1786, Jun 12. Dear Sir, that there is a marrig intended Jacob Spears and my Daughter Elizabeth Kellar... John Overall will enter as security in obtaining the licence..your most obedent servant....Signed: Abraham Keller.
In all probability Elizabeth Kellar was a sister of the Jacob Keller that married Elizabeth Fry.
Elizabeth "Betsy" Spears was baptized in the Cooper's Run Baptist Church in April of 1791. There's no evidence her husband Jacob ever joined although there are records referring to his slaves that were members of the church. She withdrew her membership on 11 Apr 1818.
Buried New Salem Baptist Church Cemetery, Ashland, Boone Co, MO.
Elizabeth KELLAR and Jacob SPEARS were married on 12 June 1786 in Shenandoah County, Virginia.3,15 Jacob SPEARS11,15,16,17,18, son of HENRY SPEERS and REGINA FROMAN, was born in 1754.19 He died in 1825 at the age of 71 in Nicholas County, Kentucky.15,19
Jacob is said to be the first to settle at the "Youghiogheny River" crossing in Somerset Co PA in 1769 at age 15. He lived near Peter Reasoner, Paul Froman & Benjamin Fry. There is a copy of his land survey in the courthouse records in Cumberland, MD because that state also claimed this area. Maryland issued deeds to men as young as 14. Jacob Spears sold the land at the Yough Crossing in 1816; he had retained ownership even though he had been in KY since 1787. There was an old stone bridge that is now under a reservoir.
Jacob traveled back to Virginia to marry Elizabeth. Because of his return to Virginia much confusion has resulted over the military records of this Jacob and Jacob, son of George Frederick Spears. The two Jacobs were 1st cousins once removed.
24 Jan 1778. Probably a list of the payroll of Capt [later Major] Joseph Bowman's company found in his papers includes:
By the time Jacob was 33, 1787, Jacob was a member of the Washington Co PA party who departed for the Kentucky frontier and included the families of James Frye & Henry Ewalt. They all settled along Cooper's Run, just north of Paris KY.
Jacob was commissioned captain of the Bourbon Co KY Militia 9 Aug 1792.
Jacob had fought in the battle against the Indians at Sandusky in 1782 when Col. William Crawford was caught and tortured. He located near Paris KY where his wife and slaves attended Cooper's Run Baptist Church. Between 1805 and 1819, Jacob made 19 trips down the Ohio & Mississippi Rivers to New Orleans, returning up the Natchez Trail, to sell his famous Kentucky Bourbon whiskey.
There is evidence that Jacob Spears had distilled whiskey in PA before moving to Kentucky. He operated a corn mill as well as the distillery on Cooper's Run in Kentucky. His was the first distillery in Bourbon Co, built about 1790.
1810 Census. Stoner, Bourbon Co, KY
1820 Census. Millersburg, Bourbon Co KY
Deed found in Logan Co KY may possibly be Jacob's. Deed Book M, p.116. 27 Mar 1821. Jacob Speer by his attorney Samuel H. Curd sold to Boanerges Roberts for $50, land in Logan Co patented to Jacob Speer on 16 Apr 1816.
Elizabeth KELLAR and Jacob SPEARS had the following children: