Descendents of

GODFREY AUGUSTUS SPECK

 

Migration Pattern:

Germany –> MD –> VA –> OH –> IL –>

IA –> NE –> CO –> CA


This SPECK lineage concerns itself with folks descended from Godfrey Augustus SPECK, who arrived in America courtesy of a British "recruiter" looking for “volunteers” to help fight those “revolting colonials” back in the 1770s.  Whether or not Godfrey actually fought in the American Revolution is unknown, but he settled here and founded our SPECK line.  

If you want additional information please contact me Gary SPECK


There is a small group of “cousins” all working on this particular family line.  Some of them also have related websites, which will be listed below.  If you are related to this line of Specks and you are not currently a member of our group, also please contact me.

This online lineage outline concerns itself only with my direct line (noted in RED).   Additional information on my line, including sources, is available if you are an interested family.  Links to other family pages are noted THUS.

This is a work in progress, and together we can make it grow!  To paraphrase the old Nissan commercial… Genealogy is a Journey…Enjoy the Ride.  Have fun on your SPECK adventure.

Our “first” Specks, Godfrey Augustus SPECK and Sarah TOWNSEND had 8 children.  Listed with the appropriate children are links to guide you to others researching the same line, as well as additional information on those appropriate lines.  General information on Godfrey Augustus Speck’s line can also be found at Cousin Darlene’s site.  The Small Family Homepage. 

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Susan(nah) SPECK  (No researchers – YET)

Frederick SPECK  (No researchers – YET)

SAMUEL L SPECK (SEE the continuation on my list below.)           The famed Abstract Expressionist painter, Jackson POLLOCK also descended from the Samuel L SPECK line.  This is just one of many websites devoted to this famous painter, who so far, happens to be the most famous member of this SPECK clan.

Augustus SPECK

Elizabeth SPECK

Mary (Mariah?) SPECK  (No researchers – YET)

Anna (Annie) SPECK  (No researchers – YET)

Sarah SPECK  (No researchers – YET)

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NOTE:  No living person will be detailed in this lineage outline.  This is to protect the privacy of all concerned.  


GENERATION 1

 

GODFREY AUGUSTUS SPECK  (parents unknown)

  • b: 1754 Dresden, Saxony, GERMANY
  • d: Dec 24, 1828 West Chester, Tuscarawas Co., OH
  • buried: Boone-Sears Cemetery (private), Freeport, Harrison Co., OH
  • occupation:
  • military: (SEE notes below)

m: SARAH TOWNSEND, 1779, Baltimore, MD

  • b: Sep 10, 1763, VA
  • d: Dec 13, 1815, West Chester, Tuscarawas Co., OH
  • buried: Boone-Sears Cemetery (private), Freeport, Harrison Co., OH
  • religion: possibly Quaker?
  • children:

i. Susan(nah) SPECK

·        b: Feb 12, 1781, Baltimore, MD

·        d:

·        m: William PICKERING (?), Mar 13, 1799, Frederick Co., VA

 

ii. Frederick SPECK

·        b: Apr 20, 1783

·        d: Missing in action in War of 1812

·        m: unknown, (probably not – due to age and early death)

 

iii. SAMUEL L SPECK

·        b: Nov 23, 1785, Baltimore, MD

·        d: Dec 19, 1849, Bird's Run, Guernsey Co., OH

·        m: Jane LEACH (LEECH), May 3, 1811, Jefferson Co., OH

 

iv. Augustus SPECK

·        b: Dec 13, 1787, Baltimore, MD

·        d: Jun 12, 1870, West Chester, Tuscarawas Co., OH

·        m: Sarah REED, Jul 7, 1809, 12 children

 

v. Elizabeth SPECK.

·        b: Dec 20, 1789 (1790?), VA?

·        d: May 19, 1837, Kernan, IL

·        m: Henry CRAMER, Jan 30, 1812, 8 children

 

vi. Mary (Mariah?) SPECK

·        b: May 4, 1792

·        d: 1793

 

vii. Anna (Annie) SPECK

·        b: Dec 7, 1794

·        d: Oct 1866, Tuscarawas Co., OH

·        m: Benjamin CRAMER, Mar 6 (12?), 1816 (1817?), 9 children

 

viii. Sarah SPECK

·        b: Sep 1, 1796, VA

·        d: Feb 7, 1887, Freeport, OH

·        m: Samuel DIX (DICKS), May 14 1814 (Mar 28, 1816?), 11 children

 

Notes for GODFREY AUGUSTUS SPECK:

