hmtl5 Spencer Cline b. 14 Aug 1813 Kentucky d. 27 Mar 1893 Blount Township, Vermilion County, Illinois: Gritton Genealogy

Spencer Cline

Male 1813 - 1893  (79 years)


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  • Name Spencer Cline 
    Born 14 Aug 1813  Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Census 1850  Blount Township, Vermilion County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • 1850 US census, Blount Township, Vermilion County, Illinois. Spencer Cline age 62 (farmer). Rachel age 50; Sarah age 9; Harriet age 4; and Margaret age 2. Real estate value is listed at $600. Neighbors are the households of his father, John B. Cline, and his brother, Nathaniel Cline.
    Census 1860  Blount Township, Vermilion County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • 1860 US census, Blount Township, Vermilion County, Illinois. Spencer Cline age 46 (farmer); Rachel age 40; Harriet age 14; Margaret age 12; David age 6; Lewis age 4; Nathaniel age 2; Mary age 6 months; Catharine age 70 [Spencer's widowed mother]; and S. C. age 18 [Sarah Cathiner Cline, daughter of Andrew Jackson Cline and Eliza Millinder Cline]. Note: They are neighbors to Abel Newbrough and famiy.
    Census 1870  Blount Township, Vermilion County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • 1870 US census, Blount Township, Vermilion County, Illinois. Spencer Cline age 56 (farmer); Rachel age 52; David age 17; Lenois age 15; Nathaniel age 13; and Mary age 11.
    Census 1880  Blount Township, Vermilion County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • 1880 US census, Blount Township, Vermilion County, Illinois. Spencer Cline age 67 (farmer); Rachel age 60; David age 27; and Nathaniel age 23.
    Occupation farmer  [3
    Died 27 Mar 1893  Blount Township, Vermilion County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Buried Fairview Cemetery, Sidell Township, Vermilion County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I3  Gritton
    Last Modified 13 Nov 2019 

    Father John B. Cline,   b. Abt 1786, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Oct 1856  (Age ~ 70 years) 
    Mother Catherine Shumate,   b. Abt 1790, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Jan 1878  (Age ~ 88 years) 
    Married 3 Dec 1811  Harrison County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • Harrison County, Kentucky Marriages 1794-1832. By Charles M. Franklin. Page 43: Cline, John Shumate / Shewmate, Catey 3 Dec 1811. Father of Catey: John Shewmate
    Albums
    Cline Family Bible
    Cline Family Bible (6)
    Family ID F1  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Rachel Shephard,   b. 24 Dec 1819, Burke County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 8 Oct 1840  Vermilion County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 5
    • Marriage License Abstracts Vermilion County, Illinois 1826-1852. Page 14. Henry Howard signed permission for Rachel.
    Children 
     1. Sarah Cline,   b. 8 Sep 1840, Vermilion County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Harriet Cline,   b. 19 Jan 1845, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 May 1875  (Age 30 years)
     3. Margaret Cline,   b. 14 Jan 1847, Vermilion County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Mar 1941, Alton, Madison County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 94 years)
     4. Lewis Cline,   b. 12 Sep 1853, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Jan 1917, Blount Township, Vermilion County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years)
     5. David Cline,   b. 12 Sep 1855, Blount Township, Vermilion County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 May 1927, Catlin, Vermilion County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)
     6. Nathaniel Cline,   b. 1858, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Oct 1885  (Age 27 years)
     7. Mary Cline,   b. Abt 1860, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location
    Albums
    Cline Family Bible
    Cline Family Bible (6)
    Last Modified 6 Jul 2019 
    Family ID F2  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 14 Aug 1813 - Kentucky Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 8 Oct 1840 - Vermilion County, Illinois Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1850 - Blount Township, Vermilion County, Illinois Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1860 - Blount Township, Vermilion County, Illinois Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1870 - Blount Township, Vermilion County, Illinois Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1880 - Blount Township, Vermilion County, Illinois Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 27 Mar 1893 - Blount Township, Vermilion County, Illinois Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Fairview Cemetery, Sidell Township, Vermilion County, Illinois Link to Google Earth
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  • Albums
    Cline Family Bible
    Cline Family Bible (6)

