Hi Margaret. My name is Jayne. I come from Barrie, Ontario, Canada. I don't think I can help u with your search, but I'm contacting u anyway because I probably am related to your husband. My great great grampa's name was John Spearin. He emmigrated to Barrie with 2 brothers sometime in the 1840's. He was born in Limmerick sometime in the 1820's. I believe his mother's name was Catharine Grove. I would very much like to know if u have had any luck uncovering the Spearin history in Limerick. I know the family were protestants and illiterate, but that's about it. I think that it's quite possible that your Joseph was a brother or cousin of the boys who came across to pioneer in the early days of Simcoe County. Cheers! Jayne.