Sears Family

This information concerns five generations of the Sears family.
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.
 • 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.

   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.

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   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 H. [S. L. _?_], George Washington Lafayette [Elizabeth _?_], Anderson H. [Mary A. Elizabeth Holley], Caswell J., 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
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   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 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: J. G. (♂), W. (♂), J. (♂), Alfred F. Jr [Emma _?_], A. (♀), E. L. (♀), Mary, Thomas Jefferson [Catherine _?_], Martha, James P. [Amy Jane Niles], Noah S. [Jenny L. Kelly]
died: (May 17, 1884) in GA
buried:
census: On the 1820 census, he was with his parents in Jasper County, GA; on the 1830 and 1840 census, he was with his wife in Newton County, GA; on the 1850 census, he was in Henry County, GA; on the 1860 and 1870 census, he was in Clayton County, GA; on the 1880 census, he was with his son Thomas Jefferson 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], J. W. [Mary _?_], 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 Camp[bell] (October 30, 1832) in Newton County, GA
               (b) Thomas W. Carroll (April 21, 1839) in Talbot County, GA
children: (a)
               (b)
died: (1883) in Marion County, GA
buried: Tazewell Cemetery, Tazewell, Marion County, GA
census: On the 1820 census, she was likely with her father in Jasper County, GA; on the 1830 census, she was likely with her brother Bishop Harrison in Newton County, GA; on the 1840 census, in ----; on the 1850, 1860, and 1870 census, she was with her second husband 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.

   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.

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   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, Susannah Minerva, James Madison, John W. P., Zealous Columbus, Martha Palmetto
died: (after 1870) in
buried:
census: On the 1840 census, she was 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:
James Cave (November 30, 1856) in DeKalb County, AL
children: James McCullough
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. Furthermore, there is no evidence that she ever married into the Mincy family, but was a member of various Mincy households for nearly forty years. The person who supplied the information for her obituary and death certificate may not have known her true identity and assumed she was a Mincy. For example, on the 1900 census, she is listed in the household of George W. Mincy as "grandmother," and she was not, but she had been living with the Mincy family since he was (age 14) in the Able Mincy household, too. His grandmother on the Mincy side was Mary Ann Elrod, wife of Able Mincy and mother of Joseph Marion Mincy, who was the father of George W. Mincy. His mother is not known.

   J. W.
born: (1830) in GA
married: Mary _?_ ( ) in
children:
died: ( ) in
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 (?)
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   Martha J.
born: (1836) in Habersham County, GA
married: ( ) in
children:
died: ( ) in
buried:
census: On the 1840 census, she was (less than 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.
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   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
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   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.
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   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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