(Thanks go to the Churchman family members, for this information.)
There is some confusion over the spelling of the surname - 'Seary' or 'Cerie'. According to Alice L. Beard, it is spelled 'Seary', in the Chester Meeting Records, and on the ship's passenger list. In "Churchman's of Kentucky" by Charles R. Churchman, there are quotes from the Nottingham Meeting Records. In the earlier records, the surname is spelled 'Seary', but in later quotes the spelling was changed to 'Cerie'.
In light of this information, the surname for this branch of the family, will be referred to as 'Cerie' for this Family Tree Project. It is very possible that upon settling in America, the surname brought by Thomas from England, was changed from the English spelling, 'Seary', to a more Americanized spelling, 'Cerie'. This is becoming a common theme amongst our ancestors who settled in American, and more detail in verifying this will be tackled at a later time.
Thomas, was a farrier from Oxford, Oxfordshire, England. He was the first purchaser of 500 acres of land from William Penn. His children were Hannah, Richard, Mary, and Miriam. All of Thomas Seary's children were born in Oxford, Oxford shire, England, and came to the "New World" together in 1682. John Churchman traveled with the family at the time. Mary Cerie married John Hart in April 21, 1696. Mariam married Thomas Kenton.
Thomas Seary died in 1683, the first year he was in Pennsylvania. His wife Sara (?), married William Busby after Thomas' death.
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