Your people are included in this information.It was given to me by a Spruill researcher and a lot of the later information confirmed by a direct descendent.I just unearthed it again and transcribed it, hopefully with a minimum of errors though no guarantee.My family is Fryer and I have more information about them.Elizabeth Cornealia Ann Fryer Spruill was my great grandfather's sister and she wrote him several letter which I have also transcribed that describes some of her and her husband's (Benjamin Lafayette Spruill) and children's life after the War between the States.Many died of consumption or tuberculosis.
The first knowledge we have of the Spruill family is when the American colonies were under British Rule.Dr. Godfrey Spruill was granted 640 acres of land in Albermarle County in 1668.This is now a beautiful section of level land fronting on Albermarle ????? and is called Sand Banks Plantation as it was named by Godfrey Spruill.It borders on Lake Phelps, an expansive body of water, ????????? countryside, now controlled by flood gates.
Godfrey’s will was proven July 29 1710 inCourt in North Carolina in the Province of Albermarle.
His wife must have died before the will was written as she is not mentioned.His children appear to be grown, since his legacies include several grandchildren.
More than sixteen hundred acres of land were divided among his children.This land was more or less located around the Pamilico and Pecosol Rivers.
Godfrey had three sons, Samuel, Godfrey and Joseph, and two daughters.Savannah married Cuthbert Phelps, and Mary must have married Mr. Boutwell, as his grandson Buttonhead Boutwell was named in the will; also Elizabeth Boutwell.
His grandson Godfrey (son of Samuel) was mentioned.His sons Godfrey and Joseph were left male slaves, and home plantation went to his son Joseph.Joseph was made his sole executer.
Summary of Dr. Godfrey Spruill’s Will
Written 1710Proved 1719
Province of Albermarle
Son, Samuel350 acres
Son, Godfrey 350 acres, 1 negro man called Jerry
Son, Josephhome plantation, also 50 acres
1 negro man called Sambo
1 negro man called Dolphin
all my sheep and hogs
Daughter, Savannah and300 acres, a gold ring of 20 shills price
Husband Cuthbert Phelps
Daughter, Mary a gold ring of 20 shills price
Grandson, Buttohnead Boutwell600 acres (in ye fork of Pamtico River
Son of Godfrey
Samuel Spruill’s will was made in Tyrrel County, North Carolina, August 9th 1760.Quoting from it, “I being very sick and weak, but in perfect mind and memory ---- dispose of my Worldly Estate in the following manner”.
He bequeathed to his wife Mary the home and plantation, also:
1 mulatto man Able
1 negro girl Jenny
1 mare named Barney
1 horse named Jack
riding horse, saddle, bridle
6 cows and calves
4 largest steers
10 sows and pigs
10 hogs a year old
1 bed and furniture belonging
3 dishes, 3 basins, 6 plates
1 large chest called Father’s chest
1 small chest
2 linen wheels and car cards belonging
all the cotton, wool and flax
1/3 part of orchard
all the cattle over the Bay
If wife dies or marries, all to be used for 2 small children, son (young) JamesSon (ypung) Eilpha
Son, Samuel plantation 120 acres
Son, Joseph 100 acres
1 negro boy by name Dorcy
1/3 part of orchard for 7 years if he assist in keeping in good repair
100 acres Jacobs land
1 mulatoo named Sam
Son, Jeremiah 125 acres
1 mare, Flower
1 horse, Litfeet
1 mulatto boy named Mose
1 negro Samson
2 bed and furniture belonging to it
1 bill for money from Mary Spruill, date 1762
1/3 part of orchard
Son, Nehemiah 100 acres (on the sound)
(probable twin to Jeremiah) 230 acres
1 negro woman named Abigale
1 bed and furniture belonging
1 small chest
1 brass kettle
Five daughters were named:
1.Joanna who married Jacob Blount received four Negroes and one shilling sterling money.
2.Jemima Garret received one Negro man, 1 cow and calf and 25 shillings.
The other three daughters mst have died before the will was made, as he names the following:
3.Heirs of my daughter Elizabeth Caswell dec’d – 1 shilling
4.Heirs of my daughter Mary White dec’d – 1 shilling
5.Heirs of my daughter Lillian Hocker dec’d – 1 shilling
He left to his granddaughter Elizabeth Hocker a gold ring with a stone in it.
