>I find Spier/Speir and others as the spelling of my Spiers. I am looking for a James Spier/Speir who was born
> around 1675, fathered a daughter Mary about 1695. This dau. Mary married Caleb Coker and had a son by about >1714. In 1740 James Spier deeded land in Edgecombe Co., NC, to Caleb Coker for "love and affection". Some of >us believe that this is the father of Mary Spier Coker. Others think it is a son-in-law of Caleb Coker.
>Some suggest Dr. James Spier of Nansemond Co, VA, is the ancestor of the Edgecombe Co., NC Spiers.
>Can anyone help?
Well, I think I know something about some of these people.
The first one in Nansemond would have been Dr. JOHN Speir. (The first names repeat over and over. The last name, at this the time in question, of these people was Speir.)
Doctor John, I think, had four sons.
John (again) (1.1 as numbered by Peeler_
James (1.3) estimated dates 1670-1731
All four of those sons moved a bit further out in the suburbs to what is now Edgecombe County, N. C. They may have also had interests in other N. C. counties, and in the counties from which Edgecombe was formed.
One of the main areas was the "Fishing Creek" district of Edgecombe County, what is now the northern border of the County, just across the creek from Halifax County.
Some of their neighbors in this district were the Cokers, and the Pittmans. I doubt that it is possible to unravel all the connections between them, but there were a lot.
James (1.3) had sons, one of whom was
James (again 1.3.1)
This James Speir married an Elizabeth Coker. He had sons, one of whom William Speir (188.8.131.52) married Ann, possibly Pittman. He moved to Georgia, and, probably had sons, Moore and Willis. At last, he was associated with them. Moore and Willis were sort of my co 3rd great grandfathers. If they really were William/s sons, Elizabeth Coker was my 5th great grandmother.
This Elizabeth Coker is though to be the daughter of a Caleb Coker. I don/t know is James (1.3) Speir had a daughter Mary, or not. Nor do I know if she married a Caleb Coker, but, unless there was more than one Caleb Coker It would have gotten a bit complex there somewhere.
Most of what I know about this particular part of Speir history I got from James Peeler who has done quite a bit of research on them. You can contact him at the Oakborough Press, box 3303, Oakton, Va. 22124.
Henry Speir Hillbrath