“...Godfrey Augustus Speck, as was the custom of his country, learned a trade. Then by the custom of his country he was compelled to travel for one year to gain information to benefit him in his trade, such people were called traveling journeymen. This was at the time of war between the United Colonies and King George III of England, who contracted with the Hessian King for soldiers at thirty-five dollars per head. A gentleman came up to him (Godfrey) and asked if he was going to stop at the inn.  He proved to be a recruiting officer and he decoyed him (Godfrey) to the wharf to see a big vessel, then they run him up a plank on board and by some means unknown he was landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1774. He then settled in Baltimore and was married in 1779 to Sarah Townsend who was born in Virginia, September 10, 1763.” [The Genealogy of the Speck and Benjamin Reed Families from 1754 to 1900, By Isaac G. SPECK]

 

“We can't prove that he was recruited and sent here for the war (though he was here to marry Sarah Townsend before the war was over).”  DSG Jan 09 1999 (e-mail correspondence)

 

“However, in my study of the years before the war was declared, there were British regiments being sent here for many years and especially after the Boston Massacre in 1770 and the Boston Tea Party in 1773...”  DSG Jul 24 2000  (Gary’s note...This could account for him being sent over prior to the actual start of hostilities.)

 

“...while passing through Germany he (Godfrey) was seized and pressed into the army, and his regiment was employed by the British, to assist in quelling the rebellious colonies in America, but while the troops were coming to this country, he succeeded in making his escape.”  From the biography for William B Speck, in The History of Morrow County, Ohio, published in 1880. DSG Jul 24 2000  (Gary’s note...Opinion shared by others...Could he have jumped ship in Maryland?)

 


GENERATION 2

 

SAMUEL L SPECK (Godfrey Augustus 1 SPECK)

  • b: Nov 23, 1785, Baltimore, MD
  • d: Dec 19, 1849, Bird's Run, Guernsey Co., OH
  • buried: People's M-E Cemetery, Oxford TWP, Tuscarawas Co., OH
  • occupation: Grist & Sawmill owner w/ brother Augustus

m: Jane LEACH (LEECH), 1809 (May 3, 1811), Jefferson Co., OH

  • b: 1785? N Huntington Twp, Westmoreland Co., PA
  • d: >1850  prob. <1856  as son David moved to IA then.
  • occupation: Weaver
  • children:

 

i. Sarah SPECK

·        b: 1812, Cross Creek, Jefferson Co., OH

·        d: 1893

·        m: never married

 

ii. ARCHIBALD SPECK

·        b: May 6, 1815, Coshocton Co., OH/Cross Creek, Jefferson Co., OH

·        d: Jul 30, 1898, Tingley, Ringgold Co., IA

·        m: Aug 24, 1837, Elizabeth "Eliza" Jane BOYD

 

iii. David SPECK

·        b: Aug 24, 1821, Cross Creek, Jefferson Co., OH

·        d: 1875

·        m: #1 --- Julianne (Julia Ann) CRIDER, 6 children

·        m: #2 (after 1860) Theodora REED, 4 children

 

iv. James Edward SPECK

·        b: 1823 Cross Creek, Jefferson Co., OH

·        d: 1898

·        res: Oxford Twp, Tuscarawas Co., OH in 1850

·        m: Rachel Sarah SEVERNS

 

Notes for SAMUEL L. SPECK:

“He died with a cancer on his face.”  .” [The Genealogy of the Speck and Benjamin Reed Families from 1754 to 1900, By Isaac G. SPECK]

 


 

GENERATION 3

 

ARCHIBALD SPECK  (Samuel L 2, Godfrey Augustus 1 SPECK)

  • b: May 6, 1815, Coshocton Co. or  Cross Creek, Jefferson Co., OH   
  • d: Jul 30, 1898, prob. Tingley, Ringgold Co., IA
  • buried: Tingley Cemetery, Tingley, Ringgold Co., IA 
  • occupation: Farmer
  • residence: Cross Creek, Jefferson Co., OH ; Coshocton Co., OH ?? - c>1848; Lee Co., IA c>1848<1850 - 1851??; Fairfield, Cedar Twp, Jefferson Co., IA <1851 - >1860; Tingley, Ringgold Co., IA >1860-1898 

m: Elizabeth “Eliza” Jane BOYD, Aug 24, 1837, Londonderry OH

  • b: Oct 31, 1818, OH or Oct 13, 1816, Monmouth, Warren Co., IL
  • d: Aug 8, 1889, Tingley, Ringgold Co., IA
  • buried: Tingley Cemetery, Tingley, Ringgold Co., IA 
  • children:

