This site is about the William “Bill” Speer family. The site not just for relatives, it’s for all the people who have crossed our family’s path.
If we can relate a story that jogs your memory please let us know.
Bill was in my mind one of the last true cowboys.  We’ll talk more about that later.
Bill’s great grandfather was David Hess Speer born circa 1811. His grandfather, also named David Hess Speer, was born on 4 May 1847, in Uniontown, Fayette, Pennsylvania, United States. He married Olive A Conant on 2 November 1873, in Lyon, Kentucky, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 1 daughter. He lived in Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, United States in 1870. He was enlisted on 8/25/1863 as a corporal and mustered into Independent Battery H, Pennsylvania Light Artillery; mustered out on 6/18/1865 at Pittsburgh, PA. He died on 3 October 1923, in Dayton, Montgomery, Ohio, United States, at the age of 76.
Bill’s father was Oliver Crumble Speer and his mother was Georgia Anier Anna Kelton Speer. His siblings were Edgar Willibie Speer, Minnie Lee Speer Killian,  Gertrude Leller Speer Coppick and Caleb Speer.
His wife was Julia Melissa Patterson Speer.  Julia’s father was Gurly Patterson and I don’t know her mother’s name.
Bill and Julia Speer’s children:
  • Leo M.Speer
  • Chester Eugene Speer
  • Fred H. Speer
  • Troy Speer
  • Billy Ralph Speer
  • Helen Rae Speer
  • Virginia “Tootsie” Speer
Just the connections here are mind blowing and we’re just getting started.
It’s time for some stories from the grandchildren.
Did you ever smoke a grapevine or sleep in the front yard in summer.  How about catching crawdads in the creek or riding old Snow.  What else?
How many people got their haircut by Leo, Fred, or Billy?  I guess it was an easy way to make a dollar.
And who has been to a funeral with Chester involved?