Person:James Spilman (2)

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James Alexander Spilman
d.18 Aug 1955
m. 11 Feb 1866
  1. May Spilman1867 - 1948
  2. James Alexander Spilman1869 - 1955
  3. Robert SpilmanAbt 1872 - 1880
m. 20 Jan 1904
  1. James Vivian Spilman1905 - 1974
  2. Vernon Alexander Spilman1906 - 1935
  3. Ruth Frances Spilman1915 - 2010
Facts and Events
Name[1][2][3] James Alexander Spilman
Gender Male
Birth[1][2][8] 8 Jun 1869 Salina, Saline co., Kansas, United StatesIn the 1900 U.S. census it was stated that he was born “June 1869”.
Census[4] 1 Jun 1870 Elm Creek twp., Saline co., Kansas, United States(in the Salina postal area)
James A. Spillman was residing with [father] Alexander C. (occ. farmer), [mother] Mary A., and [sister] May. (No relationships are recorded in this census.) It was recorded that James was born in Kansas.
Census[5] 1 Mar 1875 Gypsum Creek twp., McPherson co., Kansas, United States(in the Roxbury postal area)
J. A. Spilman was residing with [father] A. C. (occ. farmer), [siblings] May, and Robert. (No relationships are recorded in this census.)
Census[6] 1 Jun 1880 Gypsum Creek twp., McPherson co., Kansas, United StatesJames A., son of A. C. Spilman (occ. farmer), was also residing with his father's wife Harriet, daughter May, and stepchildren Gertrude Stephens and Frank Stephens. It was recorded that he was attending school during the year.
Census[7] 1 Mar 1885 Gypsum Creek twp., McPherson co., Kansas, United States(in the Roxbury postal area)
James Spilman (occ. farmer) was residing with [his aunt's brother-in-law] James Muir (occ. farmer), [James's wife] Abbie M. Muir, Wm. S. Craig (occ. farmer), and [sister] May Spilman. (No relationships are recorded in this census.) It was recorded that James was attending school within the year. His father, A. C. Spilman, was the assessor for this census record.
Education[2][3] 1895 Lindsborg, McPherson co., Kansas, United StatesJames received his elementary education in the public schools and then entered Lindsborg College, at Lindsborg, Kansas, where he graduated after four years with the class of 1895.
Census[8] 1 Jun 1900 Gypsum Creek twp., McPherson co., Kansas, United Stateson a farm, in a home owned free of mortgage
J. A. Spilman (occ. farmer), “partner” of James Muir (occ. farmer), was also residing with James's wife A. M. Muir, boarders W. T. Tolle and W. W. Tolle (both occ. farm laborer), and servant Edith Swenson.
Marriage License 19 Jan 1904 McPherson co., Kansas, United StatesA license was issued by S. A. Sward, Probate Judge, for Jas. A. Spilman (occ. farming), aged 34 years, and Minnie M. Sheffer (occ. teacher), aged 26 years, both from Roxbury, Kansas. It was stated that James, son of A. C. Spilman and Amanda Kennison, was born in Salina, Kansas, and Minnie, daughter of C. J. Sheffer and Amanda Toll, was born in Roxbury.
to Minnie Myrtle Sheffer
Marriage 20 Jan 1904 Roxbury, McPherson co., Kansas, United StatesJames and Minnie were united in marriage by C. M. C. Thompson. This was the first marriage for each of them.
to Minnie Myrtle Sheffer
Census 1 Mar 1905 Gypsum Creek twp., McPherson co., Kansas, United Stateson a farm, in a home that was rented
J. A. Spilman (occ. farmer) was residing with [wife] Minnie, and infant [son] James V. (No relationships are recorded in this census.) It was recorded that each person was born in Kansas.
with Minnie Myrtle Sheffer
Census 15 Apr 1910 McPherson, McPherson co., Kansas, United Statesat 523 N. Elm St., in a home that was owned free of mortgage
James A. Spilman (occ. county treasurer) was residing with his wife Minnie M. and sons Vivian and Vernon A. It was recorded that Vivian and Vernon were each born in Kansas, and Minnie had two children (both living).
with Minnie Myrtle Sheffer
Residence 1 APR 1935 Gypsum Creek, McPherson, Kansas, United States“same house” as recorded in 1940 census
with Minnie Myrtle Sheffer
Census 1 APR 1940 Gypsum Creek, McPherson, Kansas, United Stateson a farm; James worked as farmer
with Minnie Myrtle Sheffer
Death[1] 18 Aug 1955
Burial[1] Valley View Memorial Cemetery, Gypsum Creek twp., McPherson co., Kansas, United StatesThe grave marker is inscribed, “JAMES A. SPILMAN, [b.] JUNE 8, 1869, [d.] AUG. 18, 1955”.

After leaving college James invested in a farm near Roxbury, in Gypsum Creek Twp., McPherson Co., which he conducted until 1906. In 1906, James was elected treasurer of McPherson County on the Republican ticket, and in 1908 he was reelected.[2]

He was a member of McPherson Lodge, No. 172, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons; Chapter, No. 48, Royal Arch Masons; and Garfield Commandery, No. 18, Knights Templars.[2]

References
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3James A Spilman”, in Find A Grave, memorial 53109728. Viewed digital image of grave marker.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 “James Alexander Spilman”, in Blackmar, Frank Wilson. Kansas: A Cyclopedia of State History, Embracing Events, Institutions, Industries, Counties, Cities, Towns, Prominent Persons, Etc. (Chicago [Illinois]: Standard Pub. Co., c1912), 3: 770, Secondary quality.

    See the transcript.

  3. 3.0 3.1 ED 57-11, Gypsum Creek, McPherson, Kansas, in United States. 1940 U.S. Census Population Schedule. (National Archives Microfilm Publication T627), roll 1243, folio 69, sheet 4B, line 57, James A. Spilman, [digital image, Ancestry.com], enumerated 19 April 1940.

    Highest grade of school completed “C-4”.

  4. Elm Creek twp., Saline, Kansas, in United States. 1870 U.S. Census Population Schedule, roll 442 (FHL #545941), f 15, p 29, dwelling 313, family 281, Alexander C. Spillman household, [digital image, Ancestry.com], enumerated 13 July 1870.
  5. 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].
  6. ED 265, Gypsum Creek twp., McPherson, Kansas, in United States. 1880 U.S. Census Population Schedule, roll 387 (FHL #1254387), f 438-B, p 2, dwelling 15, family 15, A. C. Spilman household, [digital image, Ancestry.com], enumerated 1 June 1880.
  7. Gypsum Creek twp., McPherson, in Kansas. State Board of Agriculture. State census of 1885. (Topeka: Kansas State Historical Society, 1969-1970), microfilm K-81, p 1, dwelling 1, family 1, James Muir household, [digital image, Ancestry.com].
  8. 8.0 8.1 ED 130, Gypsum Creek twp., McPherson, Kansas, in United States. 1900 U.S. Census Population Schedule. (National Archives Microfilm Publication T624), roll 488 (FHL #1240488), folio 13, sheet 1B, dwelling 18, family 18, James Muir household, [digital image, Ancestry.com], enumerated 2 June 1900.

    He was born “June 1869”. He could read and write.