When did the first Shearers come to New York, how did they came and where did they come from.

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in Genealogy Help by Gaynell Shearer G2G Rookie (250 points)
The oldest certain Shear in my line is Loedwick Shear, who is mentioned in his son's profile: http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Shear-111

Loedwick probably was the brother of an Abraham Shear, and they may have been the sons of another Abraham or Abram Shearer. He may or may not have been an immigrant from either the German Palatinate or a New Netherland settler descendant.

I know -- lots of maybes about a family that may not be descended from the earliest Shearers/Shears in New York. Hence a comment, not an answer. :)
Wikitree sent me info about Shearer name spellings

German - Schereer, Scheerer, Scherrer

Polish - Sherer, Szerer

English & Scottish - Shearer, Sherer, Sharer, Shirer, Shera

Old English - sceran

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The Shearer surname comes from England, Scotland, Germany and Poland per surnamedb.com

Last name: Shearer


Recorded as Shearer, Sherer, Sharer, Shirer, Shera (English and Scottish), Scherer, Scheerer, Scherrer (German), Sherer, Szerer (Polish and Ashkenasic), and possibly others, this is an occupational surname. It derives from the pre 7th century Old English word "sceran" and describes either a sheep shearer, or more likely given that sheep shearing happens only once a year for a limited period, to a skilled textile worker who used shears or scissors to trim the finished cloth, and to remove any excess knots or nap. Occupational surnames were not originally hereditary. They only became so after the 12th century when usually a son followed the father into the same line of business or skill. What we do know is that this is one of the earliest of all surnames and early examples in surviving rolls and charters both of the British Isles and Germany includes Konrad Scherer of Baden Baden in Germany in 1251, William le Scherer of the county of Hampshire, England, in the year 1305, and William Scherar of Berwickshire, Scotland in 1324. The first recorded spelling of the family name in any form is believed to be that of Robert le Sherer. This was dated 1231, in the tax rolls known as the Feet of Fines for the county of Cambridgeshire, during the reign of King Henry 111rd, Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was sometimes known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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by Frank Gill G2G Astronaut (2.1m points)
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Here are some early Shearers in New York in the 1700's,-.

Mary Shearer
New York Marriages, 1686-1980
marriage:    1 December 1762    Trinity Church Parish, New York, New York, New York    
spouse:    James Dunscomb        

Juda Shearer
New York Marriages, 1686-1980
marriage:    27 June 1763    Trinity Church Parish, New York, New York, New York    
spouse:    John Rice        

Lanah Shearer
New York Marriages, 1686-1980
marriage:    19 October 1758    Presbyterian Church, Rumbout, Dutchess, New York    
spouse:    John Compton        

Robert Shearer
New York Marriages, 1686-1980
marriage:    1 July 1756    Presbyterian Church, Rumbout, Dutchess, New York    
spouse:    Mary Youngs        

Gilbard Shearer
Father
New York Births and Christenings, 1640-1962
spouse:    Mary
child:    Elizabeth Shearer        

Robt. Shearer
Father
New York Births and Christenings, 1640-1962
spouse:    Mary Young
child:    Mary Shearer        

Petrus Sheer
New York Marriages, 1686-1980
marriage:    23 February 1773    First Dutch Reformed Church, Albany, Albany, New York    
spouse:    Maria De Voe
by Frank Gill G2G Astronaut (2.1m points)
What is the name of the earliest Shearer in your line who lived in New York?

What county and city of birth, marriage, and or death and location at the time of each event?

Given more info, a more specific answer might be found.

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