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Paul Sears, I

Also Known As: "Richard"
Birthplace: Marblehead, Massachusetts Bay Colony
Death: Died in Yarmouth, Barnstable County, Province of Massachusetts
Place of Burial: Yarmouth Port, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Richard Sears, the pilgrim and Dorothy Sears
Husband of Deborah Sears
Father of Bethia Crowell; Captain Samuel Sears; Lydia Snow; Paul Sears, II; Mary Knowles and 11 others
Brother of Knyvet Sears; Deborah Paddock (Sears); John Sears and Margaret Magdalne Winslow Worden
Half brother of Capt. Sylas Sears

Occupation: Captain, Capt., Captain of the militia at Yarmouth
Managed by: Christian Aaron PERKS
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About Capt. Paul Sears, I

ID: I07213

  • Name: Paul SEARS 1
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 8 FEB 1636/37 in Marblehead, Essex Co, MA
  • Death: 20 FEB 1707/08 in Yarmouth, Barnstable Co, MA
  • Burial: FEB 1707/08 Yarmouth Ancient Cemetery, Old Church St, near RT 6A
  • Note: His name was also reported to be Richard SEARS, and he may have been born on 16 Feb 1637. He resided at Marblehead, MA. Information found in Mass. 1620-1930 Local and Family Histories, Centennial of Millbury, Section II, pg 588.
  • Father: Richard SEARS b: ABT 1590 in Amsterdam, Holland
  • Mother: Dorothy THACHER or JONES b: ABT 1603 in Dinder, Somerset, England

Marriage 1 Deborah WILLARD b: ABT 1638 in Scituate, Plymouth Co, MA

  • Married: 1658 in Yarmouth, Barnstable Co, MA
  • Children
    • 1. Mercy SEARS b: 3 JUL 1659 in Yarmouth, Barnstable Co, MA
    • 2. Bethia SEARS b: 3 JAN 1660/61 in Yarmouth, Barnstable Co, MA
    • 3. Samuel SEARS b: JAN 1662/63 in Yarmouth, Barnstable Co, MA
    • 4. Lydia SEARS b: 24 OCT 1666 in Yarmouth, Barnstable Co, MA
    • 5. Paul SEARS II b: 15 JUN 1669 in Yarmouth, Barnstable Co, MA
    • 6. Mary SEARS b: 24 OCT 1672 in Yarmouth, Barnstable Co, MA
    • 7. Ann SEARS b: 27 MAR 1674 in Yarmouth, Barnstable Co, MA
    • 8. John SEARS b: ABT 1678 in Yarmouth, Barnstable Co, MA
    • 9. Richard SEARS b: 1680 in Yarmouth, Barnstable Co, MA
    • 10. Daniel SEARS b: ABT 1682 in Yarmouth, Barnstable Co, MA


Title: Robert M. Wells Family Genealogy Project

  • Author: Robert M. Wells
  • Note: His research of the SEARS family
  • Repository: Note: WorldConnect Project
  • Media: Internet


58 F ii Deborah WILLARD was born in Scituate, Plymouth Co., Mass.

  • She was christened on Sep 14 1645 in Scituate, Plymouth Co., Mass.
  • She died in 1721.
  • Deborah married Paul SEARS Sr.. Paul was born on Feb 8 1637 in Marblehead, MA.
  • He died on Feb 20 1707 in Yarmouth, MA.

ORIGIN: Unknown

  • MIGRATION: 1633
  • REMOVES: Marblehead by 1637, Yarmouth by 1639
  • OCCUPATION: Husbandman.
  • FREEMAN: Oath of fidelity at Yarmouth, 1639 [PCR 8:185]. Propounded for freemanship, 3 June 1652 [PCR 3:7]. Admitted a freeman, 7 June 1653 [PCR 3:31]. On the 1658 and 29 May 1670 lists of freemen from Yarmouth [PCR 5:274, 8:200].
  • EDUCATION: His inventory included "1 Great Bible and other books" valued at £1 3s.
  • OFFICES: Deputy (from Yarmouth), 3 June 1662 [PCR 4:14]. Grand jury, 7 June 1652 [PCR 3:9]. Tax collector, 1 March 1658/9 [PCR 3:155]. Yarmouth constable, 6 June 1660 [PCR 3:188].

