This sounds like my family! I am not sure that I connect to the Sevier Co. Spurgeons. I have finally found my James Taylor Spurgeon, born 1855 in Cocke Co., Tn to a Margaret Spurgeon (Married name???Maiden name???) who also had two other sons, John and Thomas, also a daughter, Marinda or Miranda. This is the census info:
1870 Census Cocke Co., TN, Dist. 8, Newport P.O., Page 441A, HH# 50:
William Vincent, 96, Farmer, Value of Real Estate, 10,000, Value of Personal Estate, 1000, Delaware
Margaret Spurgeon, 30, Housekeeper, TN
James, 15, Laborer on Farm, TN
John, 12, Laborer on Farm, TN
Thomas, 7, TN
Miranda, 1, TN
Mr. Vincent's age on the census is clearly 90something that looks like a 6 but is unlike the other 6s on the page-but it is clear that the census states that he is 90something! The census states that he is deaf.
I have not found them in the 1860 census yet. I don't know where they were in 1860, but one of the son's death certificates states that his father was born in Cocke Co., TN and the info was given by the son of the son.
Actually, these Spurgeons sound like my particular ancestor, Charlie Spurgeon, who had some wonderful siblings. I never heard anything bad about his parents either. James, the father, died in 1905 when my grandfather was 14. So, maybe Charlie reverted back to some of his ancestors!!
Does any of your research or knowledge indicate that James might have been a desc of one of the Sevier Co Spurgeons?
Do you have any pictures? I have pics of James Taylor Spurgeon on my homepage at Family Tree Maker, URL:http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/h/e/r/Colleen-Her...
Maybe we are related!