Born: 1809-XX-XX Ireland, United Kingdom
Died: 1863-04-28 Springfield, Illinois
Flourished: Springfield, Illinois
David Spear was a merchant and businessman in Springfield, Illinois. Spear immigrated from his native Ireland to the United States, and after living some years in Kentucky, he settled in Springfield, Illinois, where in October 1833, he opened a dry goods store in partnership with Isaac P. Spear, creating the firm of D. & I. P. Spear. The partners closed their store in the late 1830s or early 1840s, but in September 1845, they reopened the store. In 1850, Spear made his living as a merchant and owned real estate worth $18,000. In August 1851, David and Isaac Spear dissolved their partnership, David purchasing Isaac's interest and pursuing the business on his own. In 1852, David was a stockholder in the Mechanics and Farmers Bank in Springfield, Illinois. By 1860, David Spear owned real estate worth $80,000 and personal property worth $10,000.
History of Sangamon County, Illinois (Chicago: Inter-State, 1881), 718; Sangamo Journal (Springfield, IL), 19 October 1833, 3:4; 25 September 1845, 2:5; Illinois Daily Journal, 1 August 1851, 3:2; 30 October 1852, 3:2; U.S. Census Office, Seventh Census of the United States (1850), Springfield, Sangamon County, IL, 100; U.S. Census Office, Eighth Census of the United States (1860), Springfield, Sangamon County, IL, 145; Gravestone, Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield, IL.