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Christian SEARS m.
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1790 Census 
1800 Census 
1820 Census 
1843 Will transcript 

Lived for a while in Rowen County, N.C. Found in 1790 Rowan Co.Census, family at that time had 3 free white males over 16, 2 white males under 16 and 8 white females. Also found in Rowan County,NC in1800, Jefferson County, KY in 1810, 1820, and Oldham Co., KY 1830. 

From "The History of Decatur County Garber Family"--"Christian Sears is the earliest member we have found record of, born about 1730 in Switzerland. He was a member of the group to form the Brethren (Dunkard) Church. With other members, they settled in Holland during his early manhood and later immigrated to America. They landed at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, settled in North Carolina and later moved to Kentucky where he died. Christian Sears was twice married and the father of ten children. His first wife was tragically killed when the limb of a great tree fell on her. One of their daughters was named Easter (or Ester) Sears." 
Christian lived to be a 101 years old. Moved to KY in about 1788 or1802. 
The origins of Christian Sears of Rowan County, NC. He moved from there with some of his children to Jefferson/Oldham county KY about 1802. Although he apparently strayed from the faith (he owned slaves in KY) we're quite sure he was of a family of German Brethren, who came to the American colonies possibly in 1750. His father may have been Johann Georg Zerr who appears on a 1750 passenger list. But Johann was probably illiterate even in German, and the English immigration clerk simply wrote the name the way it sounded to him. The actual German name and spelling is unknown; one researcher has speculated that it was Zaher, and this has been recklessly repeated by others, with no substantiation as far as I know. Christian's family associated closely with other Brethren families, including Brethren Searses. Was he a brother of Samuel, John, Esther, etc? 
--Smith has Christian Sears as: Christian Jr -b. 1753 NC, d. 1845Oldham Co KY -- 1/w Catherine, 2/w Hannah R Dawkins ch: Polly (m.Philbert Wright), Sarah (m. Christian Shires -to Tenn), Betsy (m.James Wright), Jacob (m. Mary Hostetle to Hamilton Co IN), David(d.1837 -Monroe Co IN), John (d 1841 -Orange Co IN) 
Christian Sears Sr -b. c1730 Switzerland, 
moved in 1788 to Ky with "Hons and Schulse" 
His 1/w was killed by a falling tree while washing clothes 
2/w was the Widow Hon 
children: Christian, John, Susan (m. White), Barbara (m. Swem Hostetler in Clark Co IN), Samuel (m. Christina Martin -who died 1857,Franklin IA), Katherine (1766-1860, m Harmon, to Jefferson Co IA),Esther (m. Michael Peebler Sr, d. Hamilton Co IL), Frankie (m. WmEmber), Jacob, Daniel (1808 in Harrison Co IN) 
grandfather: Johannes Zaher (means "tough") -bc1710 Switzerland 
1740 to Pennsylvania, died in Yadkin Valley NC 
sons: Christian, John and others 
There is no evidence of a "Christian Sr" born ca 1730. He would have been 12 years old when his "son" "Christian Jr" was born in 1742.Wright and Smith evade this by inventing a fictitious birthdate of1753 for "Christian Jr" and by commenting that although there are inconsistencies, their version "makes good biography". 
Christian died in 1843. The probate records of his estate prove when he died and who his children were. The Jacob Sears who married Mary Huffstutter (not Hostetler) was not Christian's son. They settled inVermillion County IN and died there. Chistian's son Jacob married MaryHarmon (may have been his second wife) and was living near SpringfieldIL when his father died, and later moved to Missouri and died there.Christian's son David did not die in 1837 in IN. He moved with his family to Iowa in 1839 and died there, in Jefferson County, at about80 years of age. Christian's son John did not die in Orange County, IN in 1841, but settled in Edgar County, IL and died there about 1869. 
The Sears who moved to Nicholas County, KY about 1788 "with the Hons and Schulses" was not "Christian Sr." but John, b. 1749, and his wifeBetsy Hon. There's little doubt that Christian and John were brothers;no proof yet. It's also likely, but unproven, that their father was the immigrant Johann Zerr. There is evidence that Johann married (2nd)"The Widow Hon" who was Betsy Hon's mother. Some say (unconfirmed)that Christian's first wife was Barbara Stutzman, but others believe her name was Catherine (unknown). The Sears, Stutzman, Hon,Huffstutter, Schulse, Conrad, Martin, etc families were all members of a very close group of Dunkards. Samuel, probably (but not proven)brother of Christian, married Anna Christina Conrad (not Martin) and they were involved in establishing the Brethren Church at Franklin,near Leon, Decatur County, IA. Christina's sister Catherine Conrad married John Sears Jr. son of John and Betsy (Hon) Sears Sr. 
pg 159-160 338 John Sears This day claimed a right to four hundred acres of land by virtue of his having settled and improved the same agreeable to law in that case made and provided and located as followsTo wit John Sears enters 400 acres of land on the water of Green RiverBeginning at a brick corner of Philip Graves 200 acre survey runingthence with said line S 50 W 126 poles to a beech Graveses Corner thenS27 W 4 poles to a hickory Hams corner then with said Hams line N70 E88 poles to a beech Hams Corner then with said line S 20 E 204 polesto an ash and gum then S 75 E 32 poles to a white olak then N 75 E 120Poles... (pg 160 not abstracted). 

