Facts and Events
John Speer was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA
Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 418.--Patent to John Spear 10th September, 1755, on waters of Middle River, bequeathed by John to his children and sold by the trustees of said estate to Hugh Brown 19th May, 1779.
- Page 32.--Patent to John Spear. 10th March, 1756.
Will of John Speer
- Page 393.--30th May, 1760. John Spear's will--Wife, Jean; sons, Hugh. Executors, wife Jean and Alex. McFeeters. Teste: Jno. Brown, James Gilmer, James Phillips. Proved, 19th August, 1760, by Gilmer and Phillips. Both executors qualified. Jane Spear, Alex. McFeeters, Jas. Gilmer.
- Page 1.--17th February, 1760 (s/b 1761). John Speer's appraisement.
Records of John Speer in Augusta County, VA
From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:
- Vol. 1 - August 20, 1746 - (73) John Brown to be overseer of same road from King's to C. H. with following tithables: Hugh Spears, John McKenney, Thomas Peary, John Bartley, Patrick Martin, James Phillips, James Bell, George Vance, James Montgomery, Thomas Kill Patrick, John Spears, Saml. Wallace, Wm. McClintock, John Davis. (Note: record establishes that Hugh Speers (likely John's son) was an adult in 1746).
- Vol. 1 - August 20, 1746 - (74) Cap. Daniel McAnaire to be overseer of above road with following tithables: Samuel Wallis, Alexr. Crawford, John Elliott, David Trimble, John Hogshead, Alexr. Gardner, Sampson Archer, Alexr. Gibson, Robt. Davis, Thomas Gardner, Walter Trimble, John Sixby, David Stuart, Ro. Renix, Francis Gardner, John Trimble, Thomas Beard, Ro. Gilkason, John Archer, James Bell, James Mills, James Dyer, Charles Clendening, Wm. Hogshead, Ro. Ralstone, John Moffet, Saml. Lusk, James Phillips, Danl. Brealey, Mathew Edmonston, James Trimble, John Ferguson, Wm. Anderson, John Spears, John McKenney, Wm. Brady, Ro. Armstrong, James Miller.
- Vol. 1 - MAY 21, 1747. - (198) Saml. Delap appd. Constable, vice Nath. McClure; John Spear, Constable, vice Jno. Trimble; James Galespy, Constable, vice Wm. Wright; Ro. Ramsey, Constable, vice Thos Black; Alexr. McCroskie, Constable, vice Charles Hays; John Erwin, Constable, vice James Hogshead; James Hogart and Wallace Ashton, Constables, vice James Maies; Thos. Cohoon and David Miller, Constables, on Roan Oke; Archd. Hamilton and David Stevenson, Constables, vice Danl. Deniston; James Slone, Constable, vice James Hony; Geo. Draper, Peter Rentfro and James Cohoon, Constables, vice Humb. Lyon; John Ramsey, Constable, vice Wm. Guy; James Beard and John Maggot, Constables, vice Adam Miller; Andrew Scot, Constable, vice John Ramsey; John Campbell, Constable, vice Ro. Givin; John Leath, Constable, vice Elisha Job; Valentine Sevear, Constable, vice Wm. Carroll; John States, Constable, vice James Robinson; Ro. Montgomerie and John McClintin, Constables, vice Wm. Scot.
- Vol. 1 - JUNE 17, 1747. - (217) Thos. Waterson appd. Constable, vice David Stevenson; Wm. Carr appd. Constable, vice James Gillespy; Andrew Fought, appd. Constable, vice Rob. Finley; John Spear, James Beard, Archd. Hamilton, Andrew Scot, qualified Constables.
- Page 109.--15th February, 1748. Jane Cook's bond as administratrix of Patrick Cook, with sureties Hugh Young, Robt. Young, John Spear.
- Vol. 1 -NOVEMBER 21, 1752. - (410) Maurice O'Frield, John Trimble, Wm. McFeeters, Wm. Martain, James Young, Jacob Lockart, James Vance, Patrick Martin, Wm. McClintock, Rob. Young, Thos. Piery, John Campbell, James Peary, Robert Davis, James Philips, John Spear, John McMurry, Alexr. McMurry, David Stuard, Hugh Young, John Jameson, Rob. McClellon and John Brown--to work the road under Saml. Wallace from top of North Mountain to this Co. Ho.
- Page 441 -- May 1753 - Augusta County, Virginia Court Records, - Road established from Brown's bridge to the Glebe land, and Robert Campbell and John Trimble be surveyors, and with James Lusk, they clear and keep the same in order. We do appoint Robert Campbell and John Trimble overseers from John Brown's bridge to the Glebe House and the undernamed persons to clear the same: James Lusk, Robert Roberson, Samuel McCuchen, William Hunter, James Hunter, Robert Campbell's man, Mathew Wilson, William Wilson, John Wilson, Jr., John McCleery, James McCleery, Thomas Kirkpatrick and son, John Peevy, James Clarck, John Clarck, James Clark, Jr., Jacob Lockhart, James Lockhart, John Birtly, Josias Richards, William Marten, George Berry, William McFeeters, John McFeeters, William McFeeters, Jr., John Jameson, Patrick Marten, Joseph Marten, William Ward, Moses O'Freel and his man, Robert Philips, Robert Davis, Thomas Reed, Robert Scott, John Vance, Andrew Foster, William Bell, Alexander McKiney, John Speer, Abraham Mathan (Mashaw), Robert Young, John Young, Samuel Young, Hugh Young and his man, John Campbell, George Peevy, Robert McClenan, William Eackry, James Bell, Andrew Steel and his man, John McKiney, Patrick McCloskey, John McSlenan, John McCuchan, Samuel McCuchan, William McClintock, Thomas Peevy, James McCuchen, Duncken McFarlen.
- Page 373.--12th May, 1753. Valentine Sevier and Joanna to Andrew Bird, 1753. Between Limestone Ridge and Smith Creek; cor. Andrew Bird's survey, Robert Milsap's survey, 184 acres. Teste: Wm. Bethel. Delivered to John Speare, 1758.
- Page 4.--20th March, 1754. William McPheetters to John McPheeters. 212 acres between North Mountain and Cathey's River. Teste: Jno. Trimble, Jno. Speer, Robert Campbell.
- Vol. 1 - NOVEMBER 21, 1759. - (319) Sarah, relict of James Armstrong, summoned to show cause against James's nuncupative will. John Spear and Robert Stuart, added to tithables. David Moore and George Moffett, qualified Captains of Militia. Wm. Canady, qualified Lieut. of Militia. Thomas Gardner and James Cowder, qualified Ensigns of Militia.
Peter, Possible son of John?:
Page 376.--15th August, 1775. George Dice's estate settled by Margaret Dice, administratrix--Cash paid Christian Lower, Leonard Neif, Mich. Misker, Christian Countryman, Paulser Michker, Peter Spears.