Posted By:G Letcher
Subject:More on Austine Bearse / Mary Hyanno
Post Date:May 16, 2000 at 13:58:13
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Forum:Bearse Family Genealogy Forum
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I have just returned from the Library of Congress where I perused Franklin Elematum ("Swimming Eel") Bearce's manuscript "Who Our Forefathers Really Were" (1933) in which the story of Austine Bearce's marriage to Mary Hyanno is reported. Apparently there are only 2 copies of this manuscript: one in the LOC and one in the NYGS library. It is handwritten by Franklin Bearce, kept in the Rare Book Room of the LOC, so may not be copied. However, the LOC also has a microfilm version, and I copied the relevant excerpts, including Bearce's rather indignant rebuttal of Jacobus' 1939 trashing of Bearce's report. I would be happy to send a copy to anyone interested. Note also that in "Thomas Cooper of Springfield" (Gateway Press 1987), p. 43, it is suggested that Austine Bearse's wife was not Mary Hyanno, but Martha Wilder, b. 1620 at Shiplake, England.