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Silas Sears (1641 - 1697)

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Lieutenant Silas Sears
Born in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Massachusettsmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married before 1661 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, MAmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Massachusettsmap
Profile last modified 11 Sep 2019 | Created 11 Aug 2011
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Biography

"Silas, b. say 1641, m. by about 1665 Anna, probably daughter of James Bursell of Yarmouth."[1]

Silas is mentioned as the son of Richard Sears in James Savage's "Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England": "SILAS, Yarmouth, s. perhaps youngest, of the preced. had Silas; Thomas, b. 1664; Hannah, Dec. 1672; liv. then at Eastham, and prob. had other ch.; presum. to be Richard, Joseph, Josiah, Elizabeth and Dorothy; was rep. 1685, 6, and, aft. the overthrow of Andros, 1689, 90, and 1, and d. by fam. tradit. 1697."[2]

Silas was named in his father's will dated May 10, 1667 and proved March 5, 1675.

"'Richard Sares of Yarmouth' bequeathed to 'Sylas Sares, my younger son...all my land that is all the upland upon the Neck where his house stands in which he know dwells... after mine and my wife's decease,' "provided that my son-in-law Zachary Paddock" shall have the house where he dwells and two acres within the above tract 'during the life of Deborah his now wife'; also to 'the said Sylas Sares' a tract of meadow and half of 'my land called Robins as is undivided...[3]

Excerpt from "The descendants of Richard Sares..."

"Lieut. Silas Sears lived in that part of Yarmouth known as the East precinct, now East Dennis ; was 'propounded to take up Freedom,' June 6, 1682 ; com. Ensign, Oct. 28, 1681 ; Lieut. July 7, 1682 ; chosen Representative to the General Court at Plymouth, 1685-91 ; Selectman, 1680-94 ; Juryman, 1680-82.
25 Dec, 1689, " Silace Sears and others fined 20 s for not appearing and attending at Court, or disorderly departing therefrom ; " — fines remitted later, 'it being first offense of the kind.'
1694, 'Lt. Silas Sears on Com. to seat men, women and others in the meeting house;' an onerous duty in those days.
1 Nov., 1676, Emott Bursell and Silas Sears appointed administrators of the Estate of James JBursell of Yarmouth.
It has been suggested that his wife may have been a daughter of the above James Bursell, but I find nothing whatever to confirm the supposition, which is based, so far as I know, simply upon his being chosen one of the administrators.
He left no will, and letters of administration were granted to his widow Anna, May 1, 1698. The 'settlement' of his estate made May 5, 1698, a copy of which is annexed, mentions sons Silas, Richard, Joseph and Josiah ; and daughters, Hannah, Elizabeth and Dorrity." [4]


Children

Children of Silas Sears and Anna Bursell:[5]

  1. Silas Sears Jr 1660–1732. "Silas, b. Yar., 1661."
  2. Richard Sears 1665–1726. "Richard, b. Yar."
  3. Joseph Sears 1675–1750. "Joseph, b. Yar., about 1675."
  4. Josiah Sears 1675 - "Josiah, b. Yar., 1675."
  5. Hannah Sears 1672–1706. "Hannah, b. Eastham, Dec, 1672; adm. Ch. Harwich, 1701 ; m. Feb. 8, 1692-3, Thomas Snow, son of Mark and Jane (Prence) S., he b. Aug. 6, 1668 ; (m. 2d, Sep. 30, 1706, Mrs. Lydia (Sears) Hamblen, widow of Eleazar H., of Har., and dau. of Paul Sears, by whom he had Lydia, b. 1707. Thomas, b. June 15, 1709. Aaron, b. Feb. 15, 1710-11, and Ruth, b. 1713.) Children, Snow : [1.] Elizabeth, b. Oct. 25, 1693. [2.]' Mary, b. 1696. [3.] Josiah, b. Jan. 27, 1699. [4.] Ebenezer, b. Feb. 14, 1700-1 ; the first child baptized in Har., Mar. 30, 1701. [5.] Hannah, b. 1703."
  6. Elizabeth Sears 1675–1725. "Elizabeth, b. Yar., m. there Nov. 22, 1705, John Cooke."
  7. Dorothy Sears 1687–1753. "Dorrity, b. Yar., about 1687 ; m. Yar., Feb. 8, 1715- 16, Joseph Staples ; was adm. 2d Gh. Yar., June 30, 1728 ; and d. Feb. 28, 1753, se. 65, gr.-st. , No. Dennis. (Joseph Staples was adm. 2d Oh. Yar., July 6, 1766 ; perhaps a son.)"


