Tri-Counties Genealogy & History by Joyce M. Tice
Sullivan-Rutland Genealogy Project
Bradford County PA
Chemung County NY
Tioga County PA
People of Sullivan Township, Tioga County PA
Olive Eliza Updyke & Isaac Nelson Tears of Sullivan 
From Joyce M. Tice's Sullivan-Rutland Genealogy Project
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Photos: Olive Eliza Updyke & Isaac Nelson Tears
Township: Sullivan Township, Tioga County PA
of Sullivan
Photo taken from large portraits owned by Herman Tears
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Name Olive Eliza Updyke
Birth date and place 14 FEB 1841
Columbia Township
Death date and place 07 APR 1909
Sullivan Township
Cemetery Mainesburg Cemetery 
Parents Delana Benson
Abraham Updyke
Spouses Isaac Nelson Tears

Name Isaac Nelson Tears
Birth date and place 12 FEB 1848
Sullivan Township
Death date and place 11 OCT 1911
Sullivan Township
Cemetery Mainesburg Cemetery 
Parents Lorinda Cowen
Zophar Tears
Spouses Olive Updyke
OLIVE ELIZA UPDYKE - Mrs. Olive Tears, wife of I. N. Tears, was born on February 19, 1841, in Columbia township, Bradford county, and died on April 7, 1909, at her home in Sullivan township.  She was a daughter of Abraham I. and Delana Updike, who were among the early residents of Tioga county.  On August 19, 1867, she was united in marriage to I. N. Tears.  Mr. and Mrs. Tears were blessed with five children--two daughters and three sons, Florence, wife of E. M. Shaw, of Sullivan; Addie, wife of Ray Card, of Columbia X Roads; Burt and Herman C. of Rutland, and Oscar W. Tears, at home.  They, with the husband and nine grandchildren, and one brother, H. C. Updike, of Sullivan, and other relatives, mourn the calling from their presence of one who, as wife, mother and friend, was in every duty-faithful, in all good works abundant.  For the past year or more, Mrs. Tears has been gradually failing in health, and for several weeks husband and children had realized that the parting soon must come.  Their solace in the great breavement that has come, may be that all that loving hearts could prompt or willing service render, was done for the comfort of her who had done so much for them.  She was a woman of excellent character, esteemed in life and mourned in death.  The funeral was held on Sunday, April 11, at 1 p.m., from the home, and was attended by a large circle of relatives and friends.  Burial was in the Mainesburg cemetery.  The Rev. Mr. Fitzgerald, pastor of the Mainesburg M. E. church, officiated.  Hymns were sung by Mrs. York and Mrs. Slingerland, of Sylvania.  She died in peace, trusting fully in the blessed Savior.  Her memory is precious. ISAAC NELSON TEARS At 7 o’clock p.m. on Wednesday, October 11, 1911, in Sullivan Township, occurred the death of Isaac Nelson Tears, one of Sullivan’s most highly respected citizens. He was in his 74th year. Death was due to Bright’s Disease. The funeral was held from the home on Saturday afternoon at 1 o’clock, the Rev. Seymour Barrett officiating. Burial was in the Mainesburg cemetery by the side of his wife, who passed away two years ago in April last. Mr. Tears was the only son of Zopher A. and Lorinda Tears, who came to Sullivan Township in an early day and settled on the farm where he was born and lived until his death. He was honest in his dealings, kind hearted, a faithful father and husband, a good citizen, a man of good counsel, always ready to lend a helping hand in time of need. He had served in many township offices, discharging the duties of the same with credit to himself. He was married to Miss Olive Updyke, on August 19, 1867. She was a true helpmeet. His last illness was severe, yet it was all borne with Christian fortitude, his greatest anxiety being for the welfare of his loved ones. He talked calmly of the future, arranged all his earthly affairs, and attended to the details of his funeral, selecting the text for the funeral, and the casket bearers. He is survived by two daughters and three sons—Florence A., wife of E. M. Shaw of Sullivan; Addie, wife of Ray Card of Columbia X Roads; Burt and Herman C. of Rutland, and Oscar W. Tears at home; also a number of grandchildren and other relatives. He was well acquainted with the Scriptures, and had stored away in memory many precious passages. In his last days these were a great comfort to him, and how anxious he was that all should read and study the Bible.
This view of Tears Corners in Sullivan Township was taken from the Elk Run School House in summer 2000. The Tears house and barns are at the center of the photo and are still owned by a great grandchuild of Olive and Isaac.

This has to be the straightest piece of road in Sullivan Township. Heading north up the hill past Tears Corners, the road goes to Roseville. Heading east to the right at Tears Corners, is the Austinville Road. Heading left is Wood Road, now inappropriately named as an extension of Ashley Hill Road. (PA DOT never asked anyone local how to rename the roads.)

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