James Wesley Spain

13 September 1831–13 March 1919 (Age 87)
Gibson, Indiana, United States

The Life of James Wesley

When James Wesley Spain was born on 13 September 1831, in Gibson, Indiana, United States, his father, Archibald Spain, was 32 and his mother, Sarah Garwood, was 28. He married Sarah A. Sanders on 19 December 1866, in Posey, Indiana, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. He lived in White River, White River Township, Gibson, Indiana, United States for about 10 years and Iuka, Marion, Illinois, United States in 1880. He died on 13 March 1919, in Olney, Richland, Illinois, United States, at the age of 87, and was buried in Olney, Richland, Illinois, United States.

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James Wesley Spain
1831–1919
Mary A Boswell
1841–1919
Marriage: 1 May 1872
Elinor Ella Mertle Spain
1876–1960

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MARRIAGE
1 May 1872
Gibson, Indiana, United States
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World Events (8)

1832 · Black Hawk War

Age 1

"The Black Hawk War was a brief conflict between the United States and Native Americans led by Black Hawk, a Sauk leader. The war erupted soon after Black Hawk and a group of other tribes, known as the ""British Band"", crossed the Mississippi River, into Illinois, from Iowa Indian Territory in April 1832. Black Hawk's motives were ambiguous, but records show that he was hoping to avoid bloodshed while resettling on tribal land that had been given to the United States in the 1804 Treaty of St. Louis."
1832 · The Black Hawk War

Age 1

Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.
1856 · The Largest Map Company in the World

Age 25

William Rand opened a small printing shop in Chicago. Doing most of the work himself for the first two years he decided to hire some help. Rand Hired Andrew McNally, an Irish Immigrant, to work in his shop. After doing business with the Chicago Tribune, Rand and McNally were hired to run the Tribune's entire printing operation. Years later, Rand and McNally established Rand McNally & Co after purchasing the Tribune's printing business. They focused mainly on printing tickets, complete railroad guides and timetables for the booming railroad industry around the city. What made the company successful was the detailed maps of roadways, along with directions to certain places. Rand McNally was the first major map publisher to embrace a system of numbered highways and erected many of the roadside highway signs that have been adopted by state and federal highway authorities. The company is still making and updating the world maps that are looked at every day.

Name Meaning

English and Irish:1. (of Norman origin): habitational name from Épaignes in Eure, recorded in the Latin form Hispania in the 12th century. It seems to have been so called because it was established by colonists from Spain during the Roman Empire. 2. (of Norman origin): habitational name from Espinay in Ille-et-Vilaine, Brittany, so called from a collective of Old French espine ‘thorn bush’. 3. ethnic name for a Spaniard or, in the case of the Irish name, for someone returning from Spain (from Gaelic Spainneach ‘Spanish’); many Irish took refuge in Spain during the 17th century wars.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Sources (3)

  • James W Spain in household of Archibald Spain, "United States Census, 1860"
  • James W Spain, "United States Census, 1910"
  • J W Spain, "United States Census, 1900"

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