Born: 1809-XX-XX Ireland, United Kingdom
Died: 1863-04-28 Springfield, Illinois
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.
Report of Arbitration Award in Dispute between David Spear and Isaac P. Spear; History of Sangamon County, Illinois (Chicago: Inter-State, 1881), 718; Illinois Daily Journal, 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, Block 10, 100, Springfield, IL.