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Renowned genealogist, Colonel Charles Edward Banks, believed he had found 10 year old Augustine Bear(s)e, of Longstock, on the King's Somborne Lay Subsidy Roll, of 1628. The surname and place name, Bere, goes back to the 13th century, in this area of Hampshire, and seems to originate with La Bere Forest. The "Beare" spelling was in use, in the early 1600s.
There is no confirmed documentation of the birth date, place or parents of Augustine/Austin Bearce. For example, there is no proof that they were Gauche BeArce and Princess Matchowitch. Nor is there any support for the gypsy origins in the debunked claims made by Franklyn Bearce.
Hints as to his father’s name might be found in how he named his sons— Joseph and James.
In the 1933, Franklyn Ele-watum Bearce filed with the Library of Congress a manuscript entitled "From Out of the Past--Who Our Forefathers Really Were, a True Narrative of our White and Indian Ancestors." This Bearce claimed he was a Schaghticoke and Eastern Indian attempting to obtain benefits as an Indian from the State of Connecticut. Part of his genealogy was then published in an article, about Jacob Hamblin, claiming that Austin Bearse was of gypsy heritage, a criminal shipped off to Barnstable, and that he had married "Indian Princess" Mary "Little Dove" Hyanno.
The first three generations of Mr. Bearce's claims were analyzed in a 1938 article by Donald Lines Jacobus, a renowned professional genealogist, and founder of the prestigious journal The American Genealogist. See Lee Murrah's rebuttal to Donald Lines Jacobus' rebuttal to F.E. Bearce, and an analysis of his rebuttal. See the profile page for Mary Hyanno for a detailed review of the controversy.
This profile follows the argument of Donald Lines Jacobus. Therefore please do not attach Little Dove as spouse, nor any gypsy/Roman parentage.
The first Bearse in the line was Augustine Bearse, also known as Austin Bearse. What we know for sure about Augustine Bearse is that at age 20 he arrived at Plymouth from Southampton, England on April 24, 1638 aboard the "Confidence". He is listed immediately following Martha Wilder and Mary (!), her daughter (no ages given) of Shiplocke, Oxfordshire, England. After a short time in Plymouth proper, he moved to Barnstable (Cape Cod) with the first company in 1639.
His house lot, contained 12 acres of very rocky land and was in the westerly part of the East Parish and bounded westerly by John Crocker's land, northerly by the meadow, easterly by Goodman Isaac Rolinson's land and "southerly into ye woods." He owned six acres of meadow adjoining his upland on the north, and two thatch islands, still known as Bearse's islands (in the 1870's). He also had six acres of land in the Calves Pasture, esteemed to be the best soil; in the town, eight acres of planting land on the north side of Shoal pond, and bounded by Goodman Cooper's, now call Huckins' Neck, and thirty acres at the Indian pond, bounded easterly by the Herring River. The Indian pond lot he sold to Thomas Allyn.
He was proposed to be admitted a freeman, 3 June 1652, and admitted 3 May 1653. Rarely found in the records, nonetheless he is shown as a grand juror in 1653 and 1662, and a surveyor of highways in 1674.
He was a farmer, lived on the produce of his land and brought up his large family to be useful members of society. His house stood on the north side of the road, and his cellar and some remains of his orchard still existed up to the beginning of the 1800's.
In 1643 he was the first to join the church of Rev. John Lothrop which had moved to Barnstable after a dispute over infant baptism, which the Lothrop Church supported. In 1652 Bearse was admitted a freeman. It is said that he was one of the few residents against whom no complaints were ever filed. He was a farmer, but in his civic role he served as surveyor of highways in 1674. He was still living in 1686 but had died by 1697.
Augustine Bearse was said to be a very pious man as shown by the following excerpt from Genealogical Notes of Barnstable Families:
Austin's wife's name is unknown. She was unidentified by both Otis and Newcomb in their pre-1875 works. Early 20th century claims that she was a Native American were soundly disputed in 1935. See the profile page for Mary Hyanno for details.
There is no record of his death nor estate settlement in the Probate records.
OR: he died 2 Jun 1686 in Barnstable, MA.
A road from his house to Hyannis is still known as Bearses' Way (easily located in Google Maps).
Presumably all with his wife Mary ______ (the published vital records only name the father, not the mother).
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On 15 Feb 2016 at 21:16 GMT Jason Clark wrote:
On 4 Nov 2015 at 16:44 GMT M (McQueen) M wrote:
On 4 Nov 2015 at 16:38 GMT M (McQueen) M wrote:
On 25 Jun 2014 at 18:31 GMT Jason Clark wrote:
Franklyn Bearce, on the other hand, can be proved to be lying about his claimed records. There are no records, where he says there are. No diary. No deportation records. Nothing, nowhere. And, if you check his profile, you can see he's lying about almost all of his "genealogy".
On 18 Jun 2014 at 22:01 GMT Jillaine Smith wrote:
On 18 Jun 2014 at 20:05 GMT Mike Walton Sr. wrote:
On 3 Jun 2014 at 13:47 GMT Jillaine Smith wrote:
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On 2 Jun 2014 at 21:08 GMT Jason Clark wrote:
On 2 Jun 2014 at 16:44 GMT Jillaine Smith wrote:
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