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John G. A. Spear, son George J. Spear, Happyville

History of Braintree, Vermont

  John's parents were Arunah Spear and Charlotte M. Battles

John George Alexander Spear was born in Lake George, Ticonderoga New York.

John married Huldah Jane Craig Sep 4, 1851, in Braintree, Vermont.

John George Spear was born in Braintree September 8, 1854, father J.G.A.Spear.

In 1850 Braintree, Arunah is 54, Charlotte 55, John G. A. 25, Nancy B. 23, Andrew J. 22, Charles 21, Fanny Wells 18, Susan Buttler (probably Battles) 98, and Isaac Treat 35.

In 1860 Orange County, Vermont, John is 35, Jane H. 36, and they have Mary M. 8, George J. 5, Frank J. 3, and Carroll four months.

February 22, 1877, George John Spear, age 22, a laborer, married Eva Blanch Parkhurst in Randolph Vermont, performed by John Randall, rector.

In 1880 Orange County, Hulda is married but no spouse, 56 , with Lottie B. 16, Carl P . 14, and C. Mat 11, all born in Vermont.

On the same census page is Susan Spear, 83, born in Vermont, a boarder with the Herbert J 38 and Mary B.G. 36 household.

1884 Vermont "Mrs. John G. A. Spear from St. Paul, Minnesota, arrived in town last week for a visit among her friends and relatives, which are many."

In 1885 St. Paul, Minnesota, J. G. A. Spear and H. Jane, both 61, have Carl P. 19 , C F. 16, and W McDursting, 20 all born in Vermont.

John cash-claimed a quarter in 32, 1S 46W, Yuma County, Colorado in 1891.  John had a homestead entry in 1S 47W and a Timber entry in 1S 47W, but these didn't complete .

In 1891 Denver, John G. A. Spear is a gardener, boarding at the European Hotel.

1892 St. Paul "Mrs. J. Spear will entertain the C. L. S. C. at her home on Hewitt avenue next Monday Evening."

In 1893 St. Paul, C.  Treat Spear is a cashier at the C. St. P. M. & O Ry, living at the Portland (where sister Lottie Trenholm lived).  Jason P. is an engineer at Hamline University, residing 1641 Hewitt Ave.

1894 "H. Jane Spear has begun an action against the Equitable Aid Union of Pennsylvania to recover $2,800 due on a life certificate issued to Frank J. Spear, the son of the plaintiff."

1895 St. Paul "The record in the case of H. Jane Spear against the Equitable Aid Union has been made up, preparatory to an appeal to the supreme court."

In 1896 Denver, John G. A. Spear is a nurseryman, living at # 5, 1935 Larimer Street.

Per # 65309320, John 1820-January 8, 1904 is buried in Greeley.

1908 St. Paul "H. Jane Spear (wid Jno G. A. ) boards at 770 Fairmount avenue."  She's also there in the 1901 and 1914 city directory.


Arthur W. Trenholm married Lattie B. Spear Nov 11, 1884 in St. Paul, Minnesota.

October 3, 1886 "In St. Paul., Minn, Oct 2, 1886, Maud Lucille, infant daughter of Arthur W. and Lottie S. Trenholm, aged 13 months and 10 days.  Funeral from No 656 Broadway to-day 3d inst., at 2 p.m."

"In St. Paul, Minn., Feb 19, 1895, at Hotel Metropolitan, Florence Jane, only daughter of Arthur W. and Lottie S. Trenholm.  Funeral services at chapel, Oakland cemetery, Thursday the 21st inst., 3 o'clock."

Arthur W. Trenholm and Charlotte Spear had Dorothy Trenholm Jan 11, 1896 in St. Paul.

St. Paul Minnesota 771 Fairmount Avenue "Oakland Cemetery Association records indicate that Hilda Jane Spear (1822-1915,) the widowed mother of Mrs. Arthur W. Trenholm, who was born in Vermont to parents born in the United States and who died of senility, resided at this address in 1915"

770 Fairmount "A. W. Trenholm House; Built in 1900; Georgian Revival in style; H. M. Malloy, architect. The structure is a two story, 3307 square foot, seven bedroom, two bathroom, frame house, with a detached garage. The building is on the National Register of Historic Places. Oakland Cemetery Association records indicate that Arthur W. Trenholm resided at this address in 1895. The 1918 city directory indicates that Mr. and Mrs. A. W. Trenholm and their daughter all resided at this address. "

In 1900 St. Paul Lottie Trenholm, born April 1864 in Vermont, and Arthur Oct 1855 Canada, have been married sixteen years.


