My GGG Grandfather was William Mears, Sr who was born in 1780 in what we think , Henry Co, Va. His father was Joel Mears and mother unknown. According to Joels Rev War records, after leaving the Va area they went to Hawkins Co, Tn and back to Buncombe Co, NC. In the 1810 census for Buncombe Co, NC, Joel had 7 children, 4 boys and 3 girls. Joel and family next goes to Warren or Cannon Co, Tn where Joel remained for the rest of his life. His second wife was Margaret Estes. Joels Rev War records has great background. I know Joel and the unknown wife had William Mears, Sr and Mark Mears. William Sr first wife was Mary "Polly" Barnes. They had a daughter, Margaret who married a Sellers. William Sr then married Elizabeth Stevens and had eight children; James Barnes Mears,(my line) Gabriel Murphy Mears, who married Sarah Elizabeth Phillips, who they say was Cherokee Indian; Joel Mears, Elizabeth Mears, William Mears, Jr, Robert R Mears, Mary Mears and Isaac Mears. William Sr married a third time to Lidia Morgan. Now there was another Mears residing in this same area. He was William F. Mears who had a family who later moved to the nothern part (Flippin Co) Ar. Your Mears are from William F. Mears. Both William's were about the same age and came from different parts of Eastern NC. Joel had 4 brothers. Jonathan, James, Jesse and Joab who all resided in Bladen Co, NC in the 1800 NC census.