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Godfrey 'Dr.' Spruill[1,2]

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Birth  Abt 1650  Scotland?  [3
Sex  Male 
Died  5 Aug 1718  Albermarle, North Carolina  [4
Person ID  I76501  Default Tree 
Last Modified  05 Mar 2005 
 
Family 1  Joanna ?, b. Abt 1654 
Married  Abt 1675  [5] 
Children 
 1. Anna Margaritta Spruill, b. WFT Est 1671-1700
 2. Godfrey Spruill, 1678 Junior, b. 1678, Tyrell County, North Carolina
 3. Joseph Spruill, b. WFT Est 1671-1700
 4. Mary Spruill, b. 1684, Tyrell County, North Carolina
 5. Susannah Spruill, b. WFT Est 1671-1700, Tyrrell Co., North Carolina
 6. Samuel William Spruill, b. Abt 1680, , Chowan/Tyrell Co., NC
Group Sheet  F29806  Default Tree 
 
Notes  He was a tobacco planter, surgeon and patrol (?) of the sport of kings inthe Cavalier colony.

Dr. GS was one of Carolina's first medical men and became well known inAlbemarle 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 andmoved 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 byexplorers a decade before.

Godfrey Spruill was born about 1650 in Scotland? and died about 1719 inNorth Carolina. He migrated to the United States sometime before 1684.Godfrey received a patent of land (No. 399) of 340 acres October 31, 1684in 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 horserace at Malvern Hills (Henrico Records, Virginia Historical Magazine Vol.2, p. 296). Godfrey purchased 100 acres of land from Robert G. Sharp onAugust 15, 1689 (Henrico Co., VA Record Book 5, p. 564). On page 567 ofthe same book, Joanna Spruill relinquishes her dower right to this landwhich Godfrey sold to John Lowry (State Archives, Richmond, Mar 10.1693/94). The Henrico minute book orphans court 1677, page 332, showsthat on June 2, 1690 Doctor Spruell, along with John Cannon, PhilemonChilders, and Robert Sharp are appointed to appraise the estate ofHerbert Powell. He moved to North Carolina about 1704. The Land GrantOffice in Raleigh, North Carolina, has record of Godfrey Spruillreceiving a grant of 640 acres along the Scuppernong River. Memories andRecords of Eastern North Carolina by Mary Weeks Lambeth notes thefollowing: "At a Vestry meeting of St. Paul's Parish, on the 9th day ofMarch, 1703-4, it was ordered that "Dr. Spruill be paid 5 pounds for thecure of Eleanor Adams, and on the 2nd day of March 1713-14, 12 pounds forthe cure of Ebenezer Aldridge, as soon as money can be raised," by thepresent Church Wardens (Col. Recs.)." Godfrey's will is dated August 5,1718 and states that he lives in North Carolina in the Province ofAlbemarle. It was proved in Chowan Court July 29, 1719



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.


This is from Teresa (Dwyer) Kelley site on the Internet:

Godfrey Spruill was born about 1650 in Scotland? and died about 1719 inNorth Carolina. He migrated to the United States sometime before 1684.Godfrey received a patent of land (No. 399) of 340 acres October 31, 1684in 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 horserace at Malvern Hills (Henrico Records, Virginia Historical Magazine Vol.2, p. 296). Godfrey purchased 100 acres of land from Robert G. Sharp onAugust 15, 1689 (Henrico Co., VA Record Book 5, p. 564). On page 567 ofthe same book, Joanna Spruill relinquishes her dower right to this landwhich Godfrey sold to John Lowry (State Archives, Richmond, Mar 10.1693/94). The Henrico minute book orphans court 1677, page 332, showsthat on June 2, 1690 Doctor Spruell, along with John Cannon, PhilemonChilders, and Robert Sharp are appointed to appraise the estate ofHerbert Powell. He moved to North Carolina about 1704. The Land GrantOffice in Raleigh, North Carolina, has record of Godfrey Spruillreceiving a grant of 640 acres along the Scuppernong River. Memories andRecords of Eastern North Carolina by Mary Weeks Lambeth notes thefollowing: "At a Vestry meeting of St. Paul's Parish, on the 9th day ofMarch, 1703-4, it was ordered that "Dr. Spruill be paid 5 pounds for thecure of Eleanor Adams, and on the 2nd day of March 1713-14, 12 pounds forthe cure of Ebenezer Aldridge, as soon as money can be raised," by thepresent Church Wardens (Col. Recs.)." Godfrey's will is dated August 5,1718 and states that he lives in North Carolina in the Province ofAlbemarle. It was proved in Chowan Court July 29, 1719.







