- Need to see: Steadman, Joseph Earle, Sr. A History of the Spann Family, who apparently has a great deal on him--though see the notes under his ancestors for a key change in Steadman's version of his ancestry. See http://www.spann.com for some data on the book and bibliographic info. According to Joe Spann, Steadman had himself changed his mind on Capt. John Spann's ancestry in later years. The link between The Elder and The Captain as described by Steadman apparently remains secure.
The following records come from the Alumni Dublinenses by Burtchaell and Sadleir (Dublin 1935):
1704, April 19 - Samuel Span, entered Trinity College in Dublin at age 14.
Span, Samuel, a Pensioner (ie. a fee-paying student), entered the college 19 April 1704, aged 14. Also previously educated by a Mr Griffin in co Longford, Samuel was the son of Benjamin, a cleric, and was born in Chester, England. He graduated a Bachelor of Arts in the spring of 1708 and received his Masters degreee in the summer of 1711.
1705, May 30 - John Span, a Pensioner, entered the college 30 May 1705, aged 16. Prior to tht he was educated by a Mr Griffin in co Longford. John was the son of Benjamin Span, a cleric, and was born in co Cavan. He does not appear to have proceeded to degree level. [3, 4]