  • Notes 
    • No history of Vermilion county would be complete without the record of Spencer Cline, who for many years assisted materially in the improivement and upbuilding of the county as a representative of its agricultural interests. He was born in Kentucky, August 13, 1812, and was of German and Scotch extraction. His parents, John D. C. and Catherine (Shumate) Cline, came to this county in 1829, when the work of progress and improvement had scarcely been begun and often would attend the Indian meetings here. The father was a potter by trade and frequently made trips as far north as Wisconsin in order to dispose of his wares. He also traveled along the Sangamon river, selling his goods. Spencer Cline acquired his education in the schools of his native state and when a young man of seventeen accompanied his parents to Vermilion county, where he lived until called to his final rest. He assisted in the arduous task of developing a new farm and the hardships and trials incident to life on the frontier became familiar to him through actual experience. He was married in 1840 and then began farming and stock-raising on his own account, living on section 26, Blount township - the old homestead on which his parents had lived and died. The house which still stands here is now about seventy-two years old and in it the widow of our subject is yet living and expects to spend her remaining life here. After coming to Illinois Spencer Cline knew no other home. On the 8th of October, 1840, he wedded Rachel Shephard, who was of Scotch lineage and a daughter of Louis and Celia (McCreary) Shephard, both natives of Burke county, North Carolina. Mrs. Cline was born in the same state, December 24, 1819, and attended school there. Subsequently her parents removed to Terre Haute, Indiana, where she continued her education, remaining there until she reached womanhood. She was eighty three years of age in December, 1902, and is one of the honored pioneer ladies, whose memory forms a connecting link between the primitive past and the progressive present.
      Spencer Cline assisted in clearing the old home farm. The land here was entered by his father from the government and not a furrow had been turned or an improvement made upon the place. All of the pioneer conditions of Vermilion county were familiar to Mr. and Mrs. Cline.
      Danville contained but two stores and a Baptist church when Mrs. Cline came to Vermilion county. The milling was done at Covington, Indiana, and the country was all covered with timber or stretched away as an unbroken prairie for miles. The meals were largely cooked in great iron pots or kettles which were hung from the crane that extended over the fire place. Bread and pies were baked in a skillet which, was covered over and then coals placed upon it The johnny cake, a frequent article of food at that time, was baked upon a board placed before the fire. Mrs. Cline still has in her possession an old timepiece called a spring clock, which is more than seventy years old.
      Unto our subject and his wife were born ten children, seven of whom reached mature years, while three are now living: David C.; Lewis, who married Eliza Demoss and had five children, their home being in Blount township; and Margaret, the wife of John P. Stuckey, by whom she had nine children, seven of whom are yet living.
      Mr. Cline was called to his final rest March 27, 1893, at the age of seventy-nine years and five months. He was long a consistent member of the Christian church and Mrs. Cline has been a member of the church for about forty years. She is still living in the old log-cabin home and has twenty acres of ground around her place. This is largely planted to blackberries, pears, peaches and apples and the sale of her fruit brings her a good income. In the early days she spun and wove her own clothing, spinning wheels being used extensively in the time of her girlhood, but as the years passed and cities grew and brought with them the ready made materials from the factories and looms of the east. Her husband, Mr. Cline, was at one time a member of a party that walked to Chicago to help dig the cellar for the first brick house erected in that city. He frequently made trips to Chicago with ox teams and returned with salt and provisions.
      David C. Cline, who still lives upon the old homestead, where he was born September 12, 1854, in the log house in which his grandparents and his father lived and died, pursued his education in the district schools and from an early age he assisted in the work of the home farm. He continued to attend the schools in the winter months until eighteen years of age, after which he was allowed the privilege of attending throughout the year until he attained his majority. Since that time he has given his attention exclusively to agricultural and horticultural pursuits and is now engaged in the raising of all kinds of fruit and vegetables for the city markets. In this lie has been quite successful, establishing a large trade, and his business has brought to him a comfortable income. In politics he is independent, voting not for party but for men and measures, and for nine years he has served his district as school director.
      Text from: The Past and Present of Vermilion County, Illinois, 1903. Pages 1117-1118.

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      Vermilion County, Illinois. Will Book F, 1882-1896, page 430.
      Last Will and Testament of Spence Cline.
      Know all men by these present that I Spencer Cline of the County of Vermilion and the State of Ills. Being of mature age, and sound mind, do hereby make my last Will and Testament in manner and form following to wit: -
      First: It is my Will that my funeral expenses and all my just debt be paid in full.
      Second: After the payment of such funeral expenses and debts, I Will, devise and bequeath unto my beloved wife Rachel Cline, all my personal property, consisting of horses, cattle, hogs, poultry, wagon, harness and farm implements of all kinds, household and kitchen furniture and furnishings, moneys, and credits by me owned, also all of my land being the N.W. quarter of the S.W. quarter of Section No.25, of T20, R.12 West Vermilion County, Ills. Together with all the appurtenances thereunto belonging.
      Third: And lastly I hereby appoint my son David Cline executor of this my last Will and Testament and further Will that my said son shall not be required by the Court to give security for his faithful execution of this Will. In witness whereof I have here unto set my hand and seal this the seventh day of March A.D. 1893. Hereby revoking all former wills by me made and confirming this and no other as and for my last Will and Testament. Spencer [his X mark] Cline.
      Signed sealed published and declared by the testator as and for his last Will and Testament in our presence who at his request and in his presence and in the presence of each other have here unto subscribed our names as witnesses thereto.
      N.L. Bowman
      Nelson Champlin
      State of Illinois
      Vermilion County

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      1850 US selected federal census non-population schedule - agriculture
      District 21 [Blount Township], Vermilion County, Illinois
      Line 20
      Spencer Cline
      60 acres improved land
      60 acres unimproved land
      cash value of farm = $600
      value of farm implements = $75
      3 horses
      68 swine
      value of livestock = $250
      wheat, bushels of = 30
      Indian corn, bushels of = 400
      Irish potatoes, bushels of = 6
      value of animals slaughtered = $40


      US census non-population agriculture schedule
      Blount Township, Vermilion County, Illinois
      21 August 1860
      Spencer Cline
      40 improved acres
      40 unimproved acres
      Cash value of farm = $1000
      value of farming implements = $50
      2 horses
      20 swine
      value of livestock = $200
      Indian cornm bushels of = 600
      Irish potatoes, bushels of = 10
      buckwheat, bushels of = 15
      value of produce market garden = $15
      butter, pounds of = 150
      hay, tons of 30
      value of animals, slaughtered $100

  • Sources 
    1. [S1] Cline Family Bible.

    2. [S2] Find a Grave.

    3. [S89] census records.

    4. [S85] History of the Shumate family, Kentucky pioneers, Robert S. Riley, (Utica, KY, McDowell Publications, 1992).

    5. [S45] Marriage license abstracts, Vermilion County, Illinois: 1826-1853, (Illiana Genealogical and Historical Society).