Speigner/Spigener/Spigner Family 1753-2009

Updated October 2, 2009

Adolphus Fletcher Spigner, III
28 Ricemill Ferry
Columbia, SC 29229
United States
FSpigner@aol.com

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A REMARKABLE JOURNEY -
FROM ONE TO OVER THIRTY THOUSAND

Welcome to our family.

About sixteen years ago Judge James McNary Spigner, Sr., of Columbia, Richland County, South Carolina, set out upon this remarkable journey of discovery, that is ours now, deep into a rich and fascinating past that extends back to peasants and farmers, the free and unfree, kings and queens, Johns, Georges, and Charlemagne, your ancestors and mine.

Judge Spigner's goal, ours now, is to connect, by whatever connection joins us together, the families of the descendants of our immigrant German ancestor John George Speigner, I, who arrived on the ship "Elizabeth" at the Port of Charles Town, South Carolina, in January 1753, with his wife Mary and their six children.

A LITTLE EARLY HISTORY

The family of John George Speigner, I, was of the Anabaptist faith. They were persecuted, and their lives were threatened by other religions. They found life difficult in Austria, perhaps moving several times, finally to Germany and then to South Carolina. They saw others being burned at the stake, villages destroyed and lives threatened. They wanted peace and freedom. They had heard about the Carolinas from Hans Reiemensperger, or one of his men, who had traveled throughout Europe telling everyone about abundant freedom in the Americas. When the family left Germany, John George had settled his debts in the old country.

Traveling from place to place would have been costly for a large family. It is likely that John George had received an inheritance or, even more likely, had land that was sold. It is quite evident that this was a family of means, providing them funds for travel. A family of eight that traveled over seven months at their own expense had to have resources. Also, information about their arrival in Charles Town indicates they had money to settle their freight bill from the ship.

They were Christians and wanted to fit in, so they took English names (the log of the ship “Elizabeth” lists his name as John, not Johann).

They spoke only German, no English, upon their arrival in Charles Town. They employed a solicitor to write the letter asking for a land grant from King George II of England.

The "official" Land Grant: July 4, 1754, about a year and a half after the family arrived in America. The name on the map of the original was John George Spaigner (another name variation) from King George II (Plat dated 25th May, 1753) in Saxe-Gotha Township in what later became Orangeburgh District, in present day Lexington County. Saxe-Gotha Township, where John George Speigner and his family settled, was not too far northwest of present day Columbia, Richland County, South Carolina.

From Saxe-Gotha in Lexington County, South Carolina, Speigner family descendants migrated southeast to Richland, Calhoun and Clarendon Counties, and elsewhere throughout South Carolina. Beginning in 1817, the family began migrating from South Carolina through Georgia to Alabama and other southern gulf and border states, above and beyond. The first Speigner to leave South Carolina for Alabama (in 1817) was George Hoover Spigener, 1777-1856.

PICTORAL HISTORY AND GENEALOGY

Thus far we have archived thousands of photographs, a few here and many more in the family's 3,700 picture slideshow, entitled "Kin by Blood or Marriage", that tell our story all over America and in Austria, too, the story of a truly remarkable family, all of us descendants of immigrant John George Speigner, I. Thanks to literally hundreds of us, especially our cousin Jack Dempsey Speigner, Jr., we have connected over 31,000 of the immigrant's descendants, our cousins, their cousins and their ancestors, now united on one family tree, the Family of John George Speigner, I, that will forever live and grow.


Adolphus Fletcher Spigner, III
6th Great Grandson of John George Speigner, I
Columbia, Richland County, South Carolina, USA




