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Nicknames: "Silas Sears"
Birthplace: Yarmouth, (Present Barnstable County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts)
Death: Died in Yarmouth, Barnstable County, Province of Massachusetts
Occupation: Lieutenant
Managed by: Christian Aaron PERKS
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About Sylas Sears

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His birth was also given as 1637-38, "as indicated by his age given by Otis at the time of his death" . . . He was "possibly a twin of Paul, as his age given by Otis at his death would indicate".240

"Silas, son of 1st Richard, Yarmouth, had Silas, Thomas, Richard, Hannah, Joseph, Josiah, Elizabeth, and Dorothy." 589

"In 1680 the Town Meeting appointed the following men to watch for drift whales and claim them for the town: Paul Sears, Samuel Worden, Silas Sears and John Burges from Sawtucket to Nobscusset Point and Samuel Howes, John Howes and Jeremiah Howes from that Point to Yarmouth Harbor. At some early but not certain date, land was appropriated and houses built to shelter the watchers in the seasons of winter and early spring when whatles were most likely to be spotted." 293

"The Great and General Court of Plymouth Colony met for one final time on the last Tuesday of July, 1692. Silas Sears (c. 1638-1697/8) and Jeremiah Howes (1637-1708) were the representatives from Yarmouth on that occasion. The Court set aside the last Wednesday in August as a day of fasting and prayer. " 293

"It was now the custom to appoint a committee to decide on seating the congregation according to rank and wealth. In 1694 the town voted to appoint Captain John Thacher, Lieutenant Silas Sears, Mr. John Miller and Sergeant Joseph Ryder as the committee to 'seat Men, women and others in the meeting house.' " 293

He was for many years a selectman of the town, and also a member of the Colony Court, which latter office heheld at the time of the junction of the Plymouth colony with Massachusetts Bay. He also held a military office, and is named on the records with the title of 'Lieutenant.' He died in Yarmouth (now East Dennis) in 1697, leaving five sons and two daughters". 364

"Lieutenant Sears lived in the East Precinct of Yarmouth, which later became Dennis. He was commissioned ensign Oct. 28, 1681, and Lieutenant July 7, 1682. He was chosen representative to the General Court at Plymouth, 1685-91, selectman, 1680-94, and juryman, 1680-82. He was appointed in 1676 one of the administrators of the estate of James Bursell of Yarmouth."240

"On 11/1/1676 Emott Bursell and Silas Sears were appointed administrators of the estate James Bursell of Yarmouth." 590

!SPM Lieut Silas Sears lived in that part of Yarmouth known as the East precinct, now East Dennis; was propounded to take up Freedom,"Jun 6 1682; comd Ensign, Oct 28, 1681; Lieut. Jul 7, 1682; chosen representative to the General Court at Plymouth 1680-82. 25 Dec 1689, "Silas Sears and others fined 20s for not appearing and attending at court, or disorderly departing therefrom;"-fines remitted later,"it being first offense of the kind." 1694, "Lt Silas Sears on Com. to seat men, women and others in the meeting house;" an onerous duty in those days. 1 Nov 1676, Emott Bursell and Silas Sears were appointed administrators of the estate of James Bursell of Yarmouth. He left no will, and letters of administration were granted to his widow Anna, May 5, 1698, a copy of which is annexed, mentions sons Silas, Richard, Joseph and Josiah; and daughters, Hannah, Elizabeth and Dorrity. Rev E.H. Sears states in his "Sears Genealogy," that Lieut. Silas Sears had a son Thomas, born Yar., 1664, who removed to Newport, R.I., and died there 1707 leaving issue. Freeman Hist Cape Cod II p.205, says Lt. Silas Sears d. ae. 60 and it is said came from Yar. NE but the entry is now lost. About 1860, a gravestone was erected by Hon. David Sears in the old burying ground on Thames street, Newport, which bears the following inscription. [Copy of epitaph in N.E.Gen. Reg., communicated by Hon. D.S.] "Here lyeth the body of Thomas Seares, Son of Lt. Sylas Seares, of Yarmouth, P.C. And grandson of Richard the Pilgrim. Born in 1664, and died August ye 16th 1707, Aged 43 years. "Beneath this stone the empty casket lies, The polished jewel brightens in the skies." P.Stevens & Sons. [Stone-cutters] This stone is surmounted by the arms of "Sears of Chatham." The name of Thomas Sears is not found in town or church records of Yarmouth or Newport, nor in the Probate records of Barnstable county, or of Newport, R.I; and the fact that he is not mentioned in the settlement of the estate of Lieut. Silas Sears, nine years previous to his alleged death, should be considered good evidence that Silas Sears had no son of that name then living, if he ever had such. Silas Sears, Jun., did have a son Thomas, born in 1702-3, named for his maternal grandfather, Rev. Thomas Crosby. !MD 32, p.165

"[Estate of Lieut. Silas Sears] [2:70] 'The Invintory of Liut Silus Sears of yarmouth Lately deceased' was not dated. It was sworn to, 2 May, 1698, by 'Anna Sears vid Relict of Liut Silus Sears'. The real estate was: 'houses Lands and meadow' L130. The estate was indebted to:'mr John Stoos', 'mr Isaac Chapman', Nathaniel Cole, Thankful Boarman, Samuel Taylor, Seth Taylor, James Sturgis, 'mr Jonathan White', John Paddack, 'mr Barnabas Lothrop'. [p.71] On 5 May, 1698, Anna Sears, the widow, was appointed administrix of Lt Silas Sears, 'deceased Intestate'. [p.72] On 5 May, 1698, Barnabas Lothrop, Judge of Probate, settled the estate as follows: 'The widow Anna Sears shall have when debts are paid, one third of ye personal Estate to herself forever: to be at her dispose. And for her dower she shall have one third of ye housing and Land that was her Late husbands sd Silas Sears or ye Improvement thereof During her Natural Life. The Rest of ye Estate shall be equally divided amongst ye sd (said) deceaseds children, only his eldest son to have a dubble part, at ye Death of ye widow her Dower to be like divided as aforesaid. There is to be added to ye Inventory of ye sd personal estate fifty four pounds which sum of sd deceaseds children own that they have all Redy Received of their father as portion, so that ye widows thirds of ye personal Estate when debts are paidcoms to thirty three pounds, ye childrens part of ye personal and Real Estate beside ye widows Dower with what thwey have allRedy had is as followeth: The eldest son Silas Sears hath as he owned, had alredy, two pounds, and must have more nine pounds. (The word "thirty" before "two" was doubtless omitted by mistake of the Register in 1698.) Richard Sears hath allRedy four pounds and seven shillings, and must have more, sixteen pounds and three shillings. Hannah Sears hath had allRedy fifteen pounds, and is to have more five pounds and ten shillings. Joseph Sears hath had allRedy three pounds and is to have more seventeen pounds and ten shillings. Josiah Sears is to have twenty pounds and ten Shillings. Elizabeth Sears is to have Twenty pounds and ten shillings. Dorrity Sears is to have twenty pounds and ten shillings. only if debts should appear morethan ye doth due from sd Estate, then widow and children according to what they have or shud Receive must pay their proportions thereof. Barnabas Lothrop, Judg of Probate. (Seale) Barnstable, ss. Oct. 8,1885. A -------------------- Notes for Silas Sears Lieut. His birth was also given as 1637-38, "as indicated by his age given by Otis at the time of his death" . . . He was "possibly a twin of Paul, as his age given by Otis at his death would indicate".240

"Silas, son of 1st Richard, Yarmouth, had Silas, Thomas, Richard, Hannah, Joseph, Josiah, Elizabeth, and Dorothy." 589

"In 1680 the Town Meeting appointed the following men to watch for drift whales and claim them for the town: Paul Sears, Samuel Worden, Silas Sears and John Burges from Sawtucket to Nobscusset Point and Samuel Howes, John Howes and Jeremiah Howes from that Point to Yarmouth Harbor. At some early but not certain date, land was appropriated and houses built to shelter the watchers in the seasons of winter and early spring when whatles were most likely to be spotted." 293

"The Great and General Court of Plymouth Colony met for one final time on the last Tuesday of July, 1692. Silas Sears (c. 1638-1697/8) and Jeremiah Howes (1637-1708) were the representatives from Yarmouth on that occasion. The Court set aside the last Wednesday in August as a day of fasting and prayer. " 293

"It was now the custom to appoint a committee to decide on seating the congregation according to rank and wealth. In 1694 the town voted to appoint Captain John Thacher, Lieutenant Silas Sears, Mr. John Miller and Sergeant Joseph Ryder as the committee to 'seat Men, women and others in the meeting house.' " 293

He was for many years a selectman of the town, and also a member of the Colony Court, which latter office heheld at the time of the junction of the Plymouth colony with Massachusetts Bay. He also held a military office, and is named on the records with the title of 'Lieutenant.' He died in Yarmouth (now East Dennis) in 1697, leaving five sons and two daughters". 364

"Lieutenant Sears lived in the East Precinct of Yarmouth, which later became Dennis. He was commissioned ensign Oct. 28, 1681, and Lieutenant July 7, 1682. He was chosen representative to the General Court at Plymouth, 1685-91, selectman, 1680-94, and juryman, 1680-82. He was appointed in 1676 one of the administrators of the estate of James Bursell of Yarmouth."240

