Name: John Martin SPEAGLE 1 2 3 4
Birth: 27 OCT 1736 in Emmendingen, Baden, Germany
Death: 1805 in Lincoln County, NC 5
Burial: On a hillside near the Thessonlonica Baptist Church, Catawba County
Martin Speagle was a Patriot in The Revolutionary War. He is listed in the DAR index.
____________________________________________________________________________________Two sons of John Martin Speagle married sisters, the daughters of John Henry Lentz. They moved to Alabama.
John Martin Speagle, propagator of the Speagles of Burke and Lincoln (now Catawba) counties, North Carolina, came to the United States from Schwarzwaldkreis, Neunburg, Ottemhausen, a small town in Germany. He, along with wife Sarah Jarrett Speagle, and the five older children of the family, left Pennsylvania and traveled the Great Wagon Road to Rowan County, North Carolina. Speagle, (meaning, looking glass or mirror in German) purchased two hundred and fifty acres of land on Potts Creek in Burke County, from a relative of his wife, Daniel Jarrett of Rowan County on 1 September, 1774. This area of Burke county would later become part of Lincoln County in 1782. To this tract of land, by 1791, he had added in land grants some fourteen hundred acres of land on Potts creek and eleven hundred acres on Jacob Fork River in what is now Catawba County.
The children of this family were Samuel, (1760-1823), Katherine, (1764-1855) who married Revolutionary war soldier Israel Jacob Phifer, Michael, (1766-1845), Phillip, John, Daniel and Davalt.
Johannas Martin Speagle was one of the two original trustees of the Devtsch (German) Lutheran Congregation on the Jacob Fork River, which would become known as the Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church of Catawba County, the second oldest Lutheran congregation to be established west of the Catawba River. When the Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, located close to where the Martin Speagle family lived, was established in 1797, Martin Speagle moved his membership to that church as did some of his children's families. The families of some of the other children continued to attend the Zion Church.
After the death of Martin Speagle in 1805 and his wife Sarah, early in the 1800's, the families of son Samuel, daughter Katherine Phifer and son Phillip Speagle, moved from North Carolina to the bluegrass area of Kentucky and made their homes in that state. Sons John, Daniel and Davalt all married daughters of the John Henry Lentz family and moved with their families to northern Alabama.
Only one child of the Johannas Martin Speagle family would remain in North Carolina and that was Michael, the progenitor of the Speagle family in Catawba County. The real estate owned by Johannas Martin Speagle and wife Sarah was willed to their children at their death of which Michael received his share of land on the Jacobs Fork River. He moved here with his wife Sara Jarrett Speagle, whom he married in 1786, the daughter of Samuel Jarrett. Some of this plantation land is still occupied by Michael Speagle's descendants today.
This information is directly from the book "The History of Catawba County" found in the Catawba County Library, Newton, North Carolina, and the sources of information are: The Speagle Quarterly, Lincoln County deeds and land grants. Marriage Bonds of Tryon and Lincoln Counties, Census Records - Civil War Records, Cemetery Records, Speagle Family History, Family Bible and interviews with family members. Family recollections and personal knowledge of the writer - Mildred Lowman Speagle.
Martin Speagle's 250 acres was described as being on Long Branch and on the east side of Potts Creek. His land adjoined the land of his brother in law Samuel Jarrett and that of James Wilson.
The following was taken from some papers written by Col. George M. Yoder, who wrote the History Of Grace Lutheran Church. This was the same church that Samuel Jarrett sold land to, and land that joined his own.
Col. Yorder stated: "I think Martin Speagle, the old pioneer, and his wife [Sarah] were buried on their old homestead, as there is an old grave yard beyond the little creek, and on the hillside near Thessalonica Baptist Church. There are prehaps a dozen or more people buried there."
By the time we had found Col. Yoder's papers in the Catawba County Museum at Newton, N.C. the original Speagle land had changed owners many, many times. The little graveyard however was still there, on top of a hill above the old homeplace, as he had stated. When we found it, the land had just been bought by a new owner. He was in the process of bulldozing off the hill in order to make a picnic area. When he began to unearth human bones, he stopped untill something else could be decided.
When we found the site, we then confronted the owner, who claimed someone told him this was an old Indian buriel ground, and to him it did not matter.
After we made him understand how important this area was to us, they stopped their plans and the little cementery plot now stands almost free of the field rocks which marked the graves but is marked by huge oak trees that have several grave markers inbedded in their trunks. These old oak trees are Martin and Sarah,s only monuments. When these trees were young and came up as saplings, they were left to grow, and down through the years they increased in size untill they overcame the rocks and they grew into the sides of them.
