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John Spears
1810 - 1860
John Spears was born about 1810 somewhere in Georgia and died about 1860 somewhere in Florida. Dates for birth and death are estimated. He lived to be about 50 years old.

He married Malinda Griffin (born abt. 1816 in GA).
Elizabeth (1834)
Sarah (1836)
William J.(1837)
Temperance (1841)
John M.(1842 - 11/13/1864 VA)
Lewis (1844)
Eliza (1849)
Malinda (1850)
Rachel Ann(1853 -1901)
Mary (1854)
Census1/1/1840 FL (Jackson County) 30 yrs old 
page 22, line #16 - John Spears - one male (-5), one male (30-40), one male (60-70), one male (70-80), three females (-5), one female (5-10), one female (20-30).

(John Griffin listed on the same page) 
Additional information about Jackson County, FL around 1840: , is the largest town and soon begins to battle Marianna (founded in 1827) for the position of county seat. The battle grew so intense, Webbville lobbied and won the creation of a new county from the eastern half. Lafayette was formed in 1932 and takes a large portion of the votes. Two years later and the county is absorbed back into Jackson county and Marianna becomes the county seat. Click here to see a map from this timeperiod.  
Census1/1/1850 FL (Calhoun County) 40 yrs old 
Family#130 John SPEARS (age 41) GA, Malinda (34) GA, Mary (14) FL, Sarah ( 13) FL, William (11) FL, Temperance ( 9) FL, John ( 7) FL, Lewis (6 ) FL, Eliza (1) FL  
Additional information about Calhoun County, FL around 1850: Click here to see a map from this timeperiod.  

