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Thomas James "TJ" Spear

Last updated 18 Nov 2021 in Spear–Johnson Family.

Individual

Born: 19 Aug 1835 in Barnesville, Belmont County, Ohio, United States

Died: 12 Aug 1923 in Olive Township, Decatur County, Kansas, United States

Father: Joseph Spear (? – ?)

Mother: Sarah A. Hinton (1811 – ?)

Supporting evidence for:
name

book-history-of-noble-county-ohio-1887: History of Noble County, Ohio; Chicago: L. H. Watkins & Company, 1887; book image (PDF), Google Play (https://play.google.com: downloaded 20 Apr 2018), held by New York Public Library [The personal histories were collected from the identified individuals and their contemporaries. Other histories were collected from county records and other places, with the help of numerous county officials and others.]

Additional detail for reference: Page 477 (PDF page 552)

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

obituary-symantha-spear-1915: Obituary for Symantha J. (Karnes) Spear (1915); “Obituary / Mrs. T. J. Spear,” Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 29 Apr 2018), image “United States of America > Kansas > Oberlin > Oberlin Herald > 1915 > 05 > 13” page 5; citing “Oberlin Herald (Oberlin, Kansas), 13 May 1915 (Thursday), page 5, column 3”

Comment: Source includes name (Thomas J. Spear).

obituary-thomas-spear-1923: Obituary for Thomas James Spear (1923); “T.J. Spear Dies Suddenly,” Oberlin Herald (Oberlin Kansas), 16 Aug 1923 (Thursday), page unknown, column unknown

Comment: Source includes full name (Thomas James Spear) and common nickname (T.J.).

periodical-married-higley-spear-1906: "Married," report of wedding of Sam Higley and Wilma Spear; Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 20 Feb 2021) > “United States of America > Kansas > Atwood > The Republican Citizen > 1906 > 06 > 22” page 5; citing “The Republican Citizen (Atwood, Rawlins County, Kansas), 22 Jun 1906 (Friday), page 5, column 2”

Comment: Source includes name (T. J. Spear).

census-us-1870-ps-ia-guthrie-union-2: 1870 U.S. Census, population schedule, Iowa, Guthrie County, Union, page 2 (form) or page 243B (stamp sequence, not visible on page); 1870 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 12 August 2018) > "Iowa > Guthrie > Union" image 2; citing “Ninth Census of the United States, 1870, NARA microfilm publication M593, roll 393 (of 1761), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 545892]

Additional detail for reference: Line 2, dwelling 8

Comment: Source includes name (Thos [Thomas] J. Spear).

census-us-1900-ps-ks-rawlins-130-8a: 1900 U.S. Census, population schedule, Kansas, Rawlins County, Union Township, enumeration district 130, sheet 8A (form/penned) or page 291A (stamped); 1900 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 13 August 2018) > "Kansas > Rawlins > Union > District 0130" image 1; citing “Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900, NARA microfilm publication T623 (1854 rolls), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 1240496]

Additional detail for reference: Line 30, dwelling 123

Comment: Source includes name (Thomas J. Spear).

census-us-1910-ps-ks-decatur-11-1a: 1910 U.S. Census, population schedule, Kansas, Decatur County, Center Township, enumeration district 11, sheet 1A (form/penned) or page 41A (stamped); 1910 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 14 August 2018) > "Kansas > Decatur > Center > District 0011" image 1; citing “Thirteenth Census of the United States, 1910, NARA microfilm publication T624, roll 437 (of 1784), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 1374450]

Additional detail for reference: Line 25, dwelling 6

Comment: Source includes name (Thomas J. Spear).

census-us-1920-ps-ks-decatur-18-2a: 1920 U.S. Census, population schedule, Kansas, Decatur County, Olive, enumeration district 18, sheet 2A (form); 1920 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 3 Feb 2021) > "Kansas > Decatur > Olive > District 0018" image 3; citing “Fourteenth Census of the United States, 1920, NARA microfilm publication T625, roll 529 (of 2076), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.”

Additional detail for reference: Line 32, dwelling 28

Comment: Source includes name (Thomas J. Spear).

misc-spear-date-notebook: Spear birth and death date notebook; multiple contributors; privately held

Additional detail for reference: Page 12 - August Births (cont).

Comment: Source includes name (Thomas J. Spear).

marker-thomas-samantha-spear-1923-1915: Gravestone of Thomas J. (1923) and Samantha J. (1915) Spear; Find A Grave (https://www.findagrave.com: accessed 5 May 2021), memorial IDs 60563282 (Thomas) and 60563286 (Samantha), photographs uploaded 24 Oct 2010 to both memorials; citing “Oberlin Cemetery (Oberlin, Decatur County, Kansas, USA)”

Comment: Source includes name (Thomas J. Spear).

military-draftreg-joseph-spear-1918: Draft registration card for Joseph Elbert Spear (1918); U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, database with images, Ancestry (https://ancestry.com: accessed before 2018) > “Kansas > Rawlins County > ALL > Draft Card S” image 98; citing “World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, M1509, 4,582 rolls, imaged from Family History Library microfilm”

Comment: Source includes name (Thos. J Spear).