In Yarmouth section of 1643 Plymouth Colony list of men able to bear arms [8:194]. ESTATE: Assessed 9s. in Plymouth tax list of 25 March 1633 [PCR 1:11]; omitted from list of 27 March 1634.

On 1 January 1637/8 "Richard Seeres" was included in a Salem rate list for the "inhabitants of Marblehead" [STR 1:63]. On 14 November 1638 "Rich[ard] Sears" was granted four acres at Marblehead "where he had planted formerly" [STR 1:74].

On 23 November 1664 "Allis Bradford the widow of William Bradford" sold to "Richard Sares" of Yarmouth, husbandman, two tracts of twenty acres each "at a place commonly called ... Sasuet," one of which had been the lot of William Bradford deceased and the other of which had been the lot of Experience Mitchell [MD 34: 23, citing PCLR 3:18].

In his will, dated 10 May 1667, with a codicil dated 3 February 1675/6, and proved 5 March 1675/6, "Richard Sares of Yarmouth" bequeathed to "Sylas Sares my younger son ... all my land, that is all the upland upon the Neck where his house stands in which he now dwells ... after mine and my wife's decease," provided that "my son-in-law Zachery Paddock" shall have the house where he dwells and two acres within the above tract "during the life of Deborah his now wife"; also to "the said Sylas Sares" a tract of meadow and half of "my land called Robins as is undivided"; to "my elder son Paule Sares all the rest and remains of my lands whatsoever"; to "Dorothy my wife" all lands and goods during her natural life, she to be sole executrix, and "do entreat my brother Thacher with his two sons as friends in trust" as overseers; to "my son-in-law Zachery Paddock" two acres from land called Robins before it is divided between Silas and Paul Sears, and this two acres, along with the two acres mentioned above, to go to Ichabod Paddock, son of Zachary, at the death of Zachary's wife; witnessed by Anthony Thacher and Anthony Frey; in the codicil, dated 3 February 1675/6, Richard Sears bequeathed to "my eldest son Paul Sares ... the house which I now live in" and various moveables; witnessed by John Thacher and Judah Thacher; on 5 March 1675/6 deposed that he and his brother witnessed the codicil, and that when "my uncle signed this appendix," he asked him [John Thacher] to redraw the will and "to leave out of the new draft the legacy of land that is given to Ichabod Paddock, for saith he I have answered it in another way," but Thacher never did produce this new draft [PCPR 3:2:53-54].

The inventory of the estate of "Richard Sares," taken 8 October 1676 and presented at court on 15 November 1676 by "Dorethy Sares the relict of Richard Sares and Paul Sares his eldest son," was untotalled and included "his house and lands," valued at £220 [PCPR 3:2:55; PCR 5:213].

  • BIRTH: About 1595 based on age at death.
  • DEATH: Yarmouth 5 September [1676] "age 81y 4m" [YarVR 126].
  • MARRIAGE: By 1637 Dorothy Jones. She was born about 1603, daughter of George and Agnes (_____) Jones of Dinder, Somerset [TAG 58:244-46]. "Cady [i.e., Goody] Seares was buried the 19th of March [16]78[/9]" at Yarmouth [YarVR 125].
    • i PAUL, b. about 1637 (d. Yarmouth 20 February 1707/8 in 70th year [gravestone]); m. by 1659 Deborah (eldest child aged thirteen on 3 July 1672 [YarVR 1], said to be daughter of George Willard.
    • ii DEBORAH, b. about 1639 (d. Yarmouth 17 August 1732 "within about one month of 93 years of age" [YarVR 155]); m. by 1661 Zachariah Paddock (eldest child aged seventeen on 2 February 1678 [YarVR 6]).
    • iii SILAS, b. say 1641; m. by about 1665 Anna, probably daughter of James Bursell of Yarmouth [PCR 5:212].
  • ASSOCIATIONS: Dorothy (Jones) Sears, wife of Richard, was sister of Richard Jones of Dorchester and of Elizabeth (Jones) Thacher, wife of Anthony Thacher of Yarmouth [TAG 58:244-46].
  • COMMENTS: Although the earliest record of Richard Sears in Marblehead is in 1637, he may have moved there as early as 1634, since he is in the 1633 Plymouth tax list, but not in the list of 1634.

