On this day, 16 September 1833, Charles Spangler passed away. He was my spouse’s 4th great-grandfather.
Circa 1756, Charles Spangler was born in York County, Pennsylvania to parents Philip Caspar Spangler and Margaret Salome Dinkel.
Charles Spangler was the eldest of nine known children. All were born in York County, Pennsylvania. Charles’ first sibling, Michael Spangler, was born on 13 October 1758. Brother Johann Philip Spangler was born on 17 March 1761. On 17 April 1763, brother Frederick Spangler was welcomed to the fold. Sister Elizabeth Spangler came along in 1768. Brother Solomon Spangler was born in 1770. On 5 February 1772, brother David Daniel Spangler was born. On 29 December 1774, brother Anthony Spangler came along. Finally, sister Ann Mary Spangler was born in 1777.
On 19 April 1775, the shot heard around the world was fired in Lexington, Massachusetts, signaling the start of the American Revolution. From his home in York County, Pennsylvania, approximately 400 miles away, Charles Spangler heard the distant echo of that shot.
In May 1776, a rifle company was formed and enlisted to serve fifteen months. Charles Spangler was part of this company, led by Captain Philip Albright. The company marched from York County to Philadelphia where it was attached to Col. Samuel Miles’ Battalion of Riflemen. In July 1776, this battalion was one of five that marched from York County to New Jersey. By mid-August 1776, two battalions of the Flying Camp were formed from these units.
Then, on 27 August 1776, Charles Spangler took part in the Battle of Long Island. Many patriots, including Charles Spangler and their commander Samuel Miles, were taken prisoner.
On 6 September 1776, one man who fought alongside these them, Captain Casper Weitzel, wrote about this battle:
You no doubt have heard before now of the drubbing we Pennsylvanians, with the Delaware and Maryland battalions, got at Long Island, on the 27th of August last; were prettily taken in. The little army we had at the Island, of about five thousand men, was surrounded by fifteen or twenty thousand of the English and Hessians; when the engagement began, they gave us a good deal of trouble, but we fought our way bravely through them.
On 16 November 1776, both battalions participated in the Battle of Fort Washington, where many in Colonel Swope’s battalion were taken prisoner by the British Army. Whether Charles Spangler participated in this battle is unknown, as he might have still been a prisoner of war.
In late 1776, Charles Spangler was exchanged or paroled. On 3 January 1776, he was issued a blanket, a shirt and a pair of stockings from the Philadelphia Council of Safety. (Committees of Safety were executive bodies that governed the colonies during adjournments of, were created by, and derived their authority from provincial assemblies or congresses.)
In 1777, the York County Militia guarded both supply depots and Hessian prisoners being held at Camp Security. During the summer and autumn of 1777, the York County Militia opposed the British invasion at Brandywine and on the flanks at the battle of Germantown, although in neither case did they see action.
On 1 October 1777, Charles Spangler was serving as an Ensign (Second Lieutenant) with the Fourth Company, First Battalion, York County Militia.
In 1778, Charles Spangler was an Ensign with the Second Company, Third Battalion, York County Militia. That year, the York County Militia continued guarding supply depots and Hessian prisoners at Camp Security. In the summer of 1778, they reinforced the western frontier areas in Northumberland, Northampton, Bedford, and Westmoreland Counties.
On 17 June 1779, Charles Spangler was serving as an Ensign with the Fourth Company, First Battalion, York County Militia.
At some point during this time, Charles Spangler married Susanna Diehl, daughter of George Diehl and Christiana Spangler, in York County, Pennsylvania.
Circa 1780, the couple welcomed a daughter, Mary Spangler. Soon thereafter, in 1780, son John Spangler was born.
In 1781, the York County Militia guarded prisoners taken in Maryland and Virginia.
On 19 October 1781, British General Cornwallis surrendered to American General Washington in Yorktown, Virginia and effectively ended fighting in the American colonies. Peace negotiations between the British and the American began in 1782. During that time, Charles Spangler was serving as an Ensign with the Fourth Company, First Battalion, York County Militia, commanded by Captain Peter Ford.
Within a few years of marriage, Charles Spangler and his wife left York County, Pennsylvania and migrated to Botetourt County, Virginia.
Circa 1785, daughter Sarah Spangler came along.
Son Charles W. Spangler was born in 1786. Along with this joy, the Spanglers experienced great sadness, when Charles’ father, Philip Caspar Spangler, died in 1786 in York County, Pennsylvania.
Daughter Polly Spangler arrived circa 1789.
In 1794, Charles Spangler was living in the Second District of Botetourt County, Virginia. According to the census taker, one other white male over the age of 16, other than Charles, lived at the residence. No males under the age of 16 and no females were enumerated.
In 1795, son George Spangler was born in Botetourt County, Virginia.
Sadly, sometime between 1795 and 1800, Charles’ wife, Susanna (Diehl) Spangler, died in Botetourt County. Also during that time period, Charles married his second wife, Anna Welsh.
Circa 1800, Charles and Anna Spangler welcomed son Daniel Spangler to the fold.
Son Jacob Spangler was born circa 1806 in Botetourt County, Virginia.
In 1810, the Spangler Family lived in Giles County, Virginia. Their household consisted of two males under the age of 10 (Daniel and Jacob), one male age 45 or older (Charles), one female under the age of 10 (name unknown), and one female age 45 or older (Anna).
Three years later, on 29 June 1813, Charles’ mother, Margaret Salome (Dinkel) Spangler died in York County, Pennsylvania.
Circa 1815, Charles welcomed his youngest child to the world, a son named Adam Spangler.
In 1820, the Spangler Family lived in Botetourt County, Virginia. Their household consisted of one male under the age of 10 (Adam), one male age 10 to 16 (Jacob), one male age 45 or older (Charles), one female under the age of 10 (name unknown), one female age 10 to 16 (name unknown), one female age 16-26 (name unknown), and one female age 45 or older (Anna). Charles Spangler was a farmer.
In 1830, the Spangler Family still resided in Botetourt County, Virginia. Their household consisted of one male age 15 to 20 (Adam), one male age 20 to 30 (Jacob), one male age 80 to 90 (Charles, although he was really age 70 to 80), one female age 20-30 (name unknown), and one female age 50 to 60 (Anna).
Charles lived for three more years following the 1830 Census. He died on 16 September 1833, in Botetourt County, Virginia. He was about 77 years old. He was buried with military honors.