William was born in 1844 and died 1914. He married Mary Adaliade Houser. His father was Emmanuel Moses Jermiah Speagle born 1816 and died 1888. He married in 1842 to Elizabeth Rhoney daughter of James and Anny (Gilbert) Rhoney. William was their first born. Here is some very good information that you could tell your family about. I'm going to put **'s on your direct line.
Johannas Martin Speagle**, propagator of the Speagles of Burke and Lincoln (now Catawba) counties, NC, came to the US from Schwarzwaldkreis, Neunburg, Ottemhausen, a small town in Germany, on the Ship "St. Mark" arriving in Philadelphia in 1741. He along with his wife Sarah (Jarrett) Speagle, and the 5 older children of the family, left Penn. circa 1770-74 and traveled the Great Wagon Road to Rowan County, NC. Speagle (meaning - looking glass or mirror in German), purchased 250 acres of land on Potts Creek in Burke County on 1 September 1774. This area of Burke County would later become part of Lincoln County in 1782. To this tract of land, by 1791, he had added in land grants some 1400 acres of land on Potts Creek and 1100 acres on Jacobs Fork River in what is now Catawba County.
The children of this family were Samuel (1760-1823), Katherine (1764-1855) she married Revolutionary War soldier Isarel Jacob Phifer. Michael** (1766-1845), Phillip, John, Daniel, and Davalt.
Johannas Martin Speagle was one of the 2 original trustees of the German Lutheran Congregation on the Jacobs Fork River, which would become known as Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church of Catawba County, the 2nd oldest Lutheran congregation to be established west of the Catawba River.
After the death of Johannas in 1805 and his wife Sarah early in the 1800's, the families of son Samuel, daughter Katherine and son Phillip, moved to the Bluegrass area of Kentucky and made their home in that state. Sons John, Daniel and Davalt all married daughters of the John Henry Lentz family and moved with their families to northern Alabama.
Only one child of the Johannas Martin Speagle family would remain in NC and that was Michael**, the progenitor of the Speagle family in Catawba County. The real estate owned by Johannas and Sara was willed to their children at their death of which Michael received his share of land on the Jacobs Fork River. He moved here with his wife Sarah (Jarrett) Speagle, whom he married in 1786, the daughter of Samuel Jarrett. She was a relative of Michael's mother Sarah. Some of the plantation land is still occupied by Michael's descendants today.
The family of Michael and Sara was a large one. Moses M. Speagle (1788-1864) is buried in the Speagle Family Cemetary located on a hill just above the Michael Speagle home place. Moses married on 19 February 1815 to Catherine Ashebranner, daughter of Henery and Barbara Ashebranner. Moses built for his wife a 2 story log cabin with a lean to on the back side which was used for a kitchen. This home stood until destroyed by a fire in 1930. Into this home was born your ancestor: Emmanuel Moses Jermiah Speagle**.