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My Spears research has been much harder than any of my other lines..   I want to share with you what I have on My set of Spears.   For more information please see the complete family tree :-))   Please contact me if you catch any mistakes in this information. 

Supposedly, the Spears family can trace their ancestors back to the ancient territories of the Scottish English Border Ridings between the 11th and 12th centuries.  That the Spears family traces their ancestral roots back to Strathclyde Briton origin.  That from very early on the Spears family not only held lands and estates in the Scottish English Border Ridings but were also actively allied with other influential families.Components of the Spears Family Name Coat of Arms 

The Spears Shield is:  Blue with two crossed spears between four gold boars heads, and on a silver stripe at the top a star between two red crescents. 
The Spears Crest is:  An arm wielding a spear. 
The Spears motto is:  "Advance"

Descendants of William `Bill` Spears


Generation No. 1

1.  WILLIAM `BILL`1 SPEARS was born April 26, 1821 in Jefferson County, TN, and died June 02, 1896 in Floyd County, KY.  He married ELISABETH `BETTY` COLWELL.  She was born 1833 in Ash County, NC, and died March 11, 1890 in Floyd County, KY.

Notes for ELISABETH `BETTY` COLWELL:
Buried at: Chestnut Tree Cemetery, Pike County KY

Children of WILLIAM SPEARS and ELISABETH COLWELL are:
i. VIRGINIA2 SPEARS, m. UNKNOWN HEALVY.
2. ii. CHARITY ELIZABETH SPEARS, b. March 03, 1851, North Carolina; d. January 14, 1932.
iii. MARY ANGELINE `LENNIE` SPEARS, b. 1853, North Carolina; m. WILLIAM CRAWFORD WILLIAMS, January 12, 1870; b. 1852.
3. iv. JOSEPH L. SPEARS, b. February 10, 1856, North Carolina; d. April 27, 1913.
v. JOHN A. SPEARS, b. 1860, North Carolina; m. NANCY LEADY.
4. vi. LEANDER `LEE` SPEARS, b. August 11, 1865, North Carolina; d. March 01, 1927.
5. vii. SYLVESTER SPEARS, b. April 26, 1866, Floyd County, KY; d. February 19, 1929.
viii. WILLIAM H. SPEARS, b. 1872.
ix. ELKANEY SPEARS, b. 1874.


Generation No. 2

2.  CHARITY ELIZABETH2 SPEARS (WILLIAM `BILL`1) was born March 03, 1851 in North Carolina, and died January 14, 1932.  She married SYLVESTER CONN January 22, 1867 in Floyd County, Kentucky, son of IRA CONN and ELEANOR JARRELL.  He was born 1846 in Kentucky.

Children of CHARITY SPEARS and SYLVESTER CONN are:
i. MARY J.3 CONN, b. 1867.
ii. WILLIAM J. CONN, b. 1869.


3.  JOSEPH L.2 SPEARS (WILLIAM `BILL`1) was born February 10, 1856 in North Carolina, and died April 27, 1913.  He married SARAH CANTRELL. 

Notes for JOSEPH L. SPEARS:
Buried at Hurricane Creek, Pike County, KY

Child of JOSEPH SPEARS and SARAH CANTRELL is:
6. i. BENJAMIN3 SPEARS, b. January 31, 1879, Pike County KY; d. September 30, 1942, Pike County, KY.


4.  LEANDER `LEE`2 SPEARS (WILLIAM `BILL`1) was born August 11, 1865 in North Carolina, and died March 01, 1927.  He married SARAH CATHERINE MAY April 22, 1886. 

Child of LEANDER SPEARS and SARAH MAY is:
7. i. JOSEPH WADE3 SPEARS.


5.  SYLVESTER2 SPEARS (WILLIAM `BILL`1) was born April 26, 1866 in Floyd County, KY, and died February 19, 1929.  He married MELVINA COX1,2 August 20, 1885, daughter of JOHN COX and AMANDA ADKINS.  She was born April 30, 1866 in Millard, Pike County KY, and died March 13, 1942 in Greasy Creek, Pike County KY.

Notes for SYLVESTER SPEARS:
<tpphoto><id>22822</id><caption>Descendants of Sylvester Spears, Taken at the Spears Family Reunion.</caption></tpphoto>

Notes for MELVINA COX:
Married at the home of: John Cox & Amanda Judy Adkins.

