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Jonathan Sears III (1750 - 1808)

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Jonathan Sears III
Born in Harwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts Baymap
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[spouse(s) unknown]
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Died in Ashfield, Franklin, Massachusetts, United Statesmap
Profile last modified 21 Aug 2019 | Created 18 May 2019
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Jonathan III was the son of Jonathan II & Priscilla (Sears) Sears

He married Abigail Hall, daughter of Joseph & Abigail (Clark) Hall, on 23 Sep 1773 at Yarmouth, Barnstable, MA Bay - parents of Barnabas, Jonathan IV, Freeman, Hepzibah Swan, Azarelah, Abigail, Clarinda & Priscilla Sears


  • MA Town & Vital Records, 1620-1988
  • Harwich VR, p 1 [Vol II, p 91],b.
  • Yarmouth VR Book 4, p. 125 m. by Rev Stone; p. 137 ent int Mar 27 1773
  • May, Samuel. The Descendants of Richard Sares (Sears) of Yarmouth, Mass., 1638-1888Page 194 (Joel Munsell's Sons, 1890)No 383, Jonathan Sears removed to Ashfield, MA, and lived on Cape St; was dism. from Ch., Harwich, Nov 4, 1800, his wife having been dism. from Ch., Dennis, Nov 10, 1799. He served in Capt. Thos. Hamilton's Co., stationed in Barnstable county, from Jul 10, 1775, 6 mos.7 days; was Sergt. in Capt. Abijah Bang's Co., Col. Dike's Regt., 3 mos. to Dec 1, 1776; marched on alarm at Falmouth, 174 miles travel; and on alarm at Falmouth and Bedford, in Capt. Benj. Berry's Co., Sep. 7, 1778, marching 112 miles, and doing 7 days' duty. His widow drew a pension in 1840, then aged 85, and living with her son Azarelah. " In early life he went on whaling voyages, and incidents of hair-breadth escapes are related among his descendants, e.g., that once his boat was thrown so high by a whale that the men in another boat, a mile distant, could see the horizon under it." In 1785 he was wrecked off Harwich, and barley escaped with his life. From an old and dilapidated paper preserved in the family I copy: "The particulars of the Harwich Tragedy" "Harwich, County of Barnstable, Apr 8, 1785. " On the morning of the Lord's Day last, a most melancholy ... and Provincetown The particulars of this unhappy and sorrowful incident are as follows, viz: " A schooner partly owned and commanded by Mr Nathan Atwood, sailed from this harbour about six o'clock in the morning, bound to the above place; but as they had not been on their passage long before a plank started, as is imagined, and she gained water so fast, that before ten o'clock the ill fated vessel, and unfortunate Schooner sunk down to the bottom headforemost, not leaving the least discovery of even the top of the masts, having on board Mr Nathan Atwood, and Mrs Mary Atwood, his wife, and Mr Heman Finney, her brother. A little time before she foundered, Mr Jonathan Sears, and Mr Cyrenius Freeman, got a raft, which they made of some boards, and started for shore which was at the distance of some three miles, but Mr Freeman being very bruised and chilled, (as these unhappy Persons were on the raft almost nine hours), expired just before he reached the shore, and Mr Sears was almost expired when he arrived, being scarce able to extricate himselfd from the surf, which he happily effected by crawling, (though already much bruised and exhausted with the cold), on his hands and knees several rods, the surf breaking over his head several times, before he could get clear of it, after which he was obliged to travel in that retched manner near a mile before he could discover any building. The first he met was a barn, that fortunately for him, belonged to a good Samaritan, Mr Samuel Hopkins of Truro, the owner of which found him in that deplorable state, bruised and exhausted, almost to death, and had he not received immediate relief, which was afforded to him with the utmost humanity, tenderness, and compassion, he must have unavoidably perished in a few hours. Mr John Clark, got on another raft but it being very windy, they parted from each other, in a short time after they set out, and Mr Sears saw no more of him, but supposed he perished soon after. The wreck was not seen from the shore, as it was very foggy, at the time this sorrowful affair happened, or perhaps some assistance might