Gary and Pat, I am late coming to this conversation, but am interested in the similarities with my husbandís great-grandfather, Frederick Speaker. The 1870 census of Washington County, MD, lists Frederick Speaker, age 44, occupation mill wright, birth Prussia, with Susan A. age 32, Frederick W., 13, Annie W., 5, and Daniel E., 3.
I think this wife was Susan Ann Dovenbarger, daughter of John Dovenbarger and Mary (Polly) Eakle, and that it was not the first marriage for either of them.
Son Daniel left home when a teen-ager and came west to Nebraska, where his uncle, Daniel Dovenbarger, lived. His father, Frederick, had died and Susan remarried to a Mondell. From the stories told about Susan, I think it was not a harmonious household and he may have wanted to escape that, for he was a very gentle, peaceable man.
Frederick W. Speaker (age 46 yr, 8 mo., 27 da., d 12 Apr 1873) is buried in Bakersfield Cemetery in Washington Co., MD, where Susanís relatives are buried.
I donít have enough verification,but the time line seems to work:
1825, birth of Frederick Speaker
Frederick came to America
1847, Marriage of Frederick and Ellen Elizabeth Bowers
Births of Jenny, Charlie, Ed, and Frederick W.
Death of Ellen Bowers Speaker
Marriage of Frederick and Susan
Births of Annie and Daniel
1870, Death of Frederick Speaker
I would appreciate any corrections and would be glad to share what I have about the family. Eleanor Speaker
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