Deborah Phoebe (Anderson) Sears
Memorial For The
Sat. Aug. 14th, 1897.
Light and Shadow, pleasure and pain, mirth and sadness, joy and grief,
are the mingled experiences through which we pass in this earthly life.
And these are so blended together that we should not become unduly exalted
through the one kind or experience, or weighed down and depressed by the
other. Neither should we desire to be always blest with the first kind,
and made free from the other. What is more to be desired than either,
is to have our lives develop into something more tender and sympathetic,
as well as more noble and heroic. For: -
‘Not enjoyment, and not sorrow,
Is our destined end or way,
But to act, that each tomorrow,
Find us fa(r)ther than today.’
The warp and woof of our lives are only the more strongly woven together
when the elements which compose them are so interwoven by the shuttle
of affliction that the finished fabric bears the impress of the Divine
Our family Reunion here are pleasurable gatherings, where all the ties
of kinship are renewed, and the bonds of affection are strengthened.
Here young and old from the prattling babe to the aged grandsire can
meet with hearty good will, and greet each other as members of one parent
stock, or ancestral line, and feel the thrill of affinity which unites
them together as one common family. But these greetings will bring tears
as well as smiles over the face of some who shall meet here today. The
passing months since last you met have brought days of sadness to some
of your homes.
Some who met with you one year ago are not here today.
He who, at the last meeting, presided over the exercises of the day,
as he had done year by year since your organization 11 years ago, was
called away by death on the 17, day of Sept. 1886; having been stricken
with paralysis four days before. Today “Uncle George”
will not call you together as in former years. His tall, manly form, will
no more be seen moving amongst you, nor his voice be heard as he presided
over your assembly. But he will live in your hearts and memories, and
his life will still be an inspiration to young and old, calling them to
truer and nobler living, and speaking to them of fidelity and earnestness
in all life’s duties. Having faithfully performed his work to the
best of his ability, he has answered to the welcome call of his Master,
“Well done, thou good and faithful servant, thou hast been faithful
over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things; enter thou
into the joy of thy Lord.”
The let us believe that his usefulness has not been cut off, but his sphere
of influence been extended in all that exalts life and glorifies its bountiful
We are called upon also to memorialize the departure of Deborah
Sears, who died Jan. 22, 97, after having suffered many years
from organic ailments which assumed acute form and suddenly called her
from her home and family, to join the great silent majority who have passed
over to the other shore. She usually met in these Annual gatherings, but
by reason of partial deafness was not able to enjoy these pleasant occasions
as well as many.
Waynesville area newspaper - transcription contributed by John
4 Sep 2001 John Hartsock
Deborah Phoebe (Anderson) Sears was the sister-in-law
of George Sears, born July 10, 1823, near Centerville,
the daughter of Ephraim (1796-1849) and Sarah (Moon)
(1795-1863) Anderson. She married John Paul Sears,
Sr. (1825-1899), who came with his parents, Samuel
(1795-1867) and Mary Ann (Wilson) (1802-1847) Sears
from Dinwiddie County, Virginia, around 1828. They may have first settled
near Springboro, Warren County, Ohio, along with the rest of the Sears clan.
John and Deborah are my 3rd great uncle
4 Sep 2004
George Sears (1824-1896)
George Sears An Aged And
Honored Citizen Gone
To His Reward
George Sears, who resided – miles So. West of
here, died Thursday evening of last week, Sept. 17, 1896, from a complication
of diseases, aged 72 years, 5 months and 19 days. He came to Ohio with
his parents when he was 4 years old. He has been three times married;
in 1847 he was married Lavina Hatfield, to Sarah
Young in 1856, Lucinda Cramer in 1859.
Mr. Sears was regarded as one of the best men of his community. He lived
the life of a christian, and his daily walks were always in accordance
therewith and his spirit is with God and His holy angels. Deceased leaves
a wife and one daughter and a large circle of relatives and friends. The
funeral was preached from the christian church last Sabbath by Rev.
Butler assisted by Rev. Vaughan. Burial in Centerville
Waynesville area newspaper - transcription contributed by John
4 Sep 2001 John Hartsock
Note: George Sears (1824-1896) was born in Dinwiddie County,
Virginia, the son of Samuel (1795-1867) and Mary
Ann (Wilson) (1802-1847), and the grandson of
Paul (1768-1841) and Huldah (Ladd)(Simmons)
(1765-1827) Sears. Paul Sears and his
children moved to Springboro, Ohio, around 1828 after the death of his wife,
Huldah. She had traveled to Belmont County and Warren County,
Ohio, during her ministry with the Quaker Church. Members of both the Sears
and Ladd families had moved to Ohio in the early 1800s,
and Huldah had often suggested to Paul
that they move to that beautiful country. Her death occurred on her return
from a trip to Belmont County. The following excerpt is from records of
the Friends Meetings in Virginia:
"There is one period in the history of this monthly meeting to which
I would like to call attention. It is the period from 1812-1824, It covers
the active ministry of Huldah Sears, wife of Paul.
She was a minister of power in this section. She was a true evangelist
and was untiring in her zeal and efforts to revive the strength of the
Friends in her area. She reminds one of the Crenshaws
of Cedar Creek. She appointed new meetings in Mecklenburg County, in the
city of Petersburg, "among the Methodists of Bryant's Meeting House",
and "at a place call Laurel Spring Meeting House in Surry County".
