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James Fears (1723-1804), Prince Edward, VA

James Fears (1723-1804), Prince Edward, VA

Posted: 3 Aug 2012 9:14PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Fears, Mountcastle
I am seeking documentation of the relationship between James Fears (1723-1804) of Prince Edward County, Virginia and his purported parents, James Fears and Elizabeth (Mountcastle) Fears. I have seen this relationship in several family trees, but have not seen it documented at all. Would also be interested in any documentation of this marriage as well. Any help with this would be appreciated.

Re: James Fears (1723-1804), Prince Edward, VA

Posted: 7 Aug 2012 12:27PM GMT
Classification: Query
Going back another generation, I would also like to find documentation of the relationship between James Fears, Sr. (1685-1741) and his purported parents, Thomas Fear, Jr. (1660-1707) and Elizabeth Hamner (1660-????). This another relationship seen in many online trees, but without documentation. Is there an existing marriage record, will, land record, etc.?

Re: James Fears (1723-1804), Prince Edward, VA

Posted: 9 Feb 2013 3:47AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Fears, Dungey
I just began researching the Fears Family. I've seen information for my distant relative - James W. Fears, Sr. of Prince Edward Co., VA (1795 - 1854). He was married to Rebecca H. Dungey. Although his roots are in VA, he moved the family to Henry County, IN. I don't have documentation, but have seen it elsewhere. I am trying to research family prior to 1795 in this case. Is there any connection at all?

Re: James Fears (1723-1804), Prince Edward, VA

Posted: 10 Feb 2013 8:36PM GMT
Classification: Query
My research indicates that James William Fears, Sr. was a "free man of color," the son of Absolem Fears and an unknown mother. There is an article entitled, "Fears Family of Henry County" that can be found at the following URL: http://www.hcgs.net/fears.html

Absolem Fears was the son of James B. Fears and his wife, Kesiah Ann Whitney. I believe that I am descended from this couple through another of their sons.

If you are a direct descendant, then we would possess the same Y-DNA. If you are interested in having this test done, then we could compare results and either establish or rule out a connection.

Re: James Fears (1723-1804), Prince Edward, VA

Posted: 14 Feb 2013 2:59AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Fears, Phears, Fear
If I may ask, what research do you have showing that Absolem Fears is James' father? Also, what research do you have showing that Absolem is the son of James B. Fears? I only ask because as I'm filling in the gaps, you can see that there is split here of the Caucasian Fears family and the African-American Fears family.

James W. Fears b. 1795 - born a free man of color and listed as bright mulatto
Absolem Fears b.circa 1740 - Caucasian
James B. Fears b. 1723 - Caucasian

The information on the surface describes a scenario that if Absolem is James' father, his mother was most certainly a woman of color. I am thinking I would like to have the Y-DNA test done at some point soon. That would be very interesting to compare the results.

Re: James Fears (1723-1804), Prince Edward, VA

Posted: 14 Feb 2013 3:36AM GMT
Classification: Query
Our family has done the dna testing for Fears/Phears and we would absolutely love for someone of the Absolom/James line to do the testing. Our eldest known ancestor, Pleasant Phears of Va had sons named William and Absolom.

Re: James Fears (1723-1804), Prince Edward, VA

Posted: 14 Feb 2013 12:35PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Fears, Dungey
Excerpt from: Lewis, Jan and Onuf, Peter S. (1999) Sally Hemings & Thomas Jefferson: History, Memory, and Civic Culture. University of Virginia Press.

pp. 61-62

Yet general hostility to unions between white women and black men could coexist with a measure of local toleration. In 1795 Absalom Fears, a yeoman farmer, who then owned two hundred acres in Prince Edward County, Virginia, permitted his daughter Elizabeth to marry a fellow yeoman, James Dungey. The married couple soon settled on two hundred acres of their own, purchased by Dungey next to his new father-in-law’s farm. The Fearses were white, and James Dungey was black—or, more precisely, mulatto. As with the Park-Custis clan, interracialism was a tradition in the Fears-Dungey family. James and Elizabeth Dungey’s son Absalom, named after his white grandfather, took a white woman as his partner in the late 1820s. In the late 1810s the household of Elizabeth’s brother, William Fears, contained a free black man named James Fears, a blacksmith. The Fearses were no doubt unusual in their open acceptance of an interracial marriage within the family, but their white neighbors seemingly came to terms with the match. As Melvin Ely writes, “white officials referred to Elizabeth as ‘Mrs. Dungey’: her marriage had not cost her that everyday honorific.” The Dungeys played a full role in community life—even getting permission to reroute the local road so that it would come by their house and having it maintained at county expense—and seem to have been accepted as an integral part of local society.

Re: James Fears (1723-1804), Prince Edward, VA

Posted: 14 Feb 2013 12:55PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Fears
Last Will & Testament of James Fears
6 Sep 1797, Prince Edward County, Virginia

In the name of God Amen- I James Fears of Saint Patricks parish and County of Prince Edward being of sound mind and memory do make and ordain this to be my last will and Testament in a manner and form following VIZ:

I give unto my sons William, James, Absolem, Edmund, & Jesse Fears the property I have already given in possession to them and their heirs forever, & I give unto my daughters Elizabeth Brown and Fanney Chany the property I heretofore gave them in possession to them and their heirs forever- I give unto my sone Thomas Fears my x cut saw and the profits I heretofore gave him to him and his heirs forever- I give unto my daughter Sally Fears two Feather beds & furniture one Cow and Calf also a bond on Humphry Nelson with Sirus Watson Security for twenty five pounds payable Christmas 1798 except five pounds to be paid out of the said bond which will be hereafter disposed of to her and her heirs forever.

I give unto my grand daughter Elizabeth Jackson four sheep and five pounds to be paid out of the above mentioned bond of Humphry Nelson and Sirus Watson payable Christmas 1798 to her and her heirs forever.

I give unto my daughter Kesiah Sadler the remainder of my estate both real and personal to her and her heirs forever.

Lastly I constitute and approve my son in law Edward Sadler my Executor to this my last will and testament. In witness whereof I
have hereunto set my hand and seal this 6th day of September one thousand seven hundred and ninety seven.

Signed, Sealed and delivered by his the testator to be his last will James X Fears
and Testament in the presence of mark

Daniel Falker
Edward Redford
John Punall

Re: James Fears (1723-1804), Prince Edward, VA

Posted: 1 Jun 2013 8:15PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Fears
I am a descendent of Absolom. I just received my DNA kit. I will forward you the results when I get them.

Re: James Fears (1723-1804), Prince Edward, VA

Posted: 2 Jun 2013 11:06PM GMT
Classification: Query
This is excellent news, thank you and we await the results!
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