Note of 17 July 2013: A reader has posted a photograph of William Thomas Spates in uniform - see the comments section.
William Thomas Spates was born in February of 1845 at Eastport, Maine, the son of John Edward(s) Specht an his wife Sarah Suzanna McMullen. His paternal grandparents were Thomas William Specht and his wife Bridget. Thomas William Specht was the son of Johann Julius Anthon Christoph Specht, a Hessian soldier from Braunschweig, in Germany.
His maternal grandparents were Peter McMullen and his wife Mary Sarah McDormand.
William Thomas Spates married Anna Graham of Nova Scotia and had, I believe, three sons and a daughter.
Below are a post from the blog Heirlooms Reunited about William Thomas Spates, which includes a 1908 invoice from the W. T. Spates Tin Plate and Sheet Iron business, and a family tree for William Thomas Spates.
1908 invoice, W.T. Spates, Eastport Maine, with photo of Mr. Spates
1908 invoice from W. T. Spates of Eastport, Maine, Tin Plate and Sheet Iron Worker.
Thanks to a reader [see comment below], I now know that William Thomas Spates was born in Eastport, Maine, in February of 1845. There was another William Spates in Eastport, but he was the nephew of William Thomas Spates. The Spates surnames appears to have evolved from the Braunschweig surname Specht.
From online research, hopefully correct:
The parents of William Thomas Spates were John Edward(s) Specht, born in 1813 in Nova Scotia, and Sarah S. McMullen, born in 1812 in Digby, Nova Scotia. William's paternal grandparents were Thomas William Specht (son of Hessian Johann Julius Anthon Christoph Specht of Braunschweig, in what is now Germany) and his wife Bridget. William's maternal grandparents were Peter McMullen and his wife Mary Joanna McDormand of Digby, both of Nova Scotia.
William Thomas Spates married Anna Graham of Nova Scotia; they had, I believe, three sons and a daughter.
I found an interesting website on the Hessians and on Johann Julius Anthon Christoph Specht
Other names that appear on the invoice are O. H. [?] Brown and B. N. Andrews, who must have been members of the I.O.R.M., which I assume was the International Order of Red Men, to whom the invoice is directed. I found Oscar H. Brown and Byron N. Andrews in the 1900 Census for Eastport, Maine.
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