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William Spear, James Henry Spearing,
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William Spear

William Spear wed Apr-June 1852 to Mary Northey in district of Liskeard in the county of Cornwall, came via Adelaide, to Magpie then Ballarat
8 Children 1. William John Blyth Spear 1855 - 1859 #3807 lived 4 years, born in Adelaide
2. Emma Spear 1857 #1937 - 1932 #2697 aged 76,
3. Mary Jane Spear 1859 #2004 - 1860 #5264 lived 17 months
4. Richard Spear 1861 #1928
5. Eliza Spear 1862 #18931 - 1940 #21512 aged 78,
6. Victoria Spear 1865 #492 - 1936 #9768 aged 70
7. Maria Spear 1867 #442 - 1950 #2448 aged 82,
8. William Spear 1868 #21328 - 1941 #17276 aged 68
2. Emma Spear 1857 #1937 - 1932 #2697 aged 76, wed 1882 #340 to Charles Stumbles Philp 1857 #4433 son of Elizabeth Clarke and Edward John Stumbles Philp, lived at Ballarat
7 children 1. Ethel May Philp 1883 #6770
2. William Charles Philp 1885 #360
3. Alfred Lalbert Philp 1887 #441
4. James Harold Philp 1888 #17308
5. Floris Mary Philp 1890 #29529
6. Eliza Ruby Philp 1893 #9415
7. Fredk Norman Philp 1895 #17812
4. Richard Spear 1861 #1928 wed 1888 #7887 to Janet Snedden and lived at Footscray, Korumburra, Carisbrook
6 children 1. Ethel May Spear 1890 #3585
2. Richd Spear 1891 #3414
3. Cecelia Eva Spear 1893 #3892
4. Wm Mat Spear 1894 #29372
5. Harold Jas Spear 1896 #28973
6. Ada Spear 1898 #1542
1. Ethel Spear 1889 - 1963 #4725 aged 74, wed 1910 #1584 to James Grinter 1890 #36758 - 1957 #11097 aged 66
7 Children
5. Eliza Spear 1862 #18931 - 1940 #21512 aged 78, wed 1888 #435 to James Ronaldson 1895 #4251 aged 69, son of Elizabeth Stott and Adam Ronaldson, wed 1898 #4271 to John Henry Bossence From Womens Suffreget 1891 list of signatures
Eliza RONALSON (nee SPEAR) Eliza was born to William SPEAR and Mary NORTHEY in 1862 at Ballarat. She married James RONALDSON in 1888. James died in 1895 and Eliza married John Henry BOSSENCE in 1898. They had two children Allan William Bossence 1899-1950 and Dulcie Lila Bossence 1906-1960.
7. Maria Spear 1867 #442 - 1950 #2448 aged 82, wed 1892 #4383 to Samuel Charles Moyle and lived at Ballarat, Hotham, Carlton
3 children 1. Lily Moyle 1892 #19548 - 1892 #8994 lived 1 day
2. Rita Mary Moyle 1896 #20707
3. Regd Chas Moyle 1900 #25190

James Henry Spearing

Jas Henry B Spearing aged 21 came Oct 1853 on the Royal Stuart
Sarah Brigden aged 20 came Jul 1854 on the Ballarat
James Henry Br Spearing and Sarah Brigden registered son James Spearing 1860 #15325R also registered as James Bridgen born at Maldon, he wed Mary Griffiths 1886 and lived at Maldon

James Henry Brougham Spearing c1831 wed 1869 #3530 to Bessie Taylor after 4 children were born, lived at Beechworth, Wangaratta then Echuca

11 children 1. Charles Taylor Spearing 1864 #709 wed 1888 to Mary Platt
2. Harry Herbert Spearing 1865 #6788
3. Ernest George Taylor Spearing 1866 #19690 - 1866 #521 lived 1 year
4. Mabel Julia Spearing 1868 #13273
5. Maude Bessie Spearing 1870 #5781 wed 1888 to Arthur Keenan
6. Anthony Rothchild Spearing 1871 #26976 - 1872 #10740 lived 50 weeks
7. Edgar Brougham Spearing 1873 #13391 - 1875 #9153 lived 2 years
8. Dollie Violet Spearing 1875 #6089
9. Arthur Brougham Spearing 1877 #2229 - 1877 #1191 lived 11 weeks
10. Daisy Blanche Spearing 1878 #22410
11. Frank Oliphant Spearing 1881 #2274 - 1885 #1270 lived 4 years