To his grandson Thomas (son of Joseph) he left a cow.
Son of Samuel, Grandson of Godfrey
In Tyrrel County, North Carolina, October 31, 1800, Nehemiah Spruill deeded a tract of land in Washington County, of said state, to his son Dempsey.It contained sixty five acres of land and lay on the west side of Souppernong River.
Nehemiah also gives land to his grandson Durles, son Durles.
Registered in Washington County records March 10, ????
Nehemiah inherited Sandbanks plantation from his father Samuel
Son of Nehemiah, Grandson of Samuel
Great Grandson of Godfrey
Dempsey Spruill was born November 14, 1779.He spent his whole life in Washington County, North Carolina.According to an old paper, he lived at Spruill’s bridge near Creswell, North Carolina.There is a very old cemetery there wher Dempsey, his wife and other Spruills are buried.
On December 26, 1799, Dempsey married Mary Davenport.She was born April 3, 1779, the daughter of Elkanah and Rachel Davenport.She died January 10, 1858.
Dempsey owned several pieces of property and a number of slaves.He raised cattle and sheep as well as crops.
Mentioned in his will are six daughters and two sons as follows (not in order of birth);
1.Ann Caroline, not married.
2.Henrietta, married Dunston and had two sons, Eberneezer and John.
3.Sallie, married Isaac C. Bateman.
4.Mary, married Jeremiah Swain
5.Clarisa, married P. C. Dudly, later Capt. Myers
6.William A. had a son Dempsey
7.Downing, married Penelope Teresa Draper.More Information follows.
8.Harriet, born Oct. 18, 1800.Harriet married Eli Woodley and had five children, namely;
a.Samuel, father of Hattie Woodley who married Phelps and lived on Fairview Rd. in Raleigh, North Carolina.They were the parents of Elizabeth Phelps who married H. B. Byrd.
b.Daniel, had a son Edgar
e.Henry, born in Columbia, North Carolina.He married Margaret Spruill.More information under Margaret Spruill
Downing Spruill moved to Mississippi in 1834 when 29 years old and his oldest child Eliza was 1 year old.
From Eliza Spruill Rimmer’s bible – Downing Spruill, son of Dempsey and Mary Spruill was born the 14th date of February, 1805
Summary of Dempsey Spruill Will – 1841
Wife, Mary Spruill house and plantation
All other lands I possess
Tools, horses, mules, cattle, sheep
All household and kitchen furniture
All stocks of Negroes, young and old
All money and notes
Daughter, Henrietta Dunston 3 cows and calves, 3 ewes and lambs, ½ land my son Downing moved from
Daughter, Ann Caroline bed and furniture (1st choice)
$150 in money
2 cows and calves, 2 ewes and lambs, ½ land my son Downing moved from (220 acrs)
house and plantation whereon I now live
Daughter, Sallie, wife of Isaac C. Bateman 81 acres land
Son, William A. Spruill Gun land swamp 65 acres
Body Farm, cypress swamp 33 acres
Daughter, Mary, wife of Jeremiah Swain 75 acres
Swain later married Henrietta
Grandson, Dempsey Woodly 20 acres
(son of Eli and Hariet)
Grandson, Eberneezer Dunston land adjoining Pettigrove Chapole
Grandson, Dempsey 10 acres
(son of William A. Spruell)
Daughter, Clarina and P. C. Dudly 80 acres
Second marriage to Capt. Myers
Third marriage to Joe Davenport
Grandson, John Dunston land in Tyrell County
I give all my lawful heirs enough money to buy them a mourning suit at my death except my son Downing.
Son, Downing 1 negro woman named Patisnal
1 negro man called Moses (which he has now in his possession)
1 dollar in cash (in full of my estate)
October 11, 1841signed Dempsey Spruill
Executors, wife Mary Spruill and son William A. Spruill
Son of Dempsey, Grandson of Nehemiah, GGrandson of Samuel, G.G. Grandson of Godfrey
Downing Spruill was born in Creswell, North Carolina,,,, Feb. 14, 1805.He lived on a farm with his parents, one brother and five sisters.
On May 22, 1832, at Plymouth, North Carolina, he married Penelope Teresa Draper, daughter of Willis and Penelope Draper.Penelope (called Penny) was born Dec. 11 1813.
