m. 12 Sep 1790
m. 4 Apr 1821
m. 3 Nov 1825
Facts and Events
James Fisher Spilman was born 3 August 1793, in Garrard (formerly part of Mercer) Co., Kentucky, to Benjamin and Nancy Jane (Rice) Spilman, who were originally from Virginia.
At the age of 19, James joined a company under the command of General Hopkins, organized to protect the frontier during the war of 1812, and served until the close of the campaign.
After the war James began the study of medicine under Dr. Throckmorton at Princeton, Kentucky. After seven years, working as an assistant, he embarked on his own. He received a certificate from the Medical Society of the Third Medical District of Illinois. He afterward received a diploma from the O'Fallon Medical Society of St. Louis, conferring the degree of doctor of medicine, and electing him to honorary membership.
After some years in Kentucky and Illinois, James moved to a plantation near Yazoo City, Mississippi. As his practice increased in size, he took in his younger brother, Dr. C. H. Spilman.
After his wife's death, James removed from Mississippi to Illinois, traveling by steamer up the Mississippi River to St. Louis. After re-marriage, in June 1844, he settled in Edwardsville, Madison Co., and continued his practice until retiring from business in 1868, whereupon he removed to Bunker Hill, Macoupin Co.
James became a member of the Presbyterian church early in life and remained devoted. He was influential in the organization of the church in Edwardsville.
At age 81, James died 1 May 1874, at Bunker Hill, Macoupin Co., Illinois, as the result of an accident.