Biography - Henry Spears

HENRY SPEARS, a successful farmer residing on section 24, Rose Township, Shelby County, was born in Washington County, Ohio, April 19, 1847. His father. Annis Spears, was a native of Maine and his mother, Hannah Ladd, was a native of Washington County, Ohio. They came to Shelby County, Ill., in 1857, and settled north of Shellyville for one year, and then came into Rose Township, where they made their permanent home. The father died January 14, 1885, and the mother passed away March 9, 1883. In their family of ten children our subject was the seventh.

He of whom we write came to Shelby County with his father when he was ten years old, and has thus been a resident of this county since 1857. August 29, 1872, was his wedding day, and he was then united in Rose Township, with Miss Rebecca Warner, a daughter of Aaron and Hannah (Kerschner) Warner. They came from Pickaway County, Ohio, to this county in 1871, and are still residents of this county.

Mrs. Spears first saw the light in Pickaway County, Ohio, December 31, 1851. She is now the mother of three children — Charles H., Estella, and Aetna. Mr. and Mrs. Spears are most earnest and efficient members of the Methodist Episcopal Church in which this gentleman takes an active part. He has held the office of Collector for three terms, and in his politics espouses the cause of the Republican party. He has erected good buildings upon his farm and is the owner of one hundred sixty acres of rich and arable soil. His enterprise and energy combined with pluck, push and perseverance have made him a successful farmer and he is universally esteemed.

Extracted 16 Feb 2019 by Norma Hass from 1891 Portrait and Biographical Record of Shelby and Moultrie Counties Illinois, page 616.

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