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From: "Jeff or Debra LaMel" <>
Subject: Re: [TXLIMEST] Speer/Spear
Date: Sun, 12 Jan 2003 04:16:58 -0600
This is just some of the Speers/Spears i have so far but have not connected
Benjamin M Hodges b Bet 1823-1824
Franklin Co Tn d April 16,1878 leon Co Tx married a Mary Speer (no info on
her at all)
benjamin's sister was Hettie Ann Hodges Rutherford
Benj and Hettie's parents were Edmond and Sarah McLain Hodges who married
7-29-1812 Winchester Franklin Co Tn
Then I have a Opal Ila Spears b 9-11-1910 married a William Watt Strawtherb
2-3-1906 Buna Jasper Co Tx married on 9-2-1925 Jasper Co tx.
He died on 7-30-1978 in Call Newton Co tx
Andrew Jackson Speer married Parthenia Hodges 11-24-1847 Houston Co Tx
Parthenia was also a sibling to Benj and Hettie. So I believe there is a
connection to these Speers/Spears but dont know how yet
I have not done any research on the Spear/Speer surname.
Just thought i would send what i have on these so other people might need
them and if you connect please contact me I would love to add your family to
Descendants of James Harold SPEARS
1 James Harold SPEARS 1903 - 1993
.. +Lucy Louise WHITMIRE 1913 - Aparrently she married a Wharton first
according to the birth records for her daughter Delores
Lucy I think comes in from another lineage my ggggrandfather Andrew David
Crockett had a sister named Letty who married Elias Whitmire on 10-11-1837
in Rankin Co Ms migrated to San Augustine Co Tx in 1850 then to Jasper Co Tx
in 1860,70,80,1900. Some of Letty and Elias's ancestors went on to Limestone
co also. Just have not made the connection yet.
Her mother was a Eliza Jane Strawther and her father was Edward "ED" Murphy
Whitmire. Her maternal grandparents were Ancil Watt Strawther and Lucy
Malinda Hearn. Ancil was a brother to my gggrandmother Sinia "Aunt Sinny"
Jane Strawther Crockett. Sinia is buried in a unmarked grave in Mart City
Cem. Lot 99-100
......... 2 Juanita Laverne SPEARS 1932 -
Notes for JUANITA LAVERNE SPEARS:TX Birth Records 1926-1949:SPEARS JUANITA
LAVERNE 10-30-1932 f WHARTON LOUISE WHITMIR E J. H. SPEARS
............. +Archie Virgil BENNETSEN 1922 -
.................... 3 Terrel Wayne BENNETSEN 1952 -
........................ +Rachel (?) BENNETSEN
............................... 4 Justin Wade BENNETSEN 1982 -
............................... 4 Kaila Rhena BENNETSEN 1984 -
.................... 3 Michael Ray BENNETSEN 1954 -
........................ +Rhonda (?) BENNETSEN
............................... 4 Ryan Jay BENNETSEN 1984 -
............................... 4 Taylor Kaye BENNETSEN 1992 -
.................... 3 Archie Virgil BENNETSEN 1956 -
......... 2 Delores SPEARS 1933 -
Notes for DELORES SPEARS: TX Birth Records 1926-1949:SPEARS DOLORIES FAY
12-21-1933 f WHARTON LUCY LOUISE WHITM IRE JAMES HARROLD SPEARS
......... 2 James Edward SPEARS 1935 -
Notes for JAMES EDWARD SPEARS:TX Birth Records 1926-1949:SPEARS JAMES EDWARD
8-14-1935 m WHARTON LUCY LOUISE WHITMIRE JAMES HAROLD SPEARS
......... 2 Hulen Harold SPEARS 1937 -
Notes for HULEN HAROLD SPEARS:
TX Birth Records 1926-1949:SPEARS HULAN HAROLD 3-7-1937 m WHARTON LUCY
LOUISE WHITMIRE JAMES HAROLD SPEARS
From: "Patricia Oates" <>
Sent: Sunday, December 29, 2002 11:23 AM
Subject: [TXLIMEST] Speer/Spear
> Jim Phifer & Debra LaMel
> While working on the genealogy of my friends families that settled in
> Bosque Co. TX I have connected their Speer/Spear families to that of some
> in Limestone Co. TX with the help of Jim Phifer who is a descendant of
> William Speer a bro. to the family I am working on. Then I run into
> Speer/Spear connection to the Edmond Hodges lines which is the Debra
> connection with Hester Hodges Rutherford.
> This has turned unto a project that I do not know if I can sort out. I
> think the ancestor of the Speer/Spear line that married into the Hodges
> lines may come from a Levi Speer b: 1794 Surry Co NC. & Sarah Dixon Speer
> If this Levi Speer's father is John Speer then he could come from the
> same Speer line as the William Speer who married Mildred Estep the line of
> Jim Phifer & some ended up in Limestone Co. John Speer & William Speer
> are brothers. Also the line I have been working comes off this John Speer
> who married Elizabeth Steelman by way of son Jacob Speer b: abt 1801
> Cumberland Co. KY.
> These lines all went the same places Somerset, MD to Surry Co. NC to
> Cumberland KY to Jefferson Co. ALA then to Cass/Smith Co. TX on to Bosque
> Co. TX. Some of this line got over into Overton , TN at some point.
> Some stopped off in Dallas Co. ARK where John Speer died about 1853 at the
> age of well over 100, he is on the 1850 census as 102.
> The only problem is that I do not find a Levi Speer in any of the
> connected to the William & John Speer lines. The descendants of William
> Speer & Mildred Estep did use the name of Levi in some of the
> whose parents were married in Jefferson Co. ALA about 1823.
> This also connects the Speer line to a Coker line & I have a Limestone Co.
> connection of a Hodges to a Coker.
> Any one know anything about these lines let me know & will see what we can
> figure out.
> I sure feel these people knew each other before TX. Just too many name
> connections all ending up in the same areas.
> Pat Oates
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