military-registry-ks-enrollment-veterans-56-190: Kansas enrollment of Civil War veterans, 1889, database with images, Ancestry (https://ancestry.com: accessed 20 May 2018) > “Book 56: Ohio Infantry (Regiments 111-130)” image 190; citing “Enrollment of Ex-Soldiers and Sailors, their Widows and Orphans, 1889, Unit ID #190462, 69 volumes, Records of the Adjutant General’s Office, Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka, Kansas”

Additional detail for reference: Book 56: Ohio Infantry (Regiments 111-130), image 190

Comment: Source includes name (Thomas J Spear).

marriage-spear-shafer-1859: Marriage registry entry for Thomas Spear and Margaret Shafer (1859); Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2016, record collection, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org: accessed 16 Jul 2020), “Noble > Marriage records 1852-1873” image 163; DGS 4,022,322, image 167; entry 1 (page 261); citing “Marriage Record, Years 1852 to 1873, (Vol. 1), pages 260-261; Probate Court, Noble County Court House, Noble County, Ohio, United States; Franklin County Genealogical & Historical Society, Columbus”

Comment: Source includes name (Thomas Spear).

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,
birth

birth-mary-spear-1883: Delayed certificate of birth for Mary Winifred Spear (1881); Iowa, Delayed Birth Records, 1856-1940, database with images, Ancestry (https://www.ancestry.com: accessed 26 Sep 2018) > “120001-125000” image 2905; citing “Carroll County, Iowa, record #122899, State Historical Society of Iowa, Des Moines, Iowa”

Comment: Source includes location (Ohio).

census-us-1870-ps-ia-guthrie-union-2: 1870 U.S. Census, population schedule, Iowa, Guthrie County, Union, page 2 (form) or page 243B (stamp sequence, not visible on page); 1870 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 12 August 2018) > "Iowa > Guthrie > Union" image 2; citing “Ninth Census of the United States, 1870, NARA microfilm publication M593, roll 393 (of 1761), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 545892]

Additional detail for reference: Line 2, dwelling 8

Comment: Source includes age (34) and location (Ohio). Using the official census date of 1 June 1870 gives a birth date range from 2 June 1835 to 1 June 1836.

census-us-1900-ps-ks-rawlins-130-8a: 1900 U.S. Census, population schedule, Kansas, Rawlins County, Union Township, enumeration district 130, sheet 8A (form/penned) or page 291A (stamped); 1900 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 13 August 2018) > "Kansas > Rawlins > Union > District 0130" image 1; citing “Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900, NARA microfilm publication T623 (1854 rolls), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 1240496]

Additional detail for reference: Line 30, dwelling 123

Comment: Source includes date (Aug/<conflict>), age (<conflict>), and location (Ohio). See research notes for conflict details.

census-us-1910-ps-ks-decatur-11-1a: 1910 U.S. Census, population schedule, Kansas, Decatur County, Center Township, enumeration district 11, sheet 1A (form/penned) or page 41A (stamped); 1910 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 14 August 2018) > "Kansas > Decatur > Center > District 0011" image 1; citing “Thirteenth Census of the United States, 1910, NARA microfilm publication T624, roll 437 (of 1784), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 1374450]

Additional detail for reference: Line 25, dwelling 6

Comment: Source includes age (74) and location (Ohio). Using his age and the official census date of 15 Apr 1910 gives a birth date range from 16 Apr 1835 to 15 Apr 1836.

census-us-1920-ps-ks-decatur-18-2a: 1920 U.S. Census, population schedule, Kansas, Decatur County, Olive, enumeration district 18, sheet 2A (form); 1920 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 3 Feb 2021) > "Kansas > Decatur > Olive > District 0018" image 3; citing “Fourteenth Census of the United States, 1920, NARA microfilm publication T625, roll 529 (of 2076), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.”

Additional detail for reference: Line 32, dwelling 28

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

misc-spear-date-notebook: Spear birth and death date notebook; multiple contributors; privately held

Additional detail for reference: Page 12 - August Births (cont).

Comment: Source includes date ([August] 19th [...] 1835).

marker-thomas-samantha-spear-1923-1915: Gravestone of Thomas J. (1923) and Samantha J. (1915) Spear; Find A Grave (https://www.findagrave.com: accessed 5 May 2021), memorial IDs 60563282 (Thomas) and 60563286 (Samantha), photographs uploaded 24 Oct 2010 to both memorials; citing “Oberlin Cemetery (Oberlin, Decatur County, Kansas, USA)”

Comment: Source includes year (1835).

obituary-thomas-spear-1923: Obituary for Thomas James Spear (1923); “T.J. Spear Dies Suddenly,” Oberlin Herald (Oberlin Kansas), 16 Aug 1923 (Thursday), page unknown, column unknown

Comment: Source includes date (August 19, 1835) and location (Bloomington County, Ohio).

