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Hiram Cicero Spears

According to the "Marriage Records of Cherokee Co., Texas, 1846-1875", Hiram C. Spears married Amanda Therman December 20, 1857, in Cherokee Co., Texas.
Hiram Cicero Spears of the 18th Texas Infantry, Company K was sick in camp, like many other brave Texans. "Oh! What an army of Texas Soldiers are lying at old Camp Nelson" - Gen. W. H. King
His wife Amanda, learned of his illness when other members of his company were home in Jacksonville, Texas, on leave from Arkansas.
Despite icy January weather, Mrs. Spears left Jacksonville for Camp Nelson with a one year old baby in her arms, accompanied by her brother-in-law. They swam the horses across swollen streams and endured the 300 mile trip to find Spears alive but very ill. Mrs. Spears nursed him at the camp until he was well enough to make the trip home to Texas. He remained at home until he further recovered and went back to serve with his unit until war's end.

Listings at the Jacksonville City Cemetery
Spear, Amanda F. 4-21-1833 d. 9-9-1921
Spear, Cicero 10-13-1835 d. 8-26-1920
Spear-Cunningham Plot- Uncle Walter 1870-1951
Niece Carrie 1881-1966
Neely, Helen Spears 12-20-1858 d. 4-23-1881 wife of T.H., dau of R. H. C. & A. F. Spears
Neely, T.H. 1853-19273

From Cherokee County Banner dated 8-27-1920
As the Banner goes to press we learn that Mr. Cicero Spears, one of the most highly respected and honorable citizens of this section, who resides near this city, very suddenly died this morning, presumably from heart failure or a kindred ailment. We have not learned as to when the funeral will be held. Mr. Spears was considerably advanced in years.

CARD OF THANKS dated 9-10-1920
We want to thank the many loving friends who so promptly responded with their presence, kind words of sympathy and lovely floral tributes, when our husband, father and grand-father, was called away so suddenly. May God ever bless, protect and keep you, one and all, till we meet beyond the River, where parting is no more, is the prayer of his aged companion, chioldren and grand-children. Mrs. R.C. Spear-R.W. Spear-C.W. Spear-W.C. Neely-Carrie Neely

MRS. CICERO SPEAR DEAD dated 9-16-1921
Mrs. Amanda Spear, died last Friday at 2:45 a.m., at her home one mile north of the city, at the age of 88 years, 4 months, 18 days. She had been in failing health foer several years, due to advanced age, and her death was not unexpected.
She is survived by two sons, R.W. Spear of Clarksville, TX, and Walter Spear of this city; also two grand-children, Wade Neely of Bullard and Miss Carrie Neely of Jacksonville. Mrs. Helen Neely, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Spear, died some years ago, and Mr. Spear passed away on August 26, 1920. Both of the sons were at their mother's bedside when the end came.
Funeral services were conducted at the city cemetery Friday afternoon at 4:00 o'clock.
Mrs. Spear spent the greater part of her long life in this immediate vicinity, and was much loved by those who knew her best. She was in many ways a remarkable woman, and one incident in her life of which we happen to know is worthy of especial mention. Mr. Spear went away as a soldier in the Confederate army, and during his absence a son was born to the young wife, this son being known to us all now as Woodie Spear. When the boy was only a few months old news came back from the army that Mr. Spear was seriouly ill in a camp near Little rock, Arkansas. It was in the dead winter, and the weather was particularly unfavorable due to heavy rains. Roads were mere trails through the forests, and ther were few if any bridges across the many streams, yet Mrs. Spear was so concerned about the condition of her sick husband that she determined to go to his bedside, and obtaining a horse set out, carrying her infant with her. How she ever made her way through is still a mystery, but she surmounted every obstacle and after weeks of unspeakable hardships at last reached her husband and nursed him back to health. This is only an instance showing the sturdy character of this good woman who has been with us so long but who has now passed on to her reward.
Our sympathy is with the bereaved sons, grand-children and other relatives.

Story written by Mrs. Amanda Spears in 1913

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