Hello Linda,I do believe we are related.Would you be willing to share your info with me? I went to McClung Library today in Knoxville TN.I found this additional census info on James and Polly Bear.I can not seem to locate them in the 1850 census yet.Can U give me some leads?I would like to join in with your family on this project may I ?
Jefferson County TN. Census 1860pg 161-409
Jas Bare75Mulatto Polly54M J23M W.M.22M S15M M.J.13M
I have found an additional Cherokee Guion Miller Roll Application.This application belongs to John Bears Sister.She is the Daughter of the above James and Polly Bear.
Guion Miller Roll Application Number 19462 State full Name:Perlina Jones
Town and State or residence:Marion Indiana
Date and place of birth;Madison County TN.New Market April 1834
By what right do you claim to share.if you claim thru more than one relative living in 1851 set fourth each seperatly:Through my father James Bear a full blood Cherokee born in NC.About 1800.Died in TN.And my Mother Polly BearMaiden Name Smith.A half blood Cherokee born in Green county TN. about 1800Died in TN.
Are U married:Yes
Name and age of husband:Alfred jones 76
Give name of father and mother;James _ _ _ _ _Indian Name: Hurry ?Black Bear Mother:Polly Smith Bear,iNdian Name Po Poo
Where were they born?Father Buncombe County NC.Mother in Green County TN. Were did they reside in 1851.Both in Madison County TN
Were they ever enrolled for annuties land or other benifits?Think they were on a roll in the early 1850's
State english and Indian names of your grandparents:Mothers SideJames Smith & Nancy B _ _ _ _ _ _ Smith Were were they born?SC
Give names of all their Children: My Father had no relatives that I new of: Mothers Side: David SmithIndian Name:King DavidHe died during war. James Smith W_ _ dy Smith William Smith Eliza Married a Canadian Peggy Nancy
Remarks: My reculections of early life were all iNdians.My features- color hair that of more than a half blood Indian.Pass here as a colored person.But no curl or kink in hair.Every feature & Fa_ _ _ _of Indians
I swear that the statement made by me are true.Perlina Jones Witness:Noah Smith, Harry Patterson
Remarks gleaned from Application: Perlina Bear Jones Bornnear Jefferson City TN. 74 years old in 1908 Was 25 when moved to Marion Indiana Jane Smith Was 79 in 1908 lived in Grant county INdiana her husband was Waddy Smith He was Perlinas Uncle.
Hello Linda,We'll to be honest with you I am not exactly sure were I found U.I think it was on the Bear genforum list.I e mailed several folks the other night that looked like we might have a connection.I am enrolled in the Cherokee Tribe of NE Alabama through My grandmothers blood.The bear family is on my Grandfathers side.WE new they were Indian as well we just never had them documentation.
If your family is from Union, Campbell, Anderson, Jefferson, Roane, Grainger counties TN .we are probably related.The bears are a well documented Cherokee family.your names do look very familiar.You had mentioned cousins marrying cousins.I think that took place in this family as well.I am at a pow-wow in Alabama this weekend but I really would like to discuss this all with youI have added some additional census info.
My james Bear was born approx 1790 in NC.His wife Polly was born about 1810 in NC as well.Keeping these dates in mind I think there is a good chance My James born 1790 approx and your William born 1818 are brothers.Just a guess.
What do you think?
Oh yea do you live here in TN as well.I live in Clinton Anderson county tn.
I know the census says black but they were not.Anyone who was not white would of been listed as colored at the time.Because everyone trys t o be politically correct they say Black when they transcribe some records.In 1880 Black was not a term utilized.It probably says colored on the actuall record.I will have to check it out to see. This was probably the case with these Ancesters.As they are listed as white and indian on the other census years.
