Shearjashub Bourne
Born: 18 Apr 1721
Loc: Sandwich, Barnstable Co., MA
Died: 09 Feb 1781
Loc: Unknown
Bur: Tyler Point Cemetery,
Barrington, Bristol Co., RI
Father: Ezra Bourne
Mother: Martha Prince
Married: 19 Apr 1747
Spouse: Ruth Bosworth, daughter of
Benjamin Bosworth and Ruth Lowder
Children: Martha / Shearjashub / Benjamin
Shearjashub, son of Hon. Ezra Bourne, was born April 18, 1721, died February 9, 1781. He graduated from Harvard College in the class of 1743, and removed from Sandwich, Massachusetts, to Bristol, Rhode Island, in 1748. He taught school thereafter five years. He afterwards was a prominent lawyer. He served on the committee on resolutions of the town of Bristol, February 16, 1774, protesting against the attitude and acts of the British government. He bought the house lately owned by James De Wolf Perry, built by Nathaniel Bosworth in 1680. During the bombardment by the British in 1775 the house was struck repeatedly, and when repairs were made in 1862 several grape shot fell from the parlor ceiling. (See p. 104, History of Bristol). In 1778, Mr. Bourne became chief justice of the supreme court of Rhode Island, serving in that official position until his death in 1781.
He married, April 19, 1747, Ruth (Bosworth) Church, widow of Nathaniel Church
and descendant of Nathaniel Bosworth. Children, born at Bristol: Martha, born
August 15, 1748; Shearjashub, mentioned below; Benjamin, September 9, 1755,
died September 17, 1808.
Source: New England Families Genealogical and Memorial: Third Series, Volume II