Friday, May 29, 2015

TREASURE CHEST THURSDAY TRUE BLUE GRANDPA Adam Snyder’s Final Wishes, Augusta Co., VA



I recently acquired a copy of 3rd Great Grandfather Adam Snyder’s estate papers and will tell you about them today. His hopes and wishes for the family after his death were revealed in the will.

Adam prepared his will March 31, 1877 almost two years before his death on March 15, 1879. [1] You might find it helpful to review my earlier post titled ‘TUESDAY’S TRUE BLUE GRANDPA Adam Snyder, Augusta Co., VA, Exemplary and Peaceful Citizen’. Click here to view.

Extract from Adam Snyder's Will, Augusta Co., VA

His first bequest provided for his two granddaughters, Alice J. E. Kiracofe and Mary J. Kiracofe. Alice and Mary Josephine Kiracofe were the children of his deceased daughter Catherine Virginia (Snyder) Kiracofe and the Rev. John Wesley Kiracofe. The girls were to receive a $500 bond dating back to a land deal between their father and grandfather. Grandfather Adam Snyder wanted them to inherit $700 from his estate too. As you read through the will transcript below, you’ll notice Grandfather’s language included detailed stipulations. I’m certain this was his way of keeping the estate in the hands of his blood line.

The next order of business was 3rd Great Grandmother Hannah (Hull) Snyder. Grandfather left all his property to her. No doubt Grandfather wanted to provide for her needs. The Kiracofe grandchildren wouldn’t receive their $700 inheritance until after their grandmother died. The same was true of Adam and Hannah’s daughters. Grandmother lived to be 75 years old passing Jan. 2, 1892.

Adam’s daughter, Elizabeth E. Snyder, was not yet married when he wrote his will. If Elizabeth died without heirs, 3rd Great Grandfather wanted her share of his estate given to his other daughter, my 2nd Great Grandmother Sarah Jane (Snyder) Clemmer. It turns out this was unnecessary as Elizabeth E. Snyder married James F. Clemmer April 22, 1877 several weeks after Adam prepared his will.

Great Grandfather’s last wish was that his two living daughters share his legacies equally.

My 2nd Great Grandfather Joseph H. Clemmer (husband of Sarah Jane Snyder) was appointed executor to settle Grandfather Adam’s estate. To serve as Adam Snyder’s executor it was necessary for Joseph to post a bond. Joseph’s father, William K. Clemmer, and uncle, Ananias J. Miller, were his bondsmen and pledged their financial support in an $11,000 bond.

About five weeks after his death, Jacob Baylor, John M. Baylor and Jacob F. Clemmer inventoried Grandfather’s personal estate. [2] That property was sold at a public sale August 15, 1879 for $331.80. [3]

Transcription of Adam Snyder’s Will:

   In the Name of God Amen, I Adam Snyder of the County of Augusta and State of Virginia do make, Constitute and appoint this my last will and testament, in terms and articles as follows viz:


   1st I give and bequeath to my two Grand-daughters Alice J. E. Kiracofe and Mary J. Kiracofe, a bond on J. W. Kiracofe their father for five hundred Dollars payable the 10th day of April 1876, it being a bond for the deferred payment on a tract of land purchased of me by him, and conveyed to him by deed on record in the Clerks Office of Augusta County, and in which Conveyance, the vendor’s lien is retained to secure the payment of said bond and in addition to this I give to my two grand-daughters above mentioned the sum of Seven hundred dollars in money to be paid out of my Estate one half of said Seven hundred dollars, to be paid to them at the Expiration of three years after the death of myself and my wife, and the other half to be paid to them at the Expiration of five years, after the death of myself and my wife. In case of the death of Either of these grand children then these bequests to be made entire to the surviving one and in case of both of them dying without any heirs of their bodies then these bequests to revert to my two children Sarah J. Clemmer, wife of Jos. H. Clemmer and Elizabeth E. my other daughter still unmarried.


   2nd I give and bequeath to my wife all of my property of whatever kind except the bond of J. W. Kiracofe for five hundred dollars herein mentioned and fully described, for her use and benefit during her life, and after her death I desire all of my property of whatever kind to be divided Equally between my two children Sarah J. Clemmer wife of Jos. H. Clemmer and Elizabeth E. my single daughter, subject to the payment of the Special bequest of seven hundred dollars to my two grand-daughters before mentioned herein, and in the times and manner herein enumerated.


