Father: Paul SEARS
- BIRTH: ABT 1682, Yarmouth
- DEATH: 10 AUG 1756, Chatham,,MA
Mother: Deborah WILLARD
- MARRIAGE: 12 FEB 1708/1709, Yarmouth
- Rebecca SEARS
- Daniel SEARS
- Sarah SEARS
- Mercy SEARS
- Richard SEARS
- David SEARS
- Deborah SEARS
_Richard SEARS _
_Paul SEARS ______|
| |_Dorothy _______
|_Deborah WILLARD _|
Capt. Daniel Sears purchased land in Monomoy, now Chatham, in 1707; was town
Clerk, 1714-21, 1725; Selectman, 1719-1730; Ensign, 1722, and later Captain.
1722, "School to be kept at quarter of Ensign Daniel Sears, he to select the
His will, dated "20 Jan. 1753, new stile," was proved July 27, 1756, by Daniel
Sears, Execr, and mentions Daniel, Rebecca, Sarah, Mercy and Deborah. Paul
Sears, JAmes Covel and Wm. Nickerson appraised the estate Sep. 14, 1756. R.Est.
L 300, and personal L 70 10 8.
In the "Sears Gen'y" it is stated that Daniel Sears married Sarah, dau. of
J. Hawes of Yarmouth, and in a manuscript of Hon. David Sears, referred to in
the chapter on English Ancestry, see ante, she is called "dau. of Jere. Hawes."
The error has been perpetuated on the Sears monuments in Yarmouth, Chatham
She was the daughter of Samuel Howes of Yarmouth, gr.-dau. of Joseph Howes,
and gt.-gr.-dau. of Thomas Howes.
The will of Samuel Howes, dated 1722, recorded in Barns. Prob. Rec., IV, 90,
names daughters Sarah Sears, and gives her 20s with what she already had; Hope
Sears and Mercy Sears (who had married respectively, Daniel and Richard Sears,
brothers,and Josiah Sears, their cousin).
On the Yarmouth records the name is clearly written Sarah Howes. The first
Sarah Hawes in Yarmouth, was the dau.of Dea. Joseph H., and born Apr., 1696,
therefore but thirteen years of age in 1709, when Daniel Sears married. The
first Jeremiah Hawes was born in 1711.
The old family mansion was taken down in 1863, having after the death of
Madame Richard Sears been occupied by divers families, and allowed to become
dilapidated. It was originally, perhaps,a one story, or one and a half story
building with gambril roof, and added to until it occupied much ground.
In a letter from J. Hawes to Daniel Sears of Chatham, printed in the "Sears
Gen'y," reference is made to its "partial destruction by fire in 1763," at which
time the ever to be lamented loss if the family papers, is said to have taken
place. The old building, when taken down, bore no marks of having ever passed
through the fiery ordeal; the original timbers were in place, with the bark
still on, nor does "the oldest inhabitant" remember any tradition of such an
event. Benjamin Bangs of Harwich, to whose diary I have before referred, makes
no allusion to any fire in Chatham at that time, though chronicling more trivial
events happening there.
An amusing anecdote is related in connection with the old house, and marriage
of Deborah Sears in 1741.
The ceremony was performed at home, and the guests remained for the evening,
as there was to be a dance in honor of the occaison.
The long chamber had been cleared, and made ready, and in due time they were
"tripping it on the light fantastic toe."
The bride, a buxom lass, and not sylph-like in form, enjoyed dancing immensely
In the course of the evening her animation became excessive, and while dancing
vigorously her foot broke through the floor, causing some confusion, and slight
This tradition being remembered by some of the neighbors when the old house
was torn down, an examination was made to see if there was any evidence of the
disaster, and in confirmation of the story, they found a square of board had
been let into the center of the flooring.
The gravestones of Daniel Sears and his wife may still be seen in the Chatham
burying-ground, laid face down; one of them bears this inscription,
"Here lyes ye body of Capt. Daniel Sears, who departed this life, August ye 10
1756, in ye 74th year of his age."
!WCS He gave all his real estate to his son Daniel. "All those my lands and
rights of land I now have or of right I ought to have within the precinct or
Village of Manomoy in the County of barnstable aforesaid, that is to say more
particularly all that my farm or tract of land which I lately purchased of
Joseph Quason, Indian of Monamoy aforesaid. The said farm being bounded
towards the east by the Bay or Salt Water & towards the north by certain
boundaries that is to say ptly by the ditch called Indian Nicks ditch so
extending westerly over a pond W--- oak tree marked so continuing the same
range westerly till it comes to a tall pine tree marked which is the corner
boundary of the farm and bounded towards the south by the land lately John
Cussens, Indian, as an old fence & dry ditch directs to a pine tree near the
house of Joseph Eldridges & is bounded towards the west partly by the Oyster
pond & ptly by the lands of particular persons. That is to say all my lands
pertaining to said farm & not formerly sold or passed away by the said Joseph
Quason before the 12th day of October A.D. 1702 as in & by one instrument or
deed of feoffment of the date aforesaid given me under the hand and seal of
said Quason may appear at large, reference thereto be had for the westerly
bounds of the said farm- and also my two parcels of meadow land. The one
called Stump Marsh esteemed at eight acres more or less environed with the
upland and meadow of the heirs of Samuel Smith deceased. The other being a
small piece of marsh esteemed at one acre more or less bounded westward by a
creek southward by a pine tree standing on th eupland which tree is the
Northerly bounds of the meadow of the heirs of the said Samuel Smith. Eastward
by the upland till it comes to point thereof near ye creek, together also with
my one third part of all the common or undivided land within the limits of
Monamoy aforesaid, excepting such privileges of herbage or feeding for cattle
and firewood as hath been formerly granted to any person or persons in or on
the said Commons or undivided land by Mr William Nickerson deceased or by his
son William Nickerson, Sarah Covel & her children or myself or any one of us.
(Josiah Paine papers).
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