Yolanda Takes British Swimming Record
Yolanda Speare (18) took part in the National Masters Swimming Championships at the Olympic size
pool at Ponds Forge, Sheffield, UK from May 4th to 6th 2012.
She won three gold and two silver medals in her 18-24 years age group, three of which set new
County records for Oxfordshire & North Buckinghamshire.
But the biggest prize of the weekend was her new British record for the 100 metres backstroke
event, taking one second off the previous record which had stood for six years.
Yolanda has been a club swimmer since the age of eight, competing at County, Regional and
National levels, and has been a member of Witney & District Swimming Club since 2004.
Era Banner Newspaper - Newmarket, Ontario.
A letter has been sent to the above newspaper to try and
track down the family of Doris Speare & David Smith.
Donna Fortman (nee Speare) has uncovered a new branch of
the Speare family in the Toronto area of Canada.
Richard John Speare (27/11/1867 - 02/06/1936) son of
Richard Speare & Susannah Carter from Teignmouth, Devon relocated
with his wife Mary Ellen Taylor (1870 - 1969) to Toronto, Canada
Richard & Mary had a daughter Doris Ellen Speare
born 31st December 1910 in Toronto, Canada. Doris was married to
David Frank Smith (born 3/10/1910). As far as we currently know
Doris passed away in 1995. David & Doris had 2 daughters &
3 sons Teresa Jean, Donald & John David being 3 of the
children. the other daughter married into the Ransome
Any information on this family would be much
I had a succesful visit down to Devon with Paul
Speare. We were trying to find out more about the Speare family
roots. Thanks too some new leads the pieces of the puzzle fitted
together and enabled the family tree to go back a few more generations.
I have made contact with Hector Speare from Mexico City,
Mexico. Hector is the descendent of Joseph Speare from England who
went out to Mexico to do mining. I hope to be able to do more work
on this branch of the family soon to see if they link into the
Inwardleigh Speare family.
Below are some photos of the Mexican Speare family.
I have made contact with a new branch of the Speare family in South
Africa! The family of Samuel Ernest Crocker. Samuel
went to South Africa with the South Africa Constabulary he was married
to Violet Alvina Browne and had 2 daughters Doreen Orianna & Lorna
Alvina. Samuel is the Grandson of Jane Speare from
Inwardleigh. Gt Grandson of Samuel Speare & Sarah Ann Ward.
A small gathering took place in Witney, Oxfordshire
for some of the Bethnal Green branch of the Speare family
Paul Speare took part in the Brompton World
Championships on Sunday 4th October at Blenheim Palace near
Oxford. On the day Paul's time was 29:21 which he was very pleased
with. Paul came in at 201st place (out of 600) and 28th in the
male veterans' category (over 50s)
I am looking into the family of Jessie Ann Thomas
Speare daughter of William Speare & Anna Maria Thomas. She was
born 18th May 1873 in Ashburton, Devon. On 23rd December 1902 she
was married to Alfred George Steer (possible known as George based on
1911 Census). They had 3 children that I know of Alfred George
Steer born 1904, Lily Steer born 1905 & Violet Beatrice Steer born
Alfred George was married to Laura G Case in the
Newton Abbot area in 1925. Lily was married to Samuel Eales in
1926 in Newton Abbot area and finally Violet Beatrice was married to
George German in 1928 in Newton Abbot.
If you think you could be connected it would be great
to hear from you.
Family tree continues to grow. I have recently
made contact with a branch of the Speare/Norgrove family. Annie
Speare daughter of William Speare & Sarah Ann Prouse was married to
Thomas Henry Norgrove in 1890 in the Woolwich area of London.
The family of Grace Speare also continues to
grow. Grace was the daughter of Richard Speare & Mary
Ward. Grace was married to John Gidley on 3rd November 1830 in
Exeter. The family were based in Whitestone, Devon. following the
early death of John, Grace remarried. Henry Seaman. As far
as I am aware Grace ended up in London. I have now made contact
with several different branches of this family.
I have now found information on the families of Grace
& Mary Speare daughters of Richard Speare & Mary Ward.
Mary Speare seems to have married Joseph Roberts from Newton St Cyres.
They had a farm in the Whitestone area. Grace was married to John
Gidley they were also in the Whitestone area.
The Bethnal Green branch of our family is continuing to grow. I
have recently made contact with Jenny Chilvers who is part of this
family. It has been great seeing photos of family members. I
am also in contact with cousins in Ontario, Canada who are part of this
branch of the Speare family.
I have made contact with Earl Jackson a Descendent of
Charles Mortimore son of Walter Mortimore & Anne Speare from
Whitestone Devon. Anne was the daughter of Richard Speare &
Ann Joslin who were married in Upton Pyne on 9th February 1831.
Richard is the son of Richard Speare & Mary Ward from Rosencombe,
Speare Family Gathering 2006 in
The Plymouth Gathering was great
success. It was nice to meet members of the family from across the
UK. We were also joined by several family members from
Overseas. Robert, Helen & Heather Pynn from Calgary,
Canada, Judy & Bob Kokkinn from Oslo, Norway and the Queensland
Contingent from Australia, Carolyn Peaker, Ben & Gail de Jong, Brian
& Ann Callander, Trevor & Meryl Faibrother & Frank Speare
OLD NEWS ITEMS
I received the sad news today that Richard (Dick) Speare has passed
away. I was lucky enough to have met Dick on a couple of occasions
whilst in Canada. I am sure he will be missed by his family &
have recently discovered with the help of Allan Kane from Bracknell that
members of our family were behind the Construction Organisation Spear
& King. I will add more information soon.
