RICHARD SPURRIER Deceassed, of Salem, Iowa. He was born in Harrison Co. OH 5 Sept 1812. He was the son of Ralph and Eleanor (Cleary) Spurrier. They were both natives of Maryland, and both lived and died in Ohio. They have 5 sons and 6 daughters, six of whom are now living: Samuel resides in Clearfield, Iowa and is the resident physician; Warner resides at New Lisbon, Linn Co. IA, and is married to a cousin of the late president James A. Garfield; William m. Miss Dungan and is a farmer of Iowa County; Matilda m. George Heberling, a farer of Harrison Co. OH; Elizabeth is the widow of John Matson and resides in Nebraska; Mary a. m. Hezekiah Harrison, now deceased, and resides in New Lisbon. The rest of the children lived to be maried--but are not listed. Richard, our subject, married in Cadiz, OH in 1833, to Miss Amy Barrett, the daughter of Thomas and Margaret Barrett, who were Quakers and natives of Virginia. When they removed from the state of Ohio the Barrett brothers came to get their entry of land. In 1842, Richard and wife came to Iowa by way of Ohio and Mississippi Rivers. In Iowa they remained for 18 months 14 miles north of Iowa City and then came to Henry County. Richard farmed a short time and then clerked for John Andrews, a merchant of Salem, until 1853. He then took an overland trip to California with an ox-team. He had cholera enroute. He tried mining for awhile and then returned about 1856 to Iowa. He was sick for one year with Panama Fever. Richard and Mrs. Spurrier had seven children, 2 daughters and 5 sons: Thomas married Lavina Wood- manse, and resided in Wichita, KS.; John died at age two years; Mary, (now deceased), m. Thomas Rook; William H. resides Dectur Co., IA and is the husband of Jane Cammack; Ralph C. m. Josephine Barton and they also reside in Decatur County, they also have a section of excellent land that adjoins that of Joseph Smith, the Mormon Elder's son; Joseph, who was the only one who was born in Iowa, died at age 8, a victim of the first cholera epidemic in Salem. Thomas and Ralph both enlisted in Co. D, 14th Iowa Infantry. Ralph was wounded at Shiloh. Richard has resided in Salem since 1845. He was a member of the Salem Lodge #48 of the IOOF, and was a member of the Salem Lodge #17 of the A.F.&A.M. He was president of the Old Settlers Association.
Portrait and Biographical Album Henry County, Iowa Chicago: Acme Publishing Company, 1888