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Daniel Sears
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Birth: 1778
Rowan County
North Carolina, USA
Death: unknown

Daniel Sears was born before 1778 Rowan County North Carolina to Johannes Zaher (Sears) and Barbara (Miller) Zaher or Sears. His age is estimated from Census 1810 and 1820 census.

We Know he married Elizabeth Betsy Martin daughter of Asa Martin because Daniel Sears sold slaves which came to him through marriage to Betsy Martin daughter of Asa and Elizabeth in Rowan County, North Carolina

It appears Betsy died before 1820 census since no female is listed.
In the 1810 Census Daniel and his wife are listed with 7 other people.. The oldest of these listed persons could be household helpers instead of children because we find no records of them after this census and Daniel seems like born about 1775 and would be young to have some of these children.

1810 census Stoner, Boubron County, Kentucky Looks like
Male born 1766-1784 (Daniel)
Female born 1766-1784 (Betsy)
Male born 1785-1794 (not identified probably not a child)
Male born 1795-1800 (not identified not in 1830 census)
Male born 1800-1810 (Jacob born 1808)
Female born 1785-1794 (not identified probably not a child)
Female born 1795-1800 (not identified probably a missing sister because appears in 1830 census)
Female born 1795-1800 (Lucinda born about 1800 confirmed child by Affadavit at marriage)
Female born 1800-1810 (Mary Magdalene born 1802 confirmed child by affadavit at marriage)

1820 Census Morgan Twp., Harrison County, Indiana
Male born over 45 born before 1775 (Daniel)
no Female age of wife
Male born 1804-1810 (Jacob born 1808)
Male born 1810-1820 (Adam born 1812)
Female born 1794-1804 (Lucinda born 1800)
Female born 1794-1804 (Mary Magdalene born 1802)
Female born 1794-1804 (not identified)
Female born 1810-1820 (not identified)

Between 1828 and 1830 all but Lucinda Sears now Lucinda Harmon left for other parts of Indiana and then various counties of Illinois. The They left after 1828 because Daniel is in a tax this years. Daniel was also listed in Harrison County, Indiana tax of 1824.

1830 Census Sangamon County, Ilinois
Daniel is listed on same page as Michael Peebler with the following record.
Male born 1760-1770 (Daniel)
Female born 1760-1770 (New wife or housekeeper)
Male born 1790-1800 (new male maybe step relative ?)
Male born 1810-1820 (Adam born 1812)
Male born 1820-1825 (New male maybe new son or step?)
Female born 1790-1800 (not identified above)
Female born 1800-1810 (not identified above)
Female born 1820-1825 (new not identified)
Female born 1825-1830 (new not identified)

Next Door is Jacob Sears his son..

1840 Daniel and his son Jacob have moved to Edgar Illinois and Daniel is alone on the census. Daniel's son Adam gets married in Crawford County, Illinois in 1841 and serves in the Civil War.He was born 1812 in Bourbon County, Kentucky. He marries Susan Higgins born 1818 in Kentucky and they have the following children: 1. Fanny C born 1841 in Illinois 2. James H born 1842 in Illinois 3. George A born 1844 in Illnois and 4. Julia A born 1848 in Illinois. Many of this family including Adam and Susan are buried at Sears Cemetery in Honey Creek, Crawford, Illinois.

Daniel Sears born 1770-1780 is listed as dying on 18 Apr 1859 in the West but where this date came from and exactly where he died has never been found nor his 1850 census.

Daniel's son Jacob was born 1808 in Bourbon County, Kentucky and his wife was Anna born in North Carolina 1808. They must have married somewhere in Indiana because their two oldest known children were born there. 1. Daniel was born 1830 Indiana and 2. Nancy born 1836 in Indiana. 3. Son Jacob was born 1838 Illinois 4. Samuel was born 1842 Illinois. 5. John was born 1846 in Illinois. 6. Mary J born 1848 in Illinois. They appear to be in Edgar, Illinois with Jacob's father in 1840 and go to Crawford County, Illinois by 1850 census.