"On 11/1/1676 Emott Bursell and Silas Sears were appointed administrators of the estate James Bursell of Yarmouth." 590

!SPM Lieut Silas Sears lived in that part of Yarmouth known as the East precinct, now East Dennis; was propounded to take up Freedom,"Jun 6 1682; comd Ensign, Oct 28, 1681; Lieut. Jul 7, 1682; chosen representative to the General Court at Plymouth 1680-82. 25 Dec 1689, "Silas Sears and others fined 20s for not appearing and attending at court, or disorderly departing therefrom;"-fines remitted later,"it being first offense of the kind." 1694, "Lt Silas Sears on Com. to seat men, women and others in the meeting house;" an onerous duty in those days. 1 Nov 1676, Emott Bursell and Silas Sears were appointed administrators of the estate of James Bursell of Yarmouth. He left no will, and letters of administration were granted to his widow Anna, May 5, 1698, a copy of which is annexed, mentions sons Silas, Richard, Joseph and Josiah; and daughters, Hannah, Elizabeth and Dorrity. Rev E.H. Sears states in his "Sears Genealogy," that Lieut. Silas Sears had a son Thomas, born Yar., 1664, who removed to Newport, R.I., and died there 1707 leaving issue. Freeman Hist Cape Cod II p.205, says Lt. Silas Sears d. ae. 60 and it is said came from Yar. NE but the entry is now lost. About 1860, a gravestone was erected by Hon. David Sears in the old burying ground on Thames street, Newport, which bears the following inscription. [Copy of epitaph in N.E.Gen. Reg., communicated by Hon. D.S.] "Here lyeth the body of Thomas Seares, Son of Lt. Sylas Seares, of Yarmouth, P.C. And grandson of Richard the Pilgrim. Born in 1664, and died August ye 16th 1707, Aged 43 years. "Beneath this stone the empty casket lies, The polished jewel brightens in the skies." P.Stevens & Sons. [Stone-cutters] This stone is surmounted by the arms of "Sears of Chatham." The name of Thomas Sears is not found in town or church records of Yarmouth or Newport, nor in the Probate records of Barnstable county, or of Newport, R.I; and the fact that he is not mentioned in the settlement of the estate of Lieut. Silas Sears, nine years previous to his alleged death, should be considered good evidence that Silas Sears had no son of that name then living, if he ever had such. Silas Sears, Jun., did have a son Thomas, born in 1702-3, named for his maternal grandfather, Rev. Thomas Crosby. !MD 32, p.165

