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the name. r mother was a daughter of Captor i ifctQ he?pe of indsor,
who in his will dated larch 2 1716/17, mentions his so:, , ornelius and
daughter, ~arah ansfleld.

l arly or:necticut robate ee rds, ol. 1. p 541]


i, 4ary ("earl , Parsons was married in Sort Mad resided there
~he bad no child. er hueb?md, phraiii, b eb 14 1713, d ; eb 23 1799, was
a oot; of .ieut. "ohn rarsonn of Northamptonnru! ~ara!: '.'.thertonj Parsons of
■atfield, as?.

* v » Isaac'* earl learned the shoemaker's trade; he regained in I orth-
rapton ur.til fter his father's death and the diotrib-jtiji of the property.
In 1749 he sold "in share and reaoved to illieastoTJi, aes. where he bought
real estate and was known as a "nsnl— tlisi " The name year ho and hie
brother James, received grants of lend which sere parts of m additional
Grant of 9000 acreo lying between : ortha^pton . prl.gfield and eetfield. Re
sold portions of his grant from time to time, and by 1759 had become a land
dealer, owning a number of lots on both aides of ater street, llliamstown,
and also lands in West Hoosic, B.T. Bs profited by these transactions and
became one of the wealthy men of the town. In 1765 the first year of the
town government, be was taxed upon 700 pounda at interest. (Oily one other
man, Fehemiah Omodley, was taxed in 'ill lame town that year on aoney at
interest, on 126 pounds. } Thereafter be wae described in deeds as "Gentle-
man". He sacculated In land in few Marlboro, riaas. ir Iranconia,
and in numerous Vermont towns which were in I ew ??aapshlre before the division
of those states. He wae efficient in organizing these towns, in most
instance? actin- as Moderator of the first meeting, and was on record as
"Esquire" !e became an original grantee in each case. In six he put on
record as grantee the name of bis brother Rev, John Jearl, and at ; ranconia
he included also as a grantee the letter's eon, Samuel ;>.oibejr > rear I, then
only eight months old. These towns, with their dates of organization, were
as follows?- itamford, March 6 1753? Pownal, Jan 8 1760; underland,
July 9 1761; Arlington, July 26 1761; Salisbury,: ov 3 1761; Strrtton,
July 30 1761; Vilniington, June 17 1763; ?ranconia, i'eb 14 1764; Stamford
(2d meeting j, June 9 1764; Hubbardton, June 15 1764.

At first thaae towns were simply on paper, grew by degrees afterward, fhue,
for instance, the first permanent settlement at Franconia was not made until
1774, ten yeara after the first meeting. riginally it was called Morris-
town. On July 10 1795 the Vermont Gazette published the semes of "Isaac
Searle" and sixty-two others as delinquent in dues to the new town of tratton

Isaac* "earl was a bachelor. Tils permanent residence was illiaae-
town, where he bore the title of "'Captain". There ia no record of his death
there nor elsewhere. "o occupied a eewting in ths ;;ethodiat meeting-house,
"e owned the land on which Clark Bsll of iilisns College now stands.
No Searle name nppoars on the vital records of lilliSBSiown*

v. James'* ^earl disposed of his holdings in iorthampton end reaoved to
Simsbury, Conn, near his mother's birthplace. e wae living there in 1755
when his brother, lev. John, in ill health spent some time with him.
The Salisbury annals make no mention of him.

(4) NATHAEIRL 3 SEARL ( 2, John , John )


b "ay 3 1686 - riorthampton, ;<iass.
d June 26 1777 - .Southampton, ::as8.
m Sept 24 1713 - iorthampton, Haas.