Family Photos

  • Adolphus Fletcher Spigner, IV, Columbia, SC (121 KB)
    Taken in 1985, this photograph of Fletcher III's son is a favorite family picture. At age 25, Fletcher IV is teaching chemistry and is the Head Soccor Coach at Blythewood High School in Blythewood, just a few miles north of Columbia, SC.
  • Benjamin Franklin Spigner, Sr., SC Homeplace (153 KB)
    This Benjamin Franklin Spigner (1820-1883) was born in SC and was buried not far from this old chimney in Lower Richland County, SC, about all that's left of the old homeplace for him, his wife and 11 children. His mother was Elizabeth Montgomery (1797-1859) who married Samuel Spigner (1791-1827). And it's his mother's line that reaches back to Charlemagne and William the Lion King. Two of Charlemagne's and Ben Frank's descendants are Hall of Fame bowler Bill Spigner of Vernon Hills, IL, and Harry "Hank" Lamar Spigner, Jr., a major family researcher now living in Sumter, SC.
  • His Majesty, King Henry VIII, of England, b. 1491 (15 KB)
    A number of Spigners are related to Henry VIII but unfortunately not through one of his wives but through an unmarried consort, Elizabeth Blount, who gave birth to his majesty's illigitimate child, Henry Fitzroy, in 1519. Henry's Elizabeth's 1st cousin, six times removed, also Elizabeth Blount, is buried in historic Quaker Cemetery in Camden, SC.
  • His Majesty, King George, II, of England, b. 1683 (4 KB)
    A German himself, George, II, granted our immigrant John George Speigner, I, 400 acres in what is now Lexington County, SC. John George settled on Beaver Dam Creek in 1753 next to a beautiful lake, now known as Lake Murray. King George, II, who died in 1760, had three passions: his army, his music and his wife.
  • Andrew Chapel Church, Calhoun County, SC (167 KB)
    This United Methodist Church is the final resting place of about 15 family members including John Paulling Spigener, 1831-1909, great grandson of our immigrant and a private in CSA. He and his wife Erminia A. Houser had five children.
  • Troy Christopher Spigner's Old Homeplace in MS (203 KB)
    This is the old Ozark, MS, homeplace where Troy and Belvie Jane South raised their family. Troy Christopher Spigner, 3rd great grandson of the immigrant, was born in 1896 and died in 1969. He is buried in Ozark Cemetery, Itawamba County, MS. They had five children, including George Christopher, who died in 1989, and Robert Lewis.
  • Trinity Episcopal Church in 1941, Columbia, SC (176 KB)
    Located in Columbia, SC, Trinity Episcopal Church, as it looked in 1941, is a gorgeous church in which many Spigners have been married. It's called Trinity Cathedral today because it is the home church of the Episcopal Bishop of the Diocese of Upper South Carolina.
  • Spigner Men, Itawamba County, MS (15 KB)
    John Henry, Aubrey Clinton, Hubert Simpson, Troy Christopher, Unknown, Carlton Monroe, and Bobby Gene, all sons of George Christopher Spigner, 1858-1948, and all 5th great grandsons of immigrant John George Speigner, I.
  • George Hoover Spigener, First Spigener in AL (197 KB)
    Born in Sandy Run, Orangburgh District, SC, George Hoover, 1777-1856, and his family came to Alabama with his father in law and Tory John George Zeigler, 1755-1830, around 1816-17. George Hoover, known as Bama Spigener and first Spigener immigrant to Alabama, and his wife Jane Elizabeth Zeigler are buried in historic Zeigler Cemetery, Coosada, Elmore County, AL, along with at least 40 of their kin. George Hoover's tombstone, among the oldest, is the most prominent in Zeigler Cemetery. The close and loving relationships between the Spigners and the Zeiglers are best exemplified by the six marriages between the families. The Zeiglers, notably, also married among themselves.
  • The Spigner Family Coat of Arms (169 KB)
    Our Coat of Arms
  • Martha Jane Virginia Spigener & George Wilcox (91 KB)
    Daughter of Henry Lewellyn Spigener, 1814-1892, and Snythia Percies Scott, 1817-1882, Jennie Spigener, 1853-1885, was living with her parents in 1880. Jennie married Geore W. Wilcox on February 11, 1883, and they had one son, George Spigener Wilcox, the year before she died. Jennie is buried near her parents in Mt. Hebron West Baptist Church Cemetery in Elmore County, AL.
  • Spigner Family Estate in Columbia, SC (399 KB)
    Located in Columbia, SC, about 18 miles from the original Speigner land grant in 1754, both of these gorgeous homes were built by Senator and Solicitor Adolphus Fletcher Spigner, Sr., 4th great grandson of immigrant John George Speigner, I.
  • On the Road to Spigener, Saluda County, SC (164 KB)
