They actually had 89 slaves at the beginning of the Civil War- tax records show that and a few other details on the land- the original descendant that we can find was Henry Speller I (1705-10) seems to have come from York , Maine-
Henry Speller died in 1727 and was married to a Patience Stiball(Swain)- in one document he was described as a "yeoman" (for the Queen) with 3500 acres land grant...bought and sold several tracts of land- all of this is in the Bertie County Courthouse in Windsor, NC....wills, documents section.
Thomas Speller- born uknown...died 1760 married to a Sarah___children were Thomas, Henry and Fanny
Thomas Speller 1747-1833 married to Elizabeth Hyman 1748-?
Children: Sarah Eliza, Thomas H. and Noah Ninton Thompson
Thomas H. Speller 1801-1854 married Mary Ridley 1807-1850-60?
Children: Thomas H- William- James- Sarah- Charles Broomfield- Hugh H- Mary E- Robert M- Julian- Cullen Capehart
Charles Broomfield- 1840-1911 Married to Iris Matilda Asbell (2000 acres and 80+ slaves) June 21st 1863 wounded at Brandy Station/Upperville with 4th NC Calvary (3rd Luietenent)....while in route to Gettysburg with JEB Stuart...
Mary E- Charles Broomfield (1878) -James Joseph- Robert Lee- Thomas Ridley and Louis Hamilton
Charles Broomfield married second wife Anna Todd when he was 64 and she was 31-
Bessie G- Annie Rhoney Willie Holland-
Thomas Ridley married Anna Bertie Leggett- 1888-1968 (my grandparents)
Elsie Matilda-Lives in Williamston ( present 2013)
James Lewis (lives in Windsor at Cedar Landing-present 2013)
Charles Eugene- died 2009- my father
Charles Eugene "Bunk" (1931-2009) and Mary Catherine (White) (1934- present)
Charles Bradley Speller- Raleigh, NC
Joel Douglas Speller - Panama City, FL
Regina Sharon Speller - Culver City, CA