I just became aware of the forum. I have always been interested in the family tree of my Great Grandmother on my Mother's side, Margaret Bear Sharp (she was born July 1873 in Union County and died in 1940--she is referred to as Maggie on the Guion Miller application). My late Father, Nathaniel, was able to take our family tree back to her parents, John and Mary Harrison Bear of Union County, Tennessee; as you know, John was one the sons of James and Polly Smith Bear. The background from the census data provided by Mr. Hickman in 2003 completed a circle for me. I was born in Jefferson City, Tennessee; Dad was principal of Nelson-Merry from 1937-47. I grew up in Nashville and have lived in Los Angeles for 37 years. I now know why I am so intrigued by the Bear family...By the way, Margaret nee Maggie's husband's Mother was Luann Bear Sharp whose Father was Anthony...so you can see my interest! Might anyone know the maiden name of Luann's Mother Louisa Mariah 1830?