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,
death

marker-thomas-samantha-spear-1923-1915: Gravestone of Thomas J. (1923) and Samantha J. (1915) Spear; Find A Grave (https://www.findagrave.com: accessed 5 May 2021), memorial IDs 60563282 (Thomas) and 60563286 (Samantha), photographs uploaded 24 Oct 2010 to both memorials; citing “Oberlin Cemetery (Oberlin, Decatur County, Kansas, USA)”

Comment: Source includes year (1923).

obituary-thomas-spear-1923: Obituary for Thomas James Spear (1923); “T.J. Spear Dies Suddenly,” Oberlin Herald (Oberlin Kansas), 16 Aug 1923 (Thursday), page unknown, column unknown

Comment: Source includes date (August 12, 1923) and implied location ("his bed", in the home of son Harvey Fisher, who was living in Olive Township, Decatur County, Kansas in 1920).

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father

obituary-thomas-spear-1923: Obituary for Thomas James Spear (1923); “T.J. Spear Dies Suddenly,” Oberlin Herald (Oberlin Kansas), 16 Aug 1923 (Thursday), page unknown, column unknown

Comment: Source implies Thomas James Spear as the biological son of Joseph Spear.

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,
mother

obituary-thomas-spear-1923: Obituary for Thomas James Spear (1923); “T.J. Spear Dies Suddenly,” Oberlin Herald (Oberlin Kansas), 16 Aug 1923 (Thursday), page unknown, column unknown

Comment: Source implies Thomas James Spear as the biological son of Joseph Spear. Note that Hinton is used as his mother's given name, not her surname as found in other references.

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Family #1

Spouse/Partner: Mary Ann Shafer (1840 – 1887)

Married: 26 Jun 1859 in , Noble County, Ohio, United States

Supporting evidence for:
marriage

book-history-of-noble-county-ohio-1887: History of Noble County, Ohio; Chicago: L. H. Watkins & Company, 1887; book image (PDF), Google Play (https://play.google.com: downloaded 20 Apr 2018), held by New York Public Library [The personal histories were collected from the identified individuals and their contemporaries. Other histories were collected from county records and other places, with the help of numerous county officials and others.]

Additional detail for reference: Page 477 (PDF page 552)

Comment: Source notes Mary married _____ Spears. [This surname is known to be misspelled.]

marker-mary-spear-1887: Gravestone of Mary A. Spear (1887); Find A Grave (https://www.findagrave.com: accessed 26 May 2019), memorial ID 84992989, photograph uploaded 14 Feb 2012; citing “Atwood Fairview Cemetery (Atwood, Rawlins County, Kansas, USA)”

Comment: Source notes that Mary A. was the wife of T.J. Spear.

marriage-spear-shafer-1859: Marriage registry entry for Thomas Spear and Margaret Shafer (1859); Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2016, record collection, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org: accessed 16 Jul 2020), “Noble > Marriage records 1852-1873” image 163; DGS 4,022,322, image 167; entry 1 (page 261); citing “Marriage Record, Years 1852 to 1873, (Vol. 1), pages 260-261; Probate Court, Noble County Court House, Noble County, Ohio, United States; Franklin County Genealogical & Historical Society, Columbus”

Comment: Source includes date (26th day of June AD 1859) and location (Noble County, Ohio).

obituary-mary-spear-1887: Obituary for Mary A. Spear (1887); “Gone to Rest,” Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 7 May 2020), image “United States of America > Kansas > Atwood > The Republican Citizen > 1887 > 12 > 02" page 3; citing “The Republican Citizen (Atwood, Rawlins County, Kansas), 2 Dec 1887 (Friday), page 3, column 1”

Comment: Source notes marriage between Thomas Spear and Mary A.

obituary-thomas-spear-1923: Obituary for Thomas James Spear (1923); “T.J. Spear Dies Suddenly,” Oberlin Herald (Oberlin Kansas), 16 Aug 1923 (Thursday), page unknown, column unknown

Comment: Source includes date (June 26, 1859) of marriage of T.J. Spear and Mary Ann Shafer.

census-us-1900-ps-ks-rawlins-130-8a: 1900 U.S. Census, population schedule, Kansas, Rawlins County, Union Township, enumeration district 130, sheet 8A (form/penned) or page 291A (stamped); 1900 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 13 August 2018) > "Kansas > Rawlins > Union > District 0130" image 1; citing “Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900, NARA microfilm publication T623 (1854 rolls), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 1240496]

Additional detail for reference: Lines 30,31, dwelling 123

Comment: Source identifies Samanta J. Spear as the wife of Thomas J. Spear and the number of years married (11) for both. Using the official census date of 1 June 1900 gives a marriage date range from 2 June 1888 to 1 June 1889.

census-us-1910-ps-ks-decatur-11-1a: 1910 U.S. Census, population schedule, Kansas, Decatur County, Center Township, enumeration district 11, sheet 1A (form/penned) or page 41A (stamped); 1910 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 14 August 2018) > "Kansas > Decatur > Center > District 0011" image 1; citing “Thirteenth Census of the United States, 1910, NARA microfilm publication T624, roll 437 (of 1784), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 1374450]

Additional detail for reference: Lines 25,26, dwelling 6

Comment: Source identifies Samantha J. Spear as the wife of Thomas J. Spear and the number of years married (21) for both. Using the official census date of 15 Apr 1910 gives a marriage date range from 16 Apr 1888 to 15 Apr 1889.

