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Belle Spear

Also known as: Amanda Spear

Last updated 7 Nov 2021 in Spear–Johnson Family.

Individual

Born: 1 Jul 1860 in Mt. Ephraim, Noble County, Ohio, United States

Died: 3 Oct 1965 in Beeville, Bee County, Texas, United States

Father: Thomas James "TJ" Spear (1835 – 1923)

Mother: Mary Ann Shafer (1840 – 1887)

Supporting evidence for:
name

census-us-1900-ps-ks-thomas-180-3a: 1900 U.S. Census, population schedule, Kansas, Thomas County, Morgan Township, enumeration district 180, sheet 3A (form/penned) or page 26A (stamped); 1900 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 13 August 2018) > "Kansas > Thomas > Morgan > District 0180" image 5; citing “Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900, NARA microfilm publication T623 (1854 rolls), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 1240502]

Additional detail for reference: Line 6, dwelling 43

Comment: Source includes [married] name (Belle S. Anderson). The 'S' initial may have been for Spear.

census-us-1930-ps-ks-rawlins-17-1a: 1930 U.S. Census, population schedule, Kansas, Rawlins County, Logan Township, enumeration district 77-17, sheet 1A (form/penned) or page 68A (stamped); 1930 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 18 August 2018) > "Kansas > Rawlins > Logan > District 0017" image 1; citing “Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930, NARA microfilm publication T626, roll 716 (of 2667), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 2340451]

Additional detail for reference: Line 29, dwelling 7

Comment: Source includes [married] name (Belle S. Border).

death-belle-border-1965: Certificate of Death for Belle Spear Border (1965); Texas, Death Certificates, 1903-1982, database with images, Ancestry (https://www.ancestry.com: accessed 12 May 2018) > “Bee > 1965 > Oct-Dec” image 1; citing “Texas Department of State Health Services, Austin Texas, USA, registration number 61018, registered 3 Oct 1965”

Comment: Source includes married name (Belle Spear Border).

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

Additional detail for reference: Page 9 - July Births.

Comment: Source includes [married] name (Belle Spear Anderson).

marker-cyrus-belle-anderson-1917-1965: Gravestone of Cyrus (1917) and Belle (1965) Anderson; Find A Grave (https://www.findagrave.com: accessed 4 Apr 2021), memorial IDs 106481357 (Cyrus) and 103181929 (Belle), photograph uploaded 18 Mar 2015 to both memorials; citing “Atwood Cemetery (Atwood, Rawlins County, Kansas), unknown plot”

Comment: Source includes [married] name (Belle Anderson).

military-draftreg-harold-anderson-1918: Draft registration card for Harold Edmond Anderson (1918); U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, database with images, Ancestry (https://ancestry.com: accessed 6 Apr 2021) > “Kansas > Rawlins County > ALL > Draft Card A” image 14; citing “World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918; United States, Selective Service System, Washington, D.C.; National Archives and Records Administration; M1509, 4,582 rolls, imaged from Family History Library microfilm”

Comment: Source includes [married] name (Mrs. Belle S. Anderson).

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 [married] name (Mrs. Belle S. Berden). The 'S' initial is presumed to be for Spear.

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aliases

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 4, dwelling 8

Comment: Source includes name (Amanda Spear). See research notes for followup details.

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birth

census-us-1930-ps-ks-rawlins-17-1a: 1930 U.S. Census, population schedule, Kansas, Rawlins County, Logan Township, enumeration district 77-17, sheet 1A (form/penned) or page 68A (stamped); 1930 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 18 August 2018) > "Kansas > Rawlins > Logan > District 0017" image 1; citing “Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930, NARA microfilm publication T626, roll 716 (of 2667), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 2340451]

Additional detail for reference: Line 29, dwelling 7

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

death-belle-border-1965: Certificate of Death for Belle Spear Border (1965); Texas, Death Certificates, 1903-1982, database with images, Ancestry (https://www.ancestry.com: accessed 12 May 2018) > “Bee > 1965 > Oct-Dec” image 1; citing “Texas Department of State Health Services, Austin Texas, USA, registration number 61018, registered 3 Oct 1965”

Comment: Source includes location (Mt. Ephriam, Ohio) and date (7-1-1860).

