Charles David Spangler

On this day, 25 April 1912, Charles David Spangler (my spouse’s 3rd great-grandfather) passed away in Lansing, Fayette County, West Virginia.

Born on 5 November 1837, in Botetourt County, Virginia, Charles David Spangler was the second known child of Jacob Spangler and Elizabeth “Eliza” L. Craft, joining older brother Clifton Hill Spangler, who was born a year and a half earlier.

Circa 1840, sister Hester A. Spangler was born in Botetourt County, Virginia.

Sometime after Hester was born, the Spangler family was enumerated in Botetourt County, Virginia in 1840. Living in the household were two free white males under the age of five (Clifton and Charles), one free white male age 30 to 40 (Jacob), one free white female under the age of five (Hester), and one free white female age 20 to 30 (Elizabeth).

In 1841, sister Martha I. Spangler was born in Botetourt County, Virginia.

Sister Judith Spangler came along a year later in April 1842.

Three years later, on 26 December 1845, brother Thomas Paschal Spangler arrived.

On 27 September 1847, brother George J. Spangler was born in Springwood, Botetourt County, Virginia.

Circa 13 May 1850, sister Mary M. Spangler was welcomed to the family.

On 12 August 1850, the Spangler family was enumerated in Botetourt County, Virginia. Residing in the household were father Jacob, age 45; mother Elizabeth, age 35; Clifton, age 13; Charles, age 12; Hester A., age 10; Martha I., age 8; Judith, age 6; Paschal, age 4; George, age 3; and Mary, age 4 months. The value of the family’s land was $600.

Two years later, in 1832, sister Elizabeth Spangler was born.

Sister Almina Welsh Spangler was welcomed to the family on 15 June 1854. Sadly, little Almina died in her sixth year in early 1860.

On 10 July 1860, the Spangler family was still residing in Botetourt County, Virginia. Living in the home were father Jacob, mother Elizabeth, and their children Clifton, Charles, Martha, Judith, Thomas, George, Mary, and Elizabeth. Charles’ brother Clifton was a blacksmith, whose property was valued at $1,000. Jacob had personal property valued at $100, while Clifton had $75 worth of possessions.

Meanwhile, about 250 miles away, discord was brewing. On 12 April 1861, a shot was fired on Fort Sumter, outside of Charleston, South Carolina. The War Between the States had begun. A little over a month later, on 23 May 1861, Virginia seceded from the Union and joined the Confederate States of America.

One month later, on 21 June 1861, Charles David Spangler enlisted as a private in the 57th Regiment, Virginia Infantry. This regiment fought mostly with the Army of Northern Virginia. Charles served with this regiment until early 1862.

Then, on 13 February 1862, Charles David Spangler, age 24, wed Elizabeth Ann Bryant, age 19, in Jackson, Botetourt County, Virginia. Elizabeth was the daughter of Shelton M. Bryant and Mary Jane Woody.

On 17 March 1862, just a month after his nuptials, Charles Spangler, even though he supposedly did not own a horse, traveled into Fincastle, Virginia to serve as a private with the 30th Virginia Mounted Infantry (Company C). Nicknamed the Botetourt Dragoons, this regiment participated from that point until July 1863 in the following battles:

Charles David Spangler survived all of these skirmishes nearly unscathed. However, on 8 July 1863, at the Battle of Boonsboro, Charles was wounded in action. From 25 July to 9 August 1863, he was at the Richmond hospital for an infected vulnus sclopeticum (gunshot wound), before being furloughed for 30 days. This was not the first time Charles David had been given a leave of absence. His first known leave was around Christmas 1862. Approximately nine months later, on 10 September 1863, his wife Elizabeth gave birth to the first of their seven children, a daughter named Anna L. Spangler (my spouse’s 2nd great-grandmother).

Because of his wounds, Charles Spangler remained out of active duty until 1 April 1864. He then served from that point until June 1864. During that time, he fought in several more battles:

Charles D. Spangler does not appear on any muster lists after June 1864, which means he either mustered out of service around that time or he went to serve with the 11th Battalion, Virginia Reserves (of which he is listed as a member.) Either way, from June 1864 until the end of the war, Charles David Spangler would no longer fight in any battles or known skirmishes. The war ended less than a year later on 9 April 1865, when Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered to Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Courthouse, Virginia.

Several years after the war ended, Charles’ father Jacob Spangler passed away on 1 September 1872, in Botetourt County, Virginia.

Son Charles L. Spangler was born about 1876.

A daughter named Jane E. Spangler arrived about a year later circa 1877.

Daughter Martha S. Spangler arrived on 21 April 1878, supposedly near Daggers Springs, Botetourt County, Virginia.

Eight years later, on 9 March 1886, daughter Anna L. Spangler married James William Kenney (my spouse’s 2nd great-grandfather) in Horseshoe Bend, Botetourt County, Virginia. Known as J.W., he was the son of Charles T. Kenney and Mary Frances Broughman.

Tragedy came to the Spangler doorstep the following year when daughter Jane E. Spangler died of dysentery at the age of nine on 20 August 1887. The next day, 11-year son Charles L. Spangler also passed away from dysentery. At the time of their deaths, the Spangler family was residing in or near Raleigh County, West Virginia. (Exact location is unknown, as the Charles Spangler family “disappeared” from the U.S. Census after the Civil War. Considering the topography of the area in which they were residing (mountainous and remote at the time), it is highly likely that they were missed by enumerators.)

The next time that Charles D. Spangler appeared in records is on 25 April 1912, in the West Virginia death registry. Charles died at the age of 74 from nephritis and uremia, causing him to go into shock. According to the notes, Charles was still farming for a living, and his property was located near Lansing, Fayette County, West Virginia.

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