Wilson Franklin Spruill

8 December 1850–17 December 1930 (Age 80)
Illinois, United States

The Life of Wilson Franklin

Wilson Franklin Spruill was born on 8 December 1850, in Illinois, United States as the son of George Wynne Spruill and Susan Ann Washburn. He married Lois Matilda Wooley on 5 October 1873, in Montgomery, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 1 daughter. He died on 17 December 1930, at the age of 80, and was buried in Arkansas City, Cowley, Kansas, United States.

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Family Time Line

Wilson Franklin Spruill
Lois Matilda Wooley
Marriage: 5 October 1873
George Daniel Spruill
Benjamin Franklin Spruill
Clive Spruill
Charles F. Spruill
Ethel I Spruill
Luther Ellsworth Spruill
Lafayette J Spruill

Spouse and Children

5 October 1873
Montgomery, Illinois, United States


+2 More Children

Parents and Siblings

    George Wynne Spruill


    Susan Ann Washburn




    William Taylor Spruill


    Mary Ann Spruill



World Events (8)

1856 · The Largest Map Company in the World

Age 6

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.

Age 13

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

Age 21

In 1871, a cow kicked over a lantern, causing a fire that burned down half of Chicago. Today this city is the third largest in the US.

Name Meaning

Variant of Scottish or northern Irish Sproul .

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

Possible Related Names

Sources (3)

  • Wilson F Spriule, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Frank Spruill, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Wilson Spruill, "United States Census, 1900"

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