Deceassed, of Salem, Iowa. He was born in Harrison
Co. OH 5 Sept 1812. He was the son of Ralph and
Eleanor (Cleary) Spurrier. They were both natives
of Maryland, and both lived and died in Ohio. They
have 5 sons and 6 daughters, six of whom are now
living: Samuel resides in Clearfield, Iowa and is
the resident physician; Warner resides at New
Lisbon, Linn Co. IA, and is married to a cousin
of the late president James A. Garfield; William
m. Miss Dungan and is a farmer of Iowa County;
Matilda m. George Heberling, a farer of Harrison
Co. OH; Elizabeth is the widow of John Matson and
resides in Nebraska; Mary a. m. Hezekiah Harrison,
now deceased, and resides in New Lisbon.
The rest of the children lived to be maried--but
are not listed.
Richard, our subject, married in Cadiz, OH in 1833,
to Miss Amy Barrett, the daughter of Thomas and
Margaret Barrett, who were Quakers and natives of
Virginia. When they removed from the state of Ohio
the Barrett brothers came to get their entry of land.
In 1842, Richard and wife came to Iowa by way of Ohio
and Mississippi Rivers. In Iowa they remained for 18 months 14 miles north
of Iowa City and then came to
Richard farmed a short time and then clerked for
John Andrews, a merchant of Salem, until 1853. He
then took an overland trip to California with an
ox-team. He had cholera enroute. He tried mining
for awhile and then returned about 1856 to Iowa.
He was sick for one year with Panama Fever.
Richard and Mrs. Spurrier had seven children, 2
daughters and 5 sons: Thomas married Lavina Wood-
manse, and resided in Wichita, KS.; John died at
age two years; Mary, (now deceased), m. Thomas
Rook; William H. resides Dectur Co., IA and is the
husband of Jane Cammack; Ralph C. m. Josephine
Barton and they also reside in Decatur County, they
also have a section of excellent land that adjoins
that of Joseph Smith, the Mormon Elder's son;
Joseph, who was the only one who was born in Iowa,
died at age 8, a victim of the first cholera epidemic
Thomas and Ralph both enlisted in Co. D, 14th
Iowa Infantry. Ralph was wounded at Shiloh.
Richard has resided in Salem since 1845. He was a
member of the Salem Lodge #48 of the IOOF, and was
a member of the Salem Lodge #17 of the A.F.&A.M.
He was president of the Old Settlers Association.
Portrait and Biographical Album
Henry County, Iowa
Acme Publishing Company, 1888
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