Don't know if this info. will help any FEARS researchers but I wanted to post it just in case. I'm researching my BOATMAN ancestors. This is some info. I have found in one of our Boatman Family Books, dated 1981:
Richard Boatman born in a small section of Brunswick County, VA; which later became Amelia County, or Nottaway Co., VA. approx. 1775. After Richard's dad died in 1789, (Robert Boatman), Richard went to Hawkins County, Tennessee. Richard married a woman named Nancy FEARS on April 15, 1793 in Hawkins Co., TN. Nancy FEARS was the daughter of James Fears, an early day Tennesse Baptist Preacher. They lived in TN until 1798, when Richard moved to Pulaski Co., TN. Richard is listed along with his dad-in-law in the 1800 Census, James Fears. James Fears was also a Baptist Preacher in that County. Richard Boatman's wife Nancy FEARS-Boatman applied for Bounty Land, which is recorded as follows:
"STATE OF MISSOURI; COUNTY OF CEDAR:"
" On this 11th day of January A.D. one Thousand eight hundred and fifty one, personally appeared before me, Justice of the peace within and for County and State aforesaid Nancy Boatman aged seventy-six years a resident of Cedar County in the State of Missouri who being duly sworn according to law declared that she is the widow of Richard Boatman, deceased who was a Private in the Company commanded by Captain __? Henderson in the Regiment of Mounted Volunteers Commanded by Col. James Ore..........."
And her application for Bounty Land goes on, so forth and so forth. Nancy's husband Richard Boatman died in Cumberland Co., TN. In 1800 Richard Boatman was in Pulaski Co. (Pulaski County and Cumberland County joined in 1800) In the Pulaski County History, it reads as follows: "James Fears of the Baptist Church; leave is granted him to celebrate the rights of matrimony, April 22, 1799." (The Flat Lick Baptist Church organized Jan. 4, 1799 located9 miles east of Somerset, KY, a short distance off Hwy. 80.) -: " Nine members: James Fears, First Pastor. "
Richard Boatman died 1842, intestate. James Boatman, his son, traveled from Missouri where he was living to settle his dad Richard Boatman's Estate. Deed Book K, page 304: James Boatman to John M. Emerson, Washington Watson and William Cheek, 1/4 interest in estate of father, Richard Boatman, deceased, and George W. Boatman which said James purchesed. Deed Book K, pg. 414, July 22, 1843: Nancy Boatman widow of Richard Boatman dec'd; Polly, Parletta Boatman, Eliz. Shye, late Boatman, Silas Jennings and wife Abigail, late Boatman heirs of said dec'd to James McMillin of Overton County, TN, land where Richard Boatman lived. Deed Book K, pg. 462, June 1844: Henry Boatman of Lafayette co., MO., to James McMillin Land owned by father Richard Boatman; 8 heirs; land of SULPHUR CREEK. (The Polly named in this deed and other deeds is James Boatman's wife. Nancy, Richard Boatman's wife, moved to Cedar County, Missouri to live with her daughter Perletta BOATMAN-Spencer. George W. Boatman, another son of Richard Boatman's and wife Nancy's, is also found int he 1850 census of Cedar Co., MO. Nancy died after the 1850 Census. Altho' her grave has not been found, she was probably buried in a Baptist Church graveyard somewhere in Cedar Co., MO. Richard Boatman and Nancy FEARS-Boatman's children were: James B. Boatman born 1796; Richard M. Boatman born ca 1799; Abigail Boatman born ca 1808; Henry Boatman born ca 1810; Eliz. Boatman born ca 1818; George W. Boatman born ca 1820; and Perletta Boatman born ca 1844.