Magdeline Bear

21 June 1825–7 August 1921 (Age 96)
Berks, Pennsylvania, United States

The Life of Magdeline

Magdeline Bear was born on 21 June 1825, in Berks, Pennsylvania, United States as the daughter of Jacob Bear and Sallie Fink. She had at least 2 sons and 2 daughters with Jacob Boyer. She lived in Windsor Township, Berks, Pennsylvania, United States for about 20 years. She died on 7 August 1921, in Hamburg, Berks, Pennsylvania, United States, at the age of 96, and was buried in Hamburg, Berks, Pennsylvania, United States.

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Jacob Boyer
Magdeline Bear
John A. Boyer
Elemanda Boyer
Franklin W Boyer
Anna Boyer

Spouse and Children



    John A. Boyer


    Elemanda Boyer


    Franklin W Boyer


    Anna Boyer


Parents and Siblings

    Jacob Bear


    Sallie Fink




World Events (8)

1830 · The Second Great Awakening

Age 5

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 5

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 38

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

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 .

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

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Sources (3)

  • Magdelana Bayer in household of Jacob Bayer, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Magdelana Boyer in household of Jacob Boyer, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Magdalena Boyer in household of Jacob Boyer, "United States Census, 1850"

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