obituary-symantha-spear-1915: Obituary for Symantha J. (Karnes) Spear (1915); “Obituary / Mrs. T. J. Spear,” Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 29 Apr 2018), image “United States of America > Kansas > Oberlin > Oberlin Herald > 1915 > 05 > 13” page 5; citing “Oberlin Herald (Oberlin, Kansas), 13 May 1915 (Thursday), page 5, column 3”

Comment: Source includes date (<conflict>), and location (Rawlins County [, Kansas]). See research notes for both for conflict details.

obituary-thomas-spear-1923: Obituary for Thomas James Spear (1923); “T.J. Spear Dies Suddenly,” Oberlin Herald (Oberlin Kansas), 16 Aug 1923 (Thursday), page unknown, column unknown

Comment: Source includes the date (March 17, 1889) of the marriage of T.J. Spear and Samantha J. Fisher.

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Child: Belle Spear (1860 – 1965)

Child: David C. Spear (1862 – 1940)

Child: Martha Jane "Mattie" Spear (1867 – 1953)

Child: Sarah Elizabeth "Sadie" Spear (1869 – ?)

Child: Frank J. Spear (1871 – 1950)

Child: Cora A. Spear (1873 – 1874)

Child: Ernest W. Spear (1876 – 1960)

Child: Joseph Elbert "Bert" Spear (1879 – 1955)

Child: Mary Winifred Spear (1883 – 1975)

Child: Wilma May Spear (1886 – 1967)

Family #2

Spouse/Partner: Samantha J. Karnes (1848 – 1915)

Married: 17 Mar 1889 in , Rawlins County, Kansas, United States

Supporting evidence for:
marriage

book-history-of-noble-county-ohio-1887: History of Noble County, Ohio; Chicago: L. H. Watkins & Company, 1887; book image (PDF), Google Play (https://play.google.com: downloaded 20 Apr 2018), held by New York Public Library [The personal histories were collected from the identified individuals and their contemporaries. Other histories were collected from county records and other places, with the help of numerous county officials and others.]

Additional detail for reference: Page 477 (PDF page 552)

Comment: Source notes Mary married _____ Spears. [This surname is known to be misspelled.]

marker-mary-spear-1887: Gravestone of Mary A. Spear (1887); Find A Grave (https://www.findagrave.com: accessed 26 May 2019), memorial ID 84992989, photograph uploaded 14 Feb 2012; citing “Atwood Fairview Cemetery (Atwood, Rawlins County, Kansas, USA)”

Comment: Source notes that Mary A. was the wife of T.J. Spear.

marriage-spear-shafer-1859: Marriage registry entry for Thomas Spear and Margaret Shafer (1859); Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2016, record collection, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org: accessed 16 Jul 2020), “Noble > Marriage records 1852-1873” image 163; DGS 4,022,322, image 167; entry 1 (page 261); citing “Marriage Record, Years 1852 to 1873, (Vol. 1), pages 260-261; Probate Court, Noble County Court House, Noble County, Ohio, United States; Franklin County Genealogical & Historical Society, Columbus”

Comment: Source includes date (26th day of June AD 1859) and location (Noble County, Ohio).

obituary-mary-spear-1887: Obituary for Mary A. Spear (1887); “Gone to Rest,” Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 7 May 2020), image “United States of America > Kansas > Atwood > The Republican Citizen > 1887 > 12 > 02" page 3; citing “The Republican Citizen (Atwood, Rawlins County, Kansas), 2 Dec 1887 (Friday), page 3, column 1”

Comment: Source notes marriage between Thomas Spear and Mary A.

obituary-thomas-spear-1923: Obituary for Thomas James Spear (1923); “T.J. Spear Dies Suddenly,” Oberlin Herald (Oberlin Kansas), 16 Aug 1923 (Thursday), page unknown, column unknown

Comment: Source includes date (June 26, 1859) of marriage of T.J. Spear and Mary Ann Shafer.

census-us-1900-ps-ks-rawlins-130-8a: 1900 U.S. Census, population schedule, Kansas, Rawlins County, Union Township, enumeration district 130, sheet 8A (form/penned) or page 291A (stamped); 1900 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 13 August 2018) > "Kansas > Rawlins > Union > District 0130" image 1; citing “Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900, NARA microfilm publication T623 (1854 rolls), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 1240496]

Additional detail for reference: Lines 30,31, dwelling 123

Comment: Source identifies Samanta J. Spear as the wife of Thomas J. Spear and the number of years married (11) for both. Using the official census date of 1 June 1900 gives a marriage date range from 2 June 1888 to 1 June 1889.

census-us-1910-ps-ks-decatur-11-1a: 1910 U.S. Census, population schedule, Kansas, Decatur County, Center Township, enumeration district 11, sheet 1A (form/penned) or page 41A (stamped); 1910 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 14 August 2018) > "Kansas > Decatur > Center > District 0011" image 1; citing “Thirteenth Census of the United States, 1910, NARA microfilm publication T624, roll 437 (of 1784), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 1374450]

