Sears, Samuel
February 21, 2007 04:34PM
Kentucky: A History of the State, Battle, Perrin, & Kniffin, 3rd ed.,
1886. Allen County.

SAMUEL SEARS was born June 4, 1814, in King and Queen County, Va., and
in 1815 removed with his parents to the northern part of Allen County,
Ky, where he grew to manhood and has since resided. His father, Thomas
Sears, a native of Virginia, served during the entire period of the
Revolutionary war, was an extensive farmer, owned many slaves and died
about 1825, at the age of eighty-four years. He was married five times
and reared children by three of his wives. His offspring are Henry,
Thomas, William, Walker, Betsey (Sears), Mariah (Pulliam), Frances
(Cushenberry), John, Richard, Robert, Nancy (Cushenberry), Samuel,
Albert, Mary A. (Lynn), Amanda (Patten) and Joseph M. Samuel Sears'
mother was Frances Sears (no blood relation), who died in 1833, at the
age of fifty years. In youth Samuel attended the old field schools of
the vicinity in which he was reared. He has been twice married; first,
on the 29th day of March, 1835, to Maria T., daughter of Thomas and
Matilda (Berry) Stark, of Allen County, born July 29, 1820; died in
1858, and to them were born Matilda J. (deceased), Thomas J. (deceased),
Margaret J. (Henderson), William E. (deceased), Elizabeth (Atwood),
Charles L., Rolley (deceased), James M., John W., Sidney (deceased),
Wallace (Atwood) and Samuel. On the 5th of January, 1865, Mr. Sears
married Mrs. Harriet Stone, daughter of Jesse and Elizabeth (Dobey)
Stark, of Warren County, born June 1, 1822, and this union was favored
by the birth of one daughter, Hattie. Mr. Sears is a farmer by
profession, having 150 acres of well improved and productive land.
Before the war he was one of the largest planters in the community, and
by the war was a great sufferer in property. He lost forty-seven slaves
by the late war and has sold out among his children about 800 acres of
land. He has been a member for forty-eight years and a deacon for
thirty years in the Baptist Church. In politics he was an old line
Whig, but now affiliates with the Democratic party. By his own
exertions, mainly, and attention to business principles, Mr. Sears has
amassed a handsome estate which was wrecked by the war. In the late
conflict he was a conservative Union man.
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