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Re: Augustine Bearss and Mary Hyanno
Posted by: Martin Hollick (ID *****5839) Date: August 31, 2009 at 11:16:17
In Reply to: Re: Augustine Bearss and Mary Hyanno by Martin Hollick of 335

In the latest issue of TAG (The American Genealogist), 83:122-126, Iris M. Gray makes a very credible circumstantial case for the wife of James Bearce being Experience Howland. Two things: (1) from a scholarly perspective, based on naming patterns, location, and ages, I would accept this as true. I think the preponderance of the evidence is strong, so that if it were in my family tree, I would fill it in. However (2) whether the Mayflower Society will accept the line is problematic, and I'm guessing they won't. There still exists no marriage record, nor any document where she is named a Howland. Unfortunately, the court and land records from Barnstable were destroyed by fire in 1827, so this may be unsolvable. So, I wouldn't run out and waste $100.00 in membership fees just yet.

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