Robert Spear

Last updated 23 Oct 2021 in Spear–Johnson Family.

Individual

Born: 12 Jan 1792 in , , Virginia, United States

Died: 20 Jun 1861

Father: James Spear (? – 1821)

Supporting evidence for:
name

census-us-1830-ps-oh-belmont-kirkwood-197: 1830 U.S. Census, population schedule, Ohio, Belmont County, Kirkwood Township, page 197; 1830 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 11 Aug 2018) > "Ohio > Belmont > Kirkwood" images 19-20; citing “Fifth Census of the United States, 1830, NARA microfilm publication M19, roll 127 (of 201), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 0337938]

Additional detail for reference: Line 13

Comment: Source includes name (Robert Spear). The last name may have an extraneous 's' at the end, but it is difficult to tell from the census page image.

census-us-1850-ps-oh-guernsey-jefferson-428a: 1850 U.S. Census, population schedule, Ohio, Guernsey County, Jefferson Township, page 428A (stamped) or 853 (penned); 1850 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 4 August 2018) > "Ohio > Guernsey > Jefferson" image 7; citing “Seventh Census of the United States, 1850, NARA microfilm publication M432, roll 684 (of 1009), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.”

Additional detail for reference: Line 16, dwelling 634

Comment: Source includes name (Robt Spear).

marker-robert-spears-1861: Gravestone for Robert Spears (1861); Find A Grave (https://www.findagrave.com: accessed 10 May 2021), memorial ID 22976686, photographs uploaded 18 Nov 2007; citing "Spears Cemetery (Morgan Township, Owen County, Indiana, USA)" [from State Road 46 roughly 30 miles east of Terre Haute, Indiana, turn north onto Fish Creek Rd / County Road 450W (Owen Putnam State Forest), at about 3.1 miles turn left onto Lennox Road, at about 0.3 miles turn left onto Phaedrus Road, cemetery is on the right]

Comment: Source includes name (Robert <spelling>). See research notes for spelling details.

marriage-spear-mcbride-1821: Marriage registry entry for Robert Spear and Margaret McBride (1821); Ohio County Marriages, 1789-2016, record collection, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org: accessed 16 Jul 2020) > “Belmont > Marriage records 1803-1806 vol A” image 161; DGS 4016302, image 235; entry 637 (page 114); citing “Marriage Book No. 1, pages 114-115; Belmont County Probate Court, Belmont County, Ohio”

Comment: Source includes name (Robert Spear).

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birth

census-us-1850-ps-oh-guernsey-jefferson-428a: 1850 U.S. Census, population schedule, Ohio, Guernsey County, Jefferson Township, page 428A (stamped) or 853 (penned); 1850 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 4 August 2018) > "Ohio > Guernsey > Jefferson" image 7; citing “Seventh Census of the United States, 1850, NARA microfilm publication M432, roll 684 (of 1009), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.”

Additional detail for reference: Line 16, dwelling 634

Comment: Source includes age (<conflict>) and location (Virginia). See research notes for conflict details.

marker-robert-spears-1861: Gravestone for Robert Spears (1861); Find A Grave (https://www.findagrave.com: accessed 10 May 2021), memorial ID 22976686, photographs uploaded 18 Nov 2007; citing "Spears Cemetery (Morgan Township, Owen County, Indiana, USA)" [from State Road 46 roughly 30 miles east of Terre Haute, Indiana, turn north onto Fish Creek Rd / County Road 450W (Owen Putnam State Forest), at about 3.1 miles turn left onto Lennox Road, at about 0.3 miles turn left onto Phaedrus Road, cemetery is on the right]

Comment: Source includes death date (June.20.1861) and age (69y 5m 8d) giving a calculated birth date of 12 Jan 1792.

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death

marker-robert-spears-1861: Gravestone for Robert Spears (1861); Find A Grave (https://www.findagrave.com: accessed 10 May 2021), memorial ID 22976686, photographs uploaded 18 Nov 2007; citing "Spears Cemetery (Morgan Township, Owen County, Indiana, USA)" [from State Road 46 roughly 30 miles east of Terre Haute, Indiana, turn north onto Fish Creek Rd / County Road 450W (Owen Putnam State Forest), at about 3.1 miles turn left onto Lennox Road, at about 0.3 miles turn left onto Phaedrus Road, cemetery is on the right]

Comment: Source includes date (June.20.1861).

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Family

Spouse/Partner: Margaret McBride (1797 – ?)

