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a Generation of Kansas Pioneers in Atchison, Brown & Doniphan Counties

4. Springer Family History

Source Citation:
Richard Wilson, "", The Kansans and Whence They Came, Internet: . (Accessed 23 Mar 2017).
< http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wilsweik/data/Springer.htm >

M ary Ann, Samuel, Polly, John, and Jacob are five children of George and Elizabeth Springer who migrated from Illinois to northeastern Kansas. The first four arrived about 1860 with the fifth coming a couple years later after a brief period in Missouri. All were born in Ohio, but they would spend roughly 20 years of their youth and young adulthood in Stark County, Illinois, before moving on.

Samuel Springer

Springer Family Migration Route to Kansas
Springer Family Migration Route to Kansas
1. York County, Pennsylvania
2. Fairfield County, Ohio
3. Stark County, Illinois
4. Doniphan & Brown Counties, Kansas

Samuel Springer was born c.1832 in Ohio. When a child, he moved with his family to Illinois where he later married Nancy Dixon 07 Apr 1853 in Peoria County. They lived in Stark County, Illinois, where their first three children were born. About 1860, Samuel relocated with his young family and mother to Iowa Township, Doniphan County, Kansas, which is where their remaining children were born. He and Nancy are last known to be in the area during the 1885 state census. Their children were:

  1. Mary Springer (c.1854-) who was living in Wathena, Doniphan County, Kansas, in Dec 1908.
  2. Martha Springer (1854-1932) who married Charles V. Goll 6 Feb 1885 in Highland, Doniphan County and moved to Lyon County, Kansas.
  3. Jefferson Springer (1856-1948) who married Sarah E. Forney 15 Nov 1882 in Holt County, Missouri. After living in Nebraska, Jefferson moved to Holt County c.1893 where he remained.
  4. Melissa Springer (c.1860-) who was living in Texas in Dec 1908.
  5. William Henry Springer (1864-1948) who married Francis M. Kinney 24 Dec 1885 in Holt County and moved there as well.
  6. Malinda Springer (1866-1908) who married William Hanigan 24 Nov 1887 in Highland, Doniphan County, Kansas. She died near Iowa Point, Doniphan County, Kansas.
  7. Angeline Springer (1870-1888) who died of diphtheria in Highland.
  8. James Springer (c.1872-1881).

Mary Ann Springer

Mary Ann Springer, the youngest child, was born in November 1835, and she married William Harrison Rutherford on 14 Mar 1853 in Stark County, Illinois. The Springer and Rutherford families became fairly well intertwined. Harrison had a brother named Anson Rutherford who was already married to a sister of Samuel Springerís wife, Charity Dixon.note1 Mary Ann and Harrisonís family moved to Kansas about the same time as Samuel between 1857-61. In March 1865, the two families purchased adjoining 80 acre properties located about four miles northwest of the town of Highland in Doniphan County (NW1/4 Sect7 Twp2 Range19). By 1882, Samuel had moved to a larger farm a couple miles east, but Harrison and Mary Ann were still at the same location. Between 1885-95, they relocated to Brown County, Kansas, where Mary Ann died 31 Jul 1909 while living with their son, David. She was buried in the Highland Cemetery in Highland. Mary Ann and Harrison had the following children:

  1. David H. Rutherford (1853-1922).
  2. Sarah J. Rutherford (c.1857-).
  3. Marianne "Polly Ann" Rutherford (c.1861-).
  4. Mary Ellen Rutherford (1865-1916).
  5. Rosetta "Etta" Rutherford (1868-1922).
  6. Dora Rutherford (1872-1955).
  7. [See Rutherford Family History for more details on these children.]

Polly Springer

Catherine "Polly" Springer married John Colwell 07 Feb 1839 in Hocking County, Ohio, before the Springer family had moved to Illinois. They were living in Stark County, Illinois, in 1850, and had presumably moved here by 1842 when their eldest known child was buried in Stark County. In 1865, they were living in Doniphan County, Kansas, but further south than the others in Wolf River Township. By 1870, they had permanently moved near Maitland, Holt County, Missouri. John died here 27 Jan 1895 and Polly died 21 Feb 1902. Both were buried in the Maitland Cemetery in Holt County. They had the following children, all of whom were born in Illinois:

  1. Elizabeth Colwell (1841-1842) who was buried in Stringtown Cemetery in Stark County.
  2. Katherine Colwell (1842-1916) who lived in Nodaway County, Missouri.
  3. Robert H. Colwell (c.1845-) who is last found on the 1865 state census.
  4. Mary M. Colwell (c.1847-) who is last found on the 1865 state census.
  5. Ellen Colwell (1849-1939) who married William Wakely and remained near Maitland.
  6. Melinda Colwell (c.1851-) who is last found on the 1865 state census.
  7. Rebecca Florence Colwell (1853-1927) who married George William Collins 24 Oct 1880 in Nodaway County, Missouri.
  8. John Colwell (c.1857-) who is last found on the 1880 census.
  9. Moses L. Colwell (c.1859-) who is last known to be living in Nebraska in Jan 1908.

