died June 4, 1892
This photo was found at an outdoor antique show last weekend in Liverpool, New York.
The surname was especially troublesome, but with the help of many generous folks at the FaceBook group for Findagrave.com , we were able to work out that the last name says Searing. This is verified by the monument at Find-a-Grave which shows that Mr Searing rests at the Friends cemetery in Ledyard, Cayuga County, NY. That county is a neighboring one to that in which the photo was found.
His parents were Leonard Hawxhurst Searing and Alice H. Hudson (her mother's name was Julia A. Hudson).
1870 Federal Census, Scipio, Cayuga County, NY
SEARING, Leonard, 68, wool dealer
SEARING, Rebecca A., 60
SEARING, Leonard H., 48, farmer
SEARING., Alice, 40
SEARING, Adolphus, 14
SEARING, Byron, 9
The 1865 New York State Census shows the family living in or near Auburn NY, which is in the same county. At that time, grandmother Julia Hudson was living with the family.
But then the trail runs cold pretty quickly. I am curious as to why he died so young.
Saturday, July 3, 1875 Paper: Auburn Daily Bulletin (Auburn, New York) Page: 4
Byron would have been 15 years old at this time.
This news of the lunacy of Leonard Searing comes just over 2 weeks following the suicide of his brother Thomas. Having found the newspaper article about the suicide, I read with interest that Thomas' depression and suicide were adjudged to be hereditary, as his maternal grandmother was found to be insane.
The news must certainly have hit the Searing family quite hard, and left each of them wondering about their own mental health. I am now even more curious about why Byron died so young.
1886 University of the State of New York, Annual Report to the Regents of the University
On page 371, under the heading "Graduates who passed their final examinations in September, 1884, and May 1885, and received their degrees at commencement, 1885" there is the name "Byron Hudson Searing". There is a strong liklihood that this is the young man in the photo, as his mother's maiden name was Hudson.
On the next page of the same publication, there is evidence that Byron was an exceptionally good student at his Medical Studies.