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William Sears (1788 - 1827)

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William Sears
Born in Dover, Windham, Vermont, United Statesmap
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Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Died in Carroll, Chautauqua, New York, United Statesmap
Profile last modified 16 Aug 2019
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William was born in 1788. He passed away in 1827.


  • *May, Samuel. The Descendants of Richard Sares (Sears) of Yarmouth, Mass., 1638-1888Page 347 (Joel Munsell's Sons, 1890) No 1113 William Sears and wife removed from Dover,VT, in Feb 1811, and settled in the "Holland Land Purchase," at Carroll, now Kiantone, Chatauqua co., NY. They traveled 500 miles with all their household goods upon a sled drawn by a yoke of oxen; were 29 days on the road, and took up land in the then wild country, surrounded by tribes of Seneca Indians, [handnotes]where he resided until his death. Some years after his settlement he opened a tavern in his dwelling house on the east side of the road, a little south of the small run in village of Kiantone. He subsequently built a two story front to his house, and sold his tavern, and a part of the farm, after which he built a large two story tavern house on the north side of the litle run of water, and the west side of the road, in which he died. His heirs sold the tavern stand, which is now owned by Aaron J Phillips. No tavern is kept there. The village of Kiantone was at one time called Searsville, from Wm Sears the first settler at that place. In 1830 a meeting house,(Congregational,) was built on a site given the society by Widow Sears. W Sears was chosen Com.of Highways, in Ellicott in 1813. The first town meeting in Carroll was held at his house in 1826, and he was chosen Inspector of Schools, and Pound Keeper. At the "Old Settlers" festival in 1874, there was on exhibition a portrait of Mrs Ruby Sears, wife of William Sears. Mary Huson-
  • Vermont, Vital Records, 1720-1908 about William Sears 2nd Gender: Male Marriage Date: 27 Apr 1819 Marriage Place: Dover, Vermont, USA Card Type: Groom Spouse Name: Ruby Cheney
  • Wm had a son Resolved, b. 6 apr 1803
  • Mayflower Index No 30,047; William; spouse Ruby Cheney; father Ebenezer, mother 37,703
  • U.S., Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970 about William Sears SAR Membership: 18863 Birth Date: Feb 1788 Death Date: 10 Aug 1827 Spouse: Ruby Cheney Children: Chinton W Sears
  • NY Gazetteer, p 214 Kiantone formed from Carroll 1853 The first settlement was made in 1807 Wm Sears kept the first inn on lot # 11---

  • Chautauqua was formed from Genesee County Old Inns and Taverns From: History of Chautauqua County New York And Its PeopleEditors: John P. Downs and Fenwick Y. HedleyPublished by: American Historical Society, Inc,Boston, New York, Chicago 1921 Jamestown, New York OLD INNS AND TAVERNS.
  • In Carroll, John Myers opened a tavern in 1814 on the Conewango, about a mile from Frewsburg, and the same year William Sears established one in now Kiantone, John Owens opening another in 1816 at Fentonville, where he also operated a ferry. These taverns were much frequented by raftsmen, boatmen and prospective settlers, and it is said raftsmen would quarrel for the privilege of a sleeping space on the bar-room floor, that they might enjoy Owens' stories. William Sears is credited with erecting the first Inn in Kiantone, at what was then Sears, now the village of Kiantone; later he built another tavern on his farm, and there resided until his death.

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