Additional detail for reference: Lines 25,26, dwelling 6

Comment: Source identifies Samantha J. Spear as the wife of Thomas J. Spear and the number of years married (21) for both. Using the official census date of 15 Apr 1910 gives a marriage date range from 16 Apr 1888 to 15 Apr 1889.

obituary-symantha-spear-1915: Obituary for Symantha J. (Karnes) Spear (1915); “Obituary / Mrs. T. J. Spear,” Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 29 Apr 2018), image “United States of America > Kansas > Oberlin > Oberlin Herald > 1915 > 05 > 13” page 5; citing “Oberlin Herald (Oberlin, Kansas), 13 May 1915 (Thursday), page 5, column 3”

Comment: Source includes date (<conflict>), and location (Rawlins County [, Kansas]). See research notes for both for conflict details.

obituary-thomas-spear-1923: Obituary for Thomas James Spear (1923); “T.J. Spear Dies Suddenly,” Oberlin Herald (Oberlin Kansas), 16 Aug 1923 (Thursday), page unknown, column unknown

Comment: Source includes the date (March 17, 1889) of the marriage of T.J. Spear and Samantha J. Fisher.

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Child: Samuel Harvey Fisher (1882 – ?)

Child: Emmett Spear (1891 – ?)

Miscellaneous Facts

Events

Burial: at Oberlin, Decatur County, Kansas, United States

Cemetery: (Oberlin Cemetery) at Oberlin, Decatur County, Kansas, United States

Supporting evidence for:
events

marker-thomas-samantha-spear-1923-1915: Gravestone of Thomas J. (1923) and Samantha J. (1915) Spear; Find A Grave (https://www.findagrave.com: accessed 5 May 2021), memorial IDs 60563282 (Thomas) and 60563286 (Samantha), photographs uploaded 24 Oct 2010 to both memorials; citing “Oberlin Cemetery (Oberlin, Decatur County, Kansas, USA)”

Comment: Source includes location (Oberlin, Decatur County, Kansas).

obituary-thomas-spear-1923: Obituary for Thomas James Spear (1923); “T.J. Spear Dies Suddenly,” Oberlin Herald (Oberlin Kansas), 16 Aug 1923 (Thursday), page unknown, column unknown

Comment: Source includes name of cemetery (Oberlin cemetery). The cemetery is located in Oberlin, Kansas.

marker-thomas-samantha-spear-1923-1915: Gravestone of Thomas J. (1923) and Samantha J. (1915) Spear; Find A Grave (https://www.findagrave.com: accessed 5 May 2021), memorial IDs 60563282 (Thomas) and 60563286 (Samantha), photographs uploaded 24 Oct 2010 to both memorials; citing “Oberlin Cemetery (Oberlin, Decatur County, Kansas, USA)”

Comment: Source includes cemetery (Oberlin Cemetery) and location (Oberlin, Decatur County, Kansas).

obituary-thomas-spear-1923: Obituary for Thomas James Spear (1923); “T.J. Spear Dies Suddenly,” Oberlin Herald (Oberlin Kansas), 16 Aug 1923 (Thursday), page unknown, column unknown

Comment: Source includes the cemetery name (Oberlin cemetery). Oberlin cemetery is located in Oberlin, Kansas.

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Attributes

Occupation: (farmer) 1 Jun 1870

Residence: 1 Jun 1870 at Union Township, Guthrie County, Iowa, United States

Occupation: (farmer) 1 Jun 1900

Residence: 1 Jun 1900 at Union Township, Rawlins County, Kansas, United States

Occupation: (farmer) 15 Apr 1910

Residence: 15 Apr 1910 at Center Township, Decatur County, Kansas, United States

Residence: 12 Sep 1918 at Oberlin, Decatur County, Kansas, United States

Residence: 10 Jan 1920 at Olive Township, Decatur County, Kansas, United States

Supporting evidence for:
attributes

census-us-1870-ps-ia-guthrie-union-2: 1870 U.S. Census, population schedule, Iowa, Guthrie County, Union, page 2 (form) or page 243B (stamp sequence, not visible on page); 1870 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 12 August 2018) > "Iowa > Guthrie > Union" image 2; citing “Ninth Census of the United States, 1870, NARA microfilm publication M593, roll 393 (of 1761), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 545892]

Additional detail for reference: Line 2, dwelling 8

Comment: Source includes census date (1 Jun 1870) and occupation (farmer).

census-us-1870-ps-ia-guthrie-union-2: 1870 U.S. Census, population schedule, Iowa, Guthrie County, Union, page 2 (form) or page 243B (stamp sequence, not visible on page); 1870 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 12 August 2018) > "Iowa > Guthrie > Union" image 2; citing “Ninth Census of the United States, 1870, NARA microfilm publication M593, roll 393 (of 1761), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 545892]

Additional detail for reference: Line 2, dwelling 8

Comment: Source includes census date (1 Jun 1870) and location (Union, in the County of Guthrie, State of Iowa).

census-us-1900-ps-ks-rawlins-130-8a: 1900 U.S. Census, population schedule, Kansas, Rawlins County, Union Township, enumeration district 130, sheet 8A (form/penned) or page 291A (stamped); 1900 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 13 August 2018) > "Kansas > Rawlins > Union > District 0130" image 1; citing “Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900, NARA microfilm publication T623 (1854 rolls), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 1240496]

