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Martin Bear[1,2]

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Birth  1774  , York Co., Pennsylvania  [3
Sex  Male 
Eby ID  00003-596 
Person ID  I15236 
Last Modified  06 Sep 2004 
 
Father  Michael Bear, b. 1749, , York Co., Pennsylvania 
Group Sheet  F614 
 
Family 1  Catharine Gingerich 
Children 
 1. John Bear, b. 15 May 1804, Near Preston, Waterloo Co., Ontario
 2. Elizabeth Bear, b. 17 Sep 1805
 3. Annie (Nancy) Bear, b. 29 Apr 1807
 4. Michael Bear, b. 1 Jan 1809
 5. David Bear, b. 24 Nov 1810
 6. Abraham (Abram) Bear, b. 19 Apr 1812
 7. Salome Bear, b. 12 Jan 1814
 8. Martin Bear, b. 4 Oct 1815
 9. Catharine Bear, b. 18 May 1817
 10. George Bear, b. 10 Jun 1819
 11. Leah Bear, b. 21 Mar 1821
 12. Susannah Bear, b. 6 Jul 1822
 13. Rachel Bear, b. 10 Mar 1825
Group Sheet  F717 
 
Notes  Martin Bear, "was born in York County, Pennsylvania, in 1774. At the time when he was a young man, real estate in Pennsylvania, especially in the older counties, became so high in price that the majority of farmer's sons who wished to follow their paternal calling, were not in a financial position to procure a farm for themselves, hence the desire to seek homes elsewhere. This caused young Martin to make a journey to Canada to see the country before he would move here. In the summer of 1800 he arrived at old Joseph Schčorg's who had located on the Grand River, opposite Doon, a few months previously. Finding the nature of the country, soil, timbers, and waters even beyond his expectations, he decided to settle here and immediately selected a tract of land (Now in possession of Anson Groh) situated between Preston and Hespeler, of which he cleared several acres and erected a small log house thereon, then returned to Pennsylvania. Early in spring, 1801, he in company with his wife and others, moved to Canada, and upon their arrival here each party settled on the locations made the year previously. In a few years nearly all these early settlers had comfortable homes. Old Mr. Martin Bear was an ordained minister of the Mennonite Church. He was one of the first that was ordained in this county (Ordained in 1808 by Bishop Moyer of the Twenty). He was married to Catharine, daughter of Abraham and Anna (Hunsicker) Gingerich. They had a family of thirteen Children, Viz:"
 
Sources  1. [S1]   Vol I A Biographical History of Waterloo Township and other townships of the county : being a history of the early settlers and their descendants, mostly all of Pennsylvania Dutch origin..., Ezra E. Eby, (Berlin, Ontario, 1895), 686   [View page(s) from the 1895-96 edition]
2. [S2]   Vol II A Biographical History of Waterloo Township and other townships of the county : being a history of the early settlers and their descendants, mostly all of Pennsylvania Dutch origin..., Ezra Eby, 571   [View page(s) from the 1895-96 edition]
3. [S1]   Vol I A Biographical History of Waterloo Township and other townships of the county : being a history of the early settlers and their descendants, mostly all of Pennsylvania Dutch origin..., Ezra E. Eby, (Berlin, Ontario, 1895), 183   [View page(s) from the 1895-96 edition]
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