On 2 October 1650, with a large number of other men, "Richard Seares" brought an action against William Nickerson for slander [PCR 7:50].

BIBLIOGRAPHIC NOTE: Various publications of the middle of the nineteenth century set forth an English pedigree for Richard Sears, and partly on the basis of this pedigree assigned to Richard Sears a son Knyvett Sears. In 1886 Samuel Pearce May carefully examined and analyzed this pedigree, and found it to have no merit; he further demonstrated that the proposed son Knyvett did not exist [NEHGR 40:261-68]. Four years later May published a genealogy of the family [The Descendants of Richard Sares (Sears) of Yarmouth, Mass., 1638-1888 (Albany 1890)].

In 1948 Donald Lines Jacobus prepared a brief account of the family of Richard Sears [Brainerd Anc 257-58].

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II) Captain Paul , son of Richard Sears , was born probably at Marblehead, Massachusetts , in 1637-38 , after February 20 , and died at Yarmouth , February 20, 1707-08 . He took the oath of fidelity in 1657 . He was captain of the militia at Yarmouth , and was in the Narragansett war. He was one of the original proprietors of Harwich , which was laid out between Bound Brook and Stony Brook as Wing's Purchase. He married, at Yarmouth , in 1658 , Deborah Willard , baptized at Scituate , September 14, 1645 , died May 13, 1721 , daughter of George Willard . Her mother was probably Dorothy Dunster . Children: Mercy , born July 3, 1659 ; Bethia , January 3, 1661-62 , died July 5, 1684 ; Samuel , January, 1663-64 , mentioned below; Daughter, 1666 , perhaps Lydia , who married Eleazer Hamblin ; Paul , June 15, 1669 ; -, October 24, 1672 , probably Mary , who married Colonel John Knowles ; 716a 717 Ann , March 27, 1675 , died November 14, 1745 ; John , 1677-78 , died May 24, 1718 , Daniel , 1682-83 , died August 10, 1756 .

(III) Captain Samuel , son of Captain Paul Sears , was born at Yarmouth in January, 1663-64 , died January 8, 1741-42 . He was one of the earliest inhabitants of Harwich . His first house there was just over the line that separates the part of Harwich , which is now West Brewster , from East Dennis . It stood until after 1800 , and was occupied by his sons. His will was dated April 7, 1740 . He was constable in 1702 , lieutenant 1706 , and later captain. He married Mercy Mayo , born 1664, died January 20, 1748-49 , daughter of Deacon Samuel and Tamzin (Lumpkin) Mayo , and granddaughter of Rev. John Mayo ; children: Hannah , born July 1, 1685 ; Samuel , September 15, 1687 ; Nathaniel , September 23, 1689 ; Tamsen , November 13, 1691 , died July 17, 1761 ; Jonathan , September 3, 1693 ; Captain Joseph , July 15, 1695 ; Joshua , May 3, 1697 ; Judah , October 29, 1699 , mentioned below; John , July 18, 1701 ; Seth , May 27, 1703 ; Benjamin , June 16, 1706 .

(IV) Judah , son of Captain Samuel Sears , was born October 29, 1699 , died at Rochester, Massachusetts , about 1776 . He lived in Harwich , now West Brewster , and his house was standing recently. He removed to Rochester and joined the church there in 1769 , and was tythingman in 1764-67 . His will was dated February 5, 1773 , proved September 2, 1776 , his son Judah being executor. He married, at Yarmouth , in November, 1731 , Mary Paddock , born 1714 , daughter of Judah and Alice (Alden) Paddock , granddaughter of David Alden and great-granddaughter of John and Priscilla (Mullens) Alden , who came on the "Mayflower." Children: Ann, born March 31, 1733 ; Judah , November 19, 1734 ; Mary , baptized November 7, 1736, died young; Alden , born February 24, 1738-39 ; Nathan , June 18, 1741 ; David , May 10, 1744 ; Richard , June 8, 1746 ; Mary , April 15, 1750 , married, at Rochester , November 13, 1766 , Jonathan Hatch , of Falmouth , his son, Alden Hatch , had a daughter, Mary Sears (Hatch) Johnston , whose daughter, Annie M. Johnston , married Aaron C. Goodman (see Goodman VI); Elizabeth , baptized July 8, 1752 ; Alice , married Charles Church ; Sarah , baptized March 30, 1755 .

