This was sent to me with the following notation: "Name of paper may be wrong, but it is almost certainly the paper published in North Wilkesboro, N.C. ca late teens or 1920/21 at the latest. There is no date on the clipping, just vol. & no., but an article on the back may help to date it. The article on the back is titled BIG STRIKE HAS BEEN CALLED OFF and discussed President Wilson's mediations to call off a threatened railroad strike. Also, on the back is an article about three ships to be sunk, The City of Memphis, the Vigilancia and the Illinois.
HISTORY OF JACK SPRADLING
THE WILKS COUNTY JOURNAL, VOL. XVI, NO. 773
In the western mountains of North Carolina, in Alexander County, Little River Township, there lies some acres of land, at the present owned by W. J. Bumgarner, which is of historic interest to some of us. In the time of the War of the Revolution it was owned by a man named Jack Spradling. He with a few more members of his family are now buried on top of a ridge with nothing to mark their graves except a stone slab about 6 or 8 inches high and the large trees which grow over and upon their graves.
This land is of more recent interest to us, because it is the scene of the great Landslide of 1916, which swept away the home of Lonas Russell and drowned three children, the body of one being never recovered.
The writer has in his possession two deeds for real estate one being 106 years old and the other 107 years old. The first conveys the land from Jack Spradling to Joshua Mitchell, for which he received 100 pounds in English money; the other being the deed to Jesse Brown from jack Spradling, the sum received was 20 pounds for 30 acres of land.
We want to follow the descendants of Spradling. He was survived by two children, a boy named James of whom nothing much is known*, and a daughter Frances who married James Robinette, about whom there is a mystery.
Robinette is not known to be his real name.He was found over in London, England on some man's doorstep. he was brought to America as a bound boy. It is a popular belief that the name Robinette was taken from the bird, Robin, as that bird is held sacred in England.
We do not know the date of their marriage but it was probably a few years before the War of 1812, as they had children born during that war.
This woman, Frances Spradling Robinette, gave birth to 16 children, 12 boys and 4 girls. Four of the children died in infancy, and three boys, Dan, John and Jesse left this country when young men.
We will take up the children as we know them, boys first.
The eldest boy was named William Robinette. He took unto himself a wife, Sarah Wakler. The children born to them were George, Wiley, Caldwell, Caroline and Sirene Robinette.
The second son was Elisha Robinette. He was married to Polly Brown. Seven children blessed this union, their names, Jesse, William, Leander, Horton, Betty, Nancy, and Mahaley Robinette, the latter being yet alive in her eighty-eighth year.
The third son was Lazarus Robinette. He married Lettie Chapman. Nine children from this union, Anson, lawson, John, Larkin, Wheeler, Betsey, Chloe and Lucinda Robinette.
The fourth son, James, married Sarah Brown first, afterwards Carolin Bumgarner. From the first union were two children, Joel and Jesse Robinette. From the second, six, Julius, Van Buren, Frances, Mary, Martha and Sarah Robinette.
The fifth son was Ambrose Robinette. He married Anise Tritte. Their children were seven, Wilson, Paton, Henry, George, Doctor, Adeline and Caroline Robinette.
The sixth son was Joel Robinette who married Susan White. They had one child, Sarah Robinette, who married Davidson Bumgarner, she being alive in her 87th year.
We have taken in succession the sons of James and Frances Robinette; we will now begin with the daughters.
The first was Lavina Robinette who married William Loudermilk. Their sons were Jacob, William, John and George Loudermilk; daughters, Betty, Frances [Nother of Mary Brown Rogers], Polly, Sarah, Catherine and Nancy Loudermilk. We will speak more of Catherine later.
Second daughter was Betty Robinette who married John Swaim and they left this country.
Third daughter was Mary Robinette. She married Hiram Ford and moved to Tennessee. One boy, Elkana.
Fourth daughter, Nancy Robinette, married Jesse Phillips. Their sons were John and James, one daughter Leanna.
This gives the sons and daughter and grand-children of James and Frances Robinette. We will now take one of the grand-children, Catherine Loudermilk, daughter of lavina Robinette [Aunt of Mary Brown Rogers], as there is more increase through her thatn any others.
Catherine Loudermilk married Alfred Bungarmer. She gave birth to twelve children, the oldest, Amon Bumgarner, married Martha Walker. They were blessed with eleven children. the next, W. J. Bumgarner, married Lizzie Kerley, they had ten children. A. M. Bumgarner married Delila Bumgarner, twelve children. John Bumgarner married Martha Laws, nine children. M. R. Bumgarner married Elizabeth Phillips, eight children.Beauregard died at the age of 14 years. Sarah Bumgarner married J. W. Robinette, first husband, 2 children, James Watts second husband, three children. J. C. Bumgarner married Telias Davis, five children. Co. O. Bumgarner married Amanda Davis, 6 children. This makes a total of 43 grand-children, from this eleven are dead, leaving 32 alive. There are perhaps 100 great grand-children. G. Z. Bumgarner married Alice Bumgarner first time, seven children. Married second time to Artie Christopher.
The family of James and Frances Spradling Robinette; furnished more men to fall during the Civil War than any other in the mountain country. 18 went out and three came back. Those that fell in defense of their country were Anson, lawson, john, Wilson, Paton, Henry, Joel, Jesse, William, Wiley, Elkana and Jesse Robinette; sons-in-law, James Murphy, Elijah Phillips. Only George, Ambrose and leander returned.
Spradling lived in the time of the Revolutionary War, when the Tories went through the country robbing, plundering and laying waste everything they could get their hands on. They came to Spradling's house and, for a jug of brandy that was in the house, agreed not to harm his property. Who knows but that the Patriotic spirit was so impressed on the young Frances Spradling's mind that she transmitted to her offspring the courage and loyalty to answer Duty's call, when the dark was cloud hung so threateningly over the Fair Southern Land? Their bodies are scattered over the land where they fell, their graves unmarked perhaps to this day; only tender memories of them left in our hearts.
But the body of Spradling, with james and Frances Robinette, is buried in our country; and here I come to the object of my writing. Let all the descendants of Spradling, and they are many, meet sometime in the late summer or early fall and hold a memorial service at the graves, and each contribute something towards buying an inexpensive slab or monument to mark the graves of these, our forefathers.
I am writing this for one reason, that the younger people know more of their ancestors. I think it would be appropriate that the Rev. E. V. Bumgarner be speaker of the day, as he is in the sixth generation, his wife in the fifth and his children the seventh from Jack Spradling.
Very truly yours, t
A. M. Bumgarner
Charlotte, N. C.
* Evidently the writer did not have a copy of James "Jack" Spradling's will which names his son, John Spradling.
See article on the Marker