dau. of ( Jeremiah fa%s

( riscilla cJathlin


Aug 1695 - i orthampton,



Mar 19 1746 - Southampton,


Children;- (

ARL) !-"» b asthampton,



7 i Kathaniel* b Jan 1715



ii riscilla b Dec 11 1716




8 lii Rachel

b Apr 8 1716


9 iv Iterear

aff 16 1720



10 v liphoz

b Jan 6 1722


11 vi Josiah

b ov 9 1724

d Apr 5



12 vli aron

b Mar 2 1727

d Sept 27



13vlii oeeg

b Mar 27 1729

d June 23



14 ix Gideon

b Oct 19 1731

d Oct 20


15 x Jildnd

b Dec 16 1733


16 xi Zoph&r

b 1735

d Mar 10


17 xii Job

b 1739

d Apr 6



Jan 2 1740 . ary Pomeroy

1786 ldad Pomeroy jr.
Jan 2 1740 benezer Pomeroy
Uov 22 1743 lieha i^omeroy

1748 Abigail Pomeroy
I ov 9 1754? lizabeth Bartlett
June 25 1752 Hannah Pomeroy

1753 iebeeca ifenks

1768 Sarah *-ingsley

1757 Anna Pomeroy

1758 ^ary ??annu r i
1764 Anna Clark
1762 ijorcae Strong

Southampton, Maes.

Kathaniel^ Searl succeeding his father, lived many years in aat-
hampton, and nine of his children were born there. tat in 1733, in company
with thirteen other families, he moved to Southampton and founded that place,
which was at first known as the second precinct of ; orthavipton. In making
the settlement the heads of families drew their respective portions of land by
lot; hence the name, lot. Nathaniel drew a home lot and also a ten acre
lot. Later he owned land on both sides of the main road and on Great Mountain
Srook. n is homestead was in the north-east corner of the home lot, osaied in
1881 by George Foley. He was a man of wealth for those days, influential in
town and church affairs, and much respect was paid him.. la church compact
his name stands first after that of the pastor, Jonathan Judd, and the name of

riecilln Searl heads the list of women. Be wae much on committees, was
moderator of their meetings, selectman, and councilor in their religious

11 the first houses were built of logs, and for the first fifteen
years his was the only house that contained more than ono rooi, and his had but
two rooms for his numerous family; yet he entertained the ministers who
preached there prior to any settled pastor, and also the council that ordained
the first minister. Rev. Judd wrote in his diary; "28 of Feb 1743, came with

;r. Edwards from eatfield to lew Hampton. Came to "earl's to dine".
I athaniel served as Snsign in the militia. ith his twelve children, all
married, and all save one having many children, he wae justly regarded, like
Jacob of old, as the patriarch of the family.

'•'is life was not altogether peaceful however. In 1743 the Indians
hostile, killing horses and cattle and plundering houses; occassionally a
white man was killed. In 1748 Koah Pixley was tomahawked and scalped on the


farm next to athanisl'a, and go great was the terror that many families
deserted their houses for the eu-iraor, retiring to orthaapton. Hev. Jonathan
Tudd removed to uffiols, onnecticut.

Nathaniel 3earl about 1748 serried for his second wife Sarah ,

who was born 1693, and died without child. J!e survived her sixteen year?*,
and died in hia ninety-second year, reverenced by all. k% hie funeral six
of his grandeon- acted as pall bearers, among whoa were David and uoas, sons
of Joaiah 3earl. oaz relates that as they were on their way to the grave T
"'lightening struck a rock near us, some peaces fie® and wounded my brother;
1 was nearly deprived of my life for a short time", i'hie split rock may still
be seen on the road leading up the hill tn the cemetery.

ii. I'rlscilla Uearl the eldest daughter, was about thirty years of age
when her mother died. She immediately took charge of the family and continued
to be her father's housekeeper as long as he lived. ot until nine years
after his death did she marry, when she was about seventy years old. 3he
became the second wife of ldad t'oaeroy, Jr. and died' three years after. The
dates given on the 3earle onument for her birth and death differ from those
given in the above table.

It will be noticed that no less than seven members of I athaniel's
family married members of the .omeroy family. A comprehensive genealogy of
the . omeroy Family has been published in recent years.


