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Franklin James SHEARS

Male 1856 - 1923  (67 years)


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  • Name Franklin James SHEARS 
    Nickname Frank 
    Born 6 June 1856  Sheffield Twp.,Ashtabula Co.,OH Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Census 1860  Sheffield Twp.,Ashtabula Co.,OH Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Census 1870  Otsego,Allegan Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Census 1880  ? Grant,Newaygo Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Census 1900  Grant,Newaygo Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Census 1910  Grant,Newaygo Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Died 27 July 1923  Fremont,Newaygo Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Story from one of Frank Shears' descendents:

      The Shears were big people. Frank Shears was 6 ft,4 in tall and Carrie was 6 ft. tall.

      In 1877 Frank decided to homestead, which he did on a plot given by the State of Michigan. He built a small house and a barn that was located three and one-half miles east, one and one-half miles south and one-fourth mile east of Grant, in Grant Township, Michigan. Slowly through the years he added more land and built more on the house, that became a large stucco house and quite modern for the time. The whole upstairs was carpeted with rag rugs and the living room had a purchased carpet and the windows were decorated with wine draperies. The farm was noted in early years for raising sheep but he had a few cattle. At Frank's death he owned 120 acres.

      Frank was reported to be a man of foul temper. Once he had a dispute with a man and they had words and then meeting the man on the corner of Train School, both in horse and buggy, had more words and then beat the man with his buggy whip. Whereupon the man went to the law and had him arrested for being insane. He was then taken to Traverse City, where he was tested and sent home as not being insane. But overall he was a good neighbor and he and Carrie were friendly to them all.

      One boy, named Shaw, who lived near them, said they were fine people. When Carrie died of Cancer of the Pancreas, he rang the school bell as many times as she was old, over 50, as the hearse came down the road bringing her to the cemetery.

      After Carrie died, Frank made an agreement with Otis, that if he took care of him that he would get the farm at his death. Frank went to live at the Fremont Old Peoples Home because the little children of Otis and Eleanor bothered him. When he died in 1923 his will was found in his coveralls and the will gave the farm to Otis. It was not a popular decision with the other Brothers. The house burned in September of 1929.

      DEATH: Another source says that he died in Grand Rapids, MI.
    Person ID I1366  Marcia Shears
    Last Modified 8 December 2006 

    Father John SHEARS,   b. 1819, Geneva,Ashtabula Co.,OH Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 March 1877, Plainfield Twp.,Kent Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 58 years) 
    Mother Malinda SHAW,   b. 24 May 1824, Ashtabula Co.,OH Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 November 1914, Grant,Newaygo Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years) 
    Married 24 February 1841  Sheffield Twp.,Ashtabula Co.,OH Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F11  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse Carrie Ella SHEARS,   b. 14 April 1860, Geneva,Ashtabula Co.,OH Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 January 1914, Grant,Newaygo Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years) 
    Married 14 October 1877  Grand Rapids,Kent Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Frank and Carrie were cousins.
    Children 
     1. Ernest SHEARS,   b. 10 June 1878,   d. 21 August 1878  (Age 0 years)
     2. Almond SHEARS,   b. 14 November 1881,   d. 27 January 1962  (Age 80 years)
     3. Nason Theodore SHEARS,   b. 28 September 1883, Grant,Newaygo Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 March 1912  (Age 28 years)
    +4. Claude Raymond SHEARS,   b. 10 September 1885, Grant,Newaygo Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 February 1932, Sturgis,St Joseph Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 46 years)
    +5. Vern Ray SHEARS,   b. 10 August 1887, Grant,Newaygo Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 February 1965, Three Rivers,St Joseph Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
     6. George F. SHEARS,   b. 13 August 1891, Grant,Newaygo Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 October 1906  (Age 15 years)
     7. Florence SHEARS,   b. 26 November 1893, Grant,Newaygo Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 June 1895, MI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 1 years)
    +8. Ola Dorothy SHEARS,   b. 2 March 1896, Grant,Newaygo Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 November 1973, Gratton,Kent Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
    +9. Otis Hero SHEARS,   b. 2 March 1896, Grant,Newaygo Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 September 1973, Wright Twp.,Ottawa Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
    +10. Ralph Clyde SHEARS,   b. 31 January 1899, Grant,Newaygo Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 June 1965, Sturgis,St Joseph Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)
    +11. Edith Elma SHEARS,   b. 24 September 1901, Grant,Newaygo Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 March 1991, Sturgis,St Joseph Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years)
    Family ID F619  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S369] 1860 US Federal Census - SHEARS John Family, (Sheffield Twp., Ashtabula Co., OH, Lines 18-26, Image 8 of 22,).

    2. [S372] 1870 US Federal Census - SHEARS John Family, (Otsego Twp., Allegan Co., MI - Roll M593_660, Page=288R).

    3. [S389] 1880 US Federal Census - SHEARS Frank Family, (Grant, Newaygo Co., MI, dIST 205, 6 of 9) (Reliability: 3).

    4. [S702] 1900 US Federal Census - SHEARS Frank J. Family, (rant, Newaygo Co., MI, ED 89, Sheet 19a, Line 56-64), G.

    5. [S701] 1910 US Federal Census - SHEARS Frank Family, Grant, Newaygo Co., MI, ED 112, Sheet 11A, Lines 40-45, Image 21 of 26.


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