John Springer

John Springer was born November 1826 in Ohio, and he married Sarah "Sally" Coleman on 18 Jan 1846 in Stark County, Illinois. After leaving Illinois, they did not move directly to Kansas. John moved his growing family to Westport, Missouri, probably about the same time that his siblings were going to Kansas. He was in Missouri in 1860 and remained until c.1861-62. From here, he joined the others in Doniphan County, Kansas. John, along with his brother, Samuel, was sworn into the Kansas State Militia 27 Sept 1862. They spent 19 days on active duty from 12 Oct 1864 during "Priceís Raid", receiving 53 1/3Ę per day.

Along with some other Springer and Rutherford families, John and Sally moved to Phillips County, Kansas, between 1875-80. They returned by 1885, but their oldest son remained. They apparently settled near Highland, where Sally was listed as a widow in 1910. John and Sally had eleven children:

  1. William Hiram Springer (1846-1888) who married Abbie Jane "Jane" Armentrout 25 Nov 1868 in Doniphan County, Kansas. They moved to Phillips County.
  2. David Springer (1849-1849) who died as an infant.
  3. John W. Springer (1852-) who was last found on the 1930 census.
  4. Charles Springer (1852-1854) who died as an infant.
  5. Samuel W. Springer (1854) who married a woman named Annie L. c.1877. He was last found on the 1930 census.
  6. Mary Elizabeth Springer (1860-1954) who married William James Ptomey 23 Mar 1894 in Hiawatha, Brown County, Kansas. They lived in Highland.
  7. Sarah Springer (c.1859-) who is last found on the 1875 state census.
  8. George W. Springer (1861-) who apparently never married and lived in Highland with his brother, John, after 1905. He is last found on the 1930 census.
  9. Ella Springer (c.1863-) who married a Mr. McBride.
  10. James E. Springer (1863-1901).
  11. Martha Springer (c.1866-) who is last found on the 1880 census.

Jacob Springer

Jacob C. Springer Sr. was probably the last of the five to move to Kansas. Jacob was born c.1825 in Ohio, and he first married Samantha L. White 02 Jan 1848 in Stark County, Illinois. Samantha died in 1862 and was buried in the Stringtown Cemetery in Stark County. They had seven children in Illinois:

  1. Jacob C. Springer, Jr. (1849-1930) who married Nancy Rutherford 10 Apr 1872 in Doniphan County, Kansas. Nancy was a sister of Harrison Rutherford. Jacob died in Jewell County, Kansas.
  2. Mary Elizabeth Springer (1852-1935) who married Ezra Keller 15 Dec 1872 in Doniphan County.
  3. Nancy Jane Springer (1852-) who married Charles Keller, a brother of Ezra Keller, on 23 Jan 1870 in Doniphan County. They have not been found after this date.
  4. George F. Springer (c.1854-) who married a woman named Elenor c.1879. He is last found on the 1895 state census in Brown County, Kansas.
  5. William Henry Springer (c.1856-) who is last found on the 1900 census.
  6. John Alva Springer (1859-1944) who married Tabitha Ford 16 Jun 1881 in the Severance City Hotel in Doniphan County. He died in Mound City, Holt County, Missouri.
  7. Charlotte Springer (c.1862-) who is last found on the 1875 state census.

Jacob then remarried to Catherine Eby Armentrout on 17 Jul 1863 in Peoria County, Illinois. Their oldest daughter was born in Illinois in May 1864, but was buried in Highland, Kansas, in February 1865. Therefore, they must have initially moved to Doniphan County between these dates. Between 1875-1880, they had moved further west to Phillips County, Kansas, and were still there in 1885. In 1895 Jacob was living with a son from his first marriage, George, in Walnut Township, Brown County, Kansas, but Catherine was not there. This is where Jacob died in November 1898. In 1900 Catherine and their two youngest sons were living in Surface Creek, Delta County, Colorado. Jacob and Catherine had at least six children together, all born in Kansas:

  1. Ida Belle Springer (1864-1865) who died as an infant.
  2. Samantha Catherine "Cassie" Springer (c.1866-) who is last found on the 1875 state census.
  3. Charles Benton Springer (1868-1935) who first married Ida Susan Curry 14 Jul 1892 in Highland, Doniphan County. He second married Sarah J. Knight after 1910 and moved to Ada County, Idaho.
  4. Florence E. Springer (1871-1873) who died as an infant.
  5. Nellie Lucinda Springer (1874-1968) who first married James Bruner 05 Mar 1893 in Phillips County. She second married Charles Edward Roberts 16 Jul 1910, and third John Richard "Jack" Olson 26 Oct 1918 in Grants Pass, Josephine County, Oregon. Nellie died in Klamath Falls, Klamath County, Oregon.
  6. Joseph O. Springer (c.1878-) who is last found on the 1880 census.
  7. Caleb Lincoln Springer (1880-) who lived in Colorado in 1900. He was last known living in 1941.
  8. Albert Roy Springer (1882-1941) who also lived in Colorado in 1900. He married Minnie Issabell Olson 25 Feb 1911 in Josephine County, Oregon, and died in Klamath Falls.

