Person:Alexander Spilman (1)

Watchers
m. 3 Nov 1825
  1. Charles Harvey Spilman1833 - 1904
  2. Margaret Spilman1835 - 1883
  3. Alexander Carraway Spilman1837 - 1919
m. 11 Feb 1866
  1. May Spilman1867 - 1948
  2. James Alexander Spilman1869 - 1955
  3. Robert C. Spilman1872 - 1878
  • HAlexander Carraway Spilman1837 - 1919
  • WHarriet Martin1848 - 1922
m. 31 Dec 1877
  1. Alfred E. Spilman1881 - 1887
  2. Mignonette Spilman1886 - 1971
  3. Marion Althea Spilman1888 - 1974
  4. Charles Clay Spilman1891 - 1969
Facts and Events
Name[1][2][11][12][13] Alexander Carraway Spilman
Alt Name A. C. Spillman
Gender Male
Birth[5][13] 5 Oct 1837 Yazoo City, Yazoo co., Mississippi, United StatesIn the 1900 U.S. census it was stated that he was born “Oct 1837”.
Census[10] 1 Jun 1840 Hillsboro, Montgomery co., Illinois, United StatesAlexander was a member of the household of James F. Spillman which included one male [Alexander] and one female [Margaret] under age 5, one male [Charles] from age 5 to 10, one male [James, Jr.] from age 10 to 15, one female [Mary] from age 15 to 20, and one male [James, the householder] from age 40 to 50. One person was recorded to be employed as an engineer.
Census[9] 1 Jun 1850 Edwardsville twp., Madison co., Illinois, United StatesAlexander was residing with [his father] James F. Spillman (occ. physician), [mother] Sarah, [siblings] Margarett, Sarah, and Martha Ann. (No relationships are recorded in this census.) It was recorded that he was born in Mississippi and had attended school within the year.
Military[6] 7 May 1861 Salina, Saline co., Kansas, United StatesA. C. was made the 1st Lieutenant of the Salina Rifles which was organized as a volunteer Militia Rifle Company under a state law enacted on 20 April 1861.
Military[7] 4 Oct 1861 Junction City, Geary co., Kansas, United StatesAlexander Spillman (“residence Junction City”) enlisted and was mustered as a private in the 6th Regiment Kansas Volunteer Cavalry Company F. He was promoted to corporal on 24 October 1861.
Military[8] 4 Nov 1862 A. C. Spillman was commissioned as a captain in the 3rd Regiment Indian Home Guards.
Census[14] 1 May 1865 Salina, Elm Creek twp., Saline co., Kansas, United StatesA. C. Spillman (occ. engineer) was residing with the family of his sister Margaret and her husband Wm. A. Phillips.
Marriage 11 Feb 1866 Saline co., Kansas, United StatesAlexander C. Spillman of Saline co. and Mary A. Kennison were married by W. W. Morrison, Justice of the Peace.
to Mary Amanda Kenison
Property[11] 20 Sep 1869 Elm Creek twp. (later Smoky Hill twp.), Saline co., Kansas, United StatesA military warrant for 160 acres was issued for the service of Charles Pinkham in the Maine Militia. Pinkham assigned the warrant to Alexander C. Spilman. The land was described as NE¼ Sec. 13, T. 14 S., R. 3 W., 6th Principal Meridian. (At the time the warrant was issued, Smoky Hill township was still a part of Elm Creek township. This land is now a part of the incorporated city of Salina.)
Census 1 Jun 1870 Elm Creek twp., Saline co., Kansas, United States(in the Salina postal area)
Alexander C. Spillman (occ. farmer) was residing with [wife] Mary A., [daughter] May, and [son] James A. (No relationships are recorded in this census.) It was recorded that each child was born in Kansas.
with Mary Amanda Kenison
Property[12] 7 Mar 1872 Gypsum Creek twp., McPherson co., Kansas, United StatesA land patent for 160 acres was issued for the state of Louisiana and assigned to A. C. Spilman. The land was described as S½SW¼ and W½SE¼ Sec. 9, T. 17 S., R. 1 W., 6th Principal Meridian.