(5) ELISEA 4 SEARL ( 3- Join 3 , John 2 , John 1

b Feb 4 1695 - Northampton, Uass.
d abt 1777 ~ .asthampton, .'iaes.
i ftfet 173©"- Apr. 6 H28

to IILSECCA PA"* 3 ., of Northampton
dau. of ( Robert Danksor
( Rebecca Rust

Children ;- ( SEARL-5) b Easthampton, Mass.
1 Rebecca b abt 1731 d

a <&badiah Alvord

il Abigail b nbt 1733 d una.

13 ill Katharine b abt 1735 d Feb 11 1813

■ 176Q Silas Brown

19 iv TTannah bp Sept 24 1738 d ov 2 1796

ra Sept 9 1763 ■ oah Strong jr.
v Lucy b abt 1741 d

20 vi lisha b abt 1743 d abt 1803 nwUfull

(1) a June 10 1770 — ebeeea- janka

(2) a 1779

(3) ra July 6 1791 id? W r .y.{. Hairchild

Blisha 4 Oearl known as the Indian captive, was carried away from
hie home in Pascommick when nine years of age, his father, sister and two
brothers having been slain at that time. The savages conveyed him to Canada
and seem to have treated him kindly. lie fell in with some French Jesuit Miss-
ionaries who were laboring among the Indians in Canada, and vras educated by
them in their language and faith, and almost forgot hie native tongue. Bet he
could not forget the terrible tragedy of his early life, and when he became of
age he set out to find his relatives and native place. The latter he was able
to identify, and he found his mother who was married again and living in the
old home. -e found it difficult to sake himself understood, and still more
so to prove his identity, as he had been given up for dead so many years. ut
he finally established hie clat- and was gladly received by his mother as her
long lost son. ?'e succeeded to her property in asthampton upon her death
and continued to reside there. 'e joined the Presbyterian church and became
a worthy and respected citizen. ,T e performed some military service, as Serg-
eant from I ov 20 1723 in Capt. Joseph Kellogg's company, and as Lieutenant
from Feb 1 1724 in Capt. Timothy ^sight's company. ;sy virtue of this commission
he was granted a share of land in larlboro township, .'*. which he sold ay
20 1762. 'beginning arch 21 1732, and up to April 5 1762. he made various
purchases of land in the vicinity of his home, all of which he continued to hold
except five acres sold to his son June 19 1770, wit 1 - a half interest in his
house and bam.

In Ms last will, dated :.!ayl2 1774, he speaks of himself as "tlisha
Searl of orthampton in the county of Hampshire, Gent", and makes bequests to
each of his daughters, giving also to his daughter, Abigail, "the privilege of
dwelling in my present mansion house while she remains unmarried . The
remainder of the property both real and personal, he bequeathed to his only
son, making him the sole executor.


(6) SUBMIT 4 SEARL ( 3- John 3 , John 2 , John 1 )

b Sept 17 1704 - Eastharapton, ass.
d - Southampton, Wum*

m 1732 - Eaethampton, Mass.
to ! 0HK I. CLARK of
nan of (

b - Eaethampton, Maes.


Children ;- (CLARK -5) b Southampton, lass.
1 John b I ov 1734 died young
ii Chloe b Oct 28 1735
iii Jehlel b tag 17 173G

m 1760 Sarah Strong
iv Submit b June 18 1738

a 1760 lijah Clap
v ohn b 1740
vi ad b 1742

m 1773 Hannah Awards
▼ii Martha b 1744
▼iii Abigail b 1745 d J*y 23 1820

m 1767 elah Clap

John L!. Clark the third of the name in assachusettc, was one of the
first settlers of outhaapton in 1733. He was a prominent citizen and a
deacon of the church.

Hi married second wife, id. Submit (White) Judd of South 'ad ley See 4
1760 at -he was daughter of athaniel hit© ft Esther Strong,

and widow of illiaa Judd (his 2d wife) .

