I saw your Etowah Co,Al query on rootsweb that mentioned SPEARS of SC. My great-grandmother,Susan SPEARS/SHEPPARD BARNES,b.1851-1853 in Randolph Co,Al.always told my Dad she was 'Dutch,Irish,and Indian' (last year he said she may have said 'Black Dutch' also). I believe she may be connected to the SPEARS who were in RandolphCo,Al in 1840: Mercer(b.1790 SC),Daniel(1810 Ga),Joshua(1812 SC or Ga),and Joshua J.(b.~1810 unknown where)
Daniel SPEARS(1810 Ga) married Mary WATWOOD(b.1814 SC),who may have come from Chesterfield Co,SC. Another WATWOOD researcher says they were of Cherokee Indian descent.
What is your SPEARS ancestry?