Joseph Elbert "Bert" Spear

Last updated 19 Oct 2021 in Spear–Johnson Family.

Individual

Born: 18 Feb 1879 in , , Iowa, United States

Died: 1955

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

Mother: Mary Ann Shafer (1840 – 1887)

Supporting evidence for:
name

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 27, dwelling 6

Comment: Source includes name (Bert Spear).

marker-joseph-spear-1955: Gravestone for Joseph E. Spear (1955); Find A Grave (https://www.findagrave.com: accessed 12 May 2021), memorial ID 84992913, photograph uploaded 24 Apr 2014; citing “Atwood Fairview Cemetery (Atwood, Rawlins County, Kansas, USA)”

Comment: Source includes name (Joseph E. 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 (Joseph Elbert 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 initials and implied surname (J.E. Spear).

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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 27, dwelling 6

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

marker-joseph-spear-1955: Gravestone for Joseph E. Spear (1955); Find A Grave (https://www.findagrave.com: accessed 12 May 2021), memorial ID 84992913, photograph uploaded 24 Apr 2014; citing “Atwood Fairview Cemetery (Atwood, Rawlins County, Kansas, USA)”

Comment: Source includes year (<conflict>). See research notes for confilct detail.

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 (Feb 18th 1879).

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death

marker-joseph-spear-1955: Gravestone for Joseph E. Spear (1955); Find A Grave (https://www.findagrave.com: accessed 12 May 2021), memorial ID 84992913, photograph uploaded 24 Apr 2014; citing “Atwood Fairview Cemetery (Atwood, Rawlins County, Kansas, USA)”

Comment: Source includes year (1955).

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father

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 identifies Thos. J Spear as a parent of Joseph.

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 J. E. [Spear] as a son of Thomas James Spear. The source does not provide sufficient evidence to denote the type of parent/child relationship.

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Miscellaneous Facts

Events

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

Employer: (Chas A Rodeubeek) 12 Sep 1918 at Ludell Township, Rawlins County, Kansas, United States

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

Supporting evidence for:
events

marker-joseph-spear-1955: Gravestone for Joseph E. Spear (1955); Find A Grave (https://www.findagrave.com: accessed 12 May 2021), memorial ID 84992913, photograph uploaded 24 Apr 2014; citing “Atwood Fairview Cemetery (Atwood, Rawlins County, Kansas, USA)”

Comment: Source includes location (Atwood, Rawlins County, Kansas, USA).

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), employer (Chas A Rodeubeek[sp?]), and location (Ludell, Rawlins, Kan).

marker-joseph-spear-1955: Gravestone for Joseph E. Spear (1955); Find A Grave (https://www.findagrave.com: accessed 12 May 2021), memorial ID 84992913, photograph uploaded 24 Apr 2014; citing “Atwood Fairview Cemetery (Atwood, Rawlins County, Kansas, USA)”

Comment: Source includes cemetery (Atwood Fairview Cemetery) and location (Atwood, Rawlins County, Kansas, USA).

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Attributes

Occupation: (farmer) 12 Sep 1918

Residence: 12 Sep 1918 at Ludell Township, Rawlins County, Kansas, United States

Residence: 12 Aug 1923 at Atwood, Rawlins County, Kansas, United States

Occupation: (farm laborer) 1 Apr 1930

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

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

Supporting evidence for:
attributes

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 occupation (farmer).

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 (Ludell, Rawlins, Kan).

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 (Atwood, Kansas), 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 27, dwelling 6

Comment: Source includes census date (1 Apr 1930) and occupation (Farm Laborer / General Farm).

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 27, dwelling 6

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

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 (Atwood [, Kansas]). He was identified in this reference as <conflict> Spear. See research notes for conflict details.

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Research Notes (Conflicts/Spelling/Followup)

CONFLICTS

Given Name: This database uses Joseph Elbert. The obituary of David C. Spear gives his name as Albert. This may be a simple typographical error. [obituary-david-spear-1940]

Birth Date: This database uses 18 Feb 1879. The 1930 U.S. Census gives an age of (50), which, when applied to the offical census date of 1 Apr 1930, gives a birth date range from 2 Apr 1879 to 1 Apr 1880. [census-us-1930-ps-ks-rawlins-17-1a]

Birth Date: This database uses 18 Feb 1879. Joseph's gravestone gives a year of 1880. [marker-joseph-spear-1955]

FOLLOWUP

Joseph may have been born in Guthrie County, Iowa, and died 8 Jan 1955 in Atwood, Kansas. [research-a-spear-family-history]

Joseph may have never married. The 1930 U.S. Census lists him as being single. Specifically, he was never married. At this time, he was living with his sister Wilma and her husband Benjamin Burkett. [census-us-1930-ps-ks-rawlins-17-1a]

The 1925 Polk Directory for Pueblo City, Colorado lists a Bert H. Spear who is apparently married to Louise and living in Pueblo. Joseph Elbert's brother Frank J (John Franklin) Spear also lived in Pueblo. Is this reference to a diffferent Bert Spear? If it's Joseph using his nickname, where did the "H." come from?

Supporting evidence for:
research notes

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 27, dwelling 6

marker-joseph-spear-1955: Gravestone for Joseph E. Spear (1955); Find A Grave (https://www.findagrave.com: accessed 12 May 2021), memorial ID 84992913, photograph uploaded 24 Apr 2014; citing “Atwood Fairview Cemetery (Atwood, Rawlins County, Kansas, USA)”

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”

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

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