David Spoonemore Family
submitted by: Betty Moses - BMoses4999@aol.com
I have several ancestors that came to Nodaway and Worth county MO. in the very early days. 
Grindstaff - Tritt - Spoonermore -Clifton are some of the ones who migrated to MO early.
David Spoonemore's  daughter Armilda married Martin Grindstaff --they are my great grandparents on my father's side Martin is buried in the Fletchall cemetery in Worth county, MO

after his death Armilda migrated to OK (before statehood in 1907)
one of her sons was in the 1889 land run and other sons followed shortly.
Armilda Spoonemore Grindstaff is buried in the Highland cemetery in Pawnee, OK. 

Jacob Grindstaff who will be mentioned in the story that I am sending you
is the father of the above Martin F. Grindstaff.

photos of Jacob and Rebecca Byerley Grindstaff tomsbtones are on the Find a Grave website
as well as photos of Martin and Armilda Spoonemore Grindstaff having tombstone photos in their above mentioned cemeteries and photos of both Martin and Armilda are also on the same page as their tombstones. 

  the spelling of Girindstaff was altered two generations ago in my direct line.  my father is Leslie Grandstaff, his father James David Grandstaff, and his grandfather Martin Grindstaff. 
Betty Grandstaff Moses copied the following story from the Sponheimer Kindred book.  This book has been out of print for years. It is unattainable from the author, and also on interlibrary loan.  I have seen two copies -one in Cherokee KS--Eunice Konold, one of the authors parents lived there at one time.  The copy machine was not in good shape and we only copied a few pages (a new copier was sitting beside the old one which was not hooked up abd serviced as yet)
Also saw a copy in Tyler TX when we attended an all day genealogy workshop--made it to the public library 15 minutes before closing time and again only copied a few pages--these things happen is the life of a genealogy seeker as you probably know.   
HB Kennedy is mentioned as one of the authors.  I was most fortunate to receive a large box of genealogy from an aunt in Idaho.  This aunt was my father's sister--She had researched years ago and died in the mid 1970"s.
She and Hazel Spoonemore Kennedy sent many genealogy type letters to each other for years.  My aunt Lydia kept carbon copies of all the genealogy letters and queries that she wrote as well as all the replies that she received, plus other kinds of genealogy material that she had gleaned for years and years, none of her five surviving children cared about genealogy.  So fortunate was I as THIS TREASURE TROVE of information started me on the road to seeking more on more on various surnames on both my side and my husband's surnames.  

This is copied from the SPONHEIMER KINDRED book "Sponheimer Kindred." Eunice Konold, Hazel Brown Kennedy Sunlight Press 1975. The Decendents of Johann Friedrich Sponheimer, covering PA, KY, MO, IN ILL, ...

Sponheimer Kindred: Incl. SPOHNHEIMER, Sponamer, Spoonhimer, Spoonemore_and Allied Families, 655 p.; map; photos, 8294, Konold, EC & HB Kennedy ...

The following account of David and his family was provided by Mrs. Walter A. Spoonemore of Pampa, Texas

…David Spoonemore born 10 August 1804 was the eldest son and second child of Henry and Ellephan (Hammond) Spoonemore who were married in Stanford, Lincoln County, Kentucky 19 May 1800.  David married 12 December 1827, Nancy Clifton, and they were the parents of fourteen children.  Born in Stanford, Lincoln county, were James Henry, Sally Ann, and Armanda (Mandy).  The family moved to Indiana about 1831 or 1833 (maybe have lived in Illinois a short time).  Born in Putnam county, Indiana were: Susan, Armilda (Milly), Richard George Washington (Dick), Elizabeth (Betsy), and Mary Jane. David moved with his family, traveling by covered wagon, to Andrew County, Missouri in 1840.  Born there were Perry (Bud) and Andrew Jackson.  In 1844 he moved to the territory that later became Nodaway County, Missouri.  He was the first or one of the first, settlers in the section that became Jackson Township in July 1846.  Born there were: Malinda, Anderson (Toe), Goodlow, and Nancy Caroline.

David was a farmer and took a claim in 1844, the N.W. 1 4, Section 8, Township 4, Range 33, of fertile land and located his home site in a grove of trees, two miles north and a little east of what later became Sweet Home.  He remained there the rest of his life.  He was a respected citizen, serving as a election judge; was instrumental in getting the first school and church established; and was known to be a good provider for his large family.  On election day, August 1846, there were seven settlers in the township; David Spoonemore, Jessie Harper, Elisha Brown, Claiborne Hughes, Jacob Grindstaff, John Clifton and Mose Stingley.