John Clark was son of DM. John 3 Clark and Elizabeth Cook dau. of osee.

ili Jehiel Clark had a son, rastus.

iv Xl.1ah Clap b lay 3 1763 d resided in outhaapton, son

of Samuel and llindwell (Strong Clap. T *e had five children;- 1-. lijah,
2- ela, 3-!uther, ta (1) Kulbert, a (2) Betsey each, both of Southampton:
4- sther, 5- ubmit, a "heldon

▼iii elah Clap was a farmer in Montgomery, ;,;asn. a brother of Elijah?
he died ay 12 1794. T e had eight children;- 1- rastus, b pr 4 1768,
d May 26 1825 in Ohio? 2- ercy, b Jan 21 1771, d Oec 1800; 3-Naoai,
b ar 3 1773, m iesae^ "earl, (14) v. ; 4- elah, b June 7 1775, d June 4 1840,
a ar 1 1804 iana heldon and removed to Franklin, Ohio; 5-Cyrus, b June 26
1778 A young; 6-Abigail, b Xmr 27 1781, d July 3 1851, ■ Jan 22 1801
Keaan^ Searl,{46); 7-Achsah, b ec 6 1784, d Oct 1B01; 8-Mary, b Oct 4


(6a) JOK: 4 BURL (3b - James c , John* 5 , John" )

b May 14 1721 - Northampton, .case.
d July 5 1787 - Royalton, ft.
m Sapt 8 1762 - Houghton, iaes,
to IiBiSTA8I£ KJKMa of

dau. of ( Rev. Samuel Dunbar
( Hannah Danf ortb
b - Stoughton, iass.

d - Poyalton, Ohio

Children?- (SEARI£-5) b Stonehaa, :.;aeo.
i Samuel Dunbar b July 4 1763





19 1764





3 1767



•a m




15 1770
2 1773





31 1775


1785 Sally

Jacob Safford


d abt 1815

m Feb 7 1793 Abigail J. Safford

d abt 1799

m July 2 1792 IT arvey Skinner

a Apr. 20 1800 v. biting Allen

Rev. John* Searl earfy developed a taste for study which was encouraged
by his pastor, th- Rev. Jonathan ; dwards, by whoa he was prepared to enter Yale.
Graduating in 1745, he studied theology for two yearn with uev. dwards, was
licensed to preach in 1746, and received a call, ay 1748, from the parish of
Judea,(now Taehington^Conn. larly in 1749 he began to preach in 3haren,Conn.
and on April 3d a formal call was extended to him by that church, which he
accepted. lie was ordained by the Litchfield Association at : ew ilford, .-ug.
2 1749. He Tiad not been settled long in Aharon before his health began to
fail and he was absent on_^his account in the latter part of the following year,
ubstitutes were employed* ror y considerable periods by the town, and on the
continued decline of his health he was dismissed June 25 1754, with the reluct-
ant consent of his people. He was described as a man of mild and unassuming
deportment, and much given to metaphysical investigation. Fe retired to
Simsbury, Conn, where hie brother James resided, and after a time he was able to
supply the vacant pulpit there, for a few months.

The town records show that Rev. John Searl began to preach for the
church of Christ in toneham on Jan. 17 1758, and was installed by a council of
churches rogulnrly convened. The churches present were ;- balden First,
Reading First, Cambridge Second, lynn Third, oburn First, and the Pres-
byterian churc v in ! ewburyport. To make his appointment legal the church
voted, arch 16 1758, to choose him as pastor and minister, and a week later the
town concurred in this choice. It was further voted to give him annual salary
of sixty pounds of lawful money, to give him the improvements of parsonage
buildings and land, end to keep the same with its fences in repair at the town's
cost and charge; and furthermore, to give him "fifteen cords of cord-wood cut
and delivered at the parsonage house in "toneham yearly and every year so long as
hs continue in and carries on the work of the gospel ministry in Stoneham".
Slight increase in salary and cord-wood was voted him from time to time, and
ordinary repairs on the premises. n the occassion of his marriage in 1762 the
town voted to finish the west front room in the parsonage house as follows;-


"To sake a panel breastwork, lay a good floor, ease the timbers and cornish
them round, case the windows and the said room overhead and also plaster it;
and seal sai'i roon round the sides with pitch pine"; and also to ted that;-
"the panelwork, casings and comis'es be colored with common coloring, and
the walla be filled with bricks if the eoamittse think fit". These impro-
vements were not fully paid for until six years later.

