O. T. Springer is a direct descendant of Therman I., Count of Thuringia, who was born 1038, died 1115, and of Louis II., Land-grave of Thuringia, who was born 1042, died -1128, surnamed ” The Springer,” who is spoken of by Carlyle as a remarkable character. Carl Springer, born 1658, came to America and died in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A., 1738.
He acquired immense property, which may now be estimated by millions. After the death of here husband, Margaret Olive, wife of David Springer (a descendant of Carl), moved from Albany, N.Y.. with her family to Canada in 1796, and settled where is now St. Patrick’s Ward in the City of Hamilton. Her son, Richard, took a prominent part in founding the first Methodist Church, corner of Wellington and King Streets, Hami ton. The first Methodist services in Hamilton were held in his home for a long time before the church was built.