My Searles family is African-American.
My maternal grandfather was Tolbert Searles (b. 1894; d. 1920). He married Matilda Gardenhire (b. 1900 d.1971). Their only child was my mother Mattie Searles. Tolbert's siblings were Carrie, Henry, Fred and John. His parents were Lewis Searles and Frances Jennings . They were born and lived most of their lives in or near Clark's Hill South Carolina. Tolbert and my grandmother moved to Philadelphia, PA and later Camden, NJ. Let me know if there is a connection.