Re served this church for seventeen years, durinr which time he was
married and his six children were born; and he is said to have assisted in
preparing for publication some of the writings of his early perceptor, Rev.
Jonathan Hdwarde, deceased. The records of t K e church show that;- "At a
church meeting held April 12 1776, the pastor requested of the church that
his pastoral relations to them might be diss olved on account of the difficulty
of the times, whereby there was not a probable prospect of a support for his
family, but more especially on account of his ill state of health occasioned
by easterly winds". The meeting adjourned to April 24th, when the request
was again read and the church voted a dissolution of the pastoral relations.
The town had already concurred in this vote by anticipation at a town meeting
held March 4t v , 1776. Bfet salary of 66 pounds, 13 shillings, 4 pence per
year must have been considerably in arrears, as tlie final payment made to him
:ov. 8th 1776, amounted to 96 pounds, 18 shillings. 'is written request for
a Council of two or three churches to pass their sanction upon his dismissal
as being nore agreeable to regularity and the platform of the churches, was
not heeded by the town. He made no vital records upon the church books,
but kept his own diary and took it with hira when he departed.

On leaving toneham !<ev. John :earl made his homo for a time at his
wife's father's in the north part of Stoughton, (now Canton), and served as
supply to vacant pulpits in neighboring towns, and temporarily as chaplain to
troops in the vicinity. In 1779 he was living with his family at ! orwlch,
Mass. and supplying the parish of 'orwic'r end "est Farms.

He accepted a call given Aug. 12 1783 to become the first settled
minister of the ongregational church in soyslton, 7t. and -he removed to
that place with his family. The town sent teams to transport the family
and bel gings, a distance of about 150 miles. 'e was installed "ov.19 1783.
•ftor a few years his health failed, and a vote was passed by the town arch
14 1787, to join with the church in calling a council for his dismission; but
before this result was attained his death occured, July 7 1787, and he was
buried at outb loyalton, vt. Only a few weeks previously he had received
few ale College his degree of anter of Arts. Re was said to be very
orthodox, and a writer of good sermons, but hie delivery was dull, President
Stiles of Yale wrote of hi-«i in his private diary; "Hi is one of the most
learned ivlnes - thoro 1 Theologians in .merica". Three of his sermons are
published ;-

1. A Funeral sormon[froj Baa. xiv, 8 j Delivered at ..ewbury-Port, Lee.
30 1770. Occasioned by the death of v.rs. Phebe Parsons, Consort of the : ev.
Jonathan Parsons, [Yale, 1723 j. Boston, 1771. 8vo. pp 54.

2. eve let ion a Guide to Reason; or, The ord of rod our Supreme r :ule
in Religion. A ;>ermon [from I. Cor. ii. 11-13 j delivered at the Ordination
of the Rev. Stephen * eabody, uov. 25 1772. Boston, 1773. Svo. pp 3o.

3. The Character and Reward of a good and faithful Oervant of Jesus
Christ. A Funeral Sermon [ from Matt. 25, 21 J occasioned by the death of
the :ev. Jonathan Parsons, 1775. ! ewbury-Port , 1778, 8vo. pp 46. eprinted
1779, in Volume I of Sixty 3ermons by Rev. 'r. Parsons.

These sermons may be found in several of the larger libraries.


;*ehetable (Dunbar) 'earl was a daughter of the ev. Casual Dunbar,
graduate of ffervard College, 1723, and pastor at ©dham and ftoughton, lass.
Carried la 11*2, IBs thereafter shared all the vislssitudes of her husband's
career. After his death she remained in '< oyalton, 7t. with her children
for a dozen years. In 1800 with her son, John and the younger children
she joined the lien family in emigrating to Fairfield county, hio, and in
forming a settlement which they named ^.oyalton, after their former home.
'ere she lived to a good old age, and died some years after 1812.