More About MELVINA COX:
Record Change: February 07, 20012

Children of SYLVESTER SPEARS and MELVINA COX are:
8. i. JOHN LEE3 SPEARS, b. May 1887.
ii. JAMES WILLIAM `JIM` SPEARS, b. 1889; d. October 25, 1952.

Notes for JAMES WILLIAM `JIM` SPEARS:
Buried in the Spears Cemetery at Greasy Creek, Pike County KY.

9. iii. ELKANA `E.K OR CANEY` SPEARS, b. March 05, 1890; d. 1970, Pike County, KY.
iv. ADAM B. SPEARS, b. February 18, 1892; d. July 24, 1977; m. MAUDIE GILLESPIE, July 24, 1913.
v. MERTIE SPEARS, b. May 12, 1894.
vi. MAUDE ELLEN SPEARS, b. 1896.
vii. LOUCINDAY SPEARS, b. March 1900.
viii. VERNIE PEARL SPEARS, b. April 30, 1905.
ix. KENIS LANGLEY SPEARS, b. December 16, 1911; d. May 15, 2000; m. MATTIE KINNEY.


Generation No. 3

6.  BENJAMIN3 SPEARS (JOSEPH L.2, WILLIAM `BILL`1) was born January 31, 1879 in Pike County KY, and died September 30, 1942 in Pike County, KY.

Child of BENJAMIN SPEARS is:
i. EVAN4 SPEARS.


7.  JOSEPH WADE3 SPEARS (LEANDER `LEE`2, WILLIAM `BILL`1)  He married MINNIE HALL. 

Child of JOSEPH SPEARS and MINNIE HALL is:
i. GLENN B.4 SPEARS.


8.  JOHN LEE3 SPEARS (SYLVESTER2, WILLIAM `BILL`1) was born May 1887.  He married FRANKIE BLAIR. 

Notes for FRANKIE BLAIR:
Frankie was a widow of Unknown Gillespie. She was also the mother of Maude Gillespie who married Adam Spears.

Children of JOHN SPEARS and FRANKIE BLAIR are:
10. i. MELEE?MILLIE4 SPEARS.
11. ii. OPAL/OPEL SPEARS.
12. iii. ADDIE SPEARS.
13. iv. NOAH `NOEY` SPEARS.


9.  ELKANA `E.K OR CANEY`3 SPEARS (SYLVESTER2, WILLIAM `BILL`1) was born March 05, 18902, and died 1970 in Pike County, KY.  He married (1) ARTI MEECY CHILDERS, daughter of NOAH CHILDERS and LUCINDA CANTRELL.  She was born March 12, 1899, and died October 25, 1971.  He married (2) ARTIE MEECY CHILDERS2.  She was born March 12, 19012, and died October 25, 19712.

Notes for ELKANA `E.K OR CANEY` SPEARS:
<tpphoto><id>22793</id><caption>Elkana Spears & Meecy Childers.</caption><id>22816</id><caption>This Photos contains the children of Elkana Spears & Artie `Meecy` Childers.  Back Row:(L to R) </caption></tpphoto>Buried at Johnson MEmorial Park, Pike County KY.

Children of ELKANA SPEARS and ARTI CHILDERS are:
14. i. ISSAC HOMER4 SPEARS, b. March 06, 1921, Pike County KY.
15. ii. KELSIE MARIE SPEARS, b. March 08, 1923, Pike County KY; d. October 29, 1964.
16. iii. LENNIE GENEVA SPEARS, b. September 13, 1924; d. January 29, 1995, Shelbiana, Pike Co. KY.
17. iv. THELMA PULINE SPEARS, b. September 17, 1926, Pike County KY.
18. v. ALTA FAY SPEARS, b. June 12, 1930; d. January 16, 1952.
vi. ROBERT LEE SPEARS, b. September 09, 1934; d. Living; m. PHYLLIS `MAGGIE` PRATER.

Notes for ROBERT LEE SPEARS:
<tpphoto><id>22825</id><caption>Robert Lee Spears, son of Elkana Spears & Artie `Meecy` Childers, with his wife Phyllis Prater.</caption></tpphoto>

19. vii. WILLIE DEVON SPEARS, b. October 09, 1936, Pike County KY.
viii. ALMA MAE SPEARS.


Child of ELKANA SPEARS and ARTIE CHILDERS is:
20. ix. LIVING4 SPEARS.


