The following is my "Brickwall",
one of many in my Spicer line. The story is long and drawn out
but each sentence contains
a clue (I hope) to what might be my historical heritage. I ask
to please bear with me
in the telling of this story.
In 1777, during the Revolutionary War, Gen. John Burgoyne
amassed asizable army in Canada
with the idea of invading
New York via the Lake Champlain - Hudson River corridor. His
thwarted in Oct. 1777 by
Gen. Gates at Saratoga. His remaining army consisting
of about 5000 British
and Hessian soldiers were
not treated as Prisoners of War but were promised passage home
as transport became available.
They were called the Convention Army and were first quartered
Cambridge Mass. Lack of
supplies and a fear of a British attempt at rescue, they were
Charlottesville, Va. and
again in 1780 they were moved to places in Maryland. My story
one of these soldiers who,
it seems, elected to remain in America.
The 1810 Bedford Co.,
Dublin Twp Census
Richard Spiser/Spicer, age 45+ and wife also age 45+ first showed
up here with their family.
Their ages indicate that
they were born before 1755 and probably in England, although
I can not rule
out the fact that he may
have been a Hessian. Their family consisted of, 2 males 16 -
26 yrs of age,
whom I believe is Ritchard
/ Richard and Samuel, who show up in 1830 with families. 2 females
10 - 16,
and one female 0 - 10 who
may be Elizabeth b. Sept. 3, 1800. She married Adam Bowman
The 1820 Bedford Co. Census
- Where did they go?
Is it possible for a census enumerator to miss a family completely
or did this family just pack up and
move on. This census had
absolutely no one by the name of Spicer, or even a close
spelling of the
name. I checked and compared
the neighborhood which was basically the same with few changes,
but no Spicers.
The 1830 Bedford Co. Census
- Paydirt, I hope !
Ritchard / Richard Spicer and family, his brother Samuel and family are
back. Ritchard is on
page 16, line 2, and Samuel
with name customerily misspelled is on page 19, line 22. Ritchard
is in virtually the same
neighborhood as the first Richard in 1810, just maybe a few homes
Ritchard's family consists
of himself and wife both 30 - 40 yrs of age, one male 10 - 15
age who qualifies as Hiram
b. 1818, my GGGrandfather, whom I will get back to later.
Two females 0 - 5 and one
female 15 - 20.
The 1840 Bedford Co.,
Bedford Twp. Census
Here we have Richard Spicer
with either a new family or it is
a different Richard. He has one
male 0 - 5, himself 50
- 60, one female 0 - 5, and the only consistencies from 1830
are two females 5 - 10,
they would be the two 0
- 5 in 1830. He has three females 10 - 15 and one female 30 -
40. If he is the same Ritchard / Richard from Dublin Twp, he
has had some drastic family changes. Either he is widowed with
a daughter or daughter
in law living in the household, or he is widowed and taken on
a younger wife with children of her own. His son, the one I hope
is Hiram, is obviously off on his own, with his own family.
1850 Exit Bedford Co.
I guess the Spicers moved on from here as the only ones left are
brother Samuel, a Sarah, Susan and
a Mary E., all in the
new Fulton Co., Dublin Twp. Richard may have died and his children
west. I know for sure that
Hiram did. I found Hiram in Jan. 1850 getting married to Lydia
Stark Co. Ohio. They were
there in September when the 1850 census was taken and Hiram had
6 year old son with him.
This makes me think that he had been married before in Pennsylvania.
After 1850 Hiram and Lydia
disappeared until 1870. I found them in Kosciusko Co. Indiana
5 children all born in
Indiana and without the oldest boy.
Thats my story and it needs help. I believe that the answers
lay in Bedford and Fulton Counties,
Dublin Twp. If anyone can
help it would be most appreciated
Please send your information
and / or comments about the Richard Spicer family to Reese