Father: Paul SEARS
- BIRTH: 19 NOV 1802, Sandisfield,,MA
- DEATH: 6 JUL 1880, Saratoga,,NY
- BURIAL: ,,,1250
Mother: Rachel GRANGER
Elizabeth Griggs COREY
- William Barnas SEARS
- Elizabeth Corey SEARS
- Edward Henry SEARS
- Robert Davis SEARS
- Edward Dwight SEARS
_Paul SEARS ________
_Paul SEARS _____|
| |_Elizabeth SLAWTER _
|_Rachel GRANGER _|
!S.P. May p.371 Barnas was buried at Brookline in his wife's family tomb.
Rev Barnas Sears, D.D., LL. D., S.T.D., grad Brown Univ., 1825, and Newton
Theo Sem'y, 1829; studied several years at Halle, Leipsic and Berlin; was two
years Pastor 1st Bapt Ch, Hartford, CT; afterward Prof Ham. Theo Sem'y, NY,
(now Madison Univ) and Prof. and Pres. Newton Theo Sem'y, Newton, MA
In 1848, he succeeded Horace Mann as Sec. Mass. Board of Education, and was
from 21 Aug 1855 to Feb 1867, President of Brown University.
From 1867 until his death, he rendered valuable services as General Agent of
the Trustees of the Fund given by the late George Peabody for the benefit of
He published "Nohden's Grammar of the English Language," in 1842; "Classical
Studies," 1843; "Ciceronia, or the Prussian Mode of Instruction in Latin," 1844;
"Memoir of Rev Bela Jacobs," 1847; "Life of Luther," 1850; since republished in
England with the title "Mental and Spiritual Life of Luther", 1850; numerous
reports on education, occaisonal addresses, and contributions to reviews and
other periodicals, and to "Appleton's American Cyclopedia."
In 1838, and for several years he edited the "Christian Review," and later
In 1864, he published a discourse on the "Completion of the first century of
Dr Sears was in public life from the time he returned to this country from
Europe in 1837, unitl the year of his death, 1880.
By many he was considered one of the greatest men of the age, and no doubt he
was the foremost educator.
He had made every effort to sevure his own scholarship, as his parents were
unable to render him much assistance, and what he possessed himself he earnestly
wished others to share.
He never was in the company of the young that on parting, they had not
something to remember, which he had imparted in a pleasant manner.
His social and domestic life was not so full of incidnets as might be expected
, considering his peculiar gifts of wit, conversation and quick repartee, for he
was a devoted student, even to the last days of his career.
Each year he was accustomed to take some one of the languages, and renew his
intimacy with it.
He spoke and wrote with comparative ease, Greek, Latin, French, German,
Spanish and Italian, and had a fair knowledge of Hebrew and Sanscrit.
In English he was a sure authority, and it was an absolute pain to him to hear
it badly spoken by those who should use it correctly.
His wife was accustomed to say that she almost wished she was book, as then
she should receive his attention occasionally, and his children sometimes
remarked that they wished company would come, so that the sound of his voice
would be heard.
Such things rather pained him, while he treated them as jests, and he would
lay aside pen and paper, and endeavor to "be sociable," but soon he would be
seen in his own familiar place, utterly oblivious to his surroundings.
He had a very warm and affectionate nature, and although separated from all
his brothers and sisters for many years, he seldom spoke of them without emotion
Of his mother he had the tenmderest remembrance; he always described her to
his children, who never saw her, as one of the best and sweetest Christians.
His father was quick-tempered and uneven in his spirits, but the mother was
uniform and mild.
He had an old uncle Simeon, who use dto be rather severe with his mischievous
Although Barnas was his favorite, he was very impatient at his fondness for
books, and when he found him stretched under the shade fo a tree, or sheltered
from sight in any sequestered nook, he would chide him for laziness, and not
unfrequently lay his riding whip about the boy's legs.
In spite of his fault-finding, however, he was proud of his talents, and in
later life often said, he "always knew that youngster would make his mark."
While religious in the deepest and truest meaning of the word, Dr Sears was
neither sectarian or narrow minded.
He had a broad catholic spirit, and saw good in all men.
When others were sitting in harshest judgement on some unfortunate one, he
had a word of exculpation, or a loophole for possible escape.
In a little pocket diary, found in his coat after death, were a few rules for
self-government. One was, "Criticise yourself severly, others mildly." Another
was, "If not able to say a kind thing of the absent, keep silent."
These maxims were most faithfully observed.
He had inherited a quick temper, but by the time his family were grown, he had
it under perfect control.
After he died, an old colored man-servent, who had lived with him for many
years, told his associates that he had never heard his master speak angrily, and
a colored girl who waited on Mrs Sears seventeen years bore the same testimony.
Every one loved him who served him, and while the whole country took sad note
of his death, there was no sincerer regret anywhere than amongst the humble poor
, who were connected with him in domestic life.
!Notable Americans and What They Did, ed Linda S Hubbard; Gale Research; Texas
A&M Library;Pres Brown Univ - 1855
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