Subj: RE: John Weir & John Wear
Date: 11/30/98 11:42:09 PM Eastern Standard Time
I saw your notes on the family of John Weir son of Hugh/Rockbridge county, VA. Please see my notes (others researched, I compiled) which follow (they may not be entirely correct but I believe they are a good start). It appears that two John Weirs/Wears are confused in TN. My line is from Jane Wear (Thomas Lovelady) dau of John Wear/Nancy Moore dau Robert Wear /Rebecca Carrell. I think that Zella Armstrong has the two Johns confused in her Notable Southern Family section on the Wears. I have not seen the latest books on the family of Hugh Weir that Olga Edwards and Joann Spore published. Can you generally help me out here a bit?
Thanks, Karl Kiser
PS. I have other TN roots because my line: Jesse Lovelady (son TL/JW) m Nancy Bounds (dau Thomas Bounds & Margaret Armstrong of Robert Armstrong & Margaret Cunningham). The Thomas Lovelady and Bounds families lived in White county, TN in the early 1800s but the TL family migrated to MO generally in the 1830s.
The Wear Family = Please visit The CLYMER/Clemmer, WEIR, and BASINGER Families Home Page of Donna Null Basinger
Also another researcher on Rootsweb, Don Collins, has this line listed at Collins - McFadden
(1) Robert Wear of possibly??? Robert Weir & Martha; res Nutfield, NH 1719 mc 1740 probably Warrington twp, Bucks county, PA to Rebecca Carrell (of James Carrell Jr. & Diana Van Kirk) b 25 May 1725 Bucks county, PA; d after 1789 TN d after 1789 TN purchased land in Bordon Grant 1752; Augusta county, VA (now Rockbridge) c 1779 moved to land in Washington county, NC (now Sevier county, TN)
(2) John Wear b 12 Jan 1741 Bucks county, PA m Nancy
Moore (of Moses Moore & Jane) d 1800 nr now Cape Girardeau, MO d 17
Jan 1835 Sevier county, TN revolutionary
war soldier at King’s Mountain 1780
John Wear applied for Rev. pension while residing in Sullivan Co., Tenn. in March 1833. He was born Jan. 12, 1741, on Shammony Creek, Bucks Co., Pa. While he was a resident of Greene Co., NC, later Tenn he served in NC troops as follows; From Jan 1, 1781, 3 months in Capt. John Sevier's Co. in pursuit of Tories; from late Aug 1781, three months in Capt William Tate's Co. He was in Siege of Yorktown and was present at the surrender of Cornwallis. From late Jan., 1782, he was four months in Capt. Moses Moore's Co., and in Capt. Samuel Wear's Co. John Wear moved to the Mississippi River in 1800 and to Christian Co., Ky, whre he remained only a few months. He then moved to Sevier Co., Tn. John Wear was a brother of Col. Samuel Wear. The family emigrated from Penn. to Augusta Co. Va., when Samuel and John were children and they moved to Washington Co., NC, later Tenn., during the Revolution.
(3) Samuel Wear b 25 May 1766 Bucks county, PA
m1 16 Mar 1789 Sarah Bean (Could this have been Sarah Bean dau. of William Bean and Lydia Russell of PENN??)
m2 2 Sept 1811 Sallie White d 15 Mar 1852 Jefferson County, AL
(3) Jane Wear bc 1769 VA m 8 Oct 1792 Green county, TN to Thomas Lovelady (of John Lovelady?) bc 1767 NC/SC; dc 1826-27 White County, TN d Jan 1860 Andrew county, MO
(3) Rebecca Wear b 1 Feb 1772 Rockbridge county, VA m 30 August 1792 Washington county, TN to Nathan Wilkinson d 2 Nov 1854
(3) John Wear d 1800 nr now Cape Girardeau, MO
(2) Col. Samuel
Wear b 1753 VA
m1 c1778 Augusta county, VA (now Rockbridge) to Mary Thompson (of William Thompson & Elizabeth Lyle) b1758; d 1797
m2 Mary Gilliand (of John Gilliand & Margaret Moore (sister to Nancy) d 1840s d 3 Apr 1817 nr Seviersville, Sevier county, TN moved 1779 to west fork of the Little Pigeon River (Wear’s cove) revoluntionary war soldier at King’s Mountain 1780
Sarah A. M. Patty, daughter of Joshua and Nancy Walker Patty, was born 3 May 1822 in Union Co, SC, and married Sep. 16, 1839 in Sevier Co, TN, John Wear, Lt, son of Samuel and Mary Thompson Wear, who was born Mar 14, 1793 in Sevier Co., Tn. Sarah A. M. Died Mar 4, 1894 in Sevier Co., TN and was buried in Shiloh Cemetery. John, Lt, died July 6, 1868 in Sevier Co, TN and was buried in Shiloh Cemetery.
Sarah was seventeen when Lt. John Wear, took her as his second wife. Her father, Joshua Patty had lived next door to John. She bore His him ten children. After her husband's death Sarah A. M. Patty Wear continued to live in the old home and reared her children.
Lt. John Wear, third son of Col. Samuel Wear and Mary Thompson was born March 14, 1793 at Wear's Fort in Sevier Co., Tennessee. This date is well authenticated as Col. Wear recorded it in the old Wear Bible, John placed the date in his own Bible as did several of his children in theirs.
