Bennett Searcy

M, b. 7 July 1765, d. 11 January 1818
     Note: From Terry Searcy (FEB 2005):

I posted an article (Post 1125) in which Pleasant Henderson; the youngest brother of Richard Henderson wrote about his sister's family: Susannah Henderson married Reuben Searcy (b.1729). Bennett and Robert Searcy were two of their children who settled in TN. He stated:

Bennet(t) their secon(d) son, studied law, obtained license and removed to Nashville & I believe was eventually promoted to Judgeship. His brother Robert went also to Nashville & soon in consequence of a strong & well regulated mind and gentlemanly deportment became very popular. They [the brothers] married sisters and soon both (of the sisters) died. Their father married a Miss Jett and soon afterward resigned his Clerkship, sold his lands and removed to Kentucky he again sold out and then removed to Tennessee. He lived to be a very old man. He had many children by his last wife.

Bennett Searcy and his brother Robert Searcy married Wendel sisters. Both Bennett and Robert remarried after the deaths of their first wives. Robert Searcy was tied into a Wendle estate as he had children by his first wife. I'll have to do some digging at home to determine if Bennett had any children by his first wife; I don't think so, as I think he had only one child from his second marriage in his will.

Bennett studied law with future President Andrew Jackson and was appointed to a federal district judicial post. The two traveled together to Tennessee in 1788.

Bennett Searcy took the oath of office as Attorney in Davidson Co., TN on 5 JAN 1789. He appeared briefly in two records in Madison Co, KY; one was the witnessing of a deed of his father's from Richard Henderson's estate on 5 MAY 1789 and the other was the recommendation for license as an attorney on 2 JUN 1789. This license was never issued nor oath taken.

Bennett Searcy was occasionally mentioned in the KY Gazette for TN court cases involving KY citizens; his title was Clerk & Master of the Court in Equity for the Territory South of the Ohio, Mero District (middle TN).

Bennett Searcy was born on 7 July 1765 at Granville Co., NC, W.P. 1818 Montgomery Co., TN (Rec. Bk. B, p.508.) He was the son of Col. Reuben Searcy and Susannah Henderson. Bennett Searcy married Mary Wendel, daughter of Christopher Wendel and Susannah Deaderick, on 29 August 1798 at Davidson Co., TN. Bennett Searcy died on 11 January 1818 at Nashville, Davidson Co., TN, at age 52 Bennet Searcy (b.1765), Judge of the 5th Judicial Circuit of TN, died instate at age 54. He was a son of Reuben Searcy (b.1729). Judge Searcy was “..among the first settlers of TN and one of those who braved all the dangers of the Indian Depredations.”

Bennet Searcy left his wife Mary B Xxx Searcy, one daughter Marcia S. McLean, then the wife of Charles D. McLean and two granddaughters. Marcia Searcy McLean, Bennet’s daughter died intestate on 29 NOV 1818, leaving the two children, Maria D McLean and Marcia S McLean as Bennett’s heirs. Their father Charles D McLean was granted guardianship on 19 JAN 1819. Legal proceedings relating to the heirs took place in Montgomery Co, TN and are documented in a state Supreme Court case. Note: The Intelligencer stated Bennet’s death date as 11 JAN 1818. Reports of Cases Argued and determined in the Supreme Court of TN During the Years 1834-35. Vol VII; George S Yeager; S NYE & Co State Printers, Nashville, 1836, pp 615-17. Marriage and Death Notices of the National Intelligencer. George A Martin & Frank J Metcalf. Washington, DC 1800-1834. Issue 6 FEB 1818.

Child of Bennett Searcy and Mary Wendel

Elizabeth Jane Searcy

F, b. 27 February 1822
     Elizabeth Jane Searcy was born on 27 February 1822. She was the daughter of Orville Henderson Searcy and Mary Ann Patton.

Eloise Morgan Searcy1

F, b. January 1885, d. 1900
     Eloise Morgan Searcy was born in January 1885 at Madison Co. (probably), TN.1 She was the daughter of William W. Searcy and Leonora Estelle House.1 Eloise Morgan Searcy died in 1900 at Birmingham, Jefferson Co., AL, died after the census was taken, per headstone/plaque. She was buried in 1900 at Oak Hill Cemetery, Birmingham, Jefferson Co., AL.