Mr. Harvey Leatherman, who lives nearby, stated that when he was a boy, he and his father tended the large field around the little cementery, but when they plowed the field they always plowed around the graves, never knowing they were their own anscestors. After the early Speagle's sold their lands and moved away, the land was sold and resold untill no one even remembered who owned the land first or who was ever buried there.
We know for certain Martin Speagle, who died in 18O5 at the age of at least 80 years, his wife Sarah Jarrett Speagle who died about 1810, and Barbara Speagle, first wife of Daniel Speagle, son of Martin and Sarah, who died September 25, 1813, are buried here. Barbara left her husband Daniel and a 2 years old daughter, Maria Barbara Speagle.
The Last Will and Testament of Martin Speegle
In the name of God, amen, I Martin Speegle, of the State of North Carolina and county of Lincoln, being weak in body, but of a perfect sound mind and memory. thanks be given to God, calling unto mind the mortality of my body, I make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner following. I recommend my soul into the hand of God that gave it and my body I recommend to the earth to be buried in a decent Christian burial at the discretion of my executors and as touching such worldly estate wherewith it has pleased God to help me in this life, I give, devise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form.
First, I give and bequeath to Sarah, my beloved wife, the possession of my dwelling house wherein I live now, during her natural life or widowhood, also one bedstead and furniture and one chest and the third part of all my moveable estate and also her maintenance out of my plantation in manner as will be mentioned hereafter. Also, I give and bequeath unto my son Daniel speegle, this my plantation whereon I now live, and two tracts of woodland on the head of Potses Creek, one containing one hundred acres and the other thirty acres to hIm and his heirs forever, he maintaining his mother and paying.her in these cases to suit affording her possession of this my dwelling house with suitable entertainment and if in case she is desirous to live with any of her other children then he, the said Daniel, shall render and pay to her three hundred weight of good flour and two hundred weight good cornfed pork yearly and each year. Also, I give and bequeath unto my son John eighty four acres of land and ten acres of meadow ground out of this, my oId tract as it was laid off and surveyed for him by John Yoder in the year 1804, also a tract joining John Jarret containing seventy three acres, also a tract joining Willson's land on the head of Potses Creek contajning one hundred acres to him and his heirs forever. As for my son Michael and my son Philip I do hereby quit and discharge them both of that demand I have against them by a bill of sale. Also, I give and bequeath unto my son Samuel fifty dollars. Also 1 give and bequeath to my son Davald fifty dollars. Also my daughter Cathrine Phifer, as Jacob Phifer is indebted to me, I hereby quit and discharge him of all that he owes me bv book accounts or note.
Also. I will that the remainder of my Estate shall be sold and equally divided between my children as their names are mentioned on the other side. ..Turn over: .'.
Namely my sons Samuel Speegle, Michael Speegle, John Speegle, Daniel Speegle, Davald Speegle, Philip Speegle, and my daughter Cathrine Phifer, each to have an equal share. Lastly I do appoint and constitute my honest friends David Shufort and Benjamin Whitener to be the executors of this my last will and testament ratifying this and no other as such, setting aside and disanulling all other will or wills by me made heretofore. In testimony whereof I have set my hand and seal this twenty-seventh day of August one thousand eight hundred and five . Signed, sealed, published, pronounced and declared by the said Martin Speegle as his last will testament in the presence of us.
S / Martin Speegle (Seal)
S/ John Gurrat Jurat
Lincoln Countv October Session AD 1805
The Will ______ was proven in open court by the oath of John Jarret & Recorded
Witness S/Leon Henderson C.C.
Sarah Nan JARRETT b: in Pennsylvania
- Jonathan David Davalt SPEEGLE
- Philip SPEAGLE
- Samual SPEAGLE b: 25 JUL 1764
- Catherine SPEAGLE b: FEB 1765 in Northampton County, Pa.
- Michael SPEAGLE b: APR 1766 in Pennsylvania
- John Martin SPEEGLE b: 21 APR 1771 in Northampton, Pa.
- Daniel Jacob SPEEGLE b: 12 AUG 1777 in Lincoln County, NC
- Title: Martin Speagle Estate Records
Text: NC State Archives, Lincoln County Estates, 1805
- Title: Martin Speagle Will
Text: NC State Archives
- Title: Revolutionary Army Accounts of Martin Spigle
Page: S.115.45 Vol.A, P.173
Text: NC State Archives Treasurers & Comptrollers Papers
- Title: Martin Speagle, Revolutionary War Pay Vouchers
Page: S.115.126 Frames #0197-0198 & #0195-0196
Text: Treasurer & Comptrollers Papers
- Title: Martin Speagle date of death estimated from the date of his estate settlement in Nov. 18,1805