They were blessed by the arrival of a baby girl on the notable night that “The stars fell” Nov. 12, 1833.She was named Mary Ann Eliza.When the baby was nearly a year old, Downing and Penelope decided to go prospecting in Mississipi, a cousin Friley Jones having gone ahead of them.Downing’s father gave them two Negroes and money to make the trip.Downing, 29 years old and Penelope 21 and baby started out with the two servants, Patismal and Moses, in carriages across the wild country.There was an accident enroute and Penny lost the sight of one eye.The rest of her life, she wore a velvet patch over that eye.
They first settled west of Canton, Mississippi where they lived several years, then decided to move to Leake County where there was spring water and they thought the ozone from the pine trees made it a more healthful climate.
Downing and Penelope spent the rest of their lives farming and raising six children in Leake County.Downing was too old to fight in the civil War, but he was a heavy slave owner and just before the close of the war, he was shot and killed by an enemy sniper when entering his barn.Downing had accumulated a great deal of land and left a section of land to each of his six children.He had given land for a Methodist church and cemetery at Forest Grove and he was buried there Dec. 10, 1865.His stone is still intact.
Penelope lived twelve years after he was gone and died Aug. 31, 1877 at the home of her daughter Arabella Stokes, who died only three months later.
Downing and Penelope Spruill were the parents of six children, namely
A.Mary Ann Eliza (Spruill)(called Liza) was born near Plymouth, North Carolina Nov. 12, 1833.When a year old, she moved with her parents to Mississippi.
On Nov. 23, 1853, she married Hosea Tapley Rimmer, the son of Richard and Jennie (Farmer) Rimmer.Hosea was born near Creswell, North Carolina Feb. 25, 1824.Most of their married life was spent on a farm near Camden, Mississippi.It was called Shwerdy Colie and was located on the Yocknuckny River.They owned a ferry that was called the “Red Dog Ferry”, which took people back and forth across the river.Their farm adjoined the Choctaw Indian reservation and Hosea and Liza learned to speak the Indian language well.While Hosea was not a doctor, he kept a little black bag filled with remedies and attended the Indians, when they were sick.Often when a baby Indian was born, the suaw would bring it to the house and say, “Puscus nocony (boy) of puscus tike (girl)” named Hosea or Liza, as the case might be, expecting a nice gift.
Liza had a better education than most and taught her husband a great deal after they were married.She wrote may deeds and promissory notes, not only for her husband but other transactions in the neighborhood.
Hosea and Liza lived together over fifty years.The last few years were spent in Canton at the home of their daughter Teresa.Liza had a lengthy illness.She had an operation at Duro Infirmary, New Orleans and passed away in Canton, July 18, 1905.After four lonely years without her, Hosea’s life came to an end.Both are buried in the cemetery at Camden.
Hosea and Liza (Spruill) Rimmer were the parents of two children.
a.Richard Downing (Rimmer) was born Nov. 5, 1853.When sixteen years old he entered the University of Mississippi at Oxford.While there, he developed pneumonia and died January 19, 1871.He was buried in the Camden Cemetery
b.Teresa Penelope (Rimmer) was born Jan. 18, 1858 at their country home.She was taught at home by private tutors, and finished her education at Canton Female Academy.
On Oct. 15, 1884, Teresa married George W. Covington, a native of Bowling Green, Kentucky, son of William R. and Rowan (Boswell) Covington.They were parents of three children:
1.Hosea Rimmer (Covington) was born Sept. 28, 1885 at Camden.Rimmer as he was called, became an engineer and spent his entire life in Canton.In 1924, June 18, he married Allie Graham,. daughter of A. T. and Betty (Cobb) Graham.Allie Graham Covington died following a heart attack, 1955.Rimmer died suddenly Dec. 15, 1955.Both are buried on the Covington Lot in the Canton Cemetery.
