Home > 000003. Carol Lee Colley, 000006. Luster Earl Colley, 000028. John Thomas Wears > Luster Earl Colley to Carol Lee Mattocks, e-mail, 4 October 1998

Luster Earl Colley to Carol Lee Mattocks, e-mail, 4 October 1998

Source: Luster Earl Colley to Carol Lee Mattocks, e-mail, 4 October 1998.

Dear daughter:

We enjoyed your ‘phone call, and all the news you shared with us.  I answered your first e-mail promptly, but it seems it never arrived on your screen. I hope we have better luck this time.  I told you on the telephone that I had an e-mail address for Jo Ann SPORE, who shares our interest in the WEARS surname. Her e-mail address is:

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Some time ago she shared with us this data extracted from – 1850 census of Mason Co. VA.; page 376, dwelling 212:

George WEARS 52 VA
Martha ” 49 VA
James ” 25 VA
Lucretia ” 18 VA
George ” 15 VA
William ” 13 VA
Jane A. ” 10 VA

And then I compare this with the household listed on page 778 in dwelling 18, of the 1860 census of Springfield Township, Henry County, MO:

James WEARS 35 M VA
Elizabeth ” 27 F NC
George W. ” 1 M MO
Richard B. ” 4/12 M MO
Martha ” 57 F VA
William ” 21 M VA
Jane A. ” 19 F VA
John T. ” 20 M VA

In a perfect world everyone would age exactly 10 years between the 1850 census and the 1860 census. But we are all too sophisticated to believe such perfection.

George who was 52 in 1850 has disappeared; maybe dead, maybe gone to the California gold fields as so many men had done in 1850.

Martha aged from 49 to 57.

James aged from 25 to 35, got himself a wife and children. A James WIER married Elizabeth JONES 20 Sep 1857 in Henry Co. MO. The Bureau of Land Management issued a patent for 200 acres in sections 35 and 36 of Township 42 N Range 25 W, Henry Co. MO, 1 Nov 1859, to James WEAR.

Lucretia WEIR married Richard JONES 20 Dec 1851 in Henry Co. MO. She appears on the 1870 census of Springfield Township, Henry Co. MO at age 35, with her husband and a child, and living in their household is Martha A. WEARS, born VA, now age 70, having aged from 49 in 1850.

George W. WEARS married Martha A. EMERY 25 Feb 18?? in Henry Co. MO (the year of this marriage in the printed record is reproduced as 1838, but this is an obvious error. I am guessing that the correct year is 1858). The Bureau of Land Management issued a patent for 200 acres in sections 11 and 12 of Township 41 N Range 25 West, Henry Co. MO, 1 Nov 1859, to George W. WEARS.

William has aged from 13 to 21 in the 1850-1860 interval. Jane A. has aged from age 10 to age 20. And John T. WEARS has mysteriously appeared in the 1860 household at age 20.

If we assume that the subject household removed from Mason Co. VA after the 1850 census to Springfield Township, Henry Co. MO and before the 1860 census as a family group, we know that the arrival in Henry Co. MO was previous to 20 Dec 1851. That was the date when Lucretia was married in Henry Co.

Now it comes to my attention that there was a William D. WEAR in Henry Co. MO before 1850. He appears to have been a Minister, performing marriages there. For example, I see a marriage performed by him in 1836. A Rev. David WEIR also performed many early marriages in Henry Co.

There is a tradition that our John Thomas WEARS had said that he was born in Craig County, Virginia. At the time he was born, Craig County did not yet exist. So we assume that he meant to say that he was born in what was at that time the neighborhood of Botetourt County, Virginia, which was later set aside to Craig County. The unexpected appearance of a 20 year old John T. RULE [sic] on the 1860 census of Henry Co. MO, in a household where he did not appear to belong, has exercised our interest in this household listed on page 52, dwelling 189, of the 1850 census of Botetourt Co. VA:

James HUFFMAN 30 M Virginia
Harriet ” 31 F ”
Jane ” 10 F ”
Fleming B. CALDWELL 7 M ”
Mary ” 4 F ”
Eliza WIERS 30 F ”
John ” 13 M ”
Harriet CAY 25 F ”
John ” 9 M ”

There is an obvious shortage of young fathers in this household, and again I consider the possible attraction of the California gold rush.

In the records of Botetourt County, Virginia I find that a James HUFFMAN married Harriet CALDWELL 4 December 1839. This appears to identify James and Harriet HUFFMAN and their supposed daughter, Jane, in the listed household.

Let me know if you receive this so I will know we are in communication.

Auf Wiedersehen

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  1. Tim L. Daugherty
    19 June 2009 at 3:41 am

    I am researching the WIER family of Botetourt County, VA. These Wier’s are all children and grandchildren of James Wier the Revolutionary War veteran. These Wiers leave Botetourt County after the death of James between 1835 and 1840 and settle in Mason County, VA (now WV). James Wier had a large family…I suspect he was married two times. His ages in his pension application suggest a birth death of between 1736 and 1740. I will see if I get a reply before posting more.

    Thanks
    Tim L. Daugherty

    • Suzanne
      6 November 2009 at 2:59 pm

      Tim,

      Just found your post. Would love to be in touch with you in regard to the family of James Wier.

      Andrew Crawford married James Wier’s daughter Jane in Botetourt Co. in 1814.

      Suzanne Crawford

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