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I am also looking for Spurgeons in the Newport, Cocke Co., TN area. I found my ancestor, I believe, in the 1870 census with his mother, Margaret Spurgeon age 30. This is the info that I found for them:
1870 Census Cocke Co., TN, Dist. 8, Newport P.O., Page 441A, HH# 50:
William Vincent, 96, Farmer, Value of Real Estate, 10,000, Value of Personal Estate, 1000, Delaware
Margaret Spurgeon, 30, Housekeeper, TN
James, 15, Laborer on Farm, TN
John, 12, Laborer on Farm, TN
Thomas, 7, TN
Miranda, 1, TN
Mr. Vincent's age on the census is clearly 90something that looks like a 6 but is unlike the other 6s on the page-but it is clear that the census states that he is 90something! The census states that he is deaf.
As you can see, there is a John there who would have been 22 in 1880. So hecould be a suspect. I did find a John in the 1880 census living in the same area as a Margaret, age 40, listed as aunt, living in the household of Caroline Large. There is also a Thomas, age 15, living in the same area in the household of P. R. Proffitt. I am not sure that these are the same people as in the 1870 census. In the 1850 Census I found a Margaret Spurgeon, no children given, living in the household of Perry Large, age 29. I am a little confused as to whether there are two Margaret Spurgeons in the same area of Cocke Co, or if this the the same person. I did see that I have a John Large married to Elizabeth "Betsy" Webb, daughter of Jesse Webb and Anna McMurtry as well as two Proffitts married to Betsy's sisters. One of Betsy's brothers, William, is the father of Lavinia Webb, I believe, who married William Odell, and is the parents of Mary Lee Odell who married James Taylor Spurgeon, son of Margaret Spurgeon who I found in the 1870 census.
I think that this is interesting, but confusin for me! maybe the two of us can figure this out if we conbine what we DO know! Please email me!