Posted By:Joan E. Rambo
Subject:Re: ELLIOTT - SPEARS 1880 Census
Post Date:January 28, 2011 at 12:53:50
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Forum:Hood County, TX Genealogy Forum
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OK, starting with Nancy Jane b 1875, d 1943.

TX Dth Idx thru 1976:

Name: Nancy Jane Simpson
Death Date: 13 Oct 1943
Death Place: Gilmer, Upshur, Texas
Gender: Female
Death Age: 68 years 9 months
Estimated Birth Date: 1875
Birth Date:
Marital Status:
Spouse's Name:
Father's Name: D... Elliott
Father's Birthplace:
Mother's Name: Elizabeth Speirs
Mother's Birthplace:
Place of Residence:
Burial Place:
Burial Date:
Additional Relatives:
Film Number: 2137588
Digital Film Number: 4117973
Image Number: 2920
Reference Number: cn 49005
Collection: null

I wondered why she was over in Upshur Co, TX when she got married, so went looking. On the 1910 census it shows she and James J. were married 21 years, so she was married earlier than the date you gave. And, she has a son named Walter, he is the informant on her DC.

So, back to 1870 census for Elizabeth and J.D. They are on page 446, did you notice John Spears, 22, also b LA (with wife Mary) on page 448??? I tracked John to Upshur Co, TX on 1880 census:

Name Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace
J. L. SPEARS Self M Male W 30 LA Farmer LA LA
Mary E. SPEARS Wife M Female W 30 MS Keeping House MS MS
Sarah SPEARS Dau S Female W 10 TX LA MS
Viola SPEARS Dau S Female W 8 TX LA MS
Lucy SPEARS Dau S Female W 7 TX LA MS
Nancy SPEARS Dau S Female W 3 TX LA MS
Alas SPEARS Dau S Female W 1 TX LA MS

I think John is a brother to your Elizabeth and may be why Nancy Jane was in Upshur Co, TX when she got married????

Keeping this in mind I think I found John and Elizabeth. 1860 census Denton Co, TX:

Speers[sic], Hesekiah, 40, b AL - no land/personal 250
" Nancy, 35, b AL
" John, 12, b LA
" James M., 10, b LA
" Elizabeth, 4, b LA

Guess who else is on the 1880 census in Upshur Co, TX, living next door to John, brother James M.:

J. M. SPEARS Self M Male W 30 LA Farmer LA LA
Jane SPEARS Wife M Female W 25 AR Keeping House AR AR
Levi SPEARS Son S Male W 10 TX LA AR
M. J. SPEARS Dau S Female W 10 TX LA AR
Catherine SPEARS Dau S Female W 8 TX LA AR
Lizzie SPEARS Dau S Female W 5 TX LA AR
James E. SPEARS Son S Male W 1 TX LA AR

1850 census Union Parish, LA:

Spears, Hezakiah, 31, b AL
" Nancy, 25, b AL
" John, 4, b LA
" James, 1, b LA

Go to Rootsweb's WorldConnect site -- -- Type in Spears, Hezakiah, spouse Nancy. A couple of people are working on this line, although they don't show Elizabeth as a daughter, they show John and James. Probably haven't seen the 1860 census. You could share with them.

If you go to the Union Parish, LA GenWeb site, there are records for Russell, father of Hezakiah. And, if you go to the BLM site, Russell and some other Spears received land patents in Union Parish, LA about the mid 1800s. Might be related.

Lots of records to follow up on, to verify the connections.

Happy Hunting (^_^)