George Springer


The father of the previous four was George Springer, Sr. who was born in Pennsylvania on 6 Sep 1789. Their mother was Elizabeth Heidlebaugh who was born 1 May 1793 in Conewago Township, York County, Pennsylvania, to Jacob and Catharina Heidlebaugh. George and Elizabeth married 11 Jun 1812 in Fairfield County, Ohio.

The two were still living in Fairfield County during the 1830 census. Sometime between the birth of their youngest child in Ohio in 1835 and the death of a son in Illinois in 1841, the family relocated to Stark County, Illinois. It may have been toward the end of that range, since a daughter married in adjacent Hocking County, Ohio, in 1839. In Illinois, George passed away on 10 Oct 1849 after a 2 week illness caused by "inflammation of the brain", or encephalitis. He was buried in the Stringtown Cemetery in this county. Elizabeth remained here until making the trip to Kansas with her children. She died 27 Nov 1870 and was buried in the Highland Cemetery in Highland, Doniphan County, Kansas.note2 George and Elizabeth had thirteen children, all before leaving Ohio:

  1. Catherine Springer (1813-) who married Moses Lasley.
  2. Sarah Springer (1814-1891) who married George Fantz 12 Dec 1833 and died in Stark County.
  3. George Springer, Jr. (1815-1886) who married Christina Fantz 14 Apr 1836 in Fairfield County, Ohio, and died in Stark County, Illinois.
  4. Catherine "Polly" Springer (1816-1902) previously discussed.
  5. Henry Springer (1817-1845) who married Araminta Miller 19 May 1843 in Peoria County, Illinois, and died in Stark County.
  6. Elizabeth Springer (1819-1899) who married Reuben Colwell 27 Mar 1842 in Stark County, Illinois.
  7. Andrew Springer (1822-1841) who married Hannah Frasee and died in Stark County.
  8. Jacob C. Springer (c.1825-1898) previously discussed.
  9. John Springer (1826-) previously discussed.
  10. David Springer (1828-1909) who married Mary Katherine Chandler 22 Aug 1852 in Stark County. David died in Webster County, Iowa.
  11. Noah Springer (1830-1901) who married Rebeccah Elizabeth Eby 25 Jan 1852 in Stark County. Noah died in Webster County, Iowa.
  12. Samuel Springer (c.1832-) previously discussed.
  13. Mary Ann Springer (1835-1909) also previously discussed.

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Springer Selected Documents

Civil War Payroll

Kansas Militia in the Civil War, Adjutant General's Office, 1908.

Vol.4, p.4
Co. A, 9th Regiment

Name: John Springer, Private
Joined and sworn in 27 Sept 1862 at Highland by I. P. Johnson.
Ordered into active service 12 Oct 1864 to Atchison by Gov. Carney.
Relieved from duty 27 Oct 1864 Gov. Carney.
Number of Days in Actual Service: 19
Pay per day: .53 1/3
Amount of pay: 10.13
Valuation of Clothing Drawn: 2.22
Total Amount Due: 12.35
Total Amount Paid: 11.00
Rec'd of Payment: John Springer, witness by D. Whitaker Mar. 11 1870.

Name: Samuel Springer, Private
Joined and sworn in 27 Sept 1862 at Highland by I. P. Johnson.
Ordered into active service 12 Oct 1864 to Atchison by Gov. Carney.
Relieved from duty 27 Oct 1864 Gov. Carney.
Number of Days in Actual Service: 19
Pay per day: .53 1/3
Amount of pay: 10.13
Valuation of Clothing Drawn: 2.22
Total Amount Due: 12.35
Total Amount Paid: 11.00
Rec'd of Payment: Samuel Springer, witness by D. Whitaker Mar. 11 1870.


Obituaries

Horton Commercial, Horton, KS, [newspaper].

5 Aug 1909

Grandma Rutherford departed this life Saturday at 2 p.m. She had been sick for several days but her death was a surprise. She was past 70 years of age. The funeral was preached by Rev. Grout in the Wesleyan church Sunday. We failed to get an obituary.

Horton Headlight, Horton, KS, [newspaper].

5 Aug 1909

D. H. Rutherford's mother died at his home July 31. She was 74 years old and died of heart failure.

Brown County World, Hiawatha, KS, [newspaper].

6 Aug 1909, p.6

DEATHS.

Rutherford. - Mrs. Rutherford, mother of D. H. Rutherford, of Willis, died there Saturday afternoon at 1 o'clock of heart disease. She had been ill only a short time. She was 75 years old.

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Notes

  1. [To clarify, Mary Ann Springer was married to her brotherís (Samuel Springer) wifeís (Nancy Dixon) sisterís (Charity Dixon) husbandís (Anson Rutherford) brother (Harrison Rutherford).]
  2. [Find more information regarding the burial location of Elizabeth Heidlebaugh in the Appendix.]

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