Estate

"[Estate of Lieut. Silas Sears] [2:70] 'The Inventory of Lt. Silus Sears of Yarmouth Lately deceased' was not dated. It was sworn to, 2 May, 1698, by 'Anna Sears vid Relict of Lt. Silus Sears'. The real estate was: 'houses Lands and meadow' L130. The estate was indebted to:'Mr. John Stoos', 'Mr. Isaac Chapman', Nathaniel Cole, Thankful Boarman, Samuel Taylor, Seth Taylor, James Sturgis, 'Mr. Jonathan White', John Paddack, 'Mr. Barnabas Lothrop'. [p.71] On 5 May, 1698, Anna Sears, the widow, was appointed administrix of Lt. Silas Sears, 'deceased Intestate'. [p.72] On 5 May, 1698, Barnabas Lothrop, Judge of Probate, settled the estate as follows: 'The widow Anna Sears shall have when debts are paid, one third of ye personal Estate to herself forever: to be at her dispose. And for her dower she shall have one third of ye housing and Land that was her Late husbands sd Silas Sears or ye Improvement thereof During her Natural Life. The Rest of ye Estate shall be equally divided amongst ye sd (said) deceaseds children, only his eldest son to have a double part, at ye Death of ye widow her Dower to be like divided as aforesaid. There is to be added to ye Inventory of ye sd personal estate fifty four pounds which sum of sd deceaseds children own that they have already Received of their father as portion, so that ye widows thirds of ye personal Estate when debts are paidcoms to thirty three pounds, ye childrens part of ye personal and Real Estate beside ye widows Dower with what they have alredy had is as followeth: The eldest son Silas Sears hath as he owned, had already, two pounds, and must have more nine pounds. (The word "thirty" before "two" was doubtless omitted by mistake of the Register in 1698.) Richard Sears hath already four pounds and seven shillings, and must have more, sixteen pounds and three shillings. Hannah Sears hath had already fifteen pounds, and is to have more five pounds and ten shillings. Joseph Sears hath had already three pounds and is to have more seventeen pounds and ten shillings. Josiah Sears is to have twenty pounds and ten Shillings. Elizabeth Sears is to have Twenty pounds and ten shillings. Dorrity Sears is to have twenty pounds and ten shillings. only if debts should appear more than ye doth due from sd Estate, then widow and children according to what they have or shud Receive must pay their proportions thereof. Barnabas Lothrop, Judg of Probate. (Seale) Barnstable, ss.."[6]


Contested Parentage

Some sources claim that Silas' parents were Richard Sears and Dorothy Jones. However, other sources claim that Richard actually married Dorothy Thatcher.

Anderson, in The Great Migration Begins, identifies his mother as Dorothy Jones, daughter of George and Agnes (Unknown) of Dinder, Somerset.[7]

Sylas SEARS was born about 1639 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Massachusetts Bay. He was the son of Richard Sears.

Sylas died 13 Jan 1697 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Massachusetts Bay.

"Silas, son of 1st Richard, Yarmouth, had Silas, Thomas, Richard, Hannah, Joseph, Josiah, Elizabeth, and Dorothy." 589

"In 1680 the Town Meeting appointed the following men to watch for drift whales and claim them for the town: Paul Sears, Samuel Worden, Silas Sears and John Burges from Sawtucket to Nobscusset Point and Samuel Howes, John Howes and Jeremiah Howes from that Point to Yarmouth Harbor. At some early but not certain date, land was appropriated and houses built to shelter the watchers in the seasons of winter and early spring when whatles were most likely to be spotted." 293

"The Great and General Court of Plymouth Colony met for one final time on the last Tuesday of July, 1692. Silas Sears (c. 1638-1697/8) and Jeremiah Howes (1637-1708) were the representatives from Yarmouth on that occasion. The Court set aside the last Wednesday in August as a day of fasting and prayer. " 293