have been given to the people. One thing we think worthy of remark, and which seems to make this truly Tragical Scene most affecting, is, the almost unparalled conjugal affection showed by Mr Atwood, one of the unhappy sufferers, to his equally distressed mate, which being so rare an instance of magnanimity, fortitude and a cheerful resignation to the divine will of the Almighty, that we cannot omit to record it on this Sheet, as we think his conduct an honour to human nature, and ought to be handed down to posterity, as it will serve to show that there is remaining in this Western Hemisphere, some private virtue, founded in a regard to the Fair Sex; as we find many instances transmitted to us in the History of the Oriental World. "Mr Atwood on perceiving the vessel sinking, jumped on to one of the rafts that was prepared alongside of her, but on hearing the bitter shrieks and piercing cries of his dear Comfort, the Friend of his bosom, and the other poor drowning souls, which seemed to reach to heaven, and who were on the verge of eternity, and begging for mercy from God, he, like some of the ancient Bramist women, when showing their affection for their departing husbands, heroickly jumped back again into the sinking vessel, chusing rather to perish with her who had been the Partner of his joy, and affliction, than to have the anxiety and horror of mind in beholding so shocking and afflicting a scene, and not having it in his power to alleviate her distress." A doleful poem follows, which is not remarkable except for its antiquity, and is addressed especially to the Atwood family.
  • "Sold at the office in Essex St, near the Liberty Ple, 1785; where may be found Nos. I. II. III. of the 'Bloody Register;' Cash paid for linen rags."
  • DAR # 29973 - served as private and sergeant of the Mass. militia. Rev War Image- Abigail Sears for Jonathan Sears Series: M805 Roll: 723 Image: 738 File: W15318 Page: 1 of 5 Widow of Jonathan Sears decd who died 18th February 1808 of Franklin in the State of Massa who wa a Sgt & Pri in the Company commanded by Col Dike in the Massa line for ??? sergeant ??? & 7 days ?? inscribed on the Roll of Massa at the rate of 50 Dollars 77 cents, per annum, to commence on the 4th day of March, 1831. Cert of Pension ifsued the 28th day of Feb 1838 and sent ... arrears to the 4th of Sep 1834 $330, Revolutionary Claim act 4 Jul 1836 Section the 3d Book A, Vol 2, page 59 ..make the following declarartion- that she is the widow of Jonathan Sear who was a soldier in the war of the revolution in the american service two different terms as a private and sergeant in the years 1775,1776 and 1777 making in the whole twelve months of military service...that the said Jonathan sometime in the year 1775 enlisted as a private soldier for six months in a company of which Capt Hamilton was captain, and Joseph Griffith and Samuel Bassett were lieutenants, and that said company was stationed at Eastham in the county of Barnstable and state of Massachusetts aforesaid for the whole of said term of six months, and that the said Jonathan Sears served the whole of said term...month of September in the year [1776] enlisted as a sergeant into a company commanded by Cpt Abijah Bangs for six months and that said company was stationed at Boston for the wholeof said term... She further declares that she was lawfully married to the said Jonathan Sears then an inhabitant of Harwich in the county of Barnstable and state of Mass..on the [23] day of September in the year of our Lord [1773] and that she was the lawful wife of the said Jonathan Sears during the whole of his terms of service...until the death of said Jonathan..., who died at Ashfield in said county of Franklin and commonwealth of Mass.. aforesaidon the [18] day of February in the year...[1808] and that she has ever since remained a widow and unmarried, as will appear by the proofs hereunto annexed. Signed Abigail Sears History of Ashfield, p. 22 Jonathan Sears Sr, his grandson, Joseph Sears, tells us, was a lieutenant in the army, and a few days before the birth of his son Jonathan, he had a furlough and came home to his family for a short time.
  • SEARS, Jonathan Bapt Corner Cem Ashfield MA 68 Abstract of Graves of Revolutionary Patriots, Vol.4, p. -Serial: ; Volume:

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