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The Spelce Family Home Page

Updated September 5, 2000

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The Spelce family ancestor arrived in America through the Port of Philadelphia in 1738 from Northern Europe. We believe he was Victor SPEITZ (or possibly SPELTZ). He settled in Eastern Pennslyvania, got married and later moved to New Jersey where at least two sons were born; Joseph Allen SPELTS and John SPELTS. As can be seen, the name has already changed. In fact, the SPELCE Surname has been spelled several different ways in the past; SPEITZ, SPELTS, SPELCE, SPELSE, SPILSE, and SPELS. Sometimes the name was spelled differently even on the same document. The geographic areas where the Spelce Surname has been recorded are; Pennslyvania (SPEITZ - early to mid 1700s), New Jersey (SPELTS - mid 1700s), Virginia (SPELTS - pre revolutionary war), North Carolina (SPELTS - revolutionary war years), South Carolina (SPELTS, SPELSE, SPELS, SPELCE - late 1700s to early 1800s), Alabama (SPELCE - mid 1800s to present), Kentucky (SPELTS - early to mid 1800s), Indiana (SPELTS - mid 1800s, Tennessee (SPELCE - mid 1800s to present), Arkansas (SPELCE - mid 1800s to present), Texas (SPELCE - mid 1800s to present), and many other states across the country. We are looking for evidence to confirm or deny the earliest locations and times as well as ties back to Europe.

Further rearch on the internet located the following inforamtion.
Any other information would be greatly appreciated.

Victor Speitz arrived in the United States on October 27, 1738 aboard the Saint Andrew, John Stedman Master, at the Port of Philidelphia, Pennsylvania from Rotterdam, Holland. Reference "Ships to Philidelphia, Pennsylvania", The Pennsylvania Archives, Volume 2:17.

Other individuals with the surname SPEITZ:

Hartvik Henrikinpoika Speitz resides in Finland.
Heike Speitz resides in Norway. Email:
Hartikka Speitz resides in Finland.
Patti Speitz was a girls volleyball ref at Illinois State University.
Carl Speitz - No location given.
M. L. Speitz - No location given.
Dr. Marseille Speitz - No location given.

1870 Census Part I, Illinois, Moultrie County, Sullivan TWP.
Edward Speitz, age 16, male, white. His parents were foreign born and could not write.

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