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Descendants of John Watson Bearrup

Information compiled by Judith Board

Generation No. 1

1. JOHN WATSON2 BEARRUP (JAMES H.1) was born 28 Mar 1835 in New York, and died 16 Mar 1905 in Madera County, California1. He married (1) JULIA M. UNKNOWN. She was born May 1844 in Ohio, and died 23 Dec 1926 in Madera County, California2. He married (2) MARY JANE GOLDEN 20 Aug 1862 in Noble County, Indiana, daughter of WILLIAM GOLDEN and ELIZABETH PARKS. She was born 09 Feb 1840 in Ohio, and died 06 Sep 1868 in Indiana.


U.S. Civil War Soldiers, 1861-1865 U.S. Civil War Soldiers, 1861-1865

Name: John W. Bearrup

Side: Union
Regiment State/Origin: Indiana
Regiment Name: 100 Indiana Infantry
Regiment Name Expanded: 100th Regiment, Indiana Infantry

Rank In: Private
Rank In Expanded: Private
Rank Out: Private
Rank Out Expanded: Private
Film Number: M540 roll 5

Source Information:

National Park Service. U.S. Civil War Soldiers, 1861-1865 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2007. Original data: National Park Service, Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System, online, acquired 2007.

John Watson joined the military on August 15, 1862 and married Mary Jane Golden five days later on August 20, 1862.


Census: 1850, Huntington, Lorain, Ohio

Military service: Bet. 15 Aug 1862 - 18 Sep 1863, 100 Indiana Infantry


Bearrup Mary Jane (w/o Watson) (d/o W&E Golden) Sep 6, 1868 28y6m28d ~Rice 2


Burial: 1868, Rice Cemetery, Elkhart Township, Noble County, Indiana

Marriage Notes for JOHN BEARRUP and MARY GOLDEN:

Bearrup John W, --, Golden Mary J, --, --, 20 Aug 1862


2. i. JAMES WILLIAM3 BEARRUP, b. 25 Apr 1866, Wawaka, Noble, Indiana; d. 25 Sep 1950, Santa Cruz County, California.

Generation No. 2

2. JAMES WILLIAM3 BEARRUP (JOHN WATSON2, JAMES H.1) was born 25 Apr 1866 in Wawaka, Noble, Indiana, and died 25 Sep 1950 in Santa Cruz County, California3. He married ALICE MERILDA CROW, daughter of HENRY CROW and MARY ANDERSON. She was born 14 Mar 1877 in Wisconsin, and died 26 Jul 1951 in Santa Cruz County, California3.


J.W. BEARUP. Through business interests that are not limited to his hometown of Madera, but also extends into other parts of Madera County, Mr. Bearup has established a reputation as one of the leading men of affairs in this section of the state. Then he came to his present location in 1896 he embarked in the agricultural implement business and has since built up the largest trade of its kind in the County, carrying in stock a full equipment of modern machinery as well as buggies and wagons of the most approved styles of construction. In addition, he is extensively engaged in the grain business, and has warehouses in Madera, Berendo(a), Talbot and Borden, Madera County, where he has adequate provision for the storage and shipment of wheat and barley.

A resident of California since 1888, Mr. Bearup was born at Wawaka, Noble County, Ind., Aril 2, 1865, and was the only child of John W. and Jennie (Golden) Bearup, natives respectively of New York and Ohio. His parental grandfather, James H. Bearup, was a native of New York, but spent much of his active life in Ohio. The maternal grandfather, William Bolden, became a pioneer of Indiana and remained there until his death. During the Civil was John W. Bearup left his farm in Noble and enlisted in the service of the Union, becoming sergeant of Company G, One Hundredth Indiana Infantry. After an active service of more than two years he was honorably discharged on account of physical disability. Afterward he moved from Indiana to Ohio and settled at Wellington. About 1890 he came to Madera, where he is now living retired. While he was still living in Indiana he was bereaved by his wife’s death in 1868. For many years he has been an active member of the Grand Army of the Republic

