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  • ID: I0013
  • Name: George Washington 'G. W. ' MEARS
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 20 AUG 1845 in Woodbury, Canon Co., TN 1 2
  • Death: 6 AUG 1934 in Rayland, Wilbarger Co., TX 3
  • Fact 1: 1880 Throckmorton Co, Texas Census
  • Fact 2: 1900 Wilbarger Co, Texas Census
  • Fact 3: 1920 Foard Co., Texas Census
  • Fact 4: Civil War Pension & Record-Confederacy
  • Fact 5: 14 MAY 1874 Marriage-Bk 1, p. 164-Hill Co, Texas
  • Fact 6: Early History of Wilbarger Co, Texas
  • Fact 7: Foard Co, Texas History by Bailey Phelphs
  • Fact 8: Bible Record of Fanny (Boon) Mears
  • Fact 9: Death Certificate
  • Religion: Prebsyterian
  • Occupation: Rancher
  • Burial: Thalia Cemetery, Foard Co., TX
  • Medical Information: blind in later life
  • Note:
    1850 -Cannon Co, TN Census page 701, #57

    MEARS, Wm F 44 TN-NC-TN
    , Elizabeth 42
    , B.H. 20
    , Caroline 22
    , Thomas J 17
    , Sarah J 15
    , L.E. 13
    , Lucinda 11
    , Mark L. 9
    , Wm. B. 7
    , G.W. 5
    , Malvina 3
    , Mary A 1

    *Listed as G. W., age 5, with his parents.

    1860 -Marion Co, ARK census (Union Township), p. 543 #85

    MEARS, William F 55 NC farmer $280
    Elizabeth F 55 TN
    Mark L 18 TN
    Lucinda 21 TN
    William B 18 TN
    George W 14 TN
    Melvina 12 TN
    Mary A 10 TN
    Margaret 8 TN
    Julia A 6 ARK

    *George W. is age 14, listed with his parents.

    1870-Hill Co., Texas (enumerated Aug 10, 1870), Precint 2 (Hillsboro), #73

    David S. FILES 64 M W Farmer SC
    Sarah A.63 F W SC -
    Thomas 25 M W TX
    Oscar M W TX cannot read
    Samue WALKER 23 M W Laborer Alabama
    George W. MEARS 24 M W Laborer Tennessee
    William H GODDARD 19 M W Laborer Alabama cannot read
    Nancy McELHANEY F W cannot read
    Clarissa A WOODS17 F. W. Alabama Texas cannot read
    Caroline M. FEAGLE? 10 ? F W Texas cannot read.

    NEXT DOOR in Dwelling #74
    Adam FILES 40 Farmer Georgia; Dwelling

    and next to him in Dwelling #75
    David FILES32 Farmer Alabama
    Jermiah Files63 Farmer SC.

    1880 -Throckmorton Co., TX Census, Justice Precinct # 1 Town of Throckmorton Enumerated on the 7th day of June 1880, page 290B, Lines 32-36, #16-16

    George W MEARS W M 35 Farmer Tenn Va. N.C.
    Frances T W F 23 . Wife Keeping House Texas Ga. Ga.
    Frances L W F 5 . Daughter At Home Texas Tenn. Texas
    Minnie L W F 3 . Daughter At Home Texas Tenn. Texas
    Mary E W F 11/12 July Daughter At Home Texas Tenn Texas

    1900 -Wilbarger co.Tx. 2 June 1900, ED131 Precinct #4 pg 288 A, #22-22

    Geo. MEARS head54, Aug.1845, owns, read/write farmer, Tn.Va.Va.
    Fannie, wife43, Jan. 1857 r/w keeps house
    Thomas,son, 15, July 1885 r/w in school, Tx.Tn.GA
    Josie, dau. 10, Aug.1889, r/w in school Tx.Tn.GA
    Ida dau. 8 Sep.1891, r/w, in school Tx.Tn.Ga.
    Joseph son, 4 Sep.1895 at home, Tx.Tn.Ga
    Carl. S. son, 1, Sep.1898, at home Tx.Tn.Ga.
    Minnie COX dau. 23 Nov. 1876 r/w at home Tx.Tn.Ga.
    Clara granddaughter 2 Sep 1897 at home Tx.Tn.Tx.

