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SPEICHTS, JOSHUA HOPKINS
SPEIGHTS, JOSHUA HOPKINS (1819–1889). Joshua Hopkins Speights, state legislator, merchant, and judge, was born in Macon, Georgia, on December 7, 1819, to William Myrick and Rebecca (Hopkins) Speights. Speights immigrated to Texas with his family in the early 1840s and settled in Sabine County. Here he established himself as a farmer and merchant. Speights became active in politics and represented Newton and Sabine counties in the House of the Third Texas Legislature from April 16, 1850, to November 3, 1851. He replaced resigning legislator Edgar A. Whittlesey. Speights was elected three times to represent Sabine, Newton, and Jasper counties in the State House of Representatives. He served in the Fourth, Fifth, and Eighth legislatures, from 1851 to 1855 and from 1859 to 1861. By the mid-1850s Speights was regarded among the successful pioneering merchants of Sabine County. On March 8, 1854, he married Esther C. Leece in Sabine County. They had three sons and three daughters. After the death of his wife in 1867, Speights married Sallie Jane Youngblood Peace. They had a daughter. From the late 1870s into the 1880s he served as county judge for Sabine County. Speights died in Sabine County on August 25, 1889, and was buried at Speights Cemetery near Hemphill, Sabine County, Texas.
“Joshua Hopkins Speights, 1819–1889,” McLemore Strong Genealogy (http://strongfamilytree.org/getperson.php?personID=I959&tree=STR06), accessed October 1, 2014. "Joshua Hopkins Speights,” Find A Grave Memorial (http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=41463065), accessed October 1, 2014. Legislative Reference Library of Texas: Joshua Speights (http://www.lrl.state.tx.us/legeLeaders/members/memberDisplay.cfm?memberID=5139&searchparams=chamber=~city=~countyID=0~RcountyID=~district=~first=~gender=~last=speights~leaderNote=~leg=~party=~roleDesc=~Committee=), accessed October 1, 2014. Robert Cecil McDaniel, Sabine County, Texas (Waco: Texian, 1987).
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