John Speer


One of the very early settlers was John Spear (Speer). He came to
Hempstead county in 1821, and for a while kept a tavern in Washington. He
afterward moved from there and located near Wolf Creek, in Pike county,
near the Clark county line. He lived near Col. Wilson, who gained wide
notoriety as the slayer of Col. Anthony in the hall of the House of
Representatives at Little Rock. Spear (Speer) moved to Texas, a great many
years ago, all of his family going with him except William B. Spear
(Speer), who lived for many years in Pike county and as a very successful,
money making man. He was a Captain in the southern army and died during the

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271 Franklin St., Chicago
Washington Press, 1887, Samuel H. Williams, Memorabilia, No. LIII, excerpt.
Sam Williams: Printers Devil, Mary Medearis, editor, 1979, page 306.
Update 03.29.01              David Kelley 1997                 BIO-0026.HTM