Francis and Sophia (Felch) Spear family in MichiganUpdated May 21, 2005
Francis Spear and Sophia Felch were married in Hinesburg, Vermont in 1817 and moved to Gull Prairie, Kalamazoo Co., Michigan in 1834. The location of the Village of Richland was on Gull Prairie when it became incorporated.
Francis Spear's name doesn't appear in U. S. Census results in Michigan but there are other reliable sources that name the places he lived.
He applied for bounty-land in 1855 and for a soldier's pension in 1871. It is apparent that he was denied the pension that he applied for. The applications are helpful in that they were filled out and witnessed in Richland, Mich. and place him there in those years. His soldier's pension application contains his statement that he had received bounty-land in his application for that. It may be difficult to find out if there was a bounty-land warrant because he authorized an attorney to receive his warrant for him.Francis Spear would not have been the warantee and we don't have the name of the warantee.
A Sophia Felch can be found in records that was the daughter of Samuel Felch, Jr. and Electa Durkee. Persons doing family research sometimes encounter the problem of other persons with the same first and last names. I wouldn't have been able to saythat this Sophia Felch was the daughter of Samuel Felch, Jr. but an 1850 Probate court case in Kalamazoo County named two sisters of Samuel Felch, Jr. (in Windham Co., Conn.) and two children of Francis and Sophia Spear.
Two town histories can be found on the internet that are very interesting.The town histories of Hinesburg and Charlotte can be found at a site called "Vermont Gateway."Use Google to search.The town history of Hinesburg mentions Francis Spear by name.
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