Notable Searings

There was quite a debate about this category…it started out as ‘famous’, then someone asked about infamous, then someone else asked what was famous anyway…so I settled on ‘notable’ (for now).  By this I mean a Searing (or close relation), past or present, who has done or achieved something generally recognized as noteworthy.  All nominations happily accepted.  This isn’t a contest…just a way of seeing some of the accomplishments of Searing family members.  If needed, I will serve initially as the jury, but please feel free to volunteer!

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One Response to “Notable Searings”

  1. JimSearing says:

    I’d like to nominate Colonel William M Searing (1821-1895) who served our country during the Civil War from 1861-1863. He served in the 30th New York State Volunteers, and was a Lt. Colonel. He fought at the 2nd Bull Run, Antietam (the corn field, which was one of the most ferociously fought battlegrounds in the Civil War), Fredericksburg, and Chancellorsville. His unit was decommissioned just before the battle of Gettysburg.

    Details obtained from:
    Leading citizens of Delaware County NY

    William M. Searing was reared to agricultural pursuits on the home farm, assisting in its labors during the years of his boyhood and youth, but not neglecting his educational advantages. After mastering the common branches of learning, he taught school several terms with unquestioned ability and success. Having a logical and analytical mind, with a taste for jurisprudence, he began the study of law in the office of William A. Beach in Saratoga Springs, and subsequently entered upon the practice of his profession in that place. He has always taken an active interest in works of philanthropy and reform, ever being foremost in the cause of the oppressed, and was prominent among the Free-soilers, who spent some time in Kansas in the stirring period of its settlement. During the late Civil War he won a record as a brave man and a loyal officer, of which he and his descendants may well be proud. He enlisted in the service of his country in 1861 as Major of the Thirtieth New York Volunteer Infantry, and for gallant conduct was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, and subsequently was appointed Colonel of his regiment, serving as such until honorably discharged in 1863. He was an active participant in several heavy engagements, being at the second battle of Bull Run, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, and others, and at one time having his horse shot out under him. Returning to Saratoga Springs, he resumed his law practice, and is still an honored resident of that place, where he is filling the office of Pension Agent.

    He married Caroline M. Huling, daughter of Beekman and Maria (Smith) Huling, the former of whom was born in the town of Beekman, Dutchess County, N.Y., being the son of John Huling, a native of the same place and a pensioner of the Revolution. Jacob Smith, the father of Maria Smith Huling, was a resident of Kinderhook, Columbia County, where the latter was born, December 8, 1799. Of the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. William Searing seven children were born, namely: Beekman; William, deceased; Richard C.; Edmund; Carrie; Samuel, Chaplain of City Institutions, Boston, Mass.; and Hannah, deceased. Both parents are esteemed members of the Bethesda Church at Saratoga

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