William Spears

Brief Life History of William

When William Spears was born in 1823, in Tennessee, United States, his father, Samuel Treadway Spears, was 63 and his mother, Rebecca Smith, was 38. He married Mahala Smith in 1845, in Tennessee, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 4 daughters. He died in Hawkins, Tennessee, United States.

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Family Time Line

William Spears
1823–
Mahala Smith
1826–
Marriage: 1845
Ann Spears
1846–
Samuel Spears
1848–1925
Joseph Spears
1850–
Parthenia Spears
1853–1937
Pheriby Jane Spears
1854–
Amanda Spears
1857–1924
John Rufus Spears
1857–1929
John Marian Spears
1858–1935

Sources (15)

  • Wm Spears, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Wm Spears, "Tennessee, County Marriages, 1790-1950"
  • William Spears in entry for John M Spears and Malinda Hawk, "Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1940"

World Events (8)

1825 · The Crimes Act

The Crimes Act was made to provide a clearer punishment of certain crimes against the United States. Part of it includes: Changing the maximum sentence of imprisonment to be increased from seven to ten years and changing the maximum fine from $5,000 to $10,000.

1835 · The Hermitage is Built

The Hermitage located in Nashville, Tennessee was a plantation owned by President Andrew Jackson from 1804 until his death there in 1845. The Hermitage is now a museum.

1862 · Battle of Shiloh

The battle of Shiloh took place on April 6, 1862 and April 7, 1862. Confederate soldiers camp through the woods next to where the Union soldiers were camped at Pittsburg Landing on the Tennessee River. With 23,000 casualties this was the bloodiest battle of the Civil War up to this point.

Name Meaning

English and Scottish: variant of Spear , with post-medieval excrescent -s. The name has sometimes been confused with Pearse .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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