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

Additional detail for reference: Page 9 - July Births.

Comment: Source includes date ([July] 1 [...] 1860).

marker-cyrus-belle-anderson-1917-1965: Gravestone of Cyrus (1917) and Belle (1965) Anderson; Find A Grave (https://www.findagrave.com: accessed 4 Apr 2021), memorial IDs 106481357 (Cyrus) and 103181929 (Belle), photograph uploaded 18 Mar 2015 to both memorials; citing “Atwood Cemetery (Atwood, Rawlins County, Kansas), unknown plot”

Comment: Source includes year (1860).

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 4, dwelling 8

Comment: Source includes age (9) and location (Ohio). Using the official census date of 1 June 1870 gives a birth date range from 2 June 1860 to 1 June 1861.

census-us-1900-ps-ks-thomas-180-3a: 1900 U.S. Census, population schedule, Kansas, Thomas County, Morgan Township, enumeration district 180, sheet 3A (form/penned) or page 26A (stamped); 1900 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 13 August 2018) > "Kansas > Thomas > Morgan > District 0180" image 5; citing “Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900, NARA microfilm publication T623 (1854 rolls), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 1240502]

Additional detail for reference: Line 6, dwelling 43

Comment: Source includes date (July/1860), age (39), and location (Ohio). Using her age and the official census date of 1 June 1900 gives a birth date range from 2 June 1860 to 1 June 1861, which encompasses the given date.

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death

death-belle-border-1965: Certificate of Death for Belle Spear Border (1965); Texas, Death Certificates, 1903-1982, database with images, Ancestry (https://www.ancestry.com: accessed 12 May 2018) > “Bee > 1965 > Oct-Dec” image 1; citing “Texas Department of State Health Services, Austin Texas, USA, registration number 61018, registered 3 Oct 1965”

Comment: Source includes location (Beeville, Bee County, Texas) and date (Oct. 3, 1965).

marker-cyrus-belle-anderson-1917-1965: Gravestone of Cyrus (1917) and Belle (1965) Anderson; Find A Grave (https://www.findagrave.com: accessed 4 Apr 2021), memorial IDs 106481357 (Cyrus) and 103181929 (Belle), photograph uploaded 18 Mar 2015 to both memorials; citing “Atwood Cemetery (Atwood, Rawlins County, Kansas), unknown plot”

Comment: Source includes year (1965).

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father

death-belle-border-1965: Certificate of Death for Belle Spear Border (1965); Texas, Death Certificates, 1903-1982, database with images, Ancestry (https://www.ancestry.com: accessed 12 May 2018) > “Bee > 1965 > Oct-Dec” image 1; citing “Texas Department of State Health Services, Austin Texas, USA, registration number 61018, registered 3 Oct 1965”

Comment: Source identifies Thomas Spear as the father of Belle Spear Border. The source does not provide sufficient evidence to denote the type of parent/child relationship.

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 identifies Mrs. Belle S. Borden as a daughter of Thomas James Spear. The source does not provide sufficient evidence to denote the type of parent/child relationship.

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mother

death-belle-border-1965: Certificate of Death for Belle Spear Border (1965); Texas, Death Certificates, 1903-1982, database with images, Ancestry (https://www.ancestry.com: accessed 12 May 2018) > “Bee > 1965 > Oct-Dec” image 1; citing “Texas Department of State Health Services, Austin Texas, USA, registration number 61018, registered 3 Oct 1965”

Comment: Source identifies Mary Schaeffer as the mother of Belle Spear Border. The source does not provide sufficient evidence to denote the type of parent/child relationship.