Citations

  1. [S1979] 1900 Federal Census, Jefferson County, Alabama. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T623, Roll 23; FHL #1240023.

Elvira Julia Searcy

F, b. 12 October 1801, d. 6 July 1838
     Elvira Julia Searcy was born on 12 October 1801 at Nashville, Davidson Co., TN. She was the daughter of Col. Robert Searcy and Elizabeth Wendel. Elvira Julia Searcy married Andrew Erwin II, son of Col. Andrew Erwin and Jane Patton, on 12 October 1820. Elvira Julia Searcy died on 6 July 1838 at Bedford Co. (probably), TN, at age 36 Dates per Thomlinson-Kaplan Tree genealogy prepared by joepatti1, online at ancestry.com.

Children of Elvira Julia Searcy and Andrew Erwin II

Elvira Juliet Searcy

F, b. 2 May 1830
     Elvira Juliet Searcy was born on 2 May 1830. She was the daughter of Orville Henderson Searcy and Mary Ann Patton. Elvira Juliet Searcy married William C. Hamilton in 1846 at Ray Co., MO.

Elvira Juliet Searcy1

F, b. circa 1842
     Elvira Juliet Searcy was born circa 1842 at Tennessee.1 She was the daughter of James Searcy and Sarah Clay Neill.1

Citations

  1. [S1984] 1850 Federal Census, Bedford County, Tennessee. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M432, Roll 869.

Emma S. Searcy1

F, b. circa 1840
     Emma S. Searcy was born circa 1840 at Nashville, Davidson Co., TN.1 She was the daughter of Dr. William Wendel Searcy and Emeline Malone Johnson.1

Citations

  1. [S1194] 1850 Federal Census, Davidson County, Tennessee. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M432, Roll 875.

Euclid House Searcy1

M, b. February 1882, d. 1910
     Euclid House Searcy was born in February 1882 at Madison Co. (probably), TN.1 He was the son of William W. Searcy and Leonora Estelle House.1 Euclid House Searcy died in 1910 at near Umtali, South Africa, death date and location per headstone plaque. He was buried in 1910 at Oak Hill Cemetery, Birmingham, Jefferson Co., AL.

Citations

  1. [S1979] 1900 Federal Census, Jefferson County, Alabama. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T623, Roll 23; FHL #1240023.

Frances Malone Searcy1

F, b. 11 August 1837, d. 4 August 1905
     Frances Malone Searcy was born on 11 August 1837 at Nashville, Davidson Co., TN.1 She was the daughter of Dr. William Wendel Searcy and Emeline Malone Johnson.1 Frances Malone Searcy died on 4 August 1905 at Seguin, Guadalupe Co., TX, at age 67.

Citations

  1. [S1194] 1850 Federal Census, Davidson County, Tennessee. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M432, Roll 875.

Granville Searcy1

M, b. circa 1854
     Granville Searcy was born circa 1854 at Bedford Co. (probably), TN.1 He was the son of James Searcy and Sarah Clay Neill.1 Granville Searcy married Mary Alline Chilcote, daughter of Benjamine Chilcote and Sarah (?), on 3 June 1885 at Bellbuckle, Bedford Co., TN.

Citations

  1. [S1985] 1860 Federal Census, Panola County, Mississippi. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M653, Roll 589; FHL #803589.

Granville Deadrick Searcy

M, b. 1803, d. 1853
     Granville Deadrick Searcy was born in 1803 at Nashville, Davidson Co., TN. He was the son of Col. Robert Searcy and Elizabeth Wendel. Granville Deadrick Searcy died in 1853.

