Jacob H. "Jack" Speyer was born in 1866 in Iowa. He served five years in the military beginning 3 June 1889 for the State of New York National Guard as a Private forCompany G, 8th Battalion. He died after being struck by a car in Pennsylvania in 1937. I am desparate for information on this ancestor and, especially, his parents..
I don't know in which city/county Jacob Speyer was born. I have found people with the last name of SPEYER in Clinton, Iowa a couple of generations later, but I don't know if it is the family of my Jacob SPEYER. I have also found Speyers around this time in Kentucky. It would most probably be an area with a large German immigrant population as his father was born in Germany (his mother was from Ireland). According to oral family history, his father served with the INDIANA VOLUNTEER CAVALRY in the Civil War. Jacob Speyer's lived in CULVER, MARSHALL COUNTY, IN in the early 1900's. He is on the Belleville, Essex County, New Jersey Census for 1900 with his wife of 10 years, Emma; their two sons, Walter Irving Speyer and Arthur E. Speyer; his mother-in-law, Bertha Goldburg of Germany and her other daughter Jennie who was born in Massachusetts in 1860. He is missing from the 1910 Census, but back in Belleville with his new wife Velma (who is 23 years his junior and only one year older than his older son) and his two sons from his previous marriage, for the 1920 Census. Walter Speyer and his brother Arthur Speyer graduated from High School in Culver, IN. Walter was born 27 April 1894 in New York City. Arthur was born in May of 1888, also in New York, and died 25 Oct 1951. Walter Speyer enlisted in the Illinois National Guard and was a Corp. with Co. A, 104 Signal Corps (he may have also served for 8 months in the 1st Illinois Cavalry - mounted)and fought in the Mexican Border War. He then enlisted in at Jersey City, New Jersey in June of 1918 and fought in World War I, as did hs brother, Arthur.
Any suggestions on how to find information on any SPEYER family living in Indiana (or Iowa)during the Civial War (1860 and 1870 Census?), would be welcomed. Were there certian counties made up largely of German immigrants? Thanks for any help! Fredreica Speyer firstname.lastname@example.org