Sears Family

This information concerns five generations of the Sears family with roots in North Carolina.
1700-1900

 • Individuals are listed chronologically, and those in red show my (tentative) line of descent.
 • Connections of collateral lines to main lines are indicated by linked names.
 • Generations within a family are separated by a series of asterisks: * Generation # *
 • Twins within a family are marked with a lozenge symbol (◊).
 • Unknown or unsubstantiated data are marked with blanks or with question marks.
 • Spelling variations and transcriptions encountered in records and indexes: Seares, Sayers

CAVEAT: Apart from census data, this information has not been confirmed entirely by my personal research, and mistakes are likely present, so use at your discretion.

                   * Generation I *
   Joseph
born: (about 1763) in Martinsville, Henry County, VA?
married: (a) Elizabeth Searles (July 27, 1784) in Orange County, NC
               (b) Nancy Shields (January 23, 1818) in GA
children: (a) Anderson [Alley White] [Martha _?_], Wyatt [Frances Wilkerson], Vincent [Lundy Kimball] [Mary Stanford], Alfred F. [Mary Cochran],
Bishop Harrison [Margaret Lang], William [Martha Finney Lockhart], Frances [John Camp] [Thomas W. Carroll], John A. [Tabitha Jane Buckner]
               (b) ?
died: (about 1827-30) in Newton County, GA
buried:
census: On the 1800 census, he might have been in Granville County, NC; The 1810 census in Georgia was burned by the British during the War of 1812. On the 1820 census, a "Josiah" (Joseph?) Sears and Wyatt Sears were in Jasper County, GA; on the 1830 census, his widow Nancy might have been with his son Bishop Harrison Sears in Newton County, GA.
note: His first wife was the daughter of Elizabeth Covington and Thomas Searles, who may be listed on the 1787 tax list (St. Mark's district) in Orange County, NC. (The will of Thomas Searles, dated September 30, 1773, in Orange County, NC, lists Joseph "Seares" as a son-in-law.) Joseph had moved to Newton County, GA, by 1827, when he purchased land there, and various land transactions mention his children there as well.

* Generation IV *
   Anderson
(children of Joseph Sears and Elizabeth Searles)

born: (about 1785) in NC
married: (a) Alley White (February 8, 1807) in Granville County, NC
               (b) Martha _?_ (about 1825) in Talbot County, GA?
children: (a)
               (b) Owen Turner, Wesley T. J. [S. L. White], George Washington Lafayette [Elizabeth _?_], Anderson H. [Mary Ann Elizabeth Holley], Caswell J. [Mary A. Elizabeth Holley], William T. J.
died: (1858) in Coosa County, AL
buried:
census: On the 1810 he was (age 16-26) in Granville County, NC; on the 1820 census, he was (age 26-45) in Granville County, NC; on the 1830 census, he was (age 20-30) in Talbot County, GA; on the 1840 census, he was age 40-50) with his second wife in Russell County, AL; on the 1850 census, he was (age 45) with his second wife in Russell County, AL; on the 1860 census, his widow Martha (age 50) was in Coosa County, AL
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   Wyatt
born: (about 1788) in Oxford, Granville County, NC
married: Frances Wilkerson (October 28, 1817) in Granville County, NC
children: Joseph P. [Elizabeth Sarah Love Reems], William F. [Margaret E. Beaty], Thomas Glenn [Sarah Anne Payne], Vincent F. [Lucretia E. Odell], James M., Andrew P. [Eliza _?_], Wyatt Chapel [Louisa Jane Payne], Martha Frances (Emma) [Cooper], George Washington [Susan Cooper]
died: (after 1870) in White County, GA
buried:
census: On the 1820 census, he was (age 26-45) in Jasper County, GA; on the 1830 census, he was (age ) in GA; on the 1840 census, he was (age 50-60) in Habersham County, GA; ; on the 1850 census, he was (age 62) with his wife in Habersham County, GA; on the 1860 census, he was (age 72) with his wife in White County, GA
note: His wife is purportedly the daughter of Ursula Satterwhite and Francis Wilkerson. I have seen "Sutterfield" attached to her name as well.