The surname Ellsworth is derived from that of a small village a few miles from Cambridge, England . The village is on a small stream once remarkable for its eels, hence the name of the village, place of eels. The name is spelled in various ways-Elswort , Elesworth , Elsworth , Ellesworth and Aylesworth .

(I) Sergeant Josias Ellsworth , the immigrant ancestor, was the son of John Ellsworth , and said to have been a descendant of Sir John Ellsworth , in the time of Edward III, who resided in Cambridgeshire, England . This conjecture is derived from "Mr. John Ellsworth , who was a respectable merchant in London , early in the nineteenth century, who stated that it was a tradition in his family which had long resided in Yorkshire , that a member of it had formerly removed to foreign parts; that he was a young man when he left, and never returned." He was born in 1629 . He was in Connecticut as early as 1646 . In 1654 he bought a house and lot in Windsor south of the Rivulet , near the old mill, on what was afterwards known as the Gillett place. In 1655 he bought the property afterwards known as the Chief Justice Ellsworth place. He was a juror in 1664 ; admitted a freeman May 21, 1657 . His wife was admitted to the church in Windsor about 1663 , and he contributed three shillings to the Connecticut relief fund for the poor of other colonies. He died August 20, 1689 , leaving an estate valued at six hundred and fifty-five pounds. He married, November 16, 1654 , Elizabeth Holcomb , who died September 18, 1712 . Children: Josias , born December 5, 1655 ; Elizabeth , November 11, 1657 ; Mary , May 7, 1660 ; Martha , December 7, 1662 ; Sergeant Thomas , September 2, 1665 ; Jonathan , June 28, 1669 , mentioned below; Lieutenant John , October 7, 1671 ; Captain Job , April 13, 1674 ; Benjamin , January 16, 1676 , died April 14, 1690 .

(II) Captain Jonathan Ellsworth , son of Sergeant Josias Ellsworth , was born in Windsor , June 28, 1669 , according to the family record. He resided in Windsor , where he kept a tavern and a small store of West India goods, and was engaged in many small business ventures. He was a man of sterling good sense, but was of such wit and humor that he went by the name of "Hector Ellsworth ." He was tall and strong. His death was caused by his being thrown from a horse, September 13, 1749 , when he was eighty-one years old. He married, October 26, 1693 , Sarah , born September 19, 1675 , died November 9, 1755 , daughter of Tahan Grant . Children: Jonathan , born March 11, 1695-96 ; Sarah , January 8, 1698 ; John , 1701 ; Giles , August 6, 1703 ; Mary , March 1, 1706 ; Esther , March 9, 1708 ; David , August 3, 1709 , mentioned below; Hannah , September 10, 1713 ; Jonathan , August 22, 1716 ; Ann , August 12, 1719 .

(III) Captain David Ellsworth , son of Captain Jonathan Ellsworth , was born in Windsor , 718 August 3 (June 17, according to the family Bible), 1709 . He inherited from his father a hundred pounds, and acquired a handsome estate through his own industry. He was a farmer. "He had much cunning, or quick wit, and very sound judgment; was a selectman nearly all his active life, and commanded a company of Connecticut men at the Siege of Louisburg , hence his title of Captain." He died March 5, 1782 . He married, July 8, 1740 , Jemima Leavitt , of Suffield , born July 9, 1721 , "a lady of excellent mind, good character, and pious principles," daughter of Joshua and Hannah Leavitt . She married (second) June 4, 1784 , Captain Ebenezer Grant , and died February 1, 1790 . Children: David , born March 27, 1741 ; Oliver , April 29, 1745 , mentioned below; Martin , January 12, 1750 ; Jemima , March 13, 1751 .

(IV) Chief Justice Oliver Ellsworth , son of Captain David Ellsworth , was born in Windsor , April 29, 1745 . At an early age he was placed under the instruction of Rev. Dr. Bellamy , and in 1762 entered Yale College, remaining there two years. At Nassau Hill , now Princeton, New Jersey , he attained high rank as a scholar, and there received the degree of A. B. in 1766 . After his graduation, his father placed him under the instruction of Rev. Dr. Smalley , to educate him for the ministry. After a year's study, however, he abandoned that calling for the law, and studied first with the first Governor Griswold of Connecticut . He completed his course of reading with Judge Root, of Coventry , and was admitted to the bar of Hartford county , in 1771 . The debts which he incurred while studying he paid by cutting and selling wood from land which he owned, not being able to sell the land.

His father gave him a house and farm in Bloomfield (then Wintonbury ), and for about three years he divided his time between farming and the law, the income from his practice being very small. His skill in handling an important case given him by a neighbor secured a verdict for his client and won him at once a high reputation. His practice rapidly increased, and in 1775 he was appointed attorney for the state. He sold his farm and removed to Hartford , and his practice soon became larger and more remunerative than any of his contemporaries in the state. His resolute will, and power of concentration, together with the concise statements of his cases, and his lucid and forcible arguments, gained for him a commanding position at the head of his profession. He was a Whig in politics, and at the beginning of the revolution represented Windsor in the general assembly of Connecticut . While in that body, he served actively in the militia, and was one of a committee of four called the "Pay Table." This committee attended to the military expenditures. In October, 1777 , he was elected a delegate to the continental congress, and served as a member of the marine committee, acting as a board of admiralty, and also on the committee of appeals, and took a prominent part in all discussions and political measures. From 1780 to 1784 , by yearly elections, he was a member of the governor's council. In June, 1783 , he left his seat in congress, and although re-elected, declined to serve. In 1784 he declined the appointment of commissioner of the treasury to take the position of judge of the Superior Court of Connecticut . He conducted the duties of this office with rare ability and great reputation until he was a member of the Federal Convention at Philadelphia in May, 1877 . In this body he bore a distinguished part, and became conspicuous as one of the ablest advocates of the rights of the individual states. To him we are largely indebted for the Federal element of our constitution "by which so many sovereign States are kept in distant activity, while included under a higher sovereignty." He moved in the convention to expunge the word "National" from the constitution, and substitute the words "Government of the United States ," and this was finally agreed to without a dissenting vote. Upon the organization of the new government at New York in 1789 , Mr. Ellsworth was one of the senators from Connecticut , and was appointed chairman of the committee to organize the judiciary of the United States . The original bill, in his handwriting, passed with but slight alteration, and its provisions are still in force. He was particularly watchful over the treasury, and was called the "Cerberus of the Treasury." He was spoken of by John Adams as "the firmest pillar of Washington 's whole administration." By common consent he was yielded precedence in the Federal ranks in the senate, then composed of the élite of the Republic. The mission of John Jay to England in 1794 was due to his suggestion. March 4, 1796 , he was made the successor of Mr. Jay as chief justice of the Supreme Court of the United States , and by an extensive course of study, freshened his memory on points of law in which he felt himself deficient. His dignified bearing, courteous impartiality and acknowledged ability won for him everywhere the confidence and esteem of the bar. In 1799 President Adams appointed him one of a committee to negotiate with France as an extraordinary commission to avert a war between the two countries, if possible. Of the other members of the commission, Mr. Henry declined to act, on account 718a 719 of age, and Mr. Ellsworth did so reluctantly, but went to France , reaching there March 2, 1800 , accompanied by the two other members of the commission. A treaty was concluded which met with much opposition from congress, but which time has proved was wise. Judge Ellsworth 's health had been seriously impaired, and travel only increased his malady. He was carried to England on the "Portsmouth ," and there took the mineral waters at Bath , with some benefit. His son Oliver , who had accompanied him as secretary, returned home with his father's resignation of the office of chief justice. Judge Ellsworth sailed from Bristol in April, 1801 , and after a painful voyage was landed at Boston . In 1802 he was again elected a member of the governor's council which acted as a superior court of errors in Connecticut , being the final court of appeals from all inferior state jurisdictions. Here his influence was controlling. In May, 1807 , he was appointed chief justice of the Supreme Court of Connecticut , but he resigned the office soon. He died November 26, 1807 , and was buried in the Windsor cemetery. A monument marks his grave. Judge Ellsworth was tall and erect. His eyes were blue, large, fine and penetrating, and his brows were arched and heavy. His expression was pleasant. His manners were simple and unaffected, and his bearing was dignified and courtly. He was particular about his personal appearance, and never hurried his toilet. In public he always appeared in black silk stockings, with silver knee buckles, and wore a fine ruffled shirt. His silk justice's robe and powdered hair greatly heightened his natural advantages. His life was regular and strictly temperate. Daniel Webster once in the senate referred to Ellsworth as "a gentleman who had left behind him, on the records of the government of his country, proofs of the clearest intelligence and of the utmost purity and integrity of character." In 1790 he received the degree of LL.D. from Yale College, and in 1797 the same degree from Dartmouth and Princeton .

Judge Ellsworth married, December 10, 1772 , Abigail Wolcott , born February 8, 1755 , died August 4, 1818 , daughter of William , Esq., and Abigail Wolcott . Children, born in Windsor : Abigail , born August 16, 1774 ; Oliver , October 22, 1776 , died May 20, 1778 ; Oliver , April 27, 1781 ; Major Martin , April 17, 1783 ; William , June 25 , died July 24, 1785 ; Frances , August 31, 1786 ; Delia , July 23, 1789 ; William Wolcott , November 10, 1791 , mentioned below; Hon. Henry Leavitt (twin), born November 10, 1791 .

From the Find A Grave page on Paul Sears:

Birth: Feb. 20, 1638 - Marblehead, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA

Death: Feb. 20, 1708 - Yarmouth, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, USA

Son of Richard Sears and Dorothy Jones Sears.

He married Deborah Willard about 1658.

Children: Mercy Sears, Bethiah Sears Crowell, Samuel Sears, Lydia Sears Hamblen Snow, Paul Sears Jr, Mary Sears Knowles, Ann Sears Merrick, John Sears, Richard Sears, and Daniel Sears.

Family links:


  • Richard Sears (1590 - 1676)
  • Dorothy Jones Sears (1595 - 1678)


  • 1. Bethiah Sears Crowell (1662 - 1724)*
  • 2. Samuel Sears (1664 - 1742)*
  • 3. Lydia Sears Hamblen Snow (1666 - 1748)*
  • 4. Paul Sears (1669 - 1740)*
  • 5. Mary Sears Knowles (1672 - 1745)*
  • 6. Anne Sears Mayrick (1675 - 1745)*
  • 7. John Sears (1678 - 1739)*
  • 8. Richard Sears (1681 - 1718)*
  • 9. Daniel Sears (1682 - 1756)*


  • Deborah Willard Sears (1645 - 1721)


On the cenotaph in Ancient Yarmouth cemetery:

  • BORN IN 1637

Burial: Ancient Cemetery, Yarmouth Port, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, USA

Maintained by: Kevin Avery

  • Originally Created by: The Guardian (inactive)
  • Record added: Oct 10, 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial# 22081592

Source: Adrienne Anderson chart of Scandinavian Norman Descent of Hamblins

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Capt. Paul Sears, I's Timeline

February 20, 1637
Marblehead, Massachusetts Bay Colony
January 3, 1661
Age 23
Yarmouth, Barnstable, MA, USA
January 3, 1664
Age 26
Yarmouth, Cape Cod, Plymouth Colony
October 24, 1666
Age 29
Yarmouth, Cape Cod, Plymouth Colony
June 15, 1669
Age 32
Yarmouth, Barnstable, Massachusetts
October 24, 1672
Age 35
Yarmouth, Cape Cod (Present Barnstable County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts)
March 27, 1674
Age 37
Yarmouth, Barnstable, MA
Age 39
Yarmouth, (Present Barnstable County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts), (Present USA)
Age 42
Yarmouth, (Present Barnstable County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts), (Present USA)