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LAUDERDALE COUNTY, ALABAMA
PICTURES OF THE PAST

JOHN SPRINGER
[SON OF AARON]

Contributed Nov 2005
by Steve Springer

 

 

JOHN SPRINGER
Born 13 May 1813, Union Co SC
Died 26 Jan 1890, Lauderdale Co AL
Son of Aaron and Ruth (Little) Springer

     This picture hung in the back room of my grandparents home near Sweet Gum. That room was formerly a bedroom that was divided into a bathroom and a closet/dressing room. One of my earliest childhood memories is of using the bathroom under the watchful eye of GG-grandfather John Springer.

     My favorite story that my grandmother told me about was when he crossed the Tennessee River on a horse and led one behind him to get his grandchildren following the death of his daughter Catherine Springer Sledge Chandler. This daughter had remarried following the death of her first husband, Sterling Green Sledge, at the Battle of Franklin and had moved across the river with her second husband. Word came to John that Catherine had died and that the children were being "mistreated" - I never knew if that was abuse, or just neglect at the hands of a grieving widower who was ill-prepared to care for young children. Whatever it was, John took them to his home and reared them there. I respect that kind of love and action.

     I am the grandson of Henry Dee Springer, son of John Jacob Springer, son of John Springer, son of Aaron Springer.

Steve Springer - Contributor

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