James Searcy

M, b. circa 1813
     James Searcy was born circa 1813 at Nashville, Davidson Co., TN.1 He was the son of Col. Robert Searcy and Elizabeth Wendel. James Searcy married Sarah Clay Neill, daughter of John Lambert Neill and Sarah Clay Martin, in 1836. Occupation: Physician in August 1850 at Bedford Co., TN.1 Occupation: Farmer in September 1860 at Panola Co., MS.2 Occupation: Physician in September 1870 at Fairfield, Bedford Co., TN.3

Children of James Searcy and Sarah Clay Neill

Citations

  1. [S1984] 1850 Federal Census, Bedford County, Tennessee. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M432, Roll 869.
  2. [S1985] 1860 Federal Census, Panola County, Mississippi. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M653, Roll 589; FHL #803589.
  3. [S1986] 1870 Federal Census, Bedford County, Tennessee. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M593, Roll 1514; FHL #552670.

James V. Searcy1

M, b. circa 1852
     James V. Searcy was born circa 1852 at Bedford Co. (probably), TN.1 He was the son of James Searcy and Sarah Clay Neill.1

Citations

  1. [S1985] 1860 Federal Census, Panola County, Mississippi. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M653, Roll 589; FHL #803589.

John Joseph Searcy

M, b. 30 July 1827
     John Joseph Searcy was born on 30 July 1827. He was the son of Orville Henderson Searcy and Mary Ann Patton.

John Neill Searcy1

M, b. circa 1844
     John Neill Searcy was born circa 1844 at Tennessee.1 He was the son of James Searcy and Sarah Clay Neill.1 John Neill Searcy lived on 2 June 1860 at Fairfield, Bedford Co., TN; living with his maternal grandparens, age given as 18. Census p.86.

Citations

  1. [S1984] 1850 Federal Census, Bedford County, Tennessee. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M432, Roll 869.

Josephine Searcy1

F, b. August 1843
     Josephine Searcy was born in August 1843 at Nashville, Davidson Co., TN.1 She was the daughter of Dr. William Wendel Searcy and Emeline Malone Johnson.1 Josephine Searcy married Dr. William M. Green, son of Alexander L. P. Green, on 25 September 1866.

Children of Josephine Searcy and Dr. William M. Green

Citations

  1. [S1194] 1850 Federal Census, Davidson County, Tennessee. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M432, Roll 875.
  2. [S1292] 1880 Federal Census, Bedford County, Tennessee. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T9, Roll 1244; FHL #1255244.

Leonora Estelle Searcy1

F, b. October 1879
     Leonora Estelle Searcy was born in October 1879 at Jackson, Madison Co. (probably), TN, age of "8/12" is clear enough as of the 18 JUN 1880 census. In 1900 the month was still OCT, but she deducted 2 years.1,2 She was the daughter of William W. Searcy and Leonora Estelle House.1 Leonora Estelle Searcy married Leigh Edmund Angel before 5 June 1900.2

Children of Leonora Estelle Searcy and Leigh Edmund Angel

Citations

  1. [S1978] 1880 Federal Census, Madison County, Tennessee. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T9, Roll 1270; FHL #1255270.
  2. [S1979] 1900 Federal Census, Jefferson County, Alabama. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T623, Roll 23; FHL #1240023.
  3. [S1981] 1910 Federal Census, Jefferson County, Alabama. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T623, Roll 19; FHL #1374032.

Lucinda Clay Searcy

F, b. 21 June 1846
     Lucinda Clay Searcy was born on 21 June 1846. She was the daughter of Orville Henderson Searcy and Mary Ann Patton.

Marcia Foster Searcy

F, b. circa 1799, d. 29 November 1818
     Note: This daughter and her husband's name provided by Waunita Powell, fwp@comwares.net, via "Searcy Family Genealogies Forum", as follows:

Henry Co., Tenn. Court Minutes 1825-1828, pg. 34 dated Dec. 16, 1825 court. This is a settlement of 5000 acs. of land among the heirs of Bartlett Searcy, Asa Searcy and Reuben Searcy, the heirs of Reuben Searcy were named to wit: Susanna Searcy deceased, who married James Greer, Penelope Searcy who married Wm. Bracken, Jane Searcy who married William C. Rogers, Harriett Searcy who married John B. Howard, Asa Searcy deceased whose sole daughter (Elizabeth) married Joshua Smith. Bennett Searcy deceased whose sole daughter (Marcia Searcy) married Charles P. McLean, Reuben Searcy, Jesse Searcy, Richard Searcy, James Searcy, William Searcy, Polly Searcy, Elizabeth Searcy, Henrietta Searcy, Robert Searcy, Thomas Searcy and John Searcy. DLB, April 2005.

