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Monroe Township, Ringgold County, Iowa


The Bear Cemetery was created by Solomon (better known as Sol) BEAR in about 1864 on part of his farm. The first person in the cemetery was Lincoln BEAR, the year-old son of Sol and his first wife Sarah E. (WALKER) BEAR. About six years later Sarah and her second son, George, were also buried in the Bear Cemetery. The other people in the cemetery are close relatives of Sol except for Margaret Ann ARMSTRONG who was a friend of the family.

There are only three early stone markers for the graves: Sol and Amandaís (Solís second wife) shared stone, Lincolnís stone, and Margaretís stone. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs provided individual stones for the two Civil War veterans, Adam and John Bear, who were brothers of Sol. In 2004, a communal stone marker with all of the names of the remaining people buried there, but without an early marker, was placed in the cemetery near that of Sol. The communal stone was purchased using the funds from the Theola (Bear) Barbour Memorial Fund, donations gathered during the sixth Solomon Bear Family Reunion in June 2002, and later donations. Theola was the granddaughter of Sol and Amanda.

The Bear Cemetery locally is described as being a little southeast of Ellston, Ringgold County, Iowa, about a mile south of Oliver Cemetery along a dirt road to the start of gravel on the road and then a quarter mile east through the pasture.

The Bear Cemetery was surveyed during the WPA works in the 1930's. Recorded for Ringgold County Historical Society in 1978 by Betty Ruby and Ruth Haley; updated by Rick Wiley in July of 2001; Raymond Banner of Mount Ayr, Iowa, completed the updating in 2002. The officers of the Solomon Bear Family Reunion further updated the information in both 2002 and 2003. Angie Hynek and family have made significant improvements to the cemetery fencing, sign over gate, and markers.

bear sign
Bear Cemetery
Photograph by Ramon (Ray) Bear

gold star designates a Veteran

ARMSTRONG, Margaret Ann (WALKER) COOPER 01 Aug 1845 20 May 1881
36y 9m 19d
daughter of Henderson & Isabella (WYCKOFF) WALKER
married 1st circa 1860
married 2nd 10 Mar 1866
Thomas Ewing ARMSTRONG
BACH, Anna “Frata” (BEAR) CAVENDER PROCTOR 15 Mar 1915
Kellerton IA
19 Oct 1994
Sacramento CA
daughter of William Franklin & Anna Pearl (SHELDEN) BEAR
married 1st 01 Nov 1934
married 2nd 21 Jun 1947
married 3rd 30 Nov 1960
Alvin Hans BACH
gold starBEAR, Adam 22 Mar 1837 19 Jun 1864
died of wounds during Civil War
Camden AR
son of Ludwig Lewis & Anna Maria (KIEFER) BEAR
married 30 Dec 1863
BEAR, Amanda Elvira (DULEY) 19 Sep 1850
Harrison Co. MO
10 Jan 1922 daughter of Silas & Mariah (PROUTY) DULEY/DOOLEY
married 15 Feb 1872
Solomon BEAR
BEAR, Anna Maria "Mary" (KIEFER) 13 Feb 1815 11 Jan 1904 daughter of Adam & Susanna (GRHUCKEN) KIEFER
married circa 1831
Ludwig Lewis BEAR
BEAR, George 1869 1871 son of Solomon & Sarah Elizabeth (WALKER) BEAR
gold starBEAR, John 16 Oct 1838 08 Mar 1880 son of Ludwig Lewis & Anna Maria (KIEFER) BEAR
BEAR, Ludwig Lewis 06 Mar 1791 13 May 1872 son of Ludwig & Mary Elizabeth (DAVIS) BEAR
married circa 1831
Anna Maria KIEFER
BEAR, Lincoln 03 Sep 1863 09 Oct 1864 son of Solomon & Sarah Elizabeth (WALKER) BEAR
BEAR, Sarah Elizabeth (WALKER) 03 Jun 1842 00 Jan 1871
in childbirth
daughter of Henderson & Isabella (WYCKOFF) WALKER
married 25 May 1860
Solomon BEAR
BEAR, Solomon "Sol" 16 Aug 1832
Somerset Co. PA
25 Oct 1913
81y 1 m 9d
son of Ludwig Lewis & Anna Maria (KIEFER) BEAR
married 1st 25 May 1860
Sarah Elizabeth WALKER
married 2nd 15 Feb 1872
Amanda Elvira DULEY
LOCKE, Infant Daughter 21 Jun 1880 21 Jun 1880 daughter of Franklin S. & Mary Ann (BEAR) LOCKE
Infant Daughter
01 Sep 1881 01 Sep 1881 daughter of
Franklin S. & Mary Ann (BEAR) LOCKE

*Also has a stone at
Oliver Cemetery
LOCKE, John Homer 04 May 1884 29 Jan 1886 son of Franklin S. & Mary Ann (BEAR) LOCKE

*Also has a stone at
Oliver Cemetery


sol and amanda bear linc
adam bear john bear


communal stone
Sarah BEAR, George BEAR, Lewis BEAR, Anna "Mary" (KIEFER) BEAR, Infant Daughter LOCKE, Infant Daughter LOCKE, John Homer LOCKE
margaret armstrong
frata bear

* Margaret Ann ARMSTRONG was the step-mother of Thomas E. ARMSTRONG, first husband of Dollie Ann (BEAR) ARMSTRONG MAGGARD. Dollie Ann was the first-born child of Solomon "Sol" BEAR and his 2nd wife, Amanda Elvina (DULY) BEAR.

**Adam BEAR enlisted at the age of 26 on December 25, 1863 and served as a Private in Company G of the 29th Iowa Infantry. He was wounded and held as a P.O.W. on April 2, 1864 at Terre Noir Creek, Arkansas. Pvt. BEAR died of his wounds at Camden, Arkansas, on June 19, 1864.

***John BEAR enlisted at the age of 24 years on October 14, 1862. He was mustered into service on October 18, 1862 with Company C, 3rd Battalion of the Souther Border Brigade. He later enlisted with Company D, 8th Iowa Cavalry. The regiment was on the move to Atlanta, Georgia, with the Army of the Cumberland when John developed chronic bronchitis and a heart problem, brought on by the bitterly cold winter. John was hospitalized at Nashville, Tennessee, later transferred to Keokuk, Iowa. Eight months later he was mustered out of service on May 27, 1865.

****Frank S. LOCKE was a local doctor and preacher.

HISTORY SOURCE: Ramon L. "Ray" BEAR, great-grandson of Solomon Bear, secretary and historian of the Solomon Bear Family Reunion

Roster & Record of Iowa Soldiers Vol. 6. 1911.

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, 2008; updated August of 2009


Other Ringgold County webpages that may be of interest are:

    BEAR Family

    Civil War Gravestones of Adam and John BEAR

    Solomon BEAR Biography
      Pages 252-53, Biography & Historical Record of Ringgold County, Iowa, 1887

    Solomon "Sol" BEAR Biography.


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