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Family #1

Spouse/Partner: Cyrus Anderson (1851 – 1917)

Married: 10 Jun 1891 in Union Township, Rawlins County, Kansas, United States

Supporting evidence for:
marriage

census-us-1900-ps-ks-thomas-180-3a: 1900 U.S. Census, population schedule, Kansas, Thomas County, Morgan Township, enumeration district 180, sheet 3A (form/penned) or page 26A (stamped); 1900 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 13 August 2018) > "Kansas > Thomas > Morgan > District 0180" image 5; citing “Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900, NARA microfilm publication T623 (1854 rolls), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 1240502]

Additional detail for reference: Lines 5,6, dwelling 43

Comment: Source identifies Belle S. Anderson as the wife of Cyrus Anderson and the number of years married (<conflict>) for both. See research notes for either individual for conflict details.

obituary-cyrus-anderson-1917: Obituary for Cyrus Anderson (1917); “The Passing of a Noted Pioneer,” Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 20 Feb 2021), image “United States of America > Kansas > Atwood > The Citizen-Patriot > 1917 > 01 > 18" page 1; citing “The Citizen-Patriot (Atwood, Rawlins County, Kansas), 18 Jan 1917 (Thursday), page 1, column 3”

Comment: Source includes date (<conflict>). See research notes for conflict details.

periodical-anderson-spear-wedding-1891: “Anderson—Spear,” wedding description; Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 17 May 2018) > “United States of America > Kansas > Atwood > The Republican Citizen > 1891 > 06 > 12” page 3; citing “The Republican Citizen (Atwood, Rawlins County, Kansas), 12 Jun 1891 (Friday), page 3, column 4”

Comment: Source includes date (June 10th, 1891) and location (at the residence of the bride's father in Union township [, Rawlins County, Kansas]).

census-us-1930-ps-ks-rawlins-17-1a: 1930 U.S. Census, population schedule, Kansas, Rawlins County, Logan Township, enumeration district 77-17, sheet 1A (form/penned) or page 68A (stamped); 1930 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 18 August 2018) > "Kansas > Rawlins > Logan > District 0017" image 1; citing “Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930, NARA microfilm publication T626, roll 716 (of 2667), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 2340451]

Additional detail for reference: Lines 29,30, dwelling 7

Comment: Source identifies Louis H. Border as the husband of Belle S. Border. The census record notes that Belle was 60 and Louis was 75 at their first marriage. This is known to be wrong with respect to at least Belle, but it would correspond well to this marriage, suggesting about 1921 or 1922.

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Child: Donald Cyrus Anderson (1895 – 1907)

Child: Harold Edmond Anderson (1898 – 1994)

Family #2

Spouse/Partner: Lewis H. Border (1844 – ?)

Married: ?

Supporting evidence for:
marriage

census-us-1900-ps-ks-thomas-180-3a: 1900 U.S. Census, population schedule, Kansas, Thomas County, Morgan Township, enumeration district 180, sheet 3A (form/penned) or page 26A (stamped); 1900 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 13 August 2018) > "Kansas > Thomas > Morgan > District 0180" image 5; citing “Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900, NARA microfilm publication T623 (1854 rolls), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 1240502]

Additional detail for reference: Lines 5,6, dwelling 43

Comment: Source identifies Belle S. Anderson as the wife of Cyrus Anderson and the number of years married (<conflict>) for both. See research notes for either individual for conflict details.

obituary-cyrus-anderson-1917: Obituary for Cyrus Anderson (1917); “The Passing of a Noted Pioneer,” Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 20 Feb 2021), image “United States of America > Kansas > Atwood > The Citizen-Patriot > 1917 > 01 > 18" page 1; citing “The Citizen-Patriot (Atwood, Rawlins County, Kansas), 18 Jan 1917 (Thursday), page 1, column 3”

Comment: Source includes date (<conflict>). See research notes for conflict details.

periodical-anderson-spear-wedding-1891: “Anderson—Spear,” wedding description; Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 17 May 2018) > “United States of America > Kansas > Atwood > The Republican Citizen > 1891 > 06 > 12” page 3; citing “The Republican Citizen (Atwood, Rawlins County, Kansas), 12 Jun 1891 (Friday), page 3, column 4”