LIBRE L of FREDERICK COUNTY, MARYLAND pages 570,571, 572 At the request of John Zear the following lease was recorded Nov 17th 1768.To wit This indenture made this fifteenth day of May in the year of our lord one thousand seven hundred and sixty eight between AlexanderThomas Hawkins of Prince George County in the Province of MarylandParty of the one part and John Zear of Frederick County in theProvince of aforesaid farmer of the other part witnesseth tha the sd Alexander Thomas Hawkins for and in consideration of the rents covenants & agreements hereinafter ?and in about paid is done and purposed by the said John Zear his exec. Adm & assigns hath devised leased and to farm ? and by the presents doth devise lease and to ?unto the said John Zear his exec. Adm & assigns all that part or parcel of land being part of tract of land called Hawkins & Merry Reepa day situate lying and being in the county aforesaid Beginning at theEast of fifty perches on the ninety first line of said Hawkins & Merry Reep a day, and running thence six seventy is a east fifty perches north twenty five degrees east sixty perches north thirty three degrees south twenty perches north fifty two degrees east twenty perches to a box white oak then north seventy three degrees east for twenty six? Twenty nine degrees East Eighty perches south forty seven degrees west sixty perches south forty eight degrees east fifty. Three perches south eighty one degrees East forty four perches to a south corner of John and Larch taken up by John Host? South seventeen perches south thirty one degrees east twelve perches south eighty four degrees west sixty two perches south ten degrees west forty perches south eighty four degrees and an half degree west two hundred and forty eight perches to the east of one hundred and seventy six perches on the third line of Andrew Rotrock part of said land then by a straight line to place of beginning containing and now laid out for two hundred acres of land more or less. To have and to hold the lands and premises hereby granted or meant or intended to be unto the saidJohn Zear his exec adm & assigns for and during the several and respective lives of the said John Zear Barbara Zear wife of the saidJohn Zear & Christian Zear son of the said John and Barbara Zear yielding and paying therefore unto the said Alexander Thomas Hawkins his heirs & assigns the annual rent or sum of six pounds current moneydollars at seven shillings sixpence each for year to be paid in mannerand form following that is to say the first year rent to be paid ?upon the fifteenth day of May which will be in the year of our Lordone thousand seven hundred and seventy one and the said sum of sixpounds current money as a forward to be paid on every fifteenth day ofMay yearly and ? year therefore during the continuance of the presentdemise and the said Alexander Thomas Hawkins for himself his heirs hisheirs exec adm & assigns doth hereby convent promise grant and agreeband with the said John Zear his execor adm & assigns by thesepresents in manner and form following that to say that the said JohnZear his exec adm & assigns paying the rents and performing thelaminants and agreements precise contained and on his and their partsand behalf to be paid done observed performed and kept shall and maypeaceably quietly have hold use occupy possess and enjoy the lands andpremises hereby devised be contented to be for and during the termhereby granted and the said John Zear for himself his exec adm &assigns doth ? promise and agree to and with the said Alexander ThomasHawkins his heirs & assigns by their presents in withess be and formfollowing of that is to say that he the said John Zear his exec adm &assigns shall and will well and truly pay or come to be paid unto thesaid Alexander Thomas Hawkins his heirs & assigns.The yearly rent ofsix pounds current money as a aforesaid at and upon the day and timesherein before appointed for the payment thereof and shall who pay the? rents of the said premises from the fifteenth day of May in the yearof our Lord one thousand seven hundred and sixty eight for and duringthe term hereby granted and also that he the said John Zear his execadm & assigns shall within the pace of three years from the date ofthis presents, plant one hundred and fifty apple trees upon the saiddemised premises and further that he the said John Zear his exec adm &assigns shall not at any time during the continuance of the termhereby demised clear above or more than one hundred and twenty acresof the said demised premises neither shall he or they sell or wasteany of the timber growing on the said demise premises provided alwaysnevertheless and the true intent and meaning of these presents and theparties hereto is that of the said yearly rent of six pounds shallremain unpaid for the space of three year after that of the firstyears rent during the continuance of the term hereby demised or if thesaid John Zear his exec adm or assigns shall sell or dispose of his ortheir term in the said demised premised or absent himself orthemselves from the said premises so as not to be heard of for thespace of seven years during the continuance of the demise, that thenand from thenceforth the present indenture of demise shall be ? voidand of none effect as of the same had never been made and then andfrom thenceforth it shall and may be lawfull to and for the saidAlexander Thomas Hawkins his heirs and assigns to enter into and uponthe said demised premises and the same to have again repossese andenjoy as in his or their former estate any thing herein beforementioned or contained to the contrary thereof in any wise notstanding In Witness whereof the said Alexander Thomas as ? hathhereunto set his hand and seal the day and year first above written.Signed sealed and delivered in presents of us John Cooke, George Gantt(seal statement) Alexander Thomas Hawkins (signature & seal) On theBack which lease was the following indorsemens To Wit Prince GeorgesCounty for Septmeber 9th 1768 Then Alexander Thomas Hawksinsacknowledged the within settlement of writing to be his act and deedand deed according to the true intent and meaning of the within leaseof the act of family in such was mad and provide.. John Cooke GeoGantt Prince Georges County for Hereby certife that ? John Cooke andGeorge Gantt gentleman before whom the above acknowledgment and takenwere at the time of taking the same and still are two of his lordshipsthe right honorable, the lords proprietary his justices of the Peacefor the county aforesaid duly authorized and assigned and that to allacknowledgements by them So taken and signed due faith and estate isand ought to be given as within justice court at ? In Testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the Publick seal of thecounty aforesaid. This tenth day of September Anno Domine 1768 ThosJim Lee Clerk of Prince George County. 

Libre U pages 78-81 At the request of Alexander Thomas Hawkins thefollowing lease was recorded November 3rd 1773 This indenture madethis first day of November. In the year seventeen Hundred and seventythree between John Zear of Frederick county in Maryland of the onepart and Alexander Thomas Hawkins of Prince Georges County in Marylandof the other part Witnesseth that the said John Zear for and inconsideration of the sum of sixty pounds current money to him in handpaid at and before the ensealing and delivery of these presents thereceipt whereof the said John Zear doth hereby acknowledged and therefrom or quit and discharge the said Alexander Thomas Hawkins his heirs& Exec. Administrative and assigns and every of them by these presentshath given granted bargained sold aliened released removed confirmedand surrendered and by these presents doth give grant bargain sellalien release remove confirm surrender and recovery unto him the andAlexander Thomas Hawkins his heirs and assigns all that part or parcelof land being part of a tract of land called Hawkinses Merry Peep aDay situate lying and being in Frederick County aforesaid Beginning attheir end of fifty perches on the ninety first line of Hawkins MerryPeep a Day and runing thence South Seventy Three Degrees East fiftyperches North twenty five degrees East Sixty perches North thirtythree degrees West twenty perches North fifty one degrees east twentyperches to a roped white oak then North seventy three degrees Eastforty perches South twenty nine degrees East Eighty Perches Southforty seven Degrees West Sixty Perches South forty Eight Degrees Eastforty four perches south eighty one degrees East forty four perches toa south course of John and Sarah Taker up by John Ha? then Southseventeen perches south thirty one degrees East twelve five SouthEighty four degrees West sixty six perches south in degrees West fortyperches South eighty four degrees and a half degree West ? hundred andforty eight perches to the end of the hundred and seventy six percheson the third line of Andrew Rotrocks part of said land then by astraight line to the place of Beginning containing and ? out for twohundred acres of land more or less being the same parcel of land whichwas heretofore in or about the fifteenth day of May seventeen hundredand sixty eight leased demised by the said Alexander Thomas Hawkins tothe said John Zear his Exec Adm and assigns for and during the leasesof the said John Zear and Barbara Zear and Christian Zear togetherwith all and singular the houses ? houses edifices buildings gardensways waters water courses commodetion privileges and advantagespremises and appurtences to the same parcel of land belonging orappurtaining and also all the right title and estate of the said JohnZear of in and to the name and of in and to Every part and parcelthereof To have and to Hold the said parcel of land hereby bargainedsold released and surrendered and every part and parcel thereof andfor ? with the appurtenances to him the said Alexander Thomas Hawkinshis heirs and assigns to the only proper use and behoof of the saidAlexander Thomas Hawkins his heirs and assigns for ever In witnesswhereof the party's to these presents have hereunto interchangeablyset their hands and affixed their seals the day and year first abovewritten. signed sealed and delivered --- John Zear In the presence ofus Charles Jones Andrew Hugh Received on the day and year first withinwritten of and from the within named Alexander Thomas Hawkins the sumof sixty pounds current money being the consideration money withinmentioned to be by him paid to me --- John Zear Witness Charles JonesAndrew Hugh On the first day of November in te year seventeen hundredand seventy three came the within named John Zear before us thesubscribers two of his lordships justices of the peace for Frederickcounty and acknowledged the within instrument of writing to be his actand Deed and the land and premises therein mentioned to be the rightand estate of the within named Alexander Thomas Hawkins his heirs andassigns according to the true interest and meaning of the name writingand the act of assembly in such case made and provided acknowledgedbefore us Charles Jones Andrew Hugh 

