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William Fears Biography
Bollinger County, Missouri

William Fears Bollinger Co Mo Biography
  • William Fears is a son of Pleasant and Elizabeth (Bates) Fears.

    The parents were married in Illinois.

    Soon after their union and before their first child was born, they separated.

    Mrs. Elizabeth Fears was afterward married to Archibald Moore, by whom she was the mother of six children.

    William Fears was born in 1834, and was reared on a farm, assisting with the work until he was thirteen years of age, when, with his mother and stepfather, he came to Missouri, and located in what is now Bollinger County.

    Here his mother died at the age of forty-seven years.

    In 1870 William Fears was united in marriage with Rebecca A. Ladd, a native of Southeast Missouri, born in 1857.

    Her parents Elisha and Elizabeth (Kerr) Ladd, were born in 1821 and 1825, respectively. Elisa Ladd was born in Kentucky, but settled in Missouri in early life.

    He died December 20, 1871, and his wife died on the 30th of May, 1862.

    They were parents of nine children - six girls and three boys.

    Mr. Fears owns 320 acres of fertile land, and is one of the leading farmers in Bollinger County.

    The family residence is in a romantic place. Surrounding it are mounds supposed to have been erected by Mound-Builders.

    Mr. and Mrs. Fears have three children Benjamin F., John Wesley, and Dora Iona.

    Mr. Fears has one child by a previous marriage, Wilson P. [p. 828]

Goodspeed's History of Southeast Missouri, [p. 828]
Contributed by Joe Crim

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