   Vincent
born: (about 1790) in NC
married: (a) Lundy Kimball (October 28, 1817) in Granville County, NC
               (b) Mary Stanford (about 1845) in Hall County, GA?
children: (a) Emily [Francis M. Strickland], William Fletcher [Mary Jane A. Prather], Joseph T. [Sarah E. Moore], Elizabeth [George W. Johnson], Alfred S., Vincent F., R. W. (male), Mary Jane
               (b) ?
died: (about 1855) in Hall County, GA
buried:
census: On the 1820 census, he was (age 26-45) with his parents in Jasper County, GA; on the 1830 census, he was (age ) in ; on the 1840 census, he was (age 50-60) in Habersham County, GA; on the 1850 census, he was (age 60) with his second wife in Hall County, GA; on the 1860 census, his widow was (age 52) with her stepdaughter Elizabeth and her husband George W. Johnson in Hall County, GA; on the 1870 census, his daughter Mary Jane and her illegitimate son were with her sister Elizabeth and brother-in-law George W. Johnson.
note: He purchased and sold land in Habersham County, GA, in 1843, and he purchased land in Hall County, GA, in 1845. His estate was administered (May 7, 1855) by his widow Mary and son William Fletcher Sears.

   Alfred F.
born: (about 1800) in NC
married: Mary Cochran (August 20, 1826) in Newton County, GA
children: Joseph G. [Mary J. Beasley], W. (♂), J. (♂), Alfred F. Jr [Emma _?_], A. (♀), E. L. (♀), Mary, Thomas Jefferson [Catherine Gilham], Martha, James P. [Amy Jane Niles], Noah S. [Jenny L. Kelley]
died: (May 17, 1884) in GA
buried:
census: On the 1820 census, he was (age 16-26) with his parents in Jasper County, GA; on the 1830 census, he was (age 30-40) with his wife in Newton County, GA; on the 1840 census, he was (age 30-40) with his wife in Newton County, GA; on the 1850 census, he was (age 45) with his wife in Henry County, GA; on the 1860 census, he was (age 50) with his wife in Clayton County, GA; on the 1870 census, he was (age 61) with his wife in Clayton County, GA; on the 1880 census, he was (age 71) with his wife (age 60) in the household of his son James P. Sears and a second time (age 76) with his wife (age 68) in the household of his son Thomas Jefferson Sears in Fulton County, GA.
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   Bishop Harrison
born: (about 1804) in Oxford, Granville County, NC
married: Margaret Lang (October 27, 1825) in Henry County, GA
children: Nancy Ann [William P. Loggins],
Frances E. [James Cave], James W. [Mary _?_], Sarah [Abner Minor Myers], Martha J., John R. [Nancy E. Hurley] [Harriett Elizabeth Welchel], Olive Ann, R. C., William L., Henry C. [Sarah D. Barrett]
died: (after 1860) in Hall County, GA?
buried:
census: On the 1820 census, he was (age 16-26) with his parents in Jasper County, GA; the 1830 census, he was (age 20-30) with his wife in Newton County, GA; on the 1840 census, he was (age 30-40) with his wife in Habersham County, GA; on the 1850 census, he was (age 46) with his wife in Habersham County GA; on the 1860 census, he was (age 55) with his wife in Hall County, GA; on the 1870 census, his son Henry C. was with his wife in Hall County, GA
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   William
born: (about 1806) in NC
married: Martha Finney Lockhart (April 21, 1831) in Talbot County, GA
children: William Joseph [Louisana Lockhart] [Mary Frances Fletcher Green]
died: (1848) in Talbot County, GA
buried:
census: On the 1810 and 1820 census, he was in Granville County, NC; on the 1830 census, he was likely in Newton County, GA; on the 1840 census, he was in Talbot County, GA; on the 1850 census, his widow was in Talbot County, GA; on the 1860 census, his son was in Schley County, GA.
note: The marriage information comes from an item in The Macon Messenger (April 30, 1831). His wife was the widow of Dr. William Lockhart, whom she married (June 23, 1817) in Jones County, GA. (She had three sons by him: Julius Caesar [Catherine Jane Murchison], John Commodore Rogers, and Benjamin Franklin Lockhart.) William's will (signed April 22, 1848) was probated (September 4, 1848) in Talbot County, GA. His son Joseph was enumerated with William P. Mathews, who was a witness to William's will, on the 1850 census in Talbot County, GA.