During the childhood of John Wear his father Col. Wear held good positions and owned vast tracts of land. It is documented that there were slaves to do the physical labor and some were sold when Col. Wear's estate was settled. From this it can be assumed that John Wear grew up under far more favorable circumstances than did his older brothers and sisters or his own children. He was probably educated by a turtor in the home although there were subscription schools which he may have attended. He secured a good education as did all the children of Col. Wear.
On Sept. 23, 1813 John Wear enlisted in the army and achieved the rank of 1st Lt. He served in Capt. Perry and Hooks Co., Tenn. Militia until the end of the War of 1812. He was discharged May 17, 1814. The Col. of the Regiment of Samule Bunch. John Wear's brother Samuel, served in their father's regiment but for some reason John did not. Capt. Simeron Perry, however, was his borhter in law. At the time of his enlistment John Wear was six feet tall, and had blue eyes and dark hair.
John Wear built his home on a plantation that overlapped into Blount Co. On the present road from Sevierville to Walland (Waldens Creek Road). The house was built on a hill and had a broad view. A great grand daughter, Nelle Gregory, describes it as being a very big log house surrounded with mulberry and golden willow trees. In front of the yeard was the long hitching rack with the mounting block. The master bedroom was lined with a heavy white cloth. A fire place which would accomodate a five foot log dominated the living room. On both sides of it rock jams projected for about three feet giving support to seats build into these recesses of stone between the fireplace and Wall.
John Wear's first wife was Susannah Mullendore, born in 1796, whe was the daughter of Abraham Mullendore, son of Jacob Mullendore of Franklin County, died Dec. 27, 1836, in childbirth with their eleventh child.
John Wear was the father of twenty-one children. One died at birth, a small son drowned, and a son died at age 21. The others all lived to marry. His youngest child Pleasant Alexander Wear was born when John was 68.
Although many of the family held public office, taught school of did surveying there is no evidence that John Wear engaged in any of these occupations. Aside from the brief times he spent in the War of 1812 he seems to have been a gentleman farmer. He raised stock which was driven over the mountain and sold in the south. He acquired some of his fathers land and bought and sold property. On of his sons wrote "My father was a good and succesfull doctor, although not a practicing physician".
On July 6, 1868 John Wear died of diabetes, at age 75, his will directed that his estate be kept intract until his youngest son, Pleasent A. became of age. This was for some reason not done, as the records show that sons of the land however was sold at a tax sale in 1878 and was bought by John Emert for 2.50 per acre. Although Pleasant became 21 in 1882 very little effort was made to settle the estate until 1884. In Jan. of that year, the other heirs of John Wear made quit claim deeds to their shares of the 1,750 acres in District 16 on the Waters of Waldens Creek, to their brother Jeff Wear. He apparently performed the service of obtaining the deeds for this younger brother as Jeff in turn the service of obtaining the deeds for this younger brother as Jeff in turn deeded the land to Pleasent A. Wear. A token payment of $25.00 was paid to each heir.
One of the best sources for Wear information is "Descedants of East Tennessee Pioneers" by Olga Jones Edwards and Ina Wear Roberts.
Dianah Johnson Wear b. June 13, 1841 d. Feb 13, 1903 Martha Wear b. Mar 30, 1843 d. Apr 10, 1903 Nancy Wear b. Dec 12, 1845 d. Oct 25, 1925 Isaac Decatur Wear b. June 14, 1847 d. Apr 13, 1869 Rebecca Jane Wear b. Sep 19, 1849 d. Apr 18, 1882 Malvina Wear b. Apr 8, 1851 d. Mar 25, 1925 Icyphene R. Wear b. Apr 4, 1853 d. Jun 19, 1901 Sally Wear b. Feb 28, 1855 Lueticia Catherine Wear b. Feb 22, 1857 d. Dec 7, 1950 Pleasant Alexander Wear b. Oct 13, 1861 d. Jun 14, 1889
(2) Rebecca Wear m1 4 Oct 1779 to Robert Lowry m2 John Moore (brother to Nancy) d after 1830 res Rhea county, TN
Armstrong, Zella. “Armstrong” in Notable Southern Families v1, (1918) p16-19.
Armstrong, Zella. “Wear” in Notable Southern Families v2, (1922) p345-368.
Chalkey, Lyman. Chronicles of the Scotch Irish Settlement of Virginia (Augusts county courts 1745-1800), (1912) v2 p463; v3 p189, 305, 329, 402, 563, 581.
Davis, Marilyn. Cemetaries of Jefferson County, AL, (1986).
Davis, William. “Ezra Pattern Carrell” in History of Bucks County, PA, (1905) p299- 301.
Lucas, Silas & Ella Sheffield. 35 K TN Marriage Records and Bonds 1783-1870 v3, (1981).
Morton, Oren. A History of Rockbridge County, VA, (1920) p300, 460.
Smokey Mountain Historical Society. In the Shadow of the Smokies: Sevier County, TN Cemetaries, (1984) p374, 624, 680.
Wilkenson, John W. Autobiogrphical and Historical Remeniscences (preface by Olga Edwards; primary source document).
White, Virgil. “John Wear s1781” in Abstracts of Revoluntionary War Pension Files v3, (1992) p3710.
Wilson, Howard. The Tinkling Spring, Headwaters of Freedom: A Study of Her Church & People 1732-1952, (1954).
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