IRA BATES, M.D., Sec. 36, P.O. Viroqua; born Jan. 30, 1822, in Montgomery Co., Penn.; in 1848, he came to Jones Co., Iowa; he commenced the study of medicine in 1844, with Dr. William Durrach, of Philadelphia; graduated in March, 1848, in the Medical Department of the Pennsylvania College at Philadelphia; he has been in constant practive since then; he owns 380 acres of land. Married Elizabeth Spear in 1850; she was born in 1831, in Morrow Co., Ohio, died in 1859; had one child, Adelaide (now Mrs. Shoop); second marriage to Emily F. Spear in 1861; she was born in 1837, in Morrow County, Ohio, died in 1865; had two children, Gertrude and Jane; third marriage to Miss Mary Ganser in 1874; she was born in 1838, in Licking Co., Penn.; has two children, Gyda and Edward. Democrat.
History of Jones County, Iowa,Western Historical Company, Chicgo, 1879.
Note: Elizabeth and Emily Spear were daughters of Samuel Spear, who may be another son of Dennis Slaven/Duncan Spear. According to the 1850 Jones County, Iowa, census, Samuel was born circa 1804 in Pennsylvania; William Spear, in the 1850 Morrow County, Ohio was born circa 1798 in Pennsylvania. Samuel was an early resident of Jackson Township in Jones County, arriving in 1845.