Does anyone on the Fourm have original documentation (or reference thereto) that Mary’s maiden name was Nofsinger (or spelling variants Naftzger, Naffziger, Nofziger, Noftsinger, Noffsinger, or Naufsinger) or know where I can find such documents? Also her marriage date to Daniel Spangler c1716-1787 would be helpful. Their first child Daniel, Jr. was born 1747.
Mary’s name of Nofsinger is so widely used in genealogies on the Internet (Ancestory.com in particular) that I have accepted it on a “leap of faith”. However over the years I findthat there are many inconsistencies including her parents names and dates of arrival to America that now have me wondering if Nofsinger is really correct.
I can document John Nofsinger and Daniel Spangler together purchased property in Bedford Co (Botetourt now Franklin Co). VA in 1773 where they were neighbors for years. Also, I can document John being in Berwick Twp, York (now Adams Co)., PA before moving to Virginia but so far I find no evidence that Mary or ole Daniel Spangler were there also. A load of records exist in Franklin Co., VA showing that Daniel Spangler was alive and well in Franklin Co., after 1773 until his death in November 1787.Many of these records also mention Mary his wife.
Another fact, according to DAR records (DAR National Registration Number 715225) is that John Nofsinger (Naufsinger) married Daniel and Mary’s daughter Mary Hannah.
Based on a Deed of Gift from Mary Spanglerto John Nofsinger and Mary’s will they were married sometime between 1788 and 1812. Another Land Deed dated October 11, 1808 (Botetourt County, Virginia Deed Book 9, page 530) mentions John Nofsinger and his wife Mary. John and Mary Hannah moved from Franklin Co., VA to Muhlenburg, Kentucky where they both died.
By the way Daniel and Mary did future genealogists a favor by naming their three daughters Mary – Mary Hannah, Mary Elizabeth and Mary.
In 1787, John Nofsinger was an administrator for the will of Daniel. In 1788 Mary, in a Deed of Gift, referred to him as a loving friend but in her will of 1812 she referred to him as my son-in-law.