Generation No. 4

10.  MELEE?MILLIE4 SPEARS (JOHN LEE3, SYLVESTER2, WILLIAM `BILL`1)  She married WILLIAM `BILL` GOFF. 

Children of MELEE?MILLIE SPEARS and WILLIAM GOFF are:
i. DARRELL5 GOFF.
ii. EDZEL/AZEL GOFF.
iii. ORBREY/ORBY GOFF.
iv. CORBIT/CORBET GOFF.
v. CECIL GOFF.
vi. EARL GOFF.
vii. NEVY JO GOFF.
viii. FAY GOFF.


11.  OPAL/OPEL4 SPEARS (JOHN LEE3, SYLVESTER2, WILLIAM `BILL`1)  She married MAC ADKINS. 

Children of OPAL/OPEL SPEARS and MAC ADKINS are:
i. ANNA MAY5 ADKINS.
ii. AZEL/ACEL ELIC ADKINS.
iii. VELVA `TOE` ADKINS.
iv. FRANKIE ADKINS.
v. ARVIN?AVERY ADKINS.


12.  ADDIE4 SPEARS (JOHN LEE3, SYLVESTER2, WILLIAM `BILL`1)  She married CHANS/CHANCY COLEMAN. 

Children of ADDIE SPEARS and CHANS/CHANCY COLEMAN are:
i. CARLOS5 COLEMAN.
ii. CLARA LEE COLEMAN.


13.  NOAH `NOEY`4 SPEARS (JOHN LEE3, SYLVESTER2, WILLIAM `BILL`1)  He married EDITH BRANHAM. 

Children of NOAH SPEARS and EDITH BRANHAM are:
i. RANDALL5 SPEARS.
ii. DELORES ANN SPEARS.
iii. LYNDA GALE SPEARS.
iv. ROGER LEE SPEARS.
v. EDWINA SPEARS.


14.  ISSAC HOMER4 SPEARS (ELKANA `E.K OR CANEY`3, SYLVESTER2, WILLIAM `BILL`1) was born March 06, 1921 in Pike County KY.  He married DIXIE KINNEY. 

Children of ISSAC SPEARS and DIXIE KINNEY are:
i. MORRIS LANE5 SPEARS.
ii. GENIEVE SPEARS.
iii. DORTHY SPEARS.
iv. FRIEDA SPEARS.
v. HOMER RANDALL SPEARS.
vi. HAROLD DEAN SPEARS, b. July 17, 1939.

Notes for HAROLD DEAN SPEARS:
Was hung in jail.

vii. GARY REED SPEARS, b. April 04, 1944.

Notes for GARY REED SPEARS:
Was killed in auto accident.


15.  KELSIE MARIE4 SPEARS (ELKANA `E.K OR CANEY`3, SYLVESTER2, WILLIAM `BILL`1) was born March 08, 1923 in Pike County KY, and died October 29, 1964.  She married ORBIN ROBINSON. 

Children of KELSIE SPEARS and ORBIN ROBINSON are:
i. DENVER LEE5 ROBINSON.
ii. ALFRIEDA ROBINSON.
iii. MANOLA ROBINSON.
iv. TEDDY ROBINSON.

Notes for TEDDY ROBINSON:
Teddy was adopted and raised by Orbin & Kelsie.  His birth parents however, were Bill & Haley Keene.


16.  LENNIE GENEVA4 SPEARS (ELKANA `E.K OR CANEY`3, SYLVESTER2, WILLIAM `BILL`1) was born September 13, 1924, and died January 29, 1995 in Shelbiana, Pike Co. KY.  She married PHILLIP SR. RATLIFF, son of MARION RATLIFF and MYRTLE PRESTON.  He was born September 10, 1914, and died August 21, 1995 in Shelbiana, Pike Co. KY.

Children of LENNIE SPEARS and PHILLIP RATLIFF are:
21. i. ROBIN MARIE5 RATLIFF, b. October 23.
ii. ALFRED CLIFTON `TIPPY` RATLIFF, b. October 23, 1943; m. GENEVA WARD.
22. iii. DEANNA JOAN RATLIFF, b. May 29, 1949.
iv. MASON RATLIFF, b. November 22, 1951; m. DEBRA THOMPSON.

Notes for DEBRA THOMPSON:
Debra and Mason had no Children.

23. v. DONETTA FAY RATLIFF, b. February 08, 1955.


17.  THELMA PULINE4 SPEARS (ELKANA `E.K OR CANEY`3, SYLVESTER2, WILLIAM `BILL`1) was born September 17, 1926 in Pike County KY.  She married ROBERT O. DUNN. 