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:

August 5, 1718

In the name of God amen I GODFREY SPRUILL living in North Carolina in theProvince of Albermarle being in health of body and sound of memory butconsidering of family of mankind do make and ordain this my last will andtestament in a form following. I give and bequeath my soul unto the handof god that gave it me and my body to the earth from whence it was takento be buried in
a Christian decent manner at the discretion of my executors hereafternamed not doubting (but ??? of our Savior Jesus Christ). I shall enjoy ajoyful resurrection and as to my temporal estate it hath pleased you tobless me with my funeral expenses and all my just debts being paid I giveand bequeath in manner and form following that is to say first, I giveand bequeath to my son SAMUEL SPRUILL a parcel of property estimationthree hundred and fifty acres more or less bounded as followeth lying ata Cypress near the eastern end of the ? Branch and running thence to atiny thicket and forming the end of the aforesaid Branch to the firstoutlet and along the outer Branch southerly to Great Swamp and along theBranch westerly to the end of the Buntings? along the said ?? mouththereof and along the bay easterly to the first station to him and hisheirs for ever; aforesaid land being that whereon he now lives. I giveand bequeath to my son GODFREY SPRUILL three hundred fifty acres of moreor less bounded as followeth being at a marked Cypress at the east end ofthe south banks his brother Samuel's corner free and so runningeastwardly to the Clay point to a corner tree in ?? and so running fromthere thence southerly to a line of marked trees to the round aboutbranch and at round about branch to a White Ashe next to the Great Swampand along the Great Swamp to his brother Samuel's line to the firststation to him and his heirs for ever and also one Negro woman namedJenny. I give to my son JOSEPH SPRUILL that plantation whereon I now livewith all the rest of the land in the neck and also a parcel of landestimation fifty acres more or less bounding on a Cypress branch westerlyof the ??? ??? land a line of marked trees westwardly of the aforesaidbranch to a ??? ??? from thence various courses to the first station andone 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 myson-in-law CUTHBERT PHELPS and my daughter SUSANNAH his wife a certaintract of land of estimation three hundred acres more or less and isboundeth as followeth beginning at marked White ??? at the Back Creek'smounth and running up the Swamp to a branch eastward to Rich Level Landand along the branch to a line of marked trees ??? ??? ??? and along thatline of marked trees to River ??? and from there to the first station tohim and his heirs for ever. I giveto my daughter SUSANNAH a gold ring oftwenty shills price. I
give to my daughter ANNA MARGARITTA a gold ring of twenty shills price. Igive to my daughter MARY a gold ring of twenty shills price. I give to mygrandson BUTTONHEAD BOUTWELL six hundred acres of land purchased by me asappearing upon record lying in
the fork of Pamlico River to be to him and his heirs for ever but indefault of his I give to SAMUEL and his heirs and in default to ELIZABETHBOUTWELL and her heirs and on default of her I give to my grandsonGODFREY SPRUILL son of SAMUEL and ELIZABETH SPRUILL to him and his heirsfor ever. I nominate and appoint my son JOSEPH SPRUILL my sole and onlyexecutor of this will and testament hereby revoking all other wills of meheretofore made ratifying and confirming this as my last will andtestament. Witness whereof I have here to set my hand and seal this 5 dayof 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
 
Sources  1. [S6677]   GEDCOM file imported on 5 Mar 2005
2. [S6676]   GEDCOM file imported on 17 Mar 2005
3. [S6676]   GEDCOM file imported on 17 Mar 2005
4. [S6676]   GEDCOM file imported on 17 Mar 2005
5. [S6676]   GEDCOM file imported on 17 Mar 2005
 
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