i. 3aaael Dunbar^Searle was a young man of brilliant parts and great
promise. Graduating from Yale college in 1781, he returned home, and on
removing to Royalton, Vt. In 1783, he began the study of medicine in the office
Of r. 3 Has Allen, the only physician there. fee years later he succeeded
to his practice and to the title of doctor of medicine. ~n April 26 1789 he
united with the first Congregational church of Royalton, his wife, ;?ally, having
united a month earlier. Thereafter he frequently read service in the church
•hen there was no pastor present. The record of his marriage has not been
preserved, nor of the birth of his children, if any . * Re was Interested in
the affairs of the tows, and in 1738 he undertook to raise funds for the repairs
of the gre t bridge at Poyalton by meann of a lottery, of which he was chief
manager. The scheme was authorized by the legislature in 1791, and on ept.
11 1792, the drawing took place at his house in oyalton. There sere ii20Q
tickets sold at one dollar each; 1700 were distributed in prizes, 100 being
the highest prize, and -500 were paid for bridge repaira.

In view of his removal from town he sold to Daniel Gilbert. Tan. 11 1794
"two pew grounds in the Congregational church, and this is the last record of
him in oyalton. "n August 18 1794, he signed an affidavit at .lburg, Grand
Island, Vt. concerning a visit of a British ship to that port for taking on
supplies of salt, rum, etc. under the protest of t'-^e authorities. T 'e may
have removed to Canada. The Judd ^nnuacript at . orthampton, ass. says he died
at an early age; Sedgwick's History of heron, onn, mentions the brightness
of 3asuel Dunbar carle, and his early death.

The J. •. Census of 1790 gives at oyalton, Vt. "Samuel erls, (feu.
1 man, 2 sons, wife and daughter".


(7) KATHA^'IEL 3HARL ( 4 - '.athaniel 3 , John 2 , John 1 )

1715 - rasthaiapton, -ass.
d 1801 - Southampton, Mass.

1740 - ; orthaapton,
to I of

dou. of ( f>aiuel Pomeroy
( Johannah "oot
b July 1 1716 - I orthaapton, lass.
d 1806 - Southampton, f .

Children;- ( S 'A Pi -5 } b outhaapton, f aes.





I r


lizabeth Clap







m u










uth illiaas













cnhel Strong


| r.'_' JH ' ■■"








xperience 1 . Loomis



. Pomeroy



Experience Bartlett







John ill lasts













Aug i

3 1816



zekiel ood,jr.



Hills* Baldwin






18 1

Ichabod *!owe

Kathaniel** earl a farmer of good business qualities, acquired con-
siderable property. "e served ee selectman for seven or eight years, and was

nsign in the ilitio. Hie homestead consisted of one hundred acres at the
south end of tedlasi street, and was owned in 1886 by Thaddeus Tenry' carle and

lisha ronson. Tater it was known as the Johnson farm. There is a record

of n donation of £12, 15s, 3d, by the hand of r. iathnniel Searl, Hatfield,
Mass. Feb. 14 1775, for the suffering soar of oston. fra rawUleii (
Hist. oc. fl»l«I7 p 243)

il. -lephanlah^ "earl
a celebrated fox-trapper.

an old bachelor. BL-igulcr in all his ways, snd

viii. .'; liver ° earl commonly known as Oily -learl, was also a very eccentric
man, and was not married. ' e would roam over the fields sounding a sheep-bell,
and sometimes would help himself from tho dinner baskets of men at work in the
fields, and when reproved for this would reply "Your folks can make more".

x. aerey^ (rearlj Howe resided In est prlngfiel., ass.


(8) RACHEL 4 3EA3L ( 4 - . athaniel 3 , John 2 , John 1 )

k pr. 8 1718 - ' nsthsnptoci, aas.
d - "outhanpton, :as8.

■ 171"! - asthaapton, '.ass.
to ' of

of ( Eldad Poaeroy
( Sarah "ait
b . ov 10 1715 - orthaapton, n&a.
d 1766 - 'outhanpton,

Children ;-

Y -

5 )

-nrthaa pton , asn






7 1741









ixperlenee, laj








achel trong


■ •" 1 1








John ! T anr;u-3 of 1


- fa*]













loeb© . or.eroy









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