John W. Lear

12 April 1870–25 April 1959 (Age 89)
Macoupin, Macoupin, Illinois, United States

The Life of John W.

When John W. Lear was born on 12 April 1870, in Macoupin, Macoupin, Illinois, United States, his father, Abraham S Lear, was 27 and his mother, Elizabeth N Studebaker, was 23. He married Martha E. Shull on 16 August 1890, in Illinois, United States. He lived in Morrisonville, Christian, Illinois, United States in 1870 and Zanesville Township, Montgomery, Illinois, United States in 1900. He died on 25 April 1959, at the age of 89.

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John W. Lear
Martha E. Shull
Marriage: 16 August 1890

Spouse and Children

16 August 1890
Illinois, United States

Parents and Siblings



    Asa A. Leer



    Elma N Lear


    Laura Ella Lear


World Events (8)


Age 1

In 1871, a cow kicked over a lantern, causing a fire that burned down half of Chicago. Today this city is the third largest in the US.
1872 · The First National Park

Age 2

Yellowstone National Park was given the title of the first national park by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Ulysses S. Grant. It is also believed to be the first national park in the world.
1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 26

A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.

Name Meaning

1 English: habitational name from any of various places in northern France named with the Germanic element lār ‘clearing’.2 English: variant of Layer .3 English: nickname from Old English hlēor ‘cheek’, ‘face’.

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

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Sources (3)

  • John Lear in household of Abraham Lear, "United States Census, 1870"
  • John W Lear, "United States Census, 1900"
  • John Wallace Leer in household of Abraham Leer, "United States Census, 1880"

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