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Isaac Sears

Birthplace: Upper Caldecote, Bedfordshire, United Kingdom
Death: October 03, 1912 (66)
Utah, USA, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, UT, United States
Place of Burial: Salt Lake City Cemetery (Plot: C_8_14_1_C), Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah USA
Immediate Family:

Son of John Sears and Sara Ann Wagstaff
Husband of Sarah Jane; Alice Norris; Sarah Galley and Lovisa Eldora Strickland
Father of Mary Ann Simmons; Alice Grace Sears; Susannah May Sears; Arthur Isaac Sears; Besse Sears and 5 others
Brother of Septimus Wagstaff Sears; Maria Sears; Nathan Sears; Maria Ann Sears; Daniel John Sears and 5 others

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About Isaac Sears

(son of John Sears and Sarah Wagstaff). Born December 2, 1845, at Caldecot, England. Came to Utah 1863.

   Married:	Sarah Jane Galley September 28, 1867, Salt Lake City (daughter of John Galley and Anne Groves of England, pioneers 1848). She was born May 22, 1849.
   Their children:
           Mary Ann born August 20, 1869, married Arthur Simmons;
           Isaac J. born April 3, 1871, died;
           William G. born February 17, 1873, married Agnes McMuir;
           Sarah Lucilla born December 20, 1874, married John F. Howard;
           Etta May born December 1, 1876, married Heber Pitt;
           Jessie born August 28, 1878, married Royal Hintze;
           Ida born August 22, 1880, and Harold E. born August 10, 1882, died;
           Albert E. born March 5, 1884, married Edith Lungren;
           Milton Henry born April 9, 1886, married Ida Racine;
           Ethel Irene born May 24, 1888, married Henry Hintze;
           Afton born November 30, 1892.
   Family home Salt Lake City.

Seventy; missionary to Norwich 1888-90; ward teacher. Proprietor of grain store; also salt business. Died October 3, 1912, Salt Lake City. Sources:

   Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah photographs, page 598
   Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah, page 1151

Born at Upper Caldecot, Bedfordshire, England

Son of John Sears and Sarah Wagstaff

Married Sarah Jane Gailey, 26 Sep 1867, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah

Married Louisa Eldora Strickland, 27 Apr 1882, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah


Married Alice Norris, 14 Feb 1889, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah

Isaac Sears, a Utah pioneer of 1864. He was the second born of their eleven children. At the age of twenty-two he married Sarah Jane Gailey in the Old Endowment House in Salt Lake City and proceeded to Kaysville where the young people lived until there were two children. Returning to Salt Lake City he became an organizer and a part of the business firm of "Sears and Jeremy" dealers in hay, grain and seeds. This venture proved successful and as his life's employment, enabled him to support his large and growing family to the end of his days.

The memorable trip from Kaysville to Salt Lake was made in a wagon drawn by a horse and a mule and loaded with all kinds of accumulated possessions as well as the young family. Their precious cow was tied to the back of the wagon and so the twenty-five mile journey must have taken a whole day at least. Little Mary Ann, still only two years of age, kept asking her patient father to get out and milk the cow as she was so thirsty, which took additional time. However, they arrived and located in the Eleventh Ward where they pitched a tent to live in while building the first section of their pioneer home at 756 East Second South Street. This was built of adobe, two rooms, one above the other, but before it was finished their baby son died and this sad event was followed by further misfortune. While they were absent from their new home, all of the furniture was stolen. But, they had pioneer courage and undismayed they plodded on together and in that small bedroom upstairs, four children were born, William G., Sarah Drucilla, Etta May and Jessie; the following were born later: Ira, Harold Ernest, Albert Eugene, Wilton Henry, Ethel Irene and Afton.

A summer kitchen or "shanty" was built at this time on the back of the first two rooms into which the kitchen stove was moved during hot July and August days. I remember standing in that uncomfortable spot, washing dishes; also, we had a long metal bath tub with a hinged lid that we used for a table when it was not in other use. Later on this tub was converted into a drinking trough in the barn yard for the horses and cows.