Book B, pages 204-205, the Orphans Court, records the event this way:"At an Orphans Court held at York, the County of York the twenty ninthday of November in the ninth year of the reign of our sovereign LordGeorge the third by the grace of God of Great Britian, France andIreland King Defender of the Faith etc, Anno Domini 1768 before DavidJameson Martin Eychelberger and Michael Swoop esq. Justices & cassigned & c.- "Came into court Henry Miller Administrator of all andsingular the goods and chattels rights and credits which were of JohnHahn deceased and produced the accompt of his administration of theestate of the deceased as settled by the Register of this countywhereby there appeared to be a balance of forty seven pounds elevenshillings three pence in his hands to be distributed which beingexamined by the court they do approve of and confirm the samewhereupon it is ordered and decreed by the court that the said HenryMiller do pay unto John Zere and Barbara his wife which said Barbarais the late widow of the said deceased the sum of fifteen poundstwelve shillings and ten pence in full for her third part of the saidbalances that the said Henry Miller also pay unto Jonas Hahn the onlychild of the deceased the sum of thirty one pounds five shillings andeight pence in full for his share of the said ballances that whichwith the costs of this court makes the full amount of the said sum inthe hands of the said administrator." 
Muhlenberg County, Kentucky Deed Book 1 pg 72 Sears to Graves Know allmen by these presents that I John Sears of the State of Kentucky andCounty of Muhlenberg for divire consideration and good causes mehereunto moving have made +ordained constituted and appointed and bythese precents do make and ordain constitute and appoint my treat andtruety friend John Sanders Graves for net and in my name to make adeed ( or assign over a certificate viz my headright of 400 acreslying on Green River obtained at the court of Muhlenberg in September1801 to Philip Graves provided the said Graves shall pay the stateprice and other charges that may be here thereon and I do herebyratify +confirm whatever my said attorney shall lawfully do or causeto be done me in about the premises about or concerning said land .Inwitness where of I have hereunto let my hand and affixed my seal this28th of Sept 1802 Teste Wm Wooton Isaac Davis Wm Roarke Jacob Sears(his mark) (signed) John Sears seal Muhlenberg County Scs Clks officeMarch 21st 1803 This Power of attorney was proved to be the act anddeed of John Sears a party thereto by the oathe of William Wooton &William Roark two of the subscribing witnesses thereto and the came istruly recorded TesteC F Wing CC 
Deed Book 16 pg 13 Rowan County, North Carolina Deed Records Thisindenture made this 5th day of October in the year of our Lord 1796between John Sears of the one part and Gottlieb Grimes of the secondpart both of the county of Rowan and State of North Carolina.witesseth that for & in consideration of the sum of one hundred &fifty pounds of current money of the state of aforesaid by the saidGottlieb Grimes to the said John Sears in hand paid the right whereofis hereby fully acknowledged by him the said John Sears hath givengranted bargained & sold in open market & by the said presents dothgive grant bargain & sell unto the said Gottlieb Grimes to his his andassigns a certian piece or parcel of land lying & being the County &state aforesaid On the waters of Hanbys Creek begining at a post oakon the west of ____ ____ land running thence West at Sixteen chains &crossing a branch at the __ four chains another thirty five chains inall to pine thence south fifty seven chains & fourteen links to a pinethence east thirty five chains to ablack oak __ thence north to thebeginning containing two hundred acres in the whole be the same moreor less. To have andto hold the afore granted two hundred acres ofland with the apperstinances & all rights and priviledges &improvements inwise belonging to the same Gottlieb Grimes his heirsExrs assigns forever the said John Sears for himself his heirs &assignes doth hereby covenant & agree to with the said Gottlieb Grimsthat he the said Gottlieb Grams his heirs & assigns shall & may forever hereafter peacably & quietly have and hold ______ and enjoy theabove granted lands & premises within thecost hinderance orMolistation of any heirs or personswhatsoever & give ___ __ from alland all manner or persons,incumberancy whatsoever and the said JohnSears Doth oblidge himself his heirs Exects Adnr to warrant and ___the afore granted lands and premises to the said Gottlieb Grimes tohis heirs Assigns forever against the claim of any person or personWhatsever. In witness when of the said John Sears have here unto sethis hand and the day and year first above written. Signed Sealeddelivered in presence of Bodehamer, Heinrich L___ A___R_____ State ofNorth Caroline Rowan County 6th of Sep 1798. Itis here by in RowanCounty Certified that the written deed was proved as open court by theoath William Bodenhamer Eq or ___ to law ___ ___. (signed in German)Johannes Zaher or Zerr or Zehr? 

Origin: English 
Spelling variations of this family name include: Sears, Seares, Seers,Seeres, Sear, Seare, Seer and many more. 
First found in Essex where they were seated as Lords of the Manor ofColchester from very ancient times, some say from the reign of KingEdmund Ironside in 1016, but this date conflicts with the more likelysource of Serez, in the arrondisement of Evreux in Normandy,supporting the contention that the family were granted these landsafter the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. 