Rimmer and Allie Covington had one daughter and one son:
a.Camille Elizabeth (Covington), born in Canton July 18, 1925.She married William T. Freeman, who operates a department store in Lucedale, Miss.They had two daughters;Charlotte (Freeman), born Oct. 30, 1948, married Darrel Scruggs.They have one son, Kevin Michael (Scruggs) born Dec. 31, 1970;Rebekah (Freeman), born April 3, 1953, died Jan. 15, 1973 as the result of an automobile accident.
b.George William (Covington), was born Jan. 23, 1927 inCanton.He married Janie Wray Williams of Memphis.There are three children
1. Grace Allie (Covington), born April 3, 1956.
2. George Rimmer (Covington), born Oct. 8, 1958
3. Buck Williams (Covington), born Jan. 19, 1966.
2.Mary Lida (Covington) called Lida was born in Pickens, Miss. Dec. 1, 1887.She married Joseph Allen Rice, called Joe, from Shelbyville, Tenn.Most of their married life was spent in Richmond, Virgnia.Joe died unexpectedly in Bedford, Virginia Jan. 28, 1949.Lida returned to Canton and made her home in one of the Covington apartments until she passed away May 8, 1951.Both were buried on the Covington lot in the Canton cemetery.There were no children.
3.Penelope Teresa (Covington) called Nella, was born in Canton, Miss. Nov. 19, 1891.She married Hugh Anthony Imlay Oct. 23, 1919.Most of their married life was spent in his home town of Zanesville, Ohio.Hugh passed away Sept. 3, 1956 and was buried in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Zanesville.Hugh and Nella Imlay were the parents of three children, all born in Youngstown, Ohio.
a.George Covington (Imlay), born Sept. 30, 1920.On All Saints Day, Nov. 1, 1943, George married Mary Hilda Armbruster in Zanesville, Ohio where they have made their home.George with a cousin John Imlay owns and operates a flower shop, greenhouses and garden store in Zanesville, Ohio, a family business for well over a hundred years.George and Mary A. Imlay were parents of three daughters.
1. Mary Patricia (Imlay) born June 1, 1947
2. Diane (Imlay) born June 1, 1948
3. Kathy (Imlay) born April 7, 1954 – died when 12 years old.
b.Lida Covington (Imlay), born March 2, 1923, married Albert A. Cannella from White Plains, New York Jan. 3, 1945 in Zanesville, Ohio.Lida and Al live in a large colonial home which they built in 1963 in Cookeville, Tenn. Where Al is a professor at Tennessee Techological University and a consultant engineer. Lida and Al are th parents of nine children:
1. Susan (Cannella) born Oct. 24, 1945 in Zanesville, Ohio
2. Leonard (Cannella) born April 14, 1947 in Zanesville, Ohio
3. Jenny (Cannella) born May 1, 1950 in New York City.
4. Albert (Cannella) Jr. born June 16, 1951 in Philadelphia
5. Alice (Cannella) born Sept. 24, 1952 at West Point, New York
6. Cheryl (Cannella) born Nov. 26, 1955 in Harvey, Illinois
7. Jeanne (Cannella) born Nov. 4, 1958, Harvey, Illinois
8. Hugh Imlay (Cannella) born March 10, 1965 in Cookeville, Tenn.
9. Carolyn (Cannella) born March 21, 1969 (adopted)
c.Hugh A. Imlay, Jr. born Sept. 23, 1926.On Dec. 29, 19?? He married Arlene Thomas.Hugh is the manager of three drug stores in Newark, Ohio.Hugh and Arlene T. Imlay are the parents of two children
1. Timothy Hugh (Imlay) born Oct. 28, 1952
2. Terri Sue (Imlay) born March 5, 1956
B.Benjamin Lafayette (Spruill) born Sept. 15, 1837.More later
C.Friley Jones (Spruill) called Frit, was born Oct. 1, 1839.He married Mary Angelo Lucket Feb. 6, 1866.She was of the Catholic faith.There were no cildren.Frit died March 15, 1888.
D.Margaret Louise (Spruill) was born in Leake County, Mississippi August 27, 1841.She married Henry Woodley.The story goes that Henry Woodley whose home was in Columbia, North Carolina, rode horseback to Mississippi to visit his Uncle Downing Spruill.While there he fell desperately in love with his cousin Margaret Spruill.She was young and their relatives discouraged marriage.However, one day he met her as she returned from school, he on horseback and a preacher also riding a horse.The marriage took place by the side of the road.They made their home in Mississippi.Henry Woodley joined the Confederate Army when his two children were very young.While in Camp Lee, Viergina, he became very ill with measles and died June 23, 1862, he was buried in Petersburg, VA.:
Margaret Spruill and Henry Woodley were the parents of two sons:
1.Theophelus Henry (Woodley), called Theo, was born April 23, 1860 in Ofahoma, Miss.When he was seventeen years old, he went to Tyrell County, North Carolina, to live with his uncle, sam Woodley.The rest of his life was spent there.He graduated from Eastland College, Poughkeepsie, New York, later studied law at the University of North Carolina.He was a man of forceful personality and good humor.He took an active part in all matters of public interest and was a well known lawyer in several counties.On Sept. 20, 1892 he married Venie Spruill of Columbia.He was 32 and she 16.The Spruills were prominent people in North Carolina.They were soldiers, members of the assembly and large land owners.Theo and Venie Spruill Woodley were the parents of two daughters.
