Jefferson County, NY Pioneers



1. JAMES SEARLES son of CONSTANT AND HANNAH (MINER) SEARLES was b 4 Aug 1769 Little Compton, Newport Co, RI d 1847 at Ellisburg, N.Y.

CONSTANT SEARLES b 1723 at Little Compton RI married 1751 at Stonington, New London, CT to HANNAH MINER.

Searles children: William, Hannah, Constant, Elizabeth, Constant (2), Rev. Roger, Ruth, Sarah, JAMES, Benoni and Robert.

Their son, JAMES came to Ellisburg, Jefferson Co., NY and opened a store there with William Searles. It is not clear if William was his son or brother. James Searles came to Ellisburg about 1820 from Vermont and opened a store in Ellisburg where others in the family continued the storekeeping tradition.

JAMES SEARLES married (1) on 31 Aug. 1793, as published in the Providence Rhode Island Gazette,

ABIGAIL THURSTON b 1775 d 23 March 1833 at Ellisburg, N.Y. Her parents were: WILLIAM THURSTON (1747-1782), who it is believed died at sea, and PRISCILLA NORMAN.

He married (2) MARTHA_____b 1775, d 1842 buried in Ellisburg, NY James and his two wives are buried in Ellisburg.


2    i    MARY ANN SEARLES b 18 Mar 1795 (Smithfield RI) m (1) Jan 1815 1)STEPHEN MARTIN; (2) WILLIAM DENNISON

3   ii    LUCIA SEARLES b 27 Dec 1796 (RI) d 1861 m Oct 1824 RUFUS PARKS

4  iii    FANNY SEARLESb 16 Mar 1799 (RI) d 1836 Woodside Cem Ellisburg m 16 July 1822 CALVIN CLARK d 1842 @ 49 yrs

5   iv    JOHN M. SEARLES b 7 Dec 1801 (Mendon, MA) d 1862 m 21 Feb 1828 PHILOMELIA STODDARD

6    v    PRISCILLA SEARLES b 9 Apr 1804 (Bennington, VT) d 1881 at 78 m 7 Dec 1838 CALVIN CLARK (widower of her sister Fannie?)

7   vi    JAMES HARVEY SEARLES b 4 May 1806 (Bennington, VT) d 1860 Ellisburg NY at 53 y 10 m 26 d m 4 May 1830 MARTHA (GOTT) RANSOM b 1810 d 1885 at Ellisburg NY

8  vii   WILLIAM THURSTON SEARLES b 1808 d 1864 at Ellisburg NY married 1838 (1) LAURILLA WILLIAMS D 1862 Ellisburg (2) LUCINDA (BRICKNELL) WHITE b 1824/1826 d 1901 at Ellisburg, NY  

9   viii    ELIZABETH THURSTON SEARLES b 20 Dec 1811 (VT) d 19 Feb 1862 m June 1833 EDWARD B. HAWES

10    ix   MOSES B. THURSTON SEARLESb 9 Feb 1814 (VT) m 1840 MARY ANN PRIMMER

11   x    BERNARD D. SEARLES b 22 Aug 1815 (Colerain, MA) d 1888 @ 73 y 1 m 16 days m 23 Dec 1843 SOPHIA HARVEY

12  iii    ABIGAIL (Abbie) SEARLES b 2 Oct 1816 (Colerain, MA) d 1893 m 9 Jan 1838 CAPT. LEWIS N. THOMAS b 1818, son of IRA THOMAS b 1779 and LUCY ALLEN b 1799 in Vermont. ABBIE and LEWIS THOMAS are buried in the Evergreen Cemetery at Henderson, NY

13   i   MARTHA ELIZA SEARLES b 23 Apr 1837 Ellisburg m 2 Sept 1856 ROBERT BOGARDUS of Belleville, Jefferson Co.

14    ii    JAMES H. SEARLES b 6 Aug 1832 and removed to Rome, NY 1857 m (1) FRANCES BARILLA WEBSTER d 1869 at 39 y 5 m Ellisburg, NY; m( 2) ELOISE CATHERINE RUMNEY

  Family Notes:

William Thurston, father of Abigail Thurston Searles, served in the Revolutionary War.

Constant Searles, father of James Searles, served in the Revolutionary War, as did the son, Constant, Jr.

Sources: DAR Index, VIR Stonington/Norwich CT, cemetery and tombstone records, Searles Genealogy, Jefferson Co. Bibliography

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