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Godfrey Dr. Spruill (son of Godfreys Father Spruill)1219 was born 1650 in Stirling, Scotland1219, and died 15 Aug 1718 in Tyrrell, North Carolina, USA1219. He married Joanna Spruill.

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Re: SPRUILL,sr., Samuel 1687, NC
Posted by: Jim Date: December 03, 1999 at 09:59:13
In Reply to: SPRUILL,sr., Samuel 1687, NC by Tina RAY of 790


Cuthbert Phelps, Godfrey Spruill, and Samuel Spruell were all neighbors going back as far as 1716. They sold property back and forth for almost 100 years. ... the three families originally lived in 5- 10 mile radius bounded by Phelps Lake on the South ,Bull's Point/Albemarle sound on the North, Scuppernong River to the West.

Jim Spruell


Godfrey Spruill was born about 1650 in Scotland? and died about 1719 in North Carolina. He migrated to the United States sometime before 1684. Godfrey received a patent of land (No. 399) of 340 acres October 31, 1684 in James City County, Virginia (William and Mary Quarterly, Vol. 12, series 1, p. 106).
On August 1, 1689 Godfrey Spruill, aged about 39, William Lewis and Joshua Wynne testified as to the winners of a horse race at Malvern Hills (Henrico Records, Virginia Historical Magazine Vol. 2, p. 296).
Godfrey purchased 100 acres of land from Robert G. Sharp on August 15, 1689 (Henrico Co., VA Record Book 5, p. 564).
On page 567 of the same book, Joanna Spruill relinquishes her dower right to this land which Godfrey sold to John Lowry (State Archives, Richmond, Mar 10. 1693/94).
The Henrico minute book orphans court 1677, page 332, shows that on June 2, 1690 Doctor Spruell, along with John Cannon, Philemon Childers, and Robert Sharp are appointed to appraise the estate of Herbert Powell.
He moved to North Carolina about 1704. The Land Grant Office in Raleigh, North Carolina, has record of Godfrey Spruill receiving a grant of 640 acres along the Scuppernong River. Memories and Records of Eastern North Carolina by Mary Weeks Lambeth notes the following: "At a Vestry meeting of St. Paul's Parish, on the 9th day of March, 1703-4, it was ordered that "Dr. Spruill be paid 5 pounds for the cure of Eleanor Adams, and on the 2nd day of March 1713-14, 12 pounds for the cure of Ebenezer Aldridge, as soon as money can be raised," by the present Church Wardens (Col. Recs.)."
Godfrey's will is dated August 5, 1718 and states that he lives in North Carolina in the Province of Albemarle. It was proved in Chowan Court July 29, 1719

For the next five generations Spruills played important roles in local as well as state religious and political life. Probably not many families in Carolina can boast such a continuous record of public service. Samuel Spruill served in the Provincial Assembly from 1754 until his death in 1760. His brother Joseph Spruill, an early vestryman of South Chowan Parish, was major of the county militia, magistrate and supervisor of "the King's high roads." He also served as sheriff and a member of the Assembly. It was his brother Colonel Hezekiah Spruill who was among Tyrrell's leaders in the Revolution. Benjamin Spruill, a member of the General Assembly, introduced the bill creating Martin County from Tyrrell in 1774.
Nemeniah Spruill built the first bridge across Scuppernong River near Cool Springs (now Creswell) during early colonial times. This crossing is still called Spruill's Bridge today. It opened transportation into a new territory above Creswell and Lake Phelps to settlers.
Two Spruills, Joseph and Benjamin, were members of the First and Second Provincial Congresses in the turbulent opening days of the Revolution. Joseph Spruill was a signer of the Halifax Resolves and was appointed a major in the battalion being gathered in Tyrrell at Lee's Mill under the leadership of Colonel Edward Buncombe. Hezekiah Spruill and Stephen Lee were appointed by the Second Provincial Congress to "receive, procure and purchase firearms for the use of the troops and to receive, maintain and repair all swords, dirks, pistols and other implements of war which have been taken by the Tories."
Like many of the hard-pressed farmers of the southern Albemarle many Spruills migrated to the Deep South and to the Mid-West. Today seldom a week passes that the Tyrrell Register of Deeds office does not receive inquiries from genealogists and researchers about this now fairly widespread name. Many take the time and expense to come to Columbia to search the county's colonial records for information about this lost generation of early Carolinians. John W. Melson of Columbia, who has for several years done research on the history of the Spruills, has uncovered most of the information known today about the family.
From 1750 until 1860 there was hardly a North Carolina General Assembly without a Spruill representing Tyrrell or neighboring Washington County. The main branch of the Spruill family, established in Alligator by Colonel Hezekiah, remained on the north shore until the latter part of the 1800's when the place was sold and gradually passed away, much of it reclaimed by the dense forests. Only a few Tyrrell countians now bear this old name.*("The Spruills--a Family of Colonial Notables." Our State magazine. August 1, 1964 by David E. Davis. Reprinted with permission of the publisher.)


