James William SEARS
!Lelia Brownscombe -Here is a letter that Aunt Mabel (Uncle Jim's wife) sent to
me. 1 Feb 1931 15 grace Road, W Medford, Mass.
I have been going into the genealogical rooms in Boston lately. having
great fun looking into my Williams ancestry- and incidentally I found one or
two things I think nice for you to know about your Sears ancestors. You know
probably the first Sears ancestor was Richard who was supposed to have come
here in 1630. and your line from him is ... Well your great great great
grandfather Edmund was a sea captain, and was unloading his ship in Boston
Harbor when the Boston Tea Party occured. He left his ship- boarded the vessel
which had the tea on board and assisted in throwing it overboard. It was the
Paul Revere Lodge of Masons who planned the affair. When Edmund Sears returned
home he went to the "Bowfat" (a circle around the fireplace)and took the teapot
and caddy and threw them out of doors telling his wife ther was to be no more
tea ever in his house, and also forbid the wearing of any article of British
make- He had 4 sons in the Revolution and when there was a threatened invasion
of the Cape, he rode horseback and offered his services altho then an old man.
You see you are a good D.A.R. candidate as well as a special bar for being a
direct descendant of a member of the Boston Tea Party. Of course your mother
is too. I am a member of Boston Tea Party Chapter and we have scarcely 1/2
doz- who can claim descent from real Boston Tea Partiers and aren't they proud
of it? All I can claim is that I married one-
Also I find Wm Sears your great grandfather, your mother's grandfather, and his
father Elkanah set out the first cranberries ever cultivated on Cape Cod on
what is now flax pond- owned now by Cousin Edmund. These two things are a
matter of record and I thought maybe you'd enjoy knowing them. The remark
Edmund's wife made when he threw out the tea is also in record, she turned to
the children who had ghathered to "welcome" father home and said-"your poor
father has losthis mind."
The Sears Coat of Arms is beautiful and the motto is "Exaltat Humiles" If
... you can translate that. Hope this will interest you. It did your Uncle
Billy and he wanted me to write it to you. This is taken from published
records and is supposed to be as authentic as any records can ever be.
Deep snow here 8 in & it is now snowing on top of that.
Love to all,
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