John Searle of Warwick and Springfield

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John Searle, Sr.

Birthplace: Warwick, Bucks, England
Death: Died in Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of John Searle; John or Thomas Searle; Sarah Searle and Sarah or Agnes Searle
Husband of Sarah (Baldwin) Searle Edwards
Father of John Searl and John Searle
Brother of Joanna "Scant" Warriner (Searle)

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About John Searle of Warwick and Springfield

"John Searle was born in Warwick, England, and baptised in 1610. The names of his parents are not yet known, but he had a sister, Joanna, who accompanied him to Massachusetts. They are said to have landed in Boston in 1634.

The earliest New World record of John Searle is in the Town Records of Springfield, Mass., but the date of his arrival there is not certain He was not one of the eight signatories to the agreement to found the settlement in May 1636, nor did he sign the agreement with the Indians for the purchase of the land. John Searle was, however, the small town's first constable.

On March 20th 1637 John Searle and Richard Everitt were ordered to measure out 54 acres of ground for Mr William Pyncheon, and on September 3rd 1638 the inhabitants granted a house lot to John Searle himself. This lot was where the Union Depot is now.

On March 19th 1639, John Searle married Sarah Baldwin. She had come from Cholesbury, Buckinghamshire, with her brothers to settle in Milford, Connecticut. This was the first marriage entry in the Springfield Records. The couple had one child, John, born May 3rd 1641, who was only a few months old when his father died on August 11th 1641.

In his Will, written after the birth of his son, John Searle mentions being "very sicke in body" - many of the early settlers died of unspecified illnesses aggravated by the hardships. He bequeathed all his estate to be divided equally between his wife and his infant son, except for his "beste coate and my cullord hatt" which he left to "my brother in law William Warrener" (who had married John's sister, Joanna, in Springfield July 31st 1639). Warrener also owed "betwixt three and fower poundes", which John Searle was content to remit to £2. An inventory was taken and showed property worth £l0l-14s-Od, including the house lot.

There was in this Will a clause to allow John's widow, Sarah, to have use of his son's portion until the latter reached the age of 20. However, she was required to give security if she married again, which she did in April 1642. In the marriage agreement, drawn up by Sarah and her new husband, Alexander Edwards, she gave security of £50 and he of £100 in the event of her early death."


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John Searle of Warwick and Springfield's Timeline

March 23, 1611
Warwick, Bucks, England
May 3, 1641
Age 30
Springfield, Hampdon County, Massachusetts
August 11, 1641
Age 30
Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts, USA
England to America