CHRISTIAN SEARS?Christian Sears was the oldest child of Johannes Zaherand his Swiss wife. There were three other children born to thiscouple their names were John, Ann and Barbara. Little is known of Annand Barbara. What is know is Ann may have married John Helm in NorthCarolina and Barbara married Mark Shulse; other than  this nothingelse of these two is known. Christian's brother has many knowndescendants and will be discussed in a separate story. Johannes Zaherdid marry a second time and there are several children by his secondmarriage to Barbara Miller. These children will have their own storiesalso, their names are Mary, Catherine, Esther, Samuel, Frances, Susan,Jacob, Daniel and Elizabeth.??SWITZERLAND TO  YORK COUNTY,PENNSYLVANIA?Christian was born 1742 in Switzerland. He rememberedhelping his father herd the sheep and how close they were to theclouds, where they were able to wash their hands in the mist. TheZaher family name came from the word "tough". They would have to betough because they would be going on a long adventure to find a newhome in America. The first part of this adventure would be near a 1000miles trip up the Rhine River to Amsterdam. They resided in Hollandfor a short time while waiting for a ship to America. Sometime inlater 1740's or early 1750's they sailed for Pennsylvania. Christian'sbrother John was born in York County, Pennsylvania supposing one yearafter they arrived.? It appears Christian's mother died inPennsylvania because Johannes Zaher marries Barbara Hon widow of JohnHahn and mother to Jonas Hon. Barbara's maiden name was Miller and shehad a brother named Henry.??Shortly after this marriage the familymoved to Frederick County, Maryland. Johannes bought an apple farmcalled "Hawkins and Merry Reep A Day" on 15 May 1768. In the deed hisoldest heir  and wife are listed. Their names are son Christian andwife Barbara. So this is how John Zere of York, Pennsylvania isconnected to be the John Zear of Frederick County, Maryland and laterRowan County, North Carolina??In this County of Maryland and at thistime and place a group of religious reformers called Dunkardsworshipped at a church called Pipe Creek. They named their churchesafter the nearest creek. It appears that the Zaher family attendedthis church whose minister was Jacob Stutzmann. Jacob's daughterBarbara marries Christian. On 1 Nov 1773 the Zaher family is movingagain,  Johannes sold his land and moved to Rowan County, NorthCarolina. All his family went with him including Christian.??ROWANCOUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA?The first sign of the Zaher or Sears family inRowan County was when Christian and his brother John were listed asnot taking the oath of allegiance to the revolutionary government. TheDunkard (German Baptist) religion was a pacifist group.??19 Jan 1780John Jr is buying land and is listed as Junior which means Johannes isthe senior man in town. In 1784 everyone is paying taxes, JohannesZaher listed as John Sares with 200 acres, John Sears Jr listed asonly John Sares 140 acres and Christance Sares 200 acres. In 1786 taxJohannes is listed being older that 60 years so born before 1726. ??The 1790 census of Rowan County, North Carolina only has ChristianSears and John Sears. The assumed breakdown of this 1790 wouldprobably be:  Christian Sears 3 males over 16; Christian, Johannes,and Johannes' Jacob, 2 males under 16; Christian's Jacob, andChristian's David; 8 females; Christian wife Barbara, Christian'sdaughter Mary, Christian's daughter Sarah, Christian's daughterElizabeth, Johannes' daughter Esther, Johannes' daughter Frances,Johannes's daughter Susan and Johannes' daughter Elizabeth.(Christian's son John was born later this year, Johannes older sonJohn listed separate,  Johannes oldest daughters Ann and Barbara aremarried we do not know who Ann married but Mark Shults below could beBarbara and her husband.  Johannes' daughter Mary was married before1783 appears to be in Kentucky by 1790 and his daughter Catherine wasmarried to George Harmon by 1786 and are in Randolph County, NorthCarolina. Step brother and half brother Jonas Hon is in Kentucky withhis half brother Samuel son of Johannes'. John Sears ( son ofJohannes) 1790 is probably 1 male over 16 is John Sears; 4 males areprobably John's  son John Jr., John's son Henry, John's son GeorgeJacob and it appears his half brother Johannes's son Daniel (who isalways living in the area of John in later years) .  