James Spear


Born: ? in County Armagh, Ireland

Died: ? in ?

Father: ?

Mother: ?

Family #1

Spouse/Partner: Elizabeth McConnahaw (? – ?)

Married: Bef 1789 in Virginia, USA

Child: John Spear (c. 1790 – c. 1830)

Child: William Spear (1791 – 1873)

Child: Jane Spear (c. 1793 – ?)

Child: Robert Spear (1794 – 1861)

Child: James Spear (1796 – 1855)

Child: Samuel Spear (c. 1799 – ?)

Child: David Spear (1801 – 1869)

Child: Daniel Spear (1803 – 1865)

Child: Elizabeth "Betsy" Spear (1806 – 1882)

Child: Andrew Spear (1806 – 1887)

Child: Joseph Spear (1809 – 1844)


James purchased a 136-acre farm in Kirkwood Township, Belmont County OH. The legal description is "Range 6, Township 9, Section 33."

Change Date

This data was last changed on 27 Feb 2009, and is stored in datafile B.

Primary and Secondary Sources

(see About Sources)

A Spear Family History
by Michael Engelmann; [applies to name, birth, marriage, notes]

Research Notes (source comments, unreliable information)

James may have been born in 1768, in Cullyhanna in County Armagh.

He may have died in 1821 in Belmont County, OH, USA. However, a (potentially incorrect) reference to Egypt Cemetary in Belmont County indicates the earliest burial was in 1853. Either this is incorrect and older tombstones are missing (the cemetary is abondoned and has been vandalized over the years), the year of death is incorrect, or the cemetary is not the right one. Another clue indicates that headstones may be around, which date from before 1800.

Is there any relationship to the other Spear lineages in the US, notably in MA?

Is there any relation to George Speer, Lurgan, County Armagh, whose will was probated in 1742? Or to James Spear, captain in the service of the East India Company, proved in 1763?

There is a record of a James Spears in Hanover County, Virginia in the 1782 Continental Census of Virginia.

There is a record of James Spear in South Carolina in 1771/3.

There is a reference in the "Brief of Deeds--Washington County", page 99. March 10, 1788. Robt. Houston to Jas. Speer, 80 pounds. 200 acres between the Middle and South Forks of Holston River. [Annals of southwest Virginia, 1769-1800; by Lewis Preston Summers, 1929]