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William Spears

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William Spears

Birth
County Durham, England
Death
9 Jan 1904 (aged 86)
Viola, Marshall County, West Virginia, USA
Burial
Wheeling, Ohio County, West Virginia, USA Add to Map
Plot
Lot 165 with Maria Jane and William
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William Speer arrived in New York, US, October 1, 1842 aboard the ship Baltimore from Liverpool. His first wife Jane ? born England age 24 came to US in 1843 with two children Isabella and Robert. She died abt 1845 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Widowed, he married Elizabeth Isabell REED.

William "Speer" is listed on the 1850 census, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania with children Isabella 10, Robert 8, 2 born England, William 6, and John 3 two born PA.

William and Isabell (Reed) 37 appear on the 1860 census South Wheeling with children Mary 13,born Ohio; Jane 7, Thomas 4, and Ralph 1 born VA.
Isabell died May 17, 1865 Wheeling, unknown burial location.

William married Mary Jane MORROW, single, 38, November 30, 1867, Ohio County, West Virginia. Record gives his parents names as John and Mary (Glenn).
William and Mary Spears, 39, born Virginia, are listed on the 1870 census, Wheeling, with children Virginia (Jane) 17, Thomas 14, Ralph 11, Anna 8 and an Elizabeth Morrow 54 born VA.

William, spelled Speers, widowed, appears on the 1880 census, Wheeling with son Ralph 20.

The following partial biography from "History of the Upper Ohio Valley, Vol I", Pg. 441, Brant & Fuller, 1890. (Linda Fluharty)

"William Spears, the pioneer axle manufacturer of Wheeling, was born in the north of England, February 3, 1816, and came to the United States in 1840. He first settled at Pittsburgh, and from there removed to Cincinnati, whence he came to Wheeling. Here he engaged in the forging industry, and in that line did considerable steamboat and car work, and furnished all the underground work for the Wheeling and Belmont suspension bridge, when that structure was originally built. Conceiving that the manufacture of axles would be profitable, he was the first man in the city to engage in that industry, erecting a factory near the La Belle Iron works, where he carried on a limited but successful business until 1880, when he retired from active life, and was succeeded in business by his son, Ralph R. The senior Spears continued to reside in Wheeling, until 1887, when he removed to his farm on Sand Hill, Marshall county, W. Va., where he now resides.

While in England he was married, and on coming to America brought with him his wife and two children. She died at Pittsburgh, but the children, son and daughter, are still living. Subsequently he married at Pittsburgh, Isabel Reed, who died about 1865, leaving five children, four of whom are still living."

Their daughter Anna/Annie R. Spears married Isaac Sheldon in 1879.

William's brother Thomas is buried in this cemetery mem 37123740.

William's Marshall County death record indicates age 86 years 11 months 6 days, died of Lagrippe.
William Speer arrived in New York, US, October 1, 1842 aboard the ship Baltimore from Liverpool. His first wife Jane ? born England age 24 came to US in 1843 with two children Isabella and Robert. She died abt 1845 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Widowed, he married Elizabeth Isabell REED.

William "Speer" is listed on the 1850 census, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania with children Isabella 10, Robert 8, 2 born England, William 6, and John 3 two born PA.

William and Isabell (Reed) 37 appear on the 1860 census South Wheeling with children Mary 13,born Ohio; Jane 7, Thomas 4, and Ralph 1 born VA.
Isabell died May 17, 1865 Wheeling, unknown burial location.

William married Mary Jane MORROW, single, 38, November 30, 1867, Ohio County, West Virginia. Record gives his parents names as John and Mary (Glenn).
William and Mary Spears, 39, born Virginia, are listed on the 1870 census, Wheeling, with children Virginia (Jane) 17, Thomas 14, Ralph 11, Anna 8 and an Elizabeth Morrow 54 born VA.

William, spelled Speers, widowed, appears on the 1880 census, Wheeling with son Ralph 20.

The following partial biography from "History of the Upper Ohio Valley, Vol I", Pg. 441, Brant & Fuller, 1890. (Linda Fluharty)

"William Spears, the pioneer axle manufacturer of Wheeling, was born in the north of England, February 3, 1816, and came to the United States in 1840. He first settled at Pittsburgh, and from there removed to Cincinnati, whence he came to Wheeling. Here he engaged in the forging industry, and in that line did considerable steamboat and car work, and furnished all the underground work for the Wheeling and Belmont suspension bridge, when that structure was originally built. Conceiving that the manufacture of axles would be profitable, he was the first man in the city to engage in that industry, erecting a factory near the La Belle Iron works, where he carried on a limited but successful business until 1880, when he retired from active life, and was succeeded in business by his son, Ralph R. The senior Spears continued to reside in Wheeling, until 1887, when he removed to his farm on Sand Hill, Marshall county, W. Va., where he now resides.

While in England he was married, and on coming to America brought with him his wife and two children. She died at Pittsburgh, but the children, son and daughter, are still living. Subsequently he married at Pittsburgh, Isabel Reed, who died about 1865, leaving five children, four of whom are still living."

Their daughter Anna/Annie R. Spears married Isaac Sheldon in 1879.

William's brother Thomas is buried in this cemetery mem 37123740.

William's Marshall County death record indicates age 86 years 11 months 6 days, died of Lagrippe.


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