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Emmett Spear

Last updated 19 Oct 2021 in Spear–Johnson Family.

Individual

Born: 3 Jul 1891 in Atwood, Rawlins County, Kansas, United States

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

Mother: Samantha J. Karnes (1848 – 1915)

Supporting evidence for:
name

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 33, dwelling 123

Comment: Source includes name (Emmet 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 27, dwelling 6

Comment: Source includes name (Emmet Spear).

military-draftreg-emmet-spear-1917: Draft registration card for Emmet Spear (1917); U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, database with images, Ancestry (https://ancestry.com: accessed 5 May 2021) > “Kansas > Decatur County > ALL > Draft Card S” image 152; 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” [FHL microfilm M1509 (4582 rolls)]

Comment: Source includes name (Emmet 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 first name and implied last name (<spelling> Spear). See research notes for spelling details.

periodical-wedding-harmon-spear-1915: “Those Wedding Bells / Harmon-Spear,” wedding description; Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 3 May 2021) > “United States of America > Kansas > Oberlin > The Oberlin Times > 1915 > 04 > 16” page 1; citing “The Oberlin Times (Oberlin, Decatur County, Kansas), 16 Apr 1915 (Friday), page 1, column 2”

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

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birth

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 33, dwelling 123

Comment: Source includes date (July/1891), age (8), and location (Kansas). Using his age and the official census date of 1 June 1900 gives a birth date range from 2 June 1891 to 1 June 1892, which encompasses the given date.

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 27, dwelling 6

Comment: Source includes age (18) and location (Kansas). Using his age and the official census date of 15 Apr 1910 gives a birth date range from 16 Apr 1891 to 15 Apr 1892.

military-draftreg-emmet-spear-1917: Draft registration card for Emmet Spear (1917); U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, database with images, Ancestry (https://ancestry.com: accessed 5 May 2021) > “Kansas > Decatur County > ALL > Draft Card S” image 152; 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” [FHL microfilm M1509 (4582 rolls)]

Comment: Source includes date (July 3, 1891), age (25), and location (Atwood, Kansas, USA).Using his age and the registration date of 5 Jun 1917 gives a birth date range from 6 Jun 1891 to 5 Jun 1892, which emcompasses the given date.

periodical-wedding-harmon-spear-1915: “Those Wedding Bells / Harmon-Spear,” wedding description; Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 3 May 2021) > “United States of America > Kansas > Oberlin > The Oberlin Times > 1915 > 04 > 16” page 1; citing “The Oberlin Times (Oberlin, Decatur County, Kansas), 16 Apr 1915 (Friday), page 1, column 2”

Comment: Source includes location ([<conflict>]). See research notes for conflict details.

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father

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 25,27, dwelling 6

Comment: Source identifies Emmet Spear as a son of Thomas J. Spear. The source does not provide sufficient evidence to denote the type of parent/child relationship.

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 identifies Emmett [Spear] as the biological son of Thomas James 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: Lines 30,33, dwelling 123

Comment: Source identifies Emmet Spear as a son of Thomas J. Spear. The source does not provide sufficient evidence to denote the type of parent/child relationship.

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mother

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 identifies Emmett [Spear] as the biological son of Symantha J. Karns.

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Family

Spouse/Partner: Esther Harmon (? – ?)

Married: 7 Apr 1915 in Oberlin, Decatur County, Kansas, United States

Supporting evidence for:
marriage

periodical-wedding-harmon-spear-1915: “Those Wedding Bells / Harmon-Spear,” wedding description; Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 3 May 2021) > “United States of America > Kansas > Oberlin > The Oberlin Times > 1915 > 04 > 16” page 1; citing “The Oberlin Times (Oberlin, Decatur County, Kansas), 16 Apr 1915 (Friday), page 1, column 2”

Comment: Source includes date (7 Apr 1915) and location ("Presbyterian Manse" in [Oberlin, Dacatur County, Kansas]).

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Miscellaneous Facts

Events

Employer: (self) 5 Jun 1917 at Center Township, Decatur County, Kansas, United States

Supporting evidence for:
events

military-draftreg-emmet-spear-1917: Draft registration card for Emmet Spear (1917); U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, database with images, Ancestry (https://ancestry.com: accessed 5 May 2021) > “Kansas > Decatur County > ALL > Draft Card S” image 152; 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” [FHL microfilm M1509 (4582 rolls)]

Comment: Source includes date (June 5th 1917), employer (Self), and location (Center Twp, Oberlin, Kans).

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Attributes

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

Occupation: (farmer) 5 Jun 1917 at Center Township, Decatur County, Kansas, United States

Residence: 5 Jun 1917 at Center Township, Decatur County, Kansas, United States

Residence: 12 Aug 1923 at Oberlin, Decatur County, Kansas, United States

Supporting evidence for:
attributes

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 33, 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 27, dwelling 6

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

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 27, dwelling 6

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

military-draftreg-emmet-spear-1917: Draft registration card for Emmet Spear (1917); U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, database with images, Ancestry (https://ancestry.com: accessed 5 May 2021) > “Kansas > Decatur County > ALL > Draft Card S” image 152; 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” [FHL microfilm M1509 (4582 rolls)]

Comment: Source includes date (June 5th 1917), occupation (Farmer), and location (Center Twp, Oberlin, Kans).

military-draftreg-emmet-spear-1917: Draft registration card for Emmet Spear (1917); U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, database with images, Ancestry (https://ancestry.com: accessed 5 May 2021) > “Kansas > Decatur County > ALL > Draft Card S” image 152; 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” [FHL microfilm M1509 (4582 rolls)]

Comment: Source includes date (June 5th 1917) and location (Center Twp, Oberlin, Kans).

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 (Oberlin, Kansas), and implied date (12 Aug 1923).

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Research Notes (Conflicts/Spelling/Followup)

CONFLICTS

Birth Location: This database uses Atwood, Kansas. The announcement of his marriage to Esther Harmon notes that Emmett Spear was born and reared in this neighborhood, implying Oberlin since that is where the paper was published. [periodical-wedding-harmon-spear-1915]

SPELLING

Given Name: This database uses Emmet. His father's obituary spells it as Emmett. [obituary-thomas-spear-1923]

Given Name: This database uses Emmet. The announcement of his wedding with Esther Harmon spells it as Emmett. [periodical-wedding-harmon-spear-1915]

FOLLOWUP

Emmett may have been born 3 Jul 1891. [research-a-spear-family-history]

Emmett Spear and Esther Harmon may have had two children. One may have been stillborn in 1916, in Oberlin, Kansas, and not given a name. The other may have been <private> [research-a-spear-family-history]

Emmett may hvae died 17 Dec 1931 in Oberlin, Kansas and been buried in the Oberlin Cemetery. [research-a-spear-family-history]

There exist gravesites for both Emmett Spear and Baby Girl Spear (Emmet and Esther's stillborn child) in Oberlin Cemetery in Oberlin, Decatur County, Kansas. However, images of the gravestones are not yet available on Find A Grave, and I haven't made a trip to Oberlin to photograph them myself.

Supporting evidence for:
research notes

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-wedding-harmon-spear-1915: “Those Wedding Bells / Harmon-Spear,” wedding description; Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 3 May 2021) > “United States of America > Kansas > Oberlin > The Oberlin Times > 1915 > 04 > 16” page 1; citing “The Oberlin Times (Oberlin, Decatur County, Kansas), 16 Apr 1915 (Friday), page 1, 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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