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Christopher Shearer

"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
Page 672

     who is one of Franklin township's most highly respected citizens, a retired farmer, was bom in Montgomery county, O., six miles from Dayton, in Wayne township, May 4, 1826, and is a son of Moses and Mary (Martin) Shearer, a grandson of Valentine Shearer.
     Moses Shearer was born in Bedford county, Pa., and probably was of German descent. He followed fanning as an occupation through life, first in his native state and later in Montgomery county, O. He was a man of good standing in his neighborhood and was a member and supporter of the Reformed church. In politics he was a whig. He married Mary Martin, who was born in Maryland, and the following children were born to them, many of whom became well known in Shelby county: Elizabeth Catherine, who married F. E. Munger; Marian, who married Asa Grimes; Christopher; Susannah, who married Samuel Wright; Julia Ann; George W.; Sarah Jane,
who married William Eckert; Henry E.; William H. and David Edward.
    When Christopher Shearer was a boy the matter of securing an education was much more difficult than at present but, in spite of disadvantages, the essentials were taught and the foundation thus laid was built upon as later opportunity offered. After his school days were over, Mr. Shearer gave his father assistance until he was twenty-three years old, when he married and for five subsequent years worked for his father on the home farm on shares. He then purchased 114 acres in Montgomery county and lived on that property for two years and then sold, and in 1856 came to Shelby county and took possession of a farm he had bought in Jackson township. On that farm he remained for eight years and then sold and purchased the farm in Franklin township on which, with the exception of four years spent in Montgomery county, he has lived ever since, selling the same to his son Edward in 1910.
     On December 19, 1849, Mr. Shearer was married to Miss Harriet Wright, who was born in Miami county, a daughter of Asahel and Martha (Sweney) Wright. The parents of Mrs. Shearer were natives of Vermont and they had children as follows: Edmund, Samuel, Sarah, John Quincy, Warren, Harriet and William. To Mr. and Mrs. Shearer a large family was born, the record being as follows: Albert L., John H., Martha Alice, Mary Florence, Samuel Edward, Clara Bell, Charles M. and Minnie Louella, twins, William Everett, Effie Grace, Warren Wright and Frances Harriet. Albert L. married Julia Folkerth and they have one daughter, Edith. John H. married Alvena Miller and they have two children, Ethel and Howard. Charles M. married first Grace Russell and she left one child, Dorothy Grace. His second marriage was to Frances E. Burritt. Minnie Louella married Dr. E. McCormick and they have two children. Lowell and Eugene. William Everett married Eva Young and two children were born to them, Mildred and Frederick W., the former of whom is deceased. Warren Wright married Helen Hackman, who is deceased. Frances Harriet married E. W. Richards.
     Mr. Shearer was reared in the Reformed faith and all through his long life has retained his membership in this religious body and in younger years served as a church official. He remembers well the organization of the republican party and has supported its policies and candidates for many years.

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