Arthur 1881 not very long after 1904, Photo courtesy Bob Chancellor

The Americans

The American Tearles are difficult, partly because many use Tearle as a first-name, partly because the censuses often have only one occurrence of a Tearle family, and that indicates that the Tearle spelling is not the one they usually use, and partly because there is a small coterie of English Tearles who have traveled to and fro – sometimes living there, sometimes not: Godfrey Tearle, for instance, and even Patrick Matthew Tearle.

However they appear, if they do exist as a coherent family, then as the authority on the Tearles, it befalls us to explain where they, and their name, came from. Here are the stories that we have uncovered so far:

Arthur Tearle 1881 – an American timeline, by Sam Chancellor

If you have more information on other American Tearles, then please contact us through this website or email us at the address on the About us page


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