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WESLEY SPEARMAN

WESLEY SPEARMAN, farmer, Corinth, Heard County, Georga, son of Edmond andMartha (Cook) Spearman, was born in Heard County in 1833, and died at his home near the place of his birth July 4, 1895.

His paternal grandfather, John Spearman, was a native of Maryland, whence he migrated in the latter part of the last century to South Carolina. Not many years afterwardmhe moved to Georgia and settled in Wilkes County, and thence to Jasper County, where he died. Mr. Spear1nan’s father was born in Wilkes County in 1806, worked on the farm, and was educated at the country schools in Wilkes and Jasper counties. In 1830, with his three brothers, he came to Heard County, bought land and cleared a farm in the woods. The next year he married his wife, who was a daughter of John and Mary (Heard) Cook.

Mr. Spearman grew to manhood on the farm, and was educated at the schools common to the locality and period. In 1861 he enlisted in Company D, Fourth Georgia Regiment, and served until the surrender of Atlanta.

When the war closed he found himself impoverished by the destruction of his property; but he set to work to retrieve his losses and rehabilitate himself, in which he was eminently successful. At his death he left a large and well improved farm in the best portion of Heard County, and an excellent home in Corinth, where in his last years he enjoyed all the comforts of life that could be desired, and the good will and esteem of his fellow citizens.

In 1861 he was elected justice of the peace and held the office uninterruptedly for twenty-nine years. In 1880 he was elected to represent Heard County in the general assembly, and he was a member of the county board of education for many years. In all the public positions he held, the discharge of their duties was characterized by promptness, fidelity and conscientious regard for the public good.

Mr. Spearman married Miss Elizabeth, daughter of Christopher and Frances (Fannin) Brown, by whom he had two children: Edmond C., and Ruth, wife of Dr. J. B. Sanders. Mr. Spearman was a devoted and exemplary member of the Methodist Church for half a century.



Source: Memoirs of Georgia, Containing historical accounts of the states civil, military, industrial and professional interests and personal sketches of many of it’s people, Volume I, The Southern Historical Association, Atlanta, Georgia, 1895







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