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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.
WikiTree profile: John Lear
in Genealogy Help by Andy Lear G2G6 Mach 1 (11.5k points)
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The death certificate of John Lear says he died at 26 Isabelle Street, witnessed by M Lear of 67 James Street. He was listed as music printer journeyman, not brush maker. So was he possibly a cousin/nephew of Lear-1184?
by Marion Poole G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)
That is the death certificate of the son of the brushmaker, who was also called John. The confusion was caused not only by everyone being called John but by the fact that the brushmaker's son (Lear-1137)'s  death certificate is the only real source we have for his father (Lear-1138). The situation was not helped by someone editing the question to have the wrong profile in the profile box. I have put it right now though I deliberately did not put it in there in the first place since the question is really about two people, Lear-1138 (my ggg grandfatther) and Lear-1184 (the brushmaker I am trying to connect him to).

It may be that his (Lear-1137 the person who's death certificate it is) father (who is where the brick wall is) is a nephew of Charles lear 1184 but that would mean that Charles had a brother. So far One has not turned up and since we are heading into pre-census territory I am not sure how to find him, if he even existed.
Perhaps you might find something by looking at Charles's probate record?  Or is there a birth record for Charles (then work to find his siblings)?
Have you tried the British newspapers on FindMyPast?

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