Mary Ann Mears

4 April 1812–29 April 1882 (Age 70)
Camillus, Onondaga, New York, United States

The Life of Mary Ann

When Mary Ann Mears was born on 4 April 1812, in Camillus, Onondaga, New York, United States, her father, James Mears, was 37 and her mother, Lois Sprague, was 33. She married Peter G Martineau on 31 July 1834, in Elbridge, Elbridge, Onondaga, New York, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. She died on 29 April 1882, in Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States, at the age of 70.

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Peter G Martineau
Mary Ann Mears
Marriage: 31 July 1834
Harriet Martineau

Spouse and Children

31 July 1834
Elbridge, Elbridge, Onondaga, New York, United States


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World Events (8)

1819 · Panic! of 1819

Age 7

With the Aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars the global market for trade was down. During this time, America had its first financial crisis and it lasted for only two years. 
1827 · Slavery Becomes Illegal in New York State

Age 15

During the years 1799 to 1827, New York went through a period of gradual emancipation. A Gradual Emancipation Law was passed in 1799 which freed slave children born after July 4, 1799. However, they were indentured until 25 years old for women and 28 years old for men. A law passed 1817 which freed slaves born before 1799, yet delayed their emancipation for ten years. All remaining slaves were freed in New York State on July 4, 1827.
1832 · The Black Hawk War

Age 20

Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.

Name Meaning

English:1. topographic name for someone who lived by a pond, Old English mere. 2. topographic name for someone who lived near a boundary, Old English (ge)mǣre.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Mary A Martineau in entry for Francis Robbins and Harriet Martineau, "Ontario Marriages, 1869-1927"
  • Mary Ann in entry for Jeremiah Gallagher and Harriet Robins, "Ontario Marriages, 1869-1927"
  • Legacy NFS Source: Mary Ann Mears - Individual or family possessions: birth: 4 April 1812; Camillus, Onondaga, New York, United States

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