2017 Convention – Pineville, Kentucky

Have you heard?

The annual SPEAK/E/S FAMILY CONVENTION will be held September 22-24,2017, at Pine Mountain State Resort Park, Pineville, Kentucky.

This park setting offers beautiful mountain scenery, trails for walking and hiking, and peace and quiet. The opportunity awaits you to get away from the rush of everyday life, to relax, and be with your Speak/e/es Family. 

Plans are still in the making. Stay tuned to your future SFA Bulletins regarding registration.  If you’re not yet a SFA member, we’d love for you to join, and join us in Pineville this fall. 

Mary Speaks Hentschel, Chairman

Update as of 7-28-2017:

Nicholas Speak to be honored for his War of 1812 service

We sincerely hope you are planning to attend the Speak/e/s Family Reunion in Pineville, Kentucky on September 22-24, 2017. As you know, we are planning to make the trip to Speaks Chapel near Rose Hill, Virginia on Saturday, the 23rd. After the service to be conducted at 10:00 a.m. by Rev. Francis M. Bartley, Jr., there will be a special ceremony to honor Nicholas Speak for his service in the War of 1812. Private Nicholas Speak was drafted in August 1814 at Abingdon, Virginia for a term of six months. Nicholas served under Captain Abraham Fulkerson in the 7th Regiment of the Virginia Militia, led by Colonel David Saunders. He was honorably discharged on February 22, 1815 at Fort Barbour, Norfolk, Virginia.

The War of 1812 ceremony will take place at Speaks Chapel Cemetery on September 23rd, 2017, immediately following the service in the Speaks Chapel United Methodist Church. Dennis Fritts from the War of 1812 Society of Virginia will be in charge of this special ceremony to honor Nicholas Speak.

When we were challenged by Dawn Alvarez in the late 1980’s to provide a marker for our ancestors, Nicholas and Sarah Faires Speak, we had no knowledge of his service in the War of 1812. Thanks to Charlie Barnes, a friend of Speak descendant Colonel Gerald “Jerry” Ball, the record of the Bounty Land Warrant claim was located. This claim provided the details of the service of Nicholas Speak as well as his date of death. We are forever grateful to those who persevered in their research efforts leading us to learn even more about our ancestors.

Please plan to attend this ceremony and help make this a meaningful tribute to our beloved ancestor, Nicholas Speak.