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Josiah Sears

Male 1708 - 1772  (63 years)


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  • Name Josiah Sears  [1, 2
    Born 25 Aug 1708  Yarmouth, Barnstable, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4, 5, 6
    Gender Male 
    Alternate death Jan 1772  Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Died Between 2 Jan 1772 and 11 Feb 1772  Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Person ID I20209  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of LDN
    Last Modified 5 Sep 2019 

    Father Josiah Sears,   b. Abt 1675, Yarmouth, Barnstable, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1727, Provincetown, Barnstable, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 52 years) 
    Mother Mercy Howes,   d. 1720 
    Married 3 Apr 1702  Yarmouth, Barnstable, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6
    Family ID F12146  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Azuba Knowles,   b. 6 Feb 1714, Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Mar 1762, Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 48 years) 
    Married 30 Sep 1736  Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 5, 6
    Children 
    +1. Josiah Sears,   b. 1 Feb 1745, Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Jul 1819, Barrington, Shelburne, Nova Scotia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
    +2. Azuba Sears,   b. 5 Nov 1747, Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1839, Barrington, Shelburne, Nova Scotia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years)
    Last Modified 3 Sep 2019 
    Family ID F12136  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • 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!

  • Sources 
    1. [S2572] A History of Barrington Township and Vicinity, Shelburne County, Nova Scotia 1604-1870, with a Biographical and Genealogical Appendix by Ewin Crowell. Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, undated (but obviously late 19th/early 20th century).

    2. [S2571] Genealogical Notes of Cape Cod Families by Lydia B. Brownson, Grace W. Held, and Doris V. Norton. Duxbury, Massachusetts, 1966. Handwritten manuscript on Archive.org.

    3. [S2598] Charles Thornton Libby, "The Knowles Family of Eastham, Mass." The New England Historical and Genealogical Register 79:286, 1925; 79:379, 1925; 80:6, 1926; 80:119, 1926.

    4. [S2583] Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988, on ancestry.com.

    5. [S2095] The Descendants of Richard Sares (Sears) of Yarmouth, Massachusetts, 1638-1888 by Samuel P. May. Albany, New York: Joel Munsell's Sons, 1890.

    6. [S3449] New Englanders in Nova Scotia, manuscript and collection of articles and research material, including articles written by Fred E. Crowell in the 1920s and 30s for the Yarmouth Herald, and also Crowell's research notes. R. Stanton Avery Special Collections, New England Historic Genealogical Society. Searchable at americanancestors.org.

    7. [S2624] Massachusetts, Wills and Probate Records, 1635-1991, on ancestry.com.