I received the sad news today that Christine Speare wife
of Gilbert Speare passed away peacefully in her sleep at York District
Hospital yesterday morning. Christie & Gilbert had been married for 62
years. I am sure al of our thoughts will be with Gilbert and his
I met Tricia & Cozette from California at Heathrow
Airport, They were on there way to Dublin on a short trip.
I have recently made contact with some Ward cousins in
Wilkie, Saskatchewan, Canada. Dawnlyn Ward is a descendent of Thomas
Ward and Elizabeth Bond from Inwardleigh, Devon. Welcome to this
I have just added an index of the Speare family members
who were listed on the 1901 Census of England & Wales on the Speare
The family Tree has just been updated with the information
relating to the family of George Frederick Speare who went to
Australia. Thank you Peter for the information.
I received a letter today from the Mid
Continent Library in Independence, MO, USA. They are going to
hold the Speare Family Newsletter in their Periodicals collection. I would
like to thank Chloe Seagrove for putting me in contact with the
library. If any of you know of other libraries that would like to
hold a copy of the Newsletter please let me know.
Lola Grace Hoskins Klein
19/12/1904 - 10/01/2003
I received the sad news today of the death of
Lola. Lola was the wife of the late Andrew McLellan (1950) &
the late William Klein (1972). Her Parents were Joseph Speare
& Laura Dinnin. I will be setting up a memorial page for
her shortly. The Funeral Service took place at Lockhart Funeral
Home, Mitchell, Ontario on Monday 13th January 2003 at 12pm. Rev.
Peter Bush - Officiated. Interment was at Maitlandbank Cemetery,
I have recently made contact with June & John Lee in
Devon. John is the 2nd Great grandson of Daniel Speare & Harriet
Perkins from Upton Pyne, Devon. I would like to thank them for the
information that they have provided me with.
I went up to Chester on Wednesday to meet up with
Cliff Speare who had flown into Manchester on a trip. We went up to
Helmshore in Lancashire to visit the village where Cliffs Step Grandmother
Mary Jane Rogers came from and met one of Mary's Nieces.
The Latest edition of the Speare Family Newsletter was
sent our last week to family in the UK, Canada, US & Australia.
I have recently made contact with Rick Speare a Cousin in
Michigan. Welcome to this website i hope you find it useful.
I have recently made contact with John & Carolyn
Speare , Dan Speare & Tricia Kreis in the US and would like to
welcome them to this website.
I am working on the Jolliffe branch of the family tree
with Mike Jolliffe in Ontario and hope to be able to provide more
information on this soon. The Jolliffe family is linked to those of
us how are connected to the Speare/Perkins line of the family from Upton
My trip to the US & Canada went really well. I was based in
St Charles, Illinois, Stow, Ohio and Hamilton, Canada. It was
great to meet the different members of the family.
The 2003 Get Together in St Charles, Illinois is gaining interest
rapidly it would be great if we can get 100+ people to attend.
I have met up with Robert & Helen Pynn from Calgary, Canada &
Diana & Nolan Edmunds from Texas. It has been good to meet
members of the family from Across the Atlantic here in the
I have recently made contact with Holly Perreault Ontario,
Canada. I would like to welcome Holly and her family to the
International Speare family and hope they find this website useful.
Welcome to all the Speare family members in the Brisbane
area of Australia that i have recently made contact it is great to be in contact with
FAMILY NEWSLETTER (Web Edition)
I received the Sad new today of the Death of Charlie
Speare in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. He was born on the 10th June
1934 in Hamilton son of Gordon Emanuel Speare & Eva Clark.
Charlie married Barbara in April 1957 and had 3 Children
Cheryl, Gordon & Steven and 4 Grandchildren. My thought are with
his family at this Sad time.
Search for Speares Continues
I sent letters out this week to Speares across Australia
& in the following States in America, Illinois, Wisconsin, Montana,
North Dakota & Minnesota. I have also made contact with another
Speare relative in Florida.
Family of George Edward Speare & Florence Lewandowski
Welcome to the website if you are related to George &
Florence. George Edward Speare (Born 19/08/1909) is the 2nd Cousin
of my Grandfather. I am working with Judy Bargeon in Monroe to
update your branch of the family tree.
for Elizabeth (Betty) Speare
with Brother Clifford
Betty was born around 1912-13 in
Winnipeg, Canada. She is the daughter of William Henry Speare
& Mary Jane (Gennie) Rogers. Betty came to England during the
First World War with her brother Bill (William) and lived in Devon with
family. Betty's Mother died in 1917 as a result of a Flu Epidemic
at the time. The family returned to Winnipeg soon after WW1 and
William Henry married again and had another son Clifford Speare.
In the 1930s the family moved from Winnipeg to Chicago in search of a
Betty is believed to have married a Charles Mitchell from
Denver city, Colorado and gone to live their. I understand that
she had a daughter but that is about all I know. Betty has not be
heard of since the 1940s.
The last contact address i have for Charles
B Mitchell is
Charles B. Mitchell
858 Gas and Electric Building
Denver 2, Colorado
If anyone has any information about
Elizabeth (Betty) I would love to hear from them. I have sent
letters out to members of the Mitchell family in Denver recently.
Today I had a Phone call from Mr. G Tarr in
Torquay. He is a descendant of George Tarr & Eliza
Speare. I hope to be able to bring you more information soon about
his branch of the family.