a.Annie ????? (Woodley) died in 1932.
b.Margaret May (Woodley) called May, was born Sept. 18, 1908.She married Frank Griffin.Two boys and one girl were born to them, namely
1.Margaret May (Peggy)(Griffin) taught music in the shools in Bel Air, Maryland.She is now music teacher in public schools in her home town, Columbia, N.C.She has not married
2.John Henry (Griffin)
3.Michael (Griffin) married Mary Ann Katic.They now live in Chardor, Ohio and are the parents of two children:
(a)Teresa Gynn (Griffin)
(b)John Paul (Griffin) who died Dec. 10, 1972 when 4 ½ years old.
4.Theophila (Griffin) lived twenty-eight months.
2.Friley Benjamin (Woodley) was born in Leake County, Mississippi.For years he conducted a college in Harperville.Later he was superintendent of schools in Hattiesburg, Mississippi for 20 years.On Nov. 25, 1886 he married Mattie Hartnes.Friley and Mattie Woodley were the parents of three children:
a.Myrtle (Woodley) died in 1961 in Dallas, Texas
b.Grace (Woodley) died when 28, buried in Cincinnati, Ohio
c.Leroy H. (Woodley) called Roy, was born in 1889.In 1911, he married Laurie Stepenson from Morton, Miss.Most of their married life was spent in ????????? Mississippi.Laurie died in 1963 after being married 52 years.Roy had many occupations, he called himself a small cotton farmer, saying “The Spruills love the land”.Roy and Laurie Woodley had three sons:the oldest is an ear, eye, nose and throat specialist in Tuscaloosa, Ala.The two younger boys are very successful Chevrolet dealers also in Tuscaloosa
After the death of Henry Woodley, Margaret married James Sigler.They were the parents of four boys and two girls, namely:
1.Barton (Sigler) was active vice president of a bank in Athens, Texas
2.Ellis (Sigler) lived in Texas
3.Paul (Sigler) was manager of the commissary in Morton, Miss.Later moved to Hazelhurst.He married Carrie Stepenson, sister of Laura who married his half brother Roy Woodley(?)
4.James (Sigler) lived in Mobile, Alabama
5.Mrs. J. D. McLendon, Isabel, Oklahoma
6.Mrs. Nina Carlton, Athens, Texas
E.Florida Antnette (Spruill) called Tony, born March 19, 1845, died June 21, 1861 when fifteen years old
F.Aribella P. (Spruill) called Belle, born Dec. 11, 1848.Married Malcolm Stokes March 29, 1866.Belle died Dec. 3, 1877.No children
BENJAMIN LAFAYETTE SPRUILL
Son of Downing, Grandson of Dempsey, G.Grandson of Nehemiah, G.G.Grandson of Samuel and G.G.G.Grandson of Godfrey
Ben, as he was called, was born September 15, 1837 in Madison County, Mississippi.
At the onset of the Civil War, he and his brother Frit were the first two men of Madison County to join the Confederate Army.Both served four years and returned without a scratch.
On March 12, 1867 Ben married Elizabeth Cornelia Fryer, the daughter of Rev. Richard Fryer, a Methodist minister in Yazoo County.Elizabeth was born August 20, 1842.Ben became a Methodist minister.He used to visit his niece Teresa Covington, and her children never forgot the long blessings they had, while they waited impatiently for dinner.Elizabeth Fryer Spruill died July 1894, when the children was grown.On November 12, 1896, Ben married Cornelia Francis Whatley.She was called “Aunt Fanny” by the family.They lived in Poplarville, Mississippi.After her death, Ben returned to Canton and lived with his son Dick until his death June 28, 1916.There were n children by his second wife.
