This is the information I have on Peter Frank LaMear.
Source of much of this information is from the 300 pages of Civil War Pension Records No. 538,567 I received for Amanda's first husband, John O'Brien as well as communication with several family members and my original research. I have most of this in original and copied documents.
Peter was born 1836-37 in St. Monigen, Canada; Peter Lamear died while the family was living on Red Elephant Mountain at Lawson, Colorado on Dec 26, 1883 - this is near Idaho Springs, Colorado.
Peter was the second husband of my great aunt, Amanda (Hinton) LaMear. Peter's first wife, Mary Agnes (Holland) LaMear died 1878 in Saline County, Missouri leaving two of their three children. He then married Amanda (Hinton) O'Brien whose husband, John O'Brien served in the Union Army and who had died in 1874. Amanda married Peter LaMear in 1879. They moved to Colorado in 1884 after Peter contracted Consumption hoping the clear air of Colorado would be of help to Peter. Amanda raised Peter's children with Mary Agnes and the two children they had together as well as the remaining four (of the seven) children of Amanda and John O'Brien.
Peter's step granddaughter, Agnes Carrothers died at age 2 and was buried at the (then) Alvarado cemetery in Georgetown Colorado. This cemetery has been moved to Idaho Springs, Colorado to make room for the building of a highway. None of the graves in this cemetery were replaced in their original position as the cemetery was moved by 'mechanical diggers,' however, when I contacted the person in charge of this cemetery, they felt it would be appropriate to place Peter's grave marker next to the obelisk with Agnes' name. The photo of this obelisk is from:
Early 2007, I learned that neither of Amanda's husbands had an original grave marker as she was financially unable to purchase them. To date, the grave marker for John O'Brien (that I initiated) and received by the Funeral Home in Marshall, Missouri several years ago has never been placed in the cemetery, but confusion with the Cemetery (I have the exact spot number where the marker is to be placed) has left the marker sitting all these years in the Funeral Home. I continue to work to have it placed in the Cemetery.
In 2007, I also began the process to arrange for a Civil War Grave Marker for Peter La Mear as according to the 300 pages of Pension Records I received for Amanda on the service of her first husband, John O'Brien, neither John nor Peter had an original grave marker as she was not able to afford to purchase one. To date I have constantly been frustrated by the various 'problems' encountered with the Colorado people - in my last contact with them, they told me they lost the original papers I sent to them requesting the marker due to 'staffing problems' therefore, it is unknown whether the marker has been ordered due to these constant delays - Peter's marker to be placed in the Idaho Springs cemetery. My frustration with this process has caused me physical problems with my high blood pressure.
Peter LaMear first lost a foot which resulted in the loss of his leg while serving at Fort Pillow.
Peter LaMear arrived in the United States from Canada at the age of 34. The Immigration letter he received in Saline County, Missouri reads:
Peter Lamear, a native of Canada aged thirty four years, and makes application to become a citizen of the United States and proved to the satisfaction of the Court that he resided in the United States three years next preceding his arriving at the age of twenty-one years, and that he has continued to reside therein to the present time. And the said applicant now makes oath in due form of law that it is bona fide his intention to become a citizen of the United States and renounce and abjure forever all allegiance and fidelity to every foreign Prince, State, Potentate and Soveriegnty whatever and particularly all allegiance and fidelity to Victoria, Queen of Great Britain & Ireland. And that he does now renounce and abjure forever all allegiance & fidelity to every foreign Prince, State, Potentate and Soveriegnty whatever absolutely and particlularly all allegiance and fidelity to Victoria Queen of Great Britain & Ireland of whom he was last a subject and the said applicant further declares and proves to the satisfaction of the Court that for three years next preceding this application it has been bona fide his intention to become a citizen of the United States. And being further proved to the satisfaction of the Court by oaths of G. M. Sappington and R. B. Gross, credible citizens of the United States that the said applicant is a person of good moral character attached to the Constitution of the United States and well disposed to the good order and happenings of the same. And the said Peter Lamear further makes oath that he will support the Constitution of the United States.
And thereupon the said Peter Lamear is admitted a Citizen of the United States.
John A. Trigg, Clerk of Saline Circuit Court Certify that the above and foregoing is a true copy of the record in the matter of the naturalization of Peter Lamear.
Given under my hand & seal of said Court this the 22nd day of Dec. A.D. 1871.
//signed// John A. Trigg, Clerk, by J. M. Bryant D.C.
I continue to pursue this 'quest' of mine to have Civil War Grave markers placed on the graves or at least in cemeteries for both John O'Brien in Shackelford Cemetery in Saline County, Missouri and for Peter Frank LaMear in Idaho Springs, Colorado. Any help you can provide in this matter will be greatly appreciated by this almost 80 year old, grey haired lady who has been working very dilligently on this matter. I am hoping to resolve this and have the markers placed before MY time is up on this earth.
Providing a grave stone for both of Amanda’s husbands - John O’Brien in Shackelford Cemetery, Missouri and Peter Frank LaMear in Clear Creek County, Colorado is only a part of what I feel is my ’family calling and duty.' This quest has been a travel through
time for me and is presented as a gift to my family. It is appropriate and fitting that we are at the point of having these Civil War gravestones placed in the cemeteries where my family members are buried even though the exact spot of their burial may never be known.