I believe Enoch Spinks
to have been born in the early 1700's in northern Virginia, across the
line from current Washington, DC, but just who his parents were is
debatable. He would not have been son of John Spinks and Rosamond Corbin
of Fairfax Co., VA, because John listed an Enoch in his will of 1778 and
Enoch of NC had passed away by that time. I have seen claims that Enoch
was son of John Spinks of Ware Paris, Gloucester Co., VA, though I have
seen no proof of that. One strong possibility is that Enoch was son of
Enoch and Grace of VA and was brother of my John Spinks who married
For certain, Enoch Spinks married
Amy and they lived a long a prosperous
life along Deep River in what is currently Randolph County, NC. I have
read that his will in his own "beautiful hand-writing" still exists. It
is recorded in Guilford Co., NC, Willbook Vol. 1, p. 320.
Gravestones for Enoch and Amy do not exist today, but I believe them to
be buried in an old cemetery associated with Mt. Olivet Methodist
Church in Randolph Co. where the graves of a number of their children
can be found.
I am not certain of Amy's maiden name. Speculation has been that she
was a Pierce or a Lewis, based on the names of children and grandchildren.
The children of Enoch Spinks and Amy known to me are:
John Spinks, d. 1800 in
Lincoln Co., GA.
m. Sarah Baker
m. 23 FEB 1773 Arthur Reade.
Enoch Spinks, b. 25 May 1762,
d. 18 AUG 1842, m. 15 APR 1784
Elizabeth Needham. Enoch Spinks became
a Methodist minister, founding, in 1813, Mt. Olivet Church in
Randolph Co., NC. He
and Elizabeth are buried in a cemetery assoicated with that church.
Married Mary Pearce in NC. He was a North Carolina
state senator in 1811. In Clarke Co., AL, there are historical records
of one Lewis Spinks, a licensed preacher, coming from NC to teach school
in the northern part of the county during the period 1825 to 1830.
No proof that this is Lewis, son of
Enoch; however, there is proof that a number of Enoch's children did come
to Clarke county during this time period. There is sketchy information that Lewis spent at least part of his life in Miss.
Raleigh Spinks, b. NC