JOHN H. SPANGLER owns and occupies a comfortable homestead in Allin Township, on section 28, and has been a
resident of the Prairie State since 1856. He was born in Franklin County, Ohio, March 15, 1829, being the son of
Eli and Mary (Barbee) Spangler, natives of Virginia, the father born March 12, 1795, and the mother March 25, 1802.
Eli Spangler was a farmer by occupation and followed that calling all his life. The parents were married March 14, 1822, and at once removed from the Old Dominion to Franklin County, Ohio, and located upon rented land, where the father died not quite ten years later, on the 1st of January, 1832.
Mrs. S. survived her husband over fifty years, and died in this county Aug. 23, 1886. Their children were Susan, Margaret, Mary A., John H. and Eli. The mother of our subject was a member of the United Brethren Church.
After the death of his father John H. resided with his mother until he was sixteen years old, and worked out by the month on a farm until his marriage, which occurred in 1850, the maiden of his choice being Miss Caroline Haines. The young couple went to housekeeping upon rented land, and in 1864 our subject purchased the present homestead of 160 acres. This is finely cultivated and improved, with a tasteful and substantial farm dwelling, a good barn and all necessary out-buildings required by the intelligent and progressive farmer.
The parents of Mrs. Spangler were Jacob and Sarah Haines, natives respectively of Pennsylvania and Virginia. Her father was born Sept. 17, 1794, and her mother Dec. 15, 1802. They were married July 5, 1821, first locating in Belmont County, Ohio.
Thence they removed to Illinois in 1856, locating in Mt. Hope Township, this county, where they passed the remainder of their lives, the father dying in 1870, and the mother in 1871. Their ten children were Martha, Adeline, Samuel, Horatio, John, Susan A., Robert, Levi, William J. and Jane B.
Mr. and Mrs. Spangler are members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, and in politics our subject is a strong Republican.
Of their seven children three died in infancy unnamed; William S. married Miss Sarah A. McReynolds, Jan. 14, 1880, and lives in Allin Township; Eliza F. married Benjamin Kauffman, Dec. 24, 1874; he is deceased, and she lives in Allin Township; John married Miss Mary E. McReynolds, Dec. 23, 1880; they have one child which died in infancy unnamed; Margaret E. was the youngest of the family.
Portrait and biographical album of McLean County, Ill. : containing full page portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county, together with portraits and biographies of all the governors of Illinois, and of the presidents of the United States. (Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887), 356. Transcribed and annotated by Judy Rosella Edwards.