    Spigener was a thriving little railstop community in Saluda County, SC, in the nineteens, with a Spigener Baptist Church and a Spigener Orphanage. Annie Hancock Spigener, daughter of insurance executive Maynard Richardson Spigner, 1849-1913, for which Spigener is named, and Sallie Fair Sims, was buried in 1927 in the Watson family enclosure in Ridge Spring Cemetery in Saluda County, SC, and her parents were buried in historic Elmwood Memorial Gardens in Columbia, SC. Maynard Richardson lived in Spigener only a few years from about 1910 to 1912-1913, just before he died. Spigener SC's sister city is Speigner, Elmore County, AL., named after Henry Lewellyn Spigener, 1814-1892.
  • Zeigler Cemetery, Coosada, Elmore County, AL (195 KB)
    Buried in this famous historical cemetery in Coosada, AL, are George Hoover Spigener, 1777-1856, first Spigener to immigrate to Alabama from South Carolina, and his wife Jane Elizabeth Zeigler, 1784-1835; their sons William H. Spigener, 1807-1828, the first Spigener or Zeigler to be buried here, and Richard Spigener, 1812-1869, and his wife Mary Ann Zeigler, 1822-1887. These Spigeners descend from immigrant John George Speigner, I, born about 1710, and these Zeiglers descend from Fritz Zeigler, Sr.'s son Bernard, born about 1715. Fritz Zeigler, Jr., was on the ship Elizabeth with John George Speigner, I. There are at least six recorded marriages between the Spigeners and the Zeiglers.
  • Robby Spigner, World Class Amateur Bowler (39 KB)
    Robert James "Robby" Spigner, only 22 here, is the son of Hall of Fame Bowler Bill Spigner, bowling center proprietor, writer and teacher in Vernon Hills, Illinois. Robby's brother Jimmy, only 16, is following in his dad's and brother's footsteps. This family is among many athletic Spigner families. Robby is the proud 7th great grandson of immigrant John George Speigner, I.
  • William The Lion King and Great Grandfather (21 KB)
    William, King of Scotland, born 1143, was surnamed "The Lion" due to the rampant (standing on hind legs) red lion on a yellow field, which he had as his standard. Old and senile, William the Lion died at Stirling on December 4, 1214, and was buried here at Arbroath Abbey, founded by William the Lion in 1178 for monks of the order of Tiron, a stricter offshoot of the Benedictine order, and dedicated to William's lifelong friend, Thomas á Becket. King William is the 20th great grandfather of Elizabeth Montgomery, wife of Samuel Spigner, 1791-1827, of Richland District, SC, and the 25th great grandfather of Adolphus Fletcher Spigner, III.
  • Sarah Frances "Fannie" Spigener, Union Parish, LA (60 KB)
    Sarah Frances, 1859-1936, was the daughter of Samuel Howard Spigener, 1829-1923, and is buried beside her husband, Captain Rutherford P. Washam, 1852-1937, in Spigener-Washam Cemetery in Union Parish, LA.
  • Spigener and Pearce - Four Generations, AL and SC (23 KB)
    Llewellyn Gregory Pearce, Jr., Llewellyn Gregory Pearce, Sr., Llewellyn Fletcher Pearce and William Wallace Pearce, husband of Mary Augusta Spigener, daughter of Llewellyn Fletcher Spigener, Sr. This is a rare picture of four generations of Spigener descendants.
  • Robert Christopher Spigner, Snow in Itawamba, MS (30 KB)
    Could this possibly be snow in the deep south? Hailing from Itawamba County, MS, Chris and his wife Debbie have significantly contributed to our family's history. He is the grandson of Troy Christopher Spigner (1896-1969) and Belvie Jane South and the 5th great grandson of immigrant John George Speigner, I, who arrived in America over 250 years ago.
  • Fox Henderson Speigner, Alabama (79 KB)
    Fox Henderson Speigner, 1897-1975, had four children. One of his children, Jack Dempsey Speigner, Sr., had five extremely talented and bright children including Jack, Jr., who with his wife Vikki has worked tirelessly on our project. Jack, Jr., is a commercial airplane salesman living in Washington state. Jack, Jr.'s grandfather Fox, in this picture, is the grandson of Jesse Spigner (1819-1911) who is buried in County Line Baptist Church Cemetery, Enterprise, Coffee County, AL.
  • Clanton City Cemetery, Chilton County, AL (175 KB)
    This is the final resting place for Warren DeBardeleben Spigener, 1855-1936, 2nd great grandson of immigrant John George Speigner, I. Warren married Brookie Thomas, also buried here. Warren and Brookie had two daughters, both buried here as well. Warrene Brooks was born in 1903, the year before her sister Nannie Dorris, age 2 1/2, died. All are buried just the other side of the iron fence.
  • Virginia Cousins Living History (154 KB)
