International Speare Family News
Internet Edition

3rd Edition, September  2003


Welcome to the 3rd Internet Edition of the International Speare family news. 

I would like to dedicate this issue of the newsletter to Christine Edna Noel Speare (nee Longstaff) who sadly passed away in August.  Christine was the wife of Gilbert Speare.  Gilbert & Christine had been together for 62 years and have 2 children Philip & Elaine.

I am sure our thoughts will be with Gilbert & his children Phillip & Elaine.


Can anyone help in tracing the descendants of EDITH SARAH ANN SPEARE, born 15th October 1872 in Lyme Regis, Dorset, eldest daughter of William and Martha Speare. Edith

along with her brothers William, John and Charlie and her sister Annie emigrated to Australia in 1909/1910, settled in Queensland, probably in the Brisbane area, and was married to a Mr Wilkins. All that is known of the Wilkins family is that Edith and her

husband had three children, Grace Wilkins, Sidney Wilkins and Jane Wilkins. Beyond that nothing more is known about their descendants My only hope is to trace a descendant of Sidney Wilkins who might be able to fill in the missing family details. Any information about any present day Wilkins living in your area e.g. a postal address from a local telephone directory, would be most welcome in furthering my research.

Please write to me at :-

1 Birch Tree Close

York Road, Strensall, YORK

YO32 5ST, U.K.

Gilbert Speare

Search for Wilkins in Australia UPDATE

I had the below email from Kerry Young in Brisbane,

I checked the Marriages Fiche(1930-1934) that I have and found the following that may

help WILKINS Jean Speare married MORRIS Clarence Bransom 11th November 1933 ref number 1933/003385 WILKINS Sydney John married SOMMERFELDT Eileen Pearl (or sometimes known as Pearl Eileen) 1st April 1932 ref number 1932/01362 SPEARE John Henry married YATES Annie 21st January 1933 ref no 1933/B014848. The B in the ref number indicates that the marriage took place in Brisbane whereas the others did not. To search for phone numbers and addresses go to and you can search

Australian Cousins

Left to right:  My daughter Kelly Frances Westlake (born 12.06.88), my husband, Mark Stephen Westlake, my son Dean Stephen James Westlake (born 03.08.90) and Julie Frances Westlake.

2003 Speare Get Together in St Charles

The next Speare family get together is just a couple of months away now.  The dates for the event are Thursday 30th October to Sunday 2nd November.  The location is St Charles, Illinois about an hour from Chicago.

For more information about the event please click here

Happy Birthday

Philip Speare & Phyllis Bargeon in Michigan, USA twin brother & sister will be celebrating their 60th Birthdays on the 12th October.  I hope they both have a great day and many more to come.