c1904 photograph of Ira Mellen Bearce of Hebron, Maine, while he was an engineering student at the University of Maine at Orono.
Ira Mellen Bearce was born 24 June 1879 at Hebron, Maine, the son of Herrick Mellen Bearce and Mary Jane (Murch) Bearce, born at Hebron, Maine, and Oxford, Maine, respectively. Ira's middle name may have originally been Elmer, or he may have had two middle names.
His paternal grandparents were Seth and Anna Kingman (Gurney) Bearce. His maternal grandparents were Benjamin Bailey Murch and Mary Bird (Faunce) Murch.
On 5 July 1905 at Hebron, Maine, Ira married Maidie Moody, daughter of John Franklin Moody and Cornelia Buxton (Stetson) Moody. She was born in Maine on 5 July 1876. Her birth name may have been Mary A. Moody. Her father was a noted Maine educator.
Ira, Maidie and their daughter Helena were living at Fitchburg, Massachusetts, at the time of the 1910 Census. Ira was working as a school teacher.
Ira died at Washington, D.C. on 22 May 1915, and Maidie died of influenza on 5 April 1916 at Hebron, Maine. Their two daughters were then brought up by Maidie's family.
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