She traveled far and wide even extending her journeys to Indiana, Ohio
and eventually to Europe. She, with the courageous aid of Martha
Binford, bearded the lions in their dens and visited slaveholders
of her own community urging them to free their negroes. Though the monthly
meeting cooperated to the extent of granting her official permission to
continue her labors and even bought her a horse and carriage, somehow
the spark she supplied could not re-kindle the dying fires of the Society
in this state. With all hope abandoned and the discontinuance of the Upper
Monthly Meeting the tide of Quakerism receded from the Southside Virginia
to the extreme lower eastern counties where to this day it remains."
On her death a memorial written by her husband, Paul,
was read and ordered recorded by the Virginia Yearly Meeting on 18 May
Her grandson, George, was the father of 5 children, four
of whom mothered by Lavina (Hatfield) (1828-ca1855) Sears,
and the last whose mother was Lucinda (Cramer) (1824-1914).
Around 1850, he purchased land from Asbury Watkins, to
the south and west of Centerville. His father, Samuel,
owned land south of Centerville, which is now located around the property
where Centerville High School is located.
The Sears’ Reunions were held on George’s
property for the 11 years before his death and were said to be attended
by as many as 1200 people. The Centerville band would often play in the
afternoon after church services were held in the morning, and relatives
attended from all over Ohio and Indiana.
George and Lavina (Hatfield) Sears
are my 2nd great grandparent; Samuel and Mary
(Wilson) Sears my 3rd great grandparents; and Paul and
Huldah (Ladd)(Simmons) Sears my 4th.
4 Sep 2004
John Paul Sears (13 Oct
1825 - 23 Dec 1899)
John P. Sears, was born of Quaker parentage in the state
of Virginia, Oct. 13, 1825. Departed this life Dec. 23, 1899; aged 74
years 2 months and 10 days.
He was twice married; his second marriage was to Deborah Anderson,
Feb 19, 1852, with whom he lived until three years ago, when she was removed
by death from husband and children, who have since realized how lonely
and difficult was life without her companionship and helpfulness.
A family of five sons and one daughter remain to know and feel the loss
they have sustained in the departure of mother and father, and the breaking
up of the old home circle.
Brother Sears led the quiet life of the farm, and through
hard labor secured a nice farm and pleasant home in which to rear his
family. He was quiet and unostentatious in manner, and lived an industrious
and peaceful life.
He united with the Sugar Creek Christian church on profession of faith,
in January 1853, and remained a member until his death, a period of 47
He gave regularly to the support of the cause he had professed to have
loved, and attended services of the church until a little over a year
ago, when failing health made it impossible for him to attend longer.
His faith was simple and strong, and his hope of a better life through
Christ was abiding and full of comfort.
The funeral services were held in the Baptist church, Centreville, on
Sermon by B.F. Vaughn, who was assisted in the services
by Rev. H.A. Smith and Rev. Neff.
Mr. Maffitt of Wayesville was the undertaker.
Source: Obituary taken from a scrapbook
probably kept by Lil Benham of Waynesville containing
obituaries from local newspapers.
John Hartsock email
dated 4 Oct 2004
John Paul Sears was born in Dinwiddie
County, Virginia, the son of Samuel (1795-1867) and Mary
Ann (Wilson) (1802-1847) Sears. The Sears family
moved to the Springboro area around 1828, after the death of John Paul’s
grandmother, Huldah (Ladd) (Simmons) Sears, who was a Quaker
minister and abolitionist in the early 1800s.
John Paul’s siblings were:
Henry (1821- ) who was married first to Jane Simpson
(1821-1843), a daughter of Samuel (1792-1862) and Anna
(Merrick) (1793-1885) Simpson. They had no children.
After her passing he married Sabrina Morgan. They had 4
children that are known.
Maria Wilson Sears (1822- ), married Morgan Hatfield
(1818-1865). They had 2 children that are known.
George (1824-1896), married first to Lavina Hatfield,
a daughter of William (1799-1877) and Sarah (Benham)
(1805-1830) Hatfield. They had five children. (George
Lavina are my 2nd great grandparents) Secondly, he married
Sarah Young with no issue, and his third marriage was to
Lucinda Cramer (1824-1914). They had one child.
John Paul, the subject of this obituary.
Huldah Ann, who died in infancy. She was the last of their
children to be born in Virginia.
Benjamin (1829-1864), married Hannah Davis
(1832- ) and they had two children that are known. He was born in Warren
Isabella (1831- ), died as an infant.
Robert G. (1833-1910), married Eunice A. Anderson
(1840-1921), a daughter of Ephraim H.(1796-1849) and Sarah
(Moon) (1795-1863) Anderson. They had eight children.
He was born near Centerville in Montgomery County.
Samuel (1834- ), died young.
Joseph Stafford (1836-1915), married Mary Jane
Young (1834-1916), and they had one child.
William Penn, died young.
Mary Ann (1840- ), married William Creighton
(1844- ) with whom she had four children that are known.
Charles W. (1842-1885), married Zelinda Peebles
Martha (1844- ), died young.
John Paul Sears married Rosanna Reeder(1829->1850)
on December 20, 1846 in Montgomery County. After her death he married Deborah
Phebe Anderson (1823-1897), a daughter of Ephraim H.
(1796-1849) and Sarah (Moon) (1795-1863) Anderson,
and the sister of John Paul’s Brother’s wife,
John Paul and Deborah had eight
Mary (1848- ), who married a Cosler.
Joseph (1851- ).
Martha (1854- ).
Charles S. (1855-1923), married Laura F. Sackett
(1855-1937), daughter of John (1825-1891) and Mary
Eliza (Clevenger) (1827-1892) Sackett.
H. Calvin (1858- ), married Emma (ca 1859-
John Paul, Jr. (1863-1910).
Edgar S. (ca1866- ), married Anna.)
4 Oct 2004