    This attractive Virginia family brings the past alive in museums and historic sites. Vanessa and her three children descend from Henry Lewellyn Spigener, 1814-1892, buried in Mt. Hebron West Baptist Church cemetery in Elmore County, AL.
  • Gordon Wayne Spigener, Shreveport, LA (191 KB)
    Presently living in Shreveport, LA, Gordon is the grandson of Joseph Benjamin Spigener, Sr., and Gracie Wert Dillon, both buried at Old Athens Cemetery. This picture was taken at the Joseph Benjamin Spigener's family reunion in 2003. Gordon and his family own a very successful real estate concern, Spigener Real Estate, in Shreveport. Pat, Gordon's wife, served admirably for many years on Shreveport's City Council
  • Sally Frances Smith, Santa Rosa County, FL (145 KB)
    One of the most delightful members of our family and the 6th great grandaughter of immigrant John George Speigner, I, Frances is both a dedicated and humurous Spigner family researcher. She has creatively and unselfishly pulled together a lot of heretofore unknown family facts. Her husband, by the way, is Harry McCray Williams, and he's a nice guy, too.
  • Oakwoods at Oakwood, Montgomery, AL (264 KB)
    The Spigener-Keating connection is buried here in beautiful historic Oakwood Cemetery but is also alive and well today throughout the country. Frances Marion Spigener, 1850-1930, 2nd great grandaughter of our immigrant, was the wife of George Walter Keating, and they had nine children, one of whom was Annie Pearl "Sissie" Keating, 1874-1967, who married Willis E. Kemmerer, aka Richard H. Porter, elusive grandfather of Dr. Harry Porter, Jr., of Atlanta, GA, who is contributing significantly to our genealogy efforts. Dr. Porter is a practicing psychiatrist. Frances Marion and George Walter's descendants include our living history cousins who live in Virginia.
  • Elizabeth Montgomery, b. 1797, Richland District (86 KB)
    One of the oldest pictures we have is this one of Elizabeth Montgomery, 1797-1859, whose line can be traced back to William the Lion King and Charlemagne. She was the wife of Samuel Spigner, 1791-1827, and later James Rowan. She and Samuel had one daughter and these three sons: Benjamin Franklin, Sr., William Frederick and Reuben West, Sr., all 2nd great grandsons of our immigrant. All lived in Richland District, SC.
  • Mary Ann Levins Colvin, Florida Tombstone (336 KB)
    This picture is compliments of Frances Smith Williams. The wife of Alabama's Jesse Spigner, 1819-1911, Mary, born 1824, was not buried with her husband due to flood conditions at the time of her death in 1917. She was buried in Florida in Walling Cemetery in Jay, Santa Rosa County, FL, while her husband was buried in famous County Line Cemetery on the Coffee-Dale county line near Enterprise, Alabama.
  • Mt. Hebron West Baptist Church, Elmore County, AL (72 KB)
    Located in Elmore County, AL, this church's cemetery is the final resting place of Henry Lewellyn Spigener, 1814-1892, born in St. Mathews, Orangeburgh District, SC, and for whom Speigner, Elmore County, AL, is named. Over twenty family members are buried here.
  • New Hope Baptist Church, Claiborne Parish, LA (240 KB)
    Located in the Old Athens Community of Claiborne Parish, LA, the cemetery to the rear of this church, shown shadowed here at dusk, is the final resting place of the immigrant's 3rd great grandson Joseph Benjamin Spigener, Sr., 1886-1955, as well as the Dillons and other family members. The descendants of Joseph Benjamin get together in Shreveport each year to re-live old memories and to have a good time. Fletcher, III, JB's 4th cousin 3 times removed, and his wife Donna were guests of this wonderful family's reunion last year.
  • Judge James McNary "Mac" Spigner, Sr. (119 KB)
    The first Family Court Judge in South Carolina, Mac dearly loved the Spigner family. Judge Spigner is credited with having launched the first comprehensive effort to unite all Spigners everywhere, a mission that is now ours. Born in 1922, the son of Senator and Solicitor A. Fletcher Spigner, Sr., and Lorena Elise Tiller, he was laid to rest in 1999 at the end of an extarordinary life in historic Elmwood Memorial Gardens, Columbia, SC. The Reverend Charles Bailey Spigner, his nephew, conducted the funeral. It is largely in Mac's memory that we pursue his dream of discovering Spigners, Spigeners and Speigners everywhere.
  • Senator & Solicitor Adolphus Fletcher Spigner, Sr. (60 KB)
