Sears, Edward, 1843 - 1859
Edward Sears was the son of Mary Ann Deshon Sears. In a tribal census conducted in March of 1858, he and his mother were enumerated and noted as living on the Mashantucket Pequot reservation along with his older brother Peter Babcock. His sister Martha A. Sears was residing in New Haven by this time.
Edward's mother, Mary Ann, died a matter of weeks after the aforementioned census leaving Edward parentless. By September of the next year Edward had taken ill. Fellow tribal member Salome Lawrence was compensated for caring for Edward Deshon in September 1859. The illness likely exceeded her caretaking abilities, because the record shows that medical attention was provided by the Town of Ledyard later that month. The records of the state appointed overseer for the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe indicate that Edward Deshon was buried on September 23, 1859, the cost of which was borne by the Tribe. NLCC:PbS, Indians, Mashantucket Pequot; CSL, RG62, Preston, 1859.09.20, Vol.7, Folder 12