JOHN SPEAR, farmer; P. O., Pulaskiville; was bora Sept. 8, 1823, in Jefferson Tp., Richland Co., O.; is the third son of William and Catherine Spear. The mother's maiden name was Will; they raised a family of eleven children: Lucinda, Lorinda, Melinda, William H., Lewis P., Robert C, Benjamin F., John, Philip, Sophrona and George W.; all reached the age of maturity, William Spear emigrated from Upper Canada to Ohio, in 1812, where he began farming, which he followed some time; he then began teaching school, and for many years continued in this calling. John Spear engaged in boot and shoemaking at the age of 21 years, but like his lather, was soon called upon to assume the position of teacher, which he filled successfully for many terms, working at his trade during vacations until" the war commenced. After the War of the Rebellion he worked at shoemaking until 1872, exclusively; since that time he has given his attention to farming. He was married Jan. 12, 1855, to Emily, daughter of John and Margaret (Finch) Singrey. She was born in what is now Perry Tp., of this county, April 22, 1830. This union has been blessed with three children: John W., Monroe W. and Rolandus C. The two eldest are successful teachers. Mrs. Spear's father came from Maryland to Ohio in early times, where he married Margaret Finch. They had a family of seven children: Eliza J., Charity A., Harriet R., Margaretta, Emily, Alice and Jacob. Mr. Spear and his estimable wife are both consistent members in the Presbyterian Church at Waterford, in which he has officiated as Deacon. He has filled various township offices, and at present is Justice of the Peace. He received a common school education, but by his own efforts has attained a culture of mind far superior to the schools of early days. He has voted with the Republican party since its organization.
History of Morrow County, Ohio, O.L. Baskin & Co., Historical Publishers, Chicago. 1880.