While going through my files, I happen to stumble across information on the enclosed deed that is rather intriguing for me. As a descendant of both the McElvane and Spahr families, I would like to know if anybody might know who the Jacob Spohr [sic] mentioned in this deed was? Although he isn’t in my direct line, he has to tie-in somehow – but where?
Since I am currently working on restoring my gedcom, I would be most interested in knowing if this is just a coincidence, or if there were other ties between these two families?
Rockbridge County, VA Deed Book F, p.229
John Fletcher and Betsy his wife and James Fletcher and Jenny his wife of
Rockbridge to Margaret McElvane of Rockbridge---Andrew McElvane late of
Rockbridge was in possession of .....land on Walkers Creek containing 48
acres, conveyed from Michael Colter 17 Nov. 1780 (metes and bounds) and a
tract containing 80 acres conveyed from said Michael Colter to Andrew McElvane
by deed which Colter held by patent bearing date 1 Aug. 1772 (metes & bounds),
located on Walkers Creek.
Signed: John Fletcher
Elizabeth Fletcher (X her mark)
Jenny Fletcher (X her mark)
Testee: James Hodge
5 Oct. 1807
Margaret McElvane, surviving relict of Andrew McElvane, deceased, who died
interstate, and William McElvane and Rebekah McElvane, heirs of said Andrew,
deceased, are of age, (5 minors viz: Robert, George, Samuel, Andy, and Peggy,
not of age to convey) Betsey and Jenny (2 heirs of Andrew deceased) have
married John Fletcher and James Fletcher--they convey to Jacob Spohr of Augusta
Tract on Walkers Creek one by patent 80 acres, other by deed 48 acres--
(meters and bounds).
Signed: Margaret McElvane (X her mark)
Rebeckah McElvane (X her mark)
1]. This McElvane line descends from the Lairds of the House of Grimmett in
Scotland. [Laird = Lord]. I have quite a bit of information on this family. The best-
known names associated with this clan include Robert the Bruce and William Wallace.
2]. Andrew McElvane and his wife Margaret Workman were my 6th G-Grandparents.
3]. From the above record of deed, you can see that Elizabeth (“Betsey”) and Jane
(“Jenny”) McElvane (spelled McElvain in some records) were sisters. John and James
Fletcher were brothers! James and Jane (McElvane) Fletcher is my line.
4]. Andrew McElvane was the son of Robert McIlvaine and Mary Duffield. Mary’s brother
was the Chaplin to the Continental Congress!
5]. In my direct bloodline, all these families merge with the marriage of Harry Arnold
Fletcher and Lenora “Pearle” Bowen – my great grandparents!
From 6th G-GPTS in both lines:
6]. Andrew McElvane m. Margaret Workman >> Jane (“Jenny”) McElvane m. James
Fletcher >> Job L. Fletcher m. Nancy Chapin >> James Clinton Fletcher m. Emmar
Victoria Sutton >> Samuel Chester Fletcher m. Lillie Rebecca Criss >> Harry Arnold
Fletcher m. Lenora “Pearle” Bowen >> Vera Bloise Fletcher m. William Nelson Hill >>
Donald LeRoy Hill [a.k.a. Davis] m. Joyce Elaine Loghry >> Craig Allen Davis
7]. John Ulrich Spahr, Jr. m. Judith Regar >> Edward Spahr m. Elizabeth Seitz >> John
Oliver Spahr m. Experience Hildreth >> Catherine Spahr m. William K. Louck >> Mary
Elizabeth Louck m. William Henry Bowen >> Lenora “Pearle” Bowen m. Harry Arnold
Fletcher >> Vera Bloise Fletcher m. William Nelson Hill >> Donald LeRoy Hill
[a.k.a. Davis] m. Joyce Elaine Loghry >> Craig Allen Davis
8]. My father was going by his stepfather’s name when my parents were married, making
me the first of the family to be legally born as Davis.
Craig A. Davis
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