Speyer – Wikipedia


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Speyer: Maximilianstraße with cathedral in the background

Speyer: Maximilianstraße with cathedral in the background

Coat of arms of Speyer

Coat of arms Speyer

Coordinates: 49°19′10″N 8°25′52″E

Coordinates: 49°19′10″N 8°25′52″E

Country Germany

State Rhineland-Palatinate

District Urban district

Government • Lord Mayor Hansjörg Eger (CDU)Area • Total 42.58 km2 (16.44 sq mi)

Population (2015-12-31)[1] • Total 50,284 • Density 1,200/km2 (3,100/sq mi)Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)

Postal codes 67346

Dialling codes 06232

Vehicle registration SP

Website http://www.speyer.deSpeyer (German pronunciation: [ˈʃpaɪ̯ɐ], older spelling Speier, known as Spire in French and formerly as Spires in English) is a town in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany, with approximately 50,000 inhabitants.

Located beside the river Rhine, Speyer is 25 km (16 miles) south of Ludwigshafen and Mannheim. Founded by the Romans, it is one of Germany’s oldest cities. The first known names were Noviomagus and Civitas Nemetum, after the Teutonic tribe, Nemetes, settled in the area. Around AD 500 the name Spira first appeared in written documents and, as well as the French, this is still reflected in the names Spira and Espira used in Italian and Spanish.

The city’s name may be the origin of the Ashkenazi Jewish name, Shapiro, and its variants.

Speyer is dominated by the Speyer Cathedral, a number of churches and the Altpörtel (old gate). In the cathedral, beneath the high altar, are the tombs of eight Holy Roman emperors and German kings.


Notable natives[edit]

Born before 1900

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Source: Speyer – Wikipedia

Merrie Sunshine Speer Tidwell (1874 – 1962) – Find A Grave Memorial

Merrie Sunshine Speer Tidwell

Birth: Feb. 24, 1874
Death: May 8, 1962

Family links:
Charles Wesley Tidwell (1865 – 1930)*

*Calculated relationship

Westview Cemetery
Fulton County
Georgia, USA
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Created by: Brett and Nic
Record added: Aug 31, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 41380261

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Source: Merrie Sunshine Speer Tidwell (1874 – 1962) – Find A Grave Memorial

Jacob Spear 1820-1882 – Ancestry.com.au

Jacob Spear

Found 10 Records, 10 Photos and 330,361 Family Trees

Born in Prussia on 13 Nov 1820.

Jacob married Ann Elizabeth Woodley and had 10 children.

He passed away on 28 Oct 1882 in North Carolina, USA.

Source: Jacob Spear 1820-1882 – Ancestry.com.au

Speer – Spear Descendants In America – 2011

This link is for my most recent uploaded database, hosted by RootsWeb.com:


It is as COMPLETE as I have at present. If you find errors, have additional information or family photos you would to share with me — email me. As my schedule allows I will add photos I have found that relate to this “branch” and related families.

Thank you for visiting.

— Cathy Ann Abernathy

Link Follow-Up: Mary Tom Speer

The Yahoo Geocities is LONG-GONE; but many of the websites once found there, have been ‘mirrored’ (saved) to another site as an archived page. Thus there is still information available about Mary Tom Speer at this address:

http://www.reocities.com/heartland/bluffs/2986/marytom.htm – the page may not have the original formatting of the Geocities version — but all the vital text is included.

I post this link here, in hopes of aiding Speer/Spear researchers in family tree quest(s).

— Cathy

Hot Day

7 July 2010
One very hot day.
Dave and I delivered groceries to Mom; then headed back home.
Stopped at a few thrift/antique stores along the way.
Since getting in the AC, and starting to cool off, have been reading messages, and adding/correcting more items on my websites (somewhat set in havoc by my previous computer dying); as well as blogs, and misc. stuff.
Need to get things sorted out with this new laptop, get it behaving the way I want it; so I will be able to create a backup set of RECOVERY disks — then get Dave to set it for dual-boot (Windows 7 and Linux).
My head is pounding, so I won’t do much more for now.
How has your week been?
Would love to hear from my readers.
— Cathy

Death of a computer…a new beginning

(Take two…)
Attempted this post just but a few minutes ago — stepped away from the keyboard — came back the automatic Windows 7 update had re-started my computer. [growl!]
I lost all the text I had written (now have settings a bit different, to prevent this problem from occurring again) — I hate having to re-write things when software/OS updates cause me to lose them.
Now, where was I?
Ahhh, heck — I think I’ll do something else and come back to this post. There are things needing to be added, set-up; and yet to be test-driven on this computer.
I promise to return – soon.
“And to continue…”
— Cathy

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Gwendolen Mary Speir (1870-1934)

RootsWeb’s WorldConnect Project: My relatives all over the world

# ID: I25885
# Name: Gwendolen Mary SPEIR
# Given Name: Gwendolen Mary
# Surname: Speir
# Sex: F
# Birth: 29 Aug 1870
# Death: 2 Dec 1934
# _UID: D37DBAD98C154FF2AD4876FF1D35E159BB10

HintsAncestry Hints for Gwendolen Mary SPEIR

3 possible matches found on Ancestry.com Ancestry.com

Father: Robert Thomas Napier SPEIR
Mother: Emily GIFFORD b: 1847

Marriage 1 Charles Thomas BRUCE b: 21 Feb 1865

* Married: 7 Jul 1914 Verheiratet
* Change Date: 31 Aug 2009

Anniston Star: Second mound report released

Anniston Star – Second mound report released

OXFORD — A University of Alabama archaeologist has released a report stating a pile of stones in Oxford was created by natural forces and not American Indians centuries ago — a report written two months after he signed another report stating the opposite.

Robert Clouse, director of the Office of Archaeological Research at the University of Alabama and director of the University of Alabama Museums, mailed the second report on the mound behind the Oxford Exchange to The Star at a reporter’s request.

The report cites different geologic surveys of the area and other American Indian archaeological excavations for comparison. Clouse is not a geologist, though he says he minored in geology as an undergraduate student.

The report states the mound is a natural formation and is not culturally significant.

The stone mound became the center of a dispute last summer, which ended with the City of Oxford backing away from plans to level the mound and use dirt beneath it for fill at a nearby construction site. City officials have repeatedly stated the mound was not man-made. They also later claimed they had not touched the mound, a claim contradicted by pictures contained in Clouse’s second report which show heavy equipment dismantling it.

The second report concluding the mound was natural was produced in July during the thick of the controversy over the site which began in June. The first report, which said the site was significant, was produced in April.