John W. Springer, 18731947 (aged 73 years)

Name
John W. /Springer/
Given names
John W.
Surname
Springer
Birth
Note: John states his parents are Stephen Springer and Juison (which is similar to Susan in pronunciation) when applying for a marriage license. On his death certificate, John's parents are listed as Abner and Susan Springer.

John states his parents are Stephen Springer and Juison (which is similar to Susan in pronunciation) when applying for a marriage license. On his death certificate, John's parents are listed as Abner and Susan Springer.

After much searching for Stephen and Abner Springer, I have come to the conclusion that John is the child of Susan Springer Martin and he was born out of wedlock.

John is living with Dennis Springer, his grandfather, and Dennis' daughter, Susan Springer, in the 1880 census.

Susan Springer married Samuel Martin around 1885. In the 1900 census, they have five (5) Martin children living with them ranging in age from 5 to 14. However, Susan states she is the mother of 6 children and that all 6 children are living. I believe the 6th child is John W. Springer.

Death of a maternal grandmother
Burial of a maternal grandmother
Census
Citation details: FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MWF8-XSH : 15 July 2017)
Text:

John W Springer
United States Census, 1880
Name: John W Springer
Event Type: Census
Event Date: 1880
Event Place: North Union, Fayette, Pennsylvania, United States
Gender: Male
Age: 5
Marital Status: Single
Race: White
Race (Original): W
Relationship to Head of Household: Grandson
Relationship to Head of Household (Original): GSon
Birth Year (Estimated): 1875
Birthplace: Pennsylvania, United States
Father's Birthplace: Pennsylvania, United States
Mother's Birthplace: Pennsylvania, United States

Sheet Letter: C
Sheet Number: 345
Sheet Number and Letter: 345C
Household ID: 9747346
Person Number: 2
Volume: 1
Affiliate Name: The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
Affiliate Publication Number: T9
Affiliate Film Number: 1130
GS Film Number: 1255130
Digital Folder Number: 005162071
Image Number: 00219

Household Role Sex Age Birthplace
Dennis Springer Self M 64 Pennsylvania, United States
Susan Springer Daughter F 28 Pennsylvania, United States
John W Springer Grandson M 5 Pennsylvania, United States

"United States Census, 1880," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MWF8-XSH : 15 July 2017), John W Springer in household of Dennis Springer, North Union, Fayette, Pennsylvania, United States; citing enumeration district ED 48, sheet 345C, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 1130; FHL microfilm 1,255,130.

Birth of a half-brother
Marriage of a parent
about 1885 (aged 11 years)
Death of a maternal grandfather
Burial of a maternal grandfather
Birth of a half-brother
Birth of a half-sister
Birth of a half-sister
Birth of a half-brother
Military
Corporal, Co. K, 41st Reg, US Vol Inf
September 28, 1899 (aged 25 years)
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Text:

Enlistment Date: September 28, 1899
Discharge Date: July 3, 19??

Census
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Text:

J W Springer
United States Census, 1910
Name: J W Springer
Event Type: Census
Event Date: 1910
Event Place: Uniontown Ward 3, Fayette, Pennsylvania, United States
Gender: Male
Age: 36
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Race (Original): White
Relationship to Head of Household: Head
Relationship to Head of Household (Original): Head
Birth Year (Estimated): 1874
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Father's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Mother's Birthplace: Pennsylvania

District: ED 82
Sheet Letter: A
Sheet Number: 14
Sheet Number and Letter: 14A
Household ID: 272
Affiliate Name: The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
Affiliate Publication Number: T624
Affiliate Film Number: 1346
GS Film Number: 1375359
Digital Folder Number: 004973413
Image Number: 00965

Household Role Sex Age Birthplace
J W Springer Head M 36 Pennsylvania
Mable Springer Wife F 30 Iowa
Emmett Springer Son M 0 Pennsylvania
Mary Grimes Servant F 18 Pennsylvania

"United States Census, 1910," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MG3C-3XW : accessed 3 January 2018), J W Springer, Uniontown Ward 3, Fayette, Pennsylvania, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 82, sheet 14A, family 272, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1982), roll 1346; FHL microfilm 1,375,359.

