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600. John Q. Spears (William H. Herndon Interview).


A. Q. Spears — Menard — Says — I Knew Mr. Lincoln from the time I was 4 years old — he used to Come out to my grand Mothers — the Doct — who was taken by the Indans in Tennessee — and liberated at Detroit — Mr. Lincoln used to talk to her instead of talking to Men: She was an intellectual woman. L said that if she had an Education she would have been Equal to any woman — Grand Mother and Mrs. Wm Green, among the women, were the first to bring Lincoln out to public view or notice. My grand Mother Said — "There is a great promise — a great possibility in Lincoln. Mary Spears was my grand Mothers name. Mrs. Green's name was Elizabeth.

Library of Congress: Herndon-Weik Collection. Manuscript Division. Library of Congress. Washington, D.C. 2586



1. Study of the Spears family and the details of this testimony indicate that this informant must be John Q. Spears, though both this notation and the docketing give the first initial as "A."