~~ Plymouth Colony and Massachusetts ~~

--- Fourth Generation in America ---

 

Families of the Children of Samuel3 Washburn and Deborah Packard

 

 

         The grandchildren of Samuel Washburn and Deborah Packard represent one of the larger branches of the Washburn family, and contain perhaps the most famous descendants, with a disproportionately large share of lawyers, congressmen, diplomats and governors that descend from son Israel Washburn. The children of son Benjamin are very much still under research and may have to be changed in the future, while the other grandchildren appear to be pretty well established.

 

 

 

 

John1 Washburn (4th)

 

 

John2 Washburn (5th)

 

 

 

 

Margery1 Moore

 

Samuel3 Washburn

 

 

 

 

 

Experience1 Mitchell

 

 

Elizabeth2 Mitchell

 

 

 

 

Jane2 Cooke

Samuel4 Washburn (Jr.)

 

 

 

Noah4 Washburn

 

 

 

Israel4 Washburn

 

 

 

Capt. Nehemiah4 Washburn

 

 

 

Capt. Benjamin4 Washburn

 

 

 

Hannah4 Washburn

 

 

 

 

 

Samuel1 Packard

 

 

Deborah2 Packard

 

 

 

 

Elizabeth

 

 

(122.) Samuel4 Washburn (Jr.), eldest son of (58) Samuel3 Washburn, (43) John2 (5th), (28) John1 (4th); born in Bridgewater, Plymouth Colony, on 6 Apr. 1678,[1] married 1.) Deliverance3 Leonard, daughter of Isaac2 and Deliverance (Ames[?]) Leonard, of Bridgewater,[2] on 9 Jan. 1701 in Bridgewater.[3] She died, however, by 1703, and he remarried to her cousin, 2.) Abigail3 Leonard, daughter of Jacob2 and Susanna (King) Leonard,[4] in ca. 1703.[5] She was born on 11 Nov. 1680 in Weymouth,[6] MA, a granddaughter of Solomon1 and Sarah2 (Chandler) Leonard, and of Samuel and Experience (Phillips) King, of Weymouth.[7] The will of Jacob Leonard, of Bridgewater, dated 14 Dec. 1716, mentioned his daughter Abigail Washbourne.[8]

         On 30 Jan. 1722/3 Samuel Washburn, Nehemiah Washburn, and Benjamin Washburn, “brethren,” all of Bridgewater, sold to John Keith, of Bridgewater, three quarters of 5 acres of undivided land in Bridgewater.[9] On 24 Dec. 1724 Samuel Washburn, Nehemiah Washburn, Benjamin Washburn, Jr., and John Keith, and wife Hannah, all of Bridgewater, sold to Thomas Hayward 3rd, of Bridgewater, half of a purchase right in the second division of Bridgewater.[10] On 8 July 1728 Samuel Washburn, Benjamin Washburn, Jr., and John Keith, and wife Hannah, all of Bridgewater, sold two lots in Titicut Purchase, Bridgewater, to Nehemiah Washburn.[11]

         Samuel Washburn (Jr.) lived in Bridgewater until 1735, when they moved to Stafford, Tolland Co., CT. On 8 Dec. 1734 Samuel Washburn and wife Abigail, of Bridgewater, sold their homestead in Bridgewater, which had belonged to his father Samuel Washburn, along with any other rights yet to come in his father’s will.[12] On 9 June 1735 Samuel Washburn, formerly of Bridgewater now of Stafford, CT, purchased land in Stafford.[13]

         Samuel Washburn (Jr.) died on 2 Sept. 1752 in Stafford, CT,[14] but no probate records have been found for him yet in Connecticut. Abigail (Leonard) Washburn died a widow on 3 Oct. 1760 in Stafford, CT, aged almost 80 years.[15]

         Samuel Washburn (Jr.) had children by Abigail Leonard:[16]

+       405      i   David5 Washburn, born on 30 Apr. 1704 in Bridgewater,[17] MA, married 1.) Elizabeth (___) in ca. 1748,[18] and 2.) Dorothy (___) before 1764,[19] and settled in Stafford, Tolland Co., CT. (Continued in Washburn Fifth Generation.)

+       406     ii   Deliverance5 Washburn, born on 7 Oct. 1706 in Bridgewater,[20] married Joseph Bolton, son of John and Sarah (Chesebrough) Bolton, of Bridgewater,[21] on 6 Feb. 1739/40 in Bridgewater,[22] and they lived in Bridgewater. (Continued in Washburn Fifth Generation.)

+       407    iii   Solomon5 Washburn, born on 1 Oct. 1708 in Bridgewater,[23] married (168) Martha Orcutt, daughter of William and Hannah (Smith) Orcutt (Jr.),[24] on 13 Jan. 1731/2 in Bridgewater,[25] and they also moved to Stafford, CT. (Continued in Washburn Fifth Generation.)

+       408    iv   Samuel5 Washburn (3rd), born on 2 June 1710 in Bridgewater,[26] married Mary (___) in ca. 1745,[27] and moved to Stafford, Tolland Co., CT, and then to Ashfield, in western Massachusetts. (Continued in Washburn Fifth Generation.)

+       409     v   Abigail5 Washburn, born on 3 Mar. 1712 in Bridgewater,[28] married John Lindsey on 7 Feb. 1734 in Bridgewater,[29] and they moved to Stafford, CT. (Continued in Washburn Fifth Generation.)

+       410    vi   Susanna5 Washburn, born on 13 Mar. 1714? in Bridgewater,[30] married Timothy Perkins, son of Nathan and Martha3 (Leonard) Perkins,[31] on 18 Mar. 1735/6 in Bridgewater,[32] and they also moved to Ashfield, MA.[33] (Continued in Washburn Fifth Generation.)

        410a  vii   Tabitha5 Washburn, born on 28 Aug. 1716 in Bridgewater,[34] married Solomon4 Leach, son of John3 and Alice Leach,[35] on 14 Apr. 1736 in Bridgewater,[36] but she died on 1 May 1736 in Bridgewater,[37] and he remarried to Jerusha3 Bryant, daughter of Benjamin2 and Hannah4 (Eaton) Bryant, of Plympton,[38] on 19 Apr. 1739 in Bridgewater.[39] She also died, on 25 Apr. 1743 in Bridgewater,[40] and he remarried again to (463) Hannah4 Leach, daughter of Benjamin3 and (129) Hephzibah4 (Washburn) Leach,[41] in 1743.[42] On 6 Mar. 1745/6 Solomon Leach, of Bridgewater, sold to Ezra Washburn, of Bridgewater, cordwainer, land in Middleborough near that of Capt. Nehemiah Washburn.[43] On 18 Apr. 1746 Solomon Leach, of Bridgewater, signed a receipt on behalf of his deceased wife, Jerusha Leach, for her share of the estate of Benjamin Bryant, of Plympton.[44] No death or probate records were found for Solomon Leach in Plymouth County. Tabitha (Washburn) Leach had no children.[45]

        410b viii   Jacob5 Washburn, born ca. 1720,[46] probably in Bridgewater, MA, marriage not found. On 16 Nov. 1750 Samuel Washburn sold land in Stafford to his “fourth son” Jacob Washburn,[47] and on 10 May 1762 Jonathan Sprague of Huntstown [now Ashfield, Hampden Co.], MA, sold to Jacob Washburn, of Stafford, house lot #26 in the first division in Huntstown, containing 50 acres and an additional 75 acres in the divisions following.[48] He was listed in the 1766 tax valuation list in Ashfield, MA, and Jacob Washburn sold his land in Ashfield on 13 Aug. 1768 to Nathan Chapin.[49] He was not listed in the 1771 Massachusetts Tax Valuation List, nor in the 1790 federal census.[50] He may have moved out of Massachusetts before 1771 and died before 1790.

+       411    ix   Seth5 Washburn, born ca. 1724,[51] probably in Bridgewater, MA, married Elizabeth (___) before 1767,[52] and they moved to Springfield, MA, in 1777.[53] (Continued in Washburn Fifth Generation.)

 

 

(123.) Noah4 Washburn, second son of (58) Samuel3 Washburn, (43) John2 (5th), (28) John1 (4th); born in Bridgewater, Plymouth Colony, on 11 July 1682,[54] married Elisabeth4 Shaw, daughter of Joseph3 and Judith (Whitmarsh) Shaw,[55] on 25 Jan. 1709/10 in Bridgewater.[56] She was born on 26 Sept. 1687 in Weymouth,[57] Norfolk Co., MA, a granddaughter of John2 and Alice Shaw, of Weymouth, and a great‑granddaughter of Abraham1 and Bridget (Best) Shaw, of Dedham, MA.[58] They lived in East Bridgewater.

         Joseph Shaw died intestate on 14 Sept. 1718 in Bridgewater,[59] and “Isaac Harrice & Elizabeth Harrice, the eldest daughter,” are mentioned in the division of his real estate, dated 24 July 1719.[60]

         Noah Washbourne died intestate on 17 Oct. 1716 in Bridgewater.[61] His estate was “prized at Bridgwater” by Joseph Shaw and Eliezer Carver, both of Bridgewater, on 8 May 1717, and Elisabeth Washbourn, his relict widow, was granted administration of his estate on 20 June 1717, which was settled on 24 July 1719.[62] Elisabeth (Shaw) Washburn remarried to Isaac Harris (Jr.), son of Isaac and Mercy (Latham) Harris, and widower of Jane4 (Cooke) Harris,[63] on 22 July 1717 in Bridgewater.[64] Isaac Harris had 5 children by his first marriage.[65] On 2 June 1736 Isaac Harris of Bridgewater, sold to Eleazer Washburn, of Bridgewater, land in Bridgewater for­merly belonging to Nathaniel Ames and David Perkins.[66]

         As a teenager, in 1701, Isaac Harris Junr had been involved with Jonathan Washbourne “Junr” in the incident of uncivil behavior toward Elizabeth Canaday where Washbourne stuck a skunk up under Canaday’s clothes, and Harris was fined 50 shillings for his part as an “accessory to the great uncivillity and abuse done by said Washbourne unto Elizabeth Canaday.”[67]

         Mr. Isaac Harris (Jr.) died intestate in 1738 in Bridgewater, and his son Arthur Harris of Bridgewater was granted administration of his estate on 30 Oct. 1738.[68] Elisabeth (Shaw) (Washburn) Harris died after 20 May 1740, when her widow’s thirds were set aside to her out of the estate of Isaac Harris, deceased.[69] On 20 May 1740 the estate of Isaac Harris, of Bridgewater, was divided among his heirs, Arthur Harris, Abner Harris, John Holman Jr., and wife Ann, all of Bridgewater, and Jane Johnson, of Middletown, CT.[70]

         Noah Washburn and Elisabeth Shaw had children:[71]

+       412      i   Hannah5 Washburn, born on 13 July 1711 in Bridgewater,[72] married Nathan4 Bassett, son of William3 and Sarah (Sweetland) Bassett,[73] of West Bridgewater, on 15 Mar. 1733 in Bridgewater,[74] and they lived in Bridgewater. (Continued in Washburn Fifth Generation.)

+       413     ii   Eleazer5 Washburn, born on 8 Feb. 1713 in Bridgewater,[75] married Anna5 Alden, daughter of Ebenezer4 and Anna3 (Keith) Alden,[76] on 22 Nov. 1738 in Bridgewater,[77] and they lived in East Bridgewater. (Con­tinued in Washburn Fifth Generation.)

+       414    iii   Noah5 Washburn (Jr.), born on 18 July 1716 in Bridgewater,[78] married Mary Sta­ples on 18 Jan. 1738/9 in West Bridgewater,[79] and they also lived in East Bridgewater. (Continued in Washburn Fifth Generation.)

         415    iv   Ebenezer Washburn, born probably in early 1717 in Bridgewater, posthumously, marriage not found. In March 1724/5 Nehemiah Washburn of Bridgewater, yeoman, brother of Noah Washburn, sued Isaac Harris of Bridgewater, yeoman, and his wife Elizabeth, for “Dieting, Cloathing, and Schooling of Ebenezer Washburn, a Child of said Elizabeth from about the middle of October 1717 to the middle of October 1719,” but the Jury found for the defendants.[80]

         Elizabeth (Shaw) Washburn had a son also by Isaac Harris (Jr.):

         416     v   Isaac Harris (3rd), born on 22 July 1720 in Bridgewater,[81] apparently died young, before the 1740 division of the estate of his father.[82]

 

 

(124.) Israel4 Washburn, third son of (58) Samuel3 Washburn, (43) John2 (5th), (28) John1 (4th); born in Bridgewater, Plymouth Colony, on 24 Feb. 1683/4,[83] married Waitstill Sumner, probably daughter of Samuel and Experience (Blake) Sumner, of Milton, MA,[84] on 3 Nov. 1708 in Bridgewater.[85] She was a granddaughter supposedly of Roger and Mary (Josselyn) Sumner, and of William and Anna Blake.[86] They also lived in Bridgewater, MA.

         Israel Washburn died intestate in 1720 in Bridgewater. On 3 Feb. 1721/2 Samuel Washburn, Nehemiah Washburn, and Benjamin Washburn, sons of Samuel Washburn, late of Bridgewater, relinquished their right to administer the estate of their brother Israel Washburn, and asked to have Samuel Sumner, “who is uncle on the mother’s side of the children of our said deceased brother,” appointed as administrator. Samuel Sumner, of Taunton, was granted admin­istration of the estate of Israel Washburn on 27 Feb. 1721/2, with Eleazer Carver and Josiah Edson Jr., both of Bridgewater, as sureties. The inventory of his “Goods, Chattels & Credits” was taken on 2 Mar. 1721/2 by David Perkins, Mr. Eleazer Carver, and Mr. Josiah Edson Junr., and his real estate was appraised on 13 May 1729 by Mr. John Ames, Mr. John Washburn, and Mr. Nehemiah Washburn, and divided into three shares between his heirs, namely son Israel Washburn, daughter Deborah Ripley, wife of John Ripley, of Bridgewater, and daughter Sarah Washburn, on 1 June 1729.[87]

         On 7 May 1722 Seth Sumner was appointed as guardian of Israel and Seth Washburn, and Eleazer Carver was appointed as guardian of Deborah and Sarah Washburn.[88]

         Waitstill (Sumner) Washburn remarried to Ebenezer Pratt, of Weymouth, MA, son of Samuel and Hannah (Rodgers) Pratt,[89] as his second wife, on 15 Dec. 1720 in Bridgewater.[90] Waitstill probably died soon after, and Ebenezer Pratt remarried again, to Hannah (___). He died in Jan. 1751/2 in Weymouth, MA.[91]

         Israel Washburn and Waitstill Sumner had children:[92]

+       417      i   Sarah5 Washburn, born on 14 Aug. 1709 in Bridgewater;[93] Eleazer Carver was appointed as her guardian on 7 May 1722,[94] and she married Ephraim3 Keith, Esq., son of Joseph2 and Elisabeth3 (Fobes) Keith, of Bridgewater,[95] on 21 Sept. 1732 in Bridgewater,[96] and they lived in Hardwick, MA, for about a year, then returned to Bridgewater. (Continued in Washburn Fifth Generation.)

         418     ii   (Unnamed son), born on 6 Jan. 1710/11,[97] died on 22 Jan. 1710/11 in Bridgewater.[98]

+       419    iii   Deborah5 Washburn, born on 1 June 1712 in Bridgewater;[99] Eleazer Carver was appointed as her guardian on 7 May 1722,[100] and she married 1.) John Ripley, son of William and Mary (Corbison) Ripley, of West Bridge­water,[101] before 5 June 1729, and 2.) Nathaniel Bolton, son of John and Sarah (Chesebrough) Bolton,[102] on 24 Mar. 1739/40 in Bridgewater,[103] and lived in Bridgewater. (Continued in Washburn Fifth Generation.)

         420    iv   Seth Washburn, born on 11 July 1714 in Bridgewater;[104] Seth Sumner was appointed as his guardian on 22 May 1722,[105] but he died before the divi­sion of his father's estate on 5 June 1729.

+       421     v   Capt. Israel5 Washburn (Jr.), Esq., born on about 11 Aug. 1718 in Bridgewater;[106] Seth Sumner was appointed as his guardian on 22 May 1722,[107] and he married 1.) Leah4 Fobes, daughter of Joshua3 and Abigail (Dunbar) Fobes,[108] on 3 Jan. 1739/40 in Bridgewater,[109] and 2.) (438) Hannah3 (Keith) (Leach) Hall, his first cousin, daughter of John2 and (127) Hannah4 (Washburn) Keith, and widow of (457) Benjamin4 Leach (Jr.), and Deacon Philip Hall,[110] on 14 June 1790 in Raynham, MA.[111] He lived in Raynham, Bristol Co., MA. (Contin­ued in Washburn Fifth Generation.)

 

 

(125.) Capt. Nehemiah4 Washburn, fourth son of (58) Samuel3 Washburn, (43) John2 (5th), (28) John1 (4th); born in Bridgewater, Plymouth Colony, on 20 May 1686,[112] married 1.) Jane3 Howard, daughter of Ephraim2 and Mary2 (Keith) Howard, of Bridgewater,[113] on 26 Mar. 1713 in Bridgewater.[114] She was born on 17 Sept. 1689 in Bridgewater, a granddaughter of John1 and Martha (Hayward) Howard/Haward, and of Rev. James1 Keith.[115] In September 1713 Nehemiah and Jane Washburn were fined £4 for having committed fornication before their marriage, “which was accordingly paid.”[116]

         Jane (Howard) Washburn died on 26 Jan. 1715 in Bridgewater,[117] and Capt. Nehemiah Washburn remarried to 2.) Mary Elmes, of Middleborough, MA, daughter of Rodulphus and Bethiah (Dodson) Elmes,[118] on 27 Dec. 1716 in Middleborough.[119] The will of Rodulphus Elmes, of Middleborough, dated 25 June 1744, and probated on 25 Jan. 1748, mentioned his daughter Mary Warshburn, among others.[120] Mr. Nehemiah Washburn of Bridgewater was appointed as guardian of Daniel Howell and Hannah Howell, minor children of Jeremiah Howell, late of Bridgewater, on 3 Apr. 1728.[121]

         Capt. Nehemiah Washburn lived between Middleborough and Bridgewater, in the part of Middleborough that later became Titicut, MA. He served as Representative to the General Court of Massachusetts in 1730 and 1742.[122] On 5 Sept. 1720 Benjamin Washburn, cordwainer, of Bridgewater, deeded to his brother, Nehemiah Washburn, “one half of a right in little cedar swamp ... that is all the right my father gave me in his will.”[123] On 30 Jan. 1722/3 Samuel Washburn, Nehemiah Washburn, and Benjamin Washburn, “bretheren,” all of Bridgewater, sold to John Keith, of Bridgewater, three quarters of five acres of undivided land in Bridgewater.[124] On 24 Dec. 1724 Samuel Washburn, Nehemiah Washburn, Benjamin Washburn Jr., and John Keith, and wife Hannah, all of Bridgewater, sold to Thomas Hayward 3rd, half a purchase right in the Second Division in Bridgewater.[125] On 8 July 1728 Nehemiah Washburn purchased two lots in Titicut Purchase from Samuel Washburn, Benjamin Washburn Jr., and John Keith, and wife Hannah.[126] In March 1733/34 Nehemiah Washburne of Bridgwater, Gentleman, sued Edward Hackett of Middleboro, husbandman, over a note for £10 “in Iron Bar” dated 7 Dec. 1732.[127] In March 1738/9 Nehemiah Washburne of Bridgwater, Gentleman, sued Richard Davenporte of Bridgwater, yeoman, over a bond of £52 dated 30 Aug. 1735,[128] and Ebenezer Shaw of Middleboro, husbandman, over a note of £11 dated 23 Mar. 1738.[129] In May 1742 Nehemiah Washburne of Bridgwater, Gentleman, sued Edward Washburne of Middleboro, husbandman, over a debt on a bond of £60 dated 17 Nov. 1740.[130] In March 1742/3 Nehemiah Washburne of Bridgwater, Gentleman, sued Ephraim Leonard of Bridgwater, trader, and Jonathan Cary of Bridgwater, Gentleman, for the debt on a bond of £760 dated 3 Mar. 1740/1.[131] On 10 Dec. 1744 Nehemiah Washburn, Gentleman, Benjamin Washburn, Gentleman, Thomas Hayward 3rd, Henry Washburn, and Ezra Washburn, cordwainer, all of Bridgewater, and Israel Washburn, housewright, of Raynham, signed an agreement to build a forge on land of Nehemiah Washburn in Bridgewater.[132]

         Capt. Nehemiah Washburn died intestate on 17 Dec. 1748 in West Bridgewater, aged 62 years,[133] and his two sons‑in‑law, Dr. Abiel Howard, of Bridgewater, physician, and Josiah Dean, of Raynham, were granted administration of his estate on 24 Mar. 1748, with David Alden as surety. His estate was divided on 24 May 1751 into two equal parts by an agreement by his daughters Silence Haward and Jane Dean and their husbands, Dr. Abiel Haward and Josiah Dean. [134] (See Appendix [A] for a full transcription of the Indenture.)

         Capt. Nehemiah Washburn had two daughters by Jane Howard:[135]

+       422      i   Silence5 Washburn, born on 26 July 1713 in Bridgewater,[136] married Dr. Abiel3 Howard, son of Maj. Jonathan2 and Sarah (Dean) Howard, of Bridgewater,[137] on 26 Apr. 1738 in West Bridgewater,[138] and they probably lived in West Bridgewater. (Continued in Washburn Fifth Generation.)

+       423     ii   Jane5 Washburn, born on 6 Jan. 1715 in Bridgewater,[139] married Josiah Dean, son of Thomas and Mary (Kinsley) Dean, of Raynham, MA,[140] on 18 Aug. 1737 in West Bridgewater or Raynham,[141] and they lived in Raynham, Bristol Co., MA. (Continued in Washburn Fifth Generation.)

 

 

(126.) Capt. Benjamin4 Washburn, fifth son of (58) Samuel3 Washburn, (43) John2 (5th), (28) John1 (4th); born in Bridgewater, Plymouth Colony, in ca. 1688, married Bethiah Kingman,[142] daughter of Henry and Bethiah2 (Howard) Kingman,[143] on 11 Feb. 1713/4 in Bridgewater.[144] She was born on 6 June 1693 in Bridgewater,[145] a granddaughter of John and Elizabeth Kingman,[146] and of John1 and Martha (Hayward) Howard/Haward.[147] They lived in South Bridgewater.

         Capt. Benjamin Washburn was referred to as Benjamin Washburn “Jr.,” until his cousin, Benjamin4 Washburn, son of Jonathan3 Washburn, died in 1740, then as Benjamin Washburn, “Gentleman,” in Plymouth County deeds. He was evidently a “cordwainer” or shoemaker.

         On 5 Sept. 1720 Benjamin Washburn, cordwainer, deeded to his brother, Nehemiah Washburn, of Bridgewater, “one half of a right in little cedar swamp ... that is all the right my father gave me in his will.”[148] On 30 Jan. 1722/3 Samuel Washburn, Nehemiah Washburn, and Benjamin Washburn, “brethren,” sold to John Keith, of Bridgewater, three quarters of five acres of undivided land in Bridgewater, witnessed by Bethiah Washburn.[149] On 24 Dec. 1724 Samuel Washburn, Nehemiah Washburn, Benjamin Washburn Jr., and John Keith, and wife Hannah, all of Bridgewater, sold to Thomas Hayward 3rd, of Bridgewater, half a purchase right in the Second Division in Bridgewater.[150] On 8 July 1728 Samuel Washburn, Benjamin Washburn, Jr., and John Keith, and wife Hannah, all of Bridgewater, sold to Nehemiah Washburn, two lots in Titicut Purchase, Bridgewater.[151] On 10 Apr. 1730 Benjamin Washburn Jr., cordwainer, sold to John Keith, of Bridgewater, land in Titicut Purchase in Bridgewater.[152] On 17 Dec. 1739 Benjamin Washburn, Jr., cordwainer, and John Keith, Gentleman, both of Bridgewater, sold to Ebenezer Byram, Gentleman, one quarter of a purchase right in undivided lands in Bridgewater, derived from Samuel Washburn, late of Bridgewater.[153] Benjamin Washburn and Bethiah Washburn, as heirs of Henry Kingman, sold a lot of land in Bridgewater on 18 Nov. 1749 to heirs of Jonathan Packard, of Bridgewater.[154] On 10 Dec. 1744 Nehemiah Washburn, Gentleman, Benjamin Washburn, Gentleman, Thomas Hayward 3d., Henry Washburn, and Ezra Washburn, cordwainer, all of Bridgewater, and Israel Washburn, housewright, of Raynham, signed an agreement to build a forge on land of Nehemiah Washburn in Bridgewater.[155] On 12 June 1753 Benjamin Washburn, of Bridgewater, Gentleman, sold to his son, Benjamin Washburn (Jr.), land on the south side of his homestead.[156] On 9 Dec. 1763 Benjamin Washburn, of Bridgewater, sold to Amos Hayward land in South Bridgewater, part of his homestead farm bounded by land he sold to Benjamin Perkins and Thomas Hayward, and land he deeded to his son, Benjamin Washburn.[157] On 11 Jan. 1770 Benjamin Washburn, of Bridgewater, Gentleman, sold to Kezia Harvey, widow, land in South Bridgewater near Titicut bounded by the homestead of Daniel Keith, with wife Bethiah Washburn signing.[158]

         Bethiah (Kingman) Washburn supposedly died on 6 Dec. 1774 in Middleborough,[159] and Capt. Benjamin Washburn supposedly died on 24 Nov. 1774 in Middleborough, aged 84 years,[160] but no probate records were found for either of their estates in Plymouth County to fully identify their children.

         Benjamin Washburn and Bethiah Kingman had children, order uncertain:[161]

         424      i   Isaac5 Washburn, born say 1715, supposedly went to Dartmouth, MA, and was a tanner, and served in the French & Indian War under General Winslow in 1755.[162] No marriage, death, or probate records were found for him, unless he was the Isaac Washburn, of Plympton, who married Cloe Combs, daughter of Ithamer and Hannah (Andrews) Combs, of Rochester, MA,[163] in 1769 in Rochester.[164] She was born on 20 June 1734 in Rochester.[165] Children not found. He was not listed as a head of household in Dartmouth, MA, in the 1790 census, and had probably died by then.

+       425     ii   Ezra5 Washburn, born say ca. 1717, married (462) Susanna Leach, daughter of Benjamin3, Esq., and (129) Hephzibah4 (Washburn) Leach,[166] on 20 July 1742 in Bridgewater,[167] and they lived in Bridgewater, then in Middleborough, then moved to Oakham, Worcester Co., MA. (Continued in Washburn Fifth Generation.)

+       426    iii   Benjamin5 Washburn (Jr.), born in Dec. 1718,[168] married 1.) Susanna Battles, daughter of Edward and Experience (Pratt) Battles,[169] of Cohasset, MA, on 23 Mar. 1743/4 in Hingham or Cohasset,[170] and 2.) Mary5 Cushman, daughter of Deacon Moses4 and Mary (Jackson) Cushman,[171] of Halifax, MA, on 5 Apr. 1748 in Halifax,[172] and he lived in South Bridgewater. (Continued in Washburn Fifth Generation.)

+       427    iv   Henry5 Washburn, born ca. 1720,[173] married Sarah Battles, daughter of Edward and Experience (Pratt) Battles,[174] on 11 June 1740 in Hingham, MA,[175] and they moved to Mendon, Worcester Co., MA. (Continued in Washburn Fifth Generation.)

+       428     v   Bethiah5 Washburn, born ca. 1722,[176] married Nehemiah4 Bryant, son of William3 and Ruth (Stetson) Bryant,[177] on 24 Feb. 1740 in Bridgewater,[178] and they lived in Middleborough. (Continued in Washburn Fifth Generation.)

+       429    vi   Keziah5 Washburn, born in Feb. 1723/4,[179] married 1.) Joseph Harvey “Jr.,” of Bridgewater, on 10 Oct. 1749 in Bridgewater,[180] and 2.) Nathan3 Keith, son of Timothy2 and Hannah3 (Fobes) Keith,[181] of Bridgewater, as his second wife, on 11 July 1773 in Bridgewater,[182] and 3.) Moses4 Eddy, of Middleborough, son of Jabez3 and Mary4 (Rickard) Eddy, of Plympton and Carver, MA, as his second wife,[183] on 30 Dec. 1788 in Bridgewater.[184] Keziah lived in Bridgewater, then in Middleborough after her third marriage. (Continued in Washburn Fifth Generation.)

+       430   vii   (Possibly) Sarah5 Washburn, born say ca. 1726, married Henry5 Richmond (Jr.), son of Henry4 and Mehitabel (Caswell) Richmond, of Middleborough, on 14 May 1748,[185] and they lived in Middleborough, then in Plymouth, then moved to Hebron, ME. [Sarah is placed in the family of Capt. Benjamin and Bethiah (Kingman) Washburn because Henry’s brother, Job Richmond, married Jane Washburn, who was identified as a daughter of Capt. Benjamin and Bethiah (Kingman) Washburn in The Richmond Family by Joshua B. Richmond, and because Henry and Sarah Richmond named a son Ezra Richmond, probably after Ezra Washburn, who would be the brother of Sarah (Washburn) Richmond.] (Continued in Washburn Fifth Generation.)

+       431  viii   Jonathan5 Washburn, born ca. 1728,[186] married Judith/Judah Wood, daughter of Elnathan and Mary4 (Billington) Wood, of Middleborough,[187] on 23 May 1751 in Middleborough,[188] and they lived in Middleborough. (Continued in Washburn Fifth Generation.)

+       432    ix   (Possibly) Nehemiah5 Washburn, born say ca. 1731, moved to Stafford, Tolland Co., CT, and married 1.) Relief “Lefe” Joy,[189] who died on 1 May 1754 in Stafford,[190] and 2.) Abigail White on 2 Oct. 1755 in Stafford, CT,[191] and moved to Ashfield, MA. [Nehemiah is placed as a son of Capt. Benjamin Washburn because he appears to have been from this branch of the family, a grandson of Samuel Washburn, but does not seem to fit into the families of Samuel’s other sons, Samuel, Noah, Israel or Nehemiah Washburn. It is plausible that Benjamin named a son after his brother, Nehemiah, but there is no proof yet that the Nehemiah was Benjamin’s son.] (Continued in Washburn Fifth Generation.)

+       433     x   (Possibly) Reliance5 Washburn, born ca. 1735,[192] married Nathan5 Richmond, son of Henry4 and Mehitable (Caswell) Richmond, of Middleborough,[193] on 2 May 1754 in Bridgewater,[194] and lived in Middleborough. [Reliance is placed in the family of Capt. Benjamin Washburn for the same reason as Sarah, above, because her husband was a brother of Henry Richmond and Job Richmond. Brothers from one family marrying sisters from another family were common in New England. The use of the name “Salmon” in her family is also an indication that she might belong to this branch of Washburns.] (Continued in Washburn Fifth Generation.)

+       434    ix   (Supposedly) Jane5 “Jenny” Washburn, born say ca. 1736, married Job5 Richmond, son of Henry4 and Mehitable (Caswell) Richmond, of Middlebor­ough,[195] on 11 Feb. 1762 in Middleborough,[196] and they also lived in Middleborough. (Continued in Washburn Fifth Generation.)

 

 

(127.) Hannah4 Washburn, only daughter of (58) Samuel3 Washburn, (43) John2 (5th), (28) John1 (4th); born in Bridgewater, Plymouth Colony, in ca. 1689,[197] married Ensign John2 Keith, son of Rev. James1 and Susanna2 (Edson) Keith, of Bridgewater,[198] on 18 Apr. 1711 in Bridgewater.[199] He was born ca. 1689,[200] a grandson of Deacon Samuel1 and Susanna (Orcutt) Edson.[201]

         On 30 Jan. 1722/3 John Keith purchased from Samuel Washburn, Nehemiah Washburn, and Benjamin Washburn, “brethren,” three quarters of five acres of undivided land in Bridgewater.[202] On 24 Dec. 1724 Samuel Washburn, Nehemiah Washburn, Benjamin Washburn, Jr., and John Keith, and wife Hannah, all of Bridgewater, sold to Thomas Hayward 3rd, half a purchase right in the Second Divi­sion, and on 8 July 1728 Samuel Washburn, Benjamin Washburn, Jr., and John Keith, and wife Hannah, all of Bridgewater, sold to Nehemiah Washburn two lots in Titicut Purchase, Bridgewater.[203] On 10 Apr. 1730 Benjamin Washburn Jr., cordwainer, sold to John Keith, of Bridgewater, land in Titicut Purchase, Bridgewater.[204] On 17 Dec. 1739 Benjamin Washburn, Jr., cordwainer, and John Keith, Gentleman, both of Bridgewater, sold to Ebenezer Byram, Gentleman, one quarter of a purchase right of undivided lands ... in Bridgewater “which derived from Samuel Washburn late of Bridgewater.”[205] On 5 Apr. 1743 John Keith, Gentleman, sold land in South Bridgewater to Benjamin Washburn, Jr., housewright, bounded by his lot and land of Solomon Leonard, a lot bounded by Francis Wood, and another lot bounded by Israel Keith.[206] This Benjamin Washburn Jr. was a son of John Keith's brother‑in‑law, Capt. Benjamin Washburn.

         Ensign John Keith was appointed as administrator of the estate of his son, John Keith, Jr., in 1747.

         Ensign John Keith, Gentleman, died testate on 11 June 1761 in Bridgewater, aged 72 years.[207] His will was dated 2 June 1761, and probated on 3 Aug. 1761, and he named his grandson, David Keith, son of his son John Keith, deceased, as executor of his estate, and mentioned his wife Hannah; sons James, Daniel, Zephaniah, and Joseph Keith; grandson Azel, son of son John Keith, deceased; heirs of son Israel Keith, deceased; heirs of daughter Susanna Hinds, deceased; daughter Hannah, wife of Philip Hall; and daughter Mary [no surname given.][208] (See Appendix [B] for a full transcription of his will.) Hannah (Washburn) Keith died on 4 Mar. 1766 in Bridgewater, aged 76 years.[209]

         Hannah Washburn and John Keith had children:[210]

+       435      i   John3 Keith (Jr.), born on 1 Aug. 1712 in Bridgewater,[211] married Abigail4 Willis, daughter of Jonathan3 and Abigail (Stoughton) Willis,[212] on 8 Jan. 1734/5 in Bridgewater,[213] and they lived in Middleborough. (Continued in Washburn Fifth Generation.)

+       436     ii   James3 Keith, born on 16 June 1716 in Bridgewater,[214] married 1.) Deborah Bennett, of Middleborough, on 25 Oct. 1737 in Middleborough,[215] and 2.) Lydia Jackson in 1743,[216] and 3.) Lydia4 (Sprague) Perkins, daughter of Jonathan3 and Lydia (Leavitt) Sprague, and widow of Solomon Perkins,[217] on 8 Nov. 1744 in Middleborough,[218] and he also lived in Bridgewater. (Continued in Washburn Fifth Generation.)

+       437    iii   Israel3 Keith, born on 9 Jan. 1719/20 in Bridgewater,[219] married Betty Chandler, daughter of Jonathan Chandler, on 17 Feb. 1740/1 in Bridgewater,[220] and they also lived in Bridgewater. (Continued in Washburn Fifth Generation.)

+       438    iv   Hannah3 Keith, born on 7 Apr. 1721 in Bridgewater,[221] married 1.) (457) Benjamin4 Leach (Jr.), son of Benjamin3 and (129) Hephzibah4 (Washburn) Leach,[222] on 10 Jan. 1739/40 in Bridgewater,[223] and 2.) Deacon Philip Hall, of Raynham, MA, on 27 Feb. 1760 in Raynham,[224] and 3.) (421) Capt. Israel5 Washburn (Jr.), Esq., of Raynham, her first cousin, son of (124) Israel4 and Waitstill (Sumner) Washburn, as his second wife,[225] on 14 June 1790 in Raynham.[226] She lived in Bridgewater and Raynham, MA. (Continued in Washburn Fifth Generation.)

         439     v   Keziah3 Keith, born on 25 Aug. 1723 in Bridgewater,[227] married Arthur Bennett, son of Joseph and Joanna Bennett, of Middleborough, MA, on 12 Jan. 1743 in Bridgewater.[228] He was born on 7 Sept. 1720 in Middleborough.[229] She died, however, on 19 Apr. 1743 in Bridgewater,[230] and he remarried to Repentance Lucas, daughter of Samuel and Elisabeth (Shaw) Lucas, of Plympton,[231] on 23 Aug. 1744 in Middleborough.[232] She was born on 7 Jan. 1725/6 in Plympton.[233] Keziah (Keith) Bennett probably had no children.[234] No death or probate records were found for Arthur Bennett in Plymouth County, and he was not listed as a head of household in Massachusetts in the 1790 federal census.

+       440    vi   Daniel3 Keith, born on 2 May 1725 in Bridgewater,[235] married 1.) Elisabeth Conant, daughter of Nathaniel and Elisabeth (Haines) Conant (Jr.),[236] on 14 June 1744 in Bridgewater,[237] and 2.) Lydia (Hayward) Keyzer, daughter of William and Lydia (Manley) Hayward, of Easton,[238] and widow of Seth Keyzer, of Easton,[239] on 21 Oct. 1756 in Easton,[240] and he also lived in Bridgewater. (Continued in Washburn Fifth Generation.)

+       441   vii   Susanna3 Keith, born on 27 May 1727 in Bridgewater,[241] married Rev. Ebenezer Hinds in ca. 1744,[242] and lived in Bridgewater. (Continued in Washburn Fifth Generation.)

+       442  viii   Zephaniah3 Keith, born on 8 Mar. 1730/1 in Bridgewater,[243] married Mary Hooper, daughter of Nathaniel and Elisabeth (Tinkham) Hooper,[244] on 23 May 1750 in Bridgewater,[245] and they lived in Easton, MA, then moved to Vermont. (Continued in Washburn Fifth Generation.)

+       443    ix   Capt. Joseph3 Keith, born ca. 1736 in Bridgewater, married (1400) Chloe4 Packard, daughter of Samuel3 and (452) Anne (Leach) Packard,[246] on 31 May 1759 in Bridgewater,[247] and they lived in Bridgewater and Middleborough, MA. (Continued in Washburn Fifth Generation.)

+       444     x   Mary3 Keith, born, say 1738 in Bridgewater, supposedly married Solomon Pratt (Jr.), son of Deacon Solo­mon and Sarah (Johnson) Pratt,[248] of Bridgewater, on 3 Dec. 1761 in Bridgewater,[249] and they lived in Bridgewater. (Continued in Washburn Fifth Generation.)

 

 

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    [1] Vital Records of Bridgewater, Massachusetts, To the Year 1850, New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, 1916, [hereinafter Bridgewater VRs], Vol. 1, p. 325, “first born child of Samuel Washbourn.”

    [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. 235; Sherman, Robert Moody, and Vincent, Verle Delano, Mayflower Families Through Five Generations, Volume Two: James Chilton of the Mayflower, General Society of Mayflower Descendants, Plymouth, MA, 1978, [hereinafter MF5G: Chilton], p. 24, her mother was “possibly the daughter of William and Hannah Ames, born in Braintree on 12 mo. 6th 1653.”

    [3] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 383.

    [4] MF5G: Chilton, pp. 22, 60.

    [5] Estimated from the birth of their eldest child on 30 Apr. 1704.

    [6] Vital Records of Weymouth, MA, To the Year 1850, New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, 1910, 2 Volumes, [hereinafter Weymouth VRs], Vol. 1, p. 166, under “Leneson;” MF5G: Chilton, p. 22.

    [7] MF5G: Chilton, p. 22, for the parents of Susanna King; Torrey, Clarence Almon, New England Marriages Prior to 1700, Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, 1987, [hereinafter Torrey, New England Marriages], p. 439.

    [8] Plymouth Co. Probate Docket #12617; Vol. 4, p. 31, Vol. 5, p. 408.

    [9] Plymouth Co. Land Records, Vol. 19, p. 90.

    [10] Plymouth Co. Land Records, Vol. 24, p. 215.

    [11] Plymouth Co. Land Records, Vol. 23, p. 101.

    [12] Wood, Ralph V., Jr., Francis Cooke of the Mayflower, The First Five Generations, published as Volume 12 of “Mayflower Families Through Five Generations,” Picton Press, Rockport, ME, 1996, [hereinafter MF5G: Cooke], p. 251.

    [13] Stafford, CT, Land Records Vol. 1, p. 601, from MF5G: Chilton, p. 56.

    [14] White, Lorraine Cook, and Tilton, Jan, The Barbour Collection of Connecticut Town Vital Records: Stafford, [hereinafter White, Barbour Index of Stafford VRs], p. 164, taken from Vol. 1, p. 46, and from Vol. 2, p. 168, of the Stafford Town Records; Stafford Land Records, Vol. 2, p. 39, from a transcription of “Stafford, Tolland Co., CT, Births, Marriages, Deaths, Tax Lists,” from FHL [Family History Library] microfilm #1319712, p. 31.

    [15] MF5G: Chilton, p. 56, her death record not found in the Barbour index to Stafford Town Vital Records.

    [16] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 325, says they had David 1704, Deliverance 1706, Solomon 1708, Samuel 1710, Abigail 1712, Susanna 1714, and Tabitha 1716.

    [17] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 327.

    [18] Bingler, Susan L., CG, “Samuel Washburn of Bridgewater, Massachusetts, and Stafford, Connecticut, and His Descendants,” The Connecticut Nutmegger, Vol. 43, No. 3, [Dec. 2010], p. 221, estimated from the birth of their eldest child, on 22 Apr. 1749.

    [19] Bingler, Susan L., CG, “Samuel Washburn of Bridgewater, Massachusetts, and Stafford, Connecticut, and His Descendants,” The Connecticut Nutmegger, Vol. 43, No. 3, [Dec. 2010], p. 221, their first child was born on 22 Aug. 1765.

    [20] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 327.

    [21] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 118; Torrey, New England Marriages, p. 81.

    [22] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 385.

    [23] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 336.

    [24] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 376, marriage of William “Urrohart” and Hannah Smith on 21 Sept. 1698 in Bridgewater.

    [25] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 391.

    [26] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 335.

    [27] Bingler, Susan L., CG, “Samuel Washburn of Bridgewater, Massachusetts, and Stafford, Connecticut, and His Descendants,” The Connecticut Nutmegger, Vol. 43, No. 3, [Dec. 2010], p. 225, calculated from the birth of their presumed first son, Reuben Washburn, on 28 Sept. 1746.

    [28] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 325.

    [29] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 383.

    [30] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 336, the final digit of the year obliterated.

    [31] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 265.

    [32] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 392.

    [33] Bingler, Susan L., CG, “Samuel Washburn of Bridgewater, Massachusetts, and Stafford, Connecticut, and His Descendants,” The Connecticut Nutmegger, Vol. 43, No. 3, [Dec. 2010], p. 230.

    [34] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 336.

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

    [36] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 392.

    [37] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 516.

    [38] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 231; Van Antwerp, Lee Douglas, and Robert S. Wakefield, Mayflower Families Through Five Generations, Volume Nine, Family of Francis Eaton, General Society of Mayflower Descendants, 1996, [hereinafter MF5G: Eaton], pp. 32, 103.

    [39] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 239. Solomon Leach named his daughter by Jerusha Bryant “Tabitha Leach,” after his first wife, Tabitha Washburn.

    [40] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 515.

    [41] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 230, 231.

    [42] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 239, marriage intentions recorded 6 Aug. 1743 in Bridgewater.

    [43] Plymouth Co. Land Records, Vol. 38, p. 82.

    [44] Plymouth Co. Probate Vol. 12, p. 418.

    [45] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 231, says he had, by wife Jerusha Bryant, Abisha 1739, and by Hannah Leach, Jerusha 1746, Solomon 1750, Israel 1752, Hannah 1755, Susanna 1758, and Joseph 1760.

    [46] Bingler, Susan L., CG, “Samuel Washburn of Bridgewater, Massachusetts, and Stafford, Connecticut, and His Descendants,” The Connecticut Nutmegger, Vol. 43, No. 3, [Dec. 2010], p. 220.

    [47] Bingler, Susan L., CG, “Samuel Washburn of Bridgewater, Massachusetts, and Stafford, Connecticut, and His Descendants,” The Connecticut Nutmegger, Vol. 43, No. 3, [Dec. 2010], p. 220, from Stafford Deeds, Vol. 2, p. 278.

    [48] Bingler, Susan L., CG, “Samuel Washburn of Bridgewater, Massachusetts, and Stafford, Connecticut, and His Descendants,” The Connecticut Nutmegger, Vol. 43, No. 3, [Dec. 2010], p. 221, from Hampden County Deeds, Vol. 5, p. 438, from FHL microfilm #845692.

    [49] Bingler, Susan L., CG, “Samuel Washburn of Bridgewater, Massachusetts, and Stafford, Connecticut, and His Descendants,” The Connecticut Nutmegger, Vol. 43, No. 3, [Dec. 2010], p. 221, from Hampden County Deeds, Vol. 8, p. 377, from FHL microfilm #845694.

    [50] Bingler, Susan L., CG, “Samuel Washburn of Bridgewater, Massachusetts, and Stafford, Connecticut, and His Descendants,” The Connecticut Nutmegger, Vol. 43, No. 3, [Dec. 2010], p. 221, referencing Pruitt, Betty Hobbs, The Massachusetts Tax Valuation List of 1771, Boston, 1978.

    [51] Bingler, Susan L., CG, “Samuel Washburn of Bridgewater, Massachusetts, and Stafford, Connecticut, and His Descendants,” The Connecticut Nutmegger, Vol. 43, No. 3, [Dec. 2010], p. 221.

    [52] Bingler, Susan L., CG, “Samuel Washburn of Bridgewater, Massachusetts, and Stafford, Connecticut, and His Descendants,” The Connecticut Nutmegger, Vol. 43, No. 3, [Dec. 2010], p. 230.

    [53] Bingler, Susan L., CG, “Samuel Washburn of Bridgewater, Massachusetts, and Stafford, Connecticut, and His Descendants,” The Connecticut Nutmegger, Vol. 43, No. 3, [Dec. 2010], p. 230.

    [54] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 325.

    [55] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 290; MF5G: Cooke, p. 252.

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

    [57] Weymouth VRs, Vol.  1, p. 268.

    [58] 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. 235; Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 290; Torrey, New England Marriages, p. 664, 665.

    [59] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 554.

    [60] Plymouth Co. Probate Docket #17969; Vol. 4, pp. 186-189.

    [61] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 573.

    [62] Plym­outh Co. Probate Docket #22069; Vol. 4, pp. 19, 70-71; Vol. 5, p. 105. The personal estate of Noah Washbourne late of Bridgwater, was all settled upon Elisabeth Harris “who was ye widdow of Noah Washbourne now ye wife of Isaac Harris of Bridgwater aforesd to & for ye bringing up of ye children of ye sd Noah Washbourne deceased.”

    [63] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 172.

    [64] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 385.

    [65] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 172, says he had Arthur 1708, Abner 1710, Anne 1712, Elizabeth 1714, and Jane 1716.

    [66] Plymouth Co. Land Records, Vol. 32, p. 104.

    [67] Konig, David Thomas, ed., Plymouth Court Records 1686-1859, 16 Volumes, Pilgrim Society, May 1978, republished on a CD-ROM, New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, 2002, [hereinafter Plymouth Co. Court Records], Vol. 1, General Sessions of the Peace, Session 6, p. 179.

    [68] Plymouth Co. Probate Docket #9329, Vol. 7, p. 434.

    [69] MF5G: Chilton, p. 78.

    [70] Plymouth Co. Probate Vol. 8, p. 194.

    [71] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 325, says they had Eleazer and Noah.

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

    [73] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 112-113; Torrey, New England Marriages, p. 51.

    [74] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 382; Roser, Susan E., Mayflower Marriages From the Files of George Ernest Bowman, Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, 1990, [hereinafter Roser, Mayflower Marriages], p. 122.

    [75] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 328, under “Eliezer Washburn.”

    [76] Woodworth-Barnes, Esther Littleford, and Alicia Crane Williams, Mayflower Families Through Five Generations, Vol. 16, Part 1, Family of John Alden, General Society of Mayflower Descendants, 1999, [hereinafter MF5G: Alden, pt. 1], p. 331-332.

    [77] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 385.

    [78] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 334.

    [79] Vital Records of West Bridgewater, Massachusetts, To the Year 1850, New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, 1911, [hereinafter West Bridgewater VRs], p. 175.

    [80] MF5G: Cooke, p. 252; Plymouth Co. Court Records, Vol. 5, Court of Common Pleas, Session 2, case #29, p. 40.

    [81] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 132.

    [82] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 172.

    [83] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 325.

    [84] MF5G: Cooke, p. 253; Torrey, New England Marriages, p. 721.

    [85] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 387.

    [86] Her grandparents per email letter of David Sylvester to the Washburn Rootsweb Discussion List of 28 Sept. 1996, his source being Appleton, William Sumner, Descendants of William Sumner of Dorcester, Mass., 1636, who listed Experience Blake’s parents as William and Hannah Blake, however Torrey, New England Marriages, p. 76, shows that the first wife of William Blake was Ann or Anna __?__, and his second wife, whom he married in 1693, was Hannah (Tulman) Lyon, widow of George Lyon. Since Samuel Sumner married Experience Blake on 15 Mar. 1683, and she was born in 1665, as per Torrey, New England Marriages, p. 721, she must have been a daughter of William and Anna Blake, rather than William and Hannah Blake.

    [87] Plym­outh Co. Probate Docket #21999, Vol. 4, pp. 320-321, 363; Vol. 5, pp. 565‑567, 758‑759.

    [88] Plymouth Co. Probate Docket #22000; Vol. 4, p. 321‑322.

    [89] Torrey, New England Marriages, p. 600.

    [90] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 392.

    [91] Weymouth VRs, Vol. 2.

    [92] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 325, says they had Sarah 1709, Deborah 1712, Seth 1714, and Israel.

    [93] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 335.

    [94] Plymouth Co. Probate Docket #22000; Vol. 4, p. 322.

    [95] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 207.

    [96] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 391.

    [97] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 337.

    [98] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 575.

    [99] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 327.

    [100] Plymouth Co. Probate Docket #22000; Vol. 4, p. 322.

    [101] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 285; Torrey, New England Marriages, p. 626.

    [102] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 118; Torrey, New England Marriages, p. 81.

    [103] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 325. She is called “Deborah Ripley, widow.”

    [104] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 335.

    [105] Plymouth Co. Probate Docket #22000; Vol. 4, p. 321.

    [106] MF5G: Cooke, p. 253. I’m not sure where his birth date comes from. His birth was not listed in the Vital Records of Bridgewater.

    [107] Plymouth Co. Probate Docket #22000; Vol. 4, p. 321.

    [108] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 160.

    [109] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 387.

    [110] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, pp. 208, 231, except that Mitchell has the order of her husbands confused.

    [111] Stover, Margaret Harris, Vital Records of Raynham, Massachusetts, General Society of Mayflower Descendants, Plymouth, MA, 1997, [hereinafter Raynham VRs], p. 38.

    [112] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 325.

    [113] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 192.

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

    [115] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, pp. 191-192, 207.

    [116] MF5G: Cooke, p. 254; Plymouth Co. Court Records, Vol. 1, General Sessions of the Peace, Session 6, p. 227.

    [117] West Bridgewater VRs, p. 219, from a private Bible record of Eliakim Howard.

    [118] MF5G: Cooke, p. 254; Torrey, New England Marriages, p. 249.

    [119] Merrick, Barbara Lambert, and Alicia Crane Williams, Middleborough, Massachusetts, Vital Records, The Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants, Boston, Volume One: 1986, Volume Two: 1990, [hereinafter Middleborough VRs], Vol. 1, p. 25.

    [120] Plymouth Co. Probate Docket #7333; Vol. 12, p. 318-321. See Miscellaneous Wills for a transcription of Rodulphus Elmes’ will.

    [121] Plymouth Co. Probate Docket #10886, Vol. 5, p. 375. Jeremiah Howell’s widow, Lydia, was the sister of Margaret, the wife of Lt. John Washburn (7th), first cousin of Capt. Nehemiah Washburn.

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

    [123] Plymouth Co. Land Records, Vol. 16, p. 25.

    [124] Plymouth Co. Land Records, Vol. 19, p. 90.

    [125] Plymouth Co. Land Records, Vol. 24, p. 215.

    [126] Plymouth Co. Land Records, Vol. 23, p. 101.

    [127] Plymouth Co. Court Records, Vol. 5, Court of Common Pleas, Session 5, p. 135.

    [128] Plymouth Co. Court Records, Vol. 6, Court of Common Pleas, Session 7, p. 108.

    [129] Plymouth Co. Court Records, Vol. 6, Court of Common Pleas, Session 7, p. 145.

    [130] Plymouth Co. Court Records, Vol. 6, Court of Common Pleas, Session 8, p. 273.

    [131] Plymouth Co. Court Records, Vol. 6, Court of Common Pleas, Session 8, p. 353.

    [132] Plymouth Co. Land Records, Vol. 38, p. 181.

    [133] West Bridgewater VRs, p. 219; Latham, Williams, Epitaphs in Old Bridgewater, Massachusetts, 1882, reprint, Heritage Books, Bowie, MD, 1986, [hereinafter Latham, Epitaphs], p. 22, buried in the Old Grave Yard in West Bridgewater.

    [134] Plymouth Co. Probate Docket #22068; Vol. 11, p. 209, Vol. 12, p. 518.

    [135] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 325, says they had Silence 1713, and Jane 1715.

    [136] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 336.

    [137] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 192, 193.

    [138] West Bridgewater VRs, p. 175, from records of the First Church of West Bridgewater.

    [139] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 330. The year was probably 1715/16 because she was still “in her 75th year” when she died in 1790.

    [140] Torrey, New England Families, p. 212.

    [141] West Bridgewater VRs, p. 175, from records of the First Church of West Bridgewater; Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 387; “First Book of Raynham Records,” New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Vol. 51, p. 440; Vol. 55, p. 45; Raynham VRs, pp. 4, 26, married by Rev. Daniel Perkins, their marriage recorded twice in the vital records of Raynham.

    [142] Bowman, George Ernest, “Benjamin Washburns of Bridgewater,” Pilgrim Notes and Queries, Vol. V, No. 1, [Jan. 1917], [hereinafter Bowman, “Benjamin Washburns of Bridgewater”], p. 2, which corrects the confusion in Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 325, and identifies which Benjamin Washburn married which Kingman sister.

    [143] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 217.

    [144] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 384.

    [145] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 195, as “Bithiah” Kingman.

    [146] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 216-217.

    [147] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 191-192.

    [148] Plym­outh Co. Land Records, Vol. 16, p. 25.

    [149] Plym­outh Co. Land Records, Vol. 19, p. 90.

    [150] Plym­outh Co. Land Records, Vol. 24, p. 215.

    [151] Plymouth Co. Land Records, Vol. 23, p. 101.

    [152] Plymouth Co. Land Records, Vol. 34, p. 143.

    [153] Plymouth Co. Land Records, Vol. 42, p. 238.

    [154] Plymouth Co. Land Records, Vol. 42, p. 148.

    [155] Plymouth Co. Land Records, Vol. 38, p. 181.

    [156] Plymouth Co. Land Records, Vol. 42, p. 103.

    [157] Plymouth Co. Land Records, Vol. 55, p. 51.

    [158] Plymouth Co. Land Records, Vol. 55, p. 85.

    [159] MF5G: Cooke, p. 237, from Washburn, Mabel T. M., Washburn Family Foundations in Normandy, England and America, Greenfield, IN, 1953, p. 63, but her death was not recorded in the vital records of either Middleborough or Bridgewater, MA.

    [160] MF5G: Cooke, p. 237, from Washburn, Mabel T. M., Washburn Family Foundations in Normandy, England and America, Greenfield, IN, 1953, p. 63, but his death was not recorded in the vital records of either Middleborough or Bridgewater, MA.

    [161] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 325, confuses him with his cousin Benjamin, son of Jonathan Washburn, and says they had Isaac, Jonathan, Henry, Benjamin, Ezra, and perhaps others. Because the birth records for none of the children of Capt. Benjamin Washburn were recorded in the Bridgewater vital records, and because Benjamin did not leave probate records to identify his children, the list of children, which I attribute to Capt. Benjamin Washburn, may not be accurate. Some of the children listed herein are placed in this family purely because of association with other members of the family, and I have not uncovered any information that proves their placement as children of Capt. Benjamin Washburn.

    [162] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 325.

    [163] Vital Records of Rochester, Massachusetts, To the Year 1850, New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, 1914, 2 volumes, [hereinafter Rochester VRs], Vol. 2, p. 89, marriage of Ithamer Combs and Hannah Andrews on 4 Nov. 1731 in Rochester.

    [164] Rochester VRs, Vol. 2, p. 311, marriage intentions recorded 26 Feb. 1769 in Rochester. Isaac Washburn, son of Benjamin, appears to have been rather old for a first marriage in 1769, however, and the husband of Cloe Combs may have been a different Isaac Washburn.

    [165] Rochester VRs, Vol. 1, p. 89.

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

    [167] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 386.

    [168] Pilgrim Notes & Queries, Vol. 2, p. 76, from a Bible record owned by Olive Washburn, of Bridgewater.

    [169] I.G.I. Marriage Records, taken from LDS temple records, FHL microfilm #456440, give the marriage date of Edward Battles and Experience Pratt as 13 Mar. 1706/7 in Hingham, MA.

    [170] Per Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 384, married “in Hingham;” Bowman, “Benjamin Washburns of Bridgewater,” Pilgrim Notes and Queries, Vol. 5, No. 1, [Jan. 1917], p. 2.

    [171] Plympton VRs, p. 302, marriage of Moses Cushman and Mary Jackson on 22 Aug. 1721 in Plympton; Cushman, Henry Wyles, Cushman Genealogy, pp. 129, 140-141; Cushman, Joseph Augustine, Cushman Family in New England, pp. 28, 61.

    [172] Bowman, George Ernest, Vital Records of the Town of Halifax, Massachusetts, To the end of the year 1849, Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants, Boston, 1905, [hereinafter Halifax VRs], p. 34, married by Thomas Croade, Justice of the Peace in Halifax; Bowman, “Benjamin Washburns of Bridgewater,” Pilgrim Notes and Queries, Vol. 5, No. 1, [Jan. 1917], p. 2.

    [173] Calculated from the date of his marriage, in 1740.

    [174] I.G.I. Marriage Records, taken from LDS temple records, FHL microfilm #456440, give the marriage date of Edward Battles and Experience Pratt as 13 Mar. 1706/7 in Hingham, MA.

    [175] FHL Ancestral File, submitted by Susan Whipple, of Logandale, NV, and Ted D. Merrill, of Chaparral, NM.

    [176] Calculated from the date of her marriage, in 1740.

    [177] Scituate VRs, Vol. 2, p. 48, marriage of William Bryant of Pembroke and Ruth Stetson on 7 May 1712 in Scituate.

    [178] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 384.

    [179] Calculated from her age at death.

    [180] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 388.

    [181] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 207.

    [182] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 162.

    [183] Eddy, Ruth Story Devereux, The Eddy Family In America, Boston, 1930, pp. 61-62.

    [184] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 214, intentions call her “Kezia Keith, widow”; Middleborough VRs, Vol. 2, p. 112, marriage intentions recorded 7 Dec. 1788 in Middleborough between Mr. Moses Eddy of Middleborough and Miss [sic] Keziah Keith of Bridgewater.

    [185] Richmond, Joshua B., The Richmond Family, 1594-1896, 1897, pp. 24, 44. Sarah Washburn was “of Bridgewater” in the marriage record. Her father is not identified in The Richmond Family, but Sarah is placed in the family of Capt. Benjamin and Bethiah (Kingman) Washburn because Henry’s brother, Job Richmond, married Jane Washburn, who was identified as a daughter of Capt. Benjamin and Bethiah (Kingman) Washburn, and because Henry and Sarah Richmond named a son Ezra Richmond, probably after Ezra Washburn, the brother of Sarah (Washburn) Richmond.

    [186] Calculated from his age at death.

    [187] Hodge, Harriet W., Mayflower Families Through Five Generations, Volume Five, John Billington of the Mayflower, General Society of Mayflower Descendants, 1991, [hereinafter MF5G: Billington], p. 63.

    [188] Middleborough VRs, Vol. 1, p. 110, Vol. 2, p. 45, married by Benjamin Ruggles.

    [189] Her surname from email letter of Susan Bingler, CG, of 28 Apr. 2000.

    [190] White, Barbour Index of Stafford VRs, p. 145, from 2:168; Stafford Town Records, Vol. A, p. 168, from p. 156 of the transcriptions from FHL microfilm #1319712, which just calls her “Washburn, wife of Nehemiah Washburn.”

    [191] White, Barbour Index of Stafford VRs, p. 146; Stafford Town Records, Vol. A, p. 126, from p. 137 of the transcripts from FHL microfilm #1319712.

    [192] Calculated from her age at death.

    [193] Richmond, Joshua B., The Richmond Family, 1594-1896, 1897, p. 24, 44.

    [194] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 390, under “Patience” Washburn; Middleborough VRs, Vol. 2, p. 52, marriage intentions recorded 30 Mar. 1754, he was “of Middleborough,” and she was “of Bridgewater,” Richmond, Joshua B., The Richmond Family, 1594-1896, 1897, p. 44; Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 332, also calls her “Patience” Washburn, but the Bridgewater marriage intentions recorded her name as “Reliance.”

    [195] Richmond, Joshua B., The Richmond Family, 1594-1896, 1897, p. 24.

    [196] Middleborough VRs, Vol. 1, p. 147, Vol. 2, p. 57, she was called “of Middleborough” in her marriage record; Townsend, Charles D., History of North Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, North Middleborough, Massachusetts, Aceto Bookmen, 1982, [hereinafter Townsend, North Middleborough Congregational Church], p. 92, where she was called “Jenney Washburn.”

    [197] Calculated from her age at death.

    [198] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 207.

    [199] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 386.

    [200] Calculated from his age at death.

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

    [202] Plymouth Co. Land Records, Vol. 19, p. 90.

    [203] Plymouth Co. Land Records, Vol. 24, p. 215; Vol. 23, p. 101.

    [204] Plymouth Co. Land Records, Vol. 34, p. 143.

    [205] Plymouth Co. Land Records, Vol. 42, p. 238.

    [206] Plymouth Co. Land Records, Vol. 42, p. 238.

    [207] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 504, buried in the Old Graveyard, Bridgewater.

    [208] Plym­outh Co. Probate Docket #11908; Vol. 16, p. 206.

    [209] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 502, buried in the Old Graveyard, Bridgewater.

    [210] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 208, says they had John 1712, James 1716, Israel 1719, Hannah 1721, Keziah 1723, Daniel 1725, Susanna 1727, Zephaniah 1730, Joseph and Mary.

    [211] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 186.

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

    [213] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 213.

    [214] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 186.

    [215] Middleborough VRs, Vol. 1, p. 63, married by Benj. Ruggles.

    [216] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 213, marriage intentions recorded 30 July 1743 in Bridgewater.

    [217] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, pp. 266, 306.

    [218] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 220, marriage intentions between James Keith and Lydia Perkins recorded 6 Oct. 1744 in Bridgewater.

    [219] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 186.

    [220] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 212.

    [221] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 184.

    [222] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 231.

    [223] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 233.

    [224] Raynham VRs, p. 28, “Philip Hall and Hannah Leach;” Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 211, recorded as 28 Feb. 1760, her name was written as Hannah Keith in the Bridgewater marriage record; Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 231, says that Hannah, widow of Benjamin Leach, married secondly to Israel Washburn and thirdly to Deacon Hall of Raynham, but the order must have been reversed. The will of John Keith, dated 2 June 1761, mentioned his daughter Hannah Hall, wife of Philip Hall, while Leah (Fobes) Washburn was still alive on 14 May 1764 when she gave birth to her last child, and the marriage record of Israel Washburn and Mrs. Hannah Hall, both of Raynham, wasn’t until 1790. Therefore, Hannah Keith must have married Deacon Philip Hall secondly, and Capt. Israel Washburn thirdly.

    [225] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 231, which says that she married secondly to Israel Washburn and thirdly to Deacon Hall of Raynham, but it the order must have been reversed.

    [226] Blake, Francis E., “Marriages and Baptisms in Raynham, Mass.,” New England Historical & Genealogical Register, Vol. 51, p. 291, married by Rev. Perez Fobes, of Raynham; Raynham VRs, p. 38.

    [227] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 187.

    [228] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 214.

    [229] Middleborough VRs, Vol. 1, p. 20.

    [230] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 436, buried in the Old Graveyard, Bridgewater.

    [231] Plympton VRs, p. 346, marriage of Samuel Lucas and Elizebeth Shaw on 29 Dec. 1720 in Plympton.

    [232] Middleborough VRs, Vol. 1, pp. 80, 85.

    [233] Vital Records of Plympton, Massachusetts, To the Year 1850, New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, 1923, [hereinafter Plympton VRs], p. 135.

    [234] No “heirs of daughter Kezia Bennett” were named in the will of her father in 1761.

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

    [236] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 138. Elizabeth Haines was the third wife of Nathaniel Conant (Jr.)

    [237] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 210.

    [238] Bristol County Probates, Vol. 10, p. 317-319, the will of Thomas Manley, of Easton, mentioned wife his wife Lidia, and daughter Lidia Hayward, among others. Bristol County Probates, Vol. 10, p. 443, William Hayward and wife Lydia, of Easton, gave a receipt to the executors of the estate of Thomas Manley for their share of her legacy from her father’s estate.

    [239] Seth Keyzer died on 7 Sept. 1751 in Easton, (“Easton, Massachusetts, Bristol County, Births, Deaths and Marriages by Families, 1697-1847,” from FHL 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. 8), and on 11 Sept. 1751 Lydia Keyzer, widow, & George Keyzer, Mason, both of Easton, were appointed as administrators of the estate of Seth Keyzer of Easton, deceased, which was found insolvent by 1752. (Bristol Co. Probate Vol. 12, p. 623; Vol. 13, pp. 277-279.)

    [240] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 210; Easton VRs, p. 73.

    [241] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 192.

    [242] Estimated from the birth of their first child, in ca. 1745.

    [243] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 193.

    [244] Roser, Mayflower Marriages, p. 90, marriage of Elizabeth Tinkham and Nathaniel Hooper on 28 Mar. 1728 in Middleborough.

    [245] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 219.

    [246] Middleborough VRs, Vol. 1, p. 26, marriage of Samuel Packard and Anne Leach on 3 July 1722 in Middleborough; Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 255.

    [247] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 213.

    [248] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 276.

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



[A] The Division of the Estate of Capt. Nehemiah Washburn of Bridgewater, County of Plymouth, Province of the Massachusetts Bay (1751): *

This Indenture made and Concluded the Sixteenth day of May in the 24th Year of his Majestys Reign Anno Dom. 1751 By & between Abiel Haward of Bridgwater in the County of Plimouth in New England practitioner of physick & Silence his Wife on the one parte & Josiah Dean of Raynham in the County of Bristol Yeoman & Jean his Wife On the Other part Witnesseth—

That Whereas Capt. Nehemiah Washburne late of said Bridgwater deceasd Died Seized of the Several peaces or parcels of land hereafter Mentioned & Discribed Viz./ the Homstead Inclusive of Several Small pieces of Land in Abizers Edson possession & his Interest in the Furnace Standing thereon Also the thirty one Acres & an halfe which he bout. of Daniel Howel also alot in the Little Ceder Swamp So Called also a Lott in the Great Meadows so Called all Lying & being in the Township of said Bridgwater also Twenty Acres of Land which he bot. of James Keith also twenty nine acres he bot of Benjamin White Esqr. also a third part of thirty five acres which James Thomas Indian man by the Authority of the General Court Quitted his Claims to, unto the heirs of the said Nehemiah Washburn To Israel Washburne & James Boice & also Twelve Acres which he bot. of the said Jams. Thomas by the River a Little below the Bridge the foure piece of Land last mentioned all lye within the Township of Middleboro in said County of Plimouth the More particular Bounds & Description of all & Every piece of said Lands may more fully Appear on Record reference thereto being had; & Whereas the sd Silence & Jean are the one ly heirs of the sd. Capt. Nehemiah Washburne Estate as above Expressed with ye Appurtenance & have an Equal Right & Share therein To all & Every part & Parcel thereof holding the Same as yet in Common & undivided & the parties being Desiourus to Know have hold possess & improve Each one their respective parts & proportions in Severalty Do agree to Divide all the Aforementioned premises in Two Equal partes or Moieties According to Quantity & Quality in the Folowing Mannor /Viz/ That the said Abiel Haward & Silance for their half part or Moiety Shall have the said Homstead Including as Aforesaid Excepting thirty Acres of from the Easterly end thereof the said thirty acres bounded as Followeth beginning at a pine Tree Standing by the River which is a Corner bounds of said Homstead & also the Corner Bounds of Amos Keiths Land from thence Runing by the River Down Stream So far till a North Line from the River will Complehend the sd thirty acres. also to have the Northerly half of said Lot of Ceder Swamp & the Northerly half of said Lott of Meddow to them the said Abial & Silence there heirs Execrs. admrs. & assigns To have hold possess Enjoy & improve for their intire use benefit & behoof forever And that the Said Josiah Dean & Jean his Wife for their half part or Moiety Shall have the said thirty acres as Exceptd. of From the Homstead Also the said thirty one Acres & an half bot. of Daniel Howel Also the Southerly half of said Lott of Cedar Swamp & Meadow To gether with the four parcels of Land as Mentioned Lying in said Middleborough To them the said Josiah & Jean To there heirs Execrs. Admrs. & assigns To have hold possess Enjoy & Improve for their intire use Benefit & behoof forever & the Parties Aforesaid Do Ratifye & Confirm the foregoing Division have hereunto Set their hands & Seals the Day & year Afore Mentioned / Memorandum these words Inclusive of Several Small pieces of land in Abiezer Edsons possession/ & these Words Including as aforesaid were interlined before Signing & Sealing

Signed Sealed & Delivered in the

presents of                                                                                            Abiel Haward                      (seal)

John Cushing                                                                                        Silance Haward                   (seal)

Josiah Edson jun.                                                                                 Josiah Dean                          (seal)

                                                                                                                Jane Dean                             (seal)

 

Plimouth Sc May the 16th 1752

The above named Abiel Howard Silance Howard Josiah Dean & Jane Dean personally Appeard before Me & Acknowledged the afore written partition to be their act & Deed—

Wherefore I do hereby Ratifie & Confirm the Same

                                                                                                                John Cushing Judge of Probate

 

* Transcribed by John A. Maltby from Plymouth County Probate Vol. 12, pp. 518-519, from FHL microfilm #0551539.

 

 

[B] The Will of John Keith, of Bridgewater, County of Plymouth, Province of the Massachusetts Bay (1761): *

In the Name of God Amen The Second Day of June Anno Domini one Thousand Seven hundred & Sixty one I John Keth of Bridgwater in the County of Plymouth Gentelman being of a Sound and Disposing minde and memory Thanks be to God for it I Do make and ordain this my Last will and Testament

In the first Place I give & Recommend my Soule into the hands of God who gave it Trusting in Jesus Crist the glorious mediator for Pardon grace & glory and my bodely I commit To the Dust To be Decently buried at the Decrection of My Executor hereafter named and my worldly Estate I Dispose of in the following manner viz. my will is that all my Just Debts be Paid in a Conveneint Time after my Decease by my Executor

Item I give & bequeth unto my Grandson Azel Son of my Son John Deceased Eight pence also Eight Pence To the heirs of my Son Israel Dec’d Also Eight Pence To the heirs of my Daughter Susannah Hinds Dec’d beside what I gave to there Parents

Item I Give & bequeth unto my Daughter Hannah wife of Phillip Hall Eight Pence besides what I have heretofore given her

Item I give & bequeth unto my Daughter Mary one Cow & also all the houshold goods which I have given my said wife the Improvement of (after her Deces. Besides what I have already given her

Item I give and bequeth unto my well beloved wife Hannah the use & Improvement of one third Part of my homestead also the use of one Cow and all my house hold goods During her natural Life and also fire wood Provided for her at the Door by my Executor hereafter named but if this Should be Insufficent for her Support my will is that my Executor Provide for her Comfortable & honorable Support

Item I give & bequeth unto my grandson David Son To my Son John Deceased (whome I make Executor of this my Last will & Testament to him his heirs and assigns forever all my Real Estate also the Cow that I have given my wife the Improvement also all my other Personal Estate not before Disposed of which I shall Die Seazed of

Item I give unto my said Son James Daniel Zepheniah & Joseph all my wearing apparrel to be Equally Divided between them witnis my had & Seal

Sign’d Sealed published pronounced & Declared by the                                             John Keth                            (seal)

Said John Keeth as his Last will & Testament

In Presence of

Josiah Edson Jur

Amos Howard

Robert Howard

 

Probated on 3 Aug. 1761, presented for probate by David Keth of Bridgwater, the Executor, and proved by Josiah Edson Jr., Esq., and Robert Howard.

 

* Transcribed by John A. Maltby from Plymouth County Probate Vol. 16, pp. 206-207, from FHL microfilm #0551543.