Person:William Sears (6)

William Henry SEARS
b.3 May 1840 Wilkinson Co, GA
m. 20 Aug 1835
  1. John Bryant SEARS1836 - 1900
  2. Mary Jane SEARS1838 - 1863
  3. William Henry SEARS1840 - 1925
m. Abt 1860
  1. Bryant Blake Sears1861 - 1925
  2. Tabitha Talula SEARS1864 - 1937
  3. William Wilson SEARS1866 - 1887
  4. George Thomas SEARS1869 - 1940
  5. Louzana Delainie SEARS1871 - 1953
  6. Lillian Celia SEARS1874 - 1906
  7. Sarah "Sally" L. SEARS1879 - 1924
  8. Margaret Young SEARS1884 - 1955
  9. Dorothy SEARS1886 - 1973
  10. Mary Winnie SEARS1899 - 1965
Facts and Events
Name William Henry SEARS
Gender Male
Birth? 3 May 1840 Wilkinson Co, GA
Marriage Abt 1860 Heflin, Cleburne Co., ALto Gatsey (Gadsey) BLAKE
Death? 7 Dec 1925 Heflin, Cleburne County, AL
Burial? Blake Cemetery

CSA 22nd Alabama Infantry Regiment, Co.,F, enlisted 10-6-1861 Sears saw service at several of the major battles of the CivilWar. He saw service at Moble, AL before ging to Shiloh, MS. Thenext place of service was TN, he was a participant across thestate line in the battle at Perryville, KY. He was wounded inthe battle at Murfressboro, TN and was later in the battle ofResackea, GA and went on to Atlanta where he was wounded asecond time at New Hope Church on 6/22/1864, Sears was capturedon July 4, 1864 and was sent to Camp Chase, OH. He carvedjewelry while he was a prisoner of war and proved to be veryartistic. He was exchanged at Akin Landing, VA in March of 1865and was paroled to his home. He was still at home when GeneralRobert E. Lee surrendered the following month.


A birthday dinner was given on May 3rd in honor of W.H. Sears athis home, celebrating his 80th birthday. Quite a number of relatives andfriends were present and it was a most enjoyable affair from the verybeginning. The dinner itself was sumptuous and after the dinner the crowdenjoyed some good string music and dancing after which Mr. Sears said he neverfelt younger!

Members of the family present were:

Mrs. M.C. Abernathy of Ashville Mrs. G.T. Sears of Birmingham Mrs. L. Ayres and Miss Winnie Sears who reside at home

Others present were:

Messrs. Mac and Arthur Seabrook of Washington Mr. and Mrs. Frank Shafner Mr. and Mrs. Tapley and daughter of Minneapolis Miss Ethel Darden of Birmingham Dr. and Mrs. R.C. Lovvorn Mrs. L.H. Conley Misses Lena and Alice Blake Mr. Fred Teague Mr. Frank Bell Mr. John Allen, all of Mr. Sears' community.

Mr. Sears is an ex-confederate veteran and has made his home inCleburne for nearly 69 years. We wish for him good health and happiness formany years to come. _____


A number of Heflin and central Cleburne county friends areplanning to go next Saturday to Micaville to assist in the celebration of the 84thbirthday of "Uncle" Bill Sears, one of the oldest and best knownConfederate Veterans in that section of the county. "Uncle Billy" has been ratherfeeble at his home since a stroke of paralysis several months ago, but he hasbeen slowly improving for a few weeks. The friends from this section expectto enjoy the day at the home of their friend. The old veteran has beenactive all through his life until the stroke came, and his friends are hopeful hewill be spared to them for many more birthdays.


Funeral and burial services for "Uncle" Bill Sears, agedeighty-five, who died at his home near Micaville in this county on Monday were heldTuesday afternoon at the Blake graveyard, his body being placed by theside of his wife who preceded her husband many years ago. The burialservices were conducted by Revs. R.L. Skinner and W.M. Barr, both ministers,who, besides speaking words of comfort to the family, dwelt upon the finechristian character of the deceased; how true he had always stood up forthe right both in his christian adn business life.

Mr. Sears had spent practically all of his long life in thiscounty and was well known personally to hundreds throughout Cleburne. Heserved valiently in the Confederate Army. Mr. Sears is survived by five daughters,Mrs. R.H. Campbell of Birmingham; Mrs. H.S. Russell of Akron, Ohio; Mrs.Lou Abernathy of Gadsden, Ala., Mrs. Lanie Ayers and Mrs. J.L. Casey ofMicaville and one son, T.C. Sears of Birmingham.

Mr. Sears had been a member of the Missionary Baptist church formore than forty years. Masons from surrounding lodges took part in theburial services, the pall bearers being W.T. Prestridge, Frank Morrison, SamMcCord, W.B. Mitcham, B.L. Adams and C.F. Dodson. ___