William Fears Bollinger Co
William Fears is a son of Pleasant and Elizabeth (Bates)
parents were married in Illinois.
Soon after their
union and before
their first child was born, they separated.
Elizabeth Fears was
afterward married to Archibald Moore, by whom she was the mother
William Fears was born in 1834, and was
reared on a farm,
assisting with the work until he was thirteen years of age,
his mother and stepfather, he came to Missouri, and located in
now Bollinger County.
Here his mother died at the age
In 1870 William Fears was united in marriage
with Rebecca A.
Ladd, a native of Southeast Missouri, born in 1857.
and Elizabeth (Kerr) Ladd, were born in 1821 and 1825,
Elisa Ladd was born in Kentucky, but settled in Missouri in
He died December 20, 1871, and his wife died on the 30th of May,
They were parents of nine children - six girls and three boys.
Fears owns 320 acres of fertile land, and is one of the leading
in Bollinger County.
The family residence is in a
Surrounding it are mounds supposed to have been erected by
Mr. and Mrs. Fears have three children
John Wesley, and Dora Iona.
Mr. Fears has one child by
marriage, Wilson P. [p. 828]
Goodspeed's History of
Southeast Missouri, [p. 828]