Holly and I went to Arlington Ma on Dec 30th in 2006 to visit my 1st cousin once removed, Michael Gearin and his wife Catherine. They have 3 children who are my 2nd cousins. It was a wonderful visit since I haven’t seen Michael and Catherine for about 12 + years. The last time I saw them was at my mother’s wake at Newburyport. We got to hang out and catch up on family. My great aunt Florence was also there, and it was great to see her looking and doing so well. Florence married Walter Gearin, unfortunately Walter passed away on the 4th of July 2000.
Thanks to the generosity of Michael and Catherine Gearin I have a copy of a 17 page handwritten account of the Gearin family of Arlington Ma by Helen Gearin – Helen is Walters’ Sister and my great aunt. Signed by her on 25 Dec 1982, the day before she died.
I was born a biological Gillis, but raised a Gearin. This is a branch of my family I have neglected for a while. This was because of a lack of time with 2 genealogy family trees and an abundance of missing information on this branch. Someday I will show up on a census living at 5 Walnut St Newburyport under Gearin. My brother Scott is a biological Gearin and looks like a Gearin. Michael Gearin, biological also, looks like a Gearin I do not look like a Gearin, however I can talk my way through a family reunion with the best of them. Reason is, I am as much a Gearin as my brother Scott. I’ve been to both the Arlington homes, had the visit from Bud and Virginia, and got to know Cindy before she passed away. My uncle William (Bill) is my Godfather. We went to the Falkingham home in Lexington for the 4th of July for many years (1st cousins of Larry). When it comes down to genealogy biology is half of that definition. The other half is the ability to coexist within your family unit. The only thing I lacked was family history.
Thanks to Helen Gearin for her forethought of the value of family history, we now have her written account of it to pass on to future descendants.
Shawn Lawrence Gillis Gearin
New Ipswich, NH
5 Jan 2007