Category Archives: Ancestors

Speer – Spear Descendants In America – 2011

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— Cathy Ann Abernathy Books: Abbeville County (Images of America (Arcadia Publishing))

5 references to speer in this book

1. on Page 105:

“Its warrant was granted on June 4, 1852, to “John Brownlee, W.M., John C. Speer”

2. on Page 107:

“A.J. SPEER HOME, LOWNDESVILLE. This home was built in 1854 by Julius F.C. DuPre, who became a professor”

3. on Page 118:

“118 SPEER PLANTATION. The original house appears to date to the 1780s. William Speer Sr”

4. on Page 119:

“GEORGE WASHINGTON SPEER. Pictured in his Confederate uniform in 1861 in Charleston, South Carolina”

5. from Intro Pages:

“Bob Speer, who cheered us on and collected photos; our hue West photo “scout” Mr. Millen Ellis; and Mr. Bill Rogers (past … ”

via Books: Abbeville County (Images of America (Arcadia Publishing)).

allmusic ((( The Speer Family > Overview )))

Biography by Sandra Brennan & Bil Carpenter

An important reference point in the appreciation of traditional Southern gospel quartet singing, the Speer Family emerged when there were countless Southern gospel quartets, but continued to perform into the 1990s. Although the Speer lineup had changed over the years, their music in the ’90s was still true to the music they were making when the group was formed by patriarch G.T. in 1921.

G.T. Speer was born in a rural community near Fayetteville, Georgia, and worked as a teacher at the Stamps-Baxter School of Music in Dallas. He also taught at the Vaughan School of Music, Lawrenceburg, Tennessee. The first incarnation of the Speers was formed in 1921 with his wife Lena… Read More…

via allmusic ((( The Speer Family > Overview ))).

GOGR Music History – The Speer Family

GOGR Music History –

The Speer Family

Dad Speer once recorded a song entitled “Time Has Made a Change.” Although at the time, that seemed a long ways away for the Speer children, but it finally happened.

Although the nucleus for the Speer Family remained secure for many years, the “adopted” Speers were like a revolving door. As mentioned in the previous article, soprano Caroline Traylor passed away after a bout with cancer. The Speers didn’t immediately replace her and recorded two projects without a soprano vocalist. “Stepping Out on Faith” and “Celebration at Sea” featured the voices of Ben, Brock, and Faye Speer with Harold Lane. Harold Lane left the group in 1988. He was replaced by Bill Itzell and Jane Greene joined as soprano vocalist. The Speers continued to experience success on the charts with this group. “Saved to the Uttermost” and “He’s Still in the Fire” were two of their greatest recordings.

via GOGR Music History – The Speer Family.

Speer Family – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Speer Family, a Southern Gospel family group, was founded in 1921 by George Thomas (“Dad”) Speer (1891-1966), his wife Lena (“Mom”) Speer, and his sister and brother-in-law Pearl and Logan Claborn.



* 1 Early years

* 2 The Siblings Join

* 3 Later Years

* 4 Partial Discography

[edit] Early years

Within two years, the group had become so successful that George Thomas “Dad” Speer decided to make the group full-time. In the late 1920s, the group established a working relationship with the James David Vaughan Music Company, selling songbooks.

However, the group’s success proved to be insufficient to support two families’ budgets. In 1925, Logan and Pearl Claborn left the group; Logan returned to his job as a carpenter.

via Speer Family – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.