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Rev. William Speer (1652-?) Family and Descendants

Updated August 14, 2002

Wade Edward Speer

34 Clear Creek Road

Marion, North Carolina 28752-9423

Rev. William Speer (1652-??) was born in Aryshire, Scotland and immigrated to County Antrim, Northern Ireland where his son John Speer (1693-1764) and grandson John (William?) Speer (1723-1771) were born. Rev. William's five great-grandsons, William, Sr. (1747-1830), John (1748-1842), Alexander, Joseph, and James, all born in Ireland, immigrated to America in the 1700's. William, Sr. was a half brother to brothers John, Alexander, Joseph, and James. Eventually they all settled in the southern United States, primarily in Georgia and South Carolina where their families prospered and grew large.

Although nothing is known about the families of Joseph or James, some branches of the William, Sr., John, and Alexander Speer families moved on to Alabama, Texas, and Florida in the 1800's, where again large families were established. My genealogy list covers 13 generations with 5,770 individuals, both past and present, related to our earliest known Speer. See FAMILY TREE MAKER REPORTS section below to view Speer descendant tree (you can print individual pages); or click on William Speer Tree--5,770 Individuals! in the RELATED LINKS section below to go to the complete, interactive family tree (w/ sources & notes; download GEDCOM).

The John Vasser descendant tree in the FAMILY TREE MAKER REPORTS section below is my mother's side of the family; it contains 2,400 individuals. The Vassey Family Web Site is linked in the RELATED LINKS section below.

The story of great-grandson William, Sr. (1747-1830) and his descendants is told in my 500-page Speer Family History book, published in 1998. Four subsequent newsletters also cover the descendants of William, Sr., as well as his half brothers John and Alexander.

The Speer book and newsletters are available below for free viewing and downloading. The book is covered in the 27 "Speer Book" files--See the RELATED FILES selection below. The 29 portraits and house drawings in the book are available in the FAMILY PHOTOS section below. Hard copies of the book and newsletters can be ordered from me at the contacts shown to the right.

Anyone related to this family should contact me. Anyone with corrections or additions should send their updates to me for inclusion in the database and the next newsletter.

Family members are welcome to join our online 'family gathering' SPEER R US Web Page. Contact me for details.

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