William Spear


Born: 2 May 1791 in Virginia, USA

Died: 27 Oct 1873 in Fairview, Guernsey County, Ohio, USA

Father: James Spear (? – ?)

Mother: Elizabeth McConnahaw (? – ?)

Family #1

Spouse/Partner: Catherine Jarvis (? – ?)

Married: 27 Feb 1817 in Belmont County, Ohio, USA

Family #2

Spouse/Partner: Margaret Burton (? – ?)

Married: 20 Dec 1830 in Guernsey County, Ohio, USA


The 1830 U.S. Census identifies bothers William, Robert, James, Samuel, David, Andrew, and Joseph Spear as living in Kirkwood Township, Belmont County, Ohio.

Change Date

This data was last changed on 19 Jun 2009, and is stored in datafile B.

Primary and Secondary Sources

(see About Sources)

1830 U.S. Federal Census (Population Schedule)
National Archives and Records Administration. [applies to name, notes]
A Spear Family History
by Michael Engelmann; [applies to name, birth, death, marriage]
Web: Ancestry Database (Ohio Marriages, 1803-1900)
ancestry.com. [Original sources stored in various Ohio counties. These records can be requested from the information in this list, through the appropriate county. (no document images)] [applies to marriage]

Research Notes (source comments, unreliable information)

The 1830 U.S. Census identifies the household as containing William but no female over 10 (Catherine had probably died, and he didn't marry Margaret until December). There are also one boy between 5 and 10, and one between 10 and 15 (unknown), and two girls under 5 and one between 5 and 10 (unknown).

There is a William Spear in Perry, Morrow County, OH in the 1850 U.S. Census, married to a Catherine, but he was born about 1798 in PA. (She was born about 1793 in PA.)

There is a William Spear in Oxford, Guernsey County, OH in the 1860 U.S. Census, no wife given. He was born in VA, but in 1788, and is living with May Spear (23) and Hood Spear (21), both born in Ohio.