m. Rebecca Terry before
b. Nov. 1802 SC
d. Aug. 13, 1890 SC# South Carolina
buried: Pisgah Methodist Church Cem., Fountain Inn, S.C (Terry's Chapel)
her father: Thomas Terry
her mother: Nancy Ann McDowell
|Children with Rebecca Terry|
| Thomas Asbury Meares
CSA Pvt. 2nd SC Cavalry, Co. F
|b. 20 May1829 Greenville Dist., SC||d. 15 Jan 1915 Anderson Co., SC
buried: Williamston Cemetery, Anderson County, S. C.
| m. Elizabeth Morgan Elrod 1858 Anderson Co., SC
(b. 5 Dec1834 Anderson Co., SC - d. 24 Oct 1908 Anderson Co., SC)dau. of Adam Elrod and Sarah Moore
|Mary Ann Meares||b. 9 Oct 1830 Greenville Co., SC||d. 16 Jul 1918 Alphretta, GA
buried: Wafford Crossroads Bapt. Ch. Cem., Bartow County, GA
| m. Benjamin Francis Gilstrap abt. 1853
(b. 9 Sep 1828 Pickens Co, SC d. 1 May 1911 Alphretta, GA)
son of John Gilstrap and Martha Durham
|Elizabeth Meares||b. Jan1832 Greenville Co., SC||d. 1913 Anderson Co., SC|| m. Elijah W. Elrod (b. 1830 d. Oct 4 1864 Richmond, VA
CSA Pvt. 7th SC Infantry Regiment, Co. H)
son of Adam Elrod and Sarah Moore
|Samuel Morse Meares
(CSA Pvt, SC Hampton's Legion, Co. E)
|b. 23 Dec 1834Greenville Co., SC||d. 15 Feb 1934|| m. Charlotte Eliza Nash 10 Dec 1860 SC
(b 28 Oct 1838SC d. 10 Feb 1910 SC)
dau. of Miles Nash and Mary Gray
|Harriett Meares||b 8 Aug 1837 Greenville Co., SC||d. 30 Mar 1897||m.|
|Wyatt Terry Meares
(CSA Pvt. Hampton Legion SC Infantry, Co. E)
|b. 3 Mar 1840 Greenville Co., SC||d. November 25, 1932, Seneca, Oconee County, SC|| 1m. Sarah E Eliss c1870, dau. of Gideon Ellis and Susan A.
(b. 1849 Pickens, NC d. c1883 Pinckens Co., NC)
2m. Marth J Mauldin c1884, (b. 4 jul 1855 Oconee Co., SC, d. 20 Dec 1926 Oc., SC) dau. of William Mauldin and Sarah Whitmire
|George Washington Meares
(CSA, Home Guards Greenville, SC)
|b. 8 Jul 1842 Greenville Co., SC|| d. 25 Nov 1932 Seneca, Ocoree Co., SC
buried: Williamston Cemetery, Anderson County, SC
|m. Edith Olivia Russell December 1873 Abbeville SC, (b. Nov 1845)|
|Emma Eliza Meares||b. 3 Jan 1845 Greenville Co., SC||d. July 16, 1924, Anderson County, SC.#||m. Elias Franklin Elrod, JR 22 Jul 1839 Anderson Co., SC (b. 2 Jul 1839 SC d. 8 Jun 1927 Anderson Co., SC) CSA Pvt. SC 4th Infantry Regiment, Co. D (son of Elias Elrod and Mary Dothit)|
|Sarah Jane Fletcher Meares||b. 1847 Greenville Co., SC||d.||m. William Alvin McKelvey (b. c 1845) CSA 1st Sgt. SC 14th Infantry Regiment, Co. F|
The spelling of this family varies. It is sometimes Meares or Mears in the census.
before 1829 - Rebecca Terry is married to William Meares.
after 1830 - 1843 - Rebecca, a married woman, and William Meares are engaged in the probate of the estate of Thomas Terry. Rebecca raises a large family of at least nine children. By 1850 she also assumes some care and responsibility for her aging mother.
1850 - Rebecca Terry shows on the US Census
married to William Meares age 53, farmer worth $1300 in this census.
They have a large family. It is the first census that list all the
names of the relatives in the household. We see that she also is taking
care of her mother, Ann Terry, age 90 from Ireland along with, Rebecca
Mears, age 65, born in South Carolina. Rebecca Meares, b. 1785 is
supposed to be born in Ireland and the sister of William.
[US Census, Greenville Co p404.]
1850 [Greenville Co. p. 404a-b]
1852- Nancy Ann Terry dies at the home of her daughter Rebecca and William Meares with whom she had been living since at least the 1850 census.
Headstone marker in Laurens Co SC, lists Ann Terry b. Mar 14, 1764 d. Jan 3,1852
Samuel Morse Meares, Thomas Asbury Meares and
George Washington Meares,
sons of William Meares and Rebecca Terry of Greenville Co., S. C.
photo courtesy of Debbie Millias of California, Paul Mears web site.
The Meares family became quite well established in South Carolina but a few families moved on into Georgia and Texas. During the Civil War most of the male members of the family enlisted to fight for the Confederacy. Several members may have been at Fredericksburg and Gettysburg. Elijah W. Elrod was killed in Richmond, VA and was probably buried there. All the other Meares soldiers returned home to die later after unbelievably long lives.
1880- US Census, Pickens C.H., Pickens, South Carolina
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