Steve, I can tell you that the name Spayd originated from the German name Spath (with an umlot over the a). A number of Americanized versions of the name evolved once they came here, including Spayd, Spatz, Spotts, Spade and others. The name Spayd seems to have originated from two lines in Berks County Pennsylvania. One was my ancestor Henry Spayd who arrived in America at the Port of Philadelphia in 1753.
The other is the line that produced Judge John Spayd, that others have mentioned in this forum. I posted a history that my grandfather had in an earlier post here in this forum. That is the line that produced the Judge, and to tell you the truth, I am sure the two lines are closely related, but I have yet to find the link. However the point is that you need to look to Pennsylvania for answers, because that is where your line must have come from. The Berks County Genweb page is http://berks.pa-roots.com/
You are in luck that one of your ancestors served in the Civil War. You can request their records from NARA, the national Archives. Information here: http://www.archives.gov/genealogy/
If he applied for a pension, they used to put our veterans and their widows through the wringer before they would approve a pension. The pensioner had to give a tremendous amount of information to the government and have friends and family file affidavits. When you request the file, you receive a big fat envelope filled with copies of the original dcuments, so you may even see a number of documents in the handwriting of your ancestor. I have these records on two of my ancestors that served. I have used that information to get family information, birth, marriage and death dates, where served, battles fought, etc. I got one file by requesting the file (and paying a fee to NARA). I got the other for for free online from Footnote.com. However it was tedious and time consuming downloading all of those documents.
Right now Footnote.com is offering a brief free membership period, and they have many many original documents relating to the civil war. Nara wasn't able to provide me with a file on one ancestor who served in the Union Navy during the Civil War, but footnote does have his record. However NARA did provide me the pension file for my ancestor who served int he Union Army.
Good luck! It has been three years since you originally posted. Check back in here periodically, because new people check in from time to time, and you may have relatives you haven't met yet that have just what you are looking for.
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