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Families of the Children of Capt. Nehemiah4 Washburn and Jane Howard

 

 

         Capt. Nehemiah Washburn and Jane Howard had only two daughters. The elder daughter married a Harvard graduate doctor, and settled in Bridgewater, while the younger daughter married a landowner in Raynham. I am not entirely certain about the spouses of a few of the grandchildren of Capt. Nehemiah Washburn, and revisions will be made as research continues.

 

 

 

 

John2 Washburn (5th)

 

 

Samuel3 Washburn

 

 

 

 

Elizabeth2 Mitchell

 

Capt. Nehemiah4 Washburn

 

 

 

 

 

Samuel1 Packard

 

 

Deborah2 Packard

 

 

 

 

Elizabeth

Silence5 Washburn

 

 

 

Jane5 Washburn

 

 

 

 

 

 

John1 Haward

 

 

Ephraim2 Howard

 

 

 

 

Martha2 Hayward

 

Jane3 Howard

 

 

 

 

 

Rev. James1 Keith

 

 

Mary2 Keith

 

 

 

 

Susanna Edson

 

(422.) Silence5 Washburn, elder daughter of (125) Nehemiah4 Washburn, (58) Samuel3, (43) John2 (5th), (28) John1 (4th); born in Bridgewater, Massachusetts Colony, on 26 July 1713,[1] married Dr. Abiel3 Howard, son of Maj. Jonathan2 and Sarah (Dean) Howard, of Bridgewater,[2] on 26 Apr. 1738 in West Bridgewater.[3] He was born on 6 Nov. 1704 in Bridgewater,[4] a grandson of John1 and Martha2 (Hayward) Howard/Haward, of Bridgewater.[5] Silence was Abiel’s first cousin once removed.[6]

         Dr. Abiel Howard graduated from Harvard College, Master of Arts, in 1729,[7] was a co‑administrator of the estate of his father‑in‑law, Capt. Nehemiah Washburn, in 1748, and he was a physician in Bridgewater.[8] Dr. Abiel Haward of Bridgewater and his wife Silence, and Josiah Dean of Raynham and his wife Jean signed an indenture agreement to divide the entire estate of Capt. Nehemiah Washburn of Bridgewater, deceased, between them on 24 May 1751, which was recorded on 16 May 1752.[9]

         Silence (Washburn) Howard died on 17 Aug. 1775 in West Bridgewater, aged 62 years.[10] Dr. Abiel Howard died intestate on 10 Jan. 1777 in West Bridgewater, aged 72 years,[11] and his son-in-law, Dr. Philip Bryant, was granted administration of his estate.[12]

         Silence Washburn and Dr. Abiel Howard had children:[13]

+      1229     i   Silence4 Howard, born on 17 Nov. 1738 in Bridgewater,[14] married Dr. Philip4 Bryant, son of Ichabod3 and Ