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Families of the Children of Rebecca4 Washburn and Capt. David Johnson

 

 

         The families of the children of Rebecca Washburn and Capt. David Johnson lived in Bridgewater or Easton, MA, and most are easily traced, but the families of several of their grandchildren are still uncertain. Granddaughter Betty Johnson and her husband Elijah Ames supposedly went to Pennsylvania, according to the Bridgewater historian, Nahum Mitchell, but Ancestry.com entries show them in Vermont. Grandson Daniel Johnson settled in Westmoreland, NH, and evidently had a family. Daughter Sarah Johnson and Joseph Packard’s children’s families are unsure, and the families of the sons of daughter Rebecca Johnson and Ezra Edson are not well traced. Several descendants of Rebecca Washburn married back into other lines of the Washburn family, and will be treated with those families in the future, but other than that these families will not be carried on further.

 

 

 

 

John2 Washburn (5th)

 

 

Joseph3 Washburn

 

 

 

 

Elizabeth2 Mitchell

 

Rebecca4 Washburn

 

 

 

 

 

Robert1 Latham

 

 

Hannah2 Latham

 

 

 

 

Susanna2 Winslow

Maj. Isaac Johnson

 

 

 

David Johnson (Jr.)

 

 

 

Mary Johnson

 

 

 

Sarah Johnson

 

 

 

Rebecca Johnson

 

 

 

 

 

Capt. Isaac Johnson

 

 

Capt. David Johnson

 

 

 

 

 

Deacon John Leavitt

 

 

Abiah Leavitt

 

 

 

 

Sarah Gilman

 

 

(509.) Maj. Isaac Johnson, eldest son of (135) Rebecca4 Washburn, (probably) (59) Joseph3, (43) John2 (5th), (28) John1 (4th); born in Bridgewater, MA, on 9 Aug. 1721,[1] married (588) Mary4 Willis, daughter of Capt. Thomas3 and (153) Mary (Kinsley) Willis,[2] in 1744 in Bridgewater.[3] She was born on 30 June 1725 in Bridgewater,[4] a granddaughter of Benjamin2 and Susanna (Whitman) Willis, and of Samuel and (62) Mary3 (Washburn) Kinsley (Jr.)[5]

         During the Revolutionary War Isaac Johnson was commissioned as First Major in the 3rd Plymouth County Regiment of Massachusetts Militia on 7 Feb. 1776, serving in Col. Jeremiah Hart’s Regiment.[6] On 3 Mar. 1784 Isaac Johnson, of Bridgewater, deeded land to his eldest son, Thomas Johnson.[7] They were probably still living in Bridgewater, MA, in the 1790 federal census.[8]

         Mary (Willis) Johnson died on 27 Oct. 1799 in West Bridgewater, aged 74 years,[9] and Maj. Isaac Johnson died on 2 May 1807 in Bridgewater,[10] but no probate records were filed for his estate in Plymouth County.

         Isaac Johnson and Mary Willis had children:[11]

        1652     i   Huldah Johnson, born on 23 May 1745 in Bridgewater,[12] married 1.) Rev. Silvanus Ames, son of Thomas and Keziah3 (Howard) Ames (Jr.),[13] on 20 Sept. 1768 in West Bridgewater.[14] He was born on 20 Jan. 1743/4 in Bridgewater,[15] graduated from Cambridge University in 1767, and was installed as Rector of the Episcopal Church in Taunton, MA, in 1773.[16] He died by 1786, and she remarried to 2.) John6 Willis, of West Bridgewater, son of Daniel5 and Keziah4 (Willis) Willis, as his second wife, on 27 Apr. 1786 in West Bridgewater.[17] He was a twin, born on 7 Apr. 1758 in Bridgewater,[18] and had married first to Sarah Rickard, daughter of a Joseph Rickard, on 9 Dec. 1779 in Bridgewater.[19] Huldah (Johnson) (Ames) Willis died in 1821 in West Bridgewater, aged 75 years,[20] and John Willis died testate in 1835 in West Bridgewater, aged 77 years,[21] and was buried on 4 Nov. 1835.[22] His will, dated 15 Oct. 1835, and probated on 5 Dec. 1835, mentioned only his sons Martin Willis and John Willis Jun., and he named his son John Willis Jun. as executor of his estate.[23] (See Appendix [A] for a full transcription of his will.) Huldah Johnson had 4 children by Rev. Silvanus Ames,[24] and 3 more children by John Willis:[25]

a. Bezer Ames, born on 3 Apr. 1769 in Bridgewater,[26] married Rebecca Josselyn, daughter of Charles and Rebecca (Keen) Josselyn, of Pembroke,[27] on 25 Apr. 1791 in Pembroke.[28] She was born on 6 Dec. 1770 in Pembroke.[29] They moved to Middleborough, MA, then to Milton, MA.[30] He died on 20 Apr. 1815 in Dedham, MA, aged 46 years, of “puly fever.”[31]

b. Silvanus Ames (Jr.), born on 26 Mar. 1771 in Bridgewater,[32] married Abigail Johnson, daughter supposedly of a Thomas Johnson,[33] on 7 Sept. 1795 in Bridgewater,[34] and “went to the westward.”[35]

c. Cyrus Ames, also “went to the westward.”[36]

d. Huldah Ames, born ca. 1775 in Bridgewater,[37] married Timothy Hayward (3rd), son of Timothy and Hannah (Pratt) Hayward (Jr.),[38] on 29 Apr. 1792 in Bridgewater.[39] He was born on 13 Dec. 1770 in Bridgewater.[40] She died on 18 Sept. 1807 in Bridgewater, aged 32 years,[41] and he remarried to Mary Crooker Stetson on 10 Feb. 1817 in Bridgewater.[42] She was born on 19 May 1790.[43] No death or probate records were found for him in Plymouth County.

e. John7 Willis (Jr.), born on 21 Apr. 1786 in Bridgewater,[44] graduated from Brown University in 1807, and married Cynthia Danville in Providence, RI.[45] They lived in West Bridgewater, and he was executor of his father’s estate in 1835.

f. Polly Willis, born on 25 Oct. 1787 in Bridgewater,[46] died on 21 Apr. 1789 in West Bridgewater, aged 1 year, 6 months.[47]

g. Martin Willis, born on 10 Mar. 1789 in Bridgewater,[48] mentioned in the 1835 will of his father.

        1653    ii   Thomas Johnson, born on 6 July 1747 in Bridgewater,[49] married Mary “Molly” Lathrop, his first cousin, daughter of Maj. Daniel and (589) Rhoda4 (Willis) Lathrop,[50] on 20 June 1771 in West Bridgewater.[51] She was born on 2 Aug. 1755 in Bridgewater,[52] a granddaughter of Samuel and Abial3 (Lazell) Lathrop (Jr.), and of Capt. Thomas3 and (153) Mary4 (Kinsley) Willis.[53] They were living in Bridgewater, MA, in the 1790 federal census, near her brother, Daniel Lathrop, Jr.[54] He died in 1834, aged 86 years,[55] but no probate records were found for him in Plym­outh County. She died a widow on 9 Apr. 1844 in Yarmouth, MA, aged 88 years, 7 months.[56] They had children:[57]

a. Polly Johnson, born on 18 Mar. 1774 in Bridgewater,[58] married Nathan Johnson, son of Josiah and Azubah (Cary) Johnson,[59] on 11 Jan. 1789 in Bridgewater.[60] He was born ca. 1769,[61] a grandson of Solomon and Susanna (Edson) Johnson.[62] He died and was “found in well” on 2 Aug. 1821 in East Bridgewater, aged 52 years,[63] and she died a widow on 17 Mar. 1824 in East Bridgewater, of “consumption,” aged 50 years,[64] but no probate records were found for either of them.

b. Rhoda Johnson, born on 3 Mar. 1776 in Bridgewater,[65] married John Atwood on 27 Oct. 1797 in Bridgewater.[66]

c. Rebekah Johnson, born on 18 Jan. 1778 in Bridgewater,[67] married Rufus Perkins, son of Deacon James and Mary (Hooper) Perkins (Jr.),[68] on 20 July 1797 in Bridgewater.[69] He was born on 3 Sept. 1774 in Bridgewater,[70] and they “went westward.”[71]

d. Thomas Johnson (Jr.), born on 9 Oct. 1780 in Bridgewater,[72] married Hannah Hayward, daughter of Thomas and Hannah (Hayward) Hayward (3rd),[73] on 24 July 1809 in Bridgewater.[74] She was born on 18 Feb. 1793 in Bridgewater.[75] He was a cabinet maker, and died on 13 Apr. 1844 in West Bridgewater, aged 63 years, 6 months, 5 days, of “phthisis pulmonolis,” and was buried in East Bridgewater,[76] but no probate records were found for him. She probably died after 1850 in East Bridgewater.

e. Rev. Daniel Johnson, born on 5 Nov. 1783 in Bridgewater,[77] married Maria5 A. Sampson, daughter of Capt. Simeon4 and Deborah (Cushing) Sampson, of Plympton,[78] on 29 Oct. 1809 in Plympton.[79] She was baptized on 27 June 1784 in Plympton,[80] a granddaughter of Peleg3 and Mary (Ring) Sampson.[81] He graduated from Brown University in 1806, and was a Minister in Yarmouth, MA.[82]

f. Huldah Johnson, born on 22 Oct. 1785 in Bridgewater,[83] married Ansel Hayward, son of Thomas and Hannah (Hayward) Hayward (3rd),[84] on 3 June 1807 in Bridgewater.[85] He was born on 16 Sept. 1782 in Bridgewater,[86] and they eventually moved to Belchertown, MA,[87] where she died in 1832, and he moved to Perrington, NY, in 1839.[88]

        1654   iii   Elizabeth “Betty” Johnson, born on 27 Mar. 1749 in Bridgewater,[89] married Elijah Ames, son of Joseph and Susanna (Littlefield) Ames,[90] on 30 May 1769 in West Bridgewater.[91] He was born on 7 Jan. 1742/3 in Bridgewater,[92] a grandson of Thomas and Mary (Hayward) Ames,[93] and they “went to Pennsylvania,”[94] but he was not a head of household in Pennsylvania in the 1790 federal census.

        1655   iv   Mary Johnson, born on 4 Nov. 1751 in Bridgewater,[95] married Jonathan4 Hayward, son of Peter3 and Abigail (Williams) Hayward,[96] of West Bridgewater, on 7 Mar. 1769 in West Bridgewater.[97] He was born on 15 Oct. 1734 in Bridgewater,[98] and baptized on 14 Sept. 1735 in West Bridgewater,[99] a grandson of Deacon Joseph2 and Hannah2 (Mitchell) Hayward, of Bridgewater.[100] Mary (Johnson) Hayward died on 6 Oct. 1813 in West Bridgewater, aged 61 years,[101] and Jonathan Hayward died testate on 30 Apr. 1824 in West Bridgewater, aged 89 years,[102] his will dated 29 May 1821, and probed on 6 July 1824, mentioned his sons Jonathan and Jerathmell Hayward, both of Easton, and Barzillai Hayward of Gardner, Physician, son Daniel Hayward of Bridgewater, daughter Polly, wife of John Tilden, four grandchildren Abigail, Jonah, Polly and Lyman, the children of daughter Abigail Willis, deceased, six grandchildren, the children of daughter Hannah Willis, deceased, namely Clement, Henry, Williams, Nathan, Emeline, Augustus and Benjamin, daughter Betsey, and son Martin Hayward of Bridgewater, whom he named as executor of his estate.[103] (See Appendix [B] for a full transcription of his will.) They had children,[104] order uncertain:

a. Abigail5 Hayward, born on 25 Mar. 1770 in Bridgewater,[105] baptized on 7 Oct. 1770 in West Bridgewater,[106] married Jonah6 Willis, son of Daniel5 and Keziah4 (Willis) Willis,[107] on 11 Feb. 1778 in Bridgewater.[108] He was born on 16 Feb. 1764 in Bridgewater.[109] She died on 10 Nov. 1799 in Bridgewater,[110] and he remarried to her sister, Hannah Hayward, on 18 Sept. 1800 in Bridgewater.[111]

b. Jerahmeel Hayward, born on 20 Mar. 1772 in Bridgewater,[112] baptized on 24 May 1772 in West Bridgewater,[113] died on 28 Aug. 1774 in Bridgewater, aged 2 years.[114]

c. Jonathan5 Hayward (Jr.), baptized on 3 July 1774 in West Bridgewater,[115] married 1.) Mary6 Hayward, daughter of Timothy5 and Hannah (Pratt) Hayward (Jr.),[116] on 29 July 1795 in Bridgewater.[117] She died on 6 Oct. 1813 in Bridgewater,[118] and he remarried to 2.) Celia Wilbor.[119] No death or probate records were found for him in Plymouth County.

d. Jerathmael/Jerahmeel5 Hayward, born in 1776, baptized on 1 June 1776 in West Bridgewater,[120] married Rebecca Manley, daughter of Nathaniel and Betty (Hayward) Manley,[121] on 16 Feb. 1802 in Bridgewater.[122] She was born on 19 Nov. 1780 in Bridgewater.[123] No death or probate records were found for him in Plymouth County.

e. Polly5 Hayward, born in 1777, baptized on 14 Dec. 1777 in West Bridgewater,[124] married John Tilden on 31 Dec. 1795 in Bridgewater.[125]

f. Hannah5 Hayward, born in 1778, baptized on 13 June 1779 in West Bridgewater,[126] married Jonah6 Willis, son of Daniel5 and Keziah4 (Willis) Willis, as his second wife,[127] on 18 Sept. 1800 in Bridgewater.[128] She died on 6 Jan. 1816 in West Bridgewater,[129] and he remarried again to Freelove (French) Fobes, widow of William Fobes,[130] on 10 Dec. 1816 in Bridgewater.[131] He died on 17 Apr. 1845 in West Bridgewater, aged 81 years, 2 months, 1 day,[132] but no probate records were found for him.

g. Martin5 Hayward, born on 15 June 1784 in West Bridgewater,[133] married Susanna Manley, daughter of Daniel and Phebe (Howard) Manley,[134] on 16 June 1808 in Bridgewater.[135] She was born on 13 Dec. 1786 in Bridgewater.[136] No death or probate records were found for him in Plymouth County.

h. Dr. Barzillai5 Hayward, graduated from Brown University in 1807,[137] and married 1.) Vesta6 Howard, daughter of James5 and Abigail (Snell) Howard (Jr.),[138] on 21 Nov. 1811 in Bridgewater.[139] She was born on 3 Feb. 1791 in Bridgewater,[140] and she died on 21 Apr. 1813 in West Bridgewater, aged 22 years.[141] He remarried to 2.) Hannah Rathborne/Rathburn, of Bellingham MA, on 27 Dec. 1813 in Bellingham,[142] and he lived in Northampton, then in Munson, MA, where he died.[143]

i. Daniel5 Hayward, a twin, married Keziah Wilbor of Easton on 30 Nov. 1815 in Easton.[144] No death or probate records were found for him in Plymouth County.

j. Betsy5 Hayward, a twin, married (___) Drake, of Easton.[145]

        1656    v   Isaac Johnson (Jr.), born on 27 Feb. 1755 in Bridgewater,[146] married Mary “Polly” Wright, probably daughter of Abner and Mary Wright, of Marshfield, MA., on 17 Jan. 1787 in Marshfield.[147] She was born on 9 Oct. 1762 in Marshfield.[148] On 1 Nov. 1790 Nathan Willis, Seth Pratt, and Jesse Perkins, all of Bridgewater, were appointed as guardian of Isaac Johnson, of Bridgewater, because of “idleness and intem­perance.”[149] Isaac Johnson (Jr.) died before 1828, and Mary (Wright) Johnson died a widow on 5 Oct. 1828 in Bridgewater, aged 64 years,[150] but no probate records were found for either of them in Plymouth County. They had children:[151]

a. Nahum Johnson

b. Isaac Johnson (3rd), supposedly married (___) Porter, of Halifax.[152] No death or probate records were found for him in Plymouth County.

c. Mary “Polly” Johnson, married Silvanus Walker on 8 Aug. 1819 in Bridgewater.[153] He was born in May 1797,[154] and died on 3 May 1867 in Bridgewater, aged 69 years,[155] but no probate records were found for him.

d. Lathrop Johnson

        1657   vi   Rebecca Johnson, born on 26 Dec. 1758 in Bridgewater,[156] married David Ames, son of Capt. John and Susanna4 (Howard) Ames,[157] on 15 Nov. 1781 in West Bridgewater.[158] He was born on 2 Feb. 1760 in Bridgewater,[159] and baptized on 23 Oct. 1768 in West Bridgewater,[160] a grandson of Thomas and Keziah3 (Howard) Ames (Jr.), and of Ephraim3 and Abigail (Tisdale) Howard (Jr.),[161] and they moved to Springfield, MA, after 1795.[162] They were living in Springfield in the 1800,[163] 1810,[164] and 1820 federal censuses,[165] where he was a farmer. She died in 1834.[166] They had children,[167] order uncertain:

a. Lucinda “Cinda” Ames, baptized on 6 May 1795 in West Bridgewater,[168] married Benjamin Lamphear on 19 Apr. 1806 in Boston.[169]

b. Mary “Polly” Ames, baptized on 6 May 1795 in West Bridgewater,[170] possibly never married.[171]

c. Rebecca Ames, baptized on 6 May 1795 in West Bridgewater,[172] married James Wells,[173] of Springfield, MA, on 13 Oct. 1812 in Springfield.[174]

d. Susanna/Susan Ames, baptized on 6 May 1795 in West Bridgewater,[175] married Edward Pyncheon, Esq.,[176] son of William and Lucy (Harris) Pyncheon,[177] of Springfield, on 10 Feb. 1816 in Springfield.[178] He was born on 14 Nov. 1774 in Springfield, and died on 17 Mar. 1830.[179]

e. David Ames (Jr.), Esq., baptized on 6 May 1795 in West Bridgewater,[180] married Mary Orr Mitchell, daughter of Nahum and Nabby (Lazell) Mitchell, of Bridgewater, in 1827.[181] She was born on 3 Sept. 1801 in Bridgewater,[182] and they lived in Springfield.

f. Abigail Ames, baptized on 6 May 1795 in West Bridgewater,[183] married Robert McDermot,[184] of Springfield, on 3 Nov. 1817 in Springfield.[185]

g. Galen Ames, married Eliza Kent, of West Springfield, in 1830.[186]

h. Charlotte L. Ames, married Nathan Oakes on 10 or 20 Mar. 1826 in Springfield.[187]

i. John Ames

 

 

(510.) David Johnson (Jr.), second son of (135) Rebecca4 Washburn, (probably) (59) Joseph3, (43) John2 (5th), (28) John1 (4th); born in Bridgewater, MA, on 8 Aug. 1724,[188] married 1.) Susanna5 Willis, daughter of John4, Esq., and Patience4 (Hayward) Willis (4th),[189] on 26 May 1743 in Bridgewater.[190] She was born on 26 Jan. 1726/7 in Bridgewater,[191] a granddaughter of John3 and Mary3 (Brett) Willis (3rd), and of Samuel3 and Elizabeth Hayward.[192]

         Susanna (Willis) Johnson died on 6 Aug. 1750 in West Bridgewater, aged 23 years,[193] and David Johnson (Jr.) remarried to 2.) Parnel4 Packard, daughter of Joseph3 and Susanna4 (Mitchell) Packard,[194] on 2 Oct. 1751 in Bridgewater.[195] She was a granddaughter of Thomas3 and Elizabeth (Kingman) Mitchell,[196] and they moved to Brookfield, Worcester Co., MA.[197] He was not a head of household in Brookfield, MA, in the 1790 federal census.

         No death record was found for David Johnson in Brookfield. He had children by Susanna Willis:

        1658     i   Willis Johnson, baptized on 5 Feb. 1744 in West Bridgewater,[198] married Jemima Smith on 6 Mar. 1769,[199] and moved to Westmoreland,[200] Cheshire Co., NH, then to Strafford, Orange Co., VT, before 1791. In the 1791 federal census they was living in Strafford, VT,[201] and they were still living in Stafford in the 1800 federal census,[202] but he was not a head of household in Vermont in the 1810 federal census. They supposedly had children:

a. Willis Johnson (Jr.), born on 17 Jan. 1772,[203] probably married and living in Tunbridge, Orange Co., VT, in the 1800 federal census,[204] and in Chelsea, Orange Co., VT, in the 1820 federal census, where he was a farmer.[205]

b. Susannah Johnson, born on 11 May 1774 in Westmoreland, NH, married Aaron Ordaway.[206] They were living in Stafford, VT, in the 1800 federal census.[207]

c. Lydia Johnson, born on 28 Nov. 1777.[208]

d. Abinthas Smith Johnson, born on 23 Sept. 1792 in Strafford, VT, married Sally Avery on 14 Jan. 1816 in Stafford, VT.[209]

e. (Probably 2 more sons and another daughter born before 1791, and 1 or 2 more daughters born between 1790 and 1800.)

        1659    ii   Daniel Johnson, baptized on 23 Feb. 1746 in West Bridgewater,[210] also settled in Westmoreland, NH.[211] He was living in Westmoreland, NH, in the 1790 federal census.[212]

        1660   iii   Susanna Johnson, baptized on 31 Jan. 1748 in West Bridgewater,[213] married Samuel Coney, Jr., of Easton, MA, probably son of Samuel and Rebecca (Guild) Coney, of Stoughton, MA,[214] on 15 Oct. 1770 in Bridgewater.[215] He was born on 8 or 18 May 1746 in Stoughton,[216] and baptized on 25 May 1746 in Sharon, MA,[217] and died supposedly on 22 Sept. 1779 in Hallowell, Kennebec Co., ME.[218] They had children:

a. Heartson Coney, born on 1 June 1771 in Easton.[219]

b. Jason Coney, born on 8 Nov. 1772 in Easton.[220]

c. Samuel Coney (3rd), born on 24 Nov. 1777 [sic] in Easton.[221]

d. Jacob Coney, born on 7 Dec. 1777 [sic] in Easton.[222]

        1661   iv   Lurana Johnson, born on 31 May 1750, died on 6 June 1750 in West Bridgewater, aged 7 days.[223]

 

 

(512.) Sarah Johnson, second daughter of (135) Rebecca4 Washburn, (probably) (59) Joseph3, (43) John2 (5th), (28) John1 (4th); born in Bridgewater, MA, on 19 July 1732,[224] baptized on 23 July 1732 in West Bridgewater,[225] married Joseph4 Packard (Jr.), son of Joseph3 and Mary4 (Willis) Packard,[226] on 27 Dec. 1748 in Bridgewater.[227] He was baptized on 30 May 1725 in West Bridgewater,[228] a grandson of Ensign Samuel2 and Elizabeth (Lathrop) Packard (Jr.),[229] and of John3 and Mary3 (Brett) Willis (3rd).[230]

         Joseph Packard (Jr.) served in the French & Indian War under General Winslow in 1755, and he died in Easton, MA,[231] presumably before 1790. He was not a head of household in Easton, MA, in the 1790 federal census.

         Sarah Johnson and Joseph Packard (Jr.) had children:[232]

        1662     i   Daniel5 Packard, baptized on 8 Oct. 1749 in West Bridgewater,[233] possibly married Elisabeth Colloney, of Easton, on 12 Aug. 1773 in Bridgewater.[234] Daniel Packard was not a head of household in Bristol or Plymouth Co., MA, in the 1790 federal census.

        1663    ii   Anna Packard, baptized on 6 Oct. 1751 in West Bridgewater.[235]

        1664   iii   Elijah Packard, baptized on 9 Dec. 1754 in West Bridgewater.[236]

        1665   iv   Abigail5 Packard, baptized 18 July 1756 in West Bridgewater,[237] possibly the “Abigill” Packard of Easton who married Jacob “Whitmon,”of Easton, on 3 Apr. 1777 in Easton.[238] He was probably the Jacob “Whitmore,” son of John and Jean (Chaplin) “Whitmore” (Whitman), of Easton,[239] who was born on 28 Nov. 1753 in Easton.[240] The surname was actually Whitman, as evidenced by the birth records of Jacob’s siblings.[241] Jacob Whitman or Whitmore was not a head of household in Massachusetts in the 1790 federal census, and no children were recorded to Jacob Whitman in Easton.

        1666    v   Bethiah5 Packard, baptized 24 Sept. 1758 in West Bridgewater,[242] possibly the Bethiah Packard who married Simeon Records on 27 Nov. 1777 in Easton.[243] Simeon Records was not a head of household in Massachusetts in the 1790 federal census, and no children were recorded to Simeon Records in Easton.

        1667   vi   Martha5 Packard, baptized on 24 Aug. 1760 in West Bridgewater,[244] possibly the Martha Packard who married Joseph Lathrop on 26 Dec. 1781 in Easton.[245]

        1668  vii   Job Packard, baptized on 19 Sept. 1762 in West Bridgewater,[246] marriage not found.

 

 

(513.) Rebecca Johnson, youngest daughter of (135) Rebecca4 Washburn, (probably) (59) Joseph3, (43) John2 (5th), (28) John1 (4th); born in Bridgewater, MA, on 22 June 1734,[247] baptized in West Bridgewater on 23 June 1734,[248] married Ezra4 Edson, son of Samuel3 and Mary (Dean) Edson (3rd),[249] on 18 Nov. 1756 in Bridgewater.[250] He was born on 28 July 1730 in Bridgewater,[251] a grandson of Samuel2 and Susanna (Byram) Edson (Jr.)[252]

         Rebecca (Johnson) Edson died on 23 Apr. 1781 in Bridgewater, aged 46 years,[253] and Ezra Edson remarried to Anna White, daughter of Abijah, Esq. and Anna (Little) White, of Marshfield, in 1782.[254] They were living in Bridgewater, MA, in the 1790 federal census.[255] Ezra Edson died intestate on 19 Feb. 1794 in Bridgewater, aged 62 [sic] years,[256] and Anna Edson, of Bridgewater, widow, was granted administration of his estate on 3 Mar. 1794, with Nathan Willis and Zadock Packard as sureties.[257] Anna (White) Edson died on 12 Oct. 1811 in Marshfield, aged 71 years.[258]

         Rebecca Johnson and Ezra Edson had children:

        1669     i   Robert5 Edson, born on 24 July 1757 in Bridgewater,[259] married Molly6 Hayward, daughter of (572) Josiah5 and Mary (Dunham) Hayward (Jr.),[260] on 6 June 1782 in Bridgewater.[261] She was a granddaughter of Josiah4 and (151) Sarah (Kinsley) Hayward, of Bridgewater.[262] Children not found. No death or probate records were found for either of them in Plymouth County, and he was not a head of household in Massachusetts in the 1790 federal census.

        1670    ii   Ezra5 Edson (Jr.), born on 13 Jan. 1759 in Bridgewater,[263] married Asenath “Sena” Perkins, daughter of Charles and Abigail (Waterman) Perkins,[264] on 19 Sept. 1782 in Bridgewater.[265] She was a granddaughter of Perez Waterman, of South Bridgewater.[266] Children not found. He was not a head of household in Massachusetts in the 1790 federal census, and no death or probate records were found for either of them in Plymouth County.

        1671   iii   Molly5 Edson, born on 15 Dec. 1760 in Bridgewater,[267] married Robert Wade, son of Thomas and Susanna (Latham) Wade,[268] on 2 Nov. 1780 in Bridgewater.[269] He was baptized on 9 Dec. 1750 in East Bridgewater,[270] a grandson of Capt. Chilton and Susanna (Kingman) Latham,[271] and they were living in Bridgewater, MA, in the 1790 federal census.[272] He died testate on 8 Sept. 1813 in East Bridgewater, aged 63 years,[273] his will dated 3 Sept. 1813, and probated on 1 Nov. 1813, mentioned his wife, daughter Celia, wife of Comfort Dresser, daughter Naomi, wife of Elijah Pratt, unmarried daughter Sally, and son Thomas Wade, whom he named as executor of his estate.[274] (See Appendix [C] for a full transcription of his will.) Molly (Edson) Wade died on 10 Jan. 1841 in East Bridgewater, aged 80 years.[275] They had children:[276]

a. Celia Wade, born on 25 Apr. 1782 in Bridgewater,[277] baptized on 4 Aug. 1782 in East Bridgewater,[278] married Comfort Carpenter Dresser, of Chester, VT, on 4 Mar. 1802 in East Bridgewater.[279]

b. Sally Wade, born on 7 Mar. 1784 in Bridgewater,[280] baptized on 11 Apr. 1784 in East Bridgewater,[281] was still unmarried in 1813 when her father wrote his will.

c. Naomi Wade, born on 14 Dec. 1786 in Bridgewater,[282] baptized on 11 Mar. 1787 in East Bridgewater,[283] married (2728) Elijah Pratt, son of (2388) Lt. Nathaniel and (1030) Elizabeth6 “Betsey” (Washburn) Pratt, on 7 Jan. 1813 in Bridgewater.[284] He was a twin, born on 21 Sept. 1786 in Bridgewater,[285] a grandson of Deacon Seth and (928) Hannah6 (Washburn) Pratt, and of (377) Ezekiel5 and Experience (Curtis) Washburn, of Bridgewater.[286] He was a musician in Capt. Sears Washburn’s Company, Lt. Col. Caleb Howard’s Plymouth County Regiment of Massachusetts Militia during the War of 1812.[287] Elijah and Naomi Pratt were living in Carver, MA, in the 1850 federal census, with their son, Enoch Pratt, where he was a blacksmith,[288] but no probate records were found for either of them in Plymouth County.

d. Thomas Wade, baptized on 28 Oct. 1792 in East Bridgewater,[289] married Maria Wade, of Hanover, MA, in 1825.[290] He was executor of his father’s estate in 1813.

e. Calvin Wade, baptized on 30 Nov. 1800 in East Bridgewater,[291] died on 18 June 1804 in East Bridgewater, aged 4 years, of “dysentery.”[292]

        1672   iv   Rebecca5 Edson, born on 26 Sept. 1762 in Bridgewater,[293] married Amos Fisher, of Tomlinson, Windham Co., VT, on 21 June 1787 in Bridgewater.[294] They were living in Tomlinson, VT, in the 1791 federal census,[295] and in Grafton, Windham Co., VT, in the 1800 federal census.[296]

        1673    v   Vina5 Edson, born on 24 Apr. 1765 in Bridgewater,[297] married (2639) Capt. Ephraim5 Sprague, son of Benjamin4 and (986) Eunice6 (Holmes) Sprague, on 29 June 1783 in Bridgewater.[298] He was born on 17 May 1763 in Bridgewater,[299] a grandson of Jonathan3 and Lydia (Leavitt) Sprague, of South Bridgewater, [300] and of Ephraim5 and (366) Margaret5 (Washburn) Holmes.[301] He was a farmer, and they were living in Bridgewater, MA, in the 1790 federal census.[302] In 1816 he was appointed as guardian of the children of his brother-in-law, Jeremiah Washburn, who died in Smithfield, RI.[303] He died testate on 21 Feb. 1846 in Bridgewater, aged 82 years, 9 months, of “old age,”[304] his will dated 3 May 1844, and probated in Mar. 1846, mentioned his wife Vina Sprague, his five children Holmes Sprague, Ephraim Sprague, Eunice Washburn, wife of Calvin Washburn, Mira Shaw, wife of John A. Shaw, Esq., and Chloe Sprague, and Trinity Church in Bridgewater, and he named John Edson, of Bridgewater, as executor of his estate.[305] (See Appendix [D] for a full transcription of his will.) She died a widow on 6 May 1851 in Bridgewater, aged 86 years.[306] They had children:[307]

a. Capt. Holmes6 Sprague, born on 21 Dec. 1783 in Bridgewater,[308] married Betsey Copeland, daughter of Daniel and Susanna (Ames) Copeland,[309] on 28 June 1808 in Bridgewater.[310] She was born on 30 Nov. 1784.[311] No death or probate records were found for either of them in Plymouth County.

b. Ephraim6 Sprague (Jr.), born on 20 May 1787 in Bridgewater,[312] married Jane Ames, daughter of Joseph and Martha (Williams) Ames (Jr.),[313] on 2 Feb. 1813 in Bridgewater,[314] and moved to Bristol, RI.[315] She was born on 23 Jan. 1787 in Bridgewater.[316]

c. Eunice6 Sprague, born  on 26 Oct. 1790 in Bridgewater,[317] married (2577) Calvin7 Washburn (Jr.), son of (981) Calvin6 and Rhoda (Hammond) Washburn,[318] on 4 June 1809 in Bridgewater.[319] He was born on 25 July 1782 in Bridgewater,[320] a grandson of (364) Robert5 and Mary4 (Fobes) Washburn.[321] In 1843 he was declared insane, and his son‑in‑law, Greenough Wood, as appointed as his guardian on 14 Aug. 1843, but the guardianship was apparently revoked in Feb. 1844.[322] No death or other probate records were found for Calvin Washburn (Jr.) in Plymouth County. (To be continued in Washburn Sixth Generation under the family of Calvin Washburn.)

d. Vina Sprague, born on 29 July 1799 in Bridgewater,[323] was published to marry Oliver7 Alden “Jr.,” son of Caleb6 and Sally (Hayward) Alden,[324] in 1818,[325] but she died on 13 July 1818 in Bristol, RI, of “consumption,” aged 19 years,[326] and he married Melinda6 Mitchell, daughter of Edward5 and (2552) Chloe7 (Washburn) Mitchell (4th),[327] on 24 Oct. 1819 in Bridgewater.[328]

e. Chloe6 Sprague, born on 24 Feb. 1804 in Bridgewater,[329] never married, died testate on 11 Mar. 1867 in Bridgewater, aged 63 years,[330] her will dated 8 Mar. 1867, and probated on 8 Apr. 1867, mentioned her sister Mira Shaw, wife of John A. Shaw, her sister Eunice Washburn, widow of Calvin Washburn, the Boston Society of the New Jerusalem, and her niece Sarah H. S. Hayward, and she named her friend Fisher A. Sprague, of Bridgewater, as executor of her estate.[331] (See Appendix [E] for a full transcription of her will.)

f. Mira6 Sprague, born on 17 Aug. 1806 in Bridgewater,[332] married 1.) John8 Washburn, son of (2600) Nathaniel7 and Salome (Simmons) Washburn,[333] on 27 July 1828 in Bridgewater.[334] He was born on 4 Oct. 1799 in Pomfret, VT,[335] and died on 11 Nov. 1828 in Bridgewater, of “consumption,” aged 29 “the 4th of last October.”[336] No probate records were found for him in Plymouth County, and he probably had no children. She remarried to 2.) Hon. John Angier Shaw, son of Dr. Samuel and Olive (Leonard) Shaw,[337] as his second wife, on 17 Oct. 1830 in Bridgewater.[338] He was born ca. 1793 in Nova Scotia,[339] graduated from Harvard University in 1811,[340] and he was a teacher in Bridgewater in the 1850 federal census.[341] He died testate in 1873 in Bridgewater,[342] his will dated 17 Aug. 1870 mentioned his wife Mira Shaw, his daughters Olive R. Perkins, Sarah H. S. Hayward, Mary H. S. Drake, and Anna Jane Shaw, and his son John A. Shaw, and to his niece Hannah A. Washburn he left the portrait of his mother. He named his friend Artemas Hale as executor of his estate, and Caleb Hobart as the executor if he should survive Artemas Hale. Artemas Hale declined as executor on 20 Oct. 1873, and Caleb Hobart, of Bridgewater, was granted Letters Testamentary on 8 Dec. 1873.[343] (See Appendix [F] for a full transcription of his will.) Mira (Sprague) (Washburn) Shaw died a widow, tes­tate, on 7 May 1880 in Bridgewater, aged 73 years, 8 months, 20 days, of “cancer of liver,”[344] her will dated 26 Oct. 1876, with a codicil dated 17 July 1878, and probated on 14 June 1880, mentioned her daughters Sarah H. S. Hayward, the children of Sarah, namely John A., Samuel D., and Hope W. Hayward, daughter Mary N. S. Deane, wife of James E. Deane, their daughter Mira Shaw Deane, daughter Anna Jene Shaw, Olive R. Perkins, and her children Rosalie S. Perkins, David Perkins, Margaret B. Perkins, Jacob Perkins, and Sallie R. Hall, wife of William H. Hall, Roby Jackson and Harriet Barker, son John A. Shaw, with some of his share going to Caleb Hobart, of Bridgewater, in trust for the children of son John A. Shaw, and she named Caleb Hobart as executor of her estate. Her codicil mentioned Mira Sprague Shaw, daughter of her son John A. Shaw.[345] (See Appendix [G] for a full transcription of her will and codicil.)

        1674   vi   Libeus5 Edson, born on 27 Oct. 1769 in Bridgewater,[346] married Joanna Keen on 14 Oct. 1793 in Bridgewater.[347] She was born ca. 1767.[348] He died on 20 Jan. 1819 in Bridgewater, aged 49 years,[349] but no probate records were filed for his estate, and she died on 17 Mar. 1818 in Bridgewater, aged 50 years.[350] They had children:[351]

a. Ezra6 Edson, born ca. 1795 in Bridgewater,[352] married Eliza Wentworth, daughter of Theophilus and Betsey Wentworth, on 3 Apr. 1819 in Bridgewater.[353] She was born on 17 Dec. 1796 in Bridgewater.[354] He died intestate on 4 Oct. 1828, aged 33 years, of typhus fever “in Assonot,” and was buried in Bridgewater.[355]

b. Charles6 Edson, born ca. 1797 in Bridgewater,[356] married Hannah S. Bassett in 1824 in Bridgewater.[357] He died on 23 June 1824 in Bridgewater, aged 28 years,[358] but no probate records were found for him.

c. Joanna Edson, born ca. 1800 in Bridgewater,[359] died on 17 Mar. 1818 in Bridgewater, aged 17 years.[360]

        1675  vii   Ebenezer5 Edson, born on 9 Apr. 1772 in Bridgewater,[361] possibly the Ebenezer Edson who married Kezia Colwell, daughter of Ebenezer and Sarah (Price) Colwell,[362] in 1797.[363] She was born on 1 Apr. 1775 in Bridgewater.[364] Children not found. No death or probate records were found for either of them in Plymouth County.

        1676 viii   Hannah5 Edson, born on 25 June 1774 in Bridgewater,[365] married Simeon6 Packard, son of (609) Abijah5 and Anne4 (Fobes) Packard,[366] on 26 June 1796 in Bridgewater.[367] He was born on 23 Mar. 1770 in Bridgewater,[368] a grandson of Samuel4 and (155) Susanna (Kinsley) Packard (4th).[369] They were living in Bridgewater, MA, in the 1800,[370] and 1810 federal censuses.[371] He was a hatter in Bridgewater, and he died testate on 21 Oct. 1815 in Bridgewater, aged 46 [sic] years,[372] his will dated 26 June 1815, and probated on 6 Nov. 1815, he mentioned his wife Hannah, son Simeon, who was granted money for his maintenance and support because of his deranged state of mind, and daughters Loisa and Ann, and he named Daniel Mitchell, Esqr., as executor of his estate.[373] (See his family for their children.)

        1677   ix   Cyrus5 Edson, born on 16 Aug. 1777 in Bridgewater,[374] married Hannah Hudson, daughter of John and Bethiah (Otis) Hudson,[375] on 15 Mar. 1797 in East Bridgewater.[376] She was born on 2 Apr. 1777 in Bridgewater,[377] and they had moved to Shrewsbury, VT, by 1840.[378] They were living in Bridgewater in the 1800 federal census,[379] and in Shrewsbury, Rutland Co., VT, in the 1820 federal census.[380] He was living in Mendon, VT, with the family of his son Ezra Edson in the 1850 federal census, where he was a farmer, and he died supposedly on 26 Sept. 1862 in Mendon, VT.[381] They had at least 2 sons:

a. Cyrus6 Edson Jr., born ca. 1805 in VT,[382] married Abigail W. (___) in ca. 1832,[383] and they were living in Mendon, Rutland Co., VT, in the 1850 federal census, where he was a farmer.[384]

b. Capt. Ezra6 Edson, born ca. 1813 in ME,[385] married Angelina8 Washburn, daughter of (3527) Zenas7 and Lydia (Whitman) Washburn, of East Bridgewater, MA, in July 1838 in East Bridgewater.[386] She was born ca. 1813 in MA,[387] baptized on 18 Apr. 1813 in East Bridgewater,[388] a granddaughter of (1731) Solomon6 and Anne5 (Mitchell) Washburn,[389] and they were living next door to his brother in Mendon, VT, in the 1850 federal census, where he was also a farmer.[390]

c. (Probably several other children.)

        1678    x   Sarah5 “Sally” Edson, born on 18 Feb. 1780 in Bridgewater,[391] married (2434) Jeremiah7 Washburn (Jr.), son of (927) Jeremiah6 and Keziah4 (Snell) Washburn, in 1801 in Bridgewater.[392] He was born on 18 Aug. 1779 in Bridgewater,[393] a grandson of (354) Capt. Joseph5 and Deliverance (Orcutt) Washburn, and of Dr. Daniel3 and Joanna4 (Harlow) Snell.[394] He was executor of his father’s will in 1810, and they moved to Rhode Island after that. He died on 18 June 1816 in Smithfield, RI, and Capt. Ephraim5 Sprague, his brother‑in‑law, was appointed as guardian for all his children in 1816.[395] (Continued in Washburn Sixth Generation under the family of Jeremiah Washburn.)

 

 

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    [1] Vital Records of Bridgewater, Massachusetts, To the Year 1850, New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, MA, 1916, 2 Volumes, [hereinafter Bridgewater VRs], Vol. 1, p. 177.

    [2] Mitchell, Nahum, History of the Early Settlement of Bridgewater, in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, Boston, 1840, reprint, Heritage Books, Bowie, MD, 1983, [hereinafter Mitchell, History of Bridgewater], p. 348.

    [3] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 203, marriage intentions recorded 21 June 1744 in Bridgewater.

    [4] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 353.

    [5] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, pp. 220, 347.

    [6] Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors of the Revolutionary War, 17 Volumes, Boston, 1901, Vol. VIII, p. 832.

    [7] Plymouth Co. Land Records, Vol. 66, p. 1.

    [8] Heads of Families at the First Census of the United States Taken in the Year 1790: Massachusetts, Bountiful, Utah, 1993, p. 166, Plymouth County, Bridgewater Town, the Isaac Johnson household had 1 free white male aged 16 or older and 1 free white female.

    [9] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 500; Vital Records of West Bridgewater, Massachusetts, To the Year 1850, New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, 1911, [hereinafter West Bridgewater VRs], p. 205, buried in the Old Grave Yard, South Street, West Bridgewater; Latham, Williams, Epitaphs in Old Bridgewater, Massachusetts, 1882, reprint, Heritage Books, Bowie, MD, 1986, [hereinafter Latham, Epitaphs in Old Bridgewater], p. 24, “Mrs. Mary, wife of Col. Isaac Johnson” on her gravestone.

    [10] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 500.

    [11] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 204, says they had Huldah 1745, Thomas 1747, Elizabeth 1749, Mary 1751, Isaac 1754, and Rebecca 1758.

    [12] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 177.

    [13] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 102.

    [14] West Bridgewater VRs, p. 150; Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 203.

    [15] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 35.

    [16] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 104.

    [17] West Bridgewater VRs, p. 120; Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 31, marriage intentions recorded 18 Sept. 1784 in Bridgewater.

    [18] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 352.

    [19] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 411; West Bridgewater VRs, p. 222, Sarah, wife of John Willis, died on 7 July 1783 in West Bridgewater, aged 25 years.

    [20] West Bridgewater VRs, p. 221, buried in the Old Grave Yard in West Bridgewater; Latham, Epitaphs in Old Bridgewater, p. 27.

    [21] West Bridgewater VRs, p. 221, buried in the Old Grave Yard in West Bridgewater; Latham, Epitaphs in Old Bridgewater, p. 27; Plymouth Co. Probate Docket #23092.

    [22] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 582; Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 351.

    [23] Plymouth Co. Probate Docket #23092, Vol. 77, p. 570-572, from FHL microfilm #0555264.

    [24] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 103-104, says they had Bezer 1769, Silvanus 1771, Cyrus and Huldah.

    [25] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 351, says they had John 1786, Polly 1787, and Martin 1789.

    [26] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 31.

    [27] Vital Records of Pembroke, Massachusetts, To the Year 1850, New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, 1911, [hereinafter Pembroke VRs], p. 302, the marriage of Charles Josslyen and Rebecca Keen 3d on 10 July 1760 in Pembroke.

    [28] Pembroke VRs, p. 228; Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 30.

    [29] Pembroke VRs, p. 125.

    [30] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 104, but his death was not recorded in the vital records of Milton, MA.

    [31] The Record of Baptisms, Marriages and Deaths and Intentions of Marriages in the Town of Dedham, Massachusetts, 1638 – 1845, 3 Volumes, Dedham, MA, 1886-1888, [hereinafter Dedham VRs], Vol. 3, p. 113.

    [32] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 35.

    [33] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 104, however Mitchell shows no Thomas Johnson with a daughter named Abigail.

    [34] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 34.

    [35] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 104.

    [36] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 104.

    [37] Calculated from her age at death.

    [38] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 182.

    [39] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 31.

    [40] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 155.

    [41] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 485.

    [42] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 177.

    [43] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 308, from her gravestone.

    [44] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 352.

    [45] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 351.

    [46] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 354.

    [47] West Bridgewater VRs, p. 222, buried in the Old Grave Yard in West Bridgewater; Latham, Epitaphs in Old Bridgewater, p. 27.

    [48] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 353.

    [49] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 178.

    [50] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 225.

    [51] West Bridgewater VRs, p. 151; Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 204.

    [52] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 203.

    [53] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, pp. 225, 348.

    [54] Heads of Families at the First Census of the United States Taken in the Year 1790: Massachusetts, Bountiful, Utah, 1993, p. 167, Bridgewater Town, Plymouth County, the Thomas Johnson household had 2 free white males aged 16 or older, 2 free white males under 16, and 5 free white females.

    [55] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 205.

    [56] Sherman, Robert M., and Ruth Wilder Sherman, Vital Records of Yarmouth, Massachusetts, to the year 1850, Picton Press, Camden, ME, 1975, [hereinafter Yarmouth VRs], pp. 413, 828.

    [57] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 205, says they had Polly 1774, Rhoda 1776, Rebecca 1778, Thomas 1780, Daniel 1783, and Huldah 1785.

    [58] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 177.

    [59] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 205.

    [60] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 204.

    [61] Calculated from his age at death.

    [62] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 204.

    [63] Vital Records of East Bridgewater, Massachusetts, To the Year 1850, New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, 1917, [hereinafter East Bridgewater VRs], p. 361.

    [64] East Bridgewater VRs, p. 361.

    [65] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 178.

    [66] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 204.

    [67] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 178.

    [68] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 266.

    [69] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 204.

    [70] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 257.

    [71] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 267.

    [72] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 178; East Bridgewater VRs, p. 73, from his gravestone.

    [73] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 182.

    [74] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 204.

    [75] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 147; East Bridgewater VRs, p. 73, from her gravestone.

    [76] West Bridgewater VRs, p. 206; East Bridgewater VRs, p. 362, from his gravestone.

    [77] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 177.

    [78] Davis, William T., Genealogical Register of Plymouth Families, reprint, Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, 1994, originally published as Part II of Ancient Landmarks of Plymouth, Boston, 1899, [hereinafter Davis, Genealogical Register of Plymouth Families], p. 228; Vital Records of Plympton, Massachusetts, To the Year 1850, New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, 1923, [hereinafter Plympton VRs], p. 384, the marriage of Simeon Samson and Daborah Cushing on 1 Nov. 1759 in Plympton.

    [79] Plympton VRs, p. 337.

    [80] Plympton VRs, p. 181, under “Samson.”

    [81] Davis, Genealogical Register of Plymouth Families, p. 227; Plympton VRs, p. 381, the marriage of Peleg Sampson and Mary Ring on 7 Nov. 1722 in Plympton.

    [82] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 205.

    [83] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 177.

    [84] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 182.

    [85] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 203.

    [86] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 143.

    [87] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 184.

    [88] Historical Sketch of the Congregational Church in Belchertown, Mass., Northampton, MA, 1852, p. 196.

    [89] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 176.

    [90] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 102.

    [91] West Bridgewater VRs, p. 150; Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 203.

    [92] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 32.

    [93] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 100.

    [94] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 102.

    [95] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 177.

    [96] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 179.

    [97] West Bridgewater VRs, p. 150, which has the date as 27? Mar. 1769; Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 204, which has the date as 7 Mar. 1769.

    [98] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 149.

    [99] West Bridgewater VRs, p. 50.

    [100] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 177.

    [101] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 486; West Bridgewater VRs, p. 198, buried in Jerusalem Cemetery in West Bridgewater.

    [102] West Bridgewater VRs, p. 198, buried in Jerusalem Cemetery in West Bridgewater.

    [103] Plymouth Co. Probate Docket #9812, Vol. 58, p. 215-217, from FHL microfilm #0550910.

    [104] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 179, says they had Abigail 1770, Jonathan, Jerathmael 1776, Polly 1777, Hannah 1778, Martin, Barzillai, and Daniel and Betsey twins.

    [105] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 143.

    [106] West Bridgewater VRs, p. 48.

    [107] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 350.

    [108] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 167.

    [109] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 352.

    [110] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 582.

    [111] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 171.

    [112] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 149, recorded as “Jerahneel.”

    [113] West Bridgewater VRs, p. 50.

    [114] West Bridgewater VRs, p. 198, from his gravestone in Jerusalem Cemetery.

    [115] West Bridgewater VRs, p. 50.

    [116] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 182.

    [117] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 173.

    [118] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 486.

    [119] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 179.

    [120] West Bridgewater VRs, p. 50.

    [121] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 240.

    [122] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 172.

    [123] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 224.

    [124] West Bridgewater VRs, p. 51.

    [125] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 175.

    [126] West Bridgewater VRs, p. 50.

    [127] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, pp. 350, 351.

    [128] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 171.

    [129] West Bridgewater VRs, p. 221; Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 582.

    [130] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, pp. 162, 351.

    [131] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 411.

    [132] West Bridgewater VRs, p. 221.

    [133] West Bridgewater VRs, p. 51.

    [134] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 240.

    [135] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 174.

    [136] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 224.

    [137] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 179.

    [138] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 197.

    [139] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 168.

    [140] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 171.

    [141] West Bridgewater VRs, p. 199, buried in the Old Cemetery near the Methodist Church in Cochesett.

    [142] Vital Records of Bellingham, Massachusetts, To the Year 1850, New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, 1904, [hereinafter Bellingham VRs], p. 115; Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 168, marriage intentions recorded 11 Dec. 1813 in Bridgewater.

    [143] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 179.

    [144] “Easton, Massachusetts, Bristol County, Births, Deaths and Marriages by Families, 1697-1847,” from FHL [Family History Library] microfilm #1059951, a transcription of the entire town vital records from the incorporation of the town of Easton to about 1843 made in 1880 by Geo. G. Withington, Easton town clerk, [hereinafter Easton VRs], p. 287; Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 169, marriage intentions recorded 4 Nov. 1815 in Bridgewater.

    [145] Per Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 179, but the marriage was not found in the vital records of Easton.

    [146] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 177.

    [147] Sherman, Robert M., and Ruth Wilder Sherman, Vital Records of Marshfield, Massachusetts, To the Year 1850, Society of Mayflower Descendants in the State of Rhode Island, 1970, [hereinafter Marshfield VRs], pp. 123, 140, 174, married by Samuel Oakman, Justice of the Peace; Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 203, marriage intentions recorded 15 July 1786 in Bridgewater.

    [148] Marshfield VRs, p. 137.

    [149] Plymouth Co. Probate Docket #11493; Vol. 26, p. 493.

    [150] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 500, “aged 64 the 25th of last October.”

    [151] All from Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 205.

    [152] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 205, but no marriage record was found for Isaac Johnson in the Halifax vital records.

    [153] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 204.

    [154] Per Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 323, from a private record kept by Rev. Richard Hodges of the South Parish.

    [155] Latham, Epitaphs in Old Bridgewater, p. 157, buried in Trinity Church Graveyard in Bridgewater.

    [156] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 178.

    [157] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 103.

    [158] West Bridgewater VRs, p. 151; Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 204.

    [159] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 32.

    [160] West Bridgewater VRs, p. 16.

    [161] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, pp. 102, 193.

    [162] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 104.

    [163] 1800 Federal Census, Springfield, Hampshire Co., MA, p. 625, the David Ames household had 2 males under 10, 2 males aged 26-44 years, 3 females under 10, 2 females aged 10-15 years, 1 female aged 16-25 years, 1 female aged 26-44 years, and 1 female aged 45 or over.

    [164] 1810 Federal Census, Springfield, Hampshire Co., MA, p. 378, the David Ames household had 1 male under 10, 2 males aged 10-15 years, 2 males aged 16-25 years, 5 males aged 26-44 years, 1 male aged 45 or over, 1 female under 10, 1 female aged 10-15 years, 5 females aged 16-25 years, and 1 female aged 45 or over.

    [165] 1820 Federal Census, Springfield, Hampden Co., MA, p. 338, the David Ames household had 1 male aged 10-15 years, 7 males aged 16-25 years, 1 male aged 26-44 years, 1 male aged 45 or over, 1 female under 10, 1 female aged 10-15 years, 4 females aged 16-25 years, 1 female aged 26-44 years, 1 female aged 45 or over, and had 7 persons engaged in agriculture.

    [166] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 204.

    [167] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 104, says they had Lucinda, Mary, Rebecca, Susanna, David, Abigail, Galen, Charlotte and John.

    [168] West Bridgewater VRs, p. 16.

    [169] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 104, says she married a Lamphear; I.G.I. Marriage Records, taken from A Report of the Record Commissioners of the City of Boston, 1762-1809, from FHL microfilm #0896885.

    [170] West Bridgewater VRs, p. 18.

    [171] She was still unmarried in 1840 when Nahum Mitchell wrote his History of Bridgewater.

    [172] West Bridgewater VRs, p. 18.

    [173] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 104.

    [174] I.G.I. Marriage Records, taken from Springfield Vital Records.

    [175] West Bridgewater VRs, p. 18.

    [176] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 104.

    [177] I.G.I. Individual Records, taken from LDS temple records, FHL microfilm #s 178079, 455183, 456305, and 471429.

    [178] I.G.I. Marriage Records, taken from the Vital Records of Springfield.

    [179] I.G.I. Individual Records, taken from LDS temple records, FHL microfilm #s 178079, 455183, 456305, and 471429.

    [180] West Bridgewater VRs, p. 16.

    [181] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 246.

    [182] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 229.

    [183] West Bridgewater VRs, p. 15.

    [184] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 104.

    [185] I.G.I. Marriage Records, taken from Springfield Vital Records.

    [186] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 104; West Springfield VRs, Vol. 2, p. 15, marriage intentions recorded 29 Oct. 1830 in West Springfield.

    [187] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 104; I.G.I. Marriage Records, taken from Springfield Vital Records.

    [188] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 177.

    [189] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 348.

    [190] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 203.

    [191] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 354.

    [192] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, pp. 178, 347.

    [193] West Bridgewater VRs, p. 206, buried in the Old Grave Yard, South Street, West Bridgewater.

    [194] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 255.

    [195] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 203.

    [196] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 243.

    [197] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 205.

    [198] West Bridgewater VRs, p. 69.

    [199] Ancestry.com World Tree file submitted by Ken Root Jr. on 11 May 2006, and Pedigree Resource File, submitted by Beulah Sprague, of Manti, UT, the marriage possibly occurring in Westmoreland, NH.

    [200] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 205.

    [201] Heads of Families at the First Census of the United States Taken in the Year 1790: Vermont, (actually taken in 1791), Bountiful, Utah, 1993, p. 33, Orange County, Strafford town, the Willis Johnson household had 1 free white male aged 16 or over, 3 free white males under 16, and 4 free white females.

    [202] Heads of Families at the Second Census of the United States Taken in the Year 1800: Vermont, Vermont Historical Society, Montpelier, 1938, reprint, Clearfield Co., Baltimore, p. 93, Strafford, Orange County, the Willis Johnson household had 1 male aged 10-15 years, 1 male aged 16-25 years, 1 male aged 45 or over, 2 females under 10, 1 female aged 10-15 years, and 1 female aged 26-44 years.

    [203] Per the Ancestry.com World Tree file submitted by Ken Root Jr. on 11 May 2006.

    [204] Heads of Families at the Second Census of the United States Taken in the Year 1800: Vermont, Vermont Historical Society, Montpelier, 1938, reprint, Clearfield Co., Baltimore, p. 97, Tunbridge, Orange County, the Willis Johnson household had 2 males under 10, 1 male aged 26-44 years, 1 female under 10, 1 female aged 26-44 years, and 1 female aged 45 or over.

    [205] 1820 Federal Census, Chelsea, Orange Co., VT, p. 242, the Willis Johnson household had 1 male aged 10-15 years, 1 male aged 45 or over, 1 female aged 10-15 years, 1 female aged 45 or over, and had 1 person engaged in agriculture.

    [206] Per the Ancestry.com World Tree file submitted by Ken Root Jr. on 11 May 2006.

    [207] Heads of Families at the Second Census of the United States Taken in the Year 1800: Vermont, Vermont Historical Society, Montpelier, 1938, reprint, Clearfield Co., Baltimore, p. 93, Strafford, Orange County, the Aaron Ordeway household had 4 males under 10, 1 male aged 26-44 years, 1 female under 10, and 1 female aged 26-44 years.

    [208] Per the Ancestry.com World Tree file submitted by Ken Root Jr. on 11 May 2006.

    [209] Per the Ancestry.com World Tree file submitted by Ken Root Jr. on 11 May 2006, taken from Strafford Town Records.

    [210] West Bridgewater VRs, p. 68.

    [211] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 205.

    [212] Heads of Families at the First Census of the United States Taken in the Year 1790: New Hampshire, Bountiful, Utah, 1993, p. 27, Cheshire County, Westmoreland town, the Daniel Johnson household had 3 free white males aged 16 or over, 3 free white males under 16, and 6 free white females.

    [213] West Bridgewater VRs, p. 69.

    [214] Endicott, Frederic, The Record of Births, Marriages and Deaths and Intentions of Marriage in the Town of Stoughton from 1797-1845 and in the Town of Canton from 1797 to 1845, Preceeded by the Records of the South Precinct of Dorchester from 1715 to 1727, Canton, MA, 1896, [hereinafter Stoughton VRs], pp. 29, 32 marriage of Samuel Coney of Stoughton and Rebeckah Guild of Dedham on 28 Jan. 1741/2 in Stoughton.

    [215] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 204.

    [216] I.G.I. Individual Records, taken from LDS temple records, but his birth was not recorded in the Stoughton vital records. Several entries in the Ancestry.com World Tree for Samuel Coney show his birth date as 18 May 1746 in Stoughton.

    [217] Vital Records of Sharon, Massachusetts, To the Year 1850, New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, 1909, [hereinafter Sharon VRs], p. 20.

    [218] I.G.I. Individual Records, from LDS temple records, taken from FHL microfilm #457115. He was not a head of household in Massachusetts in the 1790 federal census.

    [219] Easton VRs, p. 125.

    [220] Easton VRs, p. 125.

    [221] Easton VRs, p. 125, probably meant “1774” or “1775.”

    [222] Easton VRs, p. 125.

    [223] West Bridgewater VRs, p. 205, buried in the Old Grave Yard, South Street, West Bridgewater; Latham, Epitaphs in Old Bridgewater, p. 27.

    [224] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 178.

    [225] West Bridgewater VRs, p. 69.

    [226] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 253-254.

    [227] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 204.

    [228] West Bridgewater VRs, p. 84.

    [229] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 253.

    [230] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 347.

    [231] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 254. His death record was not found in the Easton vital records.

    [232] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 254, says they had Daniel 1749, Anna 1751, Elijah 1753, Abigail 1756, Bethiah 1758, Martha 1760, and Job 1761.

    [233] West Bridgewater VRs, p. 83.

    [234] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 275, although Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 255, indicates that this was probably Daniel Packard, the son of Daniel and Mary (Harris) Packard, and widower of Hannah (Perkins) Packard, who married Elizabeth Colony of Easton.

    [235] West Bridgewater VRs, p. 82.

    [236] West Bridgewater VRs, p. 83.

    [237] West Bridgewater VRs, p. 82.

    [238] Easton VRs, p. 151.

    [239] Easton VRs, p. 49, marriage of John Whitman and Jean Chaplin, both of Easton, on 4 Sept. 1750 in Easton.

    [240] Easton VRs, p. 51.

    [241] All the rest of Jacob’s siblings were recorded under the surname “Whitman” in the Easton vital records on pp. 6 & 20, as well as the marriage record of his parents, on p. 49.

    [242] West Bridgewater VRs, p. 83.

    [243] Easton VRs, p. 151.

    [244] West Bridgewater VRs, p. 84.

    [245] Easton VRs, p. 156.

    [246] West Bridgewater VRs, p. 84.

    [247] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 178.

    [248] West Bridgewater VRs, p. 69.

    [249] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 152; Taunton VRs, Vol. 2, p. 170, marriage of Samuel Edson and Mary Dean on 1 Jan. 1707/8 in Taunton.

    [250] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 204.

    [251] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 101.

    [252] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 151.

    [253] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 465; Latham, Epitaphs in Old Bridgewater, p. 149, buried in Trinity Church Graveyard in Bridgewater.

    [254] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 123, marriage intentions recorded 13 July 1782; Marshfield VRs, p. 124, marriage intentions recorded 1 Oct. 1782 in Marshfield.

    [255] Heads of Families at the First Census of the United States Taken in the Year 1790: Massachusetts, Bountiful, Utah, 1993, p. 166, Bridgewater Town, Plymouth County, the Ezra Edson household had 3 free white males aged 16 or older, 1 free white male under 16, and 4 free white females.

    [256] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 463; Latham, Epitaphs in Old Bridgewater, p. 149, buried in Trinity Church Graveyard in Bridgewater.

    [257] Plymouth Co. Probate Docket #7113, Vol. 27, p. 469.

    [258] Marshfield VRs, p. 369.

    [259] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 106.

    [260] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 181.

    [261] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 126.

    [262] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 179.

    [263] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 101.

    [264] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 266.

    [265] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 123.

    [266] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 266.

    [267] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 105.

    [268] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 320.

    [269] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 125.

    [270] East Bridgewater VRs, p. 134, but his birth was not recorded in the vital records of Bridgewater.

    [271] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 222.

    [272] Heads of Families at the First Census of the United States Taken in the Year 1790: Massachusetts, Bountiful, Utah, 1993, p. 165, Bridgewater Town, Plymouth County, the Robt Wade household had 1 free white male aged 16 or older, 1 free white male under 16, and 7 free white females.

    [273] East Bridgewater VRs, p. 396.

    [274] Plymouth Co. Probate Docket #21717, Vol. 45, p. 132-133, from FHL microfilm #0550903.

    [275] East Bridgewater VRs, p. 396.

    [276] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 320, says they had Celia 1782, Sally 1784, Naomi 1787, Thomas 1792, and Calvin 1800.

    [277] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 322.

    [278] East Bridgewater VRs, p. 134.

    [279] East Bridgewater VRs, p. 310; Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 378.

    [280] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 322.

    [281] East Bridgewater VRs, p. 134.

    [282] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 322.

    [283] East Bridgewater VRs, p. 134.

    [284] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 379.

    [285] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 268.

    [286] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 327.

    [287] Pearson, Brig. Gen. Gardner W., Records of the Massachusetts Volunteer Militia Called out by the Governor of Massachusetts to suppress a Threatened Invasion during the War of 1812-1814, Boston, 1913, reprint, Heritage Books, Bowie, MD, 1999, p. 51.

    [288] 1850 Federal Census, Carver, Plymouth Co., MA, p. 191, dwelling #152, family #185:

            Enoch Pratt, 32, male, iron worker, born MA

            Hannah Pratt, 25, female, born MA

            Naomi L. Pratt, 3, female, born MA

            Enoch W. Pratt, 1, male, born MA

            Elijah Pratt, 64, male, blacksmith, born MA

            Naomi Pratt, 60, female, born MA

    [289] East Bridgewater VRs, p. 134.

    [290] East Bridgewater VRs, p. 311, marriage intentions recorded 30 Oct. 1825 in East Bridgewater; Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 320, says Thomas “married a Wade.”

    [291] East Bridgewater VRs, p. 134.

    [292] East Bridgewater VRs, p. 396.

    [293] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 105.

    [294] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 126.

    [295] Heads of Families at the First Census of the United States Taken in the Year 1790: Vermont, (actually taken in 1791), Bountiful, Utah, 1993, p. 54, Tomlinson Town, Windham County, the Amos Fisher household had 2 free white males aged 16 or older, 2 free white males under 16, and 2 free white females.

    [296] Heads of Families at the Second Census of the United States Taken in the Year 1800: Vermont, Vermont Historical Society, Montpelier, 1938, reprinted by Clearfield Company, p. 136, Grafton, Windham County, the Amos Fisher household had 1 male under 10, 1 male aged 10-15, 1 male aged 16-25, 1 male aged 26-44, 1 female under 10, and 1 female aged 26-44 years.

    [297] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 107.

    [298] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 127.

    [299] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 306.

    [300] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 306.

    [301] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 183, the marriage of Ephraim Holmes of Halifax and Margaret Washburn of Bridgewater on 19 Feb. 1740/1 in Bridgewater.

    [302] Heads of Families at the First Census of the United States Taken in the Year 1790: Massachusetts, Bountiful, Utah, 1993, p. 166, Bridgewater Town, Plymouth County, the Eph’m Sprague household had 2 free white males aged 16 or older, 2 free white males under 16, and 3 free white females.

    [303] Plymouth Co. Probate Docket #22013, Vol. 41, p. 266; Vol. 51, p. 375.

    [304] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 560; Latham, Epitaphs in Old Bridgewater, p. 151, buried in Trinity Church Graveyard in Bridgewater.

    [305] Plymouth Co. Probate Docket #19037, Vol. 88, p. 76-79, from FHL microfilm #0555638, witnessed by John E. Howard, Daniel H. Baker, and William Baylies.

    [306] Latham, Epitaphs in Old Bridgewater, p. 152, buried in Trinity Church Graveyard in Bridgewater.

    [307] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 307, says they had Holmes 1783, Ephraim 1787, Eunice 1790, Vina 1799, Chloe 1804, and Mira 1806.

    [308] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 307.

    [309] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 142.

    [310] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 353.

    [311] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 306, from her gravestone in Mount Prospect Cemetery, Bridgewater.

    [312] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 306.

    [313] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 104.

    [314] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 353.

    [315] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 307; Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 353, in the church record it says “went to Bristol.”

    [316] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 33.

    [317] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 307.

    [318] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 329.

    [319] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 353.

    [320] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 327, from a private record kept by Rev. Richard M. Hodges of Bridgewater.

    [321] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 327.

    [322] Plym­outh Co. Probate Docket #21935, Vol. 8L, p. 490; Vol. 86, p. 67.

    [323] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 307.

    [324] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 90.

    [325] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 354, marriage intentions recorded 3 Jan. 1818 in Bridgewater.

    [326] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 561; Latham, Epitaphs in Old Bridgewater, p. 152, her monument in Trinity Church Graveyard “erected by Oliver Alden, Jr., as a testimony of his affection.”

    [327] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 246.

    [328] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 21.

    [329] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 306.

    [330] Latham, Epitaphs in Old Bridgewater, p. 152, buried in Trinity Church Graveyard in Bridgewater.

    [331] Plymouth Co. Probate Docket #19028, Vol. 105, p. 447-448, from FHL microfilm #0555647, and Vol. 124, p. 72.

    [332] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 307.

    [333] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 330.

    [334] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 354.

    [335] New England Historic Genealogical Society, Vital Records of Pomfret, Vermont Online Database, at http://www. NewEnglandAncestors.org, 2004; Vail, Henry Hobart, Pomfret, Vermont, Vol. 2, Boston, 1930, [hereinafter Vail, Pomfret], p. 596.

    [336] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 571, buried in Mt. Prospect Cemetery in Bridgewater.

    [337] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 291.

    [338] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 390.

    [339] Calculated from his age in the 1850 federal census.

    [340] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 291.

    [341] 1850 Federal Census, Bridgewater, Plymouth Co., MA, p. 24, dwelling #315, family #367:

            John A. Shaw, 58, male, teacher, $5000, born MA

            Mira Shaw, 44, female, born MA

            Margaret Shaw, 26, female, born Mississippi

            Sarah H. Shaw, 15, female, born MA, attending school

            John A. Shaw, 12, male, born MA, attending school

            Mary H. Shaw, 10, female, born MA, attending school

            Anna J. Shaw, 1, female, born MA

            Winford Moran, 14, female, born Ireland

            Julia A. Hemingway, 11, female, black, born MA

    [342] His death was not recorded in the Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841-1910, in Bridgewater in 1873.

    [343] Plym­outh Co. Probate Docket #17960, Vol. 141, p. 63-64, from FHL microfilm #0556648, witnessed by Artemas Hale, Joshua E. Crane, and Sidney Keith, and Vol. 133, p. 154.

    [344] Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841-1910, Vol. 320, p. 269, online at www.AmericanAncestors.org, New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, her birth place Bridgewater, and her parents Ephraim and Vina Sprague, of Bridgewater.

    [345] Plymouth Co. Probate Docket #18004, Vol. 143, p. 385-387, from FHL microfilm #0556649, and Vol. 149, p. 184.

    [346] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 104, under “Liba.”

    [347] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 124.

    [348] Calculated from her age at death.

    [349] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 464; Latham, Epitaphs in Old Bridgewater, p. 149, buried in Trinity Church Graveyard in Bridgewater.

    [350] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 464; Latham, Epitaphs in Old Bridgewater, p. 149, buried in Trinity Church Graveyard.

    [351] The two sons per Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 153.

    [352] Calculated from his age at death.

    [353] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 123.

    [354] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 338.

    [355] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 463; Plymouth Co. Probate Docket #7114.

    [356] Calculated from his age at death.

    [357] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 122.

    [358] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 463.

    [359] Calculated from her age at death.

    [360] Latham, Epitaphs in Old Bridgewater, p. 149, buried in Trinity Church Graveyard in Bridgewater.

    [361] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 101.

    [362] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 138.

    [363] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 122.

    [364] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 75.

    [365] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 102.

    [366] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 259.

    [367] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 123.

    [368] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 249.

    [369] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 255.

    [370] 1800 Federal Census, Bridgewater, Plymouth Co., MA, p. 53, the Simeon Packard household had 1 male under 10, 1 male aged 26-44 years, 1 female under 10, 1 female aged 16-25 years, and 1 female aged 26-44 years.

    [371] 1810 Federal Census, Bridgewater, Plymouth Co., MA, p. 78, the Simeon Packard household had 1 male aged 10-15 years, 1 male aged 26-44 years, 1 female under 10, 1 female aged 10-15 years, and 1 female aged 26-44 years.

    [372] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 534, from his gravestone in the Old Graveyard in Bridgewater.

    [373] Plymouth Co. Probate Docket #15178, Vol. 47, p. 342-343, from FHL microfilm #0550904.

    [374] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 100.

    [375] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 201.

    [376] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 122; East Bridgewater VRs, p. 199.

    [377] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 173.

    [378] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 153.

    [379] 1800 Federal Census, Bridgewater, Plymouth Co., MA, p. 60, the Cyrus Edson household had 1 male aged 16-25 years, 2 females under 10, and 1 female aged 16-25 years.

    [380] 1820 Federal Census, Shrewsbury, Rutland Co., VT, p. 221, the Cyrus Edson household had 3 males under 10, 2 males aged 10-15 years, 1 male aged 26-44 years, 1 female aged 10-15 years, 3 females aged 16-25 years, 1 female aged 26-44 years, and had one person engaged in manufacturing and commerce.

    [381] Ancestry.com World Tree file submitted on 18 Mar. 2006 by James B. Lindsley.

    [382] Calculated from his age in the 1850 federal census.

    [383] Calculated from the age of their oldest child in the 1850 federal census.

    [384] 1850 Federal Census, Mendon, Rutland Co., VT, p. 116-117, dwelling #1554, family #1750:

            Cyrus Edson Jr., 45, male, farmer, $4000, born VT

            Abigal W. Edson, 40, female, born VT

            Melvin C. Edson, 17, male, laborer, born VT, attending school

            Sarah A. Edson, 15, female, born VT, attending school

            Amos W. Edson, 11, male, born VT, attending school

            Albert W. Edson, 6, male, born VT, attending school

            Isaac G. Edson, 2, male, born VT

            Andrew Edgerton, 22, male, laborer, born VT

    [385] Calculated from his age in the 1850 federal census.

    [386] East Bridgewater VRs, p. 200; West Bridgewater VRs, p. 135, marriage intentions recorded 17 June 1838 in West Bridgewater.

    [387] Calculated from her age in the 1850 federal census.

    [388] East Bridgewater VRs, p. 135.

    [389] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 330.

    [390] 1850 Federal Census, Mendon, Rutland Co., VT, p. 117, dwelling #1555, family #1751:

            Ezra Edson, 37, male, farmer, $1200, born ME

            Angeline Edson, 37, female, born MA

            Lucian Edson, 7, male, born VT, attending school

            Hannah Edson, 5, female, born VT, attending school

            Cyrus Edson, 77, male, farmer, born MA

            Mary Rice, 23, female, born VT

            Mary P. Edson, 1, female, born VT

    [391] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 106.

    [392] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 126, marriage intentions recorded 25 Jan. 1801 in Bridgewater.

    [393] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 330.

    [394] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, pp. 296, 326.

    [395] Plymouth Co. Probate Docket #22013, Vol. 41, p. 266; Vol. 51, p. 375.



[A] The Will of John Willis of West Bridgewater, Commonwealth of Massachusetts (1835): *

                I John Willis of West Bridgewater, in the County of Plymouth, Yeoman, do hereby make, publish and declare this instrument to be my last Will and Testament, in manner and form following, viz – First. – It is my will and I do hereby order and direct that all my just debts and funeral charges be paid out of my estate by my executor herein after named, as soon as conveniently may be after my decease.

II.  I give and bequeath to my son Martin Willis the sum of ten dollars, to be paid him by Executor herein after named, in one year after my decease; And I do hereby release and discharge my said son Martin Willis, his heirs, executors and administrators, from the payment of all judgments, executions, debts and demands whatsoever, which my said son Martin Willis may be owing me at the time of my decease.

III. To enable my son John Willis Jun. to pay my just debts funeral charges, and the legacy herein before given to my said son Martin Willis and for his share in my estate, I give, devise and bequeath to my said son John Willis Jun. his heirs and assigns forever all the rest, residue and remainder of my estate, both real and personal, (not herein before disposed of) of whatever kind, or wherever situate, of which I may be possessed, or to which I may be entitled at the time of my decease.

IV.  And lastly, I do hereby nominate and appoint my said son John Willis Jun. sole executor of this my last Will and Testament, revoking all others.

                                In Witness Whereof, I the said John Willis have hereunto set my hand and seal, this fifteenth day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty five.

                                                                                                                                                John Willis                                         (seal)

                Signed, sealed, published and declared by the said John Willis, as and for his last Will and Testament, in the presence of us, who, at his request, in his presence, and in the presence of each other, have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses.

                                                                                                                                                Henry Hayward

                                                                                                                                                Jonah Willis

                                                                                                                                                Austin Packard

 

Probated on 5 Dec. 1835, and proved by Jonah Willis and Austin Packard, two of the witnesses.

 

* Transcribed by John A. Maltby from Plymouth County Probate Vol. 77, p. 570-571, from FHL microfilm #0555264.

 

 

[B] The Will of Jonathan Hayward of Bridgewater, Commonwealth of Massachusetts (1821): *

        In the name of God Amen. I Jonathan Hayward of Bridgewater in the County of Plymouth Yeoman, being weak in body but of sound mind and memory, do this twenty ninth day of May Anno Domini 1821 make & publish this my last will & testament in manner following that is to say, in the first place I give & bequeath to my three sons namely Jonathan & Jerathmell both of Easton in the County of Bristol Yeomen and to my son Barzillai Hayward of Gardner Physician one dollar each to be paid to them by my Executor herein after named within twelve months next after my decease, which together with what I have heretofore given them is their full proportion or share of my estate. I also give and bequeath to my son Daniel Hayward of said Bridgwater one dollar to be paid by my executor as aforesaid, together with what I have otherwise given to him is his full proportion or share of my estate.

I give and bequeath to my daughter Polly, the wife of John Tilden One hundred dollars to be paid to her by my Executor herein after named within one year next after my decease

I give and bequeath to my four grandchildren namely Abigail, Jonah, Polly & Lyman, the children of my daughter Abigail Willis decd twenty dollars each, and to be paid to them by my executor herein after named within one year next after my decease –

I give and bequeath to my six grandchildren, the children of my daughter Hannah Willis deceased namely Clement, Henry Williams, Nathan, Emeline, Augustus & Benjamin, twenty dollars each to be paid to them, when they shall respectively arrive to the age of twenty one years, by my said executor –

I give and bequeath to my daughter Betsey one dollar to be paid to her by my executor herein after named in one year after my decease.

I give devise and bequeath to my son Martin Hayward of said Bridgwater my lot of meadow containing about five acres more or less lying in said Bridgwater and adjoining the lands of Capt. Edward Hayward, also about twenty acres more or less lying in said Bridgwater it being all the same lands & buildings which I purchased of Nathl. Perkins Also about ten acres more or less lying in said Bridgwater on the easterly side of the highway and adjoining on the lands of Daniel Manley being all my lands at that place, also my lot of land containing about nine acres more or less lying in Easton adjoining on the lands of Howard Lothrop to have and to hold all the above described pieces and parcels of land to him the said Martin Hayward his heirs & assigns forever –

I give and bequeath to the said Martin Hayward all of my quick stock and out door moveables, also all my household furniture & all my indoor moveables forever, and I also give devise & bequeath to the said Martin all the rest & residue of my estate, not in this my last will and testament otherwise disposed of, of what name or nature soever, to have & to hold to, him the said Martin Hayward his heirs and assigns forever.

And for the full performance of this my last will and testament I do hereby constitute and appoint the said Martin Hayward sole executor of this my last will and testament, whom I ordain & direct to pay and satisfy all my just debts and incidental charges and also all the legacies and bequests herein given & bequeathed out of the devise & legacy herein given and bequeathed to him. In witness of all which I have hereunto set my hand & seal the day & year above written –

Signed sealed pronounced & declared

by the said Jonathan Hayward the testator                                                                     Jonathan Hayward                         (seal)

as & for his last will and testament in

presence of us who at his request & in his presence set our names as

witnesses to the same –

                Daniel Howard

                Daniel Manley

                Sabenn Manley

 

Probated on 6 July 1824, and proved by Daniel Howard & Daniel Manley, two of the witnesses.

 

* Transcribed by John A. Maltby from Plymouth County Probate, Vol. 58, p. 215-217, from FHL microfilm #0550910.

 

 

[C] The Will of Robert Wade of Bridgewater, Commonwealth of Massachusetts (1813): *

        In the Name of God amen. I Robert Wade of Bridgwater in the County of Plymouth being weak in Body but sound Memory (blessed be God) do this third day of September in the Year of our Lord one Thousand eight hundred & thirteen, make & publish this my last Will & Testament in manner following viz. —

        First I give to my dear Wife one third part of all my Real & personal Estate to improve during her natural Life —

        Also to my Daughter Celia the Wife of Comfort Dresser fifty Dollars in twelve Months after my decease —

        Also I give to my Daughter Naomi the Wife of Elijah Pratt five Dollars in addition to what she has already received —

        Also I give & bequeath to my Daughter Sally Two hundred Dollars in Cash, also a right in my Dwelling house so long as she remains single —

        Also I give to my son Thomas all my Real & personal Estate which I die seized of, after paying all my honest debts, & I do make & ordain my son Thomas Wade sole Executor of this my last Will & Testament to which I have set my hand & Seal the day & Year above written —

Signed sealed and delivered

in presence of us —                                                                                                             Robert Wade                                     (seal)

        Holman Keith

        William Mitchell

        Job Chamberlin

 

Probated on 1 Nov. 1813, and proved by Holman Keith and William Mitchell, two of the witnesses.

 

* Transcribed by John A. Maltby from Plymouth County Probate Vol. 45, p. 132-133, from FHL microfilm #0550903.

 

 

[D] The Will of Capt. Ephraim Sprague of Bridgewater, Commonwealth of Massachusetts (1844) *

        I Ephraim Sprague, of Bridgewater, in the County of Plymouth, Gentleman, do make and publish this my last Will and Testament, as follows: –

        First, I order that all my debts and funeral expenses be paid by my Executor, hereinafter named, out of my estate.

        Second, I give and bequeath to my wife, Vina Sprague, the use, during her natural life, of such articles of my household furniture, as she may judge necessary for her comfort and convenience, to be selected by her, also the use during the term aforesaid of such books, as she shall select from my Library, – her own portrait, and wearing apparel, to be at her own disposal. I further bequeath and devise to my said wife, during her natural life, after the payment of my debts, funeral expenses, and charges of settling my estate, the Interests, profits, and income of all my estate, both real and personal, not herein otherwise disposed of, to be paid to her, as herein after directed.

        Thirdly, to my five children viz:– Holmes Sprague, Ephraim Sprague, Eunice Washburn (the wife of Calvin Washburn,) Mira Shaw (the Wife of John A. Shaw Esq.) and Chloe Sprague – I give and bequeath my Library, and household furniture, to be equally divided among them: subject however, to the use, by my wife, of such part thereof, as she shall select, as aforesaid.

        Fourthly, I give and bequeath to my said two sons Holmes Sprague and Ephraim Sprague all the tools of my trade, to be equally divided between them,—also my wearing apparel, which in no event is to be exposed to public sale, to be equally divided between them.

        Fifthly, all the rest & residue of my estate both real and personal, I give, bequeath, and devise as follows, viz to my five children afore named, their heirs and assigns, I give bequeath and divise five sixth parts thereof, that is – to each of said children one sixth, part – the remaining one sixth part, I give, bequeath and devise to Trinity Church in Bridgewater (incorporated by an act of the Legislature of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts passed on the fourteenth day of June in the year eighteen hundred & fifteen) to be held and applied as hereinafter directed.– And for the purpose of enabling my Executor hereinafter named, to execute my will in regard to said rest and residue of my Estate, in a manner deemed by me the most expedient and beneficial to said devisees or legatees, I hereby direct, authorise and empower my said Executor, as soon after my decease as can be conveniently done, to collect the debts due me, and to make sale of all my other estate, both real and personal, excepting such articles as are herein otherwise disposed of, in such manner and at such times and on such terms as he may judge most beneficial, and to convey the same absolutely, and to execute all deeds and writings necessary for that purpose.– and after the payment of my debts, funeral expenses and charges arising or accruing in the settlement of my estate to put out the proceeds of said debts and sales of property on good security, or at his discretion, to invest the same in safe bank or other stocks, or public funds, and to pay over annually, the interest, income or dividends to my said wife, during her natural life, and at her decease, to pay over to my said children five sixth parts of said principal sum or amount, that is, one sixth part to each of said children his or her heirs or assigns – and to pay over to said Trinity Church one sixth part of said principal sum or amount, to be put out on interest on good security, or safety invested – and the annual interest or income to be applied and appropriated in the manner and for the purposes particularly set forth in the sixth section of said act of Incorporation, and in no other manner and for no other purposes – but should said legacy, or devise be not accepted by said Trinity Church, to be held and applied as aforesaid, or should it become forfeit,– I then give, bequeath and devise the said sixth part to the Inhabitants of Bridgewater, in their corporate capacity – to be applied by them to any legal purpose or object they may decree proper.

