Welcome to speare.info & .org.uk
the website was first set up several years ago to provide a basic
insight into the Speare family from Hatherleigh & Inwardleigh in Devon which has now
branched out all over the world.
Over the past few years I
have been able to meet up with relatives from various different branches
of the family some who are sadly no longer with us.
The input I have received from the family has been brilliant and
as a result I have focussed a lot of my time on this branch of my
I am currently working on
another gathering of the family to take place in October 2013 in Oxford,
England. This is to follow on from the earlier gatherings in
Exeter, St Charles (US) & Plymouth. It would be great to be
able to see as many of you as possible. I have set up a seperate
page for this, the link is at the bottom of the page. I will also
set up and event page for those of you who use facebook.
Speare family currently starts with Henry Speare & Rebecca Cooper
who were married 15th June 1701 in Hatherleigh, Devon. Henry &
Rebecca had 5 children baptised in Hatherleigh details below. The
Speare family has links in Hatherleigh going back to the 1500s I am
still working on linking everything together.
above was married to Elizabeth Abell on 9th June 1727 in Hatherleigh,
Devon. Henry & Elizabeth had the following children baptised
in Hatherleigh shown below. Rebecca Speare was married to
John Nethaway on 1st July 1728 in Hatherleigh. John Speare was
married to Dorothy Weeks 4th May 1740 in Iddesleigh & Elizabeth
Speare was married to Richard Hooper on 5th September 1743 in
above was married to Mary Tucke on 11th October 1755 in
Hatherleigh. They had 1 son that I currently know about Richard
Speare who starts the Inwardleigh line of the family and was married to
This branch of the family
starts with Richard Speare & Mary
Carpenter who were married 11th August 1772 in Inwardleigh, Devon.
Mary Carpenter was baptised 4th July 1756 in Meeth, Devon daughter of
Richard & Prudence Carpenter. The Carpenter family also has links to
Merton & Iddelseigh.
Richard & Mary had 4
children that I am aware of Johanna (b.1774), Mary (b.1776) married to
Thomas Record 4th February 1796 in Inwardleigh.
Richard (b.1777) married to Mary Ward on 31st December
1800 in Inwardleigh and finally Samuel (b.1780) married to Sarah Ward
(sister of Mary) 10th November 1807 in Inwardleigh.
The Speare & Ward families were farming families from the
village. Whitestone &
Upton Pyne are 2 other key villages with the earlier branches of the
The link above called Inwardleigh and beyond follows the life of
Richard Speare & Mary Ward with further information on their branch
of the family.
The Devon to East London link is about the family William Speare who relocated to the Bethnal Green area of
London he was grandson of Samuel Speare & Sarah Ward.
I would like to thank
everyone in the family for their help in putting this family website
together especially Donna Fortman, Irene Allan & Laura Henderson in
Canada. Paul Speare & Gilbert Speare in the UK & Diana
Edmunds, Marcy Speare & Lura Black in the US & the family in
The family is moving with the times and now has a group
on Facebook Speare with a “e” which has grown to over 120 members.