Found our Irish Roots in Time for St. Patrick’s Day

Just heard from my sister Pamela, who is our family historian/genealogist, on this St. Patrick’s Day, to establish our Irish roots.

On my mother’s (Harriet Louise Speer Jewell) side, we can trace the lineage back to Thomas Speer, Irish, born 1681 Stewartstown, Co., Tyrone, Ulster, Northern Ireland; died 1779 in Stewartstown, Co., Tyrone, Ulster, Northern Ireland.

Two generations later, James Black Speer was born, married Frances Metzgar and came to America. James Black Speer was a blacksmith! Their son, James Metzgar Speer (married Mary Kirker–whose parents were Scottish, living in Ireland) had James Kirker Speer (my maternal grandfather) (married Alice Fulmer–Scottish) (my maternal grandmother).

And now 2 generations later, as Pamela puts it: “the Irish blood is thin, but the green eyes, a touch of red hair, and a fair bit of fiestiness still remains . . .”

–Jim Jewell


About Jim Jewell

I am a writer and consultant on faith and public life, active for many years in management and communications in the evangelical community. I now work as the director of the nonprofit practice at The Valcort Group ( Everything on this blog, however, is my personal opinion and is not read or approved before it is posted. Opinions, conclusions and other information expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of Valcort.
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