A Mrs. Elizabeth Mears married a John W Mathews (Mathis) on 10 Mar 1869 in Claiborne County, MS.
My SP's parents were suppose to be a William and Elizabeth (maiden name unknown) Mears, but I have not been able to prove it.
I have looked at the 1880 census for Mears' born in MS and living in TX with father born in NC.I came up with--
--my SP born ca 1854 in MS and living in TX at least 5 years as he was married in Oct 1875 in Mclennan County.
--AW born ca 1849 in MS--he is living with SP. He may have been married to Susan Driver, daughter of Simeon Driver of Falls County, TX, but was divorced by 1880.
--Henry C born ca 1851 in MS and living in Dallas County, TX and has been in TX for at least 7 years.There is a Henry C Mears marrying a Caroline Dungan on 5 Nov 1870 in Claiborne County, MS.On the 1880 census Henry C's wife's name is Caroline.
--JL was born ca 1842 in MS and has lived in TX for at least 7 years.
My SP Mears died around 1893 or 1894 in Bosque County, TXas his widow marries again in 1895.
I have an index for 1870 for the Mears' name and I cannot find any of the above names in 1870. Do you have a 1870 census for Coryell County, TX?If you do can you look for a John Mathews (Mathis)?
My grandfather was 9 or 10 when his father, SP, died and so not much is known about the Mears' family. My grandfather and his siblings always thought that Louisana might have been the birth state of SP. SP named his first son, John L.