Orson Speirs

13 October 1838–17 October 1902 (Age 64)
Bridgewater, Beaver, Pennsylvania, United States

The Life Summary of Orson

When Orson Speirs was born on 13 October 1838, in Bridgewater, Beaver, Pennsylvania, United States, his father, Thomas Speirs, was 34 and his mother, Mary Cochran, was 34. He married Elizabeth Dye on 9 July 1863, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 3 daughters. He lived in Utah, United States in 1870 and Salt Lake Temple, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States in 1902. He died on 17 October 1902, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States, at the age of 64, and was buried in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

Orson Speirs
Elizabeth Dye
Marriage: 9 July 1863
Alice Elizabeth Speirs
Owen Robert Speirs
Orson Thomas Speirs
Elizabeth "Bessie" Speirs
Cora Speirs

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    9 July 1863Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
  • Children


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    World Events (8)

    1839 · Nauvoo is Settled
    Age 1
    After the Saints had been chased out of Missouri they moved to a swampy area located next to the Mississippi River. Here they settled and named the place Nauvoo which translates into the city beautiful.
    Age 8
    U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
    1856 · The Largest Map Company in the World
    Age 18
    William Rand opened a small printing shop in Chicago. Doing most of the work himself for the first two years he decided to hire some help. Rand Hired Andrew McNally, an Irish Immigrant, to work in his shop. After doing business with the Chicago Tribune, Rand and McNally were hired to run the Tribune's entire printing operation. Years later, Rand and McNally established Rand McNally & Co after purchasing the Tribune's printing business. They focused mainly on printing tickets, complete railroad guides and timetables for the booming railroad industry around the city. What made the company successful was the detailed maps of roadways, along with directions to certain places. Rand McNally was the first major map publisher to embrace a system of numbered highways and erected many of the roadside highway signs that have been adopted by state and federal highway authorities. The company is still making and updating the world maps that are looked at every day.

    Name Meaning

    Scottish: variant of Spiers .

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

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    Sources (38)

    • Ordon Speirs in entry for Cora Speirs Jensen, "California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994"
    • Orson Spear in household of Thomas Spear, "United States Census, 1860"
    • Orson Speirs in entry for Owen Robert Speirs and Jennie T J Bennett, "Utah, County Marriages, 1887-1937"

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