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John Quincy Adams Speer

Kay Alpha (View posts)
Posted: 953282217000
Anyone have info on my great,great, grandfather, married to Mary Katherine Steely. Really need info on Mary Katherine. She was 3/4 Cherokee Indian. Trying to find her tribe,parents, etc. Any input would be appreciated. Thanks


Posted: 956420518000
Edited: 993223756000
I have a John Q.A. speer in my childrens' line. He was born 27 May 1842 in Cumberland Co, Ky to Abraham C. Speer and Elizabeth Holt. He married 1#-ca1867-Harrison,Boone,Ar to Lavenia K. Watkins(d/o Abraham Watkins and Mary Emiline Staples(cherokee indian). John died 19 Apr 1937 at and buried at Miami,Ottawa,Ok. Lavenia died 3 Sept 1887 in Harrison,Boone,Ar. They had 9 children: Forest-1869-1869,Lewis Leonadus 1870-1940,Flaura Elizabeth 1871/72-1964,Joseph Edward 1874-1934,Osborne Watkins 1878-1953(my childrens' gt. grandfather),John Losson 1880-1947,Albert A. 1882-1967,George Devers 1885-1950, infant female-1887-1887.
John Q.A. Speer was a Civil War Vet.
Is this the same person you have?
If so--write me.

John Quincy Adams Speer

Kay Alpha (View posts)
Posted: 956438727000
To: Nancy Turner,
This may very well be the same J.Q.A. Speer. Her did marry a Cherokee Indian or a 3/4 Cherokee. I had her name as Mary Katherine Staples. I would like more info if you have it. Email me at

John Quincey Adams Speer

Cindy Speer (View posts)
Posted: 960330884000
I have a John Quincy Adams Speer in my daughters line. I have seen both men by this name in my searching and was bvery confused for a little while. Can you believe there were two men with this name around the same time!!!

My J.Q.A. Speer in buried in Leon County, Texas.....

John Quincey Adams SPEER
born: 18 Sep 1816 in Jefferson County, Louiville, Kentucky
died: 5 Feb 1896 in Leon County, Texas
buried: Clear Creek Cemetery, Leon County, Texas

His wife was Mary Catherine STEELEY
born: 17 Jul 1838 in Kentucky
married: 24 Dec 1854 in Jackson County, Independence, MO
died: 25 Oct 1917 in Leon County, Texas
buried: Clear Creek Cemetery, Leon County, Texas

The only child of theirs that I know of so far is William Henry 'Bill' SPEER.


Cindy Speer (View posts)
Posted: 960377937000
This is what I have on the other JQA, before I realised I was chasing the wrong one.

Abraham C. SPEER
born: 25 Mar 1810 in Cumberland, Kentucky
died: 13 Oct 1849 in Boone County, Arkansas
buried: Speer Cemetery, Boone County, Harrison, Arkansas
His wife was

Elizabeth HOLT
born: 18 Nov 1814 in Cumberland, Kentucky
married: in Cumberland, Kentucky
died: 23 Sep 1904 in Harrison, Boone, Arkansas
Their children were

John Quincy Adams SPEER
b: 1842 in Cumberland County, Kentucky
married: in Harrison, Boone, Arkansas to Lavenia WATKINS

Joseph Holt SPEER
b: 5 May 1832 in Cumberland, Kentucky
d: 8 Apr 1915 in Harrison, Boone, Arkansas

Mary Ann SPEER
b: 10 Oct 1833 in Cumberland, Kentucky
d: 27 Feb 1931 in Harrison, Boone, Arkansas

Alla "Allie" SPEER
b: 1838 in Cumberland, Kentucky

Doswell "Dawse" SPEER
b: 1840 in Cumberland, Kentucky
d: 24 Dec 1862 in Capps, Boone, Arkansas

William Roger SPEER
b: 22 Dec 1846 in Cumberland, Kentucky

Re: John Quincy Adams Speer

Posted: 1337651555000
Classification: Query
Were you able to get information about John Quincy Adams Speer (1816-1896) & Mary Katherine Steely married JQAS in 1854? They are also my husbands great great grandparents. I have not been able to find their parents. We also heard about being part American Indian but have not found proof. Even when Paul's niece was born the doctor commented "you have a little papoose".

Paul - (mother) Lawanda - Cevera - William Henry Speer - JQAS

Re: John Quincey Adams Speer

Posted: 1337696529000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Speer, Steeley
you need to go to Is Mary Katherine listed? I see where J.Q.A. Speer is listed and with a tombstone. sometimes this site is Very helpful

Re: John Quincey Adams Speer

Posted: 1360288691000
Classification: Query
I know both John Quincy Adams Speer & Mary Katherine Steely are buried in Leon County Texas. I would like to know more about her parents & siblings. She was born in Kentucky & married in Missouri.

Re: John Quincey Adams Speer

Posted: 1417578426000
Classification: Query
I show Mary Katherine Steely's mother is Abagail. No other ancestor names. My husband had a DNA through but no American Indian shows up - none. Even thou it was believed he Indian blood.

Re: John Quincy Adams Speer

Posted: 1422832180000
Classification: Query
My husband is all the great great grandson of John Quincy Adams Speer. How do you know Mary Katherine Steely is 3/4 Cherokee? His DNA says no American Indian.
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