Comment: Source includes date (June 10th, 1891) and location (at the residence of the bride's father in Union township [, Rawlins County, Kansas]).

census-us-1930-ps-ks-rawlins-17-1a: 1930 U.S. Census, population schedule, Kansas, Rawlins County, Logan Township, enumeration district 77-17, sheet 1A (form/penned) or page 68A (stamped); 1930 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 18 August 2018) > "Kansas > Rawlins > Logan > District 0017" image 1; citing “Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930, NARA microfilm publication T626, roll 716 (of 2667), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 2340451]

Additional detail for reference: Lines 29,30, dwelling 7

Comment: Source identifies Louis H. Border as the husband of Belle S. Border. The census record notes that Belle was 60 and Louis was 75 at their first marriage. This is known to be wrong with respect to at least Belle, but it would correspond well to this marriage, suggesting about 1921 or 1922.

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Miscellaneous Facts

Events

Burial: at Atwood, Rawlins County, Kansas, United States

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

Supporting evidence for:
events

marker-cyrus-belle-anderson-1917-1965: Gravestone of Cyrus (1917) and Belle (1965) Anderson; Find A Grave (https://www.findagrave.com: accessed 4 Apr 2021), memorial IDs 106481357 (Cyrus) and 103181929 (Belle), photograph uploaded 18 Mar 2015 to both memorials; citing “Atwood Cemetery (Atwood, Rawlins County, Kansas), unknown plot”

Comment: Source implies burial location in Atwood, Rawlins County, Kansas.

marker-cyrus-belle-anderson-1917-1965: Gravestone of Cyrus (1917) and Belle (1965) Anderson; Find A Grave (https://www.findagrave.com: accessed 4 Apr 2021), memorial IDs 106481357 (Cyrus) and 103181929 (Belle), photograph uploaded 18 Mar 2015 to both memorials; citing “Atwood Cemetery (Atwood, Rawlins County, Kansas), unknown plot”

Comment: Source implies burial location in Atwood Cemetery, in Atwood, Rawlins County, Kansas.

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Attributes

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

Residence: 16 Apr 1888 at Atwood, Rawlins County, Kansas, United States

Occupation: (county school superintendent) Bef 10 Jun 1891 at , Rawlins County, Kansas, United States

Residence: 1 Jun 1900 at Colby, Thomas County, Kansas, United States

Residence: 7 Sep 1918 at Atwood, Rawlins County, Kansas, United States

Residence: 12 Aug 1923 at Guthrie Center, Guthrie County, Iowa, United States

Occupation: (farmer) 1 Apr 1930

Residence: 1 Apr 1930 at Logan Township, Rawlins County, Kansas, United States

Residence: 13 Apr 1940 at Blakeman, Rawlins County, Kansas, United States

Residence: 3 Oct 1965 at George West, Live Oak County, Texas, 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 4, dwelling 8

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

obituary-edmund-mcconnell-1888: Obituary for Edmund B. McConnell (1888); “Died,” Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 20 Feb 2021), image “United States of America > Kansas > Atwood > The Atwood Journal > 1988 > 04 > 25" page 1; citing “The Atwood Journal (Atwood, Rawlins County, Kansas), 25 Apr 1888 (Wednesday), page 1, column 4”

Comment: Source includes date (April 16th 1888) and location (of Atwood, Kas.).

periodical-anderson-spear-wedding-1891: “Anderson—Spear,” wedding description; Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 17 May 2018) > “United States of America > Kansas > Atwood > The Republican Citizen > 1891 > 06 > 12” page 3; citing “The Republican Citizen (Atwood, Rawlins County, Kansas), 12 Jun 1891 (Friday), page 3, column 4”

Comment: Source includes date ([before] June 10th, 1891) and occupation (ex-County Superintendent, ranks high ... as an educator ...). The location is implied by "ex-County" to be Rawlins County, Kansas, the home of the newspaper.

