Simon BEAR

16 November 1818–26 April 1887 (Age 68)
Franklin, Pennsylvania, United States

The Life of Simon

When Simon BEAR was born on 16 November 1818, in Franklin, Pennsylvania, United States, his father, Sebastian E. Bear, was 22 and his mother, Mary Schook, was 20. He had at least 4 sons and 2 daughters with Joanna Elizabeth Embich. He lived in Canton Township, Fulton, Illinois, United States in 1860 and Illinois, United States in 1870. He died on 26 April 1887, in Farmington, Fulton, Illinois, United States, at the age of 68, and was buried in Farmington Township, Fulton, Illinois, United States.

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Simon BEAR
Joanna Elizabeth Embich
Matthias Neal Bear
Elizabeth Bear
Joseph B. Bear
Simon G Bear

Spouse and Children



    Matthias Neal Bear


    John E BEAR


    Emma B BEAR


    Elizabeth Bear


    Joseph B. Bear


+1 More Child

Parents and Siblings

    Sebastian E. Bear


    Mary Schook





    Hettie C. Bear



World Events (8)

1819 · Panic! of 1819

Age 1

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. 
1819 · State Capital moves to Vandalia

Age 1

Vandalia was founded in 1819 as a new capital because Kaskaskia was under the threat of floods. The history of the name Vandalia is uncertain. Under the law which Vandalia was founded states that the title of capital would not be moved from there for twenty years. Even though it was the capital it was never the most populous area in Illinois.
1839 · From Swamp to Beautiful Place

Age 21

By 1829 Venus, Illinois had grown sufficiently and in 1832 was one of the contenders for the new county seat. However, the honor was awarded to a nearby city, Carthage. In 1834 the name Venus was changed to Commerce because the settlers felt that the new name better suited their plans. But during late 1839, arriving members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints bought the small town of Commerce and in April 1840 it was renamed Nauvoo by Joseph Smith Jr., who led the Latter-Day Saints to Nauvoo to escape persecution in Missouri. The name Nauvoo is derived from the traditional Hebrew language. It is notable that by 1844 Nauvoo's population had swollen to around 12,000 residents, rivaling the size of Chicago at the time. After the Latter-Day Saints left the population settled down toward 2,000 people.

Name Meaning

1 English: from the Middle English nickname Bere meaning ‘bear’ (Old English bera, which is also found as a byname), or possibly from a personal name derived from a short form of the various Germanic compound names with this first element. Compare for example Bernhard . The bear has generally been regarded with a mixture of fear and amusement because of its strength and unpredictable temper on the one hand and its clumsy gait on the other, and in the medieval period it was also thought to typify the sins of sloth and gluttony. All these characteristics are no doubt reflected in the nickname. Throughout the Middle Ages the bear was a familiar figure in popular entertainments such as bear baiting and dancing bears.2 English: variant spelling of the habitational name Beer .3 Probably a translation of cognates of 1 in other languages, for example German Baer , and also an Americanized spelling of German Bahr .

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Sources (3)

  • Simon Bear, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Simon Bear, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Simon Bear, "United States Census, 1880"

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