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Austin Bearse revisited
Posted by: Lester A. Foss (ID *****2810) Date: February 16, 2003 at 00:31:10
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Having read all the letters on this page and the Bearse page re: Austin Bearse's wife, I'm not convinced - yet - that he did or did not marry Mary Hyanno.

"The Pioneers of Massachusetts" says Augustine Bearse ae 20 came in the Confidence April 11, 1638 and had children born 1640, 1642, 1643, 1646, 1647, 1649, 1651, 1653, 1657, and 1660. No mention of his wife's name.

"New England Marriages Prior To 1700" says Austin/Augustine Beirse married Mary (?Wilder) b 1640 Barnstable.

If Mary (?Wilder) was born in 1640, she could not have been the mother of most, if any, of these children. Is it possible that she was a second wife? Does anyone have a different date for her birth, or a date for her marriage to Mr. Bearse?

And . . . is it possible that the mother of Austin Bearse's children was Mary Hyanno, b 1623/24, d aft 1660 (per, and that he married Mary (?Wilder) after her death? If Mary Hyanno died aft 1660 and Mary (?Wilder) was born in 1640, this would make sense.

Does anyone have any thoughts or comments on this hypothesis?

Les Foss

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