John Shearer

Male8 August 1792–2 January 1858

Brief Life History of John

When John Shearer was born on 8 August 1792, in Wilkes, North Carolina, United States, his father, Robert Findlay Shearer, was 24 and his mother, Sarah Kendall, was 24. He married Mary Green on 27 April 1815, in Jefferson, Ashe, North Carolina, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 8 daughters. He lived in Watauga Township, Watauga, North Carolina, United States in 1850. He died on 2 January 1858, in Watauga, North Carolina, United States, at the age of 65, and was buried in Perkinsville, Watauga, North Carolina, United States.

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Family Time Line

John Shearer
Mary Green
Marriage: 27 April 1815
Louisa Eliza Shearer
Elizabeth Green Shearer
Julia Green Shrearer
Mary Shearer
Susannah Shearer
Robert Shearer
John H Shearer
William Green Shearer
Sarah Green Shearer
Hannah Shearer
Mary Shearer

Sources (10)

  • John Shearer, "United States Census, 1850"
  • North Carolina, U.S., Deaths, 1906-1930
  • Shearer in entry for John Shearer, "Virginia, Library of Virginia State Archive, Births, Marriages, and Deaths 1853-1900"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    27 April 1815Jefferson, Ashe, North Carolina, United States
  • Children (12)

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    Parents and Siblings

    Siblings (11)

    +6 More Children

    World Events (8)

    1794 · Creating the Eleventh Amendment

    Age 2

    The Eleventh Amendment restricts the ability of any people to start a lawsuit against the states in federal court.

    1799 · Gold Nuggets Found

    Age 7

    "In 1799, in Little Meadow Creak located in Cabarrus County, North Carolina a large yellow """"rock"""" was found by Conrad Reed. A few years later it was determined that the """"rock"""" was a gold nugget."


    Age 20

    War of 1812. U.S. declares war on Britain over British interference with American maritime shipping and westward expansion.

    Name Meaning

    Scottish and English: occupational name for a reaper of standing crops, a sheep shearer, or someone who used shears to trim the surface of finished cloth and remove excessive nap, from Middle English sherer(e) ‘shearer’, an agent derivative of Middle English schere(n) ‘to shear’. Middle English schere denoted shears and scissors of all sizes. Compare Sherman .

    Americanized form of German or Jewish (Ashkenazic) Scherer or Scherrer , cognates of 1 above. Compare Sharrer .

    Americanized form of German Scheurer .

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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