|Birth: ||Jul. 28, 1834|
|Death: ||Jul. 31, 1881|
Captain William Searight was born at Searights, Menallen, Fayette County, Pennsylvania in 1834. He was the son of Colonel William and Rachel Brownfield Searight. William was the 4th child of this family ~ his siblings were Thomas Brownfield Searight, Ewing Brownfield Searight, Jean R. Searight Shuman, James Allison Searight and Elizabeth Searight Colvin.
William attended Washington and Madison Colleges, was appointed as acadetto West Point Military Academy, but resigned at the end of his first year. When the Civil War began, William enlisted in Company G, 8th Pennsylvania Reserves where he became a Captain in only a few months. He resigned because of lines but after recovering his health, he again enlisted in the 88th Pennsylvania and served until the close of the war.
William Searight filed for a Civil War Pension July 25, 1879 for service in Pennsylvania Infantry. He was a member of Company "G" of the 8th Pennsylvania Reserves.
William was a good business man. He was the local editor on the Uniontown papers and became a very successful news correspondent and local writer. Popularly known as "B", Captain Searight was local editor of the Genius and American Standard Newspapers. He was local editor of the Democrat Newspaper at the time of his death.
Wiliam Searight died on July 31, 1881. He is buried in the Grace Episcopal Cemetery buying grounds at Manallen, Fayette County, Pennsylvania, near the graves of his parents. This is a Civil War Grave (Union Soldier).
An account of Captain William Searight from the Fayette County Genealogy Project:
CAPTAIN WILLIAM SEARIGHT, one of the best local newspaper editors that Pennsylvania ever produced, and who had served bravely in the late Civil War, was popular wherever he was known, on account of genial nature and generous impulses. He was the third son of William and Rachel (Brownfield) Searight, and was born at Searights, July 28, 1835. He received his education in Dunlap's Creek academy, and Washington and Madison colleges, and, in 1853, was appointed as a cadet to West Point Military academy, from which he resigned one year later. He then was in clerical employ under Governor Black, of Nebraska, and also of his brother at Uniontown. In 1861 he enlisted in Company G, Eighth Pennsylvania Reserves. He was made first sergeant, soon became popular, and his West Point knowledge made him an efficient drill officer. Upon his captain's promotion, he was elected captain over several of the company officers, who were his seniors in rank. Sickness compelled him to resign, but after recruiting his health, he enlisted again, as a private, in the Eighty-eighth Pennsylvania Regiment, and served until 1865. In 1869 he became local editor of the "Genius of Liberty," was phenomenally successful, and made the "Genius" one of the ablest and most popular local newspapers of the State. From that time on, until his death in 1881, Captain William (familiarly known as "B") Searight did splendid local work on the Uniontown papers, and was a valued correspondent of several Pittsburg dailies. He passed away July 31, 1881; his remains were interred at Grace church, under the auspices of the Grand Army of the Republic, but his memory will long survive in many loving hearts, on account of his many generous and noble qualities.
Note: Information in this memorial has been taken from a book ~ The Searight Family, established in America by William Searight. The author of this book was James A. Searight, Uniontown, Pennsylvania, 1893. Other sources of information are from US Census records and from Fayette County Pennsylvania Vital Statistics, obituaries and US military records.
William Searight (1791 - 1852)
Rachel Brownfield Searight Stidger (1805 - 1893)
Note: This is a Civil War Grave - Union Soldier.
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Record added: Aug 01, 2009
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