Richard Spearing wed 1853 #1441 to Margaret Mercy Wallis c1836 - 1863 #3183 aged 26 daughter of Margaret and Thomas Wallis of Wiltshire, lived at Maryborough, Dunolly, BetBet and Lexton IGI extracted - Margaret Mercy Wallis Christening: 17 Apr 1835 daughter of Margaret and Thomas Wallis at Wootton Bassett, Wiltshire, England
IGI contributed - Margaret Mercy Wallis 1833 Norton Bassett, Wiltshire, England Death: 1 May 1863 at Amherst Hospital, Vict, Burial: 3 May 1863 at Amherst Cemetery
5 children 1. Alice Maria Spearing 1857 #3384 wed 1881 to William Fisher
2. Hellen Spearing 1857 #3385
3. Richard Spearing 1858 #14444
4. Henry Spearing 1860 #10976
5. Anne Spearing 1862 #11993 - 1863 #2891 lived 8 months

Richard Spearing from England wed 1885 #3305 to Margaret Watts
The wedding entry is odd, because the couple appeared at Camperdown c1875
7 children 1. James Spearing 1876 #7416
2. Alfred Spearing 1877 #20670
3. Ernest Spearing 1879 #21377
4. Herbert Spearing 1881 #21710
5. Percival Spearing 1884 #940
6. George Spearing 1886 #8446 lived 5 months
7. Leura Annie Spearing 1887 #26529
2. Alfred Spearing 1877 #20670 wed c1902 to Ellen Chiller 1880 - 1968 #24104 aged 88,
6 Children 1. Margt Spearing 1904 #16223
2. Alfd Thos Spearing 1906 #24894 - 1977 #19073 aged 71
3. Jno Ernt Spearing 1908 #17418
4. Ellen Jessie Spearing 1910 #25514
5. Leslie Richd Spearing 1912 #18223 - 1967 #9069 aged 55
6. Ronald Arthur Spearing 1915 - 1964 #20290 aged 49

James Spedding

From - I found the family in the 1851 British census in Cleator, Cumberland.

James Spedding Head Mar 35 Blacksmith [born] Cumberland--Dean
Jane Do. Wife Mar 29 [born] Do. Arlecdon
Mary Ann Do. Daur U 9 Scholar [born] Do. Cold Beck
William Do. Son 7 Do. [born] Do. Workington
Hannah Williamson Daur in Law 5 Do. [born] Do. Cleator

This would make Mary Ann the oldest of the children... Do you have any information on who James' father was?


