Biography of Marcus W. Searles
Tompkins County, NY Biographies





Searles, Marcus Williamson, was born in Lansing, October 19, 1833, a son of Walter, a native of Tioga county. born in 1808, who at the age of twenty one came to Lansing where he worked at farming for a time, then engaged as boatman on the Erie Canal, which he followed twelve years. After retiring from the boat business he bought the farm of 103 acres, which our subject now owns. His wife was Mary, daughter of Marcus Williamson, by whom he had six children: Cornelius, Mark W., William, Mary Ann, Mortimer, and W. Monroe. William enlisted in the 51st Regiment N. Y. Volunteers in 1861, and was killed at the battle of Fredricksburg, December 13, 1862. He died in June, 1879, and his widow still survives at the age of eighty. eight. Our subject's grandfather was Daniel Searles of Tioga county, who married Polly Galpin, by whom he had seven children. He was a soldier in the war of 1812. Marcus Williamson was in the Revolution, serving seven years. Marcus Williamson Searles was educated in the common schools and remained on the home farm till the age of twenty five, when he worked for himself on rented land for three years. Fin the next five seasons by the month on a farm, for two years on shares, and the next two years he devoted to railroading. He then removed to Orleans county and engaged in farming for eight years, when he returned to Lansing and bought the homestead, where he has since remained. In 1888 he bought another farm of seventy seven acres. In March, 1862, he married Nancy M., daughter of 'Jacob and Letty (Wood) Bower of Lansing, born in 1838. Mr. and Mrs. Searles have had six children: William F., born October, 1863; Sherman, horn in September, 1865; Susan, born in December, 1870; Adella and Adelbert, twins, born in December, 1872; Charles, born in June, 1878.

From:
Landmarks of Tompkins County, New York
Including a History of Cornell University
Edited by: John H. Selkreg
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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