The following appears on pages 575-576 of The History of Appanoose County, Iowa containing A History of the County, its Cities, Towns, &c. .. (1878, Western Historical Company, Centerville, Iowa: Appanoose County Genealogical Society, 1989), under the Johns Township section:
BEARE, ANDREW J., far., Sec. 28 ; P. O. Tranquility ; born in Mount Morris, Green Co., Penn., Aug. 30, 1829 ; located here, 1869 ; owns 240 acres of land, valued at $25 per acre. He is a member of the Methodist Church, and Republican. His wife, Annie Kleiss, was born in Lancaster City, Penn., May 25, 1830, and married May 29, 1871. Mr. Beare enlisted in Co. F, 12th Illinois Infantry ; afterward re-enlisted in Co. F, 57th Illinois Infantry, and served four years and three months ; was in the battles at Fort Donelson, Shiloh, Corinth, Miss., Murfrecsboro, Chickamauga, Chattanooga, Allatoona, Paducah, Kenesaw Mountain, Rome, Ga., Atlanta, siege of Vicksburg, and with Gen. Sherman in his amous march to the sea, and at the review at Washington ; was mustered out June 7, 1865.
Bear, J. G. F., far., Sec. 29 ; P. O. Tranquility.
Bear, G. W., far., Sec. 28 ; P. O. Tranquility.
Bear, L. A., far., Sec. 20 ; P. O. Tranquility.
My Bear ancester from this time period, Samuel Lewis Bear, born 24 Oct 1825 in Cumberland Co., Pennsylvania, settled in Plano (Johns Township), Iowa between 1855-58, was not listed in the book. Justice G. F. Bear was born in Mount Morris, Green Co., PA, so is likely a brother or cousin of Andrew J. Beare.