I really don't know much about the Spears family, but I'm trying to piece together something. I have two men that I think are brothers who were living in Tallahassee, FL in the 1840's. Churchill C. Spears and Seth Oseley Spiers. Churchill was a tailor and Seth was a printer. They were both born in N.C. The mother was born in 1804 of a PA mother and German father. These brothers are listed as white. I think there is an Oseley in Mississippi early on, and there is a Churchill Spears (black) in Mississippi in 1870. Dont' know if there's a connection.