Godfrey Spruill Will
August 5, 1718

In the name of God amen I GODFREY SPRUILL living in North Carolina in the Province of Albermarle being in health of body and sound of memory but considering of family of mankind do make and ordain this my last will and testament in a form following. I give and bequeath my soul unto the hand of god that gave it me and my body to the earth from whence it was taken to be buried in
a Christian decent manner at the discretion of my executors hereafter named not doubting (but ??? of our Savior Jesus Christ). I shall enjoy a joyful resurrection and as to my temporal estate it hath pleased you to bless me with my funeral expenses and all my just debts being paid I give and bequeath in manner and form following that is to say first, I give and bequeath to my son SAMUEL SPRUILL a parcel of property estimation three hundred and fifty acres more or less bounded as followeth lying at a Cypress near the eastern end of the ? Branch and running thence to a tiny thicket and forming the end of the aforesaid Branch to the first outlet and along the outer Branch southerly to Great Swamp and along the Branch westerly to the end of the Buntings? along the said ?? mouth thereof and along the bay easterly to the first station to him and his heirs for ever; aforesaid land being that whereon he now lives. I give and bequeath to my son GODFREY SPRUILL three hundred fifty acres of more or less bounded as followeth being at a marked Cypress at the east end of the south banks his brother Samuel's corner free and so running eastwardly to the Clay point to a corner tree in ?? and so running from there thence southerly to a line of marked trees to the round about branch and at round about branch to a White Ashe next to the Great Swamp and along the Great Swamp to his brother Samuel's line to the first station to him and his heirs for ever and also one Negro woman named Jenny. I give to my son JOSEPH SPRUILL that plantation whereon I now live with all the rest of the land in the neck and also a parcel of land estimation fifty acres more or less bounding on a Cypress branch westerly of the ??? ??? land a line of marked trees westwardly of the aforesaid branch to a ??? ??? from thence various courses to the first station and one Negro man named L? and one Negro man named Dolphin with all my ??? and hogs to him and his heirs for ever. I give and bequeath to my son-in-law CUTHBERT PHELPS and my daughter SUSANNAH his wife a certain tract of land of estimation three hundred acres more or less and is boundeth as followeth beginning at marked White ??? at the Back Creek's mounth and running up the Swamp to a branch eastward to Rich Level Land and along the branch to a line of marked trees ??? ??? ??? and along that line of marked trees to River ??? and from there to the first station to him and his heirs for ever. I giveto my daughter SUSANNAH a gold ring of twenty shills price. I give to my daughter ANNA MARGARITTA a gold ring of twenty shills price. I give to my daughter MARY a gold ring of twenty shills price. I give to my grandson BUTTONHEAD BOUTWELL six hundred acres of land purchased by me as appearing upon record lying in the fork of Pamlico River to be to him and his heirs for ever but in default of his I give to SAMUEL and his heirs and in default to ELIZABETH BOUTWELL and her heirs and on default of her I give to my grandson GODFREY SPRUILL son of SAMUEL and ELIZABETH SPRUILL to him and his heirs for ever. I nominate and appoint my son JOSEPH SPRUILL my sole and only executor of this will and testament hereby revoking all other wills of me heretofore made ratifying and confirming this as my last will and testament. Witness whereof I have here to set my hand and seal this 5 day of August 1718.

