Genealogical and Family History
STATE OF MAINE
Compiled under the editorial supervision of George Thomas Little, A. M., Litt. D.
LEWIS HISTORICAL PUBLISHING COMPANY
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[Transcribed by Coralynn Brown]
[Many families included in these genealogical records had their beginnings in Massachusetts.]
The ancestry of the Searles of Massachusetts and Maine was settled in Mass. at an early date. Andrew Searle was born in England in 1616, and later came to Mass. and resided in Ipswich, or Rowley, perhaps both, and is said to have been at Kittery, Maine, in 1668. There he was clerk of the writs, but later returned to Rowley, and died Nov. 7, 1670.
Andrew, probably a son of the preceding, lived in Kittery in 1674-76 and after. Descendants of the immigrant Andrew still dwell in Rowley.
(I) Joseph Searle was for many years a carpenter and contractor in Boston, and built many of the business houses in that city. He was born in Salem, Mass., in 1785, died in Cambridge, Mass. 1839.
He married Mary Stockwell of Boston.
Elizabeth, George W., a lawyer in Boston; John P., a shoe-dealer in Lowell, and Charles J.
(II) Charles Joseph, son of Joseph and Mary (Stockwell) Searle, was born in Cambridge, Mass. June 23, 1828, died in Portland, Maine, Dec. 23, 1903. He was in the U. S. navy during the Mexican war, and went to the gold-fields of California in 1849. In 1851 he settled in Lowell, Mass., where he was a machinist, and later a contable of Middlesex county.
He married, in Lowell, Mass., Angeline, born in Tewksbury, Mass., daughter of William and Hannah (Burtt) Scarlett.
1. Frank W., mentioned below.
2. Charles J. Jr., married Martha H. Stanyan and has one child, Harold.
3. Elmer E., died at three years of age.
(III) Frank William, eldest son of Charles J. and Angeline (Scarlett) Searle, was born in Lowell, Mass. Sept. 8, 1854. He received his education in the public schools of his native ticy, and after being graduated from the high school he was assistant city clerk of Lowell for ten years. In 1887 he matriculated at the Medical School of Maine (Bowdoin College), from which he was graduated in 1889. He began the practice of his profession in Freeport and continued there till 1892, when he removed to Portland and opened an office in the eastern section of the city. In 1897 he removed to the vicinity of the Maine Eye and Ear Infirmary, with which he became connected, and of which he has been secretary since 1897. In 1901 Dr. Searle was elected superintendent of the Maine Eye and Ear Infirmary, and has held that positon to the present (1908) time. For eight years he was editor of the Journal of Medicine and Science, the only medical journal ever published in Maine. He has always been interested in music, and for several years before he studied medicine he was a professional musician, being a member of the best local orchestras in both Lowell and Portland.
He is a charter member of the Kotzschmar Club, one of the most prominent musical organizations in Maine. He is also librarian of the Maine Academy of Medicine and Science, clerk of the Portland Medical Library Association, a member of the American Medical Editors Association, the Maine Medical Association, the American Medical Association and the Portland Medical Club. He is also a Free Mason, and has memberhsip in the following named divisions of that order: Ancient Landmark Lodge, of Portland; Greenleaf Royal Arch Chapter; Portland Council; Portland Commandery, Knights Templar.
He affiliates with the Republican party, and is an attendant of the Congregational church.
Frank W. Searle married, in Dec., 1889, Janet, of Portland, daughter of Archibald and Elizabeth (Gow) Johnson, of Robinson, Maine. Dr. and Mrs. Searle have no living child.