Additional detail for reference: Line 30, dwelling 123

Comment: Source includes census date (1 June 1900) and occupation (Farmer).

census-us-1900-ps-ks-rawlins-130-8a: 1900 U.S. Census, population schedule, Kansas, Rawlins County, Union Township, enumeration district 130, sheet 8A (form/penned) or page 291A (stamped); 1900 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 13 August 2018) > "Kansas > Rawlins > Union > District 0130" image 1; citing “Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900, NARA microfilm publication T623 (1854 rolls), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 1240496]

Additional detail for reference: Line 30, dwelling 123

Comment: Source includes census date (1 June 1900) and location (Union Township, County: Rawlins, State: Kansas).

census-us-1910-ps-ks-decatur-11-1a: 1910 U.S. Census, population schedule, Kansas, Decatur County, Center Township, enumeration district 11, sheet 1A (form/penned) or page 41A (stamped); 1910 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 14 August 2018) > "Kansas > Decatur > Center > District 0011" image 1; citing “Thirteenth Census of the United States, 1910, NARA microfilm publication T624, roll 437 (of 1784), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 1374450]

Additional detail for reference: Line 25, dwelling 6

Comment: Source includes census date (15 Apr 1910) and occupation (Farmer).

census-us-1910-ps-ks-decatur-11-1a: 1910 U.S. Census, population schedule, Kansas, Decatur County, Center Township, enumeration district 11, sheet 1A (form/penned) or page 41A (stamped); 1910 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 14 August 2018) > "Kansas > Decatur > Center > District 0011" image 1; citing “Thirteenth Census of the United States, 1910, NARA microfilm publication T624, roll 437 (of 1784), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 1374450]

Additional detail for reference: Line 25, dwelling 6

Comment: Source includes census date (15 Apr 1910) and location (Center Township, County: Decatur, State: Kansas).

military-draftreg-joseph-spear-1918: Draft registration card for Joseph Elbert Spear (1918); U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, database with images, Ancestry (https://ancestry.com: accessed before 2018) > “Kansas > Rawlins County > ALL > Draft Card S” image 98; citing “World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, M1509, 4,582 rolls, imaged from Family History Library microfilm”

Comment: Source includes date (Sept 12, 1918) and location (Oberlin, Decatur, Kan) of his nearest relative, identified as his father (Thos. J Spear).

census-us-1920-ps-ks-decatur-18-2a: 1920 U.S. Census, population schedule, Kansas, Decatur County, Olive, enumeration district 18, sheet 2A (form); 1920 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 3 Feb 2021) > "Kansas > Decatur > Olive > District 0018" image 3; citing “Fourteenth Census of the United States, 1920, NARA microfilm publication T625, roll 529 (of 2076), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.”

Additional detail for reference: Line 32, dwelling 28

Comment: Source includes census date (1 Jan 1920) and location (Olive Township, County: Decatur, State: Kansas).

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General Notes and Anecdotes

T.J. was active in the local Methodist church from early in his life, and served as a local preacher for many years. [obituary-thomas-spear-1923]

On 22 Aug 1862, T.J. enlisted in Company H of the 116th Ohio Volunteers. [military-registry-ks-enrollment-veterans-56-190, book-record-of-the-116th-regiment-ohio-1884, obituary-thomas-spear-1923]

The 116th Ohio Volunteers was an infantry regiment organized in Ohio at Marietta and Gallipolis, and mustered in 18 Sep 1862. Due to desertions, Companies F and K had to hold back and were not mustered in until 28 Oct 1862. They joined the rest of the 116th at Buckhannon, West Virginia. [The mustering date of Companies F and K was erroneously given as 1861 in the Compendium, see pages 19 and 24 of the Record of the 116 Regiment.] [book-compendium-of-the-war-of-the-rebellion-1908, book-record-of-the-116th-regiment-ohio-1884]

The 116th was involved in general military operations, including the Second Battle of Winchester (13-15 Jun 1863). They joined the Army of the Potomac on 5 Jul 1863, and fought in numerous skirmishes in northern Virginia and western Maryland that summer. [book-compendium-of-the-war-of-the-rebellion-1908]

T.J. was mustered out 10 Jun 1865 at Camp Chase, Ohio, and awarded a pension of $13 per month. [obituary-thomas-spear-1923, military-registry-ks-enrollment-veterans-56-190]

In 1883 T.J. may have joined the Perry Wright Post (No. 188) of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) [a fraternal organization created exclusively for honorably discharged Union veterans of the American Civil War; it had over 400,000 members at its height] in Coon Rapids, Iowa. However, although the application exists, it notes the enrollment fees hadn't been paid yet. [misc-gar-thomas-spear-1883]

He was later a member of the T.E.G. Ransom Post (No 198) of the GAR in Oberlin, Kansas where he held multiple positions during his membership. In 1903 he was the posts' Chaplin, and in 1913 he was installed as the post's Commander. [misc-gar-kansas-roster-1917, periodical-memorial-day-1903, periodical-gar-banquet-and-installation-1913]

T.J. seemed to be in good health in the days prior to his death, and passed away in his sleep. [obituary-thomas-spear-1923]

Supporting evidence for:
general notes

book-compendium-of-the-war-of-the-rebellion-1908: Frederick H. Dyer, A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion; Des Moines, Iowa: The Dyer Publishing Company, 1908; book image (PDF), Google Books (http://books.google.com: accessed 18 Apr 2018) [A record of U.S. Army organization and engagements during the Civil War.]