Sealed in the presence of Godfrey Spruill
James Singleton
Henry Norman
Ann Davenport
Proved in Chowan County July 29, 1719
Letter granted January 25, 1720

The big question here is: Buttonhead Boutwell gets the 600 acres, then it goes to Samuel (Boutwell?--his brother) and then Elizabeth Boutwell (Buttonhead's sister?) In Burtonheads will 1761 he indeed does have 600 acres of land but it is on the Blackriver.

SURNAME INFORMATION taken from Website of Spruill Family
The name "Spreull" is reported to be of the Scottish orgin taken from Norman places. A surname of old standing from the west of Scotland. These of this name carry purses or palmer scripts in their arms. The
Spruill arms is a golden chevron between three purses of cushions, which denotes that the bearer was a man of great trust. The Spruill family was a small one, only one family can be found is in the English and Scottish records. The Spruill family from Scotland migrated to different parts of the world, changing the spelling of the name as they migrated. Today you can find any spelling just about anywhere, the Spruill, Spruiell, Sprewell, and Spruell spellings are all common in the Southern USA; Sproul, Sproule's are found in the North Eastern U.S., Canada and most probably came from Ireland; Spurrell's are found in parts of England, Wales and New Foundland . All the spellings are traced back to early Scotland andWalter Sprewell living in the late 1200's.


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ID: I1967 Name: Godfrey SPRUILL
Suffix: 1650 (+Johanna)
Nickname: Doctor - Spruiell
Name: Godfrey 'Dr.' SPRUILL
Given Name: Godfrey 'Dr.'
_UID: 7B1AC064CCBA7341BE0C95B00E70AB537E82
Change Date: 13 Nov 2005
Note:
This individual was found on GenCircles at: http://www.gencircles.com/users/rkeefer/2/data/206

He was a tobacco planter, surgeon and patron of the sport of kings inthe Cavalier colony.

Dr. GS was one of Carolina's first medical men and became well known in Albemarle Colony and called many times to cross the sound to Queen Anne'sCreek, the site of present Edenton.

Between 1693 and 1697 he and his wife Joanna bought land in the area and moved to Carolina being among the section's first white settlers.

The original Spruill grant included over a thousand acres of the southshore of Albemarle Sound and west side of Scuppernong River between BackCreek and Bunting Bay (now Bull's Bay) and called Heart's Delight by explorers a decade before.

Lived about 1705 Roundabout Plantation, the seat of the Tyrrell Spruillsfor the next century was founded. The Spruills settled in Scuppernong. At his death, the Roundabout fell to son Samuel Spruill and then tograndson Joseph Spruill.

Many Spruills migrated to the deep South and the Mid-West.

Dr. Godfrey Spruill, patriarch of the family, was born in 1650, 13 yearsbefore King Charles issued the Carolina Charter.

His grandson was Buttonhead Boutell. Burtonhead Boutwell


This is from Teresa (Dwyer) Kelley site on the Internet:
I am a descendant of Doctor Godfrey and Joanna Spruill. The following isan excerpt from my notes.If this rings any bells, I'll be happy to shareinfo

Doctor Godfrey Spruill was the American progenitor of the Spruillfamilies of Steens, Lowndes County, MS and Pickens County, AL. He wasborn in Scotland in 1650. He and his wife Joanna immigrated to the Colonyof Virginia about 1684.

He was granted a patent for 340 acres of land in James City County, VA.on 31 October, 1684 and in the same year purchased 100 acres from RobertSharp. VA land, at that time, was granted for the importation ortransportation of individuals, therefore we can assume that Godfrey andJoanna were persons of means. They moved to North Carolina about 1704.North Carolina land grant records show that he received 640 acres alongthe Scupper- nong River. There they produced and raised three sons andthree daughters, Samuell, Godfrey, Jr., Joseph, Susannah, Anna Margaritaand Mary. He was a very successful farmer, physician and entrepreneur.

