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Spangler/Nofsinger Connection
Posted by: Jack Spangler Date: March 18, 2002 at 04:54:47
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I am trying to sort a Spangler/Nofsinger connection.. Undocumented family mythology as well as many genealogies say Daniel Spanglerís wife was Mary Nofsinger (Notsinger, Naufsinger, Noffsinger). Can anyone confirm that this is correct and refer me to the source records? Also I am trying to confirm that their daughter Mary Hannah married John Nofsinger (sometimes refered to as Dr. John Nofsinger). Can anyone help? Here are some facts to go on.

Last Will and Testament of Daniel Spangler

IN the name God Amen, I Daniel Spangler of Franklin County and the State of Va., being, thru the abundant mercy and goodness of God, tho weak in body yet sound and perfect understanding and memory, do make this my last will and desire it to be received by all as such. As to my worldly estate I will and positively order that all my debts be paid: IMPRIMIS, I give and Demise and bequest unto my son Daniel his heirs and assigns the plantation he now lives on he giving his Mother ten bushels of wheat yearly and every year during her life. Item, I give Demise and bequeath unto my Son George his heirs and assigns the plantation he now lives on he giving his Mother ten bushels of wheat every year and sow her one quarter of an acre of flax and give fifty pounds of pork to her every year likewise to keep her two cows and one horse and JOHN NOFSINGER is to make her a deed for his land. Item, I give demise and bequeath unto my son John his heirs an assigns my plantation in Botetourt County on the waters of Little river. Likewise I will that when the plantations I now live on is sold if there is anything to be paid on it, it is then to be cleared for him.. Item, I give and bequeath unto my Daughter Hannah one black mare and colt. Item, I give and bequeath unto my Daughter Elizabeth one young horse. Item, I give and bequeath unto my Daughter Mary one young black mare. Item I give and bequeath unto my loving wife Mary the plantation I now live on with all the goods and chattels and movables and bonds and notes all debts, and do constitute her Executive of this, my last will and testament.
In Witness where of I here unto set my hand and seal the twenty second day of Sep. in the year of our Lord Christ one thousand Seven hundred and eighty seven.
Sealed, Published and Declared by the above named Daniel Spangler for his last Will and Testament in the presence of

Dan'l Brown
Daniel Barnhart Daniel Spangler Seal
Charles Mennise

I have also seen a deed that shows Daniel Spangler and John Nofsinger jointly owning property in Bedford County, Virginia but I donít have a copy of it. I assume that this is the land Daniel refers to in his will.

From the above will I infer that daughters Hannah, Elizabeth and Mary were living at this time and were not married. This is supported by other records which show Mary married in 1788.

A Deed of Gift
Know all men by these Present that I Mary Spangler of the County of Franklin for and in consideration of the love good will and affection which I have and do have towards my loving Friend JOHN NOFSINGER of the said County Former have given granted and by these Present so freely give grant unto the said John Nofsinger his Heirs and assigns forever all and singular all my goods Chattels now in my possession in the County of Franklin or else where namely all my Stock of Cattle, Hogs, sheep and horses all Bonds, Bills accounts and Debts Dew to me all Moveables and other household furniture To have and to hold all the said Goods and Chattels to him the said John Nofsinger his Heirs Executors and from henceforth as his or their Proper Goods and Chattels absolutely without anymore Consideration. In Witness where of I have hereunto set my hand and Seal this 9th Day of October 1788
Teste: William Wright Mary Spangler
her Mark

Note Mary Spangler, Danielís widow, refers to John Naufsinger (Nofsinger) as "Ömy loving friend".

