My Mother was a McAlear
. The earliest known to us is Charles, who owned a farm in Dawn, Missouri with wife Margaret Stagner
. They had four sons and four daughters. Charles was a farmer, postmaster, and a member of the militia. He provided lodging and horses to the James Gang at least once.
Albert, my great-grandfather, married Mary Martin
, and they left Missouri with sons James and Albert, moving to San Diego, California about 1912. Albert was a carpenter.
James left San Diego for Las Vegas, New Mexico where he took a job as a railroad telegrapher for the AT&SF Railroad. It was there he met and married my grand-mother Eva Marsh
in 1924, a descendant of Samuel Marsh, an English immigrant to the New Haven Colony. Eva was born in Las Vegas, New Mexico Territory in 1904 to Arthur Marsh and Mary Seewald
. They had daughters Marian, my Mother, and Margaret. James had a full career with the Bell Telephone Company. He worked as a line superintendent and held various executive positions. He was a member of the Telephone Pioneers.
This family eventually worked their way to Glendale, California. My father John served in WW II. After the war he worked as a plumber, estimator, and finally partner in the company he worked for.
My mother and father met in Glendale, married in 1946, and had three sons.