John F. Mears was born in Portland, England. He came to Canada in 1860, and his family settled a farm at Beaumaris, in the Muskoka district of central Ontario.
Rev. John F. Mears
Diary of a Methodist Minister
John Mears was licensed as a lay preacher in Port Carling some time before 1879, and was ordained as a Methodist minister in 1885. He spent his early ministry in northern Ontario. During his marriage to Maggie (Thompson), he lived and ministered in and around the Bay of Quinte area. His diary (from the late 1800's to the 1930's) is on file at the United Church Archives in Toronto. John Mears is my great-grandfather.
Thompson / Tom / Mears Family Album