census-us-1900-ps-ks-thomas-180-3a: 1900 U.S. Census, population schedule, Kansas, Thomas County, Morgan Township, enumeration district 180, sheet 3A (form/penned) or page 26A (stamped); 1900 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 13 August 2018) > "Kansas > Thomas > Morgan > District 0180" image 5; citing “Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900, NARA microfilm publication T623 (1854 rolls), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 1240502]

Additional detail for reference: Line 6, dwelling 43

Comment: Source includes census date (1 June 1900) and location (Colby, County: Thomas, State: Kansas).

military-draftreg-harold-anderson-1918: Draft registration card for Harold Edmond Anderson (1918); U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, database with images, Ancestry (https://ancestry.com: accessed 6 Apr 2021) > “Kansas > Rawlins County > ALL > Draft Card A” image 14; citing “World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918; United States, Selective Service System, Washington, D.C.; National Archives and Records Administration; M1509, 4,582 rolls, imaged from Family History Library microfilm”

Comment: Source includes date (Sept 7, 1918) and location (Atwood, Rawlins, Kans[as]).

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 location (Guthrie Center, Iowa) and implied date (12 Aug 1923).

census-us-1930-ps-ks-rawlins-17-1a: 1930 U.S. Census, population schedule, Kansas, Rawlins County, Logan Township, enumeration district 77-17, sheet 1A (form/penned) or page 68A (stamped); 1930 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 18 August 2018) > "Kansas > Rawlins > Logan > District 0017" image 1; citing “Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930, NARA microfilm publication T626, roll 716 (of 2667), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 2340451]

Additional detail for reference: Line 29, dwelling 7

Comment: Source includes date (1 Apr 1930) and occupation (Farmer).

census-us-1930-ps-ks-rawlins-17-1a: 1930 U.S. Census, population schedule, Kansas, Rawlins County, Logan Township, enumeration district 77-17, sheet 1A (form/penned) or page 68A (stamped); 1930 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 18 August 2018) > "Kansas > Rawlins > Logan > District 0017" image 1; citing “Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930, NARA microfilm publication T626, roll 716 (of 2667), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 2340451]

Additional detail for reference: Line 29, dwelling 7

Comment: Source includes date (1 Apr 1930) and location (State: Kansas / County: Rawlins / Township: Logan Township).

obituary-david-spear-1940: Obituary for David C. Spear (1940); “Hill City Man Dies In Local Hospital,” Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 6 May 2021), image “United States of America > South Dakota > Rapid City > Rapid City Journal > 1940 > 04 > 13" page 5; citing “The Rapid City Daily Journal (Rapid City, South Dakota), 13 Apr 1940 (Saturday), page 5, column 4”

Comment: Source includes date (13 Apr 1940) and location (Blakeman, Kan.) under married name of Belle Border.

death-belle-border-1965: Certificate of Death for Belle Spear Border (1965); Texas, Death Certificates, 1903-1982, database with images, Ancestry (https://www.ancestry.com: accessed 12 May 2018) > “Bee > 1965 > Oct-Dec” image 1; citing “Texas Department of State Health Services, Austin Texas, USA, registration number 61018, registered 3 Oct 1965”

Comment: Source includes location (George West, Live Oak, Texas) and date (Oct. 3, 1965).

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General Notes and Anecdotes

Belle was engaged to Edmond McConnell, with a wedding planned for May 1888. However, he was shot and killed in April 1888 for trespassing on the claim of Franklin Baker. His will specified that Belle would receive all of his property, which was extensive. [obituary-edmund-mcconnell-1888]

Belle's sister, Wilma, was staying with Cyrus and Belle Anderson by at least 1900 and probably through Wilma's wedding in 1906. [census-us-1900-ps-ks-thomas-180-3a, periodical-married-higley-spear-1906]