Census[4] 1 Mar 1875 Gypsum Creek twp., McPherson co., Kansas, United States(in the Roxbury postal area)
A. C. Spilman (occ. farmer) was residing with [daughter] May, [sons] J. A., and Robert. (No relationships are recorded in this census.) It was recorded that each child was born in Kansas.
Marriage 31 Dec 1877 Roxbury, McPherson co., Kansas, United StatesAlexander and Harriet were married. The 1910 U.S. census states that this was the second marriage for each of them.
to Harriet Martin
Census 1 Jun 1880 Gypsum Creek twp., McPherson co., Kansas, United StatesA. C. Spilman (occ. farmer) was residing with wife Harriet, daughter May, son James A., stepdaughter Gertrude Stephens, and stepson Frank Stephens. It was recorded that May and James were attending school during the year.
with Harriet Martin
Census 1 Mar 1885 Gypsum Creek twp., McPherson co., Kansas, United States(in the Roxbury postal area)
A. C. Spilman (occ. farmer and stock raiser) was residing with [wife] Harriet, [son] Alfred E., [stepdaughter] Gertrude M. Stevens, [stepson] Frank Stevens (occ. farmer), Pearl Salter (occ. school teacher), Metta U. Martin, Georgiana Martin, and F. S. Atwood (occ. farmer). (No relationships are recorded in this census.) It was recorded that Gertrude, Frank, Metta, and Georgiana were attending school within the year. A. C. was the assessor for this census record.
with Harriet Martin
Census 1 Mar 1895 McPherson, McPherson co., Kansas, United StatesA. C. Spilman (occ. lawyer) was residing with [wife] Harriett, [daughters] Mignon, Marion, [son] Chas. C., and [stepson] Frank Stevens (occ. farmer). (No relationships are recorded in this census.) It was recorded that Mignon, Marion, and Chas. were each born in Kansas, and Mignon and Marion were attending school within the year.
with Harriet Martin
Census 1 Jun 1900 McPherson, McPherson co., Kansas, United Statesat W. Kansas Ave., in a home that was owned free of mortgage
A. C. Spilman (occ. abstractor) was residing with his wife Harriet, daughters “Migonett” and Marion E., son Charles C., and stepson Frank Stephens (occ. painter). It was recorded that five of Harriet's six children were living, and Migonett, Marion, and Charles each attended school.
with Harriet Martin
Census 1 Mar 1905 McPherson, McPherson co., Kansas, United Statesin a home that was owned
A. C. Spilman (occ. abstractor) was residing with [wife] Harriett, [daughters] Minnie, Marion A., [son] Chas. C., and [stepson] Frank Stevens (occ. painter). (No relationships are recorded in this census.)
with Harriet Martin
Census 15 Apr 1910 McPherson, McPherson co., Kansas, United Statesat W. Kansas Ave., in a home that was owned free of mortgage
Alex C. Spillman (occ. abstractor, on own account) was residing with his wife Harriet, daughters “Mignett” and Marion A. (both occ. public school teacher), and son Charles Clay (occ. student at state university). It was recorded that four of Harriet's six children were living, and Mignett, Marion, and Charles each attended school.
with Harriet Martin
Death[1][13] 1 Jan 1919 McPherson, McPherson co., Kansas, United StatesA. C. died at home two days after suffering a heart attack at his office.
Burial[2][13] McPherson Cemetery, McPherson, McPherson co., Kansas, United StatesThe grave marker was inscribed, “ALEXANDER CARAWAY SPILMAN Oct. 5, 1837–Jan. 1, 1919 Capt. Co. B. 3rd Indian Reg.”, and a Masonic emblem was engraved on the marker.

