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John Searle, Sr.,

Birthdate: (87)
Birthplace: Ottery St. Mary, Devon, England
Death: April 19, 1746 (87)
Roxbury (within present Boston), Suffolk County, Province of Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Son of Philip Searle, Sr., and Hannah Searle
Husband of Mary Searle
Father of Mary Searle; Hannah Stone; Benoni Searle; John Searle, Jr.,; James Searle and 8 others
Brother of Philip Searle, Jr.; Margaret Searle and James Searle

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About John Searle, Sr.,

John SEARLE John & 1/wf Mary RUGGLES (1656-); 6 Jun 1682; Roxbury {Parker (,9) 218; Gilson 11; Ruggles 25; Stonington Hist. 562; Tingley-Meyers 123; NYGBR 28:216} Record About Torrey's New England Marriages Prior to 1700

"Torrey," or Torrey's Marriage Index, as it's often called, is a compilation of approximately 37,000 known or presumed marriages that occurred prior to 1700, arranged alphabetically by groom. The work is so huge and so comprehensive (it is estimated that 99% of all marriages are included), that it has become one of the principal resources for seventeenth-century New England genealogy. Indeed, the usage of "Torrey" to refer both to the creator and to the work itself places it within that exclusive genealogical lexicon of by-names that includes "Savage," "Pope," and "Filby."


From "History Of The Town Of Stonington, County Of New London, Connecticut". 2017. Google Books. Accessed May 3 2017. page 562

1. JOHN SEARLE, the emigrant ancestor and progenitor of the Searle family, appears first, on this side of the Atlantic ocean in Boston, Mass. By his age at death, we learn that he was b. in 1629. Who his parents were has not been ascertained. In 1668 he came to Stonington with his family to reside. He was admitted a freeman of Connecticut for Stonington in 1673, and joined the First Congregational Church of Stonington, July 29, 1677. He bought and received from the town large tracts of land, which were all located in Stonington, became a useful citizen and d. Oct. 14, 1711, aged 82 years, and was buried in the Wequetequock burial place. He m. in Boston Katherine Warner Nov. 26, 1661, by Gov. John Endicott; she d. July 17, 1707.


  • 2 ELIZABETH, b. in Boston Oct., 1662, d. July 8, 1664.
  • 3 JOHN, b. in Boston Nov. 19, 1665, m. Mary Ruggles, Mary Feller.
  • 4 EBENEZER, b. in Boston March 6, 1666, m. Margaret Searle, probably of Roxbury, Mass., Jan. 14, 1697.

John Searle (No. 3) went back to Massachusetts to live in early life, and took up his abode in Roxbury, where he m. Mary Ruggles June 6, 1682. No record appears of children. He m. 2d, Mary Feiler Oct. 2, 1713, and came to Stonington soon after to reside, and d. here Oct. 2, 1717. Two days after his death a son was born to him Oct. 4, 1717, which was named Benoni Searle, signifying a child of grief. The mother, Mrs. Mary Searle, united with the First Congregational Church of Stonington Nov. 17, 1723, at which time her son, Benoni Searle, was baptized. We have no date of her death. She was living here in 1740, as appears by her husband's brother, Ebenezer Searle's will.


  1. [S25] Roxbury Vital Records.
  2. [S587] John William Linzee, (1913, Boston).
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John Searle, Sr.,'s Timeline

July 22, 1658
Ottery St. Mary, Devon, England
July 29, 1658
Ottery, Devon, Eng
March 20, 1686
Age 27
Suffolk, MA, USA
November 26, 1687
Age 29
Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
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