    Solicitor Spigner, father of Judge Mac Spigner, was nationally known for his abilities, his honor and his integrity. He arguably is the finest solicitor the state of South Carolina has ever witnessed. Born in 1879, he served in the state senate, and he and his son Fletcher, Jr. (1916-1961), represent one of only two father-son members of the South Carolina legislature. Solicitor Spigner died in 1945 as a result of injuries received in an automobile accident. One year before his death he lost a very famous case to his son Fletcher, who was trying his first case in private practice against his own father!
  • Original Land On Beaver Dam Creek, Lexington, SC (398 KB)
    This is just one view of the actual land which John George Speigner, I, his wife Mary and six children settled upon in 1753 in what is now Lexington County, SC. Much of the original property is now covered with water, courtesy of Lake Murray. Immigrant John George and his wife Mary's children were John Samuel, who was the first Spigner to move southeast into adjacent Richland County; Eva Susannah; John George, Jr.; George Frederick, who served as a Tory in the Revolutionary War; Barbara; and Anna Maria.
  • Congaree Baptist Church, Richland County, SC (118 KB)
    Near Gadsden, SC, this church was co-founded with 31 others in 1765 by immigrant John George Speigner, I. Congaree's first minister was Joseph Reese (1732-1795) who was ordained here in 1768. In 1774 Joseph Reese ordained Richard Furman, who became the first pastor of High Hills of the Santee Baptist Church near Stateburg, Sumter County, SC, which became a branch of the Congaree church in 1775. Richard Furman later founded what is now known as Furman University in Greenville, SC. Also ordained by Joseph Reese, the Reverend Dr. John Mitchell Roberts, Sr. (1775-1822), 3rd great grandfather of A. Fletcher Spigner, III (through his mother), succeeded Richard Furman at High Hills and later established the first religious educational institution, Roberts Academy, in South Carolina, just prior to Richard Furman's establishing Furman School in Fairfild County, SC, just before Furman University in Greenville, SC.
  • Sunrise on Spigner at Elmwood, Columbia, SC (260 KB)
    Elmwood Memorial Gardens, final resting place for many Spigners and Spigeners, is a gorgeous historical cemetery located in Columbia, SC. Shown buried here are the immigrant's great grandsons Prescott Bush Spigner, Sr., between his two wives; Adolphus Fletcher Spigner, Sr., between his two wives; and Judge James McNary Spigner, Sr., the last to be laid to rest here in 1999.
  • Marilyn Frances West Margrave - Family Researcher (21 KB)
    A Spigner family favorite of Fletcher Spigner, this beautiful portrait is Marilyn Frances West Margrave, a very significant researcher and a major contributor to the Spigner family tree. She is an "expert" on Billingsley, Grainger, Hall and other Spigner family connections out of Autauga County, AL, and elsewhere. Marilyn is married to Larry Margrave, and they have two children, Tom and Patty. She is the daughter of Francis Marion West, 1889-1951, and Sarah Louise Hall, 1915-1997; a descendant of Joel Spigner, born 1819; and a 6th great grandaughter of immigrant John George Speigner, I.
  • Adolphus Fletcher Spigner, III, 6th Great Grandson (14 KB)
    Honored to be the President of the Spigner/Spigener/Speigner Family Reunion, Adolphus Fletcher Spigner, III, lives in Columbia, Richland County, SC. Born on December 14, 1947, Fletcher, the 6th great grandson of immigrant John George Speigner, I, is employed by the Wealth Advisory Group of First Citizens Bank and Trust Company in Columbia, South Carolina. Fletcher's son, Fletcher, IV, teaches chemistry and is the Head Soccer Coach at Blythewood High School near Columbia, SC.
  • Ben Lomond Cemetery, Ben Lomond, Sevier County, AR (135 KB)
    This cemetery is the final resting place of the immigrant's great grandson William "Billy" Henry Harrison Spigner, 1842-1922, among more than at least 12 other Spigners. Billy was a farmer like most of his cousins. He was born the son of John George Spigner, III, and Magdalene S. Jumper in Autauga County, AL. Magdalene is the oldest "Spigner" buried in Ozark Cemetery, Itawamba County, MS.
  • Martha Elizabeth Spigner & C. C. Billingsley, Jr. (23 KB)
    Compliments of researcher Marilyn Frances West Margrave, Martha Elizabeth Spigner, 1847-1928, daughter of Joel and Liddy Spigner, and her husband Christopher Columbus Billingsley, Jr., 1848-1931, were married in 1869 and had seven children. Mr. and Mrs. Billingsley and her parents are buried in Big Springs Baptist Church Cemetery in Autauga County, AL, with a host of other Spigners.
  • Gethsemane Cemetery, Calhoun County, SC (257 KB)
