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    1. Re: [SPEERS] Cyrus Jackson Spear
    2. This is a Message Board Post that is gatewayed to this mailing list. Author: tspeers_2 Surnames: Speer, Speers, Spears, and Spear Classification: queries Message Board URL: http://boards.rootsweb.com/surnames.speers/16.25/mb.ashx Message Board Post: According to Cyrus Jackson Spear's nephew Raymond Spear III in Oklahoma, Cyrus Jackson Spear's father was also a Cyrus John or Jackson Spear. The grandfather was John Oliver Spear from Weirton WV. His wife was Mary Ellen Jackson (she may be from Marshalltown Iowa). Other children were: John L., Raymond Leroy 1899 - 1974, Helen Lucille, William J., and Margery Spear. John Oliver Spear's parents in Parnasus, PA were Capt. James Speers and Martha Jane Wallace from the Belle Vernon area. They are my line. John O. Spears changed the spelling of Speers to Spear due to problems with receiving mail since a neighbor had the same last name Speers. Captain James Speers born 1834 is a son of Henry J. Speers III and Esther McCrory (a cousin) on Maple Creek in Charleroi PA. James siblings were: Abraham, Plessy, Sarah, Apollos, Capt. Thomas, Henry IV, and William. James, Plessy, and Apollos were orphaned to Thomas Taggart in Belle Vernon when their father Henry Speers III born 1787 in Speers PA died in 1839 when they were still juveniles. I do not know if Plessy was male or female. Apollos married Matilda Furnier. Apollos was a furniture store owner and funeral undertaker in Belle Vernon and his uncle another Apollos who married Elizabeth Cooper and operated the BV to Speers Ferry mentioned in J. S. Van Voorhis's book "The Old and New Monongahela" published in 1895 and online at the university of Pittsburgh digital library. John Oliver Spear was one of 7 or 8 children. His siblings were: Janette who m Wilson Miller Davidson and had 3 children, William, Arthur, George, Anna F., Hester (may not be a sibling), and Anna Jane who m William Elliott and had 10 children. There is more on Henry Speers III's family which includes Spears and Speer relatives and more Speers cousins. I would like to contact any of these descendents. I am in contact with a few of the above's descendents. Tom Speers originally from Belle Vernon PA. Important Note: The author of this message may not be subscribed to this list. If you would like to reply to them, please click on the Message Board URL link above and respond on the board.

    01/24/2010 01:29:43