William Geare1,2

d. 13 November 1672

7th great-grandfather of Ruth Minerva Fairfield.
9th great-grandfather of Laura Jane Munson.
Family Background:
Fairfield and Allied Families
Appears on charts:
Pedigree for Ruth Minerva Fairfield
     William Geare married Tryphena. He died 17: 8: 1672 (17 October 1672) in Wenham, Essex County, Massachusetts, according to Wenham births, marriages and deaths returned by Thomas Fiske.3,4 However, the date of his death as recorded in the inventory of his estate is 13 November 1672.1,5
     In A History of Salem, Perley doesn't include Sarah as a child of William and Tryphena Geare, though he does name her, without naming her parents, as the wife of John Fairfield. Surely it was an oversight as there is no other Geare family found in Salem during the appropriate time period to which she could belong. Deborah and Tryphena are probable children according to the same source, and to date, the only one in which they have been found. Apparently all but two children, daughters, predeceased their parents.

Additional Data
On 9 December 1639 William Geare requested to become an inhabitant of Salem and be granted accommodation of land.6

William Geare was made Freeman 13: 3: 1640 (13 May 1640) at Salem.7

Administration on the estate of Wm. Geare, intestate, granted Mar. 25, 1673, to Triphany Geare, relict, and the ordering of the estate is recorded with the inventory. Ipswich Quarterly Court Records, vol. 5, page 193.

Inventory of the estate of William Geare of Wenham, deceased Nov. 13, 1672, taken 10: 1m: 1673, by Tho. Fiske and Richard (his R H mark) Huttn: howse & land thereunto belonging, 36li; one horse, 4li; Neate Catle, 9li; swine, 1li. 10s; Corne, 2li. 10s; plows & some other Utensels, 3li; Books, 12s; Brass & Iron ware, 2li. 8s; Beding and Bedstead, 8li; sheets & some other lining, 3li; Chests & Boxes, 1li. 4s; spining whels, 10s; warmeing pan, 6s; houshold Utensels, 3li. 18s; houshold Utensels, 3li. 18s; wolen yarne, 10s; Debts, 9li. 6s; more, 6s; total, 86li. 10s. Debts due from the estate, 6li.

Attested in Ipswich court Mar. 25, 1673 by Tripheny relict of Wm. Geara; there being two daughters the court ordered the estate to remain to the widow for the present and if she marry then to give her two daughters 20li. each, if she dies a widow the estate left, to be divided equally between them. Essex County Probate Files, Docket 10,701.1

Children of William Geare and Tryphena (—?—) (Geare)


  1. [S862] Essex Institute, The Probate Records of Essex County Massachusetts (Salem: Newcomb & Gauss, Printers, 1916-1917), 2 vols., 2: 324.
  2. [S867] Wynn Cowan Fairfield, Descendants of John Fairfield of Wenham (New York: n.pub., 1953), 10.
  3. [S855] George Francis Dow, ed., Records and Files of the Quarterly Courts of Essex County, 9 vols. (Salem: Essex Institute, 1911-1973). Transcribed and Abstracted from the Original Manuscript by Harriet S. Tapley, V: 261.
  4. [S872] Sidney Perley, A History of Salem Massachusetts, 3 vols. (Salem, Massachusetts: Sidney Perley, 1924), 2: 75.
  5. [S855] George Francis Dow, Records and Files of the Quarterly Courts of Essex County, V: 158.
  6. [S872] Sidney Perley, History of Salem, 2: 75-76.
  7. [S872] Sidney Perley, History of Salem, 2: 402.
  8. [S871] Essex Institute, Vital Records of Wenham Massachusetts to the End of the Year 1849 (Boston: The Essex Institute, 1904), 200.