Mary Catherine Black

11 July 1827–23 June 1898 (Age 70)
Smicksburg, Indiana, Pennsylvania, United States

The Life of Mary Catherine

When Mary Catherine Black was born on 11 July 1827, in Smicksburg, Indiana, Pennsylvania, United States, her father, Joseph Frederick Black, was 26 and her mother, Mary Catherine Crissman, was 20. She married George Stear in 1844, in Indiana, Pennsylvania, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. She lived in Indiana, Pennsylvania, United States in 1860 and Pennsylvania, United States in 1870. She died on 23 June 1898, in Canoe Ridge, Canoe Township, Indiana, Pennsylvania, United States, at the age of 70, and was buried in Smicksburg, Indiana, Pennsylvania, United States.

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George Stear
Mary Catherine Black
Marriage: 1844
Margaret D Stear

Spouse and Children

Indiana, Pennsylvania, United States


Parents and Siblings




    Christina Black


    Angeline Black


    Daniel Black


    Jemima Black


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World Events (8)

1830 · The Second Great Awakening

Age 3

Being a second spiritual and religious awakening, like the First Great Awakening, many Churches began to spring up from other denominations. Many people began to rapidly join the Baptist and Methodist congregations. Many converts to these religions believed that the Awakening was the precursor of a new millennial age.
1830 · The Oregon Trail

Age 3

Many people started their 2,170-mile West trek to settle the land found by Louis and Clark. They used large-wheeled wagons to pack most of their belongings and were guided by trails that were made by the previous trappers and traders who walked the area. Over time the trail needed annual improvements to make the trip faster and safer. Most of Interstate 80 and 84 cover most of the ground that was the original trail.

Age 19

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

Name Meaning

1 Scottish and English: from Middle English blak(e) ‘black’ (Old English blæc, blaca), a nickname given from the earliest times to a swarthy or darkhaired man.2 Scottish and English: from Old English blāc ‘pale’, ‘fair’, i.e. precisely the opposite meaning to 1, and a variant of Blake 2. Blake and Black are found more or less interchangeably in several surnames and place names.3 English: variant of Blanc as a Norman name. The pronunciation of the nasalized vowel gave considerable difficulty to English speakers, and its quality was often ignored.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Catharine Steer in household of George Steer, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Catharine Stear in household of George Stear, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Catharine Stear in household of George Stear, "United States Census, 1880"

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