Additional detail for reference: Page 1546 (PDF page 1560)

book-record-of-the-116th-regiment-ohio-1884: Thos. F. (Thomas Francis) Wildes, Record of the One Hundred and Sixteenth Regiment Ohio Infantry Volunteers in the War of the Rebellion; Sandusky, Ohio: I.F. Mack & Bro., 1884; book image (PDF), Internet Archive (https://archive.org: accessed 2 Jul 2021) [This work is a history of the 116th Regiment, written by the commanding general and based on personal memory, along with "reports, records and data" to help ensure accuracy.]

Additional detail for reference: Page 355 (PDF page 385)

misc-gar-kansas-roster-1917: “State roster of the Kansas Grand Army of the Republic,” page 131; digital image, Kansas Historical Society (https://www.kansasmemory.org/item/221022/page/42: accessed 17 May 2018); citing “Journal of the Thirty-sixth Annual Encampment of the GAR, Department of Kansas (Grand Army of the Republic, 1917), pages 90-147”

Additional detail for reference: Page 131.

misc-gar-thomas-spear-1883: GAR membership record for Thomas Spear (1883), Perry Wright Post, Iowa; Iowa, Grand Army of the Republic Membership Records, 1861-1949, database with images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org: accessed 17 May 2018) > “Carroll > Perry Wright” image 464; DGS 7653711, image 88; citing “Iowa State Grand Army of the Republic; Iowa State Historical Department, Des Moines, Iowa”

military-registry-ks-enrollment-veterans-56-190: Kansas enrollment of Civil War veterans, 1889, database with images, Ancestry (https://ancestry.com: accessed 20 May 2018) > “Book 56: Ohio Infantry (Regiments 111-130)” image 190; citing “Enrollment of Ex-Soldiers and Sailors, their Widows and Orphans, 1889, Unit ID #190462, 69 volumes, Records of the Adjutant General’s Office, Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka, Kansas”

Additional detail for reference: Book 56: Ohio Infantry (Regiments 111-130), image 190

obituary-thomas-spear-1923: Obituary for Thomas James Spear (1923); “T.J. Spear Dies Suddenly,” Oberlin Herald (Oberlin Kansas), 16 Aug 1923 (Thursday), page unknown, column unknown

periodical-gar-banquet-and-installation-1913: “G.A.R Banquet and Installation,” organization news; Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 30 Jun 2020) > “United States of America > Kansas > Oberlin > Oberlin Herald > 1913 > 01 > 09” page 1; citing “Oberlin Herald (Oberlin, Decatur County, Kansas), 9 Jan 1913 (Thursday), page 1, column 1”

periodical-memorial-day-1903: “Memorial Day,” local news; Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 30 Jun 2020) > “United States of America > Kansas > Atwood > The Atwood Patriot > 1903 > 06 > 05” page 2; citing “The Atwood Patriot (Atwood, Kansas), 5 Jun 1903 (Friday), page 2, column 5”

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Research Notes (Conflicts/Spelling/Followup)

CONFLICTS

Birth Date: This database uses 19 August 1835. The 1900 U.S. Census gives an explicit birth date (Aug / 1836) and an age (63). When applied to the official census date of 1 Jun 1900, the age gives a birth date range of 2 June 1836 to 1 June 1837, so the record is internally consistent. [census-us-1900-ps-ks-rawlins-130-8a]

Birth Date: This database uses 19 Aug 1835. The 1920 U.S. Census gives an age of (83), which, when applied to the offical census date of 1 Jan 1920, gives a birth date range from 2 Jan 1836 to 1 Jan 1837. [census-us-1920-ps-ks-decatur-18-2a]

Birth Location: This database uses Barnseville, Ohio. T.J.'s obituary lists his place of birth as Bloomington County, Ohio, there is no such county. There is currently an unincorporated community known as Bloomington in Clinton County, but that still doesn't match the Belmont County identified in other sources. It is also on the opposite side of the state. [obituary-thomas-spear-1923]

Military Prison: Thomas's obituary indicates he served seven months as a prisoner-of-war at Andersonville, not six. [obituary-thomas-spear-1923, military-registry-ks-enrollment-veterans-56-190]

Marriage Date: This database uses 17 Mar 1889. Samantha's obituary gives the date as March 18, 1889. There is only one source for either date (other sources support either one), and the 17 March date one the coin flip. [obituary-symantha-spear-1915]

SPELLING

Surname: This database uses Spear. The History of Noble County, Ohio uses the spelling Spears. [book-history-of-noble-county-ohio-1887]

FOLLOWUP

Thomas Spear and Mary Shafer may have had another child, William Thomas Spear, b. 5 Sep 1864, d. 17 Jan 1866, bur. Mount Ephraim Cemetery. All of these are located in Mt. Ephraim, Noble County, Ohio. [research-a-spear-family-history]

