Berkeley County, West Virginia Biography of David SPEER


         David SPEER, son of William and Jane S. (Calhoun) Speer, was born in Franklin County, Pennsylvania, on February 12, 1843. One of Davidís brothers, James H. Speer, served three years as a soldier during the war between the states.

         On December 25, 1868, David Speer and Rebecca Bechtel, daughter of David and Mary (Plough) Bectol born in Franklin County, Pennsylvania, January 16, 1840, were married in Chambersburg, that state. They had two sons: Edgar Lacy Speer, June 27, 1870-?; and John Foster Speer, June 12, 1879-?.

         David Speer was a teacher and superintendent of public schools in Martinsburg, Berkeley County, West Virginia.

    Submitted by Marilyn Gouge and extracted from West Virginia Heritage Encyclopedia, Volume 3, a reprint of Hardesty's Historical and Geographical Encyclopedia Berkeley County, WV, Biographies List, 1884.

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