Biography of Clayton Searles

Searls, Clayton, p. o. East Pembroke, was born on his present homestead, April 30, 1858, was educated in the public schools and East Pembroke Seminary, and is a successful farmer. December 4, 1884, he married Millie M. Vroom of Marilla, Erie county, N.Y., and they have had three children: C. Starr, L. Clair (who died in his eighth year), and Vera M. Mr. Searls's father, John Searls, was born at Sand Lake, N.Y., April 6, 1821, and came with his parents to this town when fifteen years old. He was educated in the district schools and by his father, who was a school teacher. He was thrice married; first, on November 19, 1845, to Catherine Dobson, who died July 14, 1847; second, in 1849, to Eliza Wait, who died April 18, 1855, leaving one son, Ozias W.; and third, on March 18, 1857, to Minerva M. Bottsford, who bore him three children: Clayton (as above); Cora A., wife of Dr. Elliott C. Smith, who died May 29, 1883, aged twenty-three years; and Melinda J.. who died August 6, 1864. Mr. Searls died April 26. 1865; his widow survives at this date (1898). His father, Reuben, was born in Massachusetts in 1793, and his wife, Sophia Gould, was born in 1792. Mrs. Searl's father, Eliakim Bottsford, was born in Milford, Conn., in 1793. He married Polly Ford. of his native place, born in 1800, and nine children were born to them. Mr. Bottsford died in 1875 and his wife in 1855. Mrs. Millie M. Searls's father, George Vroom, was born in Puitney, Steuben county, N. Y., in 1825, and came to Wyoming county when a boy and subsequently removing to Erie county, where he married Hannah M. Brooks, who was born in Franklin county in 1831. They had four children: Charlotte, Hannah E., Chester G. and Millie M. (as above). Mr. Vroom died in 1896; his widow survives at this date (1898). Mr. Searls is a Republican, and respected by his townsmen.

Our County and it's people
A descriptive work on Genesee County, New York
Edited by: F. W. Beers
J.W. Vose & Co., Publishers, Syracuse, N. Y. 1890



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