In 1910 St. Paul, A.W and Charlotte have Arthur Jr., Dorothy, George, - Arthur's mother Clara 97, widowed, born in England, and Charlotte' smother Jane Spear, 86, widowed, born in Vermonth.

Mrs. Charlotte Trenholm died Dec 12, 1937 in Olmsted County, Minnesota.

1692 Portland Avenue, St. Paul "The 1930 city directory indicates that C. Treat Spear, the president of the Minnesota-Acacia Park Cemetery Association and a freight agent employed by the Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis & Omaha RailRoad, and his wife, Blanche I. Spear, resided at this address. In 1972-1973, Jean Borax, a Sophomore at Macalester College, and Dorothy Sauser, a Junior at Macalester College, both resided at this address. Cecil Treat Spear was a World War I veteran who resided at 931 Marshall Avenue in 1919. Jean Borax, an English teacher at Harding High School since 1981, was a financial supporter of the Friends of the St. Paul Public Library in 2004 and 2005 and of the Minnesota Writing Project in 2007. Dorothy Sauser-Monnig received an MFA in flute from University of Minnesota, was on the faculty at North Star Elementary school in Minneapolis, is a member of St. Anne's Episcopal Church, and is a music instructor associated with Cadenza Music. Charles Treat Spear (1868- ,) the son of John G. A. Spear and Hulda Jane Craig Spear, the grandson of Samuel Craig and Matilda Parish Craig, was born in Northfield, Vermont, moved to Minnesota with his family, was educated in public schools of St. Paul, was a railroad official, was employed by the Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis & Omaha RailRoad after 1884, including the agent in St. Paul, enlisted in Company "E" of the First Regiment of the Minnesota National Guard in 1897, served in the Philippines as a Captain of Company "E" of the 13th Minnesota Volunteer Infantry, served under General H. W. Lawton, was recommended for promotion for gallantry during campaign in Luzon, the Philippines, served as a Major in the Russian Railway Service Corps to restore the Trans-Siberian RailRoad in 1918 and 1919, married Annie Blackington, the daughter of Willard Blackington and Julia Thomas Blackington, was a member of the St. Paul Commercial Club, was a Mason, was a member of the Minnesota Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution by virtue of being the great grandson of Alexander Craig, a Second Lieutenant in the New Hampshire Militia, was a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, resided at 931 Marshall Boulevard in 1907, and officed at the Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis & Omaha Railway building in 1907."

Charles Treat Spear was born at Northfield Vermont September 20, 1868.


George cash-claimed a quarter in 35, 2N 48W in 1890.

1897 "Geo Spear, of Greeley, was in Brighton on business again the last of the week."


George J. Spear, born September 1855 in Vermont, is in Greeley in 1900, married to Eva B. 42, with Lue B. 20, Aubrey 16, and Cecil T. 8.

1911 Norwich University "George J. Spear '73 has gained prominence in the nursery business in Colorado."

The tombstone in Greeley has George J. 1854-1913, Eva P. 1856-1936, Lou S. Merritt 1879-1972, G. Aubrey 1883-1967.

Also on the tombstone is Thomas A. 1911-1986, Mary Frances F. 1917-2007, Margaret U. 1885-1959, and Frank J. 1856-1893.

December 15, 1893 St. Paul, Minnesota "Frank J. Spear, of Chicago, died at Greeley, Colorado, Dec 13, aged thirty-one.  Chicago and New England papers please copy."

In 1900 Douglas County, Wisconsin, Carl P. Spear born July 1866 in Vermont, is a brass cutter for the railroad, in a boarding house.

George A. Spear married Margaret J. Uzzell September 28, 1910, recorded in Denver.  This must be the Margaret U. 1885-1959.

Thomas A. Spear married Mary Francis Foster July 2, 1938, recorded in Weld County -  She must be the Mary Frances F. 1917-2007.

