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Mary Lear (Oldis)

Birthplace: England or, Elizabeth City County, Virginia
Death: between 1675 and 1678 (25-37)
Nansemond, Virginia
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Thomas Oldis and Elizabeth Streeter
Wife of Col. John Lear, of Nansemond County
Mother of Thomas Lear, of Nansemond and Martha Burwell
Sister of Elizabeth Walker and Thomas Oldis, II

Managed by: Lola Ann Kaufman
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About Mary Lear

   1.  Virginia Historical Magazine, Vol. 8, page 393  is a record of a Court Order in the case of LEAR  and STREETER, 1 April 1658.  A Mistresses STREETER, referred to as LEARE'S wife's mother, was orderd to make delivery of Goods & Chattells that were due to MARY LEAR from the estate of her father Thomas Oldis, dec'd former husband of Mistresses STREETER.  The legacy consisted of "Eight neat Cattle, one thousand acres of Land, one Negro man called ABRAHAM."  CAPT STREETER, husband of Mistressees STREETER, was ordered to may Mr. LEARE damages of six hundred pounds of tobacco and costs.
    2.  11 DEC 1656 from "Journals of the House of Burgesses of Virginia 1616 - 1656/7, page 112" edited H.R. McIlwaine, Richmond, VA 1915: Mary Oldis Lear was the first wife of John Lear she was the daughter of Thomas Oldis, who was ember of the House of Burgess [William & Mary Quarterly Volume 9, page 84], also from “Virginia Historical Magazine, “Volume 8, page 393 is a record of a court order in case of Lear and Streeter, 1 April 1658.  A Mistress Streeter, referred to as Leare’s wifes mother, was ordered to make deliverly of foods and Chattells thata were due Mary Lear, from the estate of her father, Thomas Oldis, deceased former husband of Mistresses Streeter.  The legace consisted of “Eight neat Cattle, one thousand acres of Land, one Negro man named Abraham “Captain Streeter, husband of Mistreeter, was ordered to pay Mr. Leare damages of six hundred pounds of tobacco and costs.

Mary OLDIS (Thomas OLDIS1) was born ABT 1645, and died BEF 1 MAR 1681 in VA. She married John LEAR ABT 1665 in VA. He was born 1642 in ENG, and died 27 JUN 1696 in Nansemond Co., VA.

Children of Mary OLDIS and John LEAR are:

from Seldens of Virginia and Allied Families, Volume 1 By Mary Selden Kennedy page 24-25

"Col. John Lear was for many years an active resident of Nansemond County, member of the Council, etc. He died June 27, 1696. He married, at least, four times, the first marriage being prior to 1678. The name of his first wife is not known. His children by her were Martha, who married, first, Col. William Cole, and, second, Major Lewis Burwell (see Burwell Family, Number 2), and a son, Thomas. After his first wife's death, he married, second, after 1678, Anne, Widow of Col. John George. His third marriage was after 1688. His third wife was Rebecca, widow of Col. Leonard Yeo and Charles Moryson. He married, fourth, Anne Willis, of Ipswich, Mass., widow of Seth Sothel, Governor of North Carolina. She died before 1695. Thomas Lear, son of Col. Lear, by his first wife, married Elizabeth, daughter of Col. Joseph Bridges of Isle of Wight County, another member of the Council. He died before his father, leaving issue, named in Col. John Lear's will (see William and Mary Quarterly, VII, page 309), Thomas, John, Elizabeth, and Martha. Of these, John was living in 17 12. He married Elizabeth, the executrix of Isabella Haveild of Nansemond, who was the executrix of Luke Haveild of Nansemond. He was Sheriff of Nansemond in 1723."

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Mary Lear's Timeline

Elizabeth City County, Virginia
Nansemond , Virginia
Nansemond County (Present City of Suffolk), Virginia Colony
Age 30
Nansemond, Virginia