    More than 45 Spigners/Spigeners are buried at Gethsemane Baptist Church in Calhoun County, SC, including William Dalton Spigner, 1853-1909, 2nd great grandson of immigrant John George Speigner, I.
  • Essie Grainger and Wilton McGinty, Autauga, AL (29 KB)
    Compliments of researcher Marilyn Frances West Margrave, Essie Geneva Grainger (1896-1985) married Andrew Wilton McGinty. She is the daughter of William Payne Grainger (1867-1898) and Sarah Jane Elizabeth Billingsley (1872-1965) and the great grandaughter of Joel and Liddy Spigner. Her parents and grandparents are buried in Big Springs Cemetery in Autauga County, AL
  • Confederate Soldiers at Magnolia, Charleston, SC (113 KB)
    This beautiful testimony to Confederate Soldiers is located in Magnolia Cemetery in the historic port city of Charleston, SC.
  • Sarah Jane Elizabeth Billingsley, Autauga, AL (64 KB)
    Compliments of researcher Marilyn Frances West Margrave, Sarah Jane Elizabeth, 1872-1965, is buried in Indian Grave Baptist Church Cemetery in Autauga County, AL, with her second husband James Shirley Smith. Her first husband was William Payne Grainger who is buried at Big Springs Baptist Church Cemetery, also in Autauga.
  • Tempyan, Wife of Sam Spikner, Itawamba County, MS (72 KB)
    Temperance "Tempyan" Jane Hopkins, 1834-1894, married her second husband Samuel "Sam" George Spigner, 1823-1903, in 1890. Located in Oak Grove Cemetery in Itawamba County, this is the only tombstone that shows our family's name spelled "Spikner".
  • Big Springs Baptist Church, Autauga County, AL (132 KB)
    Over 50 family members are buried in the historic cemetery next to Big Springs Baptist Church in Autauga County, AL. Two of them are Joel Spigner, 1819-1899, and his wife Liddy who had nine children together. Joel is the great grandson of immigrant John George Speigner, I.
  • Leaving Speigner, AL (94 KB)
    This is what you see when leaving Speigner, AL, by train. This town derives its name from Henry Lewellyn Spigener. Named for insurance executive Maynard Richardson Spigener, Sr., another namesake town, Spigener in Saluda County, SC, was a thriving railstop community in the early 1900's.
  • Indian Grave Baptist Church, Autauga County, AL (129 KB)
    Over 20 family members, including a lot of Billingsleys, are buried in the adjoining cemetery of this Autauga County, AL, church.
  • The Lady Henrietta Geddes Bailey (52 KB)
    "The Lady" was born into a poor family, but here she appears in a fur coat provided by her "adoptive" parents Trez and Sweet Pressley during the depression. Henrietta, widow of Marion DeLeon Singletary, died on June 30, 2002, in Columbia, SC, where she lived with the Pressleys during most of the depression years. Born in Lexington, Ky., she was the daughter of the late Charles Bonderant Bailey and Mary Ellen Geddes Pruitt. She was a graduate of the University of South Carolina, where she was a member of Delta Delta Delta Sorority. She was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church in Columbia, SC, for 55 years and had served in many capacities. She had served as president of the Episcopal Church Women of the Diocese of Upper South Carolina. She was a member of the Junior League, had served as past president of the Mental Health Association, was a volunteer with the Red Cross and a member of the D.A.R. She was predeceased by her first husband, Senator A. Fletcher Spigner, Jr., 5th great grandson of immigrant John George Speigner, I.
  • High Hills Baptist Church, Sumter County, SC (97 KB)
    Historical High Hills of the Santee Baptist Church in Sumter County, SC, is still in wonderful condition. In neighboring Richland County near Gadsden, Congaree Baptist Church was co-founded with 31 others in 1765 by immigrant John George Speigner, I. Congaree's first minister was Joseph Reese. In 1774 Joseph Reese ordained Richard Furman, who became the first pastor of this church, High Hills of the Santee Baptist Church, near Stateburg, Sumter County, which became a branch of the Congaree church in 1775. Richard Furman later founded Furman University in Greenville, SC. Also ordained by Joseph Reese, the Reverend Dr. John Mitchell Roberts, Sr. (1775-1822), 3rd great grandfather of A. Fletcher Spigner, III (through his mother), succeeded Richard Furman at High Hills and later established the first religious educational institution, Roberts Academy, in South Carolina, just prior to Richard Furman's establishing what is now called Furman Univesity.
  • The Lady Henrietta Geddes Bailey And Her Court (85 KB)
