William Harvey Spillman1,2

(30 January 1857 - 12 December 1932)
William Harvey Spillman|b. 30 Jan 1857\nd. 12 Dec 1932|p444.htm|Charles W. Spillman|b. 12 Oct 1823\nd. 21 Feb 1908|p879.htm|Harriett Rowlett|b. Sep 1832\nd. Sep 1859|p885.htm|Henry Spillman|b. c 1778|||||||||||
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Descendants of Charles Spillman
Spillman Ancestry
William H. Spillman
     William Harvey Spillman was born on 30 Jan 1857 in Gentry County, Missouri. His place of birth was reported as "near McFall" in his obituary and as the town of New Hampton (which, in fairness, could be considered "near" McFall) on his death certificate. The McFall location seems most likely, as this is also given has the place of death for his mother Harriet in 1859.3,4,5 He was just two years old when his mother Harriett Rowlett died. Harriet's newborn daughter died at or about the same time, leaving William Harvey Spillman as her youngest surviving child.6,7,8 His father remarried a year later, however, and over the years William Harvey's step-mother provided a bevy of younger siblings to round out the family. Indeed, it seems that his second mother was pregnant virtually the entire time that little Harvey/Harry--both names appear in various records--was growing up. Being the middle of nineteen children (fourteen surviving), he must have led a lively home life on the Missouri farm, but little is known of his childhood. He married Sarah Ellen Wilson on 5 Dec 1878 in Harrison County, Missouri.9,10,3,11,4 Their daughters Alma, Cora, Matilda, Edna, and Fannie were born here (or possibly at the later farm in Harrison County) over the span of the next eight years. William was widowed by Sarah's death in 1888 . He never remarried.12 16-year-old Matilda died three weeks later (cause unknown -- the death records for Harrison County in 1900 are unfortunately unavailable), leaving Harvey and her sisters Alma (18), Cora (17), Edna (14), and Fannie (12).3,13 He lived in New Hampton, Missouri, in 1915 where he evidently purchased a small hotel from Reuben and Martha Foltz, though whether or not it operated as a hotel while he lived there is unknown.14,15 He was a member of the New Harmony Baptist Church in Martinsville.3 In 1928, Harvey ran as the Democratic candidate for Probate Judge and was elected.3 The newly elected Judge Spillman assumed office in Grant City, Missouri on 1 Jan 1929. Within just a year or two of taking office his health began to fail -- his death certificate cites high blood pressure -- and the judge frequently found himself unable to work. His nephew William P. Spillman assisted him initially, until he himself took ill. After that point, Judge Spillman's son Wesley conducted much of the business of the office, presumably under his father's direction.3,4 In the summer of 1932 the judge's health declined rapidly, and he moved in with his son William Harvey Spillman. He spent his remaining months in his son's home, apparently directing the business of office and still attending whenever his condition permitted.3 William Harvey died at his son's home in Grant City, Worth County, Missouri, on 12 Dec 1932 at 75 years, 10 months and 12 days of age.3,16,4 He was buried in Wesley Chapel Cemetery, Bethany, Harrison County, Missouri.17,2

Last Edited=September 1, 2007

Children of William Harvey Spillman and Sarah Ellen Wilson


  1. Unknown author, SS-5 Application for Wesley Floyd Spillman, SSN 521-09-5766 (n.p.: n.pub., 2 dec 1936), (The form says "William Harry", which is probably an inaccurate transcription of Wesley's handwritten "William Harvy.").
  2. Unknown author, Judge Spillman Died Monday (Grant City, MO: The Times-Tribune, 14 Dec 1932).
  3. Judge [W.H.] Spillman obituary, 14 Dec 1932, unk..
  4. William Harve Spillman, Death Certificate 43049 (10 jan 1933), Missouri State Archives, 600 W.Main St./P O Box 1747, Jefferson City, Missouri.
  5. William Spillman household, 1880 United States Census, Missouri, Harrison County, dw/fam 116, sheet 14, line 13. Copy quality is fair, highly stylized handwriting, but legible. Lists Harvey, wife Sarah, son Wesley. Match based on location and dob of Wesley. In addition Harvey corresponds with name of Wesley's known eldest son: Louis Harvey. NARA. T9/M593, roll 778.
  6. Unknown author, Obituary of C. W. Spillman (Grant City, MO: Grant City Star, 27 Feb 1908).
  7. Unknown author, Email from Mary Ray to Bob Bixby (n.p.: n.pub., 28 Dec 1999).
  8. Unknown author, "Schedule of 1860 Gentry County Missouri Mortality" (n.p.: Nadine Hodges and Mrs. Howard W. Woodruff, 1968).
  9. Dwelling no. 116, family 117, sheet 14, line 14 household, 1880, United States Census, Missouri, Harrison County.
  10. E.D. 40, Sheet 1A, family 5, dwelling 5, line 13. household, 1920 United States Census, Colorado, Denver County, unknown cd2. NARA. T625.
  11. Page of unknown marriage index received from Harrison County (MO) Genealogical Society, p. 51. Indicates #401.
  12. Unknown author, Headstone inscription for Wm. Harvey and "Ellen S." Spillman, Wesley Chapel Cemetery, Bethany, Missouri. (n.p.: n.pub., unknown publish date).
  13. Unknown author, Nebraska Ancestree (n.p.: n.pub., unknown publish date).
  14. Walter Williams, History of Northwest Missouri (Chicago: Lewis Pub. Co., 1915), p. 998.
  15. Eckerson, Lee, et. al. History of Harrison County in Pictures, 1992 (Harrison County, Missouri: Harrison County Genealogy Society). Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.
  16. Unknown volume, SS-5 for Wesley F. Spillman, 2 dec 1936, researcher's files.
  17. Letter from Shirley Edgerton (unknown author address) to unknown recipient, 1999; researcher's files (Laguna Niguel, Orange County, California).
  18. Unknown volume, SS-5 for Wesley F. Spillman, 2 dec 1936, researcher's files.