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David C. Spear

Individual

Born: 22 Mar 1862 in Mt. Ephraim, Noble County, Ohio, USA

Died: 13 Apr 1940 in Rapid City, Pennington County, South Dakota, USA

Father: Thomas James "T.J." Spear (1835 – 1923)

Mother: Mary Ann Shafer (1840 – 1887)

Family #1

Spouse/Partner: Eva Penrose Maris (1868 – 1937)

Married: 3 Apr 1890 in Wichita, Guthrie County, Iowa, USA

Child: Kenneth Maris Spear (1891 – 1975)

Child: Lyle Gilbert Spear (1893 – 1894)

Child: Mary Anna Spear (1896 – 1986)

Child: George Emmor Spear (1898 – 1991)

Child: David Chester Spear (1908 – 1920)

Notes:

The "C" for D.C.'s middle name is not an initial for any name, it is just "C." [Info from <private> Spear]

D.C. and his family were still living in Linn (Dallas County, IA) in 1900, but they moved to Wessington Springs (Jerauld County, SD) about 1903, traveling by covered wagon. At the end of April 1906, they moved to their homestead about 30 miles from Presho (Lyman County, SD), in Lincoln Township, to the immediate west of Draper Township.

In 1913, he purchased a homestead that consisted of 160 acres northeast of Murdo. The land patent was issued 19 Apr 1913.

On 14 Dec 1917, D.C. was one of the jurors summoned to the first circuit court in the newly created Jones County (South Dakota).

D.C. was very active in church work, including Sunday school, and was known to be a fine singer.

In 1926, D.C. purchased 12 acres and a cabin in the Black Hills near Keystone (Pennington County, SD). This cabin was later used by his son George and their family.

In 1930, David and Eva were staying in the home of his son Kenneth's family in Lincoln.

Change Date

This data was last changed on 31 Jan 2009, 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 name, birth, marriage, notes]
1910 U.S. Federal Census (Population Schedule)
National Archives and Records Administration. [applies to name, birth, marriage, notes]
1930 U.S. Federal Census (Population Schedule)
National Archives and Records Administration. [applies to name, birth, marriage, notes]
A History of Pennington County, SD
by Pennington County Historical Book Committee (editor); Publishing consultant: Sioux Falls, South Dakota: Jack Kilgore & Associates. Printer: Dallas, Texas: Taylor Publishing Company. [applies to notes]
A Spear Family History
by Michael Engelmann; [applies to birth, death, marriage]
Gravestone or Grave/Crypt Marker
[applies to birth, death]
Interview (<private> Spear)
Inteview, letter, notes, etc. [applies to notes]
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 name]
Proving Up: Jones County History
Book and Thimble Club; Murdo, S.D., 1969 (Printed by Pischel Yearbooks, Inc.) [applies to name, death, notes]
Web: BLM Land Office Records
www.glorecords.blm.gov. [applies to notes]

Research Notes (source comments, unreliable information)

The 1870 census shows David as being 7 on 6 Jun 1870, implying he was born in 1863. However, the 1900 census shows his birthday as explicitly in Mar 1862. Other records also indicate 1862 as the correct year.