Preface

PREFACE Family history research has always fascinated me, but never more so than when I began work on this second edition of the story of the Spoon family. As interesting as the facts uncovered for the first edition were, it soon became evident over the course of the last few years that much of the story was still untold. The motivation to add to an already fascinating story came on a trip to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. There, in 450-year-old church documents written in German, was the answer I’d been looking for – the origin of the Spoon family, which so many of us had only been guessing at for all these years. For one thing, I learned that the original surname was not Loeffel, but Löffler, as you will read in these pages. I learned much about the family’s hometown in southern Germany and is rich history. This helped me confirm a relationship to the family members who first traveled to America, enabling the family history to reach back many more generations than the first edition of the book did. As a result, we now have the account of a family that has been traced back to the 1500s and is linked generation by generation directly to my son, Darren Wesley Spoon, the last male of this line with the Spoon surname. Most of the additional information for this second edition is found in the first few chapters, although much detail has been added to later chapters as well. I would like to thank Wanda Drown, Donna DeMayo, Laura Frost Nugent and Marilyn Spoon for their contributions, not only for the first edition but in adding information for this second edition. Wanda provided many of the names, dates and documents that helped get me started. Throughout my research, she has continued to update me with facts and remembrances, filling in the blanks and digging out valuable old photos. I’m also grateful to all of them and to Mari Jane Jackson-Hildenbrand for providing family priceless family photos from their personal collections. This project would not have been complete without the assistance of many professional and amateur genealogists who helped me learn many interesting facts about our earliest ancestors in this country and in Germany. I am especially indebted to the staff at the Family History Library of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Salt Lake City; Michael Boyles, a distant cousin from North Carolina who has an extensive Spoon family history of his own; Arthur Erickson, genealogy librarian at the Greensboro, N.C. public library; the Guilford County, N.C. Genealogical Society; the State of North Carolina Dept. of Cultural Resources; Phyllis Walters of the Plainfield, Ind., public library; Stephen E. Towne of the Indiana State Archives; and Bill Nelson, a resident of Amo. Ind., who answered my inquiry on the internet, discovered the location of Henry Spoon's grave in Amo Cemetery and visited it, describing the surroundings and headstone to me. I am also grateful to my wife Kristen, who has a true appreciation of the value of genealogy and who has encouraged me throughout this project.

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