George Beare and Family
George Beare Family
Dr. George Beare was born on 17 May 1862 in Bandon, Co. Cork, Ireland. He is the son of George Beare and Susan Smyth. He received his early education at Bandon Grammar and at the age of 21 he entered Trinity College, Dublin . He lived with his brother John Isaac while attending University. He graduated as B.A. in the winter of 1887, and B.A.O. and BCH-H.B. in the winter of 1892. He did his locum at Ballineen, a village 8 miles from Bandon. I believe the names of places where jobs were available were put in a hat in College and those who qualified picked out their future destination. George chose Griquatown, Bechuanaland, South Africa. He left home for the last time on the ship Athenian in April 1893. His brother, John, was at Southampton to see him off. As he traveled south, whether through depression or what may have seemed fatalistic prospects, he consigned his personal papers to the Atlantic. He wrote when he reached his destination and kept up his correspondence regularly over the following years with his two brothers in Dublin and Bandon. George quickly settled down to a regular work schedule vaccinating the natives and attending to the usual problems that beset humans everywhere. He acquired several horses and used these to travel long distances in the course of his work, and was accompanied by a policeman usually. His pastimes were shooting, tennis and cricket. Being a doctor and also having been brought up on a small farm meant a knowledge of horses and being able to attend to their problems was very necessary and an advantage. Having had four years of work there George wrote to a friend who had influence with some Government official who was to decide who should get a medical position in another town 108 miles north of Griquatown called Kuruman. The job would mean more money so when he officially moved in 1896 he was pleased. He was actually engaged to a girl at home when he emigrated but by mutual consent after some correspondence this arrangement was terminated and some time later he made friends with the Price family. George married Elizabeth Price in 1893. They have two daughters, Helen Barbara and Mary Elizabeth. George died at the age of 79 in 1941 and is buried in South Africa.

Elizabeth Price was born on 19 December 1868 in Kuruman, South Africa. She is the daughter of Roger Price and Elizabeth Lees Moffat. Elizabeth married Dr. George Beare, son of George Beare and Susan Smyth, on 31 December 1893. They have two children. Elizabeth died on 3 September 1947 in Simonstown, Cape of Good Hope, South Africa.

Helen Barbara Beare was born on 4 February 1904 in Seapoint, Cape Town, South Africa. She is the daughter of Dr. George Beare and Elizabeth Price. She married Herbert Johnson. Helen died in 1973.

Mary Elizabeth Beare was born in 1908 in South Africa. She is the daughter of Dr. George Beare and Elizabeth Price. Mary Elizabeth married Ronald Stubbs. She died at the age of 80 in 1988 in South Africa.