History of Centre and Clinton County, Pennsylvania, 1893

George  Bear Biography

George Bear came from Newberry, York County, in the spring of 1803, and purchased from Christopher Spangler a tract of land lying a short distance east of Rebersburg. Soon after he sold a part of the tract to his brother-in-law, Jacob Long, and this now forms the Strohecker farm; the rest is now owned by his son Adam.

He was for many years a justice of the peace. A justice in those days was a man of some distinction. His decision was final, as appeals were seldom taken out. He never applied to an attorney for information on points of law. Any illiterate person elevated to his office was at once transformed into a Solomon in the estimation of his fellow-citizens.

Mr. Bear lived at Rebersburg during the latter part of his life, in the house now occupied by his son-in-law, Henry Corman. He built this house. He was born Feb. 26, 1778, died Dec. 31, 1858, and lies buried in the Lutheran and Reformed graveyard.

Sons, John, David, Jacob, William, and Adam. These are all dead but the last named, who lives at Rebersburg. Daughters, Catherine, married to David Mark; Elizabeth, wife of Joseph Jordan, Aaronsburg; Rachel, married to Henry Corman; Maria, married to John Brungart; Nancy, wife of William Strohecker, Sugar valley.

Source: History of Centre and Clinton Counties, Pennsylvania; John Blair Linn; Philadelphia; Louis H. Everts; 1883.

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