Monday, March 10, 2014

52 Ancestors - Week 11 - William Christian Shearer III 1759-1830

4th cousin DNA match with lgsM63. William Christian Shearer III was my 3rd great grandfather.

This side of the family is well documented but it doesn't tell us who they were as people. There is also a discrepancy on the birth and death dates that needs further research. Even the headstone does not have a death year but the birth year agrees with my records. It's interesting that it also shows both wives.

William Christian Shearer III married Sallie Walters. It was his 2nd marriage. Sallie and William had Solomon Shearer, my 2nd great grandfather.

He was an educated man and well liked in his community. He ran a transportation line moving household goods, machinery, and merchandise. He setup and conducted the first Bible study class in Wayne County, Kentucky and it was once said that all the teachers in the county were Shearer descendants.


  1. I'm with you, it would be nice to know personality and character traits of these people. Wouldn't it be great if you found some diaries or something to help you with your research?

  2. I'm starting to get intrigued by the DNA test for genealogy purposes. Hunting down possible distant cousins on gets pretty tedious.

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