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Re: Agnes & Jane Fears from Ireland to South Carolina
Posted by: John Adams (ID *****9364) Date: January 16, 2010 at 11:30:24
In Reply to: Re: Agnes & Jane Fears from Ireland to South Carolina by Gordie Fears of 683

Thank you Gordie for your reply. I can find no William Fears on the South Carolina census in 1800, 1810, or 1820, in Newberry or elsewhere. How was his presence in Newberry about 1810 made known to you? There is a William Fearies and wife on the 1800 Fairfield census, not too far from the sisters Agnes and Jane. They are old enough to be their parents. I have often wondered if Fears and Fearies are the same surname presented under different spellings. Newberry is just to the west of Fairfield, and many South Carolinians were moving westward in the 19th Century. This could be the William Fears of 1810 you mention. There are also a Joseph Fearies and Thomas Fearies in Fairfield in 1800, but they are too young to be a parent of Agnes and Jane. Thomas lives within a few doors of Andrew Martin, who has a number of descendants who sport Fears as their middle name. The Roseboroughs and Kennedys are not far away either. In 1810, Joseph is the only Fearies to appear on the SC census, and he is still in Fairfield. By 1820, there are no Fears or Fearies on the SC census. Further confusing the issue are James Fearis in Greenville Dist in 1790 and Thomas Fearis in Darlington Co. in 1810. I have found nothing to link all these people except the similarity of their surnames. I would very much like to see a Bible or a will, or some other document that demontrates a relationship among them. Keep looking.

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