Marcia Foster Searcy was born circa 1799 at Davidson Co., TN. She was the daughter of Bennett Searcy and Mary Wendel. Marcia Foster Searcy married Charles P. McLean. Marcia Foster Searcy died on 29 November 1818 at Davidson Co. (probably), TN.
Note:

According to the Pope v. Alwell Tennessee Supreme Court case, December term 1885, there were descendants of Maria and Marcia McLean, but they are not named in that case. Maria's daughter Virginia Mosby married Reddick Pope and had six children, only one of which (Helen) survived to adulthood, but she had no descendants. DLB 2015.

Children of Marcia Foster Searcy and Charles P. McLean

Martha Ann Searcy

F, b. 16 November 1835
     Martha Ann Searcy was born on 16 November 1835. She was the daughter of Orville Henderson Searcy and Mary Ann Patton.

Mary Ann Searcy

F, b. 27 December 1833
     Mary Ann Searcy was born on 27 December 1833. She was the daughter of Orville Henderson Searcy and Mary Ann Patton. Mary Ann Searcy married Henderson McBride on 16 November 1854.

Mary C. Searcy1

F, b. circa April 1850, d. before 30 September 1860
     Mary C. Searcy was born circa April 1850 at Bedford Co., TN.1 She was the daughter of James Searcy and Sarah Clay Neill.1 Mary C. Searcy died before 30 September 1860.

Citations

  1. [S1984] 1850 Federal Census, Bedford County, Tennessee. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M432, Roll 869.

Nathaniel Davis Searcy

M, b. 14 April 1838
     Nathaniel Davis Searcy was born on 14 April 1838. He was the son of Orville Henderson Searcy and Mary Ann Patton.

Orville Henderson Searcy

M, b. 26 February 1800, d. 2 December 1858
     Orville Henderson Searcy was born on 26 February 1800 at Nashville, Davidson Co., TN. He was the son of Col. Robert Searcy and Elizabeth Wendel. Orville Henderson Searcy married Mary Ann Patton on 25 February 1821 at Nashville, Davidson Co., TN. Orville Henderson Searcy died on 2 December 1858 at Richmond, Ray Co., MO, at age 58.

Children of Orville Henderson Searcy and Mary Ann Patton

Orville Henderson Searcy

M, b. 20 February 1842
     Orville Henderson Searcy was born on 20 February 1842. He was the son of Orville Henderson Searcy and Mary Ann Patton.

Col. Reuben Searcy

M, b. 1729, d. 1815
     Note: Searcy information from Terry Searcy.

Reuben Searcy (b.1729) married Susannah Henderson; date of consent from Samuel and Elizabeth Henderson, parents of Susannah, stating that she was under the age of 21 years. Witnessed by Richard Henderson (Susannah's brother) and Ann Henderson. Susanna Henderson was born 23rd April 1742. Her brother Pleasant Henderson wrote the following of Susannah and Reuben Searcy:

“She married Reuben Searcy, her mind was only moderate, but was of an amicable & industrious Turn [sic]. They lived in Granville County (for) many years and had Seven or eight children. Her husband was Clerk of County Court of Granville many years. He was a man of insolent habits but possessed of good-mind. In January 1787 (unreadable word) his wife died in child-bed. Asa – their first son was a good soldier was in several battles in S. C. and was wounded in the celebrated battle of “Eutaw Springs” (09-18-1781). Bennet their secon(d) son, studied law, obtained license and removed to Nashville & I believe was eventually promoted to Judgeship. His brother Robert went also to Nashville & soon in consequence of a strong & well regulated mind and gentlemanly deportment became very popular. They [the brothers] married sisters and soon both (of the sisters) died. Their father married a Miss Jett and soon afterward resigned his Clerkship, sold his lands and removed to Kentucky he again sold out and then removed to Tennessee. He lived to be a very old man. He had many children by his last wife..”

