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Josiah Sears

Male 1745 - 1819  (74 years)


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Generation: 1

  1. 1.  Josiah Sears was born on 1 Feb 1745 in Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts (son of Josiah Sears and Azuba Knowles); died on 27 Jul 1819 in Barrington, Shelburne, Nova Scotia.

    Family/Spouse: Elizabeth. Elizabeth died before 6 Apr 1797. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

    Children:
    1. Azuba Sears was born on 26 Feb 1791 in Barrington, Shelburne, Nova Scotia.

Generation: 2

  1. 2.  Josiah Sears was born on 25 Aug 1708 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Massachusetts (son of Josiah Sears and Mercy Howes); died between 2 Jan 1772 and 11 Feb 1772 in Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate death: Jan 1772, Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts

    Notes:

    He was a cordwainer.

    As of 16 Dec 2018, ancestry.com's transcription of the record of his will and probate erroneously calls 2 Jan 1772 the date of his probate. But the eighteenth-century probate record that ancestry.com links to -- a piece of handwriting so elegantly legible it could be read from outer space -- clearly says that Josiah Sears made his will on 2 Jan 1772 and that it was probated the following 11 Feb. Whenever possible, always look at the original documents!

    Josiah married Azuba Knowles on 30 Sep 1736 in Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts. Azuba (daughter of Col. Samuel Knowles and Bethia Brown) was born on 6 Feb 1714 in Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts; died in Mar 1762 in Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  2. 3.  Azuba Knowles was born on 6 Feb 1714 in Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts (daughter of Col. Samuel Knowles and Bethia Brown); died in Mar 1762 in Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts.
    Children:
    1. 1. Josiah Sears was born on 1 Feb 1745 in Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts; died on 27 Jul 1819 in Barrington, Shelburne, Nova Scotia.
    2. Azuba Sears was born on 5 Nov 1747 in Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts; died in 1839 in Barrington, Shelburne, Nova Scotia.


Generation: 3

  1. 4.  Josiah Sears was born about 1675 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Massachusetts (son of Silas Sears and Anna); died in 1727 in Provincetown, Barnstable, Massachusetts.

    Josiah married Mercy Howes on 3 Apr 1702 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Massachusetts. Mercy (daughter of Samuel Howes) died in 1720. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  2. 5.  Mercy Howes (daughter of Samuel Howes); died in 1720.
    Children:
    1. 2. Josiah Sears was born on 25 Aug 1708 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Massachusetts; died between 2 Jan 1772 and 11 Feb 1772 in Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts.

  3. 6.  Col. Samuel Knowles was born on 15 Jan 1682 in Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts (son of Samuel Knowles and Mercy Freeman); died on 30 Jan 1751 in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts; was buried on 1 Feb 1751 in Old Granary Burial Ground, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts.

    Notes:

    Eastham selectman, 1722-28, then moderator of the town meeting. Colonel of the Second Barnstable Regiment. Justice of the sessions court. Guardian of the native Americans in the lower part of Barnstable County. After his father retired, he was often a representative in the Massachusetts general court, and he died during a session of the court in Boston.

    "On Wednesday the 30th of January died at his Lodgings in this Town, Samuel Knowles, Esq; One of the Members of the Honourable House of Representatives, from the Town of Eastham; in the County of Barnstable; and on Friday was decently interr'd, attended by the Honourable House of Representatives, and others. A Gentleman who was greatly belov'd and respected, and will be much lamented: As one of His Majesty's Justices, Col. Knowles was strictly Impartial in the Administration of Justice; was always for making up of Differences between Man and Man as soon as possible, and with as little Charge as might be; and was remarkable both for preventing and healing of any long and uncomfortable Debates among his Neighbours and others; and his Judgment greatly sett by; and that which crown'd all, A Man of strict Piety and Integrity." [Boston Weekly News-Letter, 7 Feb 1751]

    Samuel married Bethia Brown on 7 Nov 1709 in Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts. Bethia (daughter of Samuel Brown and Martha Harding) was born on 9 Sep 1685 in Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts; died after 13 Jan 1751. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  4. 7.  Bethia Brown was born on 9 Sep 1685 in Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts (daughter of Samuel Brown and Martha Harding); died after 13 Jan 1751.
    Children:
    1. Enos Knowles was born on 30 Apr 1712 in Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts; died in 1784 in Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts.
    2. 3. Azuba Knowles was born on 6 Feb 1714 in Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts; died in Mar 1762 in Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts.


Generation: 4

  1. 8.  Silas Sears was born about 1641 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Massachusetts (son of Richard Sears and Dorothy Jones); died on 13 Jan 1698 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Massachusetts.

    Silas married Anna about 1665. Anna died on 4 Mar 1726 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Massachusetts. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  2. 9.  Anna died on 4 Mar 1726 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Massachusetts.

    Notes:

    According to Robert Charles Anderson, she was probably a daughter of James Bursell of Yarmouth.

    Children:
    1. 4. Josiah Sears was born about 1675 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Massachusetts; died in 1727 in Provincetown, Barnstable, Massachusetts.

  3. 10.  Samuel Howes was born in in of Yarmouth, Barnstable, Massachusetts.
    Children:
    1. 5. Mercy Howes died in 1720.

  4. 12.  Samuel Knowles was born on 17 Sep 1651 in Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts (son of Richard Knowles and Ruth Bower); died on 19 Jun 1737 in Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts; was buried in Orleans, Barnstable, Massachusetts.

    Notes:

    Eastham fence viewer, 1681; constable, 1687; petty juryman, 1691; selectman, 1692 on. Representative to the general court for many terms beginning in 1697. 1703, commissioner to try small causes.

    Samuel married Mercy Freeman in Dec 1679 in Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts. Mercy (daughter of Maj. John Freeman and Mercy Prence) was born in Jul 1659 in Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts; died on 19 Jun 1737 in Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts; was buried in Orleans, Barnstable, Massachusetts. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  5. 13.  Mercy Freeman was born in Jul 1659 in Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts (daughter of Maj. John Freeman and Mercy Prence); died on 19 Jun 1737 in Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts; was buried in Orleans, Barnstable, Massachusetts.
    Children:
    1. 6. Col. Samuel Knowles was born on 15 Jan 1682 in Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts; died on 30 Jan 1751 in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts; was buried on 1 Feb 1751 in Old Granary Burial Ground, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts.

  6. 14.  Samuel Brown was born on 3 Mar 1656 in Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts (son of William Brown and Mary Morecock); died on 3 Dec 1691 in Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts; was buried in Cove Burying Ground, Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts.

    Samuel married Martha Harding on 19 Feb 1683 in Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts. Martha (daughter of Joseph Harding and Bethia Cooke) was born on 13 Dec 1662 in Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts; died in 1692 in Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts; was buried in Cove Burying Ground, Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  7. 15.  Martha Harding was born on 13 Dec 1662 in Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts (daughter of Joseph Harding and Bethia Cooke); died in 1692 in Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts; was buried in Cove Burying Ground, Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts.
    Children:
    1. 7. Bethia Brown was born on 9 Sep 1685 in Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts; died after 13 Jan 1751.