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William Spears I (abt. 1739 - bef. 1832)

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William Spears I
Born about in Union Co., South Carolinamap [uncertain]
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married about (to about ) in Union County, South Carolinamap
Descendants descendants
Died before in Union Co., South Carolinamap
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AKA William Spears I. He supposedly sold horses & supplies to the the American Army during the Revolutionary War, on credit. There were sites that possibly had him born in North Carolina & moved into South Carolina. No information on his parents but it is possible that his father was Wiliam Spears.
He was married on Oct. 1, 1798 to Roxanne. He died in South Carolina while his wife died in Pulaski County Kentucky near her son William. He is the 1st William Spears that ends in 1885 when his Grandson William (Billy) Spears that dies in Casey County Kentucky. William's date of death is listed as August 10, 1832 & his will probated on Oct. 1, 1832. There are doupts about his date of birth. He would have been about 49 at his wedding or the wedding date is off.
The will below lists his children: John, Friend, James, Joshua, Deliah, William and Hezekiah. Their father died when he was around 86 to 88 years old.
His wife is in Kentucky & is unmentioned. It is not know for sure if she was alive when he died.
Deliah was married to a man named Steen & has died before her father. Her husband is not listed and may have died also. She does have Heirs. Probably Steen children that were supposed to recieve 2 negro children worth $325..
John has probably left South Carolina and has had no contact with his father. His father doesn't know if John is dead or alive and apparently has fallen out of favor with William before his death. He leaves John One Shilling. This is English money while William states Dollars to the others.
Friend Spears has already been taken care of in land & property. It is believed that Deliah John & Friend are the older children.
James appears to have stayed with or near his father in South Carolina. James is given William's estate where James must pay his brother Joshua $60 if he returns to South Carolina to collect it.
Joshua is in Kentucky. He also had to apply for the money before he can receive it. It isn't known if he applied. He may not have known that his father died & left him the money. If he was in Kentucky he would have to go to Union County S. C.
William will recieve 1/3 of any balance left over, if any, after all expenses have been paid.
Hezekiah will recieve 1/3 of any balance left over, if any, after all expenses have been paid.
Deliah's heirs will recieve 1/3 of 1/3 of any balance left over, if any, after all expenses have been paid. William Palmer is trustee to her heirs.
This associate William Palmer will recieve 1/3 of 1/3 of any balance left over, if any, after all expenses have been paid.
William Reid, Isaac Going and Isaac J. Foster were executors.
It seems that James Spears is the only child of William that stayed in Union County South Carolina and was living with his father.
It is unknown who Franxis & Mary Foster were in relation to William.

William's Parents maybe James & Ann of Albemarle County Virginia. Pike-2301 19:04, 1 January 2016 (EST)


WILL OF WILLIAM SPEARS SR. (1742-1830 or 1832)

1/12/1830 and 10/1/1832 , Union District, South Carolina

The following is copied from Genealogy and History of our Ancestors in America, Bowen, Wilfred and Mercedes. 1984.
The will of William Spears Sr. born about 1742... married about 1763. He died between January 12, 1830 and October 1, 1832. The following is a copy from a photostat.
"In the name of God, Amen. I, William Spears of the District of Union and State of South Carolina, being old and weak in body but sound mind and memory calling to mind the mortality of the body and last will and that it is appointed for all men to die... do hereby make this my last will and testimony in the manner following:
To Wit: First, I recommend my Spirit to God who gave it and my body to be decently buried in a Christian manner at the descretion of my surving children, and as concerning my worldly estate, I give and devise it in the following manner, viz:
Firstly: I give and bequeath to JOHN SPEARS to be paid to him or his heirs by my executors One Shilling.
Secondly: I have already made deeds of conveyance to WILLIAM PALMER of all the land that I owned on the South Side of Pacolet River and loned (sic) him a negro boy, Peter, who died in his possession which I consider my own (word too faded to read) loss.
Thirdly: To my son, FRIEND SPEARS, I have already given him an equal share of my estate, in Land and so forth.
Fourthly: I have given to my son, JAMES SPEARS, the tract of land whereon I now live as will be made appear by a deed of gift to that effect and charged the said JAMES SPEARS with sixty dollars to be paid to my son, JOSHUA SPEARS, when he applies for the same personally.
Fifthly: I give and bequeath to the Lawful heirs of my duaghter, DELIAH, two negro children, a girl named Lade, valued at one hundred and seventy-five dollars, and a boy named Wright, valued at one hundred fifty dollars as will appear by a deed of gift to that effect.
Sixthly: I give and bequeath to my son, WILLIAM SPEARS, a negro boy named Isaac, about nine years old, and valued at two hundred and seventy-five dollars.
Seventhly: I give and bequeath to my son, HEZEKIAH SPEARS, two negro children, a girl, Ruley, about four years old, valued at one hundred fifty dollars, and a boy about two years old, named Llem, valued at one hundred-thirty dollars.
Eightly: I give and bequeath the whole balance of my Estate after all just demands are paid and all necessary expenses settled, to my sons, WILLIAM and HEZEKIAH SPEARS, and to the aforesaid of my Daughter, DELILAH STEEN, equally share and share alike, that is, one third to the heirs of DELILAH, and the other two-thirds to WILLIAM PALMER, and HEZEKIAH SPEARS, equally ... And I appoint WILLIAM PALMER, Trustee for the heirs of DELILAH STEEN, so far as relates to the one theird as above mentioned by her request.
And I do hereby nominate and appoint William Reid, Isaac Going, and Isaac J. Foster, Executors, to execute this my last will and testimony and hereby revoke and set at naught all former wills and testaments made by me.
In witness whereof I hereunto set my hand and seal this 12th day of January 1830.
Signed and acknowledged his
In the presence of us, William W. Spears (Seal)
William Palmer mark
Francis Foster

Mary L. Foster

South Carolina Union District By I.I. Pratt, Ordinary of said District
Personally appeared before me William Palmer who being duly sworn on the Holy Evangelist of Might God, doth make oath and say that he saw WILLIAM SPEARS sign, seal, and publish and declare this same to be his last will and testament, that he the said WILLIAM SPEARS was then of sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding, to the best of this deponents knowledge and belief, and that Francis Foster and Mary L. Foster, together with this deponent, signed their names thereto as Witnesses, at the request and in the present of the Testator, and in the present of each other.
Given under my hand and seal, this 1st day of October, 1832 I.I. Pratt A.D. (Seal)


The documents of sale & repayment are supposedly on file at Columbia South Carolina. Thy have not been seen by Pike-2301

Pike-2301 19:44, 1 January 2016 (EST)

  • Dunn's of Falling Waters Web Site Author Lyn Dunn Milam

Pike-2301 19:44, 1 January 2016 (EST)

  • The Will of William Spears

Pike-2301 00:12, 2 January 2016 (EST)


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