Thomas Speers 1773

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Thomas Speers was the son of William Speers and Margaret Smythe. He was born in Tandragee, County Armagh in 1773. He was probably baptized in the Church of Ireland Ballymore parish. We rely on an unpublished 1953 book, “Speers Genealogy, a copy of which is in the Public Records Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI), for most information on Thomas and his family.

Thomas married Ann Evans in Tandragee on Dec. 13, 1801. They had 10 children. Most of the children are recorded in existing records as being baptized in C.I. Ballymore in Tandragee. The three youngest are recorded as being born in Tamnavelton (also called Laurelvale) and baptized in C.I. Mullavilly. According to some of the baptismal records, Thomas was a weaver.

The children were:

William (1802-1858); Elizabeth (1803-?); Ann (1806-1881); Alexander (1808-bef. 1826); Thomas (1810-1897); Archibald (1812-1901); Jain (1819-1890); James (1821-1910); John (1824-1900); Alexander (1826-1909).

In 1828 Thomas and Ann and their 8 surviving children emigrated to Upper Canada. They were among a wave of Irish immigrants to North America at that time. The Speers Genealogy book quoted a saying from the time about the reason for emigration -perhaps it was from Thomas Speers himself: “They voted the land away and [we] were taxed to death.” The comment about taxes perhaps referred to the unpopular Composition for Tithes Act of 1823 which required all Irish citizens to pay tithes to support the Church of Ireland.

The Speers settled first in the city of Toronto, and then in the township of Caledon in Peel County, where they farmed. As time went on, children and grandchildren married and moved on to other parts of what became the province of Ontario, and beyond.

Thomas Speers died in Caledon Township April 24, 1848. His wife Ann died there August 27, 1854.

Additional Information
Date of Birth 1773  
Date of Death 24th Apr 1848  


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