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William Jesse Spears  II

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William Jesse Spears
1838 - 11/13/1862


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William Jesse Spears II
12/12/1862 - 3/18/1922
William Jesse Spears, II, was born on December 12, 1862 somewhere in Florida and died on March 18, 1922 in Calhoun, Florida. He lived to be 59 years old.

He was born a month after his father died in the Civil War. When he was about five years old, his mother remarried to Thomas M. Parish Jr.

He married Mary in 1889 and they had seven children:
Dora B. (10/1892)
Laura E. Spears (5/1895)
Leola Spears (7/1897)
Chelly Spears (1904)
John Spears (4/29/1906 - 12/14/1984)
Joseph Spears (1908)
Charlie Spears (1911)
Census7/1/1870 FL (Calhoun County) 7 yrs old 
Dweling #3, household #2 - Thomas M. Parish (age 22), Elizabeth ( age 29) Edward F. Parish (1), William Spears (8), Rachel C. Spears (16). All born in FL. Thomas is a farmer and Elizabeth keeps house. 
Additional information about Calhoun County, FL around 1870: Click here to see a map from this timeperiod.  
Census6/1/1880 FL (Calhoun County) 17 yrs old 
Family #3: Thomas Parrish Jr. (age 36), Elizabeth (age 37), William (18), Thomas (10). Thomas is a farmer. Elizabeth is Keeping House. William & Thomas are farmer laborers. All were born in FL. Thomas' parents were born in NC and Elizabeth's in AL.  
Additional information about Calhoun County, FL around 1880: Blountstown was declared the seat of Calhoun County in 1880. Prior to that, Abe Springs had been the county seat. Click here to see a map from this timeperiod.  
Census6/2/1885 FL (Calhoun County) 22 yrs old 
Dweling #288, household #315: Thomas Parish (age 35), Bittie Parish (age 40), William Spears (age 22, stepson), W. E. Parish (14), and Mary Parish (12). Thomas is a farmer, he was born in FL, his parents in NC & GA. Bittie keeps house, she was born in FL, her parents unknown. All others born in FL. William is a laborer.  
Additional information about Calhoun County, FL around 1885: The principle towns in Calhoun County were Blountstown, Marysville, Chipola, Selman, Ocheesee, and Abe Springs. In 1884 railroads in Florida were bought out by one company and placed under central management. River Junction, located at the junction of the Chattahoochee and Flint Rivers, is the closest railroad and the primary hub of land transports. The photo on the right shows the iron bridge than spans the Chattahoochee River about a mile from the Depot at River Junction where wharves, storage, steamboats and hotels bussel with activity. Click the photo for a larger view. Click here to see a map from this timeperiod.
Land Deed8/15/1898 FL (Calhoun County) 35 yrs old 
WILLIAM J. SPEARS - Document Nr.: 13536 - Acres: 160.48 - SWNW 4/ 1-N 8-W; WSW 4/ 1-N 8-W; SESW 4/ 1-N 8-W  
Census6/1/1900 Hansford Mill FL (Calhoun County) 37 yrs old 
Dweling# 519 household#619- William Spears (36-Dec.1863), Mary N. Spears (26-Jan. 1874), Dora B. Spears (7- Oct. 1892), Laura E. Spears (5 -May 1895), Leola Spears (2-July 1897)& Mary M. Spears (5mo. born Dec.1899).William & Mary have been married 10 years. Mary has had four children all living. All born in FL.  
Additional information about Calhoun County, FL around 1900: The first automobile, nick-named Chicken Killer, arrives in Blountstown in 1905. The photo on the right shows The Chicken Killer. Click the photo for a larger view. Click here to see a map from this timeperiod.
Census1/16/1920 Hansford Mill, Blountstown FL (Calhoun County) 57 yrs old 
Line #70 - William Spears (age 57), Mary Spears (47), Laura Spears (24), Lee Spears (22), Chelly Spears (16), John Spears (13), Joseph Spears (11), Charlie Spears (8), Leonard Lewis (7)(grandson)& Decar Lewis (6)(grandson)Dan Lewis (24),Artow Lewis (19),. All were born in FL, as were their parents. William states he is a farmer on the family farm. All can read & write, except Leonard & Decar.  
Graveyard/Tombstone3/18/1922 Blountstown FL (Calhoun County) 59 yrs old 
Nettle Ridge Cemetery. W. J. Spears - 12/12/1862 to 3/18/1922. Sec. 1, lot 16.  Source:

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2 1864 Battle of Olustee is a Confederate victory. Union troops pull back
3 1865 May 10th -- Union troops occupy Tallahassee. While Tallahassee was the only Confederate state capital east of the Mississippi River that had not been captured, Union troops occupy the capitol following the surrender of the major Confederate armies in the east.
3 1865 Battle at Natural Bridge (Wakulla County) is a Confederate victory.
8 1870 During the 1870s, the remaining Seminole Indians begin establishing trading posts and other economy with local settlers.
20 1882 The Florida Central and Western Railroad Company was created. It combines the Florida Central, Jacksonville, Pensacola, and Mobile railroads.
21 1883 Three railroad companies are merged to form the Florida Transit and Penisular Railroad Company. Thee are: Florida Transit Railroad Co., Peninsular Railroad Co, and the Tropical Florida Railroad Co.
22 1884 Most railroads in Florida are passed into the hands of a single company owned and operated by a single management, under the name of The Florida Railway and Navigation Company. It has more that 500 miles of main track in operation and about 300 miles of track under construction. The longest route was the "Western Division" which ran from Tallahassee to Jacksonville - 209 miles.
44 1906 An attempt to drain the Everglades and convert it to farmland begins.
55 1917 Seminole Indians become a Florida tourist attraction.
3 1865 Mendel publishes his papers on genetics and introduces the concept to the public.
7 1869 Cro-magnon Man fossils are found in France
15 1877 Edison invents the phonograph permitting music and voices to be recorded and replayed.
17 1879 Edison invents the electric light bulb.
27 1889 The first calculating machine is invented and uses punch cards
33 1895 Wireless telegraph and the "antenna" are invented but it covers a very short distance.
35 1897 First ship to shore message is sent using an improved form of wireless telegraph
38 1900 Freud publishes his book "The Interpretation of Dreams"
38 1900 The cause of yellow fever is discovered. It is proven that the fever is spread by mosquitoes. This rallies an effort to provide better mosquito control.
39 1901 First transatlantic wireless telegraph is sent.
40 1902 The first Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil is discovered.
41 1903 Wright Brothers complete the first successful flight with an airplane at Kitty Hawk
42 1904 The first vacuum tube diode is invented by Fleming
44 1906 The triode vacuum tube is invented
44 1906 Electrons are discovered by Thomson
44 1906 Kellogg sells the first box of Corn Flakes
50 1912 The unsinkable Titanic sinks on its first trip to New York drowning 1,513 people.
51 1913 Ford builds the first assembly line into his automobile production plant
52 1914 The first traffic lights (which is only red or green) are put up in America; Construction of the Panama Canal is completed
20 1882 NEWS HEADLINES: Edison creates the first large power station in New York City, making it the first place in America to have electricity.
23 1885 NEWS HEADLINES: Eastman invents the box camera. For the first time photography becomes affordable for the average citizen.
46 1908 NEWS HEADLINES: Henry Ford produces the first Model T automobile
50 1912 White residents of Forsyth County, GA, drive the black population out.
51 1913 NEWS HEADLINES: Edison invents motion pictures
55 1917 NEWS HEADLINES: In June, the United States enters World War I on the side of the allies. The Russian Revolution ends the reign of the czars and thrusts Russia into communism.
57 1919 NEWS HEADLINES: World War I ends with the signing of The Versailles Treaty.
1 1863 Abraham Lincoln issues the "Emancipation Proclamation" freeing slaves.
3 1865 American Civil war ends with General Lee's surrender at Appomattox, VA. Reconstruction begins in the "old South"
6 1868 An eight-hour work day is established for federal employees.
13 1875 Tennessee enacts Jim Crow law.
14 1876 The National League of Baseball is founded
47 1909 The National Association for Advancement of Colored People is formed (NAACP)
48 1910 Boy Scout and Girl Scout Organizations are introduced in America and the concept of a "week end" meaning time off from regular work begins to take root. The British Empire covers 1/5th of the world land area.
47 1909 The "Piltdown Man" hoax -- a fake archeological discovery announced by dishonest scientists who wanted to "prove" that human beings had evolved in Europe
52 1914 World War I - Following the crisis touched off by the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand of Austria in Sarajevo, Germany declared war on Russia and additional countries joined the war within several days.
55 1917 Germany uses airplanes to drop bombs in the early stages of World War I -- the first major military use of airplanes.
57 1919 The Versailles Treaty marks the official end of World War I.
58 1920 Adolph Hitler begins to organize the Nazi party in Germany; The Ku Klux Klan launches a recruitment campaign using mass marketing techniques to gain 85,000 new recruits; the first commercial broadcast is made.

Mary 'Polly' Halley
Born on January 4, 1872 and died on January 27, 1960.
They were married 9/19/1889.

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The Children of William Jesse Spears II

Joseph Edward Spears
Born in Calhoun County, on November 17, 1908 and died in Tallahassee, Leon County, on June 16, 1989. He was 80 years old.

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Charlie Dozier Spears
Born in Blountstown, Florida on August 8, 1911 and died in Tallahassee, Florida on April 16, 1988. He was 76 years old.

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