My great grandmother was Clarissa Bearss, who married Henry Wonnell in 1859, probably at Ottawa City Ohio which is now Catawba Island near Port Clinton Ohio. They had 3 children - Edgar, Otis, and Henrietta Wonnell. Otis W. was my grandfather, John Wonnell my father (plant manager of Biro Mfg. Marblehead and chief designer there for many years - lived in Lakeside Ohio). Clarissa died in 1894.
Clarissa was the daughter of Gedeon Hubbell Bearss. Their family originated (as far as we can tell) in New Fairfield Conn., and we believe they came from Scotland originally but we're not sure. Joseph T. Bearss is the name associated with New Fairfield, a farmer from that area. His wife was Betsey Turner, daughter of Adam and Eurice Rockwell Turner, a searfaring family. In 1838 Joseph and his family including 8 children moved to Catawba Island Ohio, and had an extensive fruit farm there near the present Resurrection Lutheran Church. In 1860 they moved to Harris Twp. near Elmore Ohio. At some point Henry Wonnell moved to the Dwelle fruit farm in Portage Twp. near Port Clinton. I believe that is near Rt. 53 and 2.
Their eldest son was Gideon Hubbell Bearss, who left for New York State at 16 to become a cobbler. He married Betsy Turner, and their 3 children were born in Putnam County, NY.
In 1844 they moved to Catawba Island. Their large house near the end of Catawba Island was owned by L. J. Kennely as of about 1985.
My Dad, John Wonnell, said he was a second cousin of John Bearss, president of S. E. Johnson Construction in Toledo who I believe retired about 2002, but I'm not sure of the connection. Most of this is from my mother, Marie Brackney Wonnell, who passed away in 1992. She was Ottawa County historian for several years.