   3. In case of the death of my single daughter Elizabeth E. Snyder without any heirs of her body, then I desire her proper share of my Estate of whatever kind to revert to my daughter Sarah J. Clemmer wife of Jos. H. Clemmer.


   4. I herein make, constitute and appoint Joseph H. Clemmer my son-in-law the Executor of this my last will and testament, with the privilege of choosing an assistant if he think proper.


   5. In the division of my estate between my two children after paying the Special legacies herein mentioned, I wish the division to be made entered equal, either by dividing the land and personalty in Kind, or selling the same, and dividing the proceeds equally, after paying all my just debts.


   In Testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this Thirty first day of March in the year one thousand Eight hundred and seventy seven.

                                                                    

                                                                         Adam Snider

Interlining done before signing

Signed, Sealed, published and

declared – in the presence of these

witnesses, who signed in the presence

and at his request.

   Witnesses  John M. Baylor

                      Jacob Baylor

                      M. W. D. Hogshead

In Augusta County Court April 28th 1879

    This Last Will and Testament of Adam Snider decd, was presented in court and proved by the oaths of John M. Baylor and M. W. D. Hogshead two of the subscribing witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded. And on the motion of Joseph H. Clemmer the Executor therein named who made oath thereto according to law, and together with William K. Clemmer and Ananias J. Miller his securities (who Justifed as to their sufficiency and moreover the obligors waiving all benefit of their homestead exemption) entered into a bond in the sum of Eleven Thousand Dollars, payable and with condition as prescribed by law, which bond was acknowledged in open court by  the obligers thereto and ordered to be recorded, Certificate is granted the said Joseph H. Clemmer for obtaining a probate of said will in due form. The estimated value of decedents estate passing under said will being $5600.00 it is ordered that said Executor pay the state tax of $5.60 herein.

                                                        Teste

                                                                     William A. Burnett Clk


My Ancestry
3rd Great Grandfather Adam Snyder and wife Hannah Hull
2nd Great Grandmother Sarah Jane Snyder and husband Joseph H. Clemmer
Great Grandfather James Clyde Clemmer and wife Ella Virginia White
Grandmother Lucy Leora Clemmer and husband James McFall Joseph
My Father
Myself



[1] Augusta County, Virginia Will Book 47, pages 606-607
[2] Ibid, Will Book 48, pages 105-106
[3] Ibid, Will Book 48, pages 107-108

Monday, May 18, 2015

MILITARY MONDAY Spitler Family Saga, Augusta Co., VA Part 3, The War Years



3rd Great Grandfather Jacob Spitler married a second time to Jane F. (Roberts) Acord July 26, 1860.[1] Jane married Andrew B. Acord Jan. 11, 1843[2] and divorced him June 1860[3] in Augusta County. Two Acord stepchildren, Sarah and Jacob F., were living in Jacob and Jane’s home Sept. 10, 1860.[4] Thomas Spitler (Jacob and Margaret’s son) resided with his father and stepmother. A Spitler son, Jacob F., Jr. and his young wife, Eliza Frances Argenbright, lived next door with their 2 children.

Tough times were coming for the Spitler’s. Jacob was 62 years old when the Civil War began. Five of his six sons joined the Confederacy.  They served in Co. F, 52nd Regt. Va. Infantry.

Henry enlisted April 29, 1861 at West View a few weeks after Confederate troops fired on Fort Sumter. He went directly to Harper’s Ferry. I don’t know whether he became ill or was wounded but he was on sick leave from July 1861 until Jan. 27, 1862. Pvt. Henry Spitler was discharged at the end of his sick leave.[5]

John S. Spitler joined Company F the same day as his brother Henry on April 29, 1861. He contracted typhoid fever and was hospitalized from August to December of 1861. On May 3, 1863 John was wounded at Chancellorsville and died 3 days later at a hospital in Staunton.[6]

Pvt. Thomas Spitler enlisted May 15, 1862 and was present at Appomattox April 9, 1865.[7]

Jacob, Jr., joined up August 15, 1862. He was wounded at Manassas and Wilderness. Jacob survived the War and was paroled at Staunton, Virginia May 15, 1865.[8]

Samuel Spitler died of fever in the army according to Henry Spitler’s obituary.

In the meantime, Jacob died Sept. 7, 1864 while the War was being fought. Grandfather prepared his will a few months after the fighting started on August 2, 1861.[9] He wanted his 2nd wife to get his entire estate and named her his Executrix.