May 8, 1959 "Mrs. Margaret J, Spear, 74, wife of G. Aubrey Spear, director of the Greeley National Bank, died Thursday night at the Weld County Gen- rat Hospital. She had been in failing health for many years. Mrs. Spear resided at 1219 Cranford.  She was born March 13, 1885 at Georgetown, the daughter of the Rev. and Mrs. Thomas A. Uzzell. Rev. Uzzell was known as Parson Tom. He served the People's Tabernacle in Denver for many years. Mrs. Spear was educated in the Denver public schools and was graduated from the Normal School here in 1905. She taught in Pueblo and Denver. She and Mr. Spear were married Sept. 28, 1910 in Denver by her father. They had since lived in Greeley. Mrs. Spear was a member of the First Congregational church, Chapter I of PEO and the Laliana club. Beside her husband, she is survived by a daughter and a son Mrs. Dorothy Walden of Roanoke Va., and Thomas A. Spear of Greeley; five grandchildren"

  Margaret Jane Uzzell, b. 3-13-1885, Georgetown, Colo. M., Denver, 9-28-1910, George Aubrey Spear, b. N. Royalton, Vt., 11-22-1883. The ceremony was performed by her father. Parson Thomas Uzzell, who rose from his death- bed to perform it. Issue : (A) Thomas Spear, b. 9-1-1911. Res., Greeley, Colo.


Greeley, December 18, 1972:   Mrs. Lou Spear Merritt, who recently had resided at the Kenton Nursing Home, died there late Sunday night. She was 93. She was born at East Bethel, VT., Aug. 16, 1879, to Mr. and Mrs. George J. Spear, Vermont pioneers, and first came to Greeley as a young girl. After the death of her husband, Thomas Merritt, she returned to Greeley and had lived here many years. She was a sister of the late G. A. Spear, prominent Greeley banker. Survivors include a brother, C. T. Spear of Minneapolis, Minn.; a nephew and a niece. Thomas A. Spear of Greeley and Mrs. W. L. (Dorothy) Walden of Roanoke, Va.; and three grandnieces, Mrs. Norman ( Judy )  Hanson of Cheyenne, Wyo., Mrs. William (Jane) Hoyman of San Diego, Calif., and Mrs. G. W. (Janet) De ? and of Boulder.   Lou B. Spear married George J. Merritt Feb 20, 1901, recorded in Weld County.

June 27, 1938 "Mary Frances Foster and Tom Spear To Be Married July 5; Announcement Is Made at Pretty Luncheon Saturday Announcing the date of her marriage to Thomas A. Spear as July 6, Miss Mary Frances Foster, attractive daughter of Mrs. Marian Hold, presided over a luncheon of lovely appointments on Saturday at The Inn. The couple is to .be married at Doauo chapel of Park Congregational church, with only the-  Immediate families and a few very close. Mends In attendance. Luncheon guests were seated at one long table, which was centered with Announces Wedding Date Society Calendar an exquisite pottery bowl filled with snapdragons, roses, sweetpeas, larkspur, and cornflowers. Tall green tapers in. wrought iron holders were on either side. At each cover was a pretty, frilled nosegay corsage of sweetpeas and. delphinium and attached to each was a little card bearing news of the approaching wedding. Miss Foster, popular in younger, circles, is a granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Van Sickle, long time residents here. "She was graduated from Greeley high school and later attended Colorado State College of Education where she was a member of Delta Sigma Epsilon sorority. During her freshman year, she served as vice president, and was a "Miss Greeley State" candidate. She later went to California for a year, returning to be employed by the telephone company. Mr. Spear is the son of Mr. and Mrs. G. Aubrey Spear of 1219 Cranford. His family is prominent in Greeley, his father being  assistant cashier of the Greeley National bank. He also was graduated  from Greeley high, school and later attended Junior College at Long Beach, Calif., and Iowa State College at Ames. His fraternity is Kappa Sigma. The  past three years he has been affiliated with the Weld  County Garage, where he is credit manager.  Present at the announcement party were Mrs. Marian Nold, Mrs. George Van .Sickle, Mrs. G. Aubrey Spear, Mrs. Robert Joyuer, and the Misses Dorothy Spear, Gloria Jones, Betty Foster, Rae Dinner, Jayne Foster, Boris Carlson, Charlotte Salberg, Barbara Byouk, Leota Dawsou, Betty June Doanei Billie Manhart, Emma Hursch of Gering, Nebr., Peggy Archibald, and Virginia Wilklns, Blanche Richards, and Eileen Lewis of Denver, and Miss Foster. Bachelor D i n n e r Saturday evening, Mr. Spear entertained at a 7:30 bachelor dinner and smoker at The Inn. These were present: Bill Moody, Bob Joyner, Russ Haydeu, Chalmers Ewing, Lindsey Roberts, Jack Kingsbury Dr. 0. W. Patterson, Vincent Sattley, Melvin Bedinger, Julian Dunn, Chuck Wheeler, Bus Arnhold, Roy Haidin, Barney Houtchens,, Lynn Hamnett, George Steele, Wilbur Nelson, Tom Opdyko, Tom Murphy, Lyle No- hu

