of the widow who, broken hearted and lonely will live at the homestead with her son John W. and daughter Sarah who are both single; also sons Jacob C. and Daniel W. and daughter Delilah Gries who are married and live on farms near by.
Mr. Spidel has two brothers Samuel of Dayton, O, and Henry, a twin brother of Piedmont, Ind., and two sisters, Mrs. Mote, of Celina, O., and Mrs. Replogle, of Cerro Gordo, Ills.
It is a strange coincidence that Mr. Spidel's father was killed in 1863 at West Milton, O., by horse running away with him. His son David was badly injured June 15, 1888, at Bradford, Ohio, by team running away with him and died on July 2, following. Now the family chronicle two more deaths from nearly same cause.
Mr. Spidel had reached the age of 65 years and 4 months.
The little boy who shared the same fate with him was George William Tracey; he was 15 year 6 months and 29 days old at the time of his death; he had been living with the Spidel family for 8 years and was a good, obedient boy and a favorite with all who knew him. His mother who was a niece of Mr. Spidel died 8 years since in Illinois and his guardian Mr. F. A. Vaniman, of McPherson, Kan., placed him with his family for proper care and raising. He has two brothers, Henry and Urban Tracy who live in McPherson, Kansas; are in the employ of Mr. Vaniman who is Cashier of the Farmers & Merchants Bank, of that city. They are young men of attractive appearance and are certainly upright and correct to hold positions they do. These two brothers and the guardian attended the funeral.
The funeral was attended by over 1200 and was the largest in the history of this community.
Willie's brothers Henry and Urban lived with Mary C. Kuns Vaniman and her husband Francis Vaniman. Mary C. was Willie's mother's sister.
John Spidel and Margaret Marker Tombstone Photo
John Spidel Family Tombstone Photo
Gettysburg Cemetery, OH
Father: David SPIDEL b: 12 Feb 1797 in Pa
Margaret MARKER b: 25 Sep 1835 in Painter Creek, Darke County, Oh
4 Apr 1858
in Darke County, Oh 1 2
- David SPIDEL b: 6 Apr 1870
- Daniel Webster SPIDEL b: 22 Aug 1860 in Painter Creek, Darke County, Oh
- John W. SPIDEL b: 2 Mar 1865 in Painter Creek, Darke County, Oh
- Jacob Calvin SPIDEL b: 1867
- Sarah SPIDEL b: 31 Jul 1874 in Franklin Township, Darke County, Oh
- Aaron SPIDEL b: 28 Feb 1859
- Delilah SPIDEL b: 7 Jan 1863
- Title: The Gospel Messenger
- Title: Early Marriage Bonds Records in Darke County, OH by Ohio DARs
Author: Daughters of the American Revolution
Note: On microfilm (0317358) from the Latter-Day Saints (LDS) Library.
Spidle, John m. Margaret Marker Apr. 4, 1858 by Henry James, M.G.