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Thomas B. Fearer (Pine Creek, Ogle County)


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Original Diaries and Ledgers



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Title: Thomas B. Fearer (Pine Creek, Ogle County), 1864-1910

ID: RHC/RC/343

Extent: 3.0 . More info below.

Arrangement: The collection is organized into three series: original diaries and ledgers, transcriptions, and CD-ROMs. The diaries, transcriptions, and CD-ROMs are organized chronologically within each series.

Date Acquired: 05/28/2015

Subjects: Diaries-- 1840-1869, Diaries-- 1870-1909, Fearer, Thomas J., Ogle County (Ill), Oregon (Ill.), Pine Creek (Ill.)

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Thomas Jenipher Fearer Diaries date from 1864 to 1910 and consists of family history, bookkeeping ledgers, diaries and their transcriptions. The diaries document Fearer’s travels in Pine Creek, Ogle County, Illinois.  The financial records contain payment of dues and costs for outings and food. There is also a transcription of George W. Young diary who was Thomas J. Fearer neighbor. Mr. Young writes about life on the farm, church, his neighbors, and nearby towns. Copies of the CD files are also part of the collection and have been transferred to V:\ARCHIVES\RCElectronicArchives\RC 343 Thomas Fearer Diaries.

Collection Historical Note

Thomas Jenipher Fearer (1823-1910), was born January 15, 1823 in Garrett Co., Maryland. When he was 14 years old he moved west with his parent’s family and lived for a few years in Bureau County, Illinois. In those early days Grand Detour, Ogle County was one of the principal trading points of the immediate neighborhood. This encouraged his family to leave Bureau County and move to a farm in Ogle County. Mr. Fearer was united in marriage February 6, 1849 to Margaret Dick, a resident of Pine Creek Township. They were married for more than fifty years until Mrs. Fearer died on May 16, 1902. They had nine children but five died in childhood. The four children that survived were: Mrs. Ellen A. Boswell, Mrs. Blanche Strong, Mrs. Jeanine Trueblood, and W.P. Fearer. In 1903, Mr. Fearer left the farm in Ogle County and moved to Oregon, Illinois where he lived on North 4th Street. However, Mr. Fearer heart was centered in the old farm home so he enjoyed driving out there nearly everyday until stricken with a severe cold. He was unable to get rid of the cold, heart trouble followed, which terminated in a stroke of paralysis. He died on January 15,1910 in Oregon, Ogle Co., Illinois. For more than 65 years he was a faithful member of the Mt. Zion United Brethren Church in Pine Creek. He was buried in the family plot in the cemetery adjoining Mt. Zion Church by the side of his wife and five children. His funeral was largely attended by neighbors and friend who always held him in high regard.

Mr. Fearer lived next to a gentleman named George W. Young. Mr. Young came to Oregon Township from Washington Co., Maryland in 1843. He taught school in the winter when he was not helping on the farm.

Subject/Index Terms

Diaries-- 1840-1869
Diaries-- 1870-1909
Fearer, Thomas J.
Ogle County (Ill)
Oregon (Ill.)
Pine Creek (Ill.)

Administrative Information

Repository: Northern Illinois University

Alternate Extent Statement: 84 digital files (36.5 MB)

Access Restrictions: There are no restrictions on access to materials in the collection.

Use Restrictions: Property rights in the collection belong to the Regional History Center; literary rights are dedicated to the public.

Technical Access Note: Digital copies the CD files may be accessed on the computer in the Center’s reading room.

Acquisition Source: William Bailey, president of the Ogle County Historical Society/Museum donated the Thomas J. Fearer Diaries to the Regional History Center on May 28, 2015.

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Series:

[Series I: Original Diaries and Ledgers],
[Series II: Transcriptions],
[Series III: CD-ROMs],

Series I: Original Diaries and Ledgers
Box 1
Folder 1: History of Fearer Family
Folder 2-9: Diaries, Thomas Jenipher Fearer, 1869, 1870, 1871, 1875, 1876, 1877, 1878, 1879
Box 2
Folder 1-8: Diaries, Thomas Jenipher Fearer, 1880, 1881, 1882, 1883, 1885, 1886, 1888, 1889
Box 3
Folder 1-6: Diaries, Thomas Jenipher Fearer, 1890, 1891, 1893, 1899, 1900, 1901
Box 4
Folder 1-2: Diaries, Thomas Jenipher Fearer, 1902, 1903
Folder 3-4: Bookkeeping Ledgers, 1864-1869, 1879-1888
Series II: Transcriptions
Box 4
Folder 5-13: Diaries, Thomas Jenipher Fearer, 1869, 1870, 1871, 1875, 1876, 1877, 1878, 1879
Box 5
Folder 1-15: Diaries, Thomas Jenipher Fearer, 1880-1903
Folder 16: Diaries, Thomas Jenipher Fearer, 1869, 1870, 1871, 1875, 1876, 1877, 1878, 1879
Series III: CD-ROMs
Box 6
Folder 1-31: Diaries, Thomas Jenipher Fearer, 1869-1903
Folder 32: Diary, George W. Young, 1867

Browse by Series:

[Series I: Original Diaries and Ledgers],
[Series II: Transcriptions],
[Series III: CD-ROMs],

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