Child of THELMA SPEARS and ROBERT DUNN is:
i. DOTTIE MARCELLA `MARCIE`5 DUNN, b. 1953.


18.  ALTA FAY4 SPEARS (ELKANA `E.K OR CANEY`3, SYLVESTER2, WILLIAM `BILL`1) was born June 12, 1930, and died January 16, 1952.  She married HERBERT HOOVER RATLIFF 1948, son of MARION RATLIFF and ELLIE ADKINS.  He was born April 26, 1929, and died in Living.

Children of ALTA SPEARS and HERBERT RATLIFF are:
24. i. LONNIE DOUGLAS5 RATLIFF, b. January 23, 1950, Pike County KY; d. Living.
ii. CONNIE SUE RATLIFF.


19.  WILLIE DEVON4 SPEARS (ELKANA `E.K OR CANEY`3, SYLVESTER2, WILLIAM `BILL`1) was born October 09, 1936 in Pike County KY.  He married DELORES `BECKY` PRATER. 

Child of WILLIE SPEARS and DELORES PRATER is:
i. DONNIE DEVON5 SPEARS.


Generation No. 5

21.  ROBIN MARIE5 RATLIFF (LENNIE GENEVA4 SPEARS, ELKANA `E.K OR CANEY`3, SYLVESTER2, WILLIAM `BILL`1) was born October 23.  She married MICHAEL KINNEY. 

Children of ROBIN RATLIFF and MICHAEL KINNEY are:
i. TIFFANY LESHAE6 KINNEY.
ii. FARRAH LEANN KINNEY.
iii. SIMON MICHAEL KINNEY.


22.  DEANNA JOAN5 RATLIFF (LENNIE GENEVA4 SPEARS, ELKANA `E.K OR CANEY`3, SYLVESTER2, WILLIAM `BILL`1) was born May 29, 1949.  She married BILLY JOE GILBERT. 

Children of DEANNA RATLIFF and BILLY GILBERT are:
i. ROBIN PHILLENE6 GILBERT, b. December 05, 1969.
ii. GINGER LEIGH GILBERT, b. August 12, 1972.


23.  DONETTA FAY5 RATLIFF (LENNIE GENEVA4 SPEARS, ELKANA `E.K OR CANEY`3, SYLVESTER2, WILLIAM `BILL`1) was born February 08, 1955.  She married RAYMOND YATES. 

Children of DONETTA RATLIFF and RAYMOND YATES are:
i. CANDACE MAE6 YATES.
ii. VALENA DAWN YATES.


24.  LONNIE DOUGLAS5 RATLIFF (ALTA FAY4 SPEARS, ELKANA `E.K OR CANEY`3, SYLVESTER2, WILLIAM `BILL`1) was born January 23, 1950 in Pike County KY, and died in Living.  He married CHRISTA LYNN STEWART March 24, 1973 in Pikeville, Kentucky, daughter of THOMAS STEWART and CHRISTINE ROBERTS.  She was born November 06, 1955 in Ohio, and died in Living.

Children of LONNIE RATLIFF and CHRISTA STEWART are:
i. ALTA FAY6 RATLIFF, b. January 29, 1974, Pike County KY; d. Living; m. RANDALL DEAN HENDERSON, April 04, 1998, Mount Olive Freewill Baptist Church of Rush, Kentucky; b. October 24, 1975.

26. ii. LONNIE SHANNON RATLIFF, b. March 29, 1977, Pike County KY; d. Living.
iii. JEREMY DEWAYNE RATLIFF, b. April 08, 1981, Pike County KY; d. Living.


26.  LONNIE SHANNON6 RATLIFF (LONNIE DOUGLAS5, ALTA FAY4 SPEARS, ELKANA `E.K OR CANEY`3, SYLVESTER2, WILLIAM `BILL`1) was born March 29, 1977 in Pike County KY, and died in Living.  He married LISA GRACE BURKE June 22, 1998 in Paintsville, Ky. (Johnson County).  She was born October 25, 1976 in Floyd County, KY, and died in Living.

Children of LONNIE RATLIFF and LISA BURKE are:
i. JACOB DOUGLAS7 RATLIFF, b. July 11, 1998, Floyd County, KY; d. Living.
ii. CORBIN DALLAS RATLIFF, b. October 01, 1999, Lawrence County, KY; d. Living.
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