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Frank J. Spear

(aka) John Franklin Spear

Individual

Born: 20 Jul 1871 in Guthrie County, Iowa, USA

Died: 12 Jun 1950 in Pueblo, Pueblo County, Colorado, USA

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

Mother: Mary Ann Shafer (1840 – 1887)

Family #1

Spouse/Partner: Ida B. Zehring (1873 – 1902)

Married: 7 Mar 1894 in Carroll County, Iowa, USA

Child: Ralph Edward Spear (1894 – 1988)

Child: Carl Franklin Spear (1897 – 1958)

Family #2

Spouse/Partner: Ella Mable Miller (1888 – ?)

Married: Abt 1908 in ?

Child: Daryl J. Spear (1909 – 1993)

Child: <private> Spear

Family #3

Spouse/Partner: Myrtle V. Wilson (1886 – ?)

Married: Bef 1920 in ?

Family #4

Spouse/Partner: Stella F. Ackerman (? – ?)

Married: ? in (unknown)

Notes:

At the turn of the century, John earned his living as a traveling salesman, living in Union Township (Carroll County, Iowa). But by 1910, he was working in construction in Noble (Norton County, Kansas) and by 1920 he was still a carpenter, now in Lamar (Prowers County, Colorado). He was a building contractor in Pueblo (Pueblo County, Colorado) by at least 1923 and was listed in a business directory as F. J. Spear under the heading "Contractors -- Building."

Change Date

This data was last changed on 6 Dec 2007, and is stored in datafile B.

Primary and Secondary Sources

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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, marriage, notes]
1920 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, marriage, notes]
A Spear Family History
by Michael Engelmann; [applies to alias, birth, death, marriage]
Obituary (Ida B. Zehring Spear; "Mrs. Frank Spear")
<unknown paper>; Iowa, USA; 7 Mar 1902; page ? [applies to marriage]
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 alias, notes]
The R.L. Polk Directory Co.'s Pueblo city directory, 1923
Colorado Springs, Colo.: R.L. Polk Directory Co., 1923. [applies to name, notes]

Research Notes (source comments, unreliable information)

John may have married Stella Ackerman on 4 Apr 1903, Ella Miller on 29 Mar 1908, and Myrtle Wilson on 2 May 1918.

In the 1910 Census, his age is off by one year (37 instead of 38) and the birthplace of his parents is unknown. The age of wife Mable (rather than Ella) is also off by one year (22 instead of 21). However, his name and birthplace, his wife's name, and birthplace, and son Daryl's name, age, and birthplace are aligned with other information I already have.