Spillman Creek

Spillman Creek, a stream that meets the Saline River about 3 miles west of Lincoln Center, Lincoln Co., was named for A. C. Spilman. In an article read before the Kansas Academy of Science, at Iola, on 31 December 1901, J. R. Mead relates how the name came to be given to it:[3]

In 1859 [I], desiring to explore the Saline river, at that time almost unknown, sought information from Col. Wm. A. Phillips, who had recently staked out the town of Salina. He referred me to his brother-in-law, a young man named Spillman, who had been up the river forty miles to a large tributary from the north, miry and difficult to cross on account of salt marshes near its mouth. We arrived at this stream late at night and in the dark drove into a miry bog. I remarked we had found “Spillman's creek” all right, and that name it bears to this day.
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References
  1. 1.0 1.1 “Captain A. C. Spilman Passes On”, in The McPherson Daily Republican. (McPherson, Kansas), p 1, Wed., 1 Jan. 1919.

    (See the transcription.)

  2. 2.0 2.1 Alex Caraway Spilman, Block 44, Lot 7, McPherson City Cemetery Burials, in Pelnar, Gerald. McPherson County, Kansas Cemeteries. (Online: Gerald Pelnar).

    Gives the burial date as 1 Jan. 1919, but it is probably the date of death instead.

  3. Mead, J. R., “Origin of Names of Kansas Streams”, in Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science. (Kansas Academy of Science), 18 (1903): 215.
  4. Gypsum Creek twp., McPherson, in Kansas. State Board of Agriculture. State census of 1875. (Topeka, Kansas: Kansas State Historical Society, 1951), microfilm K-12, p 10, dwelling 99, family 99, A. C. Spilman household, [digital image, Ancestry.com].
  5. ED 142, 3rd Ward of McPherson city, McPherson, Kansas, in United States. 1900 U.S. Census Population Schedule. (National Archives Microfilm Publication T624), roll 488 (FHL #1240488), folio 103, sheet 7A, line 4, A. C. Spilman, [digital image, Ancestry.com], enumerated 20 June 1900.

    He was born “Oct 1837”, in Mississippi.

  6. Maley, Mary. Military records of Saline County, Kansas : 1861-1991. (Salina, Kansas: Smoky Valley Genealogical Society and Library, c1998), pp 2, 3.
  7. Maley, Mary. Military records of Saline County, Kansas : 1861-1991. (Salina, Kansas: Smoky Valley Genealogical Society and Library, c1998), p 11. Cites Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Kansas 1861-'65, p 185.
  8. Maley, Mary. Military records of Saline County, Kansas : 1861-1991. (Salina, Kansas: Smoky Valley Genealogical Society and Library, c1998), p 11. Cites Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Kansas 1861-'65, p 9.
  9. Edwardsville twp., Madison, Illinois, in United States. 1850 U.S. Census Population Schedule, roll 119, f 503, p 998, dwelling 49, family 49, James F. Spillman household, [digital image, Ancestry.com], enumerated 22 Oct. 1850.
  10. Montgomery, Illinois, in United States. 1840 U.S. Census Population Schedule, roll 66 (FHL #0007643), p 364, ln 2, James F. Spillman household, [digital image, Ancestry.com].
  11. 11.0 11.1 United States General Land Office. Automated Records Project, Military Warrant, accession MW-0336-387, warrant # 107.397, issued 20 Sept. 1869.
  12. 12.0 12.1 United States General Land Office. Automated Records Project, Agricultural Scrip Patent, accession AGS-0323-422, scrip # 925, issued 7 March 1872.
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3Alexander Caraway Spilman”, in Find A Grave, memorial 54222495. Viewed digital image of grave marker, accessed 3 Nov. 2014.
  14. Elm Creek twp., Saline, in Kansas. Secretary of State. State census of 1865. (Topeka, Kansas: Kansas State Historical Society, 1951), microfilm K-7, p 2, line 8, A. C. Spillman, [digital image, Ancestry.com], enumerated 11/12 May 1865.