Married: 20 Dec 1821 in , Belmont County, Ohio, United States

Supporting evidence for:
marriage

marriage-spear-mcbride-1821: Marriage registry entry for Robert Spear and Margaret McBride (1821); Ohio County Marriages, 1789-2016, record collection, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org: accessed 16 Jul 2020) > “Belmont > Marriage records 1803-1806 vol A” image 161; DGS 4016302, image 235; entry 637 (page 114); citing “Marriage Book No. 1, pages 114-115; Belmont County Probate Court, Belmont County, Ohio”

Comment: Source includes date (Dec. 20th 1821) and location (Belmont County, Ohio).

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Child: Alex Spear (1823 – ?)

Child: Elizabeth E. Spear (1828 – ?)

Child: A. Jackson Spear (1829 – ?)

Child: Robert F. Spear (1832 – ?)

Child: Samuel Spear (1834 – ?)

Child: Margarat Spear (1836 – ?)

Child: Nancy M. Spear (1840 – ?)

Miscellaneous Facts

Events

Burial: at Morgan Township, Owen County, Indiana, United States

Cemetery: (Spears Cemetery) at Morgan Township, Owen County, Indiana, United States

Supporting evidence for:
events

marker-robert-spears-1861: Gravestone for Robert Spears (1861); Find A Grave (https://www.findagrave.com: accessed 10 May 2021), memorial ID 22976686, photographs uploaded 18 Nov 2007; citing "Spears Cemetery (Morgan Township, Owen County, Indiana, USA)" [from State Road 46 roughly 30 miles east of Terre Haute, Indiana, turn north onto Fish Creek Rd / County Road 450W (Owen Putnam State Forest), at about 3.1 miles turn left onto Lennox Road, at about 0.3 miles turn left onto Phaedrus Road, cemetery is on the right]

Comment: Source includes location (Morgan Township, Owen County, Indiana, United States).

marker-robert-spears-1861: Gravestone for Robert Spears (1861); Find A Grave (https://www.findagrave.com: accessed 10 May 2021), memorial ID 22976686, photographs uploaded 18 Nov 2007; citing "Spears Cemetery (Morgan Township, Owen County, Indiana, USA)" [from State Road 46 roughly 30 miles east of Terre Haute, Indiana, turn north onto Fish Creek Rd / County Road 450W (Owen Putnam State Forest), at about 3.1 miles turn left onto Lennox Road, at about 0.3 miles turn left onto Phaedrus Road, cemetery is on the right]

Comment: Source includes cemetery (Spears Cemetery) and location (Morgan Township, Owen County, Indiana, United States).

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Attributes

Residence: Jun 1830 at Kirkwood Township, Belmont County, Ohio, United States

Occupation: (farmer) 1 Jun 1850

Residence: 1 Jun 1850 at Jefferson Township, Guernsey County, Ohio, United States

Supporting evidence for:
attributes

census-us-1830-ps-oh-belmont-kirkwood-197: 1830 U.S. Census, population schedule, Ohio, Belmont County, Kirkwood Township, page 197; 1830 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 11 Aug 2018) > "Ohio > Belmont > Kirkwood" images 19-20; citing “Fifth Census of the United States, 1830, NARA microfilm publication M19, roll 127 (of 201), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 0337938]

Additional detail for reference: Line 13

census-us-1850-ps-oh-guernsey-jefferson-428a: 1850 U.S. Census, population schedule, Ohio, Guernsey County, Jefferson Township, page 428A (stamped) or 853 (penned); 1850 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 4 August 2018) > "Ohio > Guernsey > Jefferson" image 7; citing “Seventh Census of the United States, 1850, NARA microfilm publication M432, roll 684 (of 1009), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.”

Additional detail for reference: Line 16, dwelling 634

Comment: Source includes official census date (1 Jun 1850) and occupation (farmer).

census-us-1850-ps-oh-guernsey-jefferson-428a: 1850 U.S. Census, population schedule, Ohio, Guernsey County, Jefferson Township, page 428A (stamped) or 853 (penned); 1850 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 4 August 2018) > "Ohio > Guernsey > Jefferson" image 7; citing “Seventh Census of the United States, 1850, NARA microfilm publication M432, roll 684 (of 1009), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.”

Additional detail for reference: Line 16, dwelling 634

Comment: Source includes official census date (1 Jun 1850) and location (Jefferson Township in the County of Guernsey, State of Ohio).