 

i. Samuel Fleming SPECK

·        b: Jul 31, 1838 Freeport, Harrison Co., OH

·        d: Jul 29, 1863  (Possible casualty of Civil War)

 

ii. DAVID ROSS SPECK

·        b: Apr 23, 1840 OH

·        d: Aug 8, 1919 Loveland, Larimer Co., CO

·        m: Martha Susan PATTISON Nov 2, 1864, Warren Co., IL 

 

iii. Mary Ella SPECK

·        b: Jul 22, 1842 OH

·        d: Jul 7, 1860 Jefferson Co., IA

 

iv. James Renwick SPECK 

·        b: Sep 15, 1844 Coshocton Co., OH

·        d: Jun 16, 1919

·        m: #1 SophroniaFrona I. KIRKPATRICK Mar 28, 1878

o   d: Sep 6, 1880 

·        #2 Beatrice WILKINS Feb 22, 1883

o   d: Apr 22, 1884 

·        #3??? Mary FRASER/FRAZIER  >1884 

 

v. Cordelia (Cordilla) Jane “Jennie” SPECK 

·        b: Sep 14, 1848 Coshocton Co., OH/Lee Co., IA

·        d: Jul 17, 1941 Tingley, Ringgold Co., IA 

·        m: John Robinson McCLURE Oct 7, 1873 

·        NOTE:  Grandparents of famed painter Jackson POLLOCK

 

vi. John Flovel SPECK

·        b: Jan 11, 1851 Fairfield, Jefferson Co., IA

·        d: Feb 21, 1851 Fairfield, Jefferson Co., IA

 

vii. Elisabeth A SPECK

·        b: Jan 29, 1853 Jefferson Co., IA

·        d: Nov 27, 1860 Jefferson Co., IA

 

viii. William Augustus SPECK

·        b: May 28, 1855,  prob Jefferson Co., IA

·        d: Apr 22, 1922, Ames, Story Co., IA

·        buried: Ames Cemetery, Ames, Story Co., IA

·        m: Laura Edna NICHOLSON, Mar 24, 1880, Four Corners, Jefferson Co., IA, 9 children 

 

ix. infant son SPECK

·        b: May 5, 1857 Jefferson Co., IA

·        d: May 9, 1857 Jefferson Co., IA

 

x. Flora Estella “Stella” SPECK

·        b: Dec 10, 1858, Jefferson Co., IA

·        d: May 31, 1922 Tingley, Ringgold Co., IA

·        bur: Tingley Cemetery, Ringgold Co., IA 

·        m: Benjamin LORIMOR Oct 24, 1895, Ringgold Co., IA

 

Notes for ARCHIBALD SPECK:

 

         


GENERATION 4

 

DAVID ROSS SPECK  (Archibald 3, Samuel L 2, Godfrey Augustus 1 SPECK)

  • b: Apr 23, 1840 OH
  • d: Aug 8, 1919, Loveland, Larimer Co., CO
  • buried: Lakeside Cemetery, Loveland, Larimer Co., CO 
  • occupation: Plasterer
  • residence:       

1840 - ?           OH                              

            >c1848             Coshocton Co., OH

            <c1850             Lee Co., IA

            <c1851->c1860 Fairfield, Cedar Twp, Jefferson Co., IA

            >c1860 – 1898  Tingley, Ringgold Co., IA 

            1898-1901        Overton, Dawson Co., NE

            1901-1919        Loveland, Larimer Co., CO

m: Martha Susan PATTISON, Nov 2, 1864, Warren Co. IL

  • b: 1840 OH
  • d: Oct 15, 1904, Loveland, Larimer Co., CO
  • buried: Lakeside Cemetery, Loveland, Larimer Co., CO,
  • children:

 

i. Mary Luella SPECK

·        b: Oct 14, 1865

·        d:

·        m: Albert N. LAUGHREY, Mar 19, 1884, Ringgold Co., IA

 

ii. CHARLES BOYD SPECK

·        b: Mar 1, 1864/1867, Monmouth IL

·        d: Oct 12, 1927, San Bernardino Co., CA

·        m: Oct 29, 1890, Nellie May BEATTY, Ringgold Co., IA

 

iii. James Archibald SPECK

·        b: Jul 22, 1870, OH 

·        d: unknown

·        m: Cora M Foster, Apr 6, 1897

 

iv. Martha Eliza “Lydia” “Lida SPECK

·        b: Jul 14, 1876, OH 

·        d: 1961, Loveland, Larimer Co., CO

·        buried: Lakeside Cemetery, Loveland, Larimer Co., CO

·        m: Taylor W. PARIS, Mar 28, 1894, Ringgold Co., IA

 

