Father: William SEARS
- BIRTH: 25 APR 1849, E Dennis,,MA
- DEATH: 26 JUN 1914, E Dennis,,MA
- BURIAL: South St Cem,E Dennis
Mother: Ruth BERRY
Lelia Tabitha ELDREDGE
- MARRIAGE: 22 DEC 1881, Chatham,,MA
- James William SEARS
- Lewis Elkanah SEARS
- Lelia Estelle SEARS
- Leslie Ray SEARS
_Elkanah SEARS _
_William SEARS _|
| |_Mercy BRAY ____
|--Elkanah Howes SEARS
|_Ruth BERRY ____|
!1900 Census Vol 1,7,7,9 Dennis, Barnstable, MA
!LJB Carpenter, windmills built church Wellfleet worked Shiverick Shipyard 1882
!Pam Cooper discovered that Elkanah's maternal grandfather was Howes Berry and
Howes Berry's maternal grandmother was Sarah Howes, grandaughter of Jeremiah
Howes. Hence Elkanah's (Mr El-kay'-ney according to Ellen Sears Curran) middle
!by Lelia Brownscombe-grandaughter of Elkanah (9 Nov 1992) My grandfather was
born in a house built in 1805 by his grandfather, Elkanah Sears (No. 401), whose
home on the Southwest corner of South and School Streets, E Dennis, had burned.
This beautiful Cape Cod house, located at 51 School St, replaced the destroyed
Elkanah Howes' father, William (No. 1144), was also born in the 1805 house.
His mother was Ruth Berry. I have an old silver tablespoon with the initials
WR engraved on the handle. This was unusual because they stand for William and
Ruth. The usual way was to use the first initial of the last name of the
married couple. Elkanah (No. 2568) had two brothers, William Gray and Isaac
Berry. (ed. the autographs in the Sears Genealogical Catalogue were collected
As a boy, grandfather said, if it rained he had to get up in the middle of
the night to help pull up the canvas which protected the salt beds from getting
wet. He also had a pet skunk and a turtle in his closet.
On 22 Dec 1881, Elkanah married Lelia Eldridge (No 6984b. i). (I was
surprised that my grandmother's line through her mother was back to Richard
Sears) She lived at 2666 Route 28, S Chatham. (The house is still there) She
had been a teacher in Chatham before her marriage.
My grandfather was a carpenter and had a beautiful workshop in the carriage
room of the large barn on Center St. across the street from the Church. He
also called himself a mechanic probably because he installed and repaired
windmills. he built a Church in Wellfleet, repaired the steeple on the E
Dennis Church when it was struck by lightning, repaired the Brewster Mill
according to brother Isaac's note book. He built many houses on Cape Cod.
When he was first married, Kanah, as his wife called him, worked in the
Shiverick Shipyard on Quivet Neck according to Lelia T Sears' diary written
in 1882. (ed. according to Dean Stanley Sears, Quivet rhymes with quiet)
Kanah and Lelia lived lived in a duplex at 26 or 28 South St near School St.
It is still standing. All four of their children were born in this house,
James William, Lewis Elkanah, Lelia Estelle and Leslie Ray. Elkanah added
dormer windows, bathroom, screen porch and pump house and water system to the
1805 house after 1905.
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