Mary Spear
Nov. 13, 1917-Oct. 26, 2007
Residence: Mesa, Ariz., formerly of Greeley
Mary Frances Spear was born to Lee Foster and Marion VanSickle Foster Nold in Greeley, where she lived most of her life. She attended Greeley Public Schools and the University of Northern Colorado prior to marrying Tom Spear in 1938. They raised their three daughters in Greeley, where she was active in numerous civic organizations, including Greeley Hospital Auxiliary, PEO, DAR, and UNC Library Board. She loved to play bridge and follow college sports.
Her ancestors were an integral part of Greeley history. Her grandfather, George VanSickle, owned the first livery stable in Greeley in early 1900s, which later became the first car dealership. Her mother played violin with the first Philharmonic Orchestra in Greeley in 1912. Her husband's grandfather, George Spear, was one of the founders of the Greeley Gas Co. and the Independent Telephone Co.. Her husband's father, George Aubrey Spear, was a banker for 50 years at the former Greeley National Bank. Her husband was active in Greeley real estate for many years prior to his death in 1986.
After her husband's death, she moved to Arizona to join her daughter, Janet and her family. She enjoyed living in Leisure World for many years.
She will be remembered as a caring and loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was "young at heart" and a great role model. She will be missed by all who knew her.
She died Friday at Hospice of the Valley in Mesa, Ariz.
Survivors: Three daughters, Judy Hanson-Weickum of Cheyenne, Jane Hoyman of Des Moines, Iowa, and Janet DeLand of Mesa; two granddaughters, Allison Barkley and Lindsay Hansen of Scottsdale, Ariz.; and two grandsons, Jeff Hanson and Rick Hanson of Colorado; and eight great-grandchildren.
Service: 11 a.m. today, Mariposa Gardens, 6747 E. Broadway Road, Mesa, Ariz.


Dorothy Jane Spear Walden, of Roanoke, Va., died on Saturday, January 2, 2010, bringing a long and contented life to a peaceful close.

Her husband, Walter Lewis Walden, a good man of strong character, died in 1966.

Mrs. Walden was born in Greeley, Colo., on March 17, 1916, to George Aubrey Spear, a banker, and Margaret Uzzell Spear, a homemaker. She attended the University of Colorado at Boulder and graduated from Colorado State Teachers College (now the University of Northern Colorado) in 1938. Following graduation, she taught school at Ovid, on the Colorado plains, and at Climax, in the high Rockies. During World War II, she returned to Greeley, where she worked as the clerk of the local draft board.


Cecil Theron Spear registered for WWI in St. Paul, born Jan 29, 1893 at Greeley Colorado, a cashier for the C M. St P & Omaha Ry. Co. supporting his mother.

1568 Summit Avenue: St. Paul The records of the 1919-1920 Minnesota World War I Soldier's Bonus Board (#19624) indicate that Cecil Theron Spear (1893- ,) a 1918 draftee and a Corporal in Company F of the 311th Engineers, who was born in Greeley, Colorado, moved to Minnesota in 1912, had blue eyes, light hair, and a light complexion, was 5' 9" tall, was a railroad worker at induction, was unemployed after the completion of service, and was unmarried, resided at this address.

Cecil T. Spear born about 1893, married Myrtle Brown August 27, 1928 in Libby Montana - his parents were  George J. Spear and Eva Parkhurst.

Cecil and Myrtle are in Great Falls, Montana in 1940.


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