Transcript of the Last Will and Testament of Mary Spangler

In the name of God amen, I, Mary Spangler of Montgomery County, being of sound mind and memory, calling to mind, that, it is ordained for me once to die do make this my last Will and Testament; First I desire to be burryed in a Christian like form, then I give to my son in law, JOHN NOUFSINGER five shillings and no more then I give to my son John Spangler five shillings and no more, then I give to my son in law Thomas Foulor and his wife Mary five shillings and no more, then I give to my son Daniel Spangler and his heirs forever all the rest of my Estate real and personal, and all that money which is or at the time of my death may be due and all money, that I may have by me at the time of my death, my meaning and intentions being escpasbe (?) for accepted to give all my Estate of all and every kind to said Daniel Spangler and his heirs forever, then I appoint my son Daniel Spangler Executor to this my last will and revoking all other wills heretofore made. Witness my hand and seal this 27th day of Nov. One thousand eight hundred and twelve --------
Signed sealed and acknowledged before us

Iden Beckett her
Conners Mary X Spangler Seal
George Shealor Mark
George Sowers

In this document Mary Spangler, Danielís widow, talks about "Ö.my son in law John Naufsinger, Ö my son John,Ö. My son in law Thomas Fouler and his wife Mary,Ö.and my son Daniel". There is no mention of daughters Hannah and Elizabeth. From this I infer that both Hannah and Elizabeth had died before 1812. A note written in 1916 says Elizabeth Spangler, Daniel Spanglerís sister, married George Sowers. (I donít know if this note refers to Daniel, Sr. or his son Daniel, Jr. who settled in what is now Floyd County, VA.) Also note that a George Sowers wittnessed Maryís will. Family mythology, again without proof, says Hannah was married to John Nofsinger. If this is true then from the Deed of Gift and Maryís will I infer that Hannah married John Nofsinger after 1788 and had died before 1812. If she had been in Kentucky in 1812 I assume Mary would have also mentioned her by name in her will instead of just "Ömy son in law John Naufsinger".

At this time(1812) Thomas Fouler and his wife Mary were in Franklin County, VA, son John Spangler was in either Kanawha County, Virginia or Ripley County, Indiana and son Daniel Spangler was in Montgomery (now Floyd) County, Virginia.

A number of genealogies show John Nofsinger was married to Elizabeth Spangler, a daughter of Daniel and Mary Spangler, moved to Muhlenburg, Kentucky and that she died there in 1833. This does not seem consistent with these documents.

Daniel, Sr. and Maryís girls names were Mary Elizabeth (Mollie), Mary Hannah (Polly) and Mary.

From Botetourt County, Virginia Deed Book 9, page 530.

Whereas Peter Nofsinger late of Botetourt County State of Virginia decd. intestate in the year 1784 seized and possessed of two certain Tracts of Land situated in said County of Botetourt whereby the said Tracts of Land descended to JOHN NOFSINGER his eldest son and Heir at Law and whereas the said John Nofsinger did afterwards agree with David Nofsinger his brother that if he would pay to him and his other brothers a small consideration he might have the said Tracts of Land which he did but reserving to their Mother her Dower herein. Now this Indenture made the Eleventh day of October in the year of Christ one thousand Eight hundred and eight between the said JOHN NOFSINGER AND MARY his wife of the one part and the said David Nofsinger of the other part... Witness that for and in consideration of the causes and consideration aforesaid, the said John Nofsinger hath granted, bargained, sold aliened and confirmed and by these presents doth grant bargain sell alien and confirm unto the said David Nofsinger and his heirs forever two certain tracts of Land lying and being in the said County of Botetourt on Buffalo Creek a branch of Roanoke River one of which contains one hundred and ninety acres and the other fifty four acres and were conveyed to the said Peter Nofsinger in his lifetime by Edward Springer and his wife by deed of Indenture bearing date the 13th day of July 1784 and of record in the Office of the County Clerk of Botetourt to which reference is made for a particular description thereof together with all their appurtenances to the said David Nofsinger and his heirs to the sale use and ???? of him the said David Nofsinger and his heirs forever and the said John Nofsinger for himself and his heirs the said two parcels or Tracts of Land together with all their appurtenances to the said David Nofsinger and his heirs against all and every person or persons claiming or to claim the same or any part or parcel thereof by under or through him the said John Nofsinger or his heirs or either of them will warrant and forever defend by these presents excepting and reserving however the right of Dower which the widow of the said Peter Nofsinger in and to the said Land. In Testimony whereof the said John Nofsinger and Mary his wife have hereunto set their hands and affixed their seal the day and year above mentioned.

John Nofsinger (Seal)

At Botetourt October Court 1808

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