On finishing the studies of the grammar and high schools of Wellington, J. W. Bearup was sent to Ada College at Ad, Ohio, where he remained for a time. Afterward he learned the trade of butter and cheese maker, which he followed in Ohio for five years. After his arrival I California he became an employee of a grain house in Turlock and for two years held the position of foreman. During that period he gained a thorough knowledge of the grain business, which has been of inestimable value to him in his subsequent business operations. Removing to Berendo (a) in 1891 he came to Madera, where he still resides. After coming to this county he married Miss A. M. Crow, who was born in Wisconsin and came to California with her parents, settling in Madera County. Her father, H. D. Crow, was a member of a Wisconsin regiment and served for a considerable portion of the Civil war. Since coming to this county he has been engaged in the mercantile business at Berendo(a), where he is an influential citizen. To the union of Mr. and Mrs. Bearup one child was born, Carl G. Bearup.

The Madera Board of Trade is one of the local organizations with which Mr. Bearup co-operates, in that way helping enterprises calculated to benefit the town. Among businessmen his standing is high and his reputation that of an honorable and efficient, man of affairs. Along the line of his business, he holds membership in the San Joaquin Valley Hardware Dealers’ Association and takes a warm interest in the organization. The Republican Party has had his vote and influence ever since he attained his majority, and since coming to his present place of residence he has served four years as treasurer of the county central committee. While living in Berendo(a) he was elected justice of the peace for the second district and held the position until his removal to Madera in 1896, when he resigned. By his high principle of honor, unquestioned integrity and persevering industry, he has won the respect and confidence of those with whom he has had business dealings and has gained a place among the leading businessmen of his County.

Guinn, J. M., History of the State of California and Biographical Record of the San Joaquin Valley, California, (Chicago: Chapman Publishing, 1905), page 1245.


California Death Index, 1940-1997 California Death Index, 1940-1997

Name: Alice M Bearup


Birth Date: 14 Mar 1877

Birthplace: Wisconsin

Death Date: 26 Jul 1951

Death Place: Santa Cruz

Mother's Maiden Name: Anderson


Source Citation: Place: Santa Cruz; Date: 26 Jul 1951; Social Security: 0.


i. CARL G.4 BEARRUP, b. Feb 1896, California; d. 15 Nov 1918.

Notes for CARL G. BEARRUP:

Particulars of the Death of Carl Bearup

Added by judyboard on 2 Dec 2008

James Bearup, who is spending the winter in Oakland, this week received letter from a sargeant in his son's company which gave him the first particulars he had received of Carl's death. The letter is as follows:

Headquarter 185th Aero Squadron

First Pursait Group, Air Service, France. December 6h, 1918.

Mr. J. W. Bearup, Doyle California.

Dear Sir

Your letter of October 12th I received this p.m. and with the permission of my commanding officer I will tell you the particulars of your son's death.

We arrived in Havre, France on the 13th day of August, leaving there the next day for St. Maxient, France. We all enjoyed the trip very much and Carl was riding with me all the time. It was on August 19th that we left St. Maxient for Colombay, and on this trip that Carl lost his life. About ten miles west of Orleans, Carl noticed two of our men on top of the cars and with another sergeant went up to order the men down. As he was walking along the top of the cars an overhead bridge struck him in the back of the head and killed him.

O,,edoate;u after Carl had fallen from the train, the train was stopped and two army doctors were at his side in a very short time and pronounced him dead. The military police were then notified and took charge of the body. He was give a military funeral and buried with full religious rites.

Car and I were very good friends and spent a good deal of time together in England. he was liked by everyone who know him and the officers all thought the world of him. His death was an awful shock to all officers and men of the squadron.

When I get back home which I think will be very soon I will come to see you and then tell you more fully about anything you care to know. My home is in San Francisco.

Lassen Mail (Lassen County, California) 3 January 1919).


1., 2 & 3 California Death Index.