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Ezra Scollay Stearns
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Birth: Sep. 1, 1838
Rindge
Cheshire County
New Hampshire, USA
Death: Mar. 9, 1915
Fitchburg
Worcester County
Massachusetts, USA

Ezra Scollay Stearns was an historian, teacher, genealogist, newspaper editor, and politician who was continuously elected to the New Hampshire legislature from the age of 26. He served as secretary of state of New Hampshire from 1891 to 1899 and as town moderator for Rindge, NH, for more than 20 years. He was a member of the New England Historic Genealogical Society, the American Antiquarian Society, New Hampshire Historical Society, Fitchburg Historical Society, and the historical societies of Wisconsin and Minnesota. He was the son of Samuel and Mary Fitch Moore Stearns. He never married. His writing career included at one time being editor and manager of the Chronicle newspaper in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. He wrote several genealogy books, including the History of Rindge (New Hampshire),1875; History of Ashburnham (Massachusetts), 1887; History of Littleton (New Hampshire), 1905; History of Plymouth (New Hampshire), 1906; editor-in-chief of Genealogical and Family History of the State of New Hampshire, 1908; and Early Generations of the Founders of Old Dunstable (Massachusetts), 1911. An honorary Master of Arts was conferred on him by Dartmouth College in 1887.
From his obituary in the New England Historic Genealogical Register of July, 1915: "For the ordinary recreations of man he cared nothing. His rest was in his flowers. His roses were his children and he loved and tended them as a mother. Politics, genealogy and roses! A curious mixture, one would think. And yet they are not so inconsistent. In politics he made friends of the living, in genealogy of the dead. His flowers were his friends and they returned his love in beauty. He cared most for the details of life. Genealogy is in detail,and flowers are details of nature. A keen humor brightened his life and all about him. As a friend and host he was superb...His work was good and his heart was great. He was a genial, loyal, courteous gentleman. He spoke no evil."

All information from his obituary in the New England Historic Genealogical Society Register, July, 1915 
 
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 Parents:
  Samuel Stearns (1802 - 1871)
  Mary Fitch Moore Stearns (1807 - 1849)
 
 Siblings:
  Mary Elizabeth Stearns (1831 - 1832)*
  Mary Elizabeth Stearns Vanderveer (1832 - 1916)*
  Samuel Augustus Stearns (1834 - 1837)*
  Almira Stearns (1836 - 1837)*
  Ezra Scollay Stearns (1838 - 1915)
  Samuel Henry Stearns (1840 - 1906)*
  George Stearns (1842 - 1862)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Hillside Cemetery
Rindge
Cheshire County
New Hampshire, USA
 
Created by: Barbara Hanno
Record added: Dec 31, 2012
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Ezra Scollay Stearns
Added by: CapnKen
 
Ezra Scollay Stearns
Added by: Barbara Hanno
 
Ezra Scollay Stearns
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- CapnKen
 Added: Mar. 6, 2013
Roses for Remembrance and Appreciation
-Anonymous
 Added: Dec. 31, 2012
 
 
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