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John Mears

Birthdate: (77)
Birthplace: Springfield, Hampden, MA, USA
Death: December 11, 1811 (77)
Poultney, Rutland, VT, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Samuel Mears, III and Ruth Mears (Kilbourn)
Husband of Lucy Mears
Father of Louvica "Louisa" Tyler; Lucy Ann Dewey; Joseph Henry Mears; John Mears; Deacon Stephen Mears and 4 others
Brother of Maria Catherine Miller; Joseph Mears; Samuel Mears; Ruth Fowler; Elizabeth Bragg and 3 others

Occupation: Massachusetts Militia Sergeant, Prisoner of War, Farmer
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About John Mears

"John Mears, sergeant, Capt. Joseph Boynton's company, Col. Nathaniel Wade's regiment; engaged June 26, 1778; service to January 1, 1779, 6 months, 11 days at Rhode Island, inclduing travel-100 miles-home....including muster rolls at North Kingston Nov. 6, 1778....and at East Greenwich Sept. 17, Sept. 28, Nov. 12, and Dec. 29, 1778." Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors in the War of the Revolution, Volume 10, page 588

Information taken from the HISTORY OF POULTNEY, VERMONT: John Mears was a shoemaker by trade, owned a farm at Poultney, a short distance from the village. The records of the Congregational Church there are kept in the bank vault and show that John Mears was a prominent member from 1793 on. The tax lists in the town clerk's office mention John Mear's name in 1794 for the sum of $51.15 and for the year 1797, for $226. From the records of Persis Mears Hadden of Bruce, Wisconsin, 1883

"He was present at the seige of Fort Oswego, in the French and Indian War, and in 1756 was captured by the French and Indians under Montcalm. There were 1600 prisoners, some, including John, were put on a French vessel and sailed for France. The French ship was captured by an English vessel and the 'American' prisoners taken to England. John, probably in common with all the prisoners, was given a 'begging paper', authorising him to solicit charitable assistance in obtaining means with which to return home. One lady gave him an English pound "because he was certainly the handsomest and finest looking man I have ever seen," she said. ...James Mears (son of John) was certainly the handsomest and finest looking man I ever father (Henry Mears) was the same. i imagine therefore that the handsome look in John Mears may have been a fact, and a striking one. When he had gotten together money enough in this way-of which the government ought to have been ashamed-he came back to his place of residence to find a tombstone erected to his memory, and himself regarded as arisen from the dead. John Mears' 'begging paper' seems to have passed along into the possession of his son James Mears and may yet remain among them (his descendents)." Letter by Lucien D. Mears, Danby, Vermont, 23 March 1881

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John Mears's Timeline

March 12, 1734
Springfield, Hampden, MA, USA
Age 26
September 3, 1763
Age 29
Windsor, Hartford County, Connecticut, United States
Age 30
September 17, 1767
Age 33
Sharon, Litchfield, CT
January 27, 1769
Age 34
Goshen, Litchfield, Connecticut, USA
April 16, 1772
Age 38
Goshen, Litchfield, CT, USA
April 11, 1774
Age 40
Sharon, CT, USA
Age 41