Birth of a son
about 1910 (aged 36 years)
Birth of a daughter
Citation details: FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:V3KC-2Y4 : 19 May 2014)
Text:

Age: 85
Given Name: Dora
Middle Name: K
Surname: Schroeder
Name Suffix:
Birth Date: 13 Mar 1912
State: Washington
Last Place of Residence: King, Washington
Previous Residence Postal Code: 98045
Event Date: 23 Apr 1997

"United States Social Security Death Index," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:V3KC-2Y4 : 19 May 2014), Dora K Schroeder, 23 Apr 1997; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, ongoing).

Census
Citation details: FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MHF1-BQZ : accessed 1 January 2018)
Text:

John W Springer
United States Census, 1920
Name: John W Springer
Event Type: Census
Event Date: 1920
Event Place: Seattle, King, Washington, United States
Gender: Male
Age: 46
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Race (Original): White
Can Read: Yes
Can Write: Yes
Relationship to Head of Household: Head
Relationship to Head of Household (Original): Head
Own or Rent: Rent
Birth Year (Estimated): 1874
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Father's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Mother's Birthplace: Pennsylvania

District: ED 270
Sheet Letter: B
Sheet Number: 7
Sheet Number and Letter: 7B
Household ID: 190
Line Number: 59
Affiliate Name: The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
Affiliate Publication Number: T625
Affiliate Film Number: 1929
GS Film Number: 1821929
Digital Folder Number: 004968992
Image Number: 00808

Household Role Sex Age Birthplace
John W Springer Head M 46 Pennsylvania
Mable C Springer Wife F 40 Iowa
Emet G Springer Son M 10 Pennsylvania
Dora K Springer Daughter F 7 Pennsylvania
Elsie J Springer Daughter F 6 Pennsylvania
Sherman S Springer Son M 0 Washington

"United States Census, 1920," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MHF1-BQZ : accessed 1 January 2018), John W Springer, Seattle, King, Washington, United States; citing ED 270, sheet 7B, line 59, family 190, NARA microfilm publication T625 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1992), roll 1929; FHL microfilm 1,821,929.

Census
Citation details: FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XC3M-8TL : accessed 29 December 2017)
Text:

John W Springer
United States Census, 1930
Name: John W Springer
Event Type: Census
Event Date: 1930
Event Place: North Bend, King, Washington, United States
Gender: Male
Age: 56
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Race (Original): White
Relationship to Head of Household: Head
Relationship to Head of Household (Original): Head
Birth Year (Estimated): 1874
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Father's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Mother's Birthplace: Pennsylvania

District: ED 336
Sheet Letter: A
Sheet Number: 2
Sheet Number and Letter: 2A
Household ID: 26
Line Number: 1
Affiliate Name: The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
Affiliate Publication Number: T626
Affiliate Film Number: 2490
GS Film Number: 2342224
Digital Folder Number: 004955346
Image Number: 00886

Household Role Sex Age Birthplace
John W Springer Head M 56 Pennsylvania
Mable Springer Wife F 50 Iowa
Dora Springer Daughter F 18 Pennsylvania
Elsie Springer Daughter F 16 Pennsylvania
Sherman Springer Son M 10 Washington

"United States Census, 1930," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XC3M-8TL : accessed 29 December 2017), John W Springer, North Bend, King, Washington, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 336, sheet 2A, line 1, family 26, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 2490; FHL microfilm 2,342,224.

Census
Citation details: FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K99T-L8P : accessed 29 December 2017)
Text:

John W Springer
United States Census, 1940
Name: John W Springer
Event Type: Census
Event Date: 1940
Event Place: North Bend, North Bend Election Precinct, King, Washington, United States
Sex: Male
Age: 66
Marital Status: Married
Race (Original): White
Race: White
Relationship to Head of Household (Original): Head
Relationship to Head of Household: Head
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Birth Year (Estimated): 1874
Last Place of Residence: Same House

District: 17-142
Family Number: 161
Sheet Number and Letter: 7A
Line Number: 32
Affiliate Publication Number: T627
Affiliate Film Number: 4345
Digital Folder Number: 005460337
Image Number: 00673

Household Role Sex Age Birthplace
John W Springer Head M 66 Pennsylvania
Mable C Springer Wife F 60 Iowa
Emettee G Springer Son M 30 Pennsylvania
Sherman S Springer Son M 20 Washington

"United States Census, 1940," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K99T-L8P : accessed 29 December 2017), John W Springer, North Bend, North Bend Election Precinct, King, Washington, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 17-142, sheet 7A, line 32, family 161, Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA digital publication T627. Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790 - 2007, RG 29. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012, roll 4345.