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Click on any of the News, Events, or Discoveries buttons above to see historical things that happened during John Spears's life. These are only some of the major events that affected the life and times of John, his family, and friends. For example, John is 1 years old when By 1811 the new "Federal Road" (which started as a horse path) is filled with a steady flow of white settlers into Creek Indian Territories. The Spanish begin to fan hostile sentiments among the Indians.
3 1813 During 1813-14, over 2,000 Muskogee-speaking Creeks move to Florida in response to the Creek Civil War (also known as the Red-sticks War). Most come from AL and GA.
8 1818 First Seminole Indian War takes place when Andrew Jackson brings his troops into northern Florida.
11 1821 Spain formally cedes Florida to the United States in 1821, according to terms of the Adams-Onís Treaty. Spanish colonists as well as settlers from the newly formed United States begin to pour into the new territory. Prior to this change, Florida was a wilderness sparsely dotted with settlements of native Indians, escaped/freed slaves and Spaniards.
12 1822 Florida Territory is purchased
13 1823 The Treaty of Moultrie Creek pushes the Seminole Indian towns into the interior of the Florida peninsula.
14 1824 Tallahassee is established at the capital of Florida because it is half-way between the two government centers in St. Augustine and Pensacola. The Legislative Council meets in November in a log house erected in the vicinity of today's capitol.
25 1835 The Second Seminole Indian War keeps the United States and Seminoles Indians fighting in North & Central Florida.
27 1837 NEWS HEADLINES: In October, Chief Osceola of the Seminole Indians is captured when he arrives for supposed truce negotiations at Fort Payton. He is imprisoned at St. Augustine, FL where he refuses to eat and attempts to escape several times. In December he is moved to a prison in SC where he dies on January 20, 1838. At the time of his death, Osceola was the most famous American Indian.
32 1842 Congress passes the Armed Occupation Act of 1842. It entitles persons willing and able to bear arms against the Indians and establish themselves in villages along the borders of Indian territory ownership of their land after 5 years.
32 1842 Second Seminole Indian War ends and some of the Seminole Indians living in FL are moved to the Indian Territory
35 1845 Florida becomes the 27th state to join the United States. William Moseley becomes the first governor and David Yulee the first senator.
40 1850 Florida's total population has grown to 87,445. This includes about 39,000 slaves and 1,000 free blacks. Indians were not counted.
45 1855 Third Seminole Indian War begins and war breaks out with most of the battles occurring in Central Florida. It ends three years later when Chief Billy Bowlegs and his band are forced to move from Florida.
1 1811 Tecumseh visits the Creek Indians living in what will become Georgia and Alabama to try to persuade them to join his fight against the flood of white settlers. Some towns join forces with Tecumseh and become known as "Red Sticks".
1 1811 Madison County created.
2 1812 The Creek tribes in southern Alabama and Georgia find themselves under increasing pressure from white settlers. Led by Chief Weatherford, they accepted an alliance with Tecumseh and are nicknamed "Red Sticks".
2 1812 Emanual County formed.
3 1813 During 1813-14, Muskogee-speaking Creeks leave GA and move into areas in Northern FL in response to the Creek Civil War (also known as the Red-sticks War).
7 1817 First Seminole war begins as Georgia backwoodsmen attack Indians just north of the Florida border. !817-1818. General Andrew Jackson invades the area.
9 1819 Rabun County formed.
10 1820 December 20 - Campbell and Randolph Counties formed.
11 1821 May 15 - Dooly, Fayette, Henry, Houston, Monroe and Newton Counties formed.
12 1822 December 9 - Bibb, Dekalb and Pike Counties formed.
13 1823 December 8 - Decatur County formed.
14 1824 December 15 - Upson and Ware Counties formed.
15 1825 Baker, Lowndes, Thomas, Butts and Taliaferro Counties formed.
16 1826 January 24 - Treaty of Washington abrogates Treaty of Indian Springs. The Creeks cede a smaller area and are allowed to remain on their lands until January 1, 1826.
17 1827 December 14, - Harris, Marion, Meriwether and Talbot.
20 1830 Cherokee, Heard, and Stewrt Counties are formed.
21 1831 Sumter County is formed.
22 1832 December 3 - Bartow, Cobb, Crawford, Floyd, Forsyth, Gilmer, Lumpkin, Murray, Paulding, and Union Counties formed.
23 1833 Walker County is formed.
26 1836 Seminoles massacre Major Francis L. Dade and his 103 man command. This starts the second Seminole War. February - Battle of Hitchity. March 27 - Colonel J.W. Fannin and his Georgian's executed by order of Santa Ana at Goliad on Palm Sunday. July - Battle of Brushy Creek. July 3 - Battle of Chickasawachee Swamp. July 27 - Battle of Echowanochaway Creek.
27 1837 Mcon and Dade Counties are formed.
28 1838 Chattooga County formed
37 1847 Atlanta, Georgia is incorporated. Formally Marthasville
40 1850 Gordon and Clinch Counties are formed.
41 1851 Clay, Howell, Polk, Spalding, and Whitfield Counties are formed.
42 1852 Taylor County formed.
43 1853 Catoosa, Pickens, Hart, Dougherty, Webster, Flton, and Worth Counties aare creaated.
44 1854 Fannin, Coffee, Chattahooche, Charlton, and Calhoun Counties formed.
46 1856 Haralson, Terrell, Berrien, Colquit, Miller, and Towns Counties formed.
47 1857 Dawson, Milton, Pierce, Glascock, Mitchell, Schley, White, and Wilcox Counties formed.
48 1858 Clayton, Quitman, Banks, Brooks, Johnson, and Echols Counties formed.
4 1814 The first locomotive engine was created by Stephenson
20 1830 The first railroad is constructed between Liverpool and Manchester, England
29 1839 Goodyear invents vulcanized rubber, opening the door for tires and other rubber products.
34 1844 The first telegraph message is sent by Morse, who later invents the Mores Code
43 1853 The process of creating steel is invented by Besermer in Britain and Kelly in the U.S.
46 1856 The first Neanderthal fossils are found near Germany
49 1859 Charles Darwin publishes "Origin of Species" and begins the evolution theory.
1 1811 NEWS HEADLINES: Tecumseh's emerging Indian Confederacy is defeated at the Battle of Tippecanoe in Ohio. Afterwards, Tecumseh and his brother travel from their Shawnee homes in the north to recruit and unify the southern Indians.
2 1812 NEWS HEADLINES: War of 1812 begins and will continue for until 1814. Some call it the Second War of Independence because the US fights Great Britain to a stalemate, Americas independence was assured.
18 1828 Gold is discovered in Georgia.
24 1834 July 9 - The S.S. John Randolph, the first successful iron steamship, is launched in Savannah
1 1811 By 1811 the new "Federal Road" (which started as a horse path) is filled with a steady flow of white settlers into Creek Indian Territories. The Spanish begin to fan hostile sentiments among the Indians.
10 1820 The Act of April 24, 1820 abolished the land purchase credit system, fixed the price of public lands at $1.25 per acre, and set the minimum purchase at 80 acres. After a person purchased land, a final certificate was issued by the land office and sent to Washington DC to be verified and signed by the President -- a time consuming process. Public lands were most typically available through US treaties with Indians who agreed to be removed from their homelands.
20 1830 Indian Removal Act signed and the moving of eastern Indians west of the Mississippi begins.
25 1835 Second Seminole Indian War begins.
27 1837 The trickery used to capture Seminole Indian Chief Osceola (Assi Yohola) creates a public uproar and U.S. General Jesup is publicly condemned.
30 1840 Oregon Trail is established
32 1842 Second Seminole Indian War ends and thousands of Seminole Indians are forced to move west of the Mississippi.
45 1855 Third Seminole Indian War begins. It ends three years later when Chief Billy Bowlegs and his band are forced to move from Florida.
50 1860 Presidential election puts Abraham Lincoln in office. The campaign has heated the issues regarding slavery in the south.
23 1833 Santa Anna is elected President of Mexico

The Children of John Spears

Elizabeth Spears
Born somewhere in Florida on September 8, 1834 and died in Calhoun Co., Florida on May 2, 1882. She was 47 years old.

Children: Mary A. Pope
John W. Pope
Benjamin Franklin Pope
Malinda Pope
Nancy C. Pope
Jefferson Pope
Herold J. Pope
Rachael S. Pope
Simon M. Pope
Elizabeth Pope
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William Jesse Spears
Born in Jackson Co., Florida about 1838 and died in Danville, Virginia on November 13, 1862. He was about 24 years old.

His wife was possibly Elizabeth Martin, She lived next door (in the 1850 census).

In April of 1862 he and his brother John, enlisted in the CSA FL 5th Infantry under the command of Capt. W....
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Rachael Ann Spears
Born in Calhoun Co., Florida on February 9, 1853 and died in Calhoun Co., Florida on June 11, 1901. She was 48 years old.

She married Levi Yon on 2/15/1880 in Calhoun Co. FL...
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