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General Notes and Anecdotes

In 1830, bothers William, Robert, James, Samuel, David, Andrew, and Joseph Spear were all living in separate households in Kirkwood Township, Ohio. The record also suggests that Robert and William were next-door neighbors, as were James, David, and Andrew. [census-us-1830-ps-oh-belmont-kirkwood-197, census-us-1830-ps-oh-belmont-kirkwood-200]

Supporting evidence for:
general notes

census-us-1830-ps-oh-belmont-kirkwood-197: 1830 U.S. Census, population schedule, Ohio, Belmont County, Kirkwood Township, page 197; 1830 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 11 Aug 2018) > "Ohio > Belmont > Kirkwood" images 19-20; citing “Fifth Census of the United States, 1830, NARA microfilm publication M19, roll 127 (of 201), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 0337938]

Additional detail for reference: Lines 13, 14, 24

census-us-1830-ps-oh-belmont-kirkwood-200: 1830 U.S. Census, population schedule, Ohio, Belmont County, Kirkwood Township, page 200; 1830 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 11 Aug 2018) > "Ohio > Belmont > Kirkwood" images 25-26; citing “Fifth Census of the United States, 1830, NARA microfilm publication M19, roll 127 (of 201), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 0337938]

Additional detail for reference: Lines 11, 18, 19, 20

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Research Notes (Conflicts/Spelling/Followup)

CONFLICTS

Birth Date: This record uses 12 Jan 1792. Using his age (56) on the official 1850 census date of 1 June 1850 gives a birth date range from 2 June 1793 to 1 June 1794. [census-us-1850-ps-oh-guernsey-jefferson-428a]

SPELLING

Surame: This database uses Spear. His grave marker uses Spears. This name change could have been a personal choice, or a mistake by the stone mason. [marker-robert-spears-1861]

FOLLOWUP

Note that some genealogies and even search engines show a "marriage" date of 13 Dec 1821 for Robert and Margaret. However, looking at the actual record registry shows there is no affirmation of a marriage on that date, but there is notice of an affidavit from Robert. The 13 Dec date is not a marriage therefore, but probably the date of their marriage license being granted. A little more searching of the Ohio Marriage records shows that they were actually married on 20 Dec. The need for the affidavit on 13 Dec is unclear. These are usually attesting to the freedom to marry (for example, that they are old enough, or they are unencumbered by a previous marriage) but the need in this case is unknown. Was it just a formality? Since 29 is somewhat old for a first marriage, especially in the early 1800s, was Robert married before Margaret?

Robert may have died in Owen County, Indiana. [research-a-spear-family-history]

REFERENCES TO A ROBERT SPEAR

Scott County, Virginia was formed in 1814 from territories of Lee, Washington, and Russell Counties. A Robert Spear is listed as a Lieutenant of Militia for the County Militia at the first County Court. From History of southwest Virginia, 1746-1786, Washington County, 1777-1870.

The 1830 U.S. Census for Kirkwood, Ohio, identifies the household as containing a Robert Spears [Spear], one female between 30 and 40 (could be Margaret), one boy under 5, two boys between 5 and 10, and two girls under 5. They were enumerated immediately before William Spears [Spear], and near Rachel Hinton as well as Samuil [Samuel] Spear.

Supporting evidence for:
research notes

census-us-1850-ps-oh-guernsey-jefferson-428a: 1850 U.S. Census, population schedule, Ohio, Guernsey County, Jefferson Township, page 428A (stamped) or 853 (penned); 1850 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 4 August 2018) > "Ohio > Guernsey > Jefferson" image 7; citing “Seventh Census of the United States, 1850, NARA microfilm publication M432, roll 684 (of 1009), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.”

Additional detail for reference: Line 16, dwelling 634

marker-robert-spears-1861: Gravestone for Robert Spears (1861); Find A Grave (https://www.findagrave.com: accessed 10 May 2021), memorial ID 22976686, photographs uploaded 18 Nov 2007; citing "Spears Cemetery (Morgan Township, Owen County, Indiana, USA)" [from State Road 46 roughly 30 miles east of Terre Haute, Indiana, turn north onto Fish Creek Rd / County Road 450W (Owen Putnam State Forest), at about 3.1 miles turn left onto Lennox Road, at about 0.3 miles turn left onto Phaedrus Road, cemetery is on the right]

research-a-spear-family-history: <private> Engelmann, A Spear Family History, privately printed 1988, updated 2002, 2005; privately held

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