I'm looking for information on parents and/or siblings of Samuel Lewis Bear (b 24 Oct 1825 in Cumberland Co., PA, d 6 Apr 1864 in CA).He married Mary Rupley (b1828 in PA, d1906 in IA). Family tradition has it that they married 9 Jan 1849 in Hampton, Cumberland Co., PA.
They settled first in Peoria, IL, where the following children were born: Adessa Jane (1849-1940) Mary Agnes (1851-1932) Crastus Alpheus (1852) Susan Rosabella (1853) Allen (1855)
Then continued to Plano, Iowa where these children were born: Catherine Elizabeth (1858-1938) John (1859) Abraham Lincoln (1860-1930)
They moved to California for the gold rush (where Samuel died) and had one last child: George Benecia (1864-1935)
Mary moved back to Iowa (arriving by boat at Carlisle, PA), married Josiah Bowman, had a child Ida Bowman, then divorced after 3 years.I have collected quite a bit on the children of Samuel and Mary (all with sources recorded), but know nothing about either of their parents.I have searched all databases on Ancestry.com.I just ordered her death certificate from the Iowa State Archives and it will take 60 days.Maybe I will know more then, but thought I'd take a chance and ask here while I wait.I am happy to swap information.