Ben and Elizabeth Spruill were parents of six children:
1.Lulu Belle (Spruill) was born December 12, 1867.She married Robert B. Catlett December 20, 1893.They had no children
They lived on a farm near Canton, Miss. For years; later they built a house on Academy St. in Canton.Bof developed a sort of creeping paralysis and was a semi invalid for many years.Lula (called Aunt Zoa by family) got out very little, but she read a gread deal and kept well informed.After Bob’s death she lived server years with her nephew Quilla Spruill and his wife Gladys.Lula lived to be almost ninety.Both Lula and Bob were buried in the Canton cemetery.
2.Richard Adolphus (Spruill) was born July 18, 1869, more later.
3.Benjamin Downing (Spruill) was born August 16, 1873.He died in 1909 with tuberculosis, unmarried.
4.Nancy Lella (Spruill) (called Lell) born October 18, 1875.She made her home with her sister Lula.She died with tuberculosis Nov. 20, 19??, unmarried.
5.Dameron Fryer (Spruill) was born February 19, 1877.On October 16, 1901, he married Hettie Golden of Ofahoma, Miss.Dameron died in Shamrock, Texas and was buried there.They had two children:
a.Margaret (Spruill) was born in Madison County but moved, early in life, with her parents to Shamrock, Texas.Dameron owned and operated a furniture store there.Margaret married Harold Florman, who conducted a paint business in Amarillo, Texas.They had no children.
b.Golden (Spruill) the son of Dameron and Hettie Spruill was killed in a car wreck in Shamrock, Texas.
6.Willis Dempsey (Spruill) was born June 8, 1879.He married Daisy Abbech December 6, 1908.There were no children.He died February 15, 1919, El Paso, Texas and was buried in Shamrock, TX.
RICHARD ADOLPHUS SPRUILL
Son of Benjaman, Grandson of Downing, G.Grandson of Dempsey, G.G.Grandson of Nehemiah, G.G.G.Granson of Samuel, G.G.G.G.Grandson of Godfrey Spruill
Dick, as he was called was the second child and oldest son of Rev. Benjamin L. and Elizabeth Cornelia Anne Spruill.He was born July 18, 1869 in Leake County, near Forest Grove.
In 1886 he and his sister Lula Spruill went to live their Aunt Eliza Spruill, where Richard attented Walnut College in Forest Grove, Mississippi.
On December 2, 1888 he married Exah Pace of ???????
Dieck was an industrious and successful farmer.When the children were half grown, they moved to Canton.He owned and operated a large farm at the edge of town, which since became valuable property.It is now one of Canton’s finest subdivisions.
Dick and Exa Pace Spruill were the parents of six sons, namely:
1.Robert Benjamin (Spruill)(called Bob) was born in Leake County, Mississippi July 7, 1892.He attended the Canton schools and assited his father on the farm.He married Grace McAdams February 27, 1927 and they made their home in McAdams, Mississippi.Bob’s wife Grace died suddenly in October 1972.After many years of successful farming, Bob has retired, but still raised cattle.
They had one daughter Grace, born April 12, 1927.She married Peter Weaver and they made their home in Nobles, Ala.They were parents of three children:
a.Marcy (Spruill) a daughter now in college
b.Robert (Spruill), now in college
c.A daughter, now in high school
2.Downing Quilla (Spruill)(called Quilla) was born September 10, 1895.More later
3.Dameron Friley (Spruill)(called Frit) was born August 20, 1900 in Leake County.He attended the Canton schools and farmed with his father until he moved to the rich delta lands near Tehula, Miss.There he met and married Zay Wilkes on February 5, 1925.Frit is now a retired farmer, but owns hundreds of acres of land in Mississippi delta.They were parents of five daughters:
a.Wilma (Spruill) born Jan. 24, 1928, died in an automobile accident.
b.Betty Virginia (Spruill) born August 23, 1932
c.Cornelia Ann (Spruill) born March 10, 193?
d.Zay (Spruill) born March 29, 1935
e.Fay (Spruill) twin to Zay
4.Jack (Spruill) was born July 22, 1902 in Leake County.He married Margaret Tucker.No children
5.Richard Adolphus (Spruill) born June 1, 1906 in Leake Co.He died when a year old.
6.George Covington (Spruill) born March 14, 1908 in Canton, Miss.He is unmarried and lives in the old Spruill home of ????????