Jacob Spitler's Will, Augusta Co. VA Will Book 40, page 89


Jacob Spitler's Will, Augusta Co. VA Will Book 40, page 90


 Transcription:
   I Jacob Spitler, of Augusta County, in the State of Virginia, do make this as and for my last will and Testament hereby revoking all others and former wills by me at any time heretofore made
   1st I direct the payment of my funeral expenses, and all my Just debts.
   2nd I give and devised to my beloved wife all my Estate – of every kind and description, of which I may die possessed of or be in any way entitled to.
   Last I Nominate and Constitute my said wife as the Sole Executrix of this will,
      In Testimony whereof I have hereunto Set my hand and seal the 21st day of August in the year of our Lord one Thousand Eight hundred and Sixty one
                                                                                    Jacob Spitler
Witness present – Signing in the
Presences of the Testator & of each
Other – he having signed in _?_ presences
A.   F. Kinney
             N. K. Trout
In Augusta County Court October 24th 1864
   This Last will and Testament of Jacob Spitler dec’d was presented in court and and proved by the oaths of A. F. Kinney and N. K. Trout the Subscribing witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded And on the motion of Jane F. Spitler the Executrix therein named, who made and thereof according to and together with Jacob Bayler her Security (who Justified as to his Sufficiency) Entered into a bond in the Sum of Twenty five hundred dollars payable and wich condition as required by law, which bond was acknowledged in open court by the obligers thereto and ordered to be recorded.
Certificate is granted the said Jane F. Spitler for obtaining a probate of said will in due favor.
                                                                Teste
                                                                William A. Burnett clk

Jacob Baylor, acting as Jane F. Spitler’s Security, requested Augusta County Court revoke Jane’s right to her powers as Executrix August 22, 1865.[10] The court document states Jane renounced her powers in a written document before Staunton Mayor Nicholas K. Trout. It’s hard to say what prompted this. Grandfather had faith in her abilities to handle his estate as he made her his ‘Sole Executrix’. When the Civil War ended, Virginia was part of the United States of America again. The economic future of Southerners was uncertain. Perhaps Jane needed help to wade through the political climate.

Alexander B. Lightner became the administrator for Grandfather’s estate with Albert G. Wayland acting as his Security. Mr. Lightner arranged for an inventory of Jacob’s personal estate that same month. He presented the court with an account of the sale of Jacob’s personal estate that took place Sept. 20, 1865. The estate sale raised $923.45.[11]

I don’t know what became of Jacob’s land. As of 1860 it was still in his possession. No doubt land records will tell another story.


You might enjoy reading:

My Ancestry
4th Great Grandfather John Spitler and wife Mary Eccord
3rd Great Grandfather Jacob Spitler and wife Margaret Dunlap
2nd Great Grandmother Eliza Jane Spitler and husband William Wilson Joseph
Great Grandfather Daniel Franklin Joseph and wife Flora Belle McFall
Grandfather James McFall Joseph and wife Lucy Leora Clemmer
My Father
Myself



[1] Ancestry.com. Virginia, Select Marriages, 1785-1940 [database on-line].
[2] Virginia, Marriages, 1785-1940," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XR7Q-K5W)
[3] Virginia Memory, Library of Virginia Digital Collection, Chancery Records Index No. 1860-008, Jane F. Acord vs Andrew B. Acord, http://www.lva.virginia.gov/chancery/case_detail.asp?CFN=015-1860-008
[4] 1860 Federal Census, 1st District, Augusta County, VA, Pages 197-198, Jacob Spitler household.
[5] Valley of the Shadow website, http://valley.lib.virginia.edu/dossier_record?q=db:dossiers_augusta%20AND%20id_num:1770Records
[7] Valley of the Shadow website, http://valley.lib.virginia.edu/dossier_record?q=db:dossiers_augusta%20AND%20id_num:33648
[8] Valley of the Shadow website, http://valley.lib.virginia.edu/dossier_record?q=db:dossiers_augusta%20AND%20id_num:1771
[9] Jacob Spitler’s Will, Augusta Co. VA Will Book 40, pages 89-90.
[10] Augusta County, VA, Will Book 40, page 173.
[11] Augusta County, VA, Will Book 40, pages 216-219

Saturday, May 16, 2015

SURNAME SATURDAY Spitler Family Saga, Augusta Co., VA Part 2



Today’s installment of the Spitler Family Saga will focus on my 3rd Great Grandfather Jacob Spitler. In an earlier post I told the Spitler Family Saga by discussing Cousin Rachel Joseph’s family stories and findings (click here to read).

