Massachusetts Colony ~~

--- Fifth Generation in America ---

 

Families of the Children of Israel4 Washburn and Waitstill Sumner

 

 

         The daughters of Israel Washburn and Waitstill Sumner lived in Bridgewater, Massachusetts Colony, and the only surviving son settled in Raynham, Massachusetts Colony, where he was a prominent member of the community, an officer in the Revolutionary War, and fathered a large family.

 

 

 

 

John2 Washburn (5th)

 

 

Samuel3 Washburn

 

 

 

 

Elizabeth2 Mitchell

 

Israel4 Washburn

 

 

 

 

 

Samuel1 Packard

 

 

Deborah2 Packard

 

 

 

 

Elizabeth

Sarah5 Washburn

 

 

 

Deborah5 Washburn

 

 

 

Capt. Israel5 Washburn (Jr.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Roger Sumner

 

 

Samuel Sumner

 

 

 

 

Mary Josselyn

 

Waitstill Sumner

 

 

 

 

 

William Blake

 

 

Experience Blake

 

 

 

 

Anna

 

(417.) Sarah5 Washburn, eldest daughter of (124) Israel4 Washburn, (58) Samuel3, (43) John2 (5th), (28) John1 (4th); born in Bridgewater, Massachusetts Colony, on 14 Aug. 1709,[1] married Ephraim3 Keith, Esq., son of Joseph2 and Elisabeth3 (Fobes) Keith, of Bridgewater,[2] on 21 Sept. 1732 in Bridgewater.[3] He was born on 21 Mar. 1707 in Bridgewater,[4] a grandson of Rev. James1 and Susanna2 (Edson) Keith,[5] and of Deacon Edward2 and Elizabeth2 (Howard) Fobes, of Bridgewater.[6] They lived in the part of Bridgewater known as Titicut.

         Ephraim Keith graduated from Harvard College, Master of Arts, in 1729,[7] and preached in Hardwick, MA, for about a year beginning on 2 May 1734, but was probably never ordained, and returned to Bridgewater.[8]

         Ephraim Keith, Esq., died testate on 25 Feb. 1781 in Bridgewater, aged 73 years.[9] His will was dated 13 Jan. 1779, witnessed by Jonathan Crane, Elijah Dunbar, and Joel Edson, and was probated on 5 Mar. 1781. He mentioned his wife Sarah, sons Ephraim, William, and Solomon, three daughters Sylvia, Phillibert and Sarah, and he named his son, Solomon Keith, as executor of his estate.[10] (See Appendix $ for a full transcription of his will.) Sarah (Washburn) Keith died on 7 Mar. 1796 in Bridgewater, aged 86 years.[11]

         Sarah Washburn and Ephraim Keith had children:[12]

        1203      i   Mary Keith, born on 8 Oct. 1733 in Bridgewater,[13] died on 30 June 1747 in Bridgewater.[14]

        1204     ii   Sylvia4 Keith, born on 7 May 1735 in Bridgewater,[15] marriage not found, but she was still living in 1779 when her father wrote his will.

        1205   iii   Philibert4 Keith, a daughter, born on 30 July 1737 in Bridgewater,[16] married (483) Lt. Francis Perkins, son of Thomas and (132) Mary4 (Washburn) Perkins, as his second wife,[17] on 2 Mar. 1775 in Bridgewater.[18] He was born on 8 Sept. 1729 in Bridgewater,[19] a grandson probably of (59) Joseph3 and Hannah (Latham) Washburn, and he had married first to Susanna Waterman,[20] daughter of Deacon Robert and Martha5 (Cushman) Waterman (Jr.), of Halifax, MA,[21] on 14 Dec. 1762 in Halifax.[22] Lt. Francis Perkins died testate on 20 Mar. 1783 in Bridgewater, aged 53 years.[23] Philibert (Keith) Perkins died on 29 Sept. 1814 in Bridgewater, aged 77 years,[24] but she was not listed as a head of household in Bridgewater in the 1790 federal census. (See (483) Lt. Francis Perkins for their children.)

        1206    iv   Ephraim Keith (Jr.), born on 26 Aug. 1739 in Bridgewater,[25] was still living in 1779 when his father wrote his will, and he died in Bridgewater, presumably unmarried, but no probate records were found for him, and he was not a head of household in Massachusetts in the 1790 federal census.

        1207     v   Ichabod4 Keith, born on 3 Jan. 1741/2 in Bridgewater,[26] died on 10 Jan. 1763 in Bridgewater, aged 21 years,[27] unmarried.

        1208    vi   Timothy Keith, born on 3 Mar. 1743/4 in Bridgewater,[28] died on 20 Nov. 1760 in Bridgewater.[29]

+      1209  vii   William4 Keith, born on 5 June 1746 in Bridgewater,[30] married (1391) Eunice5 Leach, daughter of (453) Deacon Joseph4 and Anna (Harris) Leach,[31] on 11 Feb. 1767 in Bridgewater,[32] and they lived in the part of Bridgewater or Middleborough known as Titicut. (To be continued in Washburn Generation 6.)

+      1210  viii   Lt. Solomon4 Keith, born on 24 Mar. 1748/9 in Bridgewater,[33] married Lois5 Cary, daughter of Jonathan4 and Lois (Hooper) Cary (3rd),[34] on 6 Mar. 1777 in Bridgewater,[35] and they also lived in Titicut. (To be continued in Washburn Generation 6.)

+      1211   ix   Sarah4 Keith, born on 18 July 1753 in Bridgewater,[36] married (1501) Dr. Eleazer Carver (4th), son of Lt. Eleazer and (479) Hephzibah (Perkins) Carver (3rd),[37] on 18 Apr. 1776 in Bridgewater,[38] and they lived in Bridgewater. (To be continued in Washburn Generation 6.)

 

 

(419.) Deborah5 Washburn, second daughter of (124) Israel4 Washburn, (58) Samuel3, (43) John2 (5th), (28) John1 (4th); born in Bridgewater, Massachusetts Colony, on 1 June 1712,[39] married 1.) John Ripley, son of William and Mary (Corbison) Ripley, of West Bridgewater,[40] before 5 June 1729. He was born on 7 Apr. 1698 in Bridgewater.[41] John Ripley was granted administration of the estate of his father, William Ripley, late of Bridgewater, on 15 Apr. 1719.[42]

         John Ripley died testate in early 1737 in Bridgewater. His will was dated 21 Feb. 1736/7, and probated on 18 May 1737, and he mentioned his wife Deborah, daughters Mary, Waitstill, and Deborah, and also said in his will, “in case I should have a child born to me of her that is now my wife after my decease, as I have reason to expect…”[43] (See Appendix φ for a full transcription of his will.)

         Deborah (Washburn) Ripley remarried to 2.) Nathaniel Bolton, son of John and Sarah (Chesebrough) Bolton,[44] on 24 Mar. 1739/40 in Bridgewater.[45] He was born on 5 May 1706 in Bridgewater.[46]

         Deborah (Washburn) (Ripley) Bolton died on 26 Mar. 1759 in Bridgewater,[47] and Nathaniel Bolton died on 8 Aug. 1770,[48] but no probate records were found for either of them in Plymouth County.

         Deborah Washburn had 3 daughters by John Ripley, and 5 more children by Nathaniel Bolton:

+      1212     i   Mary Ripley, born on 14 Mar. 1730 in Bridgewater,[49] married Amos5 Hayward, son of Thomas4 and Constant3 (Keith) Hayward, of Titicut,[50] on 6 Nov. 1766, possibly in Middleborough,[51] and they lived in Bridgewater. (To be continued in Washburn Generation 6.)

        1213     ii   Waitstill Ripley, born on 9 Mar. 1732 in Bridgewater,[52] married 1.) Isaac Lee on 15 Dec. 1751 in Bridgewater.[53] He died intestate in 1762 in Bridgewater, and Nathan Mitchell was granted administration of his estate.[54] She probably remarried to 2.) Abraham Jones, son of Timothy and Sarah (Shaw) Jones,[55] of Raynham, MA, probably as his second wife, in 1777.[56] He was born on 2 Nov. 1730 in Raynham,[57] and the unnamed first wife of Abraham Jones died on 13 Sept. 1775 in Raynham.[58] They were living in Raynham, MA, in the 1790 federal census.[59] She evidently had at least one son:[60]

a. (An unnamed son of the “widow Lee,” who died on 14 Sept. 1775 in Bridgewater.[61])

b. (Possibly others)

        1214    iii   Deborah Ripley, born on 28 Oct. 1734 in Bridgewater,[62] never married. She was not a head of household in Massachusetts in the 1790 federal census, however she died on 29 Nov. 1794 in Bridgewater, aged 60 years,[63] but no probate records were found for her.

+      1215   iv   Nathaniel Bolton (Jr.), born, say 1741, married (1001) Jane5 Thomson, daughter of Thomas4 and (368) Jane5 (Washburn) Thomson, of Bridgewater,[64] on 18 Dec. 1777 in Bridgewater,[65] and they moved to Oakham, Worcester Co., MA, by 1790. (To be continued in Washburn Generation 6.)

        1216     v   (Unnamed child), died on 20 Oct. 1743 in Bridgewater.[66]

        1217    vi   (Unnamed daughter), died on 13 Sept. 1747 in Bridgewater.[67]

        1218   vii   (Unnamed daughter), died on 17 Sept. 1747 in Bridgewater.[68]

        1219   viii   (Unnamed child), died on 13 Dec. 1758 in Bridgewater.[69]

 

 

(421.) Capt. Israel5 Washburn (Jr.), Esq., youngest son of (124) Israel4 Washburn, (58) Samuel3, (43) John2 (5th), (28) John1 (4th); born in Bridgewater, MA, on about 11 Aug. 1718,[70] married 1.) Leah4 Fobes, daughter of Joshua3 and Abigail (Dunbar) Fobes,[71] on 3 Jan. 1739/40 in Bridgewater.[72] She was born on 27 Mar. 1720 in Bridgewater,[73] a granddaughter of Deacon Edward2 and Elizabeth2 (Howard) Fobes, of Bridgewater, and of Peter Dunbar.[74]

         In 1740 Israel Washburne of Bridgwater, house carpenter, sued Seth Sumner of Taunton, Gentleman, over a £70 bond dated 5 May 1740,[75] and in Sept. 1742 Benjamin White, Esq., and Mr. Ezra Clapp, Gentleman, both of Middleborough, as attorneys for the Indian inhabitants and owners of the land known called “Keteticut” or “Teticut” sued Israel Washburn of Middleborough, housewright, for trespassing on their land and cutting down 200 trees.[76] 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.[77]

         On 11 May 1749 Israel Washburn purchased land in Raynham from Benjamin Hodges and from Benjamin Meastin.[78] Capt. Israel Washburn was a founding member of the Third Congregational Church in Titicut Parish, North Middleborough, MA, in 1748, and was chosen a Deacon on 31 Mar. 1748 at the same time that Rev. Isaac Backus was chosen the first Pastor,[79] but Capt. Israel Washburn (Jr.) withdrew his membership in the North Middleborough Congregational Church on 13 June 1751.[80] After that Israel and Leah Washburn lived in Raynham, Bristol Co., MA, where he was a housewright and the town clerk.

         Capt. Israel Washburn (Jr.) served as a Sergeant in Capt. John Shaw’s Company, Col. Abiel Mitchell’s Regiment, in 1780 in the Revolutionary War, and was a Captain of the 4th Massachusetts Regiment in 1782.[81] He was also a member of the Convention which wrote the first Constitution of the State of Massachusetts, in 1780.

         Leah (Fobes) Washburn died on 9 Dec. 1789 in Raynham, aged 70 years,[82] and Capt. Israel Washburn (Jr.) remarried to 2.) (438) Hannah3 (Keith) (Leach) Hall, his first cousin, daughter of John2 and (127) Hannah4 (Washburn) Keith, and widow of (457) Benjamin4 Leach (Jr.), of Bridgewater, and of Deacon Philip Hall, of Raynham,[83] on 14 June 1790 in Raynham.[84] She was born on 7 Apr. 1721 in Bridgewater,[85] a granddaughter of Rev. James1 and Susanna2 (Edson) Keith, and of (58) Samuel3 and Deborah2 (Packard) Washburn,[86] and had married first to Benjamin Leach (Jr.) on 10 Jan. 1739/40 in Bridgewater,[87] and secondly to Deacon Philip Hall on 27 Feb. 1760 in Raynham.[88] Israel Washburn was living in Raynham, Bristol Co., MA, in the 1790 federal census, next door to his sons Oliver, Israel, Jr., and Nehemiah Washburn.[89]

            Hannah (Keith) (Leach) (Hall) Washburn died on 4 Jan. 1796 in Raynham,[90] and Capt. Israel Washburn (Jr.), Esq., died testate on 21 Jan. 1796 in Raynham, aged 78 years.[91] His will was dated 19 Apr. 1792, and was witnessed by Samuel Gushe, Abraham Gushe and Seth Gushe. He mentioned his sons Israel Washburn, Nehemiah Washburn, Seth Washburn and Oliver Washburn, and his daughters Leah, wife of Jason Fobes, and Olive, wife of Reuben Andrews, but he did not mention his wife, Hannah. He named his sons Israel and Seth Washburn as co-executors. His will was probated on 2 Feb. 1796.[92] (See Appendix Ĩ for a full transcription of his will.)

         Capt. Israel Washburn (Jr.) and Leah Fobes had children:

        1220      i   Wealthy Washburn, born on 19 May 1740 in Raynham, MA, died on 23 Aug. 1747 in Raynham.[93]

        1221     ii   Mary Washburn, born on 19 Mar. 1741/2 in Raynham, died on 16 Aug. 1747 in Raynham.[94]

        1222    iii   Israel Washburn (3rd), born on 8 June 1744 in Raynham, died on 24 Aug. 1747 in Raynham.[95]

+      1223   iv   Leah6 Washburn, born on 20 Nov. 1749 in Raynham,[96] married Jason5 Fobes, son of Josiah4 and Freelove4 (Edson) Fobes, of Bridgewater,[97] in 1770,[98] and they lived in Bridgewater. (To be continued in Washburn Generation 6.)

+      1224    v   Olive6 Washburn, born on 8 Aug. 1752 in Raynham,[99] married Reuben Andrews, of Raynham, as his second wife, on 18 Aug. 1780 in Raynham,[100] and they lived in Raynham. (To be continued in Washburn Generation 6.)

+      1225   vi   Sgt. Israel6 Washburn (3rd), born on 30 Jan. 1755 in Raynham,[101] married Abiah King, daughter of Benjamin and Deliverance (Eddy) King, of Raynham,[102] on 12 June 1783 in Raynham,[103] and they lived in Raynham. (To be continued in Washburn Generation 6.)

+      1226  vii   Nehemiah6 Washburn, born on 16 June 1759 in Raynham,[104] married Polly Presho on 20 Feb. 1783 in Raynham,[105] and they also lived in Raynham. (To be continued in Washburn Generation 6.)

+      1227  viii   Dr. Seth6 Washburn, born on 29 Sept. 1761 in Raynham,[106] married Bethiah Shaw, probably daughter of Jonathan and Bethiah (Hall) Shaw (Jr.), of Raynham,[107] on 16 Jan. 1781 in Raynham or Taunton, MA,[108] and they also lived in Raynham. (To be continued in Washburn Generation 6.)

+      1228   ix   Oliver6 Washburn, born on 14 May 1764 in Raynham,[109] married Sarah “Sally” Liscomb, of Raynham, on 17 Jan. 1788 in Raynham,[110] and they also lived in Raynham. (To be continued in Washburn Generation 6.)

 

 

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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. 335.

    [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. 207.

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

    [4] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 183.

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

    [6] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 159.

    [7] “Graduates of Harvard University 1728-1730,” at http://colonialancestors.com/harvard7.htm.

    [8] Paige, Lucius R., History of Hardwick, Massachusetts, with a Genealogical Register, Boston, 1883, [hereinafter Paige, History of Hardwick], p. 407.

    [9] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 502, from his gravestone in the Keith or South Street Graveyard in Bridgewater.

    [10] Plym­outh Co. Probate Docket #11875; Vol. 28, p. 49-50.

    [11] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 506, from her gravestone in the Keith or South Street Graveyard in Bridgewater.

    [12] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 208, says they had Silvia 1735, Philibert 1737, Ephraim 1739, Timothy 1744, William 1746, Solomon 1749, and Sarah.

    [13] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 189.

    [14] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 504.

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

    [16] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 190.

    [17] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, pp. 265, 266.

    [18] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 216.

    [19] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 253.

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

    [21] Vital Records of Plympton, Massachusetts, To the Year 1850, New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, 1923, [hereinafter Plympton VRs], p. 421, marriage of Robert Waterman Jr., of Halifax, and Martha Cushman, of Plympton, on 8 Apr. 1734 in Plympton.

    [22] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 289; 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], pp. 31, 62.

    [23] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 537, buried in Trinity Church Graveyard, Bridgewater; Plymouth Co. Probate Docket #15567.

    [24] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 538, buried in Trinity Church Graveyard, Bridgewater.

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

    [26] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 185.

    [27] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 503, buried in the Keith or South Street Graveyard in Bridgewater.

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

    [29] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 507, from a private record of the Ephraim Keith family.

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

    [31] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 231, which doesn’t list any of Deacon Joseph Leach’s daughters; Plymouth Co. Probate Docket #12450; Vol. 16, p. 36, the will of Deacon Joseph Leach mentioned his daughter Eunice, among others.

    [32] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 218.

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

    [34] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 133.

    [35] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 218.

    [36] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 191, from a private record of the Ephraim Keith family.

    [37] Jones, William, “Robert Carver of Marshfield, Mass., and Some of His Descendants,” Genealogies of Mayflower Families From The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Vol. I, Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, 1985, p. 449; Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 130.

    [38] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 217.

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

    [40] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 285; Torrey, Clarence Almon, New England Marriages Prior to 1700, Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, 1987, [hereinafter Torrey, New England Marriages], p. 626.

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

[42] Plymouth Co. Probate Vol. 4, p. 168.

    [43] Plymouth Co. Probate Docket #16986, Vol. 7, p. 306-307.

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

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

    [46] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 51.

    [47] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 439, called only “wife of Nathaniel Bolton,” from a private record of deaths kept by Oliver Alden.

    [48] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 429, from a private record of deaths kept by Rev. Isaac Backus of North Middleborough.

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

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

    [51] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 325.

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

    [53] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 325.

    [54] Plymouth Co. Probate Docket #12563; Vol. 17, p. 59-1/2; Vol. 16, p. 266.

    [55] Her maiden name from the I.G.I. Marriage Records, taken from LDS temple records, from FHL [Family History Library] microfilm #456387, which gives their marriage in about 1726.

    [56] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 240, marriage intentions recorded 26 Apr. 1777 in Bridgewater; Raynham VRs, p. 90, marriage intentions recorded 19 Apr. 1777 in Raynham.

    [57]First Book of Raynham Records,” New England Historical & Genealogical Register, Vol. 53, p. 59; Raynham VRs, p. 8.

    [58] Stover, Margaret Harris, Vital Records of Raynham, Massachusetts, General Society of Mayflower Descendants, Plymouth, MA, 1997, [hereinafter Raynham VRs], p. 155. The name of Abraham Jones’ first wife was not found in the I.G.I. Marriage Records.

    [59] Heads of Families at the First Census of the United States Taken in the Year 1790: Massachusetts, Bountiful, Utah, 1993, p. 50, Raynham Town, Bristol County, the Abraham Jones household had 2 free white males aged 16 or older and 1 free white female.

    [60] The I.G.I. Birth Records list 3 sons to Abraham and Waitstill Jones, but the birth dates were all before 1777, so they were probably sons of Abraham Jones by his first wife.

    [61] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 517, from a private record of deaths kept by Rev. Isaac Backus of North Middleborough.

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

    [63] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 550, buried in the Keith or South Street Graveyard in Bridgewater.

    [64] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 314.

    [65] Per 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. 2, p. 134, “married at Bridgwater…pr. me Joshua White;” Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 56, marriage intentions recorded 15 Nov. 1777 in Bridgewater.

    [66] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 439, from a private record of deaths kept by Oliver Alden.

    [67] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 439, from a private record of deaths kept by Oliver Alden.

    [68] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 439, from a private record of deaths kept by Oliver Alden.

    [69] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 439, from a private record of deaths kept by Oliver Alden.

    [70] Wood, Ralph V., Jr., Mayflower Families Through Five Generations, Volume 12: Francis Cooke of the Mayflower, General Society of Mayflower Descendants, Plymouth, MA, 1996, [hereinafter 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.

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

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

    [73] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 116.

    [74] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, pp. 147, 159.

    [75] Plymouth Co. Court Records, Vol. 6, Court of Common Pleas, Session 8, p. 43.

    [76] Plymouth Co. Court Records, Vol. 6, Court of Common Pleas, Session 8, p. 309.

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

    [78] Bristol County Land Records, Vol. 35, pp. 419, 420.

    [79] 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. 28.

    [80] Townsend, North Middleborough Congregational Church, p. 77.

    [81] Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors of the Revolutionary War, 17 Volumes, Vol. XVI, p. 665.

    [82] Raynham VRs, p. 157, listed as “Esq. Isrl Washburns wife age 70” in the death record in the record kept by Rev. Isaac Backus.

    [83] 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.

    [84] 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.

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

    [86] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, pp. 207, 323.

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

    [88] Raynham VRs, p. 28, “Philip Hall and Hannah Leach;” Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 211, recorded as “Hannah Keith” in the marriage record, the date recorded as 28 Feb. 1760.

    [89] Heads of Families at the First Census of the United States Taken in the Year 1790: Massachusetts, Bountiful, Utah, 1993, p. 50, Raynham Town, Bristol County, the Israel Washburn household had 1 free white male aged 16 or older, and 2 free white females.

    [90] Raynham VRs, p. 158, listed only as “Esq. Washburns wife” in the death record in the record kept by Rev. Isaac Backus, immediately preceeding that of “Israel Washburn esq.”

    [91] Raynham VRs, p. 158, recorded as “Israel Washburn esq.” in Rev. Isaac Backus’ book of deaths.

