Absalom Spiers & Mary Cotten

Absalom Spiers [Spires] 1 Nov 1760 – 17 May 1810 | his parents
& 1782 Mary Cotten ca 1764 – aft 1850 | her parents
Winton, Hertford Co NC


This is my working hypothesis – the way I see it as of this moment!!

Mary Cotten and Absalom Spiers were married 15 December 1782 in Winton NC.

The widow Mary Cotten Spiers applied 13 Nov 1840 in Hertford Co NC aged 82 for a pension as a Rev. War widow. again on 23 April 1849 age 85.

Absalom Spiers lived in Winton NC. He was born 1 Nov 1760, a son of Absalom Spiers and wife Rachel of Nansemond Co VA. He died 17 May 1810.
In the file We also find the birth record of two of his brothers, Thomas, 8 Oct 1762 and Elisha born 31 Jan 1767.

Children of Mary Cotten and Absalom Spiers:
1. John Spiers 5 Oct 1783 – 18 Dec 1787
three more that were stillborn or died as infants bef. James was born in 1789

2. James Spiers 20 April 1789 –
3. Thomas Spiers 22 Sept 1790 – bef 1850
married 14 Aug 1825 Mary A Spiers 12 Aug 1803 – 1st cousin
entry in Dr. Thos O’Dwyer’s 1825 Diary
a. Lavenia Spiers ca 1830 –
married Samuel B Powell born Hampton, VA
came to to Murfreesboro NC, was a first class cabinet maker
he learned his trade under an apprenticeship with Salisbury & Co. of Norfolk
As for Lavenia Spiers, daughter of Mary A. and Thomas Spiers, I cannot
find a trace. Apparently there was some tragedy (influenza or illness)
which claimed her. I also remember my father saying that Samuel Powell was
a “ne’er-do-well,” but he never offered more than that. e-mail from Betty
i. Mary Estelle Powell 24 Jan 1853 –
[adopted by Lewis T Spiers and her grandmother]
married ca 1869 Richard Crawford Barrett of Southampton, VA
He was a teenager during the Civil War and
rendered service to the Confederacy as a telegraph operator
12 children
gt. grandparents of Betty B. Chandler
b. Fannie [Frances] Spiers ca 1834 –
she married 2nd her cousin Lewis T Spiers
4. William Benjamin Speirs 1 Jan 1796 –
married Susan O Spiers
a. Benjamin Alexander Spiers 30 Dec 1818 –
married Sarah Fletcher Spiers dau of Elisha and Mary Spiers
b. Lewis Thomas Spiers 17 July 1817 – 1879 merchant
married aft 1850 Mary A Spiers 12 Aug 1803 –
[widow of Thomas Spiers 22 Sept 1790 -bef 1850]
i. Mary Estelle Powell Spiers [adopted ] 24 Jan 1853 –
grad. Chowan July 1869 as M. Estelle Powell
married ca 1869 Richard Crawford Barrett of Southampton, VA
12 children
line of Betty B. Chandler
c. Mary Susannah Spiers
married Dunn
5. Joseph Spiers 4 March 1798 –
6. Charles Spiers 2 Feb 1800 –
7. Nancy Spiers 12 Aug 1803 –
8. George Spiers 29 Dec 1805 – Murfreesboro, NC
married 15 Mar 1827 Elizabeth Wise
NC Chronicle, Murfreesboro, NC 23 Mar 1827

1830 Census Hertford Co NC
George Spires 1m 15/20, 2m 20/30, 2f -5, 1f 20/30
Elisha Spires 1m 5/10, 1m 60/70, 1f -5, 2f 5/10, 1f 10/15, 1f 20/30, 1f 30/40
Mary Spires 1m 10/15, 1m 40/50, 2f 10/15, 1f 60/70
Thomas Spires 1m 30/40, 1f -5, 1f 20/30
Nancy Spires 1m -5, 2m 5/10, 1m 10/15, 1m 15/20, 1m 30/40, 1f 5/10, 1f 10/15, 1f 30/40

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Absalom Spiers [Spires] | his parents
& Rachel | her parents
Nansemond Co VA

This is my working hypothesis – the way I see it as of this moment!!

Children of Absalom Spiers & wife Rachel:
1. Absalom Spiers 1 Nov 1760 – 17 May 1810
2. Thomas Spiers 8 Oct 1762 –
3. Elisha Spiers 31 Jan 1767 –

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