Biography of Francis M. Gear (1833- )
History of Lincoln County, Missouri (Chicago: Goodspeed Publishing Co., 1888) page 541.
Francis M. GEAR, is a member of the mercantile firm of ANDERSON & GEAR of Moscow Mills, Mo., and is the only living member of a family of fifteen children born to the marriage of John GEAR and Rhoda MEARDY, who were born, reared and married in Virginia, and there resided until 1836, when they came to Missouri, and after living a short time in St. Charles County, moved to Warren County, where they spent the remainder of their days. They were members of the Primitive Baptist Church, and both died about 1843. Francis M. GEAR was born in Henry County, Va., September 20, 1833, and owing to the early death of his parents received but a limited education. Since ten years of age he has been the architect of his own fortune, and has proved himself to be an honest, industrious and worthy citizen. In 1853 he drove an ox team through to California and from that date until 1867 mined successfully in California, Idaho and Montana. He then returned home, and turned his attention to farming, and by industry and economy became the possessor of 100 acres of good land, and is an equal partner in the firm of ANDERSON & GEAR. In 1871 he was married to Mrs. Mary V. GEAR, daughter of Thompson SHULTS, and widow of Joseph S. GEAR. By her first husband she was the mother of four children. Mr. GEAR is a Democrat in his political views.
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