    1910 -Wilbarger Co., Texas, ED# 240,pct.#4 pg.7 A, 29 Apr.#110-111

    George W. MEARShead64, farmers/English, mar. Ark. Ark .Ark
    Fanniewife53 keeps houses/English mar GA GA GA
    Joe E. son,14 farm laborers/English Tx Ark Ga
    Carl S. son 11 in school s/English Tx Ark. Ga
    Raymond E.son 9 in schools/English Tx .Ark GA

    *Daughter, Minnie (Mears) Jobe was living two doors down.

    1920-Hardeman Co., Texas, Justice Precinct #3 (part of) (enumerated 23 February 1920)
    -ED 122, Sheet #5, Line 26, # 75 and 80 Chillicathe,

    Mears, George W Head O F M W 74 W Can read and write TN. VA VA. Yes Farmer Own Farm 63

    *MY NOTE: Even though marital status is listed as w (widowed), G. W. and Fanny were actually separated. Fanny was living with her son, T. J. Mears. Also, his father was actually born in NC and TN respectively.

    1930- Hardeman co.Tx. ED# 9 precinct #3 25 Apr. pg 13A, #241-251

    Minnie L. JOBE 53,Head, mar.Rents, r/w,radio, TxTnTn
    Viola M.(?) 17, dau r/w Tx MO Tx
    Mary E.14 dauTx.MO Tx
    Earl 11, son Tx.Mo.Tx
    George W. MEARS 84, father wd. Tn.W.Va.N.C.

    *This is the ranch house.

    1930-Wilbarger Co., Texas, (5 Apr. 1930) ED# 244-9 pct.4 & Lockette Village pg.3B

    Francis T. MEARS head,73,D, owns,radio,r/w Tx Al.Ga.
    Joseph E. JOBE son,34,single, r/w, farmer TXMo.Tx
    William J. JOBE grandson,21,single, r/w, farm laborer, TxMo.tx
    Earnest B. JOBEgrandson,19,single,r/w, farm laborer, TXMOTx
    Cecil S. HOPKINShead,mar.30,rents,radio, r/w farm laborer, TXKYTX
    Clara M. wife,32 r/w TXTXTX
    Francis L. dau.2/12 TXTXTX
    Mary E. JOBE sis-in-law, 14 r/w single TXMOTX

    *This is the farm house - across the Pease River.

    RELIGION: -Presbyterian

    Civil War Pension Application:
    G.W. Mears- Hardeman Co, Texas- #46713
    Mrs. G.W. Mears - Wilbarger Co, Texas- #51506

    Civil War Pension Application:
    G.W. Mears- Hardeman Co, Texas- #46713
    Mrs. G.W. Mears - Wilbarger Co, Texas- #51506

    Information received from my grandmother Minnie Jobe in l969

    "Pa came from a family of thirteen children. His father was Billy Mears and his mother was Frances Lee Young married Fanny Boon. At times he just sat idely around. It is said that he had an excellent memory and often talked of the past. In his later life he fell out of a tree and became blind. He always wore an old cap which he kept pulled down over his face. He left l0 children (6 girls and 4 boys). His farm was 3 miles east of Rayland. He is buried at Thalia, Texas. Cynthia Ann Parker was recaptured on a tree which was on his place in Foard Co, Texas. He also had a ranch in Hardeman Co.,, Texas. He was known as 'Big Chief by the Indians. He often traded with the Indians and even danced many of their dances. He knew all of the war and tribal dances."

    "Wash as he was called by family and friends enlisted in the Civil War for the confederacy at Yellville, Arkansas at the age of l5 or l6. He waited on officers until he was the legal age to fight. During the war he received a wound in the heel. He later applied for and received a pension. He was later discharged at Jackson port, Arkansas on the White River.

    --------- Excerpt from Early Day History of Wilbarger Co, Texas

    "G.W. Mears stands toward the top of the list of early day settlers as he came to this Co., in l879. He was born in Tennessee 20 August l845 and came to Texas in l868 settling in Hill Co.,. Later he came to Wilbarger Co., in December l879.