Sketches of the Transylvania partners by Pleasant Henderson in the Draper Paper’s section “ Richard Henderson Papers”. Lyman C. Draper Collection, 2CC, pp. 44.5 and 44.6. Marriages of Granville Co, NC, 1753-1868. Brent Holcomb, 1981. Genealogist Publishing Co. no page cit.

Col. Reuben Searcy was born in 1729. He married Susannah Henderson, daughter of Samuel Henderson and Elizabeth (?). Col. Reuben Searcy died in 1815 at Tennessee.

Children of Col. Reuben Searcy and Susannah Henderson

Robert Searcy1

M, b. circa 1838
     Robert Searcy was born circa 1838 at Tennessee.1 He was the son of James Searcy and Sarah Clay Neill.1 Robert Searcy married Sarah H. Smith.2 Occupation: Farmer on 14 June 1880 at Fairfield, Bedford Co., TN.3

Child of Robert Searcy and Sarah H. Smith

Citations

  1. [S1984] 1850 Federal Census, Bedford County, Tennessee. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M432, Roll 869.
  2. [S1986] 1870 Federal Census, Bedford County, Tennessee. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M593, Roll 1514; FHL #552670.
  3. [S1292] 1880 Federal Census, Bedford County, Tennessee. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T9, Roll 1244; FHL #1255244.

Robert Searcy1

M, b. circa 1874
     Robert Searcy was born circa 1874 at Bedford Co., TN.1 He was the son of Robert Searcy and Sarah H. Smith.1

Citations

  1. [S1292] 1880 Federal Census, Bedford County, Tennessee. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T9, Roll 1244; FHL #1255244.

Col. Robert Searcy

M, b. 10 November 1768, d. 26 August 1820
     Col. Robert Searcy was born on 10 November 1768 at Granville, North Carolina. He was the son of Col. Reuben Searcy and Susannah Henderson. Col. Robert Searcy married Elizabeth Wendel, daughter of Christopher Wendel and Susannah Deaderick. Col. Robert Searcy died on 26 August 1820 at Nashville, Davidson Co., TN, at age 51 Mjr. Robert Searcy (b.1768), Clerk of the Federal Courts for Western Tennessee, died in Nashville, TN at age 52. He was a son of Reuben Searcy (b.1729). The Nashville Gazette (Sat, 09-02-1820. Obits from Early TN Newspapers, 1794-1851. Rev. S. Emmett Lucas Jr, Southern Historical Press, 1978, pg 331.

Child of Col. Robert Searcy and Elizabeth Chapman

Children of Col. Robert Searcy and Elizabeth Wendel

Robert Eastin Searcy

M, b. circa 1790, d. 1 November 1822
     Note: From Terry Searcy:

Robert Eastin Searcy was the illegitimate son of Robert Searcy (b.1768) and Elizabeth Chapman, born circa 1790. Robert became guardian on 07-14-1798 and adopted RES on 10-29-1802. RES considered Robert’s other children as his “brothers and sisters” and left them 2/3’s of his estate should he not have any children of his own. RES received appointment as a midshipman in the US Navy on 01-24-1812 and died in service on 11-01-1822 of yellow fever. He married Isabella Richie McCauley in Washington, DC on 09-11-1821. He wrote his will on 07-16-1822 just prior to departure on his final voyage. Isabella gave birth to Robert Eastin Searcy Junior while RES was at sea. The son died on 07-08-1827, not yet 5 years old. The settlement of Robert Eastin Searcy’s estate confirms most of his life’s story as the other children of Robert Searcy (b.1768) believed they were entitled to a portion of the estate since the only child died in 1827. See McCormick and Wife vs. Cantrell, et. al, in Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Tennessee During the Years 1834 - 5, Vol. 15, pp.615 - 617 (online at Google Books).

Robert Eastin Searcy was born circa 1790. He was the son of Col. Robert Searcy and Elizabeth Chapman. Robert Eastin Searcy married Isabella Ritchie McCauley on 11 September 1821 at Washington, D.C.. Robert Eastin Searcy died on 1 November 1822 Died in military service, of yellow fever.

Child of Robert Eastin Searcy and Isabella Ritchie McCauley