The reason thefamily is configured this way is probably due to Johannes' wifeBarbara dying. The story is told that she was stuck by a tree whilehanging out the wash. This would explain why Christian's family ishelping raise Johannes' family.??JEFFERSON AND OLDHAM COUNTIES,KENTUCKY?Christian spent these years buying land as others moved on.Most of the community that he knew moved to Kentucky. We do not knowwhy he finally decided to moved to Kentucky also but on 21st of April1806 he sold land and 25 Aug 1807 he is listed on the tax list ofJefferson County, Kentucky.?? He moved to the Harrod's Creek area ofJefferson County, Kentucky which is now Oldham County.  Kentucky atthis time allowed slaves and so Christian remained on the Kentuckyside of the river while his in-laws were in Indiana in Clark Countyacross the river. They attended the Dunkard church at Olive Branch. Wefind no evidence Christian was attending church. ??He was a goodbusinessman with horse ranching and other farming pursues and built anice home in Oldham County, Kentucky. He had seven children theirnames are Mary, Sarah, Elizabeth, John, Jacob, and David andCatherine.??CHRISTIAN'S CHILDREN?Elizabeth was born 16 Dec 1781 inNorth Carolina. She married James Wright about 1800 in North Carolina.It is reported he worked for Christian and then moved to Pigeon Roost,Indiana. On Sept. 3, 1812, the historical Indian Massacre of PigeonRoost occurred. James and Elizabeth had five children at this time.James was out working the next day when a man came running to tell himthe sad news, that Pigeon Roost had been taken the night before byShawnee Indians. Sixteen children and six women had been slaughtered.James took Nancy, the fourth child on horse back to Kentucky nearLouisville to his wife's parents. Christian and James and slaves tookwagons back to get the rest of family and the household goods. Afterpeace had been declared, James moved his family to Washington County,Indiana then to Monroe County, Indiana in 1816. Elizabeth Sears andher husband James Wright had nine children: 1. Emsley Wright 2. DavidWright 3. Frankie Ann Wright married Isaac Bowen 4. Charity Wrightmarried Basil Hill 5. Nancy Wright married Wesley Wright 6. SarahWright married Hugh Hill 7. Phoebe Wright married Nathaniel Crane 8.Mary Wright married Stephen Morgan and  9. James B. Wright.??Marymarried Phibert Wright in North Carolina.??Sarah married ChristianNapolean Shires in North Carolina and they moved to Tennessee.??Johnmarried Nancy Souther.??Jacob married Mary Harmon a firstcousin.??David married Catherine Crum.??ANOTHER MARRIAGE?Sometimebefore 19 Sep 1834 Barbara Sears wife of Christian must have diedbecause he marries Hannah Dawkins. When he was almost 100 years oldthey went to visit his children in Washington County, Indiana. TheirGrandson saw them get into a fight over who lost their smoking pipe,which they shared.  One of them lost it in the Orchard while strollingthere.? ?"Subsequently, after Christian died in 1843, his farm wassold and the proceeds distributed to the heirs. Each of the heirssigned the probate documents, accepting  the awards in the counties ofresidence in October and November of 1847. John and Nancy Searsappeared before Samuel Cormely, Probate justice of Edgar County,Illinois and signed (Nancy with her "X") on 10 September 1847.Likewise, Jacob and Mary Sears of Sangamon County on 2 October 1847(Jacob signed his name, Mary made her 'X'). also, on 20 October1847,Emanuel Zink and Delilia" (sic) Zink of Edgar County, Illinois,received a portion of the Christian Sears estate, Delilia being adaughter of Mary Sears Wright. (Delilah Wright, born 10February, 1809in Washington County, Illinois, married Emanuel Zink September, 1827.)Likewise the probated documentation of Jefferson County Iowa do.therefore, have the identification and location of Christian'schildren or heirs in 1840. Sarah Sears Shires had died about 1842 

