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Re: William Spillers, 1751, Ga.
Posted by: Sarah Sharpless Date: May 08, 2001 at 03:49:25
In Reply to: William Spillers, 1751, Ga. by James J. Spillers of 231


I'm approaching this from the angle of Elizabeth, the widow Spillers (aka Spiller) of Hancock Co., GA, since I don't have any proof of her husband's first name.

Elizabeth was in Georgia by 1802 and she was a widow by at least 1803. Elizabeth SPILLER (sic) of Hancock Co. had a draw in the 1805 GA land lottery. In order to have a draw in her own name, she had to be a widow (with legitimate child/children under 21) in 1803 (when the registration for the lottery took place) and had to have been a resident of GA for at least a year.

Elizabeth was the only person with the surname SPILLER / SPILLERS, etc. who had a draw in this lottery from Hancock Co., GA.

Persons drawing from Clarke Co., GA, were:
John Spilers
orphans of William Spilers
William Spilers Jr.
Warrenton Spillers

Those drawing from Washington Co., GA, were:
Jeremiah Spiller
Philip Spiller

Elizabeth may have been living in Baldwin Co., GA, by 1818. The will of John TURNER (father of Elizabeth's son John Turner SPILLERS) was written on 4 Nov 1818 and says, “I give to John Turner Spillers of Baldwin County son of the widow Spillers late of Sparta in Hancock”...

The term "late" in John Turner's will may mean that Elizabeth had died by this date or it might mean that Elizabeth had formerly lived in Hancock Co. (i.e, "late of Sparta in Hancock"). The Hancock Co., GA, Court of Ordinary minutes don't show any request for estate administration for Elizabeth Spillers between 1799 and 1837, so I'm assuming that she had moved to Baldwin Co.

Since John Turner & Elizabeth, the widow Spillers, weren't married, John Turner Spillers carried his mother's legal surname (which was SPILLERS due to her marriage to __ SPILLERS).

I presume that Samuel and Betsy Spillers were also Elizabeth's children. On 2 Jan 1809, Hancock Co., GA, Samuel and Betsy Spillers (parents not named) were bound out to David Blakey. In 1813, Betsy was removed from David Blakey's care and bound to David Chambers.

I'm not a descendant of this family, but am related to John Turner and am hoping to discover Elizabeth's maiden name in case I might pick up some clues about the Turner family. Have you done any research on Elizabeth?

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