"It was now the custom to appoint a committee to decide on seating the congregation according to rank and wealth. In 1694 the town voted to appoint Captain John Thacher, Lieutenant Silas Sears, Mr. John Miller and Sergeant Joseph Ryder as the committee to 'seat Men, women and others in the meeting house.' " 293

He was for many years a selectman of the town, and also a member of the Colony Court, which latter office heheld at the time of the junction of the Plymouth colony with Massachusetts Bay. He also held a military office, and is named on the records with the title of 'Lieutenant.' He died in Yarmouth (now East Dennis) in 1697, leaving five sons and two daughters". 364

"Lieutenant Sears lived in the East Precinct of Yarmouth, which later became Dennis. He was commissioned ensign Oct. 28, 1681, and Lieutenant July 7, 1682. He was chosen representative to the General Court at Plymouth, 1685-91, selectman, 1`680-94, and juryman, 1680-82. He was appointed in 1676 one of the administrators of the estate of James Bursell of Yarmouth."240

"On 11/1/1676 Emott Bursell and Silas Sears were appointed administrators of the estate James Bursell of Yarmouth." 590

!SPM Lieut Silas Sears lived in that part of Yarmouth known as the East precinct, now East Dennis; was propounded to take up Freedom,"Jun 6 1682; comd Ensign, Oct 28, 1681; Lieut. Jul 7, 1682; chosen representative to the General Court at Plymouth 1680-82. 25 Dec 1689, "Silas Sears and others fined 20s for not appearing and attending at court, or disorderly departing therefrom;"-fines remitted later,"it being first offense of the kind." 1694, "Lt Silas Sears on Com. to seat men, women and others in the meeting house;" an onerous duty in those days. 1 Nov 1676, Emott Bursell and Silas Sears were appointed administrators of the estate of James Bursell of Yarmouth. He left no will, and letters of administration were granted to his widow Anna, May 5, 1698, a copy of which is annexed, mentions sons Silas, Richard, Joseph and Josiah; and daughters, Hannah, Elizabeth and Dorrity. Rev E.H. Sears states in his "Sears Genealogy," that Lieut. Silas Sears had a son Thomas, born Yar., 1664, who removed to Newport, R.I., and died there 1707 leaving issue. Freeman Hist Cape Cod II p.205, says Lt. Silas Sears d. ae. 60 and it is said came from Yar. NE but the entry is now lost. About 1860, a gravestone was erected by Hon. David Sears in the old burying ground on Thames street, Newport, which bears the following inscription. [Copy of epitaph in N.E.Gen. Reg., communicated by Hon. D.S.] "Here lyeth the body of Thomas Seares, Son of Lt. Sylas Seares, of Yarmouth, P.C. And grandson of Richard the Pilgrim. Born in 1664, and died August ye 16th 1707, Aged 43 years. "Beneath this stone the empty casket lies, The polished jewel brightens in the skies." P.Stevens & Sons. [Stone-cutters] This stone is surmounted by the arms of "Sears of Chatham." The name of Thomas Sears is not found in town or church records of Yarmouth or Newport, nor in the Probate records of Barnstable county, or of Newport, R.I; and the fact that he is not mentioned in the settlement of the estate of Lieut. Silas Sears, nine years previous to his alleged death, should be considered good evidence that Silas Sears had no son of that name then living, if he ever had such. Silas Sears, Jun., did have a son Thomas, born in 1702-3, named for his maternal grandfather, Rev. Thomas Crosby. !MD 32, p.165

