Spear, David

b. 1809, in Ireland. Spear immigrated to the United States, and after living some years in Kentucky, he settled in Springfield, Illinois. Spear was in the dry goods business in Springfield for about a quarter of a century. For many years he was in partnership with Isaac P. Spear, but their partnership ended in August 1851. In 1850, Spear made his living as a merchant and owned real estate worth $18,000. In 1852, he was a stockholder in the Mechanics and Farmers Bank in Springfield, Illinois. By 1860, Spear owned real estate worth $80,000 and personal property worth $10,000.
Roy P. Basler et al., eds., The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln (New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1953), 2:114; History of Sangamon County, Illinois (Chicago: Inter-state Publishing Company, 1881), 718; Illinois Daily Journal (Springfield), 30 October 1852, 3:2; Sangamon County, Illinois, Seventh Census of the United States, 1850; Sangamon County, Illinois, Eighth Census of the United States, 1860.