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Josiah Sears

Male 1745 - 1819  (74 years)


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Generation: 1

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

    Josiah married Elizabeth. Elizabeth died Bef 6 Apr 1797. [Group Sheet]

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

Generation: 2

  1. 2.  Josiah Sears was born 25 Aug 1708, Yarmouth, Barnstable, Massachusetts (son of Josiah Sears and Mercy Howes); died Between 2 Jan 1772 and 11 Feb 1772, 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 30 Sep 1736, Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts. Azuba (daughter of Col. Samuel Knowles and Bethia Brown) was born 6 Feb 1714, Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts; died Mar 1762, Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts. [Group Sheet]


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


Generation: 3

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

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


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

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

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


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


Generation: 4

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

    Silas married Anna Abt 1665. Anna died 4 Mar 1726, Yarmouth, Barnstable, Massachusetts. [Group Sheet]


  2. 9.  Anna died 4 Mar 1726, 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 Abt 1675, Yarmouth, Barnstable, Massachusetts; died 1727, Provincetown, Barnstable, Massachusetts.

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

  4. 12.  Samuel Knowles was born 17 Sep 1651, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts (son of Richard Knowles and Ruth Bower); died 19 Jun 1737, Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts; was buried , 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 Dec 1679, Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts. Mercy (daughter of Maj. John Freeman and Mercy Prence) was born Jul 1659, Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts; died 19 Jun 1737, Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts; was buried , Orleans, Barnstable, Massachusetts. [Group Sheet]


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

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

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


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