Death of a mother
Citation details: Pennsylvania Death Certificate Number 3842
Text:

Name: Susan Martin
[Susan Springer]
Gender: Female
Race: White
Age: 85
Birth Date: 13 Apr 1856
Birth Place: N Union Twp, Pennsylvania
Death Date: 8 Jan 1942
Death Place: North Union, Fayette, Pennsylvania, USA
Father: Dennis Springer
Mother: Margaret Matthews
Spouse: Samuel D Martin
Certificate Number: 3842

Death of a father
Death
Citation details: FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:N3YW-WQ9 : 5 December 2014)
Text:

John W. Springer
Washington Death Certificates, 1907-1960
Name: John W. Springer
Event Date: 19 May 1947
Event Place: Meadow Brook, King, Washington
Gender: Male
Age (Formatted): 73 years 7 months 13 days
Birth Year (Estimated): 1874
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Mable
Father's Name: Abner Springer
Mother's Name: Susan Springer

GS Film number: 2032611
Digital Folder Number: 4223219
Image Number: 450
Reference ID: 432

"Washington Death Certificates, 1907-1960," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:N3YW-WQ9 : 5 December 2014), John W. Springer, 19 May 1947; citing Meadow Brook, King, Washington, reference 432, Bureau of Vital Statistics, Olympia; FHL microfilm 2,032,611.

Burial
Military
Application for Military Marker
July 15, 1947 (1 month after death)
Citation details: FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV1Z-FC4R : 17 May 2016)
Text:

John W Springer
United States Headstone Applications for U.S. Military Veterans, 1925-1949
Name: John W Springer
Event Type: Burial
Event Place: North Bend, , Washington, United States
Death Date: 19 May 1947

Digital Folder Number: 007235916
Image Number: 01511

"United States Headstone Applications for U.S. Military Veterans, 1925-1949", database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV1Z-FC4R : 17 May 2016), John W Springer, .

Family with parents
father
mother
Susan Springer Martin Death Certificate
18531942
Birth: April 13, 1853 36 35 North Union Township, Fayette County, Pennsylvania
Death: January 8, 1942North Union, Fayette County, Pennsylvania
himself
John W. Springer Tombstone
18731947
Birth: October 6, 1873 20
Death: May 19, 1947Meadow Brook, King County, Washington
Mother’s family with Samuel D. Martin
stepfather
1854
Birth: 1854Pennsylvania
Death:
mother
Susan Springer Martin Death Certificate
18531942
Birth: April 13, 1853 36 35 North Union Township, Fayette County, Pennsylvania
Death: January 8, 1942North Union, Fayette County, Pennsylvania
Marriage Marriageabout 1885
8 months
half-brother
1885
Birth: August 1885 31 32 Pennsylvania
Death:
2 years
half-brother
1887
Birth: November 1887 33 34 Pennsylvania
Death:
2 years
half-sister
1890
Birth: March 1890 36 36 Pennsylvania
Death:
2 years
half-sister
1892
Birth: July 1892 38 39 Pennsylvania
Death:
2 years
half-brother
1894
Birth: November 1894 40 41 Pennsylvania
Death:
Family with Mabel C. Gaddis
himself
John W. Springer Tombstone
18731947
Birth: October 6, 1873 20
Death: May 19, 1947Meadow Brook, King County, Washington
wife
Mabel C. Gaddis Springer Tombstone
18791972
Birth: December 25, 1879 43 29 Wayne County, Iowa
Death: April 15, 1972
son
1910
Birth: about 1910 36 30 Pennsylvania
Death:
2 years
daughter
Marvin F. and Dora K. Springer Schroeder Tombstone
19121997
Birth: March 13, 1912 38 32 Pennsylvania
Death: April 23, 1997King County, Washington
daughter
Private
son
Private
Census
Citation details: FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MWF8-XSH : 15 July 2017)
Text:

