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Mary Ann Shafer

Individual

Born: 30 Jul 1840 in Mt. Ephraim, Guernsey County, Ohio, USA

Died: 28 Nov 1887 in Atwood, Rawlins County, Kansas, USA

Father: William J. Shafer (1810 – 1904)

Mother: Isabell Vorhies (1815 – 1884)

Family #1

Spouse/Partner: Thomas James "T.J." Spear (1835 – 1923)

Married: 26 Jun 1859 in Mt. Ephraim, Noble County, Ohio, USA

Child: Belle Spear (1860 – 1965)

Child: David C. Spear (1862 – 1940)

Child: William Thomas Spear (1864 – 1866)

Child: Martha Jane "Mattie" Spear (1867 – 1953)

Child: Sarah Elizabeth "Sadie" Spear (1869 – 1883)

Child: Frank J. Spear (1871 – 1950)

Child: Cora Adelia Spear (1874 – 1874)

Child: Ernest Wilfred "Fred" Spear (1876 – 1960)

Child: Joseph Elbert "Bert" Spear (1879 – 1955)

Child: Mary Winnifred "Winnie" Spear (1883 – 1975)

Child: Wilma May Spear (1886 – 1967)

Notes:

Mary was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church from about the age of 17.

Change Date

This data was last changed on 18 Jun 2008, and is stored in datafile B.

Primary and Secondary Sources

(see About Sources)

1870 U.S. Federal Census (Population Schedule)
National Archives and Records Administration. [applies to name, birth]
1900 U.S. Federal Census (Population Schedule)
National Archives and Records Administration. [applies to birth]
1910 U.S. Federal Census (Population Schedule)
National Archives and Records Administration. [applies to birth]
1930 U.S. Federal Census (Population Schedule)
National Archives and Records Administration. [applies to birth]
A Spear Family History
by Michael Engelmann; [applies to name, birth, marriage]
History of Noble County, Ohio
Chicago: L.H. Watkins & Co., 1887. Full title: "History of Noble County, Ohio : with portraits and biographical sketches of some of its pioneers and prominent men." [applies to name, marriage]
Obituary (Mary Ann [Shafer] Spear)
Rawlins County <. . .>; Atwood, Rawlins County, Kansas, USA; 7 Dec 1887; Page 1? [applies to birth, death]
Obituary (Thomas James Spear)
Oberlin Herald; Oberlin, Decatur County, Kansas, USA; 16 Aug 1923; page ?. Duplicate printed in the Atwood Citizen-Patriot; Atwood, Rawlins County, Kansas, USA; 30 Aug 1923; page ? [applies to marriage, notes]

Research Notes (source comments, unreliable information)

The "History of Noble County, Ohio" gives Mary's married name as Spears.

Was Mary really born in Louisiana? There is a 1920 US Census record for Ben W. and Wilma Burkett that fits quite well for daughter Wilma, but lists Wilma's mother (Mary) as born in Illinois.