George Pears (c1821-1903)
1904 Obituary 
GEORGE PEARS died at his residence, Witton House, Witton-le-Wear, in March 1903, aged eighty-two. He was a coalowner with extensive interests in Durham, Yorkshire, and Derbyshire, and conducted the commercial business of several collieries. He was well known on the Newcastle and Middlesbrough Exchanges, and was elected a member of the Iron and Steel Institute in 1877.