Wednesday, April 20, 2011


Now you know (briefly) who Noah is and why he is important to me. He is truly the person that gave me Genealogy Fever. As I mentioned in my previous post, he was only 13 when he was involved in the American Revolution. Not only were Noah and his brothers involved in the American Revolution; remember the Battle of Bennington? But his father, John SHEARER was also involved in the war. John and one of his sons; William, answered the call to arms in Lexington on April 19, 1775, that was a mere 236 years ago. In addition to Noah and William, another SHEARER son was active in the Revolution. John SHEARER Jr. was in  the  Revolutionary War in 1779. Obviously my ancestors were rebels and revolutionary thinkers. I have sometimes been a rebel, but not to that extent. So, if you're a rebel and your ancestors came to America early on, you may come by it naturally, it's in your "genes".
You may be wondering how exactly I'm related to Noah, here goes. My mother is Priscilla, her mother was Kathryn, her father was Floyd, his mother was Clara and her father was Joseph and Noah was his father. That makes Noah my 4x great grandfather. In many families, there would be many more generations to span the time from Noah's birth to mine. I'll do the math for you.......almost 200 years, 198 to be exact. If a generation is presumed to be approximately 20 years, there should be 10 generation between me and Noah, but there aren't. I descend through Noah's 2nd wife, Betsey. He was 58 when he married Betsey, she was about 34 when they married. He was 60, when his son Joesph was born and he fathered his last child when he was 64. I feel confident saying he was a virile old man. Fathering a child at 60 certainly takes up a few generations. Noah is buried in the Oakwood cemetery in East Aurora, NY. If you ever get up that way, he and his family members in are the back of the cemetery. They pretty much take up the 2 back rows. Noah's grave has a American Revolutionary War marker by his grave that was placed there by the DAR. If I can find the photo of it that I have, I'll try to post it.

1 comment:

  1. Only on the second post and already I'm intrigued! You have a great narrative voice for storytelling!