    Mr Mears settled in Hardeman Co., just across the river from Antelope Springs where he had a herd of cattle. In the spring of l880 he moved over to the springs and put up a grocery store. In l884 Mr Mears moved one mile east and within half a mile of what is now known as Rayland where he engaged in both stock raising and farming. The family remained at this place until l9l3 when they moved back to his place across the river.

    Mr Mears served in the Confederate army during the civil war. In talking of the old days he said that when he first came to this country the settlement around Vernon was known as Eagle Flat and only three people lived there, a Mr. Rutherford and wife, and a Mr. Darby. Mr. Mears tells of a dance held back in the early days where the fiddler only Know one tune, 'Cotton Eye Joe.' Despite this face, he says the crowd had a big time and danced all night."

    ----- Information compiled by Zada Mears Sharp obtained by her father, Tom Mears regarding G.W. Mears (She wrote this in l976)

    "When the civil War broke out, GW wanted to serve so bad that he ran away from home and went to Yellville and enlisted . He was so young that he was a valet to the officers (waited on them) until he became old enough to go to battle. He enlisted at l6 years of age, and got our when he was almost 20 -liking 2 l/2 months until his 20th birthday. He was wounded in the heel. On an application for a Confederate Soldier's Pension, it states that he served in Company A, Schabel's Battalion, Missouri Cavalry. (G.W. said at the time of his application that he had served in Company C, Hurd's Missouri Infantry, Confederate States Army. This particular outfit was not identified. Companies and Battalions were losing their officers at a fast rate during a very unorganized war; so G.W. could have served in Hurd's Infantry, and was later transferred to the above named outfit). G.W.'s record appears on a Muster and Descriptive Roll of Prisoners of War belonging to the Army of the Northern Sub-District of Arkansas, surrendering on the 11th day of May l865 by Brigadier General M. Jeff Thompson, Confederate States Army; to Major General G.M. Dodge, Union States Army, commanding Departing of the Missouri. G.W. was paroled 5 June l865 at Jackson port, Arkansas-down the White River toward the center of the state. G.W. was in the Battle of Pea Ridge - Arkansas-Missouri state line.

    After he was paroled out of the Civil war, G.W. met a man named Adam File who had come to Arkansas from Hill Co, Texas with a herd of horses and mules to sell to people who had lost their animals one way or another during the war. He liked G.W. so well that he offered him a job working on his ranch in Hill Co,Texas. After working there several years, G.W. met Frances Ann Theodocia Boon (Fanny). After they married in may l874, Adam File told G.W. he would give him half of the increase of 500 head of cows if he would take them to free tange- land not filed on by anyone- and keep the cows for 5 years. So G.W. and Fanny moved to Coleman Co.,, Texas and lived there 3 years. Their first two children were born there. The land was being filed on and becoming more populated; so G.W. and Fanny moved to Throckmorton Co, Texas. Their third child was born there. They lived there 2 years. In l879, G.W. settled up with File and moved to Antelope Springs, Hardeman Co.,Texas. G.W. had collected approx. 270 head of cattle as his share of the increase of teh File herd. File had given G.W. a mare that he raised, about l50 head of horses from counting all the generations, before she died. At Antelope Springs, on the Pease River, G.W. bought a 3600 acre ranch in the very southeast corner of the present Hardeman Co., and part of it was in Wilbarger Co.,. He gave $.l.50 an acre to the railroad company for the land. There was about l400 acres along Pease River bottom that was called 'access' land that no one could claimed-so G.W. pastured and farmed that. He then bought 2 section of farm land about l mile south and l mile east of Antelope Springs. He later sold all but 320 acres which became the home place. G.W. and Fanny ran a store in a dugout in the river bank at Antelope Springs until they got their farm land cleared of oak shinnery so they could build a house. The fourth child was born in this dugout. When G.W. and Fanny moved from Throckmorton Co., they also drove a herd of hogs along with the cattle and horses. The hogs graced on acorns in the oak shinnery and would come in every night for water. Several nights in a row, the hogs did not come in., so G.W. got to looking for them, thinking they were stolen. He found their tracks going, going and going. A few months later (2 or 3 at the most) G.W. got a letter from his sister (Sally Gann???) who lived in Throckmorton Co., saying the hogs had shoed up down there where G.W. had lived. When it came butchering time that Fall, G.W. went back to his sister's and butchered the hogs. He sold the meat to the soldiers at Old Fort Belknap in Throckmorton Co,. G.W. and Fanny's other 7 children were born on the farm just east of the present village of Rayland, inside the Wilbarger Co.,,line. The road in front of the house (along the west side of farm) was counted as the Co., line between Wilbarger and Foard Counties. Since the house was located on the east side of the road, that made them all being born in Wilbarger Co.,.