From 4 Aug 1863 to 29 Apr 1864, the army was encamped at Martinsburg, West Virginia. They were close enough to Thomas' home that his wife and daughter (Mary Ann and Belle) were able to ride out to visit. [research-a-spear-family-history]

At the Battle of Piedmont (5 Jun 1864), the Union prevailed but T.J. was wounded on the back of the right arm near the elbow, and taken prisoner by General Early's forces. He was "attended by a Rebel surgeon . . . until about July 1st" and was sent to Andersonville Prison in Georgia, spending 6 or 7 months in the infamous prisoner of war camp. His stay ended when he was sent to Savannah in a prisoner exchange on 24 Nov 1864. [research-a-spear-family-history, military-registry-ks-enrollment-veterans-56-190]

The obituary of Samuel Higley (husband of Thomas' daughter, Wilma) notes "T. J. Spear of Oberlin" and a date of either 1906 or 1907, depending on interpretation of the text. However, per this database, he was in Union Township, Rawlins County, Kansas in 1900 and Center Township, Decatur County in 1910, and didn't show up in Oberlin until sometime between 1910 and 1918. Was he really in Oberlin before 1910? This is made more confusing by the noting that T. J. lived in Decatur County in 1906 when his daughter Wilma married Samuel [obituary-samuel-higley-1907, periodical-married-higley-spear-1906]

Supporting evidence for:
research notes

book-history-of-noble-county-ohio-1887: History of Noble County, Ohio; Chicago: L. H. Watkins & Company, 1887; book image (PDF), Google Play (https://play.google.com: downloaded 20 Apr 2018), held by New York Public Library [The personal histories were collected from the identified individuals and their contemporaries. Other histories were collected from county records and other places, with the help of numerous county officials and others.]

Additional detail for reference: Page 477 (PDF page 552)

book-compendium-of-the-war-of-the-rebellion-1908: Frederick H. Dyer, A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion; Des Moines, Iowa: The Dyer Publishing Company, 1908; book image (PDF), Google Books (http://books.google.com: accessed 18 Apr 2018) [A record of U.S. Army organization and engagements during the Civil War.]

Additional detail for reference: Page 1546 (PDF page 1560)

census-us-1900-ps-ks-rawlins-130-8a: 1900 U.S. Census, population schedule, Kansas, Rawlins County, Union Township, enumeration district 130, sheet 8A (form/penned) or page 291A (stamped); 1900 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 13 August 2018) > "Kansas > Rawlins > Union > District 0130" image 1; citing “Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900, NARA microfilm publication T623 (1854 rolls), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 1240496]

Additional detail for reference: Line 30, dwelling 123

census-us-1920-ps-ks-decatur-18-2a: 1920 U.S. Census, population schedule, Kansas, Decatur County, Olive, enumeration district 18, sheet 2A (form); 1920 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 3 Feb 2021) > "Kansas > Decatur > Olive > District 0018" image 3; citing “Fourteenth Census of the United States, 1920, NARA microfilm publication T625, roll 529 (of 2076), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.”

Additional detail for reference: Line 32, dwelling 28

military-registry-ks-enrollment-veterans-56-190: Kansas enrollment of Civil War veterans, 1889, database with images, Ancestry (https://ancestry.com: accessed 20 May 2018) > “Book 56: Ohio Infantry (Regiments 111-130)” image 190; citing “Enrollment of Ex-Soldiers and Sailors, their Widows and Orphans, 1889, Unit ID #190462, 69 volumes, Records of the Adjutant General’s Office, Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka, Kansas”

Additional detail for reference: Book 56: Ohio Infantry (Regiments 111-130), image 190

obituary-symantha-spear-1915: Obituary for Symantha J. (Karnes) Spear (1915); “Obituary / Mrs. T. J. Spear,” Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 29 Apr 2018), image “United States of America > Kansas > Oberlin > Oberlin Herald > 1915 > 05 > 13” page 5; citing “Oberlin Herald (Oberlin, Kansas), 13 May 1915 (Thursday), page 5, column 3”

obituary-samuel-higley-1907: Obituary for Sam Higley (1907); “Sam Higley Killed,” Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 20 Feb 2021), image “United States of America > Kansas > Atwood > The Republican Citizen > 1907 > 05 > 16” page 1; citing “The Republican Citizen (Atwood, Rawlins County, Kansas), 16 May 1907 (Thursday), page 1, column 1”

obituary-thomas-spear-1923: Obituary for Thomas James Spear (1923); “T.J. Spear Dies Suddenly,” Oberlin Herald (Oberlin Kansas), 16 Aug 1923 (Thursday), page unknown, column unknown

periodical-married-higley-spear-1906: "Married," report of wedding of Sam Higley and Wilma Spear; Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 20 Feb 2021) > “United States of America > Kansas > Atwood > The Republican Citizen > 1906 > 06 > 22” page 5; citing “The Republican Citizen (Atwood, Rawlins County, Kansas), 22 Jun 1906 (Friday), page 5, column 2”

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

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