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John Marion Fears
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Birth: 1862
Franklin County
Illinois, USA
Death: Mar. 30, 1918
Lawrence County
Arkansas, USA

6 inch by 9 foot long slab of cement in the pre 1960 section with the names: (12 year old son Freddy)? FEARS JM FEARS SARAH F FEARS. This tip was given by Charles Fears and was one of my biggest geneology breaks,THANK YOU !!!

200 pages of Fears information donated to Lawrence County Arkansas Library at Walnut Ridge ,Ark in geneology section.
John M Fears may have met his first wife Martha Hill while hauling freight from the new railroad depot(1882) in Mammoth Spring,Arkansas to Fears,Ark P.O. and store.
Married Sarah F Cooper (Bruce?) Oct 14,1898 Sharp Co Ark,John M Fears residence was listed as Lunsford Craighead Co Ark.
It is interesting to note the various birth places of the Fears children. John Marion Fears was a travelling debater/preacher.
I would like to have a picture of John M Fears.

Married Oct 14,1898 Sharp Co Arkansas
J M Fears & Sarah F Cooper Lunsford,Arkansas


A panther frightens two little girls.
by SC Turnbo (series of books Arkansas on history.)
In 1869(1879) a man by the name of William Fears settled on the ridge three miles east of Oakland,Ark. The place where he lived was on the divide between the head of Bull Hollow which flows into Sister Creek and the head of Beasley's Hollow which empties into Gulley's Spring Creek. Among Mr Fears children is Nettie,the wife of John Belt,who related the following story to me,the incident of which occurred at her father's home place where he settled as mentioned above.
"One evening after sunset," said Mrs. Belt,"my mother whose name was Mary Jane,daughter of Tom Down,sent me and my sister, Mina, to the spring for water. I was 12 years old (1874?) and my sister was 9 years old. While we were going to the spring we heard something scream which we supposed was somebody halooing,until it was repeated again and we knew then that the noise was not made by a human. On arriving at the spring which was in the head of Bull Hollow we discovered a large animal crouched down on a low ledge of flat rocks near ten feet below the spring. We recognized the animal at once as a panther.The ugly creature was striking its tail and patting its forefeet against the rock. We were both bad scared and screamed at out at the top of our voices and our brother John and sister Laura came to us on a run,and when they got to us I and Mina were trying to hide behind each other.We had three dogs,two of which were large and a small fice. John got between us and the panther and pushed us back out of his way and snatched up a rock and threw it at the beast,but missed his mark. Picking up another stone he hurled it at the crouching beast and struck it on the back of the neck and top of the shoulder. This put a move on it and it darted away;as it started the two big dogs ran back to the house,but the fice chased the panther out of hearing distance".
From the SC Turnbo book series of Arkansas history.

1904 J M Fears 1 horse $50 1 cattle $5 3 hogs $3 1 ass $30
1884 no livestock

1911 Marion Co,Ark personal property tax book
J M Fears 2 horses $80 1 ass $12 2 hogs $3

1870 T6 R2 Franklin Co Ill
William Fears 32
Mary J 32
Laura 12
JM 10 <
Guinette 6
Elmira 4
Clementine 9/12

1880 Little North Fork Marion Co Ark
William fears 44
Mary J 43
John M 18 <
Jenette 14
Elmira 12
Clement 9

1900 Jackson Ozark Co Mo
John Sears 37
Sarah F Sears 27
James 13
William 6
John N 1

1910 Cedar Creek Marion Co Ark
John M Fears 48
Sarah F 38
William A 14
John H 10
Ida B 9
Ethel 2
 
 
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 Parents:
  William A. Fears (1838 - 1916)
  Mary Jane Downs Fears (1834 - 1918)
 
 Spouses:
  Martha Jane Hill Porter (1865 - 1942)*
  Sarah Francis Bruce Fears (1873 - 1909)*
  Martha JANE HILL Porter (1865 - 1942)*
 
 Children:
  Fred W Fears*
  James Andrew Fears (1886 - 1957)*
  Mary Lillie Fears Oels (1887 - 1944)*
  William Allen Fears (1893 - 1975)*
  John Herman Fears (1899 - 1984)*
  Ida Belle Fears Malone (1902 - 1980)*
  Ethel Mae Fears Douthit (1907 - 1997)*
 
 Siblings:
  Eliza Laura S Fears (1857 - ____)*
  Joseph W Fears (1859 - ____)*
  John Marion Fears (1862 - 1918)
  Jenette Minervina Fears Belt (1865 - 1935)*
  Elmina Paralee Fears Denton (1865 - 1944)*
  Margaret Clementine Fears Pitts (1867 - 1942)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Note: Fears,Arkansas Post Office named for John M Fears 1908-1915 Marion,County,Ark William A Fears homesteaded 160 acres in Marion County,Arkansas and had a general store and post office near what is now Oakland,Arkansas. William and Mary Fears went back
 
Burial:
Strangers Home Cemetery
Alicia
Lawrence County
Arkansas, USA
 
Created by: Lindan S Caldwell
Record added: Jul 19, 2008
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John Marion Fears
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