    This picture was taken in the parlor of the mansion of real estate magnate Trez and Sweet Pressley at 915 Gregg Street in Columbia, SC, now known as the Spigner House and owned by the University of South Carolina. Henrietta married Adolphus Fletcher Spigner, Jr., on April 23, 1941, in Trinity Episcopal Church. She died recently on June 30, 2002, leaving, in addition to her beloved grandchildren and great grandchildren, four children - Rhett, Fletcher, Charlie and Lisa. Charlie is an Episcopal priest living in Fairfax, VA, and has two beautiful and bright daughters. Henrietta's 2nd great grandfather was John Mitchell Roberts, Sr., 1775-1822, who established the first religious educational institution in SC. She is also a cousin of King Henry VIII.
  • William V. Culverhouse, Elmore County, AL (57 KB)
    Will Culverhouse, 1878-1933, is the son of Vester MacDonald Spigener and the grandson of Henry Lewellyn Spigener, all buried in Mt. Hebron West Baptist Church in Elmore County, AL, and all descendants of George Hoover Spigener, first Spigener to migrate to AL from SC in 1816-17.
  • Gordon Maxwell Spigner, Jr., Illustrator and Pilot (49 KB)
    Gordon Maxwell Spigner, Jr., 1924-1976, was the son of the kind and generous pharmacist "Doc" Spigner of Lower Richland County, SC. Gordon, Jr., never graduated from high school. Had he, he would have been in the first graduating class with Judge James McNary Spigner, Sr., first President of the Student Body at Dreher High School, a nationally known public school in Columbia, SC. However, Gordon later earned his bachelor's degree in art from the University of South Carolina. Gordon was a medical illustrator and an accomplished pilot, whose last flight, on which he was a passenger, went down in a tree in a crop duster. He spent six weeks in a coma but, in Spigner fashion, lived to tell about it. Gordon was a third generation mason, a Navy pharmacy mate in WW II, and is buried with his wife and parents in mossy Mill Creek Cemetery, Richland County, SC. Gordon and his wife Margaret Lorraine Wellons, who just died on October 26, 2003, had two sons, Stuart Wellons, with six children, and Robert Maxwell, with two.
  • Hank Spigner at Ben Frank's in Richland County, SC (238 KB)
    Harry "Hank" Lamar Spigner, Jr., is visiting his 2nd great grandfather Benjamin Franklin Spigner's old home place in Richland County, SC. Hank, a descendant of Charlemagne, has contributed significantly to our genealogy efforts. Hank and his wife Joanne Louise Smith live in Sumter, SC, not too far from Stateburg.
  • The Family of Jack Dempsey Speigner, Sr. (104 KB)
    This is Jack Dempsey Speigner, Sr. (son of Fox Henderson Speigner), his wife Marie Graham Peeples and their five very talented and bright children in 1977. Jack and Marie have since left the world a better place in which to live. From left to right are: son Jeff, daughter Sandy, dad Jack Dempsey Speigner Sr., daughter Cathy, son Jack Dempsey Speigner Jr. (who has enormously contributed to the this genealogy project), mom Marie Graham Peeples Speigner, and son Chuck. These Speigners descend from Alabama's Jesse Spigner, 1819-1911.
  • Old Athens Cemetery, Claiborne Parish, LA (192 KB)
    Located at New Hope Baptist Church in the Old Athens Community of Claiborne Parish, LA, this is a gorgeous view of the final resting place of the immigrant's 3rd great grandson Joseph Benjamin Spigener, Sr., 1886-1955, as well as the Dillons and other family members. The descendants of Joseph Benjamin get together in Shreveport each year to re-live old memories and to have a good time. Fletcher, III, JB's 4th cousin 3 times removed, and his wife Donna were guests of this wonderful family's reunion in 2003.
  • Olympia Mills World War I Memorial, Columbia, SC (97 KB)
    Located in historic Olympia Village in Columbia, SC, this memorial honors more Spigners than any other family, including the immigrant's 4th great grandson Albert T. Spigner, 1895-1946, buried in Crescent Hill Memorial Gardens, also in Columbia. Albert's grandson is Hall of Fame Bowler Bill Spigner of Vernon Hills, IL, who has two remarkable sons who can outbowl him!!
  • Ozark Methodist Church, Itawamba County, MS (314 KB)
    The cemetery that is near this community landmark is the final resting place of many, many Spigners, including Magdalene S. Jumper, 1800-1874, wife of John George Spigner, III, and their son, Samuel George Spigner, 1823-1903.
  • First Baptist Church, St. Mathews, SC (113 KB)
    Part of the Buyck - Spigner family connection is found in the cemetery behind this church in St. Mathews, Calhoun County, SC.
  • Crosses at Quaker Cemetery, Camden, SC (372 KB)