    [92] Bristol County Probate Records, from FHL microfilm #0577879, from the file titled “Israel Washburn, Raynham, 1796,” his will recorded in Bristol County Probate Vol. 33, p. 554.

    [93]First Book of Raynham Records,” New England Historical & Genealogical Register, Vol. 54, p. 15; Raynham VRs, p. 15.

    [94]First Book of Raynham Records,” New England Historical & Genealogical Register, Vol. 54, p. 15; Raynham VRs, p. 15.

    [95]First Book of Raynham Records,” New England Historical & Genealogical Register, Vol. 54, p. 15; Raynham VRs, p. 15.

    [96]First Book of Raynham Records,” New England Historical & Genealogical Register, Vol. 54, p. 15; Raynham VRs, p. 15.

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

    [98] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 389, marriage intentions recorded 25 May 1770 in Bridgewater, the marriage probably occurred in Raynham.

    [99]First Book of Raynham Records,” New England Historical & Genealogical Register, Vol. 54, p. 15; Raynham VRs, p. 15.

    [100] Raynham VRs, p. 91, “Rubin” Andrews.

    [101]First Book of Raynham Records,” New England Historical & Genealogical Register, Vol. 54, p. 15; Raynham VRs, p. 15.

    [102] Raynham VRs, p. 87, marriage intentions recorded between Benjamin King of Raynham and Deliverance Eddy of Taunton on 29 Oct. 1757 and 16 Nov. 1757 in Raynham.

    [103] Blake, Francis E., “Marriages and Baptisms in Raynham, Mass.,” New England Historical & Genealogical Register, Vol. 51, p. 290, married by Rev. Perez Fobes, of Raynham.

    [104]First Book of Raynham Records,” New England Historical & Genealogical Register, Vol. 54, p. 15; Raynham VRs, p. 15.

    [105] Blake, Francis E., “Marriages and Baptisms in Raynham, Mass.,” New England Historical & Genealogical Register, Vol. 51, p. 290, married by Rev. Perez Fobes, of Raynham.

    [106]First Book of Raynham Records,” New England Historical & Genealogical Register, Vol. 54, p. 15; Raynham VRs, p. 15.

    [107]First Book of Raynham Records,” New England Historical & Genealogical Register, Vol. 55, p. 44, marriage of Jonathan Shaw, Jr., and Bethiah Hall on 17 Nov. 1757 in Raynham.

    [108] Raynham VRs, p. 40, married by Apollos Leonard Esqr., “both of Raynham;” Taunton VRs, Vol. 2, p. 498, she is called “of Raynham.”

    [109]First Book of Raynham Records,” New England Historical & Genealogical Register, Vol. 54, p. 15; Raynham VRs, pp. 15, 59.

    [110] 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. 37. Her birth was not found in the vital records of Raynham.



$ APPENDIX $: The Will of Ephraim Keith, Esq., of Bridgewater (1779): *

In the name of God Amen—The thirteenth day of January Anno Domini One thousand, seven hundred, seventy nine, I Ephraim Keith Esqr. of Bridgwater in the county of Plymouth, being of a sound disposing mind & memory do proceed to make this my Last will & testament, In the First place I Recommend my Soul into the hands of God who Gave it, trusting in his mercy thro, Jesus Christ For pardon, Grace & Glory, my body I commit to the Earth to be decently buried at the discretion of my Executor hereafter named; & with Regard to my worldly Interests I dispose of it in the Following manner

Imprimis—I Give & bequeath to my well beloved wife Sarah the improvement of one half of my dwelling house, Barn & barn house, together with the improvement of one half of my Farm, with the improvement of my Library, during her natural Life, & further I Give unto her the whole of my Indoor moveables, excepting what is hereafter mentioned, also I Give to her my Mare & Chaise to be wholly at her disposal

Item—I Give to my Son Ephraim, my watch & Cane & a Gold Ring Given me by the Revd Mr. Perkins, with the third part of my wearing apparell

Item—I Give to my Son William my Gun & my Gold Slieve buttons with a third part of my wearing apparell

Item—I Give to my Son Solomon my Other Gold Ring & the whole of my Farming tools with a third part of my wearing apparell

Item—I Give to my three daughters vizr. Sylvia, Phillibert & Sarah Twenty pounds Lawful money a piece, to be paid by my Executor within one year after my decease

Item—I Give to my Son Solomon whom I constitute my Sole Executor, my Little field so called Lying on the south side of ye road containing about two acres more or Less, to him his heirs & assigns Forever, also the whole of my Live Stock Excepting what is above disposed of, he paying my Just Debts & Funeral Charges in a convenient time after my decease

Item—I Give to my three Sons viz. Ephraim, William & Solomon their heirs & assigns Forever, the whole of my Estate both Real & Personal besides what I have before disposed of, to be equally divided among them—In witness whereof I have hereunto Set my hand & Seal ye day & year aforesaid

Signed, Sealed, delivered, Published                                                                                Ephraim Keith  (seal)

pronounced & declared by the said

Ephraim Keith to be his Last will

& testament in presence of us

    Jonathan Crane

    Elijah Dunbar

    Joel Edson

 

Probated on 5 March 1781, presented by Solomon Keith, the Executor, and proved by Jonathan Crane and Joel Edson.

