Featured Character – The Home Front
Submit Fearing was born in Syracuse, New York in 1801 and lived in the north with her father until her marriage to Isaiah Fearing in 1824, when she moved to Pasquotank County, North Carolina. She was described by friends as a devout Christian woman who valued her friendships and weathered life’s tragedies with steadfastness and grace. In fact, her son John Bartlett Fearing recalled only one incident when his mother broke from her calm serenity after her son, George, an innocent civilian, was killed while running from Union troops in Elizabeth City in 1863. According to oral history, Submit Fearing issued such a “tongue lashing” to Union Lieutenant William J. Brown after the tragedy. Submit Fearing died in January 1888, closely followed by her son, John Bartlett Fearing.