James Spedding 1816 - 1903 of Whitehaven, Cumberland, wed Isabella Story who died Dec 1848 after having 3 children. James wed (2) to widow Jane Steel 1821 - 1902, who had a daughter Hannah Williamson born 1846. After a son John was born 1852 the family came to Australia on the Persia arriving 20 Mar 1854. Baby John died during the voyage. James followed his trade of Blacksmith at Mosquito Flat.
13 Children 1. Mary Ann Spedding 1842
2. William Spedding 1844
3. John Spedding 1847 - 48
4. Hannah Williamson 1846 - 1876 (step daughter)
5. John Spedding 1852 died during voyage to Victoria aged 14 months
6. Thomas Spedding 4 Apr 1854
7. Twin James Spedding 1855 - 9 Mar 1928
8. Twin Grace Spedding 1855 - Jun 1916
9. Twin Eleanor Spedding 4 May 1859
10. Twin Sarah Spedding 4 May 1859
11. Jane Spedding 14 Aug 1861 - 1913 #4636 aged 52
12. Henry Spedding 13 Sep 1865
13. Joseph Spedding Sep 1867 - 1940 #21574 aged 73
3. Hannah Williamson 1846 - 1876 #2215 (step daughter) wed c1864 to Henrich Wilshusen
Henrick who then married 1877 to Grace Spedding, stepsister to Hannah, and a total of 22 Children were born
6. Thomas Spedding 4 Apr 1854 wed 1884 #1084 to Martha McKechnie, no chn
7. Twin James Spedding 1855 - 9 Mar 1928 #1399 aged 72, wed 1885 #2999 to Catherine Mary Furness and lived at Tarnagulla then Eddington
11 Children 1. Susan Azalea Spedding 1886 #15447 - 1954 #22684 aged 68
2. James Spedding 1887 #8375 - 1953 #18151 aged 66
3. Hugh Spedding 1889 #17008
4. William Spedding 1890 #22486 - 1967 #20587 aged 76
5. Harold Spedding 1892 #12990 - 1970 #23130 aged 78
6. Robert Spedding 1893 #31187 lived 2 months
7. Joseph Spedding 1895 #3089 - 1949 #19194 aged 54
8. Bruce Spedding 1897 #10672 - 1977 #20066 aged 80
9. Millicent Gerte Spedding 1899 #26251 - 1971 #959 aged 71
10. Ida Lillian Jane Spedding 1902 #25897
11. Roy Spedding 1904 #9962
8. Twin Grace Spedding 1855 - Jun 1916 aged 61, wed 1877 #4034 to Henrich Wilshusen, widower with 6 children and she had 13 Children, 5 died as infants
9. Twin Eleanor Spedding 4 May 1859 wed 1882 #1785 to Henry Hinck born in Hanover, Germany, 10 Children
10. Twin Sarah Spedding 4 May 1859 - 1920 #8812 aged 61, wed 1895 #2790 to Isaac Henry born in Tasmania
2 Children 1. Mark Henry 1896 #21273 - 1970 #22149 aged 74
2. Mary Ann Henry 1898 #19693
11. Jane Spedding 14 Aug 1861 - 1913 #4636 aged 52, wed 1878 #1582 to James John Nesbit 1856 - 1921 #11995 aged 65, born in Sandhurst, died at St Arnaud, 12 Children
12. Henry Spedding 13 Sep 1865 wed 1888 #5622 to Elizabeth Sarah Furness
3 Children 1. Iris Myrtle Spedding 1889 #18368
2. Clarence Wilfred Spedding 1893 - 1895 #9125 lived 2 years
3. Everard Cecil Randolph Spedding 1896 #25089 - 1958 #21077 aged 61
13. Joseph Spedding Sep 1867 - 1940 #21574 aged 73 wed 1895 #6499 to Annie Elizabeth Carin 1875 #5991
3 Children 1. Ada Spedding 1896 #7251 - 1970 #3553 aged 74 wed Evans
2. Annie Elizabeth Spedding 1897 #14919 1973 #17880 aged 76 wed Leach
3. May Spedding 1900 #14873 - 1978 #23385 aged 78

William Speers

William Speers wed 1858 #1120 to Ann Kipkin Parker and lived at Lilydale
8 Children 1. Thomas Henry Speers 1860 #18938
2. Eliza Emily Speers 1862 #8701
3. William George Speers 1864 #22877
4. Louisa Maria Speers 1866 #15640
5. John Alexander Speers 1868 #17370
6. Catherine Eleanor Speers 1872 #3411
7. Charles Walter Speers 1870 #9556
8. Arthur James Speers 1874 #3298
1. Thomas Henry Speers 1860 #18938 wed 1881 #5875 to Caroline Jane Watkinsand lived at Anderson Creek
6 Children 1. Emily May Speers 1881 - 1892 #59 lived 10 years 2. Louisa Caroline Speers 1883 #20936
3. Edith Ann Speers 1886 #6955
4. William Henry Arthur Speers 1888 #16977
5. Chas Walter Speers 1891 #64
6. Emily Millicent Speers 1893 #28084

John Speirs

John Speirs 1832 - 1868 #8322 aged 36, son of Jane and Robert Speirs, wed 1855 #2733 to Margaret Robinson (later Robertson)
Margaret Speirs 1831 - 1873 #8858 aged 42, daughter of Isabella Bell and unknown Robertson from Somersetshire, wed 1873 #2729 to Alfred Hockey from England 1821 - 1876 #2118 aged 56.
2 Children 1. Robert Speirs 1861 #8046 wed 1886 #6412 to Marion Cleaver
2. John Speirs 1863 #13334
Robert Speirs 1861 #8046 wed 1886 #6412 to Marion Cleaver 1863,
4 Children 1. Robert John Speirs 1887 #27246
2. Allan Edw Speirs 1889 #11104
3. Margt Vic Speirs 1891 #31754
4. Fredk Chas Speirs 1894 #2254


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