"[Estate of Lieut. Silas Sears] [2:70] 'The Invintory of Liut Silus Sears of yarmouth Lately deceased' was not dated. It was sworn to, 2 May, 1698, by 'Anna Sears vid Relict of Liut Silus Sears'. The real estate was: 'houses Lands and meadow' L130. The estate was indebted to:'mr John Stoos', 'mr Isaac Chapman', Nathaniel Cole, Thankful Boarman, Samuel Taylor, Seth Taylor, James Sturgis, 'mr Jonathan White', John Paddack, 'mr Barnabas Lothrop'. [p.71] On 5 May, 1698, Anna Sears, the widow, was appointed administrix of Lt Silas Sears, 'deceased Intestate'. [p.72] On 5 May, 1698, Barnabas Lothrop, Judge of Probate, settled the estate as follows: 'The widow Anna Sears shall have when debts are paid, one third of ye personal Estate to herself forever: to be at her dispose. And for her dower she shall have one third of ye housing and Land that was her Late husbands sd Silas Sears or ye Improvement thereof During her Natural Life. The Rest of ye Estate shall be equally divided amongst ye sd (said) deceaseds children, only his eldest son to have a dubble part, at ye Death of ye widow her Dower to be like divided as aforesaid. There is to be added to ye Inventory of ye sd personal estate fifty four pounds which sum of sd deceaseds children own that they have all Redy Received of their father as portion, so that ye widows thirds of ye personal Estate when debts are paidcoms to thirty three pounds, ye childrens part of ye personal and Real Estate beside ye widows Dower with what thwey have allRedy had is as followeth: The eldest son Silas Sears hath as he owned, had alredy, two pounds, and must have more nine pounds. (The word "thirty" before "two" was doubtless omitted by mistake of the Register in 1698.) Richard Sears hath allRedy four pounds and seven shillings, and must have more, sixteen pounds and three shillings. Hannah Sears hath had allRedy fifteen pounds, and is to have more five pounds and ten shillings. Joseph Sears hath had allRedy three pounds and is to have more seventeen pounds and ten shillings. Josiah Sears is to have twenty pounds and ten Shillings. Elizabeth Sears is to have Twenty pounds and ten shillings. Dorrity Sears is to have twenty pounds and ten shillings. only if debts should appear morethan ye doth due from sd Estate, then widow and children according to what they have or shud Receive must pay their proportions thereof. Barnabas Lothrop, Judg of Probate. (Seale) Barnstable, ss. Oct. 8,1885.

Sources

  1. New England, The Great Migration and The Great Migration Begins, 1620-1635, by Robert Charles Anderson, Vol 3, P-W, p. 1643
  2. A Genealogical Dictionary of The First Settlers of New England, Before 1692; Volume #4, By James Savage. http://www.usgennet.org/usa/topic/newengland/savage/bk4/sealis-sennot.htm
  3. New England, The Great Migration and The Great Migration Begins, 1620-1635, by Robert Charles Anderson, Vol 3, P-W, p. 1642
  4. The descendants of Richard Sares (Sears) of Yarmouth, Mass., 1638-1888 : With an appendix, containing some notices of other families by name of Searsby May, Samuel P. (Samuel Pearce), 1828-ca. 1, 914, Published 1890, p. 48-52. https://archive.org/stream/descendantsofric1890mays#page/48/mode/2up
  5. The descendants of Richard Sares (Sears) of Yarmouth, Mass., 1638-1888 : With an appendix, containing some notices of other families by name of Searsby May, Samuel P. (Samuel Pearce), 1828-ca. 1, 914, Published 1890, p. 48-52. https://archive.org/stream/descendantsofric1890mays#page/48/mode/2up
  6. Find a Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=48961699&ref=acom
  7. #GMB Page 1643

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Lieutenant Silas Sears
Death Date: 13 Jan 1697
Death Place: Yarmouth, Massachusetts

Acknowledgments

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On 11 Sep 2019 at 01:00 GMT Tim Prince wrote:

One of the 2 cited findagraves matches the place of birth and parents, not the date, the other matches only the date.

On 19 Jul 2018 at 12:43 GMT Carole Taylor wrote:

question? could we add the "other" spelling? The SARES...Thank you, also may we add him to the "Cemetery" category. Ancient Cemetery, Yarmouth Port, Barnstable County, Massachusetts Cenotaph [?]

On 30 Oct 2014 at 20:44 GMT Virginia (Clark) Wilber wrote:

Sears-1583 and Sears-651 appear to represent the same person because: Hi,

Only 2 more merge requests to go. Only way I know I can delete a profile - and they are the same persons even though I only have rudimentary information in my profile.

Silas is 17 degrees from Mags Gaulden, 14 degrees from Dennis Wilson and 11 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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