Note for: Permelia Speary, 28 MAR 1807 - Index
Place: possibly Hilton Cemetery, Troy Township, Bradford County, PA
twin of Emelia.
A small tombstone near Susan Speary Beach in Hilton Cemetery, Troy
Township, Bradford County, PA is marked Permelia. Another in the same
location is marked Emelia. There are no last names & no dates. Need to
check cemetery records for last names of those buried there.
Interestingly enough these small tombstones are directly on top of
Susan's grave - not one inch in front of her own head stone. This led me
to believe the graves could be for daughters of Susan Speary & Benjamin
Beach - namesakes for Susan's twin sisters. However, I find only 1
child - a son named Charles, age 1, in the 1850 census. Susan died in
1853. Unless she & both of these girls all died within a relatively short
period of time, I see nothing to show them as daughters.
They mayalso be Susan's sisters. Directly in front of Susan is a large
family monument for the name Piatt or Platt. It shows two men married to
women named Emelia & Permelia
The family Bible lists only 1 death after Emilia & Permelia & does not
specific which one of them it is for. The date is Dec. 21, 1834 I it is
Emelia as the 1850 census of Fishing Creek Township (Columbia County,
Pa.) shows a Permelia Sperry in her 40s living with a family by the name
"The History of Sullivan County" states Permelia married Abraham Ephliam
- again, there is no record of this marriage yet & again no family by
this name shows up in the censuses. If the Permelia in Fishing Creek
Township in 1850 is THIS Permelia Speary (and I know of no other that
would have been here) why is her name not Permelia Ephliam?
For now, Abraham Ephliam will stay listed as her spouse but he may turn
out to be just another inaccuracy in that particular book. The same book
that listed Hannah Bennett as mother to most of Miles' children- even
though they were born well before he moved to Sullivan county & married
Note for: Samuel Speary, 3 MAR 1811 - 2 MAY 1887 Index
Place: Sugar Hill Cemetery, Schuyler Co, NY
Samuel Speary was born in Huntington, Luzerne County, Pa & first arrived
in Davidson Township, Sullivan county with his brother Christopher in
1826 at the age of 15. His father, Miles, had arrived earlier.
Wilbur Flick 3 is noted in the 1860 Pa. census as residing with Samuel
Speary. Flick is the married name of Samuel's sister Sophia. She died in
1856. I believe this may be her son.
Samuel & Mary do not appear in the 1870 Pa census but show up again in an
1875 Census record for the town of Orange (East), Schuyler co., NY. It
reads as follows:
head of household Samuel Speary aged 64
born in Luzerne Co., Pa. married to
Mary age 66
born in Columbia Co., Pa.
His occupation is farmer
Also living in the house are:
Amos W. Flick age 18 listed as his adopted son born in Pennsylvania
single .This would be the same age as the Wilbur Flick noted in the 1860
Pa census. The W. is probably for Wilbur.
Rosetta Brown age 9 listed as his granddaughter born Sullivan Co., Pa.
Note for: Susan Speary, 29 MAY 1815 - 4 JAN 1853 Index
Place: Hilton Cemetery, Troy Township, Bradford County, PA
Also known as Susannah.
Susan is buried at Hilton Cemetery, Troy Township, Bradford County, PA.
Her tombstone reads:
Jan. 28, 1853
wife of Benjamin
daughter of Miles S. and Sophia Speary
The family Bible lists her date of death as Jan 4, 1853 (2 weeks earlier)
I have seen 8 other children noted as children of Benjamin Beach & Susan
Speary - Fred, Frank, Benton, Lincoln, Emma, Ellen, Sarah, and Matties.
However, Susan only lived 5 1/2 years after they married. I don't think
it is possible for her to have had 9 children in that amount of time(and
possibly daughters Emelia & Permelia). Additionally I have seen a
birthdate for Lincoln as being several years AFTER Susan's death. I
believe at least several of the children are from a second marriage of
Charles is the only one I find documented so he is the only one listed.
Near Susan's grave are two small stones that simply read:
Amelia & Permelia
I had initially thought Susan may have named 2 of her daughters after her
twin sister by the same names. However, I've found no documentation of
Susan having children by those names. The graves may actually be those of
her twin sisters. Need to check cemetery records to be sure.