Although they have never found the tombstone, it is reported by storyhanded down to Christian's direct relatives that he is buried on hisfarm in what is now Oldham County, Kentucky. Modern cousins havelooked the property over and never found any cemetery area. You canput 7 Sep 1843 for his death in Oldham County, Kentucky. I have hisestate papers after the fact, as well as his will, and they say so. 

He also was born in Switzerland. He told his descendants that heremember sheep herding with his dad on the mountains of Switzerlandand the clouds were so close he could drink the mist. He told how theyhad to go up the Rhine River over 1000 miles to get to Holland wherethey lived for a while before getting on the ships to America. 

His children said he came to visit when he was 100 years old. Theylived in Washington County, Indiana, and he lived across the river inOldham County, Kentucky. There was at this time a fight over acornpipe. His wife (his last one, Hannah Dawkins) used one pipebetween them. He never moved after coming to Kentucky; the countiesjust moved. 

Christian wrote his will 22 June 1843. 
The will said the following: 
Christian Sears, considering the uncertainty of this natural life, andbeing of sound mind and memory, blessed by Almighty God for the same,do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and formfollowing; to wit: First, I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife,Hannah R. Sears, two negroes, Henry age 14 years, and Betsy age 11years, to have and to hold the same during her natural life, after herdecease the same to be free, provided, however, the same negroes,Henry and Betsey, if all have arrived at the age of twenty-one years,should they be under that age it is my will that they be hired out bymy executors until they shall have arrived at that age. Also I willand bequeath unto my beloved wife one negro girl named Cleo, ageeleven years, to have and hold the same forever. Also one horse andone side saddle, one silver watch, one bed and furniture, one bureau,and end dressing table, and also the third part of the money derivedout of the disposition of my estate hereafter to be named: Also I willand ordain that the executors of this my last will and testament shallwith all convenient speed after my decease proceed to sell to thehighest bidder on credit of one year and two years, the farm with allthe appurtenances, on which I now live, consisting of one hundredacres fee simple, for the doing and executing whereof I do by thesepresents give to my said executors full power and authority to bargainand sell and convey the same to any person or persons, their heirs andassigns forever in fee simple. Also it is my will that Riley, Jerryand Thomas, and male slaves that may be born after this date in myfamily be hired out unti each of them shall have earned four hundreddollars, also that slaves Sallie and Margaret and female slaves thatmay be born in my family after this date, be hired out until each ofthem shall have earned two hundred dollars. After the above-namedslaves shall have earned by their hire the above-mentioned sums, myExecutors are authorized to set them free. Also that Lucy befree atthe age of twenty-one years. It is also my will that Lewis, Betsy, andMary be free at my decease. All the rest and residue of my personalestate not here indisposed of to be sold to the highest bidder, oncredit for twelve months. The several sums arising from the sale of myland, the hire of my negroes, and sale of my personal estate(debts dueand cash on hand, after paying my just debts) be divided equally amongmy six children or their heirs or assigns, after deducting from eachof the several sums that each of them have received from my estate andapplied to their own use and benefit the sums annexed to each of theirnames are the sums received by each, Vis:To Polly Wright, one hundredand thirty-one dollars; Sarah Shires, one hundred fifty-five dollars;Betsy Wright, one hundred dollars; Jacob Sears, two hundred and sixtydollars; David Sears, two hundred ten dollars; John Sears, two hundreddollars. And I do hereby appoint my friend Jonathon Hardin of OldhamCo., KY., and Philbert Wright, my son-in-law of the State of Indiana,my executors of this my last will and testament. In witness whereof Ihave hereunto set my hand and seal, the 22nd day of June, in the yearof Our Lord, 1840.CHRISTIAN F. SEARS (seal)The above instrument of onesheet was here subscribed by Christian Sears, the testator, in thepresence of each of us and was at the same time declared to be hislast will and testament, and we, as attesting witnesses, sign ournames hereto. Jno. S. Milton of Oldham Co., KY.; Johnson Dawkins ofOldham Co., KY." 

Lived for a while in Rowen County, N.C. Found in 1790 Rowan Co.Census, family at that time had 3 free white males over 16, 2 whitemales under 16 and 8 white females. Also found in Rowan County,NC in1800, Jefferson County, KY in 1810, 1820, and Oldham Co., KY 1830. 
From "The History of Decatur County Garber Family"--"Christian Searsis the earliest member we have found record of, born about 1730 inSwitzerland. He was a member of the group to form the Brethren(Dunkard) Church. With other members, they settled in Holland duringhis early manhood and later immigrated to America. They landed atPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, settled in North Carolina and later movedto Kentucky where he died. Christian Sears was twice married and thefather of ten children. His first wife was tragically killed when thelimb of a great tree fell on her. One of their daughters was namedEaster (or Ester) Sears."Christian lived to be a 101 years old. 

Christian Sears was the oldest child of Johannes Zaher and his Swisswife. There were three other children born to this couple: John, Annand Barbara. Little is known of Ann and Barbara. What is known is Annmay have married John Helm in North Carolina and Barbara married MarkShulse; 

nothing else of these two is known. Johannes Zaher did marry a secondtime and there are several children by his second marriage to BarbaraMiller:  Mary, Catherine, Esther, Samuel, Frances, Susan, Jacob,Daniel and Elizabeth. 

Christian was born 1742 in Switzerland. He remembered helping hisfather herd the sheep and how close they were to the clouds, wherethey were able to wash their hands in the mist. The Zaher family namecame from the word "tough". They would have to be tough because theywould be going on a long adventure to find a new home in America. Thefirst part of this adventure would be near a 1000 miles trip up theRhine River to Amsterdam. They resided in Holland for a short timewhile waiting for a ship to America. Sometime in later 1740's or early1750's they sailed for Pennsylvania. Christian's brother John was bornin York County, Pennsylvania supposing one year after they arrived. Itappears Christian's mother died in Pennsylvania because Johannes Zahermarries Barbara Hon widow of John Hahn and mother to Jonas Hon.Barbara's maiden name was Miller and she had a brother named Henry. 

Shortly after this marriage the family moved to Frederick County,Maryland. Johannes bought an apple farm called "Hawkins and Merry ReepA Day" on 15 May 1768. In the deed his oldest heir and wife arelisted. Their names are son, Christian and wife, Barbara. So this ishow John Zere of York, Pennsylvania is connected to be the John Zearof Frederick County, Maryland and later Rowan County, North Carolina. 

In this County of Maryland and at this time and place a group ofreligious reformers called Dunkards worshipped at a church called PipeCreek. They named their churches after the nearest creek. It appearsthat the Zaher family attended this church whose minister was JacobStutzmann. Jacob's daughter Barbara marries Christian. On 1 Nov 1773the Zaher family is moving again,  Johannes sold his land and moved toRowan County, North Carolina. All his family went with him includingChristian. 

Th e first sign of the Zaher or Sears family in Rowan County was whenChristian and his brother John were listed as not taking the oath ofallegiance to the revolutionary government. The Dunkard (GermanBaptist) religion was a pacifist group. 

On, 19 Jan 1780, John Jr is buying land and is listed as Junior whichmeans Johannes is the senior man in town. In 1784 everyone is payingtaxes, Johannes Zaher listed as John Sares with 200 acres, John SearsJr listed as only John Sares 140 acres and Christance Sares 200 acres.In 1786 tax Johannes is listed being older that 60 years so bornbefore 1726. 