Lucinda (Lucy) Sears was born about 1800 in Bourbon County, Kentucky to Daniel Sears and his wife Betsy Martin daughter of Asa Martin and Elizabeth.. Daniel and Betsy Martin moved from Bourbon County, Kentucky to Harrison County between 1810 and 1820 with his brother John and Jacob. They settled in the township of Morgan. Here Lucinda met and married her husband James M Harmon. Daniel is listed as her father and he gave his permission for the marriage thru his proxy Michael Sappenfield Jr. on 22 Dec 1821. Lucinda married James in a double wedding with her sister Mary Magdalene Sears and her husband John Sappenfield on 24 Dec 1821.

Lucinda was a charter member of Bethel Meeting house Church in Bradford, Indiana. She is listed under the name Lucy Harmin on the first women's list 5 Jul 1833. This was a Union Church which was combination of Dunkards, German Baptists and New lights. She was also listed in the Church rolls 1 Feb 1840 and 3 Jun 1854. Lucinda died between this last record 1854 and 1860.
Her Husband James William Harmon died between Jan 1840 and the recording of his the following will on 18 July 1840.

The following are list of Lucy Sears and James William Harmon's Children:
1. Thomas Harmon born 1824 Floyd County, Indiana
2. Nancy A Harmon born 21 Jul 1826 Floyd County, Indiana
3. Daniel Harmon born 1828 Floyd County, Indiana
4. John Harmon born 1830 Floyd County, Indiana
5. James K Harmon born 17 Jan 1833 Floyd County, Indiana
6. Sarah J Harmon born 15 Jun 1835 Floyd County, Indiana
7. Mary E Harmon born 5 Feb 1838 Floyd County, Indiana
8. Eliza Harmon born 1841 Floyd County, Indiana.

The last known child of Daniel Sears and Betsy Martin is Mary Magdalene Sears born 1802 in Kentucky. She was married 24 Dec 1821 same day as her sister Lucinda in Harrison County, Indiana.
Her Consent letter was given by Michael Sappenfield Senr. who stated John Sappenfield his son had permission to marry and he knew Mary's father Daniel Sears had also given permission.

The last record found for them in Harrison County, Indiana is her husband John Sappenfield in 1828 tax list. This is when many of the Sears and Sappenfield leave for other parts of Indiana and Illinois.
John moves his family to Owen County, Indiana. In 1850 the family is in Clay County, Illinois where John is listed as Millwright. Stories say that Mary Magdalene (Sears) Sappenfield died in 1854 in Clay county, Illnois and John Sappenfield died in 1864.

The Children of Mary Magdalene Sears and John Sappenfield are the following:
1. Daniel Sappenfield born 4 Mar 1823 Indiana
2. Michael Sappenfield born 1825 Indiana
3. Mary Sappenfield born 1832 Indiana
4. Henry Sappenfield born 1835 Indiana
5. Obediah Sappenfield born 1836 Indiana
6. John W Sappenfield born Jul 1841 Clay County, Illinois
7. Sarah Ella Sappenfield born 1842 Clay County, Illinois
8. Catherine Sappenfield born 1843 Clay County, Illinois
9. George Sappenfield born 1849 Clay County, Illinois
10. Sarah Jane Sappenfield born 1853 Clay County, Illinois
Family links: 
  Johannes Zaher (1726 - ____)
  Barbara Miller Zaher
  Elizabeth Martin Sears
  Lucinda Sears Harmon (1800 - 1858)*
  Elizabeth Sears Martin*
  Barbara Sears Shulse**
  Ann Sears**
  Christian Sears (1742 - 1843)**
  John Sears (1749 - 1839)**
  Mary Sears Hunsinger (1762 - 1861)*
  Catherine Sears Harmon (1765 - 1860)*
  Esther Sears Peebler (1768 - 1863)*
  Susannah Sears White (1769 - 1855)*
  Susannah Sears White (1769 - 1855)*
  Samuel Sears (1769 - 1846)*
  Frances Sears Imbler (1770 - 1858)*
  Jacob Sears (1773 - 1859)*
  Daniel Sears (1778 - ____)
*Calculated relationship
Created by: PJS
Record added: Dec 01, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 81399618
Daniel Sears
Added by: PJS
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