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Jacob Speer Biography
Bollinger County, Missouri

Jacob Speer Bollinger Co Mo Biography
  • Jacob Speer, a substantial farmer of Bollinger County, Mo., was born in Lawrence County, Ind., January 1, 1824.

    His father, Richard Speer, was born in England, January 28, 1762.

    While a single man he came to America, and was one of the heroes of the Revolutionary War.

    He served in the American army.

    He was a farmer by vocation, and married Delpha Bivins, a native of North Carolina.

    Richard Speer died in 1846.

    To him and wife were born nine children, of whom Jacob is the seventh.

    The latter was born in Indiana and was reared on his parents' farm.

    When thirty-five years of age he learned the stone-mason's trade, which he pursued, at intervals, for several years.

    On February 13, 1849, he was united in marriage with Miss Jane Fields, a native of Indiana, born in 1836.

    They have nine children, viz.: William R., Sarah D., Mahala, Louisa, John, George W., Alonzo, Ollie and Henry.

    In 1879 Mr. Speer and family immigrated to Missouri and located in Bollinger County, where he purchased 200 acres of land.

    With the assistance of his strong and industrious family he has since made many improvements.

    Continuing neutral during the Civil War, he remained at home, tilled the soil, and attended to his domestic affairs.

    Politically, he is a Democrat, and cast his first vote for James K. Polk.

    He and family are consistent members of the General Baptist Church. [p. 848-849]

Goodspeed's History of Southeast Missouri, [p. 848-849]
Contributed by Joe Crim

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