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William LEAR

Hannah BAILEY 1

  • Born: Cir 1767 2
  • Marriage: William LEAR on 8 Aug 1787 in Fauquier County, Virginia 1 2
  • Died: After 1848, Fauquier County, Virginia 2

bullet  Noted events in her life were:

1. Military Pension: 1848, Fauquier County, Virginia. 2

Declaration of Hannah Lear:

State of Virginia
Fauquier County

"On this thirtyeth day of July Eighteen-hundred and thirty Eight, personally appeared before me a Justice of the peace in the County aforesaid, Hannah Lear, a resident of the said County aged Seventy one years, who, being first duly sworn, according to law, doth on her oath make the following declaration, in order to obtain the benefit of the provision made by the Act of Congress, passed July 7th, 1838 entitled 'An act granting half-pay and pensions to certain Widows.' That she is the widow of William Lear, who was a private in Captain Roger's Company of Cavalry in the Illinois Regiment, Commanded by Col [George Rogers] Clark. She further declares she was married to the said William Lear on the [left blank, although an official letter in the pension file notes their marriage license was dated August 8, 1787] day of August Seventeen hundred and Eighty Seven in the County of Fauquier aforesaid by the Rev. Parson Thompson; that her husband the aforesaid William Lear died on the fifteenth day of February, Eighteen hundred and Sixteen; that she was not married to him prior to his leaving the service, but the marriage took place previous to the first day of January Seventeen hundred and Ninety-four [apparently the cutoff date for widow's benefits], viz. at the time above stated."

/s/ Hannah (her mark) Lear

Acknowledged before W. H. Gaines, J. P.

Certificate of Pension:

Certificate of Pension issued 1 July 1848 to Hannah Lear, widow of William Lear, who served in the Revolutionary War from Virginia as a private in the Calvary. Inscribed on the Roll in Richmond, Virginia, at the rate of $100 per annum, to commence 4 Mar 1848. Recorded on Roll of Pensioners at Page 163, Vol. 3.


Hannah married William LEAR, son of James LEAR and Hannah DARNALL, on 8 Aug 1787 in Fauquier County, Virginia.1 2 (William LEAR died on 15 Feb 1815 in Fauquier County, Virginia 2 3.)



1 Jordan Dodd, Virginia Marriages to 1800 (Database online at Ancestry.com).

2 Revolutionary War Pension File No. W. 3833 for Lear, William and Hannah (Virginia, Series M805, Roll 518, Image 485, File W3833 (Online at HeritageQuest Online)).

3 Will Book 6, 1813-1817, Fauquier County, Virginia, FHL Film No. 31,568.

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