WILLIAM GOIN EARNEST SPANN (Hezekiah Spann, Moses Spann Jr., Moses Spann Sr.) was born 12 Jan 1829 in TN. He was the son of Hezekiah Spann and Mary “Polly” Nanney.
William G. E. Spann married Emily Jane Ingle on 19 Jul 1855 in Itawamba Co., MS. Emily Jane Ingle was the daughter of William Henry Ingle and Sally Berry. Emily Jane Ingle was born 14 Nov 1835 in Winston Co., AL. She died 26 Jan 1911 in Saline Co. AR, living in the home of her son, Uriah Rick Spann and his wife Martha Carolyn “Mattie” Hicks.
William and Emily are buried in McPherson Cemetery, Saline Co., Arkansas.
NOTE: William Henry Ingle married three times. First, on 27 Jan 1825 in Blount Co., AL to Sally Berry, daughter of Hugh Berry. There are 9 known children to this marriage, Emily Jane is the 3rd born. William Henry Ingle married Levina Spann Hodges on 27 Feb 1849 in Itawamba Co., MS. There are 7 known children to this marriage. William Henry Ingle married Margaret O’Neal in 1865 in Itawamba Co., MS, abandoning Levina Spann Hodges to rear his children by both of his first marriages. Levina removed back to Hardin Co., TN with the children. Levina Spann, the sister of William Goin Earnest Spann, reared Emily Jane Ingle.
TO MY HUSBAND by Levina Ingle
A due to you my husband since you've forsaken me. I chose you for a companion to bare me company. But now you are unhappy to hold me in your arms. I hope you'll see the folly of your endearing charms.
At first when we were married I thought you were my own. I didn't know you'd take another and leave me all alone. But now your daily conduct proves to me quite plain, That you'll embrace another and treat me with disdain.
I've sometimes been convinced you had no love for me, For when we are togetheryou're unhappy as can be. I think if you had loved me or ever been my friend, You'd now show some pity, and love me to the end.
You brought me here among strangers. I have no kindred to advise. You've exposed me to many dangers and caused people to despise. You know that you are guilty. You don't treat me like a wife. You've cast your sins upon me and destroyed my peace in life.
Your children all cry with me. For them you won't provide. You're like the lowly infadel. The scriptures testified. For the children are now suffering while another's by your side. Our children will be scorned like slaves throughout the land. And perhaps they will be abused by some most cruel hand.
The children sometime ask me, "Oh Mother what shall we do? For father has forsaken us to love somebody new." I pray that God will pardon you. I beg supporting grace, to keep me in my duty and restore my mind to peace. Your sons sometime cry out aloud, "Oh Father, where are you?" My heart is bleeding for them. Alas, what shall I do?
Now since we are parted I pray don't treat me ill. I am quite broken-hearted. My grief no tongue can tell. This world can't give me pleasure. I'm sorry this is true. If I could have all its treasures, I'd want no one but you.
If I should go to mother, what could I say to her? Could I tell how you've abused me? No, it would fill her heart with care. She would ask me for my children, How can I bare to tell? That you have been their ruin. So now, my love, farewell.
____Song by Levina Hodges Ingle
Children of William G. E. Spann and Emily Jane Ingle are: Mary E. Spann, b. 1856 in Itawamba Co., TN. James L. Spann, b. 1859 in Arkansas William Andrew Spann, b. 11 May 1863 in Alexander, Saline Co., AR., d. 10 Jul 1941 in Saline Co., AR. Occupation: General farming Uriah Rick Spann, b. 28 Mar 1868 in Saline Co., AR; d. 7 Apr 1960 John Spann, b. 30 Mar 1871 in Saline Co., AR; d. 15 May 1955 in Little Rock, AR. Occupation: early/saw mill owner-operator; later/ grocer, Little Rock, AR. Minnie Ella “Ellie” Spann, b. 3 Jul 1874,Saline Co., AR; d. 26 Aug 1938,Saline Co.