John W Springer
United States Census, 1880
Name: John W Springer
Event Type: Census
Event Date: 1880
Event Place: North Union, Fayette, Pennsylvania, United States
Gender: Male
Age: 5
Marital Status: Single
Race: White
Race (Original): W
Relationship to Head of Household: Grandson
Relationship to Head of Household (Original): GSon
Birth Year (Estimated): 1875
Birthplace: Pennsylvania, United States
Father's Birthplace: Pennsylvania, United States
Mother's Birthplace: Pennsylvania, United States

Sheet Letter: C
Sheet Number: 345
Sheet Number and Letter: 345C
Household ID: 9747346
Person Number: 2
Volume: 1
Affiliate Name: The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
Affiliate Publication Number: T9
Affiliate Film Number: 1130
GS Film Number: 1255130
Digital Folder Number: 005162071
Image Number: 00219

Household Role Sex Age Birthplace
Dennis Springer Self M 64 Pennsylvania, United States
Susan Springer Daughter F 28 Pennsylvania, United States
John W Springer Grandson M 5 Pennsylvania, United States

"United States Census, 1880," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MWF8-XSH : 15 July 2017), John W Springer in household of Dennis Springer, North Union, Fayette, Pennsylvania, United States; citing enumeration district ED 48, sheet 345C, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 1130; FHL microfilm 1,255,130.

Military
Citation details: FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV1Z-FC4R : 17 May 2016)
Text:

Enlistment Date: September 28, 1899
Discharge Date: July 3, 19??

Census
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Text:

J W Springer
United States Census, 1910
Name: J W Springer
Event Type: Census
Event Date: 1910
Event Place: Uniontown Ward 3, Fayette, Pennsylvania, United States
Gender: Male
Age: 36
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Race (Original): White
Relationship to Head of Household: Head
Relationship to Head of Household (Original): Head
Birth Year (Estimated): 1874
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Father's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Mother's Birthplace: Pennsylvania

District: ED 82
Sheet Letter: A
Sheet Number: 14
Sheet Number and Letter: 14A
Household ID: 272
Affiliate Name: The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
Affiliate Publication Number: T624
Affiliate Film Number: 1346
GS Film Number: 1375359
Digital Folder Number: 004973413
Image Number: 00965

Household Role Sex Age Birthplace
J W Springer Head M 36 Pennsylvania
Mable Springer Wife F 30 Iowa
Emmett Springer Son M 0 Pennsylvania
Mary Grimes Servant F 18 Pennsylvania

"United States Census, 1910," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MG3C-3XW : accessed 3 January 2018), J W Springer, Uniontown Ward 3, Fayette, Pennsylvania, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 82, sheet 14A, family 272, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1982), roll 1346; FHL microfilm 1,375,359.

Census
Citation details: FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MHF1-BQZ : accessed 1 January 2018)
Text:

John W Springer
United States Census, 1920
Name: John W Springer
Event Type: Census
Event Date: 1920
Event Place: Seattle, King, Washington, United States
Gender: Male
Age: 46
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Race (Original): White
Can Read: Yes
Can Write: Yes
Relationship to Head of Household: Head
Relationship to Head of Household (Original): Head
Own or Rent: Rent
Birth Year (Estimated): 1874
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Father's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Mother's Birthplace: Pennsylvania

District: ED 270
Sheet Letter: B
Sheet Number: 7
Sheet Number and Letter: 7B
Household ID: 190
Line Number: 59
Affiliate Name: The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
Affiliate Publication Number: T625
Affiliate Film Number: 1929
GS Film Number: 1821929
Digital Folder Number: 004968992
Image Number: 00808

Household Role Sex Age Birthplace
John W Springer Head M 46 Pennsylvania
Mable C Springer Wife F 40 Iowa
Emet G Springer Son M 10 Pennsylvania
Dora K Springer Daughter F 7 Pennsylvania
Elsie J Springer Daughter F 6 Pennsylvania
Sherman S Springer Son M 0 Washington

"United States Census, 1920," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MHF1-BQZ : accessed 1 January 2018), John W Springer, Seattle, King, Washington, United States; citing ED 270, sheet 7B, line 59, family 190, NARA microfilm publication T625 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1992), roll 1929; FHL microfilm 1,821,929.

