SPILMAN FAMILY ABROAD
From Harlow, Essex and Lincolnshire England
-New Zealand Connection Daniel 1845-? and Ann Spilman New Zealand
Other English Spilman/Spelman lines
about the Espilemann family is being placed on the Lincolnshire Spilman web
because both families lived in Essex, England during the same time period.
Lost parish records make it perhaps impossible to connect these two
families, but one could speculate a connection. The Espilemann family
is being presented to show the parallel between our families, possible
connection through Robert (1320-1391) to Sir William Espileman and to
also show American and Australian immigration lines of this Spilman/Spelman
family. The lines include descendents who fought for American
independence during the Revolutionary war.
The Espilemann family seems to start in Brokenhurst, Hampshire, England. Within 3 generations a branch moves to Norfolk. Stephen Spileman had two sons who have immigrant descendents to the Colonies. Son, 1) John (1315-1392) has family that were Lords/Esq/Knights. Sir Henry Spelman (noted Scholar and antiquarian) had 2 nephews who settled in VA. Henry Spelman (1595-1623) came to Jamestown with Capt. John Smith. Henry had a brother Thomas 1599-c 1638 who also came to the Virginia Colony.
Stephen's other son, 2)Robert (1320-1391) had family that moved into the Essex area. Richard (1665-1750) from Danbury, Essex, England was the immigrant who settled in Middletown, Middlesex, CT by about 1700. He had seven children. One son was in the Revolutionary war and at least six of his grandsons also fought for American independence.
Site Map for Espileman
Another German Spilman tree starts in 1761 with Clamor Heinrich Adolph Spellman in Hanover, Germany. Clamor's son, Johann Friedrich Spellman, had a son who settled in Sibley Co, MN, USA. (Eternal website)
An in depth account of the English Lincolnshire Spilmans can be located on the web pages of Tom Smith http://www.diplomate.freeserve.co.uk/genealog.htm. Tom has a web page for the Spilmans as well as information about Whitton, England the village where Daniel Spilman was born. I visited with Tom in May 2002 and we decided it would be helpful to create an American Spilman web page for those descended from the immigrants. Tom took me to Whitton and the neighboring villages to provide me with a lot of history about our family and to help me understand what it would have been like for my Great Grandfather Daniel Spilman. Anne Spilman Wood also provided information and in 1979 she allowed me to copy a series of letters Dan had written. In 1981 she took me to a Vicar to look at old hand written records of births, marriages and deaths. I also obtained some birth/death/marriage records in London as well as the United States.
Eric Spilman of England is working on the 1500's history of the Lincolnshire Spilmans, but parish records were stolen in 1814 from Harlow and never recovered. He has information questionning a William and Grace Spilman, in the 1500's, but at this time Thomas Spilman is the oldest ancestors we can directly connect with. Eric's web page can be seen at http://www.familytracer.co.uk/index.htm
I have spent some time gathering information about the English Spilman lines that could possibly be the origin of the Harlow/Lincolnshire Spilmans. LDS sources were used as well as the book Spelman Genealogy by Fannie C. Barbour 1910. Some merger of data was made to further clarify information from this book and other online sources. The American Descendents from Richard shows an Essex occupation during the same time as the Lincolnshire Spilman family occupied Essex. There is no way to definitively connect the two families at this time.
In the United States Irene Nichols did a lot to document the descendents of Dan and Thea and Anne Durregger put together a number of photos. Information has been provided by different American Spilman families and noted.
This web page is intended to share this information and help the American Spilman family and other branches connect.
Editor: Lori (Spilman) Dollevoet