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Mary Ann Shafer

Last updated 24 Oct 2021 in Spear–Johnson Family.

Individual

Born: Bet 2 Jun 1840 and 31 Dec 1840 in , , Ohio, United States

Died: 28 Nov 1887 in Atwood, Rawlins County, Kansas, United States

Father: William Shafer (1810 – 1904)

Mother: Isabelle Vorhies (1814 – 1883)

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 name (Mary [Shafer]).

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 3, dwelling 8

Comment: Source includes [married] name (Mary A. Spear).

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 includes name (Mary A. [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 (<conflict> Shafer). See research notes for conflict details.,

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 married name (Mary A. 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 name (Mary Ann Shafer).

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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 3, dwelling 8

Comment: Source includes age (29) and location (Ohio). Using the official census date of 1 June 1870 gives a birth date range from 2 June 1840 to 1 June 1841.

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 includes age (<conflict>). See research notes for conflict details

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 includes year (1840) and state (Ohio).

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death

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 includes date and implied year (Nov. 28th, 1887).

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 (November 28, 1887).

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 includes date (Nov. 28, 1887).

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father

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 identifies Mary [Shafer] as a child of William Shafer. The source does not provide sufficient evidence to denote the type of parent/child relationship.

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mother

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 identifies Mary [Shafer] as a child of Isabel Vorhies. The source does not provide sufficient evidence to denote the type of parent/child relationship.

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Family

Spouse/Partner: Thomas James "TJ" Spear (1835 – 1923)

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.

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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)

Miscellaneous Facts

Events

Burial: 30 Nov 1887 at Atwood, Rawlins County, Kansas, United States

Cemetery: (Atwood Fairview Cemetery) at Atwood, Rawlins County, Kansas, United States

Supporting evidence for:
events

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 includes date (Nov. 30th) and location (Atwood Cemetery [located in Atwood, Kansas]) of burial.

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: Marker is located in Atwood, Rawlins County, Kansas.

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 includes location (Atwood Cemetery [located in Atwood, Kansas]).

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: Marker is in Atwood Fairview Cemetery, in Atwood, Rawlins County, Kansas.

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Attributes

Religion: (Methodist Episcopal Church) Abt 1857

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

Supporting evidence for:
attributes

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 that she joined the M.E. (Methodist Episcopal) church when she was 17.

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 3, dwelling 8

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

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Research Notes (Conflicts/Spelling/Followup)

CONFLICTS

Given Name: This database uses Mary Anne. The registry entry for her marriage with Thomas Spear uses Margaret. [marriage-spear-shafer-1859]

Birth Date: This database uses 30 July 1840. Using her date of death (Nov. 28, 1887) and age (47y's. 3 Mo. & 28 D's) as inscribed on her headstone gives a birth date of 31 July 1840. This differs from other sources by a single day, and may be a calculation error by either the sculptor, or by the algorithm in the calculator I used. Note that interpreting 1900 as a leap year would add the offending day. [marker-mary-spear-1887]

FOLLOWUP

Mary may have been born 30 Jul 1840 in Mt. Ephraim, Gurnsey County, Ohio. [research-a-spear-family-history]

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]

Supporting evidence for:
research notes

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”

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)”

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

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