Thank you for your response to my query re: James R. Peary. My research of this surname in Maine and New Hampshire convinces me that somehow all these people are linked. There were so many people with this surname and spelling in Oxford and York counties that there has to be a connection and there was probably more than one James R. Peary
I have been researching a James R. Peary who is named as son of Stephen Peare in the biography "PEARY The Explorer and the Man" by John Edward Weems. Within the book includes a genealogy chart of the explorer nameing James R. and Almira (Nutter) as his parents. The 1850 census, Oxford county, (Wexford, Sweden, Denmark), and Androsgrogin county, (Lewiston) 1860 census, Maine and a will written by James R. Peary (dated 1862 Vol 3, pp. 28, 29 30) Lewiston, Maine confirm that James R. and Almira are husband and wife. His will mentions his children living at the time and grandson, Robert. The above have been among some of my sources.
My hope is to find siblings of James R. Peay and ancestors prior to Stephen Peare. This same genealogy chart notes that Stephen Peare and Martha Beacham are the grand parents. Martha was from Ossipee, NH and a Stephen Peare paid taxes in that town from about 1806 to 1815 (Early Ossipee Town Records)and that Richard Beacham, (Martha's father)in his will leaves a sum of money to his daughter Martha "Patty".Peare.
Our info does differ, yet I believe we are both correct and on the right track. For me, the link is still missing, and again, many thanks. Jean