    This gorgeous old cemetery is located in historic Camden, Kershaw County, SC. It is said that you are "nobody" unless an ancestor is buried here. Several of our ancestors are, including family members who are kin to Henry VIII (1491-1547), King of England. A number of Spigners are related to Henry VIII but unfortunately not through one of his many wives but through an unmarried consort, Elizabeth Blount, who gave birth to his majesty's illigitimate child, Henry Fitzroy, in 1519. Henry's Elizabeth Blount's 1st cousin, six times removed, also an Elizabeth Blount, is buried here. She is the 4th great grandmother of A. Fletcher Spigner, III, and many Spigner descendants.
  • St. Paul Methodist Church, St. Mathews, SC (90 KB)
    Over 30 family members are buried in stately St. Paul United Methodist Church's cemetery including Jacob Daniel "Dannie" Spigner, 1863-1948, 2nd great grandson of immigrant John George Speigner, I.
  • Having Fun At Myrtle Beach During The Depression (141 KB)
    Parents of A. Fletcher Spigner, III, Fletcher, Jr., and Henrietta Geddes Bailey enjoy the fun and sun of South Carolina's famous Grand Strand at her Uncle George Trezevant Pressley's vacation estate on the white sands of the South Carolina coast.
  • Charlemagne, Holy Roman Emperor, b. 742 (35 KB)
    Charles the Great was the 38th Great Grandfather of Adolphus Fletcher Spigner, III. Among his majesty's grandsons was William the Lion King, along with a host of other kings, queens and dignitaries and a host of regular ole Spigners/Spigeners/Speigners.
  • Jack Dempsey and Vikki Speigner, King County, WA (86 KB)
    Jack Dempsey Speigner, Jr., and Victoria Louise Brady were married in 1963 and have three wonderful children. Jack has tirelessly worked on the Speigner Family Tree. Jack is in commercial airplane sales and marketing for the Boeing Company. He is the 6th great grandson of immigrant John George Speigner, I.
  • Alice Quicksall Bailey, Ormond Beach, FL (155 KB)
    Wife of Fletcher III's uncle, former Ormond Beach, FL, mayor Charles Edward Bailey, Alice was a firecracker, as you can see...one of the most delightful people on earth. She was almost 100 years old when she died. Charles and Alice are buried in historic Lexington Cemetery, Lexington, KY.
  • St. Mathews Episcopal Church, Calhoun County, SC (142 KB)
    St. Mathews Parish Episcopal Church in Fort Motte in Calhoun County, SC, is the final resting place of several Reeses, Wannamakers and Paullings, including William Henry Paulling, 1866-1919, a Zeigler family descendant.
  • Advent Episcopal Church, Spartanburg, SC (108 KB)
    The Episcopal Church of the Advent in Spartanburg, SC, is a gorgeous old downtown church. Buried here are two of A. Fletcher Spigner III's 2nd great grandfathers, John Geddes, 1820-1894, and Charles Worth Blount Roberts, also 1820-1894. John Geddes' first wife, Isabella Grant, is buried in beautiful St. Lawrence Cemetery in historic Charleston, SC, the American port of entry for immigrant John George Speigner, I. Charles's wife Ellen Groves is buried next to him.
  • Mary Ann Levins Colvin, 1824-1917, Jesse's Wife (18 KB)
    The wife of Alabama's Jesse Spigner, 1819-1911, Mary, born 1824, was not buried with her husband due to flood conditions at the time of her death in 1917. She was buried in Florida in Walling Cemetery in Jay, Santa Rosa County, FL, while her husband was buried in famous County Line Cemetery on the Coffee-Dale county line.
  • Holy Cross Episcopal Church, Stateburg, SC (76 KB)
    The Episcopal Church of the Holy Cross, Stateburg, Sumter County, SC.
  • Ida Sylvester Spigener, Wood County, TX (65 KB)
    Daughter of Thomas Walton Spigener, Ida was born in Union Parish, LA, in 1893 and died in Wood County, TX, in 1992. She is buried in Pilgram Rest Cemetery in Wood County. The mother of seven children, Ida is the 4th great grandaughter of immigrant John George Speigner, I.
  • Robinson Springs Church, Elmore County, AL (309 KB)
    In 1828-1830 Robinson Springs United Methodist Church was co-chartered by George Hoover "Bama" Spigener, 1777-1856, John William Zeigler, Sr, 1791-1845, and Benjamin Graves, among others. Both Bama and William are buried in Zeigler Cemetery in Coosada, also in Elmore County.
  • Fletcher, Mom and Fletcher (36 KB)
    Grandmaw loved all of her grandchildren and was especially proud of "Little Fletcher" who now teaches chemistry and is Head Soccer Coach at Blythewood High School near Columbia, SC. "Little Fletcher" is also Camp Gravatt Director in Aiken, SC, for the Episcopal Diocese of Upper South Carolina.
 
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