John William Speer

1723–1771 (Age 48)
County Down, Ireland

The Life of John William

When John William Speer was born in 1723, in County Down, Ireland, his father, John William Speir III, was 30 and his mother, Mary, was 23. He married Margaret Houston in 1744. He died in 1771, in Georgia, United States, at the age of 48.

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John William Speer
Margaret Houston
Marriage: 1744

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1 German and Dutch: from Middle High German, Middle Dutch sper ‘spear’, hence a nickname for a tall, thin person, or else for a skilled user of the hunting spear. In part it may also have been a metonymic occupational name for a maker of spears.2 German: nickname for someone thought to resemble a sparrow, Middle High German spar(e) ‘sparrow’.3 Jewish (Ashkenazic): variant of Speyer .

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