   Frances A.
born: (August 18, 1808) in NC
married: (a) John Campbell (October 30, 1832) in Newton County, GA
               (b) Thomas W. Carroll (April 21, 1839) in Talbot County, GA
children: (a)
               (b)
died: (February 1883) in Marion County, GA
buried: Tazewell Cemetery, Tazewell, Marion County, GA
census: On the 1820 census, she was (age 10-16) with her father in Jasper County, GA; on the 1830 census, she may have been (age 20-30) with her brother Bishop Harrison Sears in Newton County, GA; on the 1840 census, she was (age 30-40) with her second husband in Marion County, GA; on the 1850 census, she was (age 46) with her second husband in Marion County, GA; on the 1860 census, she was (age 55) with her second husband in Marion County, GA; on the 1870 census, she was (age 66) with her second husband in Marion County, GA; on the 1880 census, she was (age 73) a widow in Marion County, GA
note: Her will was recorded in Will Book A, page 242 (1846-1914) and probated (February 7, 1883) in Marion County, GA. FRANCES A. CARROLL [Note held by J. N. Cheney against Abner Woodall to be used for burial expenses, pailing graves of myself and husband, Thomas W. Carroll. Brother: Alfred Sears (note held by J. N. Cheney in favor of Dr. Joe Sears). Nephew: Eddie Sears. Friends: Mary Wadsworth, William Wadsworth, Sallie Bolton (colored). Executor: Friend, J. N. Cheney.

query: Who is the Frances Carroll (age 40-50) widow in Forsyth County, GA, on the 1840 census?

   John A.
born: (October 12, 1812) in Rowan County, NC
married: Tabitha Jane Buckner (April 27, 1833) in Talbot County, GA
children: Mary Catherine [George Washington McEwen], Elizabeth Frances [Sanford Byrd Waldrip], Martha Thomas [Asa Melton Waldrip], Tabitha Antonette [Guy Smith] [Sinclair M. Suttle], Joseph Wiley [Laura Smith] [Malinda Frances Logan] [Elizabeth A. Mobley]
died: (January 13, 1884) in Coosa County, AL
buried: Sears Chapel Cemetery, near Rockford, Coosa County, AL
census: On the 1850 census, he was (age 38) with his wife in Coosa County, AL; on the1860 census, he was (age 48) with his wife in Coosa County, AL; on the 1870 census, he was (age 58) with his wife in Coosa County, AL; on the 1880 census, he was (age 65) with his wife in Coosa County, AL
note: His wife was the daughter of Judith Tapley and Wiley W. Buckner. She died (July 1, 1893) in Coosa County, AL, and is buried with her husband.

* Generation V *
   Nancy Ann
(children of Bishop Harrison Sears and Margaret Lang)
born: (about 1828) in Newton or Oglethorpe County, GA
married: William Pinkney Loggins (about 1848) in GA
children: Eli Kinsey [Mary Jane Smallwood], Susannah Minerva Jane [Jackson L. Smallwood], James Madison [Nancy Matilda Ann Smallwood], Bishop, John W. [Martha E. Vandiver], Zealous Columbus [Amanda Caline Farmer] [Eva Pennington], Martha Palmetto [James W. Jones]
died: (after 1870) in
buried:
census: On the 1840 census, she was (age 10-15) with her parents in Habersham County, GA; on the 1850 census, she was (age 22) with her husband in Hall County, GA; on the 1860, she was (age 34) with her husband in Lumpkin County, GA; on the 1870 census, she was (age 43) a widow in White County, GA.
note: Her husband enlisted in the Confederate Army (November 11, 1861) in Dahlonega County, GA, and was killed (March 16, 1865) at the battle of Averasboro, in Averasbro, NC.

   Frances E.

born: (about 1829) in Oglethorpe or Habersham County, GA
married: (a)
James Cave (November 30, 1856) in DeKalb County, AL
               (b) Able Mincy (August 16, 1883) in McLennan County, TX
children: James McCullough
               none
died: (December 18, 1910) in Tyler, Smith County, TX
buried: Oakwood Cemetery, Tyler, Smith County, TX; no marker on the grave
census: On the 1850 census, she was (age 21) in the household of William James Lowry in Habersham County, GA; on the 1860 census, she was (age 32) with her husband in Tishomingo County, MS; on the 1870 census, she was (age 43) a boarder in the household of Able Mincy in Alcorn County, MS; on the 1880 census, she was (age 45) in the household of Able Mincy in Smith County, TX; on the 1900 census, she was age (67) in the household of George W. Mincy in Smith County, TX; on the 1910 census, she was (age 76) in the household of George W. Mincy in Smith County, TX
note: Her obituary in 1910 gives her age as 80, suggesting a birth date of 1830; her death certificate gives her age as 92, suggesting a birth date of 1818. The truth is in there somewhere!

