DANIEL SPURGEON, a prosperous and well-known farmer living on section 23, Canton Township, is a son of William and Hannah (Davis) Spurgeon, and was born in Fayette County, Ohio, March 9, 1832. He was reared to the occupation of farming, and for seven years was in the employ of one farmer, his average wages being about $125 per year. In 1852 he came with the family to Iowa, and became a citizen of Benton County, he at once entered upon forty acres of land, which he subsequently exchanged for forty acres on section 35, Canton Township.
On the 15th day of September, 1859, he was married to Sarah C. Kirkpatrick, who was born in Hardin County, Ohio, Sept. 4, 1837. Mr. and Mrs. Spurgeon have had six children: one son, Bartlett, died in the third year of his age. The five living children are Nancy Caroline, born Sept. 30, 1860; James Harvey, born Nov. 6, 1862; David Kirkpatrick, born Sept. 28, 1866; Martha Azubah, born Dec. 22, 1868; Della Blanche, born June 25, 1880. In 1869 Mr. Spurgeon settled on section 23, Canton Township, where he owned 160 acres of land, deeded to him by David Kirkpatrick, his wife's father. Here he has since resided, giving his attention to stock-farming and grain-raising, and by good management and industry has made a success in life. He is now the owner of 345 acres of land, which is well improved, and in a high state of cultivation. Mrs. Spurgeon also owns 326 acres. In politics Mr. Spurgeon is a Republican.
Source Citation: "1887 Benton County, Iowa Biographies" [database online] Benton County IAGenWeb Project. <http://iagenweb.org/benton/>
Original data: "Portrait and Biographical Album of Benton County, Iowa." Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887, p. 206.
Transcribed by: Sue Soden. Submitted to the Benton County IAGenWeb Project on January 28th, 2009. Copyright © 2009 The IAGenWeb Project.