"[Estate of Lieut. Silas Sears] [2:70] 'The Invintory of Liut Silus Sears of yarmouth Lately deceased' was not dated. It was sworn to, 2 May, 1698, by 'Anna Sears vid Relict of Liut Silus Sears'. The real estate was: 'houses Lands and meadow' L130. The estate was indebted to:'mr John Stoos', 'mr Isaac Chapman', Nathaniel Cole, Thankful Boarman, Samuel Taylor, Seth Taylor, James Sturgis, 'mr Jonathan White', John Paddack, 'mr Barnabas Lothrop'. [p.71] On 5 May, 1698, Anna Sears, the widow, was appointed administrix of Lt Silas Sears, 'deceased Intestate'. [p.72] On 5 May, 1698, Barnabas Lothrop, Judge of Probate, settled the estate as follows: 'The widow Anna Sears shall have when debts are paid, one third of ye personal Estate to herself forever: to be at her dispose. And for her dower she shall have one third of ye housing and Land that was her Late husbands sd Silas Sears or ye Improvement thereof During her Natural Life. The Rest of ye Estate shall be equally divided amongst ye sd (said) deceaseds children, only his eldest son to have a dubble part, at ye Death of ye widow her Dower to be like divided as aforesaid. There is to be added to ye Inventory of ye sd personal estate fifty four pounds which sum of sd deceaseds children own that they have all Redy Received of their father as portion, so that ye widows thirds of ye personal Estate when debts are paidcoms to thirty three pounds, ye childrens part of ye personal and Real Estate beside ye widows Dower with what thwey have allRedy had is as followeth: The eldest son Silas Sears hath as he owned, had alredy, two pounds, and must have more nine pounds. (The word "thirty" before "two" was doubtless omitted by mistake of the Register in 1698.) Richard Sears hath allRedy four pounds and seven shillings, and must have more, sixteen pounds and three shillings. Hannah Sears hath had allRedy fifteen pounds, and is to have more five pounds and ten shillings. Joseph Sears hath had allRedy three pounds and is to have more seventeen pounds and ten shillings. Josiah Sears is to have twenty pounds and ten Shillings. Elizabeth Sears is to have Twenty pounds and ten shillings. Dorrity Sears is to have twenty pounds and ten shillings. only if debts should appear morethan ye doth due from sd Estate, then widow and children according to what they have or shud Receive must pay their proportions thereof. Barnabas Lothrop, Judg of Probate. (Seale) Barnstable, ss. Oct. 8,1885. A true copy of the record, Attest, Freeman H Lothrop, Register of Probate Court. The Inventory of Liut. Silas Sears of Yarmouth, LAtely deceased and his estate prized and ye prise of each particleer set down as followeth: L s d To houses lands and meadow .................................130 00 00 To swine ................................................01 05 00 To one bed and furniture belonging to it ........................07 00 00 To another bed and furniture belonging to it ......................06 00 00 To pewter .......................................................01 05 00 To two Brass Kittles ...........................................01 10 00 To two skilletts, a warming pan, spice mortar, box iron ...........01 00 00 To two tubbs and trays and a earthen pot ..........................00 10 00 To Bookes ........................................................00 08 00 To two pailes and to earthern pots ................................00 02 00 To Barrels ........................................................00 07 00 To two wheels and a pair of cards .................................00 05 00 To three old chests ...............................................00 07 00 To four chairs ....................................................00 03 00 To two tables .....................................................00 02 00 To one Gun ........................................................01 10 00 To another Gun ....................................................00 18 00 To Linnen cloths ..................................................00 15 00 To a bed ..........................................................01 00 00 To Flax and Linnen Yarn ...........................................00 13 00 To Sheeps wool ....................................................00 04 00 To a piece of cloth ...............................................00 06 00 To wearing cloaths ................................................08 00 00 To a sett of coopers tools ........................................01 10 00 To 3 axes, and 2 wedges 2 sithes ..................................00 10 00 To one carte ......................................................00 16 00 To youks, and a chain, and hows, a spade ..........................01 00 00 To plow irons and a chaine ........................................00 06 00 To one grinding stone .............................................00 05 00 To 3 sickles, a sourd a candlestick a Tramel Tonges ...............00 14 00 To 20 sheepe ......................................................05 00 00 To 4 oxen .........................................................16 00 00 To 5 cowes and other young cattle .................................20 00 00 To one iron pott and a Looking Glass at ...........................00 09 06 To money ..........................................................00 07 00 To some od small things ...........................................00 04 00 To powder and Bulletts ............................................00 06 00 To acount of Debts which is to be paid out of ye Estate To Mr John Sloos ..................................................02 12 00 To Mr Isaac Chapman ...............................................00 10 00 To Nathaniel Cole ................................................10 00 00 To Thankful Boarman ...............................................05 15 00 To Samuel Taylor ..................................................01 10 00 To Seth Taylor James Sturgis ......................................00 11 06 To Mr Jonathan White ..............................................00 06 04 To John Paddock ...................................................01 12 04 To Mr. BArnabas Lothrop ...........................................00 18 06 Anna Sears wid Relict of Lieut. Silas Sears late of Yarmouth deceas'd made oath to ye truth of this Invintory before Barnabas Lothrop Esq Judg of Probate and granting administration MAy ye 2d. 1698. Examined and entered May ye fourth 1698. Attest, Joseph Lothrop, Regist. Barnstable,ss. Oct. 8,1885. A true copy of the records. Attest, Freeman H. Lothrop, Register of Probate Court. ' "363

"Lt. Silas Sears died, Jan. 13, aged 60. . . Mr. Silas Sears, holding a military office, is generallymentioned in the records as 'Lt. Sears.' He was a prominent citizen, selectman, and deputy." 225

"Leutenant Silas Sears of Yarmouth died upon (torn) 13th day of January 1697/8." 588

There is a large monument in Yarmouth Ancient Cemetery which was visited and photographed by Barbara Fleming, August, 2001. Photos on file. One side of the monument read: "Sacred to the memory of Sylas Sears, Third Son of Richard Sears Born in 1630 Married And Died in Yarmouth in 1697" 71

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Capt. Sylas Sears's Timeline

1639
September, 1639
Yarmouth, (Present Barnstable County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts)
1660
1660
Age 20
Yarmouth, (Present Barnstable County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts)
1661
1661
Age 21
Yarmouth, (Present Barnstable County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts), (Present USA)
1665
1665
Age 25
1668
December, 1668
Age 29
Eastham, Cape Cod, Plymouth Colony
1669
January 27, 1669
Age 29
Yarmouth, (Present Barnstable County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts)
1672
1672
Age 32
Yarmouth, Plymouth Colony
1675
1675
Age 35
Yarmouth, MA, USA
1675
Age 35
Yarmouth, Plymouth Colony
1687
1687
Age 47
Yarmouth, MA, USA