Household:1880 Union County TN Census
NameRelation Marital Status Gender Race Age Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace James BEARSelfMMaleB100NCNoneNCIRE Polly BEARWifeMFemaleB84NCNoneNCNC
Source Information: Census Place District 9, Union, Tennessee Family History Library Film1255283 NA Film NumberT9-1283
Jefferson county tn 1870 census James Bear 79 indian polly60 indian john32indian william15 indian
Cherokee Guion Miller roll.
Guion Miller application of John Bear Aug 1907
Full name: John Bear indian Name: Dont Know Residence: Knox County TN Age 73 Born April 3 1834 Were were U born Mossy Creek Jefferson County TN Are U married? yes Name of wife: Mary Bear Harrisson 56 years old name all children who were living on May 26 1906: Maggie 34 July 1 1873 Olie 32 Aug 8 1875 Frank 30 Feb 1 1877 Epheahaiu ? 29 Oct 10 1878 Mary 27 March 26 1880 Janie 26 April 26 1881 John 24 May 7 1883 Ettie 20 Sept 17 1885 George 19 Jan 6 1888 Matilda 17 Nov 24 1890
Father: James Bear Mother: Polly Smith Bear Both were born in NC
Where did they live in 1851 F In Grainger county TN M In Grainger County TN
Date of Death for both. F. Spring of 1889 at Maynardville Union County TN M. Fall 1888 at Maynardville Union County TN
does not know If they were enrolled for monies or annuties. Of opinion they were not.
Name all your brothers and sisters:
Perlina Bear Jones born 1835 live in Marion Indiana Mary Jane Vowel or Mary Jane Manuel Bear Youngest child of 15 lives in Greenville TN. There were 15 children. All are know dead except the applicant and 2 sisters above. The Names of the Dead ones are as follows: Autony, James, William, Serilla, Nancy, Sis, Susan, Martha, These were the children who lived untill grown. The others died when young and applicant does not know there names.
State English and Indian names of Grandparents. Applicant does not know the names of his Grandparents on either side. His Grandfather Bear lived in NC was said to have been a soilder in the revolutionary war.
Where were they born: Probably in NC. Aplicant does not know. Where did they live in 1851: In NC as applicant is informed and believes.
Application #3874 Misc
info gleaned from letter:
Frank Irwin Testifies to the following: he is 53 lives in Knox County TN. Has known John Bear about 30 years. Knows parents for about the same length of time. John Passes as a colored man in the community. Was first aquainted with John in Union County TN Both his parents lived there as well. John and his parents always claimed to be part Indian.
John Bear Testifies to the following:
John Bear born 1834 and raised in Jefferson County TN. Parents were born in NC They left NC long before John Was born. about 80 years ago and went to Jefferson county and lived there untill they died. They died in 1888 and 1889 he was neber on any rolls. Doesnt think parents were either. Neith of parents were held in slavery. None of siblings were held in Slavery. Non of bro or sis were enrolled. Never lived among the indians as a member of the tribe. Parents lived among the Indians in NC. Think they did after they came to TN to. My mother talked Indian Palina Bear 1 of my sisters have made application. She married a man named Jones. My parents lived in Grainger county tN. They were there in 1851. Dont know why they were not enrolled at the time. My wife is 3/4 Cherokee. I dont associate with the colored people. My brothers married white Women My wifes father was Richard Harrison My wife has not made application she was never on any roll and never was her parents
Below is the application of James Mosely. They are intermarried with the Bears from Jefferson County TN.
James Mosley Application to the Guion Miller Roll of the Eastern Cherokee
This is what I have from James Mosleys Cherokee Indian Guion Miller Application. Date 1907
1. State Full Name James Mosley Indian Name None 2 Residence: Briceville TN in 1907 County: Anderson State: TN 3. How old are You? 54 Born oct 17 1854 4. Were were you born? Jefferson County TN 5. Are You married? yes 6. Name and age of wife Frances age 57 7. To what tribe does she belong? Cherokee
8 Name all your children who were living on may 28 1906 Lizzie age 23 born June 8 1884 This is all the child I have
9 Give names of your father mother and your mothers name before marriage John Mosley and Nancy Mosley 10 Fathers Indian Name: Dont know if he had one 11 Mothers Indian Name: Bear
Were were they born? F. Sullivan county TN M. North Carolina
12 Were did they reside in 1851? Both Jefferson County TN 13 Date of death of Father: 1 7 1895 Mother 3 12 1895
14 were they ever enrolled for monies or annutuies? Dont know but if they were it was with the Cherokee
