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Balsor is said to have "come from Loudoun" (Loudoun County, VA) by Oren Morton in his History of Pendleton County, published 1910. His death apparently occurred before 1834 when Sarah transferred property without Balsor's name included on the document. Sarahs maiden name is not known. There is some controversy as to where Balsor was born, however it was certainly between 1765 and 1776 if census and other documents can be believed, and the most likely dates are 1774 and 1775, because of his being age 18 when he joined the Loudoun County Militia in 1793 as required by the law. His descendants still living in Pendleton County say he came from everything from "Germany" to "Pennsylvania"--his spoken language as a child was without doubt originally German.

Paul Rondel Sponaugle, in his book The Sponaugle Family published by the author, 1997, cites a number of documents which make it clear that there were several persons with some form of the "Spannagel" name living in Pennsylvania (Berks, Montgomery and Huntingdon Counties), Maryland (Frederick and Montgomery Counties), and northern Virginia (Loudoun, Berkeley, and other counties) by the second half of the 1700's and early 1800's, but it is not yet possible to sort them out with certainty in a way that will identify Balsor's parents. I have also examined these same citations.

New clues (an 1806 Ohio will indicating a possible mother for Balsor and a 1794 Loudoun County VA militia muster roll) have been found recently; these clues throw light on Balsor's origins. In my opinion, it is at least possible at this time to say that Balsor himself was not an immigrant; he was almost certainly born in Frederick County MD. Although we have not found a birth record for him, we are 99% sure who his father was, and where his parents were living at the time of Balsor's birth. The surname is found as early as the 1760's in Frederick County MD when an "Andrew Spoonogle" sold his blacksmith gear, presumably as part of an estate; Balsor's birth family moved to Loudoun County VA about 1778, when Balsor was a young child. Balsor's parents and siblings apparently left Loudoun County at about the same time that Balsor and Peter migrated to Pendleton County. Although others believe that Balsor was born in Pennsylvania, I have not found any family there whose "dates" are correct to be the parents of Balsor and Peter. (source: http://members.cox.net/davidvoth/genealogy/morespun.htm)


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