CAVEAT: Frances E. Sears may NOT be the daughter of Margaret Lang and Bishop Harrison Sears, but read my rationale for thinking so. In March of 2020, I discovered that France E. Cave did in fact marry Able Mincy, and It came as a big surprise!

   James W.
born: (1830) in GA
married: Mary _?_ ( ) in
children:
died: (after 1860) in GA?
buried:
census: On the 1840 census, he was (age age 5-10) with his parents in Habersham County, GA; on the 1850 census, he was (age 20) with his parents in Habersham County, GA; on the 1860 census, he was (age 30) with his wife in Macon County, AL (?)
note: (On the 1850 census, he might also have been (age 21) enumerated with the John M. Smith family in Habersham County, GA.) It is possible that J. W. Sears (brother-in-law to Abner Minor Myers) was a DeKalb County, GA, enlistee in the Confederate army.

   Sarah Ann
born: (1834) in GA
married: Abner Minor Myers (January 20, 1850) in Cleveland, White County, GA
children: Esley Burns [Mary Farmer], Eldorado R. [Mary Roseanne Williams], John Erastus [Martha Elizabeth Horton], Harrison, James Dean, Daniel Ramsey [Sarah Lou Savage], Bishop, David, Polly A., Willam Fletcher
died: (1872) in White County, GA?
buried:
census: On the 1840 census, she was (age 5-10) with her parents in Habersham County, GA; on the 1850 census, she was (age ) in GA; on the 1860 census, she was (age 27) with her husband in White County, GA; on the 1870 census, she was (age 36) with her husband in White County, GA; on the 1880 census, their son Esley (age 27) was in Hall County, GA, and their son Eldorado (age 23) was in White County, GA
note: After her husband died, she may have moved to Clay County, NC, with a her son John Erastus Myers.

CAVEAT: Sarah Ann Sears may NOT be the daughter of Margaret Lang and Bishop Harrison Sears, but she did name two of her sons Harrison and Bishop, and she fits the female age bracket on the 1840 census in Habersham County, GA.

   Martha J.
born: (1836) in Habersham County, GA
married: ( ) in
children:
died: ( ) in
buried:
census: On the 1840 census, she was (under age 5) with her parents in Habersham County, GA; on the 1850 census, she was (age 14) with her parents in Habersham County, GA; on the 1860 census, she was (age 24) with her parents in Hall County, GA.
note:

   John R.
born: (March 1837) in Habersham County, GA
married: (a) Nancy Ann Hurley ( ) in
               (b) Harriett Elizabeth Welchel (about 1893) in Hall County, GA
children: (a) Eddie B., Mattie J., Gordon
               (b) William H.
died: ( ) in
buried:
census: On the 1840 census, he was (less than age 5) with his parents in Habersham County, GA; on the 1850 census, he was (age 12) with his parents in Habersham County, GA; on the 1860 census, he was age (21) in the household of Francis Marion Whelchel in Hall County, GA; on the 1870 census, he was (age 33) with his wife in Hall County, GA ; on the 1880 census, he was (age 43) with his wife in Hall County, GA; on the 1900 census, he was (age 63) with his second wife in Hall County, GA; on the 1910 census, his second wife was (age 58) a widow in Hall County, GA
note:.

   Olive Ann
born: (1840) in Habersham County, GA
married: ( ) in
children:
died: ( ) in
buried:
census: On the 1840 census, she was (age ) with her parents in Habersham County, GA; on the 1850 census, she was (age 10) with her parents in Habersham County, GA; on the 1860 census, she was (age 24) with her parents in Hall County, GA; on the 1880 census, she was (age 40) in the household of Glenn Wyatt Sears in White County, GA.
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   R. C.
born: (1843) in Habersham County, GA
married: ( ) in
children:
died: ( ) in
buried:
census: On the 1850 census, he was (age 7) with his parents in Habersham County, GA.
note:

   William L.
born: (about 1844) in Habersham County, GA
married: ( ) in
children:
died: ( ) in
buried:
census: On the 1850 census, he was (age 6) with his parents in Habersham County, GA; on the 1860 census, he was (age 17) with his parents in Hall County, GA.
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   Henry C.
born: (1845) in Habersham County, GA
married: Sarah D. Barrett (August 9, 1867) in Hall County, GA
children:
died: ( ) in
buried:
census: On the 1850 census, he was (age 5) with his parents in Habersham County, GA; on the 1860 census, he was (age 13) with his parents in Hall County, GA; on the 1870 census, he was (age 24) with his wife in Hall County, GA; on the 1880 census, he was (age 33) with his wife in Hall County, GA.
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