    Fanny became adept in her treating of the sick, following her mother's footsteps. Fanny had an old wash stand by her bed that was always full of medicine of one kind or another. Fanny cooked a hunk one time for the grease. The grease was to be rubbed on for whooping cough. She left the skunk in the over of the old wood stove when she went to bed that night. G.W. came in late and ate some of it-thought it was good. Fanny was also a midwife and 'doctor. She helped deliver approx. 200 babies in her time.

    Fanny and G.W. separated during l9l9 sometime. She lived on the farm until it was sold. G.W. lived on his ranch north of Rayland, across Pease River, with his second child until he died. (Minnie Mears Jobe--my grandmother).
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    1) My grandmother Minnie Mears Jobe 1960-1972
    2) l880 Throckmorton Co,Texas
    3) l900 Wilbarger Co,Texas
    4) l920 Hardeman Co, Texas
    5) Marriage record Hill Co,Texas Book l, p l64
    6) Civil War pension Application for Fanny Confederate Pension Warrant 66537 7) many children and grandchildren
    8) Early History of Wilbarger Co.,, Texas
    9) Foard Co., Texas by Bailey Phelps
    l0) Zada (Mears) Sharp (granddaughter who also worked on genealogy) per: Fanny Boon Mears Bible Record G.W. Mears Death certificate
    11) Land Transactions Wilbarger Co,Texas l2) Land Transactions Hardeman Co, Texas
    12) 1850 Cannon Co., TN Census
    13) Texas Land Titles Abstracts

    Father: William F. 'Billy' MEARS b: 5 MAR 1805 in Guilford Co., NC
    Mother: Elizabeth Frances YOUNG b: 4 JAN 1807 in Probably Anderson Co., TN

    Marriage 1 Frances Ann Theodocia 'Fannie' BOON b: 2 JAN 1857 in Sulphur Springs, Hopkins Co, TX
    • Married: 22 MAY 1874 in Hill Co., TX
    • Marriage fact: 1919
    • Marriage Ending Status: Separation
    1. Has Children Frances Lee MEARS b: 12 FEB 1875 in Coleman Co., Texas
    2. Has Children Minnie Leamer MEARS b: 23 NOV 1876 in Coleman Co., TX
    3. Has Children Mary Elizabeth 'Bessie' MEARS b: 9 JUL 1879 in Throckmorton Co, Texas
    4. Has Children Mae Bell MEARS b: 1 JUN 1882 in Antelope Springs, Wilbarger Co, Texas
    5. Has No Children Unnamed MEARS b: ABT 1884 in Rayland, Wilbarger Co, Texas
    6. Has Children Thomas Jefferson 'Tom' 'Jack' 'T. J' MEARS b: 23 JUL 1886 in Rayland, Wilbarger Co, Texas
    7. Has Children Josiephine 'Josie' MEARS b: 7 AUG 1888 in Rayland, Wilbarger Co., Texas
    8. Has Children Ida Idora MEARS b: 23 SEP 1891 in Rayland, Wilbarger Co, Texas
    9. Has No Children Joseph Ervin 'Bud' MEARS b: 23 SEP 1895 in Wilbarger Co., Texas
    10. Has No Children Carl Sumpter MEARS b: 1 SEP 1898 in Rayland, Wilbarger Co, Texas
    11. Has Children Raymond Earl MEARS b: 24 JUL 1901 in Vernon, Wilbarger Co, Texas

    1. Title: Article from Denver Times of March 5, 1898
      Media: Book
    2. Title: Early Day History of Wilbarger Co.,
      Note: Ft.Worth, Texas Library
      Media: Book
    3. Title: Bureal of Vital Statistics
      Media: Civil Registry
      Page: Texas-Death Certificate of G.W. Mears #39170
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