Benjamin BEARCE

Male 1742 - Yes, date unknown


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  • Name Benjamin BEARCE 
    Born 1742  Hyannis, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died Yes, date unknown 
    Person ID I10653  BlytheGenealogy
    Last Modified 1 Feb 2019 

    Father Benjamin BEARSE,   b. 26 Mar 1710,   d. 16 Oct 1755  (Age 45 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth GODFREY,   b. Abt 1717,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Family ID F5050  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Lucy Mercy SMITH,   b. 28 Feb 1745, Chatham, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Children 
     1. James BEARS,   b. 1765, Chatham, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. David BEARS,   b. 1768, Chatham, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Benjamin BEARS,   b. 13 Mar 1777, Cape Negro, Nova Scotia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 20 Feb 2019 
    Family ID F5052  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Benjamin Bears/Bearce was one of the Loyalists who came early and sett led in Nova Scotia, a colony which remained within the British Empire . Some of these Loyalists had been members of the King's Navy or Milit a, and others had simply remained loyal to the crown.
      Benjamin Bears was one of the fifth generation of the Bears family i n North America and progenitor of the Prince Edward Island lineage. Hi s father, Benjamin, was a descendant of Augustine Bearce, who had com e to New England from Southampton, England on the sailing ship Confide nce in April 1638, and settled in Barnstable, Massachusets. The son Be njamin came with his brother Jonathan to Liverpool, Nova Scotia in 176 2. Both their names appear in the record of Proprietor's allotments o n land grants, but when the actual signing took place on November 20 , 1864, only Jonathan's name appeared. Benjamin had returned earlier t o Massachusetts to marry Lucy Mercy. They remained in Chatham after th eir marriage and two children were born there in 1769. They came to Ba rrington, Nova Scotia with their boys because Mercy's parents lived ne ar. Census records of January 1, 1770 indicate Benjamin was living the re with a woman and two sons. Benjamin took the oath of allegiance o n May 6, 1775. Benjamin had settled and made his home at Cape Negro, n ear Barrington, Nova Scotia, close to the burial ground, which had bee n his gift to the public. Ben bought a lot of land at the head, from J oshua Snow, but for some reason he sold out to Joseph Swain and move d away to Sabro, Halifax County, then later to Guysborough County, an d in 1808, he and his family arrived at New Harbour, Guysborough Count y. Benjamin was a Sea Captain and fisherman. He finally moved back t o Cape Negro where he died.