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LOT SEARCH (1762 - 1851)

Lot Search was born in Hunterdon, Kingwood Twp., New Jersey, the son of William Search (1736-1806) and Mary McMasters (b. 1735).

Lot was fourteen years old when the Declaration of Independence was read at Philadelphia in 1776. As a young soldier in the Revolutionary War, he helped guard the coast of Pompton, New Jersey. It was there that he saw George Washington, whom he described as "a stern man with red hair". Washington’s troops had invested the Jersey coast to block the British at Philadelphia. Later Search "fought it out with Sir Harry Clinton’s men at Monmouth where Molly Pitcher kept her cannon roaring". He reenlisted in 1779, His assignment was to march across the Blue Ridge Mountains after Indians. Following the Revolutionary War, Search went to Pennsylvania, then to New York.

Lot married Sarah Davis (1765-1824) in Bucks, Pennsylvania on September 10, 1786.  Their children were also born in Bucks: Mary, Lot, Sarah, William, Martin and John.  John Pitner was born in 1804 and he married Esther Chase.  He moved to Racine and died there in 1886.  At the age of 81, Lot came to Racine, apparently to be with his son, John, but died eight years later on December 11, 1851.

He is one of three Revolutionary War soldiers buried in Mound Cemetery. The other two are Private Rufus Carver (1755-1840) and Private Elijah Raymond (1761-1842). In all, there are eight Revolutionary War veterans buried in Racine County, more than any other county in Wisconsin.

Submitted by Deborah Crowell

Source information:
Racine Walking Tour Guide published 1994
Edmund West, comp. Family Data Collection - Individual Records. [database online] Provo, UT:, 2000
Abstract of Graves of Revolutionary Patriots, Vol.4, p. Serial: 10173; 10303; Volume: 1; 2