Notes for DAVID ROSS SPECK:

 

 


GENERATION 5

 

CHARLES BOYD SPECK  (David Ross 4, Archibald 3, Samuel L 2, Godfrey Augustus 1 SPECK)

  • b: Mar 1, 1864/1867, Monmouth IL
  • d: Oct 12, 1927, San Bernardino, San Bernardino Co., CA
  • buried: Oct 15, 1927, Bellevue Memorial Park, Ontario, CA
  • occupation: Drayman, plasterer
  • residence:

                  1864- unk         Monmouth, IL 

                  unk –1898        Tingley, Ringgold Co., IA

1898-1901          Overton, Dawson Co., NE

1901-1907          Loveland, Larimer Co., CO

1907-1927       Upland, San Bernardino, Co., CA 

m: Nellie May BEATTY, Oct 29, 1890, Ringgold Co., IA   

  • b: May 01, 1870 in IL
  • d: Aug 09, 1954, Upland, San Bernardino Co., CA
  • buried: Bellevue Mausoleum in Ontario, CA Aug 12, 1954
  • occupation: housewife
  • Children:

 

i. ALVA RAY “Alvin” SPECK

·        b: Sep 1, 1891, Tingley, Ringgold Co., IA

·        d: Sep 20, 1981, Santa Ana, Orange Co., CA

·        m: Elizabeth May PARSONS, Mar 24, 1913, Santa Ana, CA

 

ii. Eva SPECK

·        b: Sep 9, 1893, probably Tingley, Ringgold Co., IA

·        d: Jun 20, 1973, Santa Ana, Orange Co., CA 

·        m: Earl FROMM, 3 children

 

iii. Bertha I SPECK

·        b: Sep 7, 1895

·        d: Dec 14, 1962, Los Angeles Co., CA        

·        m: Jess SAWYER, 2 children

 

iv. Mabel M SPECK

·        b: Nov 5, 1897, Tingley, Ringgold Co., IA

·        d: May 3, 1990, CA

·        m: Robert GOODWIN (no children)

 

v. Ralph SPECK

·        b: June 14, 1905, Loveland, Larimer Co., CO 

·        d: Bremerton WA

·        m: unknown, 1 child

 

vi. Hazel SPECK

·        b: Feb 14, 1907, Loveland, Larimer Co., CO

·        d: Apr 1992, Hemet, Riverside Co., CA

·        m: Lloyd TITTSWORTH (no children)

 

viii. Harold SPECK

·        b: Feb 4, 1910, Upland, San Bernardino Co., CA

·        d: Apr 28, 1971, Alhambra, Los Angeles Co., CA

·        m: unknown, 3 ? children

 

Notes for CHARLES BOYD SPECK:

Charles is said to have owned the first automobile in Loveland, CO. 

 


GENERATION 6

 

ALVA "Alvin" RAY SPECK  (Charles Boyd 5, David Ross 4, Archibald 3, Samuel L 2, Godfrey Augustus 1 SPECK)

  • b: Sep 1, 1891, Tingley, Ringgold Co., IA
  • d: Sep 20, 1981, Santa Ana, Orange Co., CA 
  • buried: Cremated, ashes scattered over ocean 
  • occupation: Mechanic, owned/operated automobile garages in Phoenix AZ , Long Beach, Oceanside, and Santa Ana CA 
  • residence:

1891-1898 –     Tingley, Ringgold Co., IA

1898-1901 –     Overton, Dawson Co., NE

1901-1907 –     Loveland, Larimer Co., CO

1907- ?? –        Upland, San Bernardino Co., CA

c1913-?? –       Santa Ana, Orange Co., CA

c1916-?? –       Phoenix/Mesa AZ

c1919-?? –       Long Beach, Los Angeles Co., CA

c1922-1925  Oceanside, San Diego Co.

c1925-1981  Santa Ana, Orange Co., CA

m: Elizabeth "Bessie" May PARSONS, Mar 24, 1913, Santa Ana, Orange Co., CA

  • b: Apr 23, 1894, Tipton, Tulare Co., CA 
  • d: Jan 24, 1983, Santa Ana, Orange Co., CA
  • buried: Cremated, ashes spread over ocean. 
  • occupation: housewife

·        residence:                   

            1894-c1897                  Tipton, Tulare Co., CA

            c1897-early 1900s       Visalia, Tulare Co., CA

early 1900s                  Rochester, San Bernardino Co., CA

c1913-> 1983                same as Alvin SPECK (above)

·        children:

 

 

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