Monday, September 29, 2008

The Darkest Hour Before The Dawn (The Jacob Speck Story) Part 2

As soon as they were old enough, Jacob Jr., Michael and George Speck migrated west to an area that had just been opened to new settlers, near Wolf River and.....Stockton's Valey. It was just after the start of the 19th century. On August 23, 1812, at age 36, Jacob Jr. enlisted as a member of Captain William Cross' company, 7th Regiment of the Kentucky Militia, commanded by Colnel Joshua Barbee. The company traveled through NewPort, Kentucky to St. Mary's River, the international border seperating the United States froM Canada, where they encamped for some four months with General Harrison’s army. During the winter, they suffered greatly from the severe weather, lack of adequate tents and blankets. They were discharged on March 23, 1813. Jacob Jr. came back to Stockton's Valley, where he resumed his life as a farmer tending to his 200 acres on Spring Creek. The record book doesn't say that Jacob Jr. was a member of Clear Fork Baptist Church, but it says his wife, Nancy, was. Occasionally, the Church clerk, or his assistant, would forget to record the minutes. That is probably the case with Jacob Jr. because you will see in a minute that he apparently was a member.

Michael Speck, who was born on November 5th, my birthday, married his wife, Sally, just before moving to Stockton's Valley. In 1805, Michael and Sally owned 114 acres on the Churntop branch of Clear Fork Creek. They joined Clear Fork Baptist Church in July of 1803.

In 1838, there arose a major disagreement within the Church and the congregation was split. Several members were exluded for siding with James Crouch, Jr. over several charges he had made against the pastor, Isaac Denton. Jacob, his wife, Nancy, and Sally Speck were among those excluded from the Church. (Note: Michael Speck had apparently died prior to the incident because Church records does not mention his name in the ordeal.)

Jacob Jr. died about 1862 in Clinton County. His burial place is unknown. Many of the Speck families fanned the fertile land adjacent to Wolf River. In 1943, the dam was built in Celina, Tennessee and Dale Hollow Lake was created. It is possible that a family cemetary containing the remains of Jacob Jr. lies beneath the waters around Lillydale.

George Speck, my 5th great-grandfather, migrated from present-day Danbury, North Carolina to the Dry Hollow area near the west fork of Obed's River in Overton County, Tennessee. He died about 1847.

Here is the genealogy line:

Hans Jacob (1) Speck
Michael Martin (2) Speck....born 1703 in Germany. Came to America 9/20/1738
Jacob, Sr. (3) Speck....born about 1754
George (4) Speck....born 1780
John (5) Speck....born 10/3/1812
William Calvin (6) Speck....born 1/3/1840
James Wiley (7) Speck....born 12/2/1859
Obed (8) Speck....born 1/11/1888
Cecil (9) Speck....born 4/22/1917
Darrell (10) Speck....born 6/4/1938
Randy (11) Speck....born 11/5/1959

Jacob Speck, Sr., who died during the Battle of Camden, South Carolina, is my 6th great-grandfather, and Marina, J.D. and Elijah Speck's 7th Great-grandfather.

Jacob Jr. and Michael Speck are my 5th great uncles.


  1. I came upon your page while researching my family's history. Your site is wonderful. Where do you get your research from? I am the 8th grand-daughter of Michael Speck, that is, if I did my math correctly. Not the Michael Speck that is your uncle, rather the one born to Jacob Jr. Here is my geneology: Hans Jacob, Michael Martin, John Jacob, Jacob Jr., Michael (1818), Granville E. (1843), Lewis Granville (1866), Gilbert E. (1889), George L. (1916)

  2. Hi Tonya,

    My ancestor is Michael Speck's brother, George. Stay in touch. My email is

  3. I am descended from the same Speck family: Jacob m. Catherina Kieffer (Pennsylvania), Jacob m. Nancy [?] (Kentucky), Jacob m. Magaret Roe (Kentucky), Houston m. Mary Pickard (Texas), Henry m. Cora Leonard (Texas), my parents, me. I'd love to share information with you.

  4. Hello,
    I am also a descendant of the Speck family. I sent you an email at, but am guessing it probably ended up in your spam folder. I am searching for information/answers about my family and would love to ask you a few questions as well as clarify a couple of things in your stories. Whenever you have a chance, and if you are willing, would you please contact me at I would greatly appreciate it.

  5. This is most interesting, as it is my wife's family as well. The info is spot on for sure. Enjoyed the "true story".


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