As our lot extended half way through the block, Father planted a number of fruit trees including plum, cherry, peach, apricots and apple trees, which flourished and gave us much happiness. The irrigation ditch was between the sidewalk and the street and provided water for the surrounding gardens. How we loved that ditch! There was no dearth of activity as long as we could make dams, tiny irrigation systems, waterfalls, water wheels and day dreams with that interesting and fascinating liquid treasure.

As the years passed by and children kept coming the house became too small and so was enlarged by the addition of a two-story adobe part built in 1879, which contained four more rooms, two upstairs, and two downstairs with a commodious useful cellar and a fireplace with a marble mantel in the parlour. One of the first telephones to be installed in the residential district was in this home and for a number of years the room in which it was placed became known as the "telephone room." In emergencies neighbors and friends from blocks around came to use our phone. I remember our local belle who came frequently to talk with her beau, and if mother was not close by so that she could reprimand us, we curious children listened in.

In 1886 still another addition was built back of the original two rooms. This new part was of brick and included a dining room, up-to-date kitchen pantry and bathroom. It did not show from the front of the house and so cannot be seen in the old photograph. By this time we had running water in the house with a kitchen sink, a larger water boiler attached to the range, and bathroom conveniences. How modern we felt. However, we still had kerosene lamps to fill and clean daily. When we went upstairs to bed we would carry lighted candles amusing ourselves with dropping tallow "warts" upon our hands.

Once a year, in the spring, we would clean the house. All of the carpets must be taken up, carried downstairs and out of doors where they would be beaten and swept. Our heavy beds and ticks were simularly treated. After all walls, woodwork and glass were made spotlessly shining, aired and ready, new straw was spread upon the floors under the carpets and new straw also placed in the bed ticks. In the winter we frequently had fires burning continuously in four or five rooms, for which all of the fuel had to be carried into the house from the outside coal shed and when reduced to ashes and refuse, carried out again. Truly, the essential work in keeping up these dearly loved homes provided plenty of physical exercise.

Among the outdoor interests we were especially proud of our carriage steps. At first they were placed in the front of the house near the street but later moved to the outside lane which led to the barnyard. The trick was to drive close enough for passengers to step easily into or from the vehicle, but, we children, when driving, had a way of hitting the steps with the wheels and occasionally bringing upon ourselves ridicule and embarrassment.

Father built a large adobe barn in which were the harness room, the buggy room, and a large loft where several loads of hay could be stored. Along the south side of this barn were the stalls for the horses and the good old family cow. We used to give neighborhood plays in the place where the buggy was kept, using the harness room for costume needs. Besides the barn there were wooden sheds for baled hay and straw and to house the sheep to be fattened for the market.

Mother always canned and dried an abundance of fruit and in the winter made a barrel full of mince meat. There were ample stores of fruits in the cellar and a year's supply of flour. The bins in the kitchen were enormous and were also kept full. Apples, molasses and cider, of which there was plenty, helped with informal entertaining, parties, and general hospitality.

About the time when I was nearly grown "Block Meetings" were being held in some of the large-enough homes. Often they came to our home and such good times we had! After the formal meetings we pushed the big old dining table against the wall and danced to father's accordion music, or one of the boy's mouth organs. Quilting bees were also delightful occasions. Friends and neighbors would come and chat while they worked. We children learned many new strange things from just listening in while we threaded the needles.

One of the most popular home entertainments was the surprise party, at one time this was what was called "the rage" and it seemed as though everyone of any importance was being "surprised."

We had many good times in the old home but perhaps those at Conference times were the most memorable. All of our relatives would come from distant parts. Beds were made in almost every room of the house and the table and pantry were laden with favorite foods. Mother was an excellent cook and father was most hospitable and generous. We had music, dancing, visiting, sermonettes, testimonies and family love which have left a golden treasury of memories which include all of life spent in the dear old home that grew. — Drucilla Sears Howard

Our Pioneer Heritage, Vol. 1, p. 136-139

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Isaac Sears's Timeline

December 2, 1845
Upper Caldecote, Bedfordshire, United Kingdom
January 5, 1846
Northill, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom
August 20, 1869
Kaysville, Davis County, UT, United States
August 20, 1869
Kaysville, Davis, Utah, United States
April 3, 1871
Kaysville, Davis County, UT, United States
February 17, 1873
Salt Lake City, UT, United States
December 20, 1874
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States