Last year my sister Pamela, who is our family historian/genealogist, researched our Irish roots for St. Patrick’s Day.
Just to establish the proper credentials for this day, I repeat her findings here.
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 . . .”