On this date in our family history . . . the 5th day of April . . . in the year 1857 . . . James Fears dies in Morgan County, Georgia . . . this James is the father of America James Davis nee Fears (1810-1857) . . . who is the mother of Josephine Wingfield Henry nee Davis (1842-1899) . . . who is a 2nd great-grandma to the Keeper of this family history blog . . .
By Francis White Johnson, Ernest William Winkler:
James Fears, the grandfather of Dr. Fears, was born in Virginia and was one of four brothers who left the Old Dominion for other localities. One of these went to the state of Missouri and three to Georgia, and the grandfather settled in Morgan county, near Madison, in the latter state. Although his trade was that of a millwright, he was engaged in farming during the greater part of his life, and was so engaged at the time of his death in 1857, at the age of about eighty-two years. His forefathers were of the Irish blood and early became residents of Colonial Virginia. James Fears was married first in Georgia, and to this union there were born children as follows: Oliver Porter; Mary, who married Mr. Mathis [sic -- Matthews] and died in Morgan county, Georgia; Margaret [sic -- America], who married Mr. (Milton Grant) Davis and died in Georgia; and John, who died on his father's old farm. Mr. Fears was a second time married but they had no children.