Edmund Sears

Edmund Sears (1712 - 1796)

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Edmund Sears
Born in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Province of Massachusetts Baymap
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Husband of — married in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Massachusettsmap
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Died in Dennis, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 5 Feb 2011 | Last significant change: 25 Jun 2019
03:33: L. Ray Sears III, P.E. edited the Biography for Edmund Sears (1712-1796). [Thank L. Ray for this]
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Edmund Sears participated in the Boston Tea Party.

Yarmouth Vital Records p.149 The births of the children of Edmond and Hannah Sears as followeth: Edmond Sears born on the 3rd day of January 1743/4
Elezebeth Sears* October 16 1745/6
Jane Sears Nov 17 1748
Joshua Sears Jul 21st 1751
Joshua Sears Jul 1st 1753
Christopher Sears Aug 16th 1756
Elkenah Sears October 21 1758
Mercy Sears March 7 1761
Hannah Sears Dec 8th 1766
[Temperance sears b. 1763, m. Isaac Clark of Brewster, and is now living Dec 28th, 1853, A. Otis]

S P May p. 88, No 44 Edmund Sears and his wife were admitted to the church in E. Yar., May 12, 1745. He was a sea captain during many years.

It is related of him that at the time of the "Boston Tea Party," 16 Dec 1773, he was unloading his vessel in the vicinity.

He went on board the vessels and participated in throwing the tea overboard.

Upon his return to the Cape soon after, though he had been long absent from home, on entering the house he went straight to the "bowfat," and without saying a word to any one, seized the teapot and caddy, and threw them into the garden with a crash.

His astonished wife whispered to the children, "your poor father has come home crazy."

He then proclaimed that from that time henceforth none of his family were to drink tea, or wear upon their persons any articles of British manufacture.

His four sons were in the Revolutionary Army, but nevertheless, when a landing was threatened on the Cape, he mounted his horse and galloped to the spot to offer his services. He set up the first chaise, and owned the first ingrain carpet in the town. Ingrain carpets are a reversible, flat weave carpet popular from the 18th century to the early 20th century. This form of carpeting has no pile and the pattern is shown in opposing colors on both faces, making it possible to turn the carpet over when one side was worn or soiled

His will, dated June 20, 1796, was witnessed by John Chapman, Peter Sears and Joseph Sears; a codicil bears no date. He mentions wife Hannah; daus. Mary Sears, Elizh. Homer, Jane Hallet, Temperance Clark and Hannah Sears; and sons Christopher, Elkanah, Edmund and Joshua.

Mayflower Index: No. 29,930 Edmund; spouse Hannah Crowell; mother MD

Dennis, Cape Cod c 1995 by Nancy Thacher Reid, pp 210,216, Boston Tea Party-Used with permission of Dennis Historical Society

Dennis Vital Records, p 58 CONFLICT d. 12 Oct 1796; p 123 CONFLICT: d. Oct 12 1795# Died 1796 - Edmund Sears and his wife Hannah a record of their children

Yarmouth Vital Records [p.55] Edmond Sears and Hannah Crowel [m. by Josiah Dennis] on April the 9th 1743; both of Yarmth pub Oct 17 1742

He was from the East Precinct of Yarmouth which became the town of Dennis, Mass. in 1793.


Birth: 6 Aug 1712, at Yarmouth, Barnstable, Massachusetts


Marriage: 7 Apr 1743, at Yarmouth, Barnstable, Massachusetts
Wife: Hannah Crowell
Child: Edmund Sears
Child: Elizabeth Sears
Child: Jane Sears
Child: Joshua Sears
Child: Christopher Sears
Child: Elkanah Sears
Child: Mercy Sears
Child: Temperance Sears
Child: Hannah Sears


Edmund died 12 August 1796, at Dennis, Barnstable, Massachusetts. His grave is located at the Ancient Sears Cemetery in nearby Brewster[1]

Image of Gravestone.


In memory of Mr
Edmund Sears he died
Augft ye 12 1796
In his 85th year
Remember me as you pafs by
For as you are so once was i
And as i am now so you muft be
Therefore Prepare to follow me


  1. Author: ditdit. ‘’Edmund Sears’’. Find A Grave Memorial #39169585. www.FindaGrave.com. Accessed 1 Oct 2017.
  2. http://files.usgwarchives.net/ma/barnstable/towns/brewster/cemeteries/searscemetery.txt

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Edmund Sears tombstone
Edmund Sears tombstone

Capt Edmund Sears
Capt Edmund Sears

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Edmund's Chaise
Edmund's Chaise


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