In 1992 I hired the late Mrs. Katherine G. Bushman, an Augusta County genealogist, to help me with my ancestry. Mrs. Bushman added to Cousin Ray’s knowledge. My contribution to the saga comprised internet sleuthing.

Jacob Spitler was born December 1799[1] in Virginia to John Spitler Sr. and Mary Eccord/Accord. He was one of six children raised in Augusta County. When 3rd Great Grandfather was 24 years old, he wed Margaret Dunlap, daughter of Archibald and Betsey Dunlap June 14, 1824.[2] Rev. Michael Meyerhoeffer, a minister serving the Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church, married them in Augusta County.  Great Grandmother was also born in Augusta County about 1799[3]

Augusta County, Virginia Countryside, View from Parsassus


Augusta County, Virginia Countryside
View from Parnassus
Contributed by Hamiltonl at English Wikipedia

Jacob didn’t appear as a head of household in the 1830 federal census. I located “John Spidler” in the Southern District of the county with a household of eleven. The family included boys and girls, mothers and fathers and probably grandparents too [4]. Perhaps Jacob’s family lived in his father’s home.

Mrs. Katherine Bushman and the Augusta County Land Grantee Index confirm John Spitler sold 138 acres in Back Creek to his son Jacob March 30, 1833.[5]  The land was property John Spitler originally purchased from John and Elizabeth McPheeters Sept. 15, 1795[6]. The sale to Jacob also included land George and Katherine Baylor sold to his father Dec. 22, 1800[7]. I haven’t seen the clerk’s copy of the deeds yet so I don’t know if Jacob’s father gifted the land to him or if it was a sale.

The 1840 federal census shows Jacob and his father listed next to each other.[8] His household included Jacob, Margaret, and seven individuals under the age of 20 years. Two persons were employed in the agriculture industry. One female between 10 and 14 years was my 2nd Great Grandmother Eliza Jane. One male between 15 and 19 years was the eldest son, William B. Two males between 10 and 14 were Henry and Thomas. Three boys from 5 to 9 were Jacob F., Jr., Samuel, and another not identified. No children were younger than 5 years old according to the census tick marks.

By the time the 1850 federal census was enumerated[9], Jacob’s son, William B., had already married and left home. William B. and Margaret Arehart wed Nov. 9, 1848. The same was true of my 2nd Great Grandmother Eliza Jane who married William Wilson Joseph Oct. 26, 1848. Living at home with Jacob and Margaret were Thomas, age 22 years; Henry, age 20; Jacob, age 18; Samuel, age 16; John, age 12, and Sarah, age 10. (I believe the 10 year old daughter was Susan Margaret incorrectly identified as Sarah.) Jacob’s 76 year old father and 75 year old mother lived in his home too. The Spitler’s farmed their land. Jacob, his father, and sons Thomas, Henry, Jacob and Samuel were all farmers.

After 34 years together, 3rd Great Grandmother Margaret (Dunlap) Spitler died Oct. 28, 1858.[10] She was just 59 years old.


My ancestry:
4th Great Grandfather John Spitler and wife Mary Eccord
3rd Great Grandfather Jacob Spitler and wife Margaret Dunlap
2nd Great Grandmother Eliza Jane Spitler and husband William Wilson Joseph
Great Grandfather Daniel Franklin Joseph and wife Flora Belle McFall
Grandfather James McFall Joseph and wife Lucy Leora Clemmer
My Father
Myself


[1] Find-A-Grave web site, www.findagrave.com, Memorial #38713503, birth calculated from age at time of death.
[2] Augusta County, Virginia Marriages, 1748-1850, compiled by John Vogt & T. William Kethley, Jr.
[3] Find-A-Grave web site, www.findagrave.com, Memorial #38713360, birth calculated from age at time of death.
[4] 1830 Federal Census, Southern District, Augusta County, VA, Page 102, John Spidler household.
[5] Augusta County, Virginia Land Deeds, Grantee Index, page 84, Deed Book 55, page 58.
[6] Ibid, Deed Book 28, page 390.
[7] Ibid, Deed Book 31, page 288.
[8] 1840 Federal Census, Augusta County, VA, Page 39, Jacob Spitler Household.
[9] 1850 Federal Census, District 2, Augusta County, VA, Page 274B, John Spitler Household.
[10] Abstracts of Augusta County, Virginia Death Registers compiled by Margaret C. Reese, page 114.