        Provided however if my said wife should prefer and elect to improve, herself, any part of my real estate, then in such case, the sale of such part is to be postponed till her decease – or sold and conveyed subject to her life estate therein,– and the proceeds of such sale, whenever made, are to be paid to my said five children, and said Trinity Church, in the proportions as before directed – That is, to my said five children, their heirs, and assigns, one sixth part each, – and to said Trinity Church, one sixth part, to be held and applied as herein before directed.

        Lastly, I hereby constitute and appoint John Edson, of said Bridgewater, mill-wright, sole Executor of this my last Will and Testament, hereby revoking all others.

        In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal, this third day of May, in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and forty four.

                                                                                                                                                Ephraim Sprague                            (seal)

Signed, sealed, published and declared by the above named Ephraim Sprague, to be his last Will and Testament, in the presence of us, who, at his request and in his presence, and in the presence of each other, have hereunto subscribed our names as Witnesses.

                                                                                                                                                John E. Howard

                                                                                                                                                Daniel H. Baker

                                                                                                                                                William Baylies

 

Presented for probate on the first Tuesday of March, 1846, by John Edson, the Executor therein named, and proved by Daniel H. Baker, one of the witnesses.

 

* Transcribed by John A. Maltby from Plymouth County Probate Vol. 88, p. 76-79, from FHL microfilm #0555638.

 

 

[E] The Will of Chloe Sprague of Bridgewater, Commonwealth of Massachusetts (1867) *

        Know all men by these presents that I Chloe Sprague of Bridgewater in the County of Plymouth and Commonwealth of Massachusetts singlewoman being in a sound and disposing mind and memory do make and publish this my last will and testament, hereby revoking all former wills by me at any time heretofore made.

I appoint Fisher A. Sprague my friend of Bridgewater, the sole executor of this my last will hereby directing my said Executor to pay all my just debts and funeral expenses and the legacies hereinafter given as soon as may be after my decease.

Item. I give to my sister Mira Shaw wife of John A. Shaw of Bridgewater the sum of two thousand dollars for her sole and separate property, and not subject to the control or interference of her husband not liable for his debts. If my said sister die before my decease then her children shall take the said sum of two thousand dollars in equal shares

Item. I give to my sister Eunice Washburn widow of Calvin Washburn late of East Bridgewater the sum of one thousand dollars: if my said sister die before my decease, then her children shall take the said sum of one thousand dollars in equal shares.

Item. I give to the Boston society of the New Jerusalem the sum of one thousand dollars to be expended for the education of young men for the ministry.

Item. I give in trust to my Executor Fisher A. Sprague the sum of fifty dollars, to be by him appropriated to the benefit of the freedmen in such a way as he shall think will be most useful to them.

Item. I give to my niece Sarah H. S. Hayward twenty five dollars.

Item. I give my Books, clothing and household furniture to my said sisters Mira Shaw and Eunice Washburn to each a moiety, the children of either deceased sister taking the mothers share and I direct my executor to cause the same to be equally divided between them if my said sisters be either or both deceased.

Item. All the rest and residue of my estate real personal or mixed of which I shall die seized or possessed, or to which I shall be entitled at the time of my decease, or which may accrue to my estate after or in consequence of my decease, I give devise and bequeath to my said sisters Mira Shaw and Eunice Washburn to each a moiety.

In witness whereof I hereunto set my hand and seal, and publish and declare this to be my last Will and Testament in the presence of the below named witnesses this eighth day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty seven.

                                                                                                                                                Chloe Sprague                                  (seal)

Signed, sealed published & declared by the said Chloe Sprague as and for her last will and testament in presence of us, who in her presence and in the presence of each other and at her request have subscribed our names as witnesses hereto.

                                                                                                                                                Robt. Curtis

                                                                                                                                                M. C. Shaw

                                                                                                                                                O. P. Shaw

 

Presented for probate on the second Monday of April, 1867, by Fisher A. Sprague, of Bridgewater, with Joshua E. Crane and Caleb Hobart, of Bridgewater, as sureties. Letters Testamentary were granted to Fisher A. Sprague on 8 Apr. 1867.

 

* Transcribed by John A. Maltby from Plymouth County Probate Vol. 105, p. 447-448, from FHL microfilm #0555647, and Vol. 124, p. 72.

 

 

[F] The Will of John A. Shaw of Bridgewater, Commonwealth of Massachusetts (1870) *

I John A. Shaw of the town of Bridgewater in the State of Massachusetts, do make, publish, and declare this as my last Will and Testament.

In the first place, my will is, that all my just debts be paid.

Next. I give and bequeath to my beloved wife, Mira Shaw, my dwelling house, farm, library, furniture, the portrait of my mother my pew in the First Congregational Meeting-House, and also nine shares in the stock of the Abington Bank. To have and to hold the same for her use and behoof, during her natural life, to be disposed of on her decease as herein after provided.

Next, I give and bequeath to each of my three daughters, respectively, Olive R. Perkins, Sarah H. S. Hayward, and Mary H. S. Drake the sum of one thousand dollars, to my daughter Anna J. Shaw the sum of one thousand and five hundred dollars, and to my son John A. Shaw the sum of one hundred dollars, he having already received his just share of my estate. To have and to hold the same to them, their heirs, administrators, executors and assigns, to them and their use and behoof forever.

It is my will that the proceeds of such portion of my property, whether personal, real or mixed, as has not herein been before disposed of, be divided, on the decease of my wife, or on my own decease, should I survive her, equally among my four daughters mentioned above, except that my son John A. be paid the sum of two hundred dollars, and that my daughter Olive R. Perkins have the side-board which was her mothers in Mississippi, and also that my niece Hannah A. Washburn have the portrait of my mother, and also that my daughter Anna Jane have my piano-forte. To have and to hold the same to them, their use and behoof forever, their heirs, administrators, executors and assigns.

I nominate and appoint my friend Artemas Hale to be the Executor of this my last Will and Testament, and should I survive him, my friend Caleb Hobart.

        In testimony whereof I, the said John A. Shaw have subscribed my name and affixed my seal on this seventeenth day of August, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventy.

                                                                                                                                                John A. Shaw

Signed sealed, and declared by the said John A. Shaw to be his last Will and Testament in presence of

                                                                                                                                                Artemas Hale

                                                                                                                                                Joshua E. Crane

                                                                                                                                                Sidney Keith

 

To the Honorable Judge of the Probate Court for the County of Plymouth.

                Being named in the Will of John A. Shaw, deceased, as Executor thereof, I hereby respectively decline accepting the offer.

                                                                                                                                                Artemas Hale

Bridgewater, Oct. 20, 1873.

 

Presented for probate on the second Monday of Dec. 1873 by Caleb Hobart, of Bridgewater, with Artemas Hale and Joshua E. Crane, of Bridgewater, as sureties. Letters Testamentary were granted to Caleb Hobart, of Bridgewater, on 8 Dec. 1873.

 

* Transcribed by John A. Maltby from Plymouth County Probate Vol. 141, p. 63-64, from FHL microfilm #0556648, and Vol. 133, p. 154.

 

 

[G] The Will and Codicil of Mira Shaw of Bridgewater, Commonwealth of Massachusetts (1876) *

I Mira Shaw of Bridgewater in the County of Plymouth do make this my last Will and Testament as follows.

First. I give and bequeath the proceeds of my five shares in the Boston and Albany Railroad Company as follows. Five hundred Dollars to my daughter Sarah H. S. Hayward, and the residue of the proceeds of said shares to the children of said Sarah, viz. John A. Samuel D. and Hope W. Hayward in equal proportions, and to their respective heirs and assigns.

Second. I give and bequeath the proceeds of my five shares in the Abington National Bank as follows. Four hundred Dollars to my daughter Mary N. S. Deane, wife of James E. Deane, One hundred Dollars to said James E. Deane, One hundred Dollars to their daughter Mira Shaw Deane and the residue of the proceeds of said shares to the children of said Mary that shall be living at the time of my decease and to their respective heirs and assigns. I also give to said Mary H. S. Deane my watch and chain.

Third. I give to my daughter Anna Jene Shaw three shares in The First National Bank in Boston and the miniature of her father and to her heirs and assigns.

Fourth. I give and bequeath the proceeds of one share in the Boston National Bank as follows. Ten dollars each, to Olive R. Perkins and to her children Rosalie S. Perkins, David Perkins, Margaret B. Perkins, Jacob Perkins and Sallie R. Hall, wife of William H. Hall and the residue of the proceeds of said share to Roby Jackson and Harriet Barker in equal proportions and to their respective heirs & assigns.

Fifth. I give and bequeath to my son John A. Shaw one half of the amount of the note I hold against him, and the other half of the amount of said note I give to his wife Alice Shaw.

Sixth. I give and bequeath to the child or children as the case may be of said John A. that shall be living at the time of my decease, one share in the Old Colony Railroad Company, that if there shall not be any child of said John A. living at my decease said share shall be given to said John A. and to his heirs and assigns.

Seventh. I give, devise and bequeath the parcel of land I purchased of Abram Washburn situated on the Southeasterly side of Plymouth Street between the Old Colony Railroad and the homestead of my late husband John A. Shaw, containing one and a half acre, more or less, to Caleb Hobart of Bridgewater and to his successors and assigns in trust, for the benefit of my son John A. Shaw to have and to hold the same, in trust as aforesaid, with full power and authority to sell and convey the same and to invest and reinvest the proceeds of the same as he may judge best – and to pay over to said John A. the interest and income of said trust after deducting all taxes and necessary charges annually, or as often as may be convenient, during his natural life, Provided nevertheless, that whenever requested thereto by said John A. in writing attested by two or more witnesses said Trustee shall sell at public or private sale such portions, or the whole of said trust property then in his hands as said John A. may direct, and pay over the proceeds of the same to said John A. to his own use and disposal, and if at the decease of said John A. there shall be any portion of said trust in the hands of said Trustee, he shall pay over the same to the child or children as the case may be of said John A. but if there be no child of said John A. living at his decease then said property shall be paid to his wife if living, but if not then to his heirs at law.

Eighth. All the residue and remainder of my estate that I shall die seized and possessed of after the payment of the aforesaid legacies and all debts and funeral charges, I give to my four children above named in equal proportions, to be divided by them – and no inventory of said residue to be taken by my Executor.

Ninth. I hereby appoint Caleb Hobart aforesaid my Executor of this my last will and testament.

        In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand this 26th day of October in the year one thousand eight hundred and seventy six.

                                                                                                                                                Mira Shaw

Signed, published and declared by said Mira Shaw to be her last will & testament in the presence of us, who in her presence have subscribed the same as witnesses.

                                                Henry D. Sanford

                                                Carrie A. Hale

                                                Artemas Hale

 

I Mira Shaw of Bridgewater in the County of Plymouth do make this Codicil to my last will and testament dated October 26th 1876.

Having in said will bequeathed to my son in law James E. Deane, the sum of one hundred dollars from the proceeds of my shares in the Abington National Bank, I now revoke and annul that bequest to said James and I hereby bequeath to him fifty do              llars from said proceeds of said shares, instead of one hundred.

        I give and bequeath to Mira Sprague Shaw daughter of my son John A. Shaw fifty dollars from the proceeds of said shares & to her heirs.

        In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand this 17th day of July 1878.

                                                                                                                                                Mira Shaw

Signed and declared by said Mira Shaw to be her codicil to her last will in presence of us, who in her presence have signed the same as witnesses.

                                                Artemas Hale

                                                Caroline A. Hale

                                                Ellen L. Conant

 

Presented for probate on the second Monday of June, 1880, by Caleb Hobart, of Bridgewater, with Artemas Hale and Samuel P. Gates, both of Bridgewater, as sureties. Letters Testamentary were granted to Caleb Hobart on 14 June 1880.

 

* Transcribed by John A. Maltby from Plymouth County Probate Vol. 143, p. 385-387, from FHL microfilm #0556649, and Vol. 149, p. 184.