The Beare Facts

Hello again. In my opinion the best way to start a search is to compile the information you have and then fill in the blanks. Sounds easy doesn’t it? Well the reality, dear readers, is far from easy when it comes to the family tree. How does one complete those blanks?

My parents spent hours poring over old Church records, noting every Beare (Bear, Beer, Beere and Bere) that was listed.  Days became months and then years. The 24/7 pressures of rearing a family of four and continuing the day job, in their case, poultry farming, meant little time was left to devote to sleuthing.  It is only through their tenacity that the Beare Family Tree slowly but surely came together.  When the information in the Bandon records was exhausted they moved on the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, the Mormons, whose records worldwide are second to none.  Luckily they had a Church in Wilton, Cork, where they kept copies of records on microfiche. Countless hours were spent perusing the microfiche, a name here and there providing tantalising clues to our forebears and what had become of them.

It seems logical at this stage to start listing some of the family tree and where better to start than with John Beare, the earliest proven member of the Beare Family Tree. John Beare was born circa 1780, place unknown. He married Elizabeth Maynard on 27 December 1806, in St. Peters Church, Bandon, Co. Cork, Ireland. On 10th January 1821 they walked into St. Peters Church with six children and all were received into the Church as members on that date.  Two more children were to follow giving a total eight children.  They were: – Elizabeth (b. 1808); Isaac (b. 1813); Maria (b. 1815); Jane (b. 1816); John (b. 1817); Anne (b. 1821), George (b. 1826) and Sarah (b. 1829).

Jane sailed to Prince Edward Island, Canada, and on 7 April 1839, at Trinity Anglican Church, St Johns, New Brunswick, Jane and Josiah Roberts were married by the Reverend Dr. Benjamin Gray. Some years later Jane and Josiah moved to Murray Harbour in Prince Edward Island, Canada. The house where they lived is still in good condition. Josiah had a vessel, a small store and a blacksmith shop. They had seven children: Elizabeth Jane, William James, Louisa Mary, Wesley, John, Josiah and David. Jane died in 1894 and is buried in Murray Harbour, Prince Edward Island, Canada.

Isaac Beare was born circa 1813 in Bandon, Co. Cork, Ireland. Sometime prior to 1834 Isaac and his brother John left home for the New World, possibly with their sister Jane. John later returned to Ireland with the news that Isaac had died, believed to be as a result of knife-fight in New York, however no other details of his death have been sourced to date.

John Beare was born circa 1817 in Bandon, Co. Cork, Ireland. John emigrated to America with his brother Isaac sometime prior to 1834, we believe with their sister Jane to Canada, and then on to New York. After his brothers death John returned to Ireland. John then set sail with his sister Anne, for Sydney, Australia, on 26 October 1843 on the ship the Neptune, and arrived in Sydney on 11 February 1844. His whereabouts thereafter, date of death etc. remain a mystery to date.

Anne Beare was born in 1821 in Bandon. Anne set sail for Sydney, Australia on 26 October 1843 on the ship the Neptune, and arrived in Sydney on 11 February 1844. She was accompanied by her brother John on the voyage. Anne married Peter Plummer on 20 October 1846 in the parish of St. Savior, Goulburn, New South Wales, Australia. Anne and Peter had six children. Peter died as the result of falling beneath his dray at Cooma on 16 February 1857. Anne married George Blewett (son of William Blewett and Ann Hardcastle, and born circa 1820 at Hornchurch, Essex, England) on 5 January 1858 in Christ Church, Queanbeyan, New South Wales, Australia. Anne and George had two children. George was a farmer. He died on 19 October 1860 from injuries sustained from falling into a fire. Anne married Patrick Licedy on 25 April 1862 at Christ Church in Queanbeyan, New South Wales, Australia. Patrick, a farmer, was born in Limerick to John Licedy and Mary Abbott. Anne and Patrick had one child. Patrick was found dead at Lanyon, near Cuppacumbalong, on 21 April 1867. The coroner listed that he died from a rupture of the right ventricle of the breast. Anne died of rheumatism on 11 November 1896, aged 74 years, at Green Mount, near Royalla, and is buried in the Anglican portion of Riverside Cemetery, Queanbeyan, New South Wales, Australia.

George Maynard Beare, my great great grandfather, was born on 12 March 1826 in Bandon, Co. Cork, Ireland. He married Susan (or Suzanna) Smyth on 26 June 1855 at Rathclaren Church, Kilbrittain, Co. Cork, Ireland. As well as farming, George also had a lifelong interest in building and decorating. They had six children, four sons and two daughters. George died at the age of 78 on 19 June 1904 and is buried in Bandon, Co. Cork, Ireland.

Other than the years of birth that were listed for Elizabeth, Maria and Sarah, we have no further information on them.  Did they marry and move away from Bandon?  Did they die and for some reason are not in the Church records. This is some of the information not yet found in the family tree but we remain hopeful that it will in time surface.  Our hope is sustained by the fact that it is only in the past four or five years that we have found the information on Anne Beare.  More to follow on that particular story in a future blog.

In the meantime I hope you are enjoying this dip into the Beare Family Tree, and I look forward to sharing more with you.

Elaine Beare

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