The 1790 census of Rowan County, North Carolina only has ChristianSears and John Sears. The assumed breakdown of this 1790 wouldprobably be:  Christian Sears 3 males over 16; Christian, Johannes,and Johannes' Jacob, 2 males under 16; Christian's Jacob, andChristian's David; 8 females; Christian wife Barbara, Christian'sdaughter Mary, Christian's daughter Sarah, Christian's daughterElizabeth, Johannes' daughter Esther, Johannes' daughter Frances,Johannes's daughter Susan and Johannes' daughter Elizabeth.(Christian's son John was born later this year,) Johannes older sonJohn listed separate,  Johannes oldest daughters Ann and Barbara aremarried we do not know who Ann married, but Mark Shults below could beBarbara and her husband.  Johannes', Mary was married before 1783appears to be in Kentucky by 1790 and his daughter Catherine wasmarried to George Harmon by 1786 and are in Randolph County, NorthCarolina. Step brother and half brother Jonas Hon is in Kentucky withhis half brother Samuel son of Johannes'. John Sears ( son ofJohannes) 1790 is probably 1 male over 16 is John Sears; 4 males areprobably John's  son John Jr., John's son Henry, John's son GeorgeJacob and it appears his half brother Johannes's son Daniel (who isalways living in the area of John in later years) .  The reason thefamily is configured this way is probably due to Johannes' wifeBarbara dying. The story is told that she was stuck by a tree whilehanging out the wash. This would explain why Christian's family ishelping raise Johannes' family. 

Christian spent these years buying land as others moved on. Most ofthe community that he knew moved to Kentucky. We do not know why hefinally decided to moved to Kentucky also, but on 21st of April 1806he sold land and 25 Aug 1807 he is listed on the tax list of JeffersonCounty, Kentucky. 

He moved to the Harrod's Creek area of Jefferson County, Kentuckywhich is now Oldham County.  Kentucky at this time allowed slaves andso Christian remained on the Kentucky side of the river while hisin-laws were in Indiana in Clark County across the river. Theyattended the Dunkard church at Olive Branch. We find no evidenceChristian was attending church. 

He was a good businessman with horse ranching and other farmingpursues and built a nice home in Oldham County, Kentucky. He had sevenchildren: Mary, Sarah, Elizabeth, John, Jacob, and David andCatherine. 

Elizabeth was born 16 Dec 1781 in North Carolina. She married JamesWright about 1800 in North Carolina. It is reported he worked forChristian and then moved to Pigeon Roost, Indiana. On Sept. 3, 1812,the historical Indian Massacre of Pigeon Roost occurred. James andElizabeth had five children at this time. James was out working thenext day when a man came running to tell him the sad news, that PigeonRoost had been taken the night before by Shawnee Indians. Sixteenchildren and six women had been slaughtered. James took Nancy, thefourth child on horse back to Kentucky near Louisville to his wife'sparents. Christian and James and slaves took wagons back to get therest of family and the household goods. After peace had been declared,James moved his family to Washington County, Indiana then to MonroeCounty, Indiana in 1816. Elizabeth Sears and her husband James Wrighthad nine children: 1. Emsley Wright 2. David Wright 3. Frankie AnnWright married Isaac Bowen 4. Charity Wright married Basil Hill 5.Nancy Wright married Wesley Wright 6. Sarah Wright married Hugh Hill7. Phoebe Wright married Nathaniel Crane 8. Mary Wright marriedStephen Morgan and  9. James B. Wright. 

Mary married Phibert Wright in North Carolina. 
Sarah married Christian Napolean Shires in North Carolina and theymoved to Tennessee. 
John married Nancy Souther. 
Jacob married Mary Harmon a first cousin. 
David married Catherine Crum. 

Sometime before 19 Sep, Barbara Sears, wife of Christian must havedied, because he marries Hannah Dawkins. When he was almost 100 yearsold they went to visit his children in Washington County, Indiana.Their Grandson saw them get into a fight over who lost their smokingpipe, which they shared.  One of them lost it in the Orchard whilestrolling there. 

"Subsequently, after Christian died in 1843, his farm was sold and theproceeds distributed to the heirs. Each of the heirs signed theprobate documents, accepting  the awards in the counties of residencein October and November of 1847. John and Nancy Sears appeared beforeSamuel Cormely, Probate justice of Edgar County, Illinois and signed(Nancy with her "X") on 10 September 1847. Likewise, Jacob and MarySears of Sangamon County on 2 October 1847 (Jacob signed his name,Mary made her 'X'). also, on 20 October 1847,Emanuel Zink and Delilia"(sic) Zink of Edgar County, Illinois, received a portion of theChristian Sears estate, Delilia being a daughter of Mary Sears Wright.(Delilah Wright, born 10February, 1809 in Washington County, Illinois,married Emanuel Zink September, 1827.) Likewise the probateddocumentation of Jefferson County Iowa do. therefore, have theidentification and location of Christian's children or heirs in 1840.Sarah Sears Shires had died about 1842