I have hit a brick wall with my GGG Grandfather John Lear the brush maker Lear-1138. I know he had a son also called John Lear-1137 and the he (Lear-1138) was married to M Lear of 67 James Street because the address is on the death certificate of Lear-1137 https://www.wikitree.com/photo.php/6/67/Lear-1137-2.jpg
The death certificate of Margret Lear (which I am afraid I can’t find at the moment) says that she died “on 4 February 1861 at 67 James Street. She was 72 years old and the widow of John Lear, brushmaker journeyman. We also know that they had a daughter Emily https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JW82-8Q2
It must be stressed that I have no idea when John the brush maker was born, I took a wild guess at 1785 but that is based on nothing other than the fact that it is common for a husband to be two years older than his wife.
Meanwhile a fellow wikitreer Tracey has found a nest of brushmaking lears in a shop in the strand, all based around Charles Joseph Lear (Lear-1184) She has unearthed a considerable number of children for Charles Joseph Lear, and listed them on his profile, but a John Lear (who would have been about the right age) is notably absent. However a John Lear was named as the occupier of the shop at 294 the Strand in the Westminster rate book of 1840. Furthermore the 1851 census shows an Emily Clark (she married a printer, John Jones Clarke in nineteen thirty something)’s place of birth to be the strand.
So I am sure that brushmaker Lear is part of the family of Charles Joseph Lear but I don’t know in what capacity and without a baptism, marriage or death record I don’t know how to go about finding out.