Last updated 23 Oct 2021 in Spear–Johnson Family.
Died: 1919 in Abingdon, Knox County, Illinois, United States
Father: Joseph Spear (? – ?)
Mother: Sarah A. Hinton (bet 1811/1812 – ?)
Spouse/Partner: Margaret J. Allaman (1843 – 1893)
Married: 18 Aug 1865 in Assumption, Christian County, Illinois, United States
Spouse/Partner: Lucinda "Jennie" Jane Crowell (1841 – 1923)
Married: 25 Dec 1895
Residence: 1887 at , Rawlins County, Kansas, United States
Residence: 1901 at Abingdon, Knox County, Illinois, United States
Research Notes (Conflicts/Spelling/Followup)
Death Date: This database uses 15 Apr 1918. The obituary for Lucinda (Crowell) Spear puts the year as 1919. [obituary-jennie-spear-1923]
William may have been born in Monroe County, OH or Butler County, OH
His birth date may have been 11 Feb 1838, and his middle name may have been Danford. [research-a-spear-family-history]
He may have served with the 116th Illinois Infantry, Co. G from 30 Sep 1862 to 3 Mar 1865. (from U.S., Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles, 1861-1865 text-only database on Ancestry.com)
Alternately, his enlistment date may have been 14 Aug. He may have been discharged due to illness on 1 Mar (maybe 3 Mar?) 1865.
William and Margaret Spear had two children, Emmet F. Spear (b. 1866 in Christian County, Illinois, d. 28 Dec 1890 in Atwood Rawlins County, Kansas, bur. Atwood Cemetery in Atwood, Kansas) and Frank B. Spear (b. 16 Sep 1871 in Christian County, Illinois, d. after 1930, possibly in Denver, Colorado. [research-a-spear-family-history]
A story in The Republican Citizen (Atwood, Kansas) on 2 Jan 1891, p. 3, col. 4, notes the death by consumption (TB) of Emmett Spear, son of William Spear, on 28 Dec 1890. It noted he had lived in the area for "four years and more" and that he would be sorely missed.
William Spear may have died 15 Apr 1918 in Abingdon, Knox County, Illinois, and been buried in the Hermon Cemetery, Hermon, Knox County, Illinois. [research-a-spear-family-history]
There are actually two "Hermon" Cemeteries: the Hermon Christian Church Cemetery, and the Hermon Methodist Church Cemetery. These two cemeteries are located across the road from each other, on the east and west sides respectively, of Knox Highway 8, just north of Knox Highway 300. The Methodist cemetery has a memorial for William Spear on Find A Grave, but no image of the gravesite or other information about the grave itself. (memorial #7882411)
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