 

* Transcribed by John A. Maltby from Plymouth Co. Probate Vol. 28, p. 49-50, from FHL microfilm #0550715.

 

 

φ APPENDIX φ: The Will of John Ripley, of Bridgewater (1737): *

In the Name of God Amen. The twenty first Day of February 1736/7. I John Ripley of Bridgewater in the County of Plymouth in New England Husband man being now eras[?] of Body, tho. of perfect or a disposing mind and Memory, Thanks be given to ye Great God Yet calling to Mine ye Mortality of my Body & knowing that tis appointed for all Men once to dy do make & ordain this my last Will & Testament That is to Say Principally & first of all I Give & Recommend my Soul into ye hands of that God who gave it, & my Body I commend to ye Earth to be buried in a decent Christian Burial at ye Discretion of my Executrix hereafter Named, Nothing doubting but at ye General Resurrection I shall receive ye Same by ye mighty Power of ye Sovereign God and as touching Such Worldly Estate Wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in the Life, I Give Demise & Dispose of the Same in the following Manner & form, that is to Say—

Imprimis 1t. It is my Will that all my Debts & funeral Charges be well & truly paid in convent. time after my Decease

2 Item 2ly I Give & Bequeathe to my well beloved Wife Deborah all my Moveables both within Doors & without & Say ye whole of all my moveables & of every Sort & Species, Together with the Improvem. of all my real Estate for the Space of ten Years after my Decease, and all this whether She Continues a Widow or Enters again into a State of marriage and in Case She Continues my Widow after ye Expiration of ye ten Years, then during her Widowhood to have ye Improvemt. of all my real Estate—

3. Item 3ly the Whole of my real Estate I Give & bequeath to my Three Daughters Mary Waitstill & Deborah to be equally Divided among them—

4. Itm 4ly In Case I should have a Child born to me of her that is now my Wife after my Decease, as I have reason to Expect if a Son I Give & bequeathe to him the one full Half of all my real Estate if a Daughter yt. She have an equal Share of my real Estate among her Sisters and what I thus Give & Bequeath is to them their Heirs and assigns forever—

5. Itm 5ly Finally I appoint & Ordain my well beloved Wife Deborah Sole Executrix of this my last Will & Testament hereby ratifying & holding this & no other to be my last Will & Testament and disallowing all other Wills before this time by me made In Witness where of I have hereunto Set my Hand & Seal the Day & Year above Written                                           John Ripley   (seal)

Signed Sealed Published Pronounced &

Declared by ye sd John Ripley as his last

Will & Testament In ye Presence of us

ye Subscribers—Josiah Hayward

Ephraim Jennings  Hezekiah Hayward

 

Plymo. May.18.1737  Josiah Hayward Ephraim Jennings & Hezekiah Hayward appeared & Made oath that they Saw ye sd John Ripley Sign & Seal, & heard him Declare ye abovewritten Instrumt. to be his last Will & Testament and that they in ye Presence of ye Testator Subscribed as Witnesses at ye Same time, and that according to ye best of their Judgement & observation he was then of Disposing Mind & Memory     Before Isaac Winslow  Judge of Probate

 

*Transcribed by John A. Maltby from Plymouth County Probate Vol. 7, p. 306-307, from FHL microfilm #0550513.