Supporting evidence for:
general notes

census-us-1900-ps-ks-thomas-180-3a: 1900 U.S. Census, population schedule, Kansas, Thomas County, Morgan Township, enumeration district 180, sheet 3A (form/penned) or page 26A (stamped); 1900 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 13 August 2018) > "Kansas > Thomas > Morgan > District 0180" image 5; citing “Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900, NARA microfilm publication T623 (1854 rolls), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 1240502]

Additional detail for reference: Line 5-9, dwelling 43

obituary-edmund-mcconnell-1888: Obituary for Edmund B. McConnell (1888); “Died,” Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 20 Feb 2021), image “United States of America > Kansas > Atwood > The Atwood Journal > 1988 > 04 > 25" page 1; citing “The Atwood Journal (Atwood, Rawlins County, Kansas), 25 Apr 1888 (Wednesday), page 1, column 4”

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”

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Research Notes (Conflicts/Spelling/Followup)

CONFLICTS

Birth Date: This database uses 1 Jul 1860. The 1930 U.S. Census gives an age of (68), which, when applied to the official census date of 1 Apr 1930, gives a birth date range from 2 Apr 1861 to 1 Apr 1862. [census-us-1930-ps-ks-rawlins-17-1a]

Marriage Date: This database uses 10 June 1891. The 1900 U.S. Census gives the number of years (9) of marriage, which, when applied to the official census date of 1 Jun 1900, gives a marriage date range from 2 June 1890 to 1 June 1891. [census-us-1900-ps-ks-thomas-180-3a]

FOLLOWUP

The arrangement of Louis and Belle on the 1930 U.S. Census is unusual. While the husband is the "head" for most households and the wife is identified as his wife, in this case Belle is the head and Louis is identified as her husband. [census-us-1930-ps-ks-rawlins-17-1a]

Belle's full name may be Amanda Belle Spear, and Belle was the name she preferred as an adult.

Was Belle a school superintendent at Rawlins County Normal? (The Atchison Daily Champion; Atchison, Kansas; 14 Aug 1889)

Was Belle in the "ladies cornet band of Atwood"? (The Atchison Daily Champion; Atchison, Kansas; 14 Aug 1889)

Lewis and Belle were probably married 5 Jan 1922 in Stuart, Guthrie County, Iowa. The were granted marriage licence 3720 on 3 January 1922. This may also have been Lewis' third marriage. (From Iowa, U.S., Marriage Records, 1880-1951, database with images on Ancestry.com, 1921-1922 > 499 (Dallas-Iowa), image 235. This is an image from a listing, not an original marriage return or certificate.)

Belle along with her son, H.E. Anderson, and his wife, may have spent a week with Mr. and Mrs. G.L. Niles in Mountain Home, Arkansas, holding a fish fry in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Ted Whiteley on "the lake." (Baxter Bulletin; Mountain Home, Arkansas; 23 Aug 1946) [This may not have any genealogical value, but I wanted to note it. The closest lake was probably Norfolk Lake, but it may also have been Bull Shoals Lake, which is a little farther away from Mountain View.]

Belle was probably buried at Atwood Cemetery, in Atwood, Rawlins County, Kansas, United States. [research-a-spear-family-history]

Supporting evidence for:
research notes

census-us-1900-ps-ks-thomas-180-3a: 1900 U.S. Census, population schedule, Kansas, Thomas County, Morgan Township, enumeration district 180, sheet 3A (form/penned) or page 26A (stamped); 1900 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 13 August 2018) > "Kansas > Thomas > Morgan > District 0180" image 5; citing “Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900, NARA microfilm publication T623 (1854 rolls), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 1240502]

Additional detail for reference: Line 5,6, dwelling 43

census-us-1930-ps-ks-rawlins-17-1a: 1930 U.S. Census, population schedule, Kansas, Rawlins County, Logan Township, enumeration district 77-17, sheet 1A (form/penned) or page 68A (stamped); 1930 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 18 August 2018) > "Kansas > Rawlins > Logan > District 0017" image 1; citing “Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930, NARA microfilm publication T626, roll 716 (of 2667), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 2340451]

Additional detail for reference: Line 29, dwelling 7

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

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Sources

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