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Jay Oran SHEARS

Male 1881 - 1942  (60 years)


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  • Name Jay Oran SHEARS 
    Born 5 September 1881  Otsego,Allegan Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Census 1900  Philippine Islands Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Military Service 1900  Philippine Islands Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Private - Army 
    Census 1920  Toledo,Lucus Co.,OH Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Census 1930  Cleveland,Cuyahoga Co.,OH Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Military Service United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    WWI Veteran 
    Died 29 March 1942  [6, 7
    Cause: Suicide 
    Buried 6 April 1942  Mountain Home Cemetery,Otsego,Allegan Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location  [6, 7
    Notes 
    • My mother was so excited to hear about the Shears family. She remembers when she was 6 or 7 years old going to Kalamazoo or somewhere in Michigan for Hammon family reunions. Her father, Theo Hammon had his leg cut off a little above the knee when he was 16 years old. He had a wooden leg that he wore all the rest of his life. She said the story goes that Grandpa Hammon and one of the Shears family were drinking and the waitress said, "Where do you put all you're drinking? In a wooden leg? Both of the men, the Shears' man and my grandpa pulled up their pants legs and showed their wooden legs.
      Chris Ence

      (Chris said that Jay Shears had a wooden leg so we believe he was the Shears man this story is about.)

      DEATH: The funeral was held Monday 6 Apr 1942 at Blakeman Funeral Home, Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo Co., Michigan.
    Person ID I226  Marcia Shears
    Last Modified 1 April 2007 

    Father Mindard D. SHEARS,   b. 5 September 1842, Sheffield Twp.,Ashtabula Co.,OH Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 March 1910, Otsego,Allegan Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years) 
    Mother Marinda Elizabeth HAMMOND,   b. 15 June 1847, Ashtabula Co.,OH Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 September 1904, Otsego,Allegan Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years) 
    Married 7 October 1862  Jefferson,Ashtabula Co.,OH Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F7  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse 1 Margaret CALDER,   b. November 1876, Wingham,Ontario,Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 August 1929, Grand Rapids,Kent Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 52 years) 
    Married 19 January 1903  Grand Rapids,Kent Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • I did not find Jay Shears in the marriage index of Allegan County, Michigan. [5, 8]
    Children 
     1. Erma Irene SHEARS,   b. 2? March 1904, Otsego,Allegan Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Willard J. SHEARS,   b. August 1905, MI or Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Alexander Minard SHEARS,   b. 2 May 1908, West Zorro Twp.,Oxford Co.,Ontario,Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 October 1991  (Age 83 years)
    Family ID F1330  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse 2 Pauline,   b. about 1898, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F1331  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S722] SHEARS Jay Birth Record, M/F 1017868., Allegan Co., MI Births 1879-1891, Vol 3, Page 150, Rec 576.

    2. [S2245] 1911 Canadian Federal Census - SHEARS Jay Family, (automatedgenealogy.com; Zorra East Township, Innerkip Village, Onatario, Canada, Dist 23, Page 10).

    3. [S2272] 1900 US Federal Census - SHEARS Jay, (Military and Naval Population, Philippine Islands, In the Field, Dist 191, Line 84, 6 of 8).

    4. [S726] 1920 US Federal Census - SHEARS Jay Family, (Toledo, Lucus Co., OH, Roll T625_1411, ED 158, Page 3B, Image 1130).

    5. [S723] 1930 US Federal Census - SHEARS Jay Family , (Cleveland, Cuyahoga Co., OH, Roll T626_1782, Page 30A, ED 267, Image 0803, Image 59 of 65 ).

    6. [S725] SHEARS Jay O Cemetery Marker.

    7. [S724] SHEARS J. O. Obituary 1942, (Grand Rapids Herald, Grand Rapids, Kent Co., MI; Sunday, 5 Apr 1942, Page 17).

    8. [S2378] SHEARS Jay & CALDER Margaret Marriage 1903.


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