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Thomas Spilman & Harriet Aitken
Parents of Daniel Spilman 1848 England - 1915 Iowa, USA
 

THOMAS SPILMAN ANCESTRY 1809-1888


1  Thomas SPILMAN      abt 1565 Harlow, Essex, England    
..... + Mary BRIGHT     December 28, 1572  Roxford, Essex, England

......... 2  John SPILMAN     November 09, 1589  Manuden, Harlow, Essex, England - July 24, 1643

...............  +Martha HILLS     abt 1596 Clavering, Essex, England  (parents: Nicolas & Margaret Hills) - c1647

....................  3   Capt. Thomas SPILMAN    abt  1615  Essex, England - 1683  Old Walcot Hall, South. of Alkborough, Lincolnshire, England. External link bottom of page for more. 

..........................  +Mary Unknown    c1615 -  Oct. 21, 1666

............................... 4  Thomas SPILMAN July 4, 1648 Hornchurch, Essex, England- 1705  Barrow-Upon-Humber, Lincoln, England 

......................................  +Mary GOODHAND     abt 1650 Goxhill, Lincolnshire, England - 1728 Barrow-Upon-Humber, Lincoln, England  (2nd wife)

........................................... 5  Thomas SPILMAN     Mar 19, 1690 Barrow Upon Humber- July 7,1740  Winterton, England

.................................................  +Eleanor THURLEY/FURLEY June 4, 1699 Roxby cum Risby, Lincs - Apr 26, 1772 (parents William Furley and Hellen Thompson)
...................................................... 6  John SPILMAN   Jan 10, 1741 Walcot, Lincs, England - April 10, 1816 Walcot, England

............................................................+Catherine EPWORTH     1749 Whitton, Lincs, England- Jan 2, 1815 Whitton (John/Catherine [Longbottom] Epworth)
................................................................. 7 John SPILMAN  Nov 1, 1776 Alkborough, Lincoln, England - Dec. 20, 1850 Whitton, Lincoln, England

.......................................................................+Ann (Nancy) PENROSE  Jan 19, 1769 Welton, E Yorkshire  - Oct 25,1865 Whitton (John & Sarah [Burrell] Penrose)
............................................................................ 8  Thomas SPILMAN   Feb 27, 1809 Whitton, Lincs, England - June 20, 1888 Whitton, Lincs, England

...................................................................................   +Harriet AITKEN  Mar 14, 1820 Walcot, (Alkborough) - Aug 3, 1899 Whitton, England (Alexander Aitken & Eleanor Forman)
........................................................................................ 9 Daniel SPILMAN     1848 Whitton, Eng- 1915, IOWA, USA

.............................................................................................. +Thea ANDERSON     1852 - 1927 (Ole/Thuvi Olson)


 

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THOMAS SPILMAN ANCESTRY 1809-1888
 

Thomas was the seventh of nine children born to John Spilman (1741-1816) and Ann (Nancy) Penrose.   Thomas would have lived at the White House in Whitton, Lincolnshire, England.  It is even possible that he may have been born in this home.  His father John was both a farmer and Miller there.  The mill had originally belonged to John's father-in-law John Epworth 1724-1775.

 

 

Research from Tom Smith: 1861 census - Farmer of 211 acres employing 6 men and 4 boys

The mill was in Mill close, part of Millfield, just to the south west of the village. It was a four sail tower mill with a circular brick body and wooden cap, which contained the windshaft. This enabled the cap to move to present the sails to the wind. When it was demolished the millstones were reportedly taken and used for the raised beds in the garden at Grove farm.
 

In addition to milling and farming, Thomas and Harriet Spilman owned the sloop "Walcott". It was built when Dan was 6 years old. Dan, no doubt, traveled on this boat along the Humber River. Tom Smith said that Dan's father was, "supposed to have sent him to work on a farm on the North side of the river (maybe with one of his cousins around Goole who were doing well ) but he soon came back as he didn't like some aspect of the job and this is supposed to be one of the reasons he decided to go and see what the New World had to offer. If he did not like it over there ...well, he could always come back....."


In the first letter we have from Daniel Spilman to his brother Tom, he refers to being in Ferriby - perhaps he worked in North Ferriby during this time. In this letter, Daniel says to Tom, "When I was at Ferriby you said you thought I could not earn my meat and clothes and as much pocket money as I was getting with working. " He goes on to talk about how well he is doing in Calamus, Beaver Dam, Wisconsin as if to say he is making out much better than he expected.

 

According  to the Lincolnshire Archives Office in 2002  the will and probate record of Daniel's father Thomas Spilman (1809-1888) farmer, windmill and boat owner. Tim Smith wrote:
"When he died in 1888 he left gross personal estate worth 5,103 British pounds which, because of inflation in the last 114 years would be worth (amazingly) 325,000 British pounds today which is equal to $510,315 US dollars. He left to his son Dan Spilman in Clear Lake, Iowa 800 British pounds which is worth 51,330 British pounds today, equal to $80,598 U.S. Dollars."

Thomas Spilman married Harriet Aitken on January 13, 1846 in Burton on Stather, England.

 

 

Tom and Harriet had ten children. 
 


Will of Thomas Spilman


 

HARRIET AITKEN ANCESTRY 1820-1899

I.  John (Aikine) AITKEN b: Bet. 1580 - 1600 in Blairinbathie (Barnbathie), Fife, Scotland d: Oct 1676 in Beath, Fife, Scotland (Possible son of Edward Aitken) and Christian DALGLEISH m: Nov 07, 1620 in Dunfermline, Scotland
II.  John AITKEN, 1st Laird (landowner) Thornton b: Abt. 1640 in Beath, Fife, Scotland d: Abt. 1710 in Thornton Cottage, Beath, Fife, Scotland and Christian KELLOCK b: Abt. May 15, 1643 in Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland
III.  David AITKEN b: Bet. 1661 - 1670 in Of, Beath, Fife, Scotland d: in Of Windie-Edge  and Marion (Sym) SIM b: Bet. 1672 - 1676 in Probably of the Whitehouse Sim family m: February 12, 1696/97 in Beath, Fife, Scotland. 
Aitken paternal DNA  line R1b1c R1b-M343.  If direct male line descendent of Alexander Aitken 1705 matches, then this genealogical connect can be completely verified.

1 Alexander AITKEN  1705 Beath, Fife, Scotland
.. +Janet STEENSONE  (Steinsone) Scotland
......... 2 William AITKEN Jan. 30, 1733/34 Penicuik, Midlothian, Scotland - Oct 31, 1818 Midhope, Midlothian, Scotland
............. +Margaret RAMAGE 1748 Carrington, Midlothian, Scotland - 1808 Midlothian, Scotland
.................... 3
Alexander AITKEN  Dec 28, 1776 Abercorn, West Lothian, Scotland - June 11, 1865 Walcot, Alkborough, Lincs, England
........................ +Eleanora Lonsdale FORMAN 1793 Scotter, Lincolnshire, England - 1871 Alkborough, Lincolnshire, England
............................... 4
Harriet AITKEN Mar 14, 1820 Walcot, England - Aug 5, 1899 Whitton, England (connects to the Spilman tree)
................................... +Thomas SPILMAN Feb 27, 1809 Whitton, Lincs, England - June 20, 1888 Whitton, England