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Mary Gwin Bear
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Birth: Feb. 15, 1825
Harrison Grange
Harrison County
Indiana, USA
Death: Nov. 28, 1893
Washington County
Iowa, USA

As far as we know, Mary was the firstborn of Richard Walton Gwin and his bride, Nancy Elizabeth Watkins Gwin. They would leave Mary's birthplace, Harrison Co., IN, some five years into their marriage and travel across Illinois to settle for a couple of years near the Mississippi River. Then they would uproot and cross the river to Iowa, settling near the community of Richmond in English River Township, Washington County, Iowa. Finally, the Gwins moved to the frontier of east Kansas, settling near Independence in Montgomery County. At least fifteen siblings would follow Mary, some born, as she, in Indiana, some in Illinois, but most in Iowa before the final move to Kansas.

Long before that final move, however, Mary had married Gideon Bear, and their family would remain in English River Township where all of her 14 known children would be born and raised. Mary would die and be buried there as well. There is indication that Gideon Bear may have increased his own land holdings by acquiring the home and land of Mary's parents, Richard and Nancy, when they moved to Kansas.

Much more information exists on our other website, and following are links to some of its pages:

Isom and Mary C. Gwin (Mary's grandparents):

Richard W. and Nancy W. Gwin (Mary's parents):

Gideon and Mary Gwin Bear:

Family links: 
  Richard Walton Gwin (1804 - 1885)
  Gideon Bear (1810 - 1884)*
  Samuel H Bear (1847 - 1911)*
  Nancy Ellen Bear Figgins (1854 - 1934)*
  Clara Sideen Bear Turnipseed (1859 - 1949)*
  Alice Mary Bear Haag (1861 - 1942)*
  Martha Jane Bear Thomas (1863 - 1908)*
  Mary Gwin Bear (1825 - 1893)
  William Watkins Gwin (1827 - 1907)*
  Jane Gwin Haigler (1830 - 1919)*
  Sarah Ann Gwin Haigler (1831 - 1926)*
  Martha Gwin Snyder (1833 - 1901)*
  Silas Walton Gwin (1850 - 1913)*
  Margaret Gwin Parker (1854 - 1924)*
*Calculated relationship
Wife of Gideon Bear; Aged 68 yrs, 9mos, 13 dys
Richmond Cemetery
Washington County
Iowa, USA
Maintained by: John Gwin
Originally Created by: Connie
Record added: Jun 03, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 19698171
Mary <i>Gwin</i> Bear
Added by: Connie
Mary <i>Gwin</i> Bear
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Added by: Connie
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You are not forgotten.
- J F-B
 Added: Dec. 28, 2010
My husbands great great grandmother
- Jean Flockhart
 Added: Jul. 9, 2010

- Connie
 Added: Aug. 25, 2008

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