Census
Citation details: FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XC3M-8TL : accessed 29 December 2017)
Text:

John W Springer
United States Census, 1930
Name: John W Springer
Event Type: Census
Event Date: 1930
Event Place: North Bend, King, Washington, United States
Gender: Male
Age: 56
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Race (Original): White
Relationship to Head of Household: Head
Relationship to Head of Household (Original): Head
Birth Year (Estimated): 1874
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Father's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Mother's Birthplace: Pennsylvania

District: ED 336
Sheet Letter: A
Sheet Number: 2
Sheet Number and Letter: 2A
Household ID: 26
Line Number: 1
Affiliate Name: The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
Affiliate Publication Number: T626
Affiliate Film Number: 2490
GS Film Number: 2342224
Digital Folder Number: 004955346
Image Number: 00886

Household Role Sex Age Birthplace
John W Springer Head M 56 Pennsylvania
Mable Springer Wife F 50 Iowa
Dora Springer Daughter F 18 Pennsylvania
Elsie Springer Daughter F 16 Pennsylvania
Sherman Springer Son M 10 Washington

"United States Census, 1930," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XC3M-8TL : accessed 29 December 2017), John W Springer, North Bend, King, Washington, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 336, sheet 2A, line 1, family 26, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 2490; FHL microfilm 2,342,224.

Census
Citation details: FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K99T-L8P : accessed 29 December 2017)
Text:

John W Springer
United States Census, 1940
Name: John W Springer
Event Type: Census
Event Date: 1940
Event Place: North Bend, North Bend Election Precinct, King, Washington, United States
Sex: Male
Age: 66
Marital Status: Married
Race (Original): White
Race: White
Relationship to Head of Household (Original): Head
Relationship to Head of Household: Head
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Birth Year (Estimated): 1874
Last Place of Residence: Same House

District: 17-142
Family Number: 161
Sheet Number and Letter: 7A
Line Number: 32
Affiliate Publication Number: T627
Affiliate Film Number: 4345
Digital Folder Number: 005460337
Image Number: 00673

Household Role Sex Age Birthplace
John W Springer Head M 66 Pennsylvania
Mable C Springer Wife F 60 Iowa
Emettee G Springer Son M 30 Pennsylvania
Sherman S Springer Son M 20 Washington

"United States Census, 1940," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K99T-L8P : accessed 29 December 2017), John W Springer, North Bend, North Bend Election Precinct, King, Washington, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 17-142, sheet 7A, line 32, family 161, Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA digital publication T627. Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790 - 2007, RG 29. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012, roll 4345.

Death
Citation details: FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:N3YW-WQ9 : 5 December 2014)
Text:

John W. Springer
Washington Death Certificates, 1907-1960
Name: John W. Springer
Event Date: 19 May 1947
Event Place: Meadow Brook, King, Washington
Gender: Male
Age (Formatted): 73 years 7 months 13 days
Birth Year (Estimated): 1874
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Mable
Father's Name: Abner Springer
Mother's Name: Susan Springer

GS Film number: 2032611
Digital Folder Number: 4223219
Image Number: 450
Reference ID: 432

"Washington Death Certificates, 1907-1960," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:N3YW-WQ9 : 5 December 2014), John W. Springer, 19 May 1947; citing Meadow Brook, King, Washington, reference 432, Bureau of Vital Statistics, Olympia; FHL microfilm 2,032,611.

Burial
Source: Find A Grave
Military
Citation details: FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV1Z-FC4R : 17 May 2016)
Text:

John W Springer
United States Headstone Applications for U.S. Military Veterans, 1925-1949
Name: John W Springer
Event Type: Burial
Event Place: North Bend, , Washington, United States
Death Date: 19 May 1947

Digital Folder Number: 007235916
Image Number: 01511

"United States Headstone Applications for U.S. Military Veterans, 1925-1949", database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV1Z-FC4R : 17 May 2016), John W Springer, .

Birth

John states his parents are Stephen Springer and Juison (which is similar to Susan in pronunciation) when applying for a marriage license. On his death certificate, John's parents are listed as Abner and Susan Springer.

After much searching for Stephen and Abner Springer, I have come to the conclusion that John is the child of Susan Springer Martin and he was born out of wedlock.

John is living with Dennis Springer, his grandfather, and Dennis' daughter, Susan Springer, in the 1880 census.

Susan Springer married Samuel Martin around 1885. In the 1900 census, they have five (5) Martin children living with them ranging in age from 5 to 14. However, Susan states she is the mother of 6 children and that all 6 children are living. I believe the 6th child is John W. Springer.