From Burnetsfield - Early Spoon History

On the 'The Spoon Family of New York - Coming to America' page, I brought the family history up to 1725 when they first settled in the Mohawk Valley. This page discusses the next 100 years. During this time the family fought three wars and relocated to other parts of New York.

One of the best references for this period of time is William Barker's excellent work "Early Families of Herkimer County New York". Clippings of his Spoon (Spohn) records are included here. Unfortunately, we have no death records for most of these early generations, so we're not really sure who was living at any given time or the circumstances of their death.

By the first US Census of 1790, there were only two Spoon (and no Spohn) families living in the Herkimer County, New York. Nicholas' family was living in Herkimer (probably Henrick Jr's Burnetsfield lot #7) and Werner's family was living in German Flatts (probably Henrick Sr's Burnetsfield lot #32). Apparently, neither Werner nor John Spoon had children. Werner married a widow with 5 children, but had no children of his own. In addition, I find no record of John Spoon's marriage or even his living after the Revolution, he may have been killed during the war. As a result, the Spoon name (from Henrich Spohn) was carried forward only by male descendents of Nicholas.

Henrick Spohn had applied for additional land as part of Staley's Patent. Staley's Patent 1 and 2 are large tracts South of Burnetsfield in the general area of the present Columbia township. By the time Staley's Patent was granted in 1765, most of the original participants had died and the land titles were issued to their heirs. Werner, John, Nicholas and Catherine Spoon's husband, Jacob Bashor, all received several lots. However, none of the Spoons occupied land in Staley's Patent until Henry moved there after his marriage to Margaret Hiller in 1791.

By the 1800 Census, there were three Spoon families living in Herkimer County. The Nicholas Spoon family was still living in Herkimer Township, Werner's widow and family were still living in German Flatts and Henry was living in Warren Township, probably on Spoon Hill, a few miles Northwest of the present-day Columbia Center. Warren Township was later divided to form Columbia Township which explains why later Census show Henry living in Columbia.

Columbia historian and Spoon descendent, Doris Huxtable, provides an 1857 Columbia map showing the location of several Spoon farms along Spohn Road. Margaret died in 1853 (at 79) and Henry in 1855 (at 89), so the Spoons listed on the map were probably a later generation. According to Doris, the headstones of Margaret and Henry can still be seen at their burial site on Spoon Hill. Click here to see a video of this area.

All of the Spoon men were active in the Militia of their time. It's not supprising since some of the French/Indian and Revolutionary War battles were fought on their land. They served in Col. Bellinger's 4th Regiment, Tryon Co. Militia.

By the War of 1812 the battle moved to Sacketts Harbor but Spoons were there. Peter Spoon, son of Henry and Margaret, was awarded 50 acres of bounty land for his participation. He claimed the land in Owsego County, one of the first settlers in that area. Several of his brothers and a sister eventually joined him there, creating a 'hot spot' of Spoon descendents. See the 'Peter Spoon of Amboy New York' page.