I next find an Andrew Spiva in the 1832 Crawford County, Arkansas,
tax list and then a more telling entry is in on page 42 of the book "The
First Settlers of Lamar County, Texas. " Of course, if he were heading
south from Illinois to Texas, Arkansas would've been a natural place
to pitch his tent for a while before traveling on.
Andrew Spiva shows up in Lamar County in the March 3, 1845, tax
record. His "date of emigration" was Sept. 7, 1841, and his first issue
of land was in Fannin County (where James and Emily married). The
total is 640 acres. This is witnessed by Jas. Strode and W.H. Norton.
Lamar County is near Fannin and Navarro counties.
I also find Andrew Spiva in the 1843 and 1846 tax list for Lamar
County. The book is "Texas Tax List Index, 1840-49." There is also a
record of Andrew Spiva marrying Margaret Hobbs in Lamar County
on Sept. 21, 1843. Finally, there is an Andrew Spiva in the 1860
census for Austin County, township of Hempstead. That entry is
on page 168. Although, George Holt's records show Andrew was back in Schuyler County, Illinois by 1861.
I still haven't checked out the 1850 census for Lamar County and the 1860 census for Austin County, but those seem like good ways to go. Also, there is a Spiva in the Comal County, Texas, 1850 census. I need to check that out.
I've also found an Earl Oasey Spiva, born Feb. 27, 1896, in Rockspring, Bloomberry, Cass County, Texas, and a John Edward Spiva, born March 24, 1870, in Queen City, Cass County.
There was a notation on familysearch.org at one time that has to be wrong. It says Emily Spiva and James C. Reagan were both born in Brazos County, 1832 and 1828, respectively. Those dates don't match up with the 1850 Texas census at all. This may be the other James Reagan (Regan) around in Texas at about the same time. Someone may have mistakenly connected Emily to him.