 

 

Ĩ APPENDIX Ĩ: The Will of Israel Washburn, of Raynham (1792): *

In the Name of God amen. April 19th 1792—I Israel Washburn of Raynham in the County of Bristol being thro mercy in a good Degree of health & of a sound disposing mind, knowing the certainty of Death, and considering the uncertainty when I shall be called to my Long home. Do make this my Last Will and Testament— first I would commend my Soul to God that gave it, for mercy and acceptance Thro Christ the Lord of life & glory. I commit my boddy to the dust to be buried in a plain and decent manner hoping to a share in the Resurection of the Just~~

In Respect of my outward Estate I Dispose of it in the manner following. first to my Son Israel I give all that part of my Homestead Land on the South Side of the Bay road so call’d. Excepting one half acre opposite to my house first bound at the Barrs westerly of the winter apletree that stands there Thence Southeast five rods, thence northeasterly parralel with the road. Till the half acre is contained and Israels bounds at the westerly end is to begin in Gushes Land about one rod East of the watering place (the watering place being for Nehemiahs) thence a straight line to Nehemiahs yard an spot strikes it about six feet from the line that was Timoth Jones full four rods from the Bay road thence northeasterly a paralel line with the road Eight rods, thence a Direct to the road. This Southside of my Homestead is Israels—

Item I give to my son Nehemiah what I land Bought of Timothy Jones Bouth House and Land on the north side of the Bay road. also Eight rod in breadth of the west end of what I formerly bought of Timothy Jones & Joyns the Nehemiah homestead it runs from the Bay Rhoad northerly as Nehemiahs Line runs Eight rods in Breadth across what I formerly bought of Mr. Jones. and Likewise on the South Side of the Bay road the whole I have not Disposed of being bounded by my son Israels Line~~and also the half of the Lots of Swamp I bought of Terrcy Jones and the Hodges the other half is follows. I give to my son Nehemiah and I also give my Son Nehemiah three acres of wood Land at the north End of my Homestead & begins at the heap of Stones on Ridgeshill So called and is abounds between Bridgwater & Raynham, the at Eight Rod is westerly to the Line I now make between my Swamp & upland, which Line is to be Southerly a Direct Line from this Corner to the northeast corner of Gushees Swamp. and Nehemiahs three acres is to Extend on the swamp Line now fixed. & on Bridgewater a like Length so far as to contain of to make the three acres

Item To my Son Oliver I give the whole of my Homestead buildings and Land on the north side of the Bay road Except what is given Nehemiah; and likewise the half acre on the South side the Bay road, against my home is for Oliver—

I give my Titicut farm in Bridgwater To my three sons viz Israel Nehemiah & Oliver Equally Between them my Son Seth is Excluded from having any Land here I having assisted him In build and purchasing Land where he now Lives—

Item To my Son Seth I give & bequeath the half of the Corn mill I own viz: all I do own the other half is Mr. Preshos~~and also four sixteenths viz. one quarter of the furnace and one quarter of my Sawmill is my Son Seth~~& the other quarter of the Sawmill is my son Olivers and the other 5.16th of the furnace I own is for Israel Nehemiah & Oliver Equally Between them—

The Remainder of Land I own viz. the swamp I had of Capt. Dring[?] Lying in Raynham my meadow in Bridgwater Call’d the Great Meadow all my wild land Either in Raynham or Bridgwater which I have not Disposed of allready I give to my four sons viz. Israel Washburn Jur Nehemiah Washburn Seth Washburn and Oliver Washburn Equally Between them.

Item To my Two Daughters viz. Leah the Wife of Jason Fobes & Olive the wife of Reuben Andrews I give the sum of forty pounds to Each of them to be payed out of my moveable Estate by my Executors here after name’d Within Twelve months after my Decease. The Remainder of my moveable Estate after my Just Debts are paid & the Legacies by my Executors & a cow or the value thereof being allowed to Each of my sons the whole that remains if any there may be in money or Debts that may be due, Live Stock, out Door & indoor moveables all That has not been Disposed of I give to my six children Equally Between them~~

Item my Pew in the meeting-house I usually Sitt in I give to my Son Israel the rest of the pew I own I give to my three sons Nehemiah Seth & Oliver Equally between them—and I constitute & appoint my Two sons viz. Israel & Seth Executors on this my Last Will and Testament~~

Signd Sealed published pronounced & Declared to be the Last will & Testament of the said Israel Washburn the year and day above said and in presence of~~

Samuel Gushe

Abraham Gushe                                                                                                   Israel Washburn

Seth Gushe

 

Probated on 2 Feb. 1796, proved by Samuel Gushe & Seth Gushe. Israel Washburn, Gentleman, and Seth Washburn, Esq., gave bond with Samuel Gushe and Seth Gushe, yeomen, all of Raynham, as sureties, on 2 Feb. 1796.

On 6 Feb. 1796 Reuben Andrews, Olive Andrews, Jason Fobes, Leah Fobes, Oliver Washburn, and Nehemiah Washburn all gave receipts to Israel Washburn and Seth Washburn for their legacys from the estate of Israel Washburn.

 

* Transcribed by John A. Maltby from Bristol County Probate Docket “Israel Washburn, Raynham, 1796,” from FHL microfilm #0577879.