15 Name all your brothers and sisters giving name and residence if possible.
A. Alice Mosley Hooper B Charley Mosley 3 3 1868 C Cordelia Mosley Bear Feb 25 1864 Wife of Isaac Bear D George Mosley 1870
16 State English and Indian names of your Grandparents G.F. Jim Bear Mothers Side G.F. Issac Mosley Fathers side
17 Where were they born? Both in NC
18. Wher did they live in 1851 if living at that time? If living at that time they lived in NC as they died there.
19. Give Names of all their children: George Mosley was Brother to my father. Dont know any others
20: Have you ever been enrolled? Dont know anything I have been enrolled for
Additional info g;eaned from application:
James wife name was Nancy J Shoemake Indian last name was Bear James Mosleys father name was John. John was 1/4 cherokee indian
1880 Roane County TN census
House # 1 Martha Hickman 37 W John son 22 James 15 Pleasant 12 Didamea 9 Ida 7 Martha 3
#2 Isabella Cummings 35 W Florietta 22 Modena J 19 Parris J 17 Roxanna 14 William B 12 Rosa B 11
#3 George Morrow Family W
#4 John Mosley Family 58 W Nancy J 48 Indian Charles 11 I George 10
#5 Issac Bear 23 I Cordelia 18 I Sis to James Mosley Martha J 1/12 I
#6 Ady Hooper 23 I Full Blood Alice 24 I Sis to James Mosley Susanna 2 I
#7 James Mosley 23 I Frankey 25 I John 13 I Charles 9 I Edmund 5 I William 3 I
James Mosley filed a Guion Miller Application to the Cherokee Rolls in 1907 His family includes the following
John Mosley 1/4 Cherokee b. 1822 Nancy J ShoeMake 1/2 cherokee "Indian Name" Bear b. 1832 James Mosley b 1857 Alice b 1856 Alice Hooper married full blood Andy Hopper Cordelia b 1862 Married Issac Bear an cherokee George b 1870 Charles b 1869
THe following famlys live in Briceville Anderson County TN in the 1900 census. James and Martha Hickman Family George Mosley Family bro to James James Mosley family bro to George according to Guion Miller App in 1907. I havn't found them in the 1900 census yet. Issac Bearfield witnessed James application in 1907 in Clinton Anderson CO TN courthouse
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Subj: Bear Family Date: 9/12/2003 3:46:06 PM Eastern Daylight Time From: firstname.lastname@example.org To: BryanHickman2001@aol.com Sent from the Internet
Hi Bryan, I recieved the information. I'm not really sure about anything past 1818.My g-=g-grandfather was William Bear , his wife was Susan. They had James, Jessee, lucy, Samuel, margret, Mary Polly(she married a cousin named John) This is possibly our connection. Lucinda, Joseph(my g-grandfather) jane and John. William was born in 1818 somewhere in NChe died in 1864 as a result of wounds . The Battle of Chickamauga. There is a family story about 2 brithers comming across the mountain and being raised by a Click family. We assume William has a brother but at this time we have no clue as to his identity. It would be wonderful if the Bear Family your researching is the same as mine . I have LOTS of info . I also have info for both John and Williams cival war tour. If any of these names sound familar , GREAT. Let me know either way please. I know were related somehow. All of the older Bears look a lot alike, you can pick them from a crowd.Also its rumored that we are Cherokee, there is a connectionand I look foreward to finding it . This is also a family effort, there are several of working on this tree. .................looking foreward to your reply ...lindaPS how did you find me?