David and his family lived in typical pioneer housing until he built a substantial home in 1854.  O September 2, 1854 the account of what he paid Jefferson Martin for work on the house was listed as; cash 50 cents, hogs $6.00, one bushel of corn $1.25, 16 pounds of bacon $1.15, 10 pounds bacon $1.00, one bushel corn 24 cents, one calf $4.00, 183 pounds pork…(no value given). State and County taxes for 1851 were $2.24.

One day in 1846 David and his son, James Henry, were hunting about two miles from home when their dogs, Jule and Cinch, jumped a big black bear out of the tall grass.  The bear ran to the river and was about to kill the dogs in the water when David shot it.  It was believed to have been the last bear in the county.  The dogs were very savage, but good watch dogs which every settler needed as there were wild animals, Indians, carpetbaggers, and uninvited travelers passing, sometimes during the night, and the family felt safe with the dogs to warn them of intruders. Some years later when Anderson (Toe) came home from the Civil War the dogs ran him up a tree some distance from the house and he had to yell for the dogs to be called off.

The Pottawtomie Indians has relinquished their claim in the Platte Purchase and had been moved to a reservation in Kansas but would return to their hunting grounds frequently.  They would pass by quietly in bodies of one-hundred or more…In December, 1849, about two hundred Pottawatomies, including squaws and papooses, made an incursion into the county and constructed their temporary wigwams in a grove near where Simeon Davidson now lives.  A white man named Isaac Rice, who had married a squaw, accompanied them.  After hunting for a few days, they hired Jacob Grindstaff to go to St. Joseph and purchase of Joseph Robidoux a barrel of whisky, called in the tongue of the Pottawatomies “gooenetoss”.  Grindstaff arrived safely with the whisky at the Indian camp on Christmas eve, accompanied by Andrew J.  Anderson and David Spoonemore, who fell in with him as he passed their homes.  

Immediately on the arrival of the “firewater” the squaws secreted all the knives, guns, and tomahawks, to forestall any effusion of blood.  The drinking and carousal began at midnight in the “forest primeval,” and was prolonged through the day and night following, when half the whisky being sequent “pow-wow”.  It is scarcely necessary to note the fact that the three sturdy pioneers, Anderson, Spoonemore and Grindstaff, then in the prime of vigorous manhood, imbibed freely of “firewater”. Joined in the grotesque dances and lustily imitated the war whoop of their savage hosts. …The three sturdy pioneers, known to the Indians as their friends, were treated with great respect.

New settlers were coming to the country in increasing numbers.  The land of gently rolling hills was heavily wooded and had two rivers, the Platte and Nodaway, providing good hunting and fishing.  Wolves, elk, deer, turkeys and other small animals were plentiful, agriculture consisted mainly of corn and a kitchen garden.  Hunting for meat and trapping for skins were the chief means of livelihood.  When David moved to Missouri there were no railroads or mail delivery in that part of the country.  No one knew where he had settled.  About fifteen years later his brother, Greenberry, decided to move his family “out west”.  He was traveling by covered wagon and stopped about sundown at Mose Stingley’s place to inquire if he might spend the night nearby.  After supper Mr. Stingley visited his camp anticipating a pleasant visit as there was only one other settler near him.  He learned the traveler’s name was Spoonemore and told him of his neighbor, David.  Greenberry went on horseback with Stingley’s and was happily reunited with his brother.  That night, April 27, 1855, at the age of forty-seven, Nancy died.  She was buried in the Sweet Home Cemetery.  Greenberry took a home site near David from the Government for $1.25 an acre.

David married Mary Jane Rickman Sharp 20 February 1856.  Mary Jane, born 8 June 1829 in North Carolina, had two daughters, Elizabeth Sharp who died 16 Mary 1860 and Naomi Sharp, born 28 June 1850.  David and Mary Jane had seven children:  Jesse Wilburn, Rebecca Ann, Frances Ellen, John David, William Monroe, Laura Isabella (Larey), and Charles Harrison.  David fathered twenty-one children, the last one at the age of sixty- five.  Mary Jane died 3 November 1885 at the age of fifth-seven, a year before David died 11 August 1887 at the age of eighty-three.  Both are buried in the Sweet Home Cemetery. Their children were born in Nodaway County, Missouri.   
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