Contributed by Calvin Gibson Cgibson19@aol.com

This will was taken from Vergie Barber Deantonio's web site:
1 2 3
Birth: 1650 in Scotland
Note: # ID: I06727
# Name: Godfrey Spruill
# Sex: M
# Birth: 1650
# Death: 15 Aug 1718 in Chowan District, North Carolina (USA)
# Note:
DOCUMENTATION SOURCE:
Hendry Family Website - contact Renee Hendry Greene
Hendry Website
Carolee, (email: cchapman@seward.net)
Website of Spruill Family

Occupation: Doctor
WILL: 5 AUG 1718
Probate: 29 JUL 1719 Chowan District NC

Spruell's will and it list his 6 children and a few granfdchildren. Anna Margritta Spruell had to have been born way before 1715 since it mentions her son Buttonhead Boutwell in this will which was written out by Godfrey on August 5, 1718. this is what I have:


SURNAME INFORMATION taken from Website of Spruill Family
The name "Spreull" is reported to be of the Scottish orgin taken from Norman places. A surname of old standing from the west of Scotland. These of this name carry purses or palmer scripts in their arms. The Spruill arms is a golden chevron between three purses of cushions, which denotes that the bearer was a man of great trust. The Spruill family was a small one, only one family can be found is in the English and Scottish records.

The Spruill family from Scotland migrated to different parts of the world, changing the spelling of the name as they migrated. Today you can find any spelling just about anywhere, the Spruill, Spruiell, Sprewell, and Spruell spellings are all common in the Southern USA; Sproul, Sproule's are found in the North Eastern U.S., Canada and most probably came from Ireland; Spurrell's are found in parts of England, Wales and New Foundland . All the spellings are traced back to early Scotland and
Walter Sprewell living in the late 1200's.

In 1286, during the reign of Alexander III, King of Scots, Walter Sprewel of Cowden, Renfrewshire was seneschal to Malcolm, Earl of Lennox. Between 1292 and 1297, almost all the heads of the principal families in Scotland swore fealty to King Edward, and in that list in the document called the Ragman Roll, is the name of Walter Spreull. A son of the this Walter Spreull, also named Walter, was named seneschallus de Dumbarton and obtained a charter for the same lands, they are described therein as of Caldoun. Caldoun or Cowdon is in the Parish of Neilston in Renfrewshire. Also, he was a witness to a charter by King Robert the Bruce, dated 28th Sept., 1308. On March 6, 1316 Walter Sprewel was witness to a charter from Robert Bruce to Sir John of Luss.

Near the Paisley and Irvine road, just past the Crofthead mill are the ruins of Caldounhall. It is located on a steep bank, near the junction of the Couldon burn and the Levern. This estate was long possessed by the esteemed family of Spreull.

Marriage 1 Joannah Spruell
Children
1. Godfrey Spruill
2. Mary Spruill
3. Anna Margaritta Spruill b: in Albemarle Province, North Carolina (USA)
4. Susannah Spruill
5. Henrietta Spruill b: in Tyrrell County, North Carolina
6. Samuel William Spruill b: ABT 1680
7. Joseph Spruill b: ABT 1690 in Tyrrell County, North Carolina


source:
http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=sbsct&id=I06727
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Birth: ABT 1650 in Scotland
Note:
# ID: I548
# Name: Godfrey SPRUILL
# Surname: Spruill
# Given Name: Godfrey
# Sex: M
# Birth: ABT 1650 in Scotland
# Death: 15 Aug 1718 in Tyrrell Co., North Carolina
# _UID: 3EDD5B87C4DC7D428DB5CEA6524BA7055B69
# Note:


# Change Date: 28 Jan 2002 at 18:51:19
Marriage 1 Joanna (SPRUILL)
Children

1. Samuel William SPRUILL Sr. b: ABT 1680
2. Anna Margareita SPRUILL
3. Mary SPRUILL b: in Tyrrell Co., North Carolina
4. Susannah SPRUILL
5. Hezekiah SPRUILL
6. Joshua SPRUILL
7. Joseph SPRUILL b: ABT 1690

source:
http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=rwgreen12&id=I548
Birth: ABT 1650 in Scotland? 3
Death: 15 AUG 1718 in Chowan Dist., Tyrell Co., NC 4
Death: 5 AUG 1718 in Albermarle, North Carolina 3
Event: Alt. Death 5 AUG 1718 Albermarle Province, NC
Note: http://www.gencircles.com/users/jcurtwright/1/data/2218
Event: Will Written 5 AUG 1718 NC
Note:
WILL: 5 AUG 1718
Probate: 29 JUL 1719 Chowan District NC


source:
http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=sbsct&id=I06727


Marriage 1 Joanna (SPRUILL-SPRUIELL) b: 1654 in Tyrell County, North Carolina
Note: Godfrey Spruill, “Connebbys creek” and “Matoromet crick” , 1699
Posted by: JSpruell (ID *****0579) Date: May 27, 2002 at 07:41:52
of 692

The earliest deeds that I can find for Godfrey Spruell in North Carolina may or may not pre-date his Roundabout Plantation located between the Scuppernong and Bull’s Bay. Abstracts of two of the entries dated 5 Mar 1699 and 6 Feb 1699 identify land that he sold along “Connebbys creek” and “Matoromet crick.” The former is of particular interest to myself because it identifies land that Godfrey “entered and settled.” Godfrey does thereafter identify himself as “Doctor Godfrey Spruell of Scopernung, Chyurgin…” in a later 26 May 1701/02 entry.

My question is does anybody know where either “Connebbys creek” or “Matoromet crick” is located? Secondly if someone lives close enough to the North Carolina archives to be able to make a copy of the original, I would love to know if there is any more information in the original entry about where this land is located, etc. I’ve already checked the family history library in SLC to see if a copy of Chowan Deed Book #1 is in their holdings…with no success.

As always, thanks ahead of time,
Jim

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2 July 1694
"These may certify yt at a Crt. Holden for the precinct of Chowan ye. Second of July 1694: Godfrey Spruell proved these Eight rights as followeth: Godfrey Spruell Sen., Joana Spruell, Susanah Spruell, Ana Margeritta Spruell, Saml. Spruell, Godfrey Spruell Junr., Nicholas Phelps, Sarah Walker. Attest: Nathanl. Chevin Crk."
... Book of Warrants and Surveys, 1681-1706, for land in the North Carolina county palatine of Albemarle ... presently in the North Carolina State Archives (shelf mark: Secretary of State 978.1)
… Note: this is abstracted in Old Albemarle County, North Carolina Book of Land Warrants and Surveys 1671-1706 by Weynette Parks Haun, 1984

5 Mar 1699
“Coll. Thomas Pollock of Chowan Prect., Albemarle Co. to Silvester Sandifort mariner 5 Mar. 1699 consideration 640 acres entered and settled by Dr. Godfrey Spruell and bought of him by me being on ye sowwest side of Connebbys creek all houses, gardens, orchards, etc.”
… Wit.: He. Humphreys, Jeremiah Cannon
… Reg. 2 Apr. 1700
… Deed Book W #1, Chowan County, N. C., page 4 (deed number 8)

6 Feb 1699 “Abraham Lewis of Chowan Prect., mariner with the consent of Elizabeth my now wife to Nathaniel Chevin of Chowan Prect. 6 Feb. 1699 for 15 pounds 150 arkers more or less according to the anchant bounds, at the mouth of Matoromet crick being part of a thousand arkers taken up by Thomas Horskinse and sold by him to Will Hankrock’s father ( ) and purchased by Godrey Spruell of the foresd. Hankrock and by sd. Spruell sold to us.
Wit.: James Bount, Thomas Waine, Richard Lewis.
… Reg. 2 Apr. 1700
… Deed Book W #1, Chowan County, N. C., page 6 (deed number 11)

26 May 1701/1702
“Doctor Godfrey Spruell of Scopernung, Chyurgin and Joanna my wife to John Stuard…”
… Reg. 3 Mar 1702
… Deed Book W #1, Chowan County, N. C., page 27 (deed number 49)
-JSpruell
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Re: Godfrey Spruill, “Connebbys creek” and “Matoromet crick” , 1699
Posted by: Joseph Spruill (ID *****8480) Date: July 30, 2002 at 20:50:43
In Reply to: Godfrey Spruill, “Connebbys creek” and “Matoromet crick” , 1699 by JSpruell of 692

In response to your query:
1. "Connebbys creek". I have a NC gazeteer that ientifies "Conaby Creek" as follows: ...rises in w. Washington County s. of the town of Plymouth and flows ne. into Roanoke River. Appears as Conalis Creek on the Collett Map, 1770, and as Conaly Creek on maps as recent as the 1932 Soil Survey map. Shown as Coneby Creek on the McRae map, 1833, and referred to as Conoby Creek in Doc. No. 259, House of Representatives, 63d Congress, lst Session, 1913.
2. "Matoromet crick". The same gazeteer refers to a Mattacomack Creek and refers to it as Queen Anne's Creek as follows: ... rises in s. Chowan County and flows sw. into the e. side of Edenton Bay. Prior to 1712 known as Mattacomack Creek. ...

Comments: These may appear to be a stretch but from my research into Dr. Godfrey's history here in Virginia I know that he owned land in several places and have been something of a land speculator. I don't remember ever hearing any names similar to these in Tyrrell County and we know that Dr. Godfrey is mentioned in the Vestry Records of St. Paul's in Edenton around 1700 so must have been there on numerous occasions. I believe that when he initially moved from Virginia he may have lived in Edenton for a time. Further, Washington County was created out of Tyrrell County so that reference is not too far fetched.

I have pursued Dr. Godfrey for many years, along with the early history of the family and would love to communicate further with you. I live in Willamsburg, Virginia. My email is: jsprl@erols.com.
-- Joseph Spruill
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Dr. Godfrey Spruill's Origins
Posted by: Joseph Spruill (ID *****8480)
Date: August 16, 2002 at 21:06:30

Many of us have been searching for Dr. Godfrey's origins. We have assumed he was born in Scotland about 1650 (based on the Aug 1,1689, reference to his age). I'd like to propose two alternative possibilities. The principal reference we go back to is the land grant in James City County, VA, from 1684. But that citation says clearly "by the said Spruell's plantation." This implies that by October, 1684, he had been in Virginia long enough to have established a plantation (not just a farm or small holding), and to have acquired sufficient wealth to pay for the transportation of seven persons. This would have been a significant accomplishment for a 34-year old man, especially if his education had also included two or three years of medical education. Two alternative scenarios come to mind: (1) Maybe this reference is not to Dr. Godfrey but to his father or perhaps an uncle. Following this logic, or Dr. Godfrey could have been born in Virginia or possibly in the West Indies or Bermuda instead of Scotland. (Many early settlers in Virginia and South Carolina had previously settled in ones of these areas). Our Dr. Godfrey could have returned to the British Isles for his education (including medical), as was fairly common among the Virginia gentry. If this is the case, we should perhaps be seeking an earlier Godfrey in Scotland, born roughly some time between 1600 and 1630. On the other hand, since I have not found a single Godfrey among the hundreds of 16th and 17th century Spruells (and tewnty-odd other spellings) in Scotland I have looked at, maybe there is another possibility. (2) Perhaps the 1684 land grant was to Dr. Godfrey, already here at the age of 34, who had inherited the earlier plantation from his father or some other relative. This scenario offers the possibility that his father was not named Godfrey. It was a Scottish custom in the period to name the first son for his paternal grandfather. Unfortunately, we do not know for sure the birth order of Dr. Godfrey's sons although his will names Samuel first, implying that he was the eldest. Perhaps we should be looking for a Samuel Spruell in Scotland who could have been born any time from about 1595 to 1635; although 1600 to 1630 seems a more probable period. Dr. Godfrey, if born in the new world, might have been named in honor of someone other than a family member, possibly even for someone whose surname was Godfrey. Using surnames for first names was very common in Virginia.

Both of these scenarios open up the Scottish connection to a much wider time period and possible first names, but also make to more burdensome to try and find the ancestor. Since we seem to have hit a brick wall with Godfrey born about 1650, maybe this new approach is worth a try. I would appreciate any comments.
-- Joseph Spruiell
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Re: Dr. Godfrey Spruill's Origins
Posted by: D. Harold Davenport (ID *****9365) Date: August 24, 2003 at 19:36:02
In Reply to: Dr. Godfrey Spruill's Origins by Joseph Spruill of 692

Joseph and James: I am related to Godfrey Spruill through my great grandmother Celia Ann Spruill who married James Madison Davenport in 1852 in Washington County NC. In looking for Godfrey's origins have you considered DNA testing? We have a Davenport DNA site and now have over 30 participants. What has been the biggest suprise to Albemarle Davenports is the complete 25/25 marker match with the decendents of Rev. John Davenport b. 1597 in Coventry England and died in New Haven Ct. in 1670. Rev. John Davenport came to Boston in 1637. Our Albemarle patriarch, Richard R. Davenport was born abt. 1642 and died in 1713. We now know that he could have been born in either New England or the Coventry area of England. This is far more than we have ever known before. Also the lineage of Rev. John Davenport is well documented back to Edward Davenport b. 1504 in Coventry. The DNA testing is not expensive and will certainly direct us all in either the direction of Scotland or England and may have some direct matches with data already in the database.
-- D. Harold Davenport - An Albemarle Davenport
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Re: Dr. Godfrey Spruill's Origins
Posted by: James Spruell (ID *****0579)
Date: August 24, 2002 at 10:09:02
In Reply to: Dr. Godfrey Spruill's Origins by Joseph Spruill

Joe,
In a recent email you asked for my opinion on your scenarios posted above. I've thought about your genforum posting for the past week, and went over some of the Godfrey Spruill documents. Your thought about the possibility that Godfrey actually returned to England to attend Medical school would actually explain several items. Godfrey is mentioned in quite a few documents in at least 3 counties prior to 1694 when he sold his land in Henrico county. Not one time is he listed as Dr. or "Chururgion". From 1694/5 to 1699 his name is noticably absent, and I'm not aware of any entries for that period. After 1699, Godfrey proudly announces himself as a physician in most of the 68 + entries that I've found... quite a change. On-the-other-hand, in the pre-1694 entries, Godfrey describes himself as Gentleman... a very important distinction. Of course, this may be just coincidence, but is consistent with your scenario.

The July 1694 warrants that Godfrey received is for 8 rights of which 7 are members of his family. Comparing this to the earlier 1684 entry one has to ask who was on that list, i.e., 10 years had passed which is enough time to actually have as many as 5 children to go with any that were born in Scotland...

I also think that quite possibly Godfrey was in America prior to 1684, and would not be surprised to find other Spruell's (parents or otherwise) that came over with him. Maybe yes, maybe no. I also beleive that somewhere in Godfrey's maternal line was the last name Godfrey... and likely wasn't Scottish. Scottish Origens contains the official records of Scotland from 1500+(?) and is searchable. A search on the last name Godfrey for that period came up quite empty...two names if I recall. I suspect that it is an English name. I also would not be surprized if Godfrey Spruell wasn't at least distantly related to the very prominent Godfrey's of Albemarle. I've seen no evidence that they are... just that for example one of Godfrey's trials was held at the home of Mrs. Godfrey, etc.
Lastly some of the closest spelling of this period to the Spruill/Spruell entries found in Virginia come from the 1659 Donegal Rapho Barony which listed:
Tituladoes / Townland / Parish
Archibald Spruell & John / Boggagh /& Raphoe
Spruell gents / Stranorlaghan / "

In the 1665 Heath roles of Donegal (SLC Film #100181) we find:
John Spruel ... of Glanree
Jennett Spruel, widow ... of Glanree
Archibald Sproule ...of Lismontigly
John Sproull ...of Stranorlaghan

Which also brings up the etta of Henrietta/Anna Margareita children names... as is Jennett... just a curiosity. In the above entries I am also curious as to who the gents were...-- Jim
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Re: Dr. Godfrey Spruill's Origins Typo
Posted by: James Spruell (ID *****0579)
Date: August 24, 2002 at 10:12:26
In Reply to: Re: Dr. Godfrey Spruill's Origins by James Spruell

6 not 7 of the 1694 Warrant entry are members of Godfrey's family (Godfrey Spruell Sen., Joana Spruell, Susanah Spruell, Ana Margeritta Spruell, Saml. Spruell, Godfrey Spruell Junr.,)
- James
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Children
Samuel William SPRUIELL b: 1720 in North Carolina
Anna Henrietta Marguerita SPRUILL b: ABT 1682 in in Albemarle Province, North Carolina (Of Tyrrell Co., NC)
Samuel William SPRUILL b: ABT 1687 in
Godfrey SPRUILL b: 1678 in Tyrell County, North Carolina
Joseph SPRUILL b: 1680 in Tyrell County, North Carolina
Mary SPRUILL
Susannah SPRUILL b: 1686 in Tyrell County, North Carolina

Marriage 2 Joanna SHARP (SPRUIELL) b: 1654 in Tyrell County, North Carolina
Married: 1675 in Tyrell County, North Carolina
Note:
Godfrey Spruill, DR 8 SmartMatches
Birth: 1650 in Scotland
Death: 5 Aug 1718 in Albermarle Province NC
Sex: M
Father:
Mother:
Spouses & Children
Joannah LNU (Wife)
Children:
1. Joseph Spruill
2. Susannah Spruill
3. Godfrey Spruill Jr.
4. Ann Margueritta Spruill
5. Mary Spruill
6. Samuel Spruill Sr. b. 1680 in Scotland
source:
http://www.gencircles.com/users/jcurtwright/1/data/2218
Children
Samuel William SPRUILL b: ABT 1676 in Of Tyrrell Co., Nc
Anna Henrietta Marguerita SPRUILL b: ABT 1682 in in Albemarle Province, North Carolina (Of Tyrrell Co., NC)
Susannah SPRUILL b: 1686 in Tyrell County, North Carolina
Henrietta SPRUILL b: 1688 in Tyrell County, North Carolina
Joshua SPRUILL b: 1690
Hezekiah SPRUILL b: 1694
Joseph SPRUILL b: 1680 in Tyrell County, North Carolina
Anna Margaritta SPRUILL b: WFT Est 1671-1700
Godfrey SPRUILL b: 1678 in Tyrell County, North Carolina
Joseph SPRUILL b: WFT Est 1671-1700
Mary SPRUILL
Susannah SPRUILL b: WFT Est 1671-1700 in Tyrrell Co., North Carolina
Samuel William SPRUILL b: ABT 1687 in
Sources:
Abbrev: Ancestral File (R)
Title: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Ancestral File (R) (Copyright (c) 1987, June 1998, data as of 5 January 1998)pyright (c) 1987, June 1998, data as of 5 January 1998.
Repository:
Name: Family History Library
Salt Lake City, Utah 84150 USA
Repository:
Name: Family History Library
Salt Lake City, Utah 84150 USA
Abbrev: GEDCOM file imported on 5 Mar 2005
Title: GEDCOM file. Created on 5 MAR 2005. Imported on 5 Mar 2005.
Abbrev: GEDCOM file imported on 17 Mar 2005
Title: GEDCOM file. Created on 17 MAR 2005. Imported on 17 Mar 2005.
Abbrev: alice_valerie_spruiell-al.ged
Title: alice_valerie_spruiell-al.ged

Dr. Godfrey Spruill, Progenitor of the Scuppernong Spruills
gurganuspatadded this on 9 Jan 2008
Dr. Godfrey Spruill was a west Scot surgeon who make his way after the Restoration first to Tidewater Virginia, then in the 1690s to Bull Bay and the Scuppernong jungle where the black river met the Sea of Roanoke, the broad Albemarle Sound. Heart's Delight, he called this country, and he set his family up on a plantation named the Round About. Whether of not he was the colony's first physician, Godfrey Spruill was certainly on constant call over a wide waterine route. He made it through the vicious Tuscarora Wars of the 1710s and lived to commiserate with the survivors at Fort Landing who lamented the twenty Alligator River colonists killed or carried off by the Mattamuskeets and the Coree Indians. Doctor Spruill left progeny to build the bridge over the Scuppernong (Nehemiah Spruill) that still bears the family's name, to sheriff the county (in the 1770s, 1830s, and 1960's), and to raise the regiment for Tyrrell County in the Revolution (Colonel Hezekiah Spruill). [Excerpt taken from Into the Sound Country. by Bland Simpson]



Children of Godfrey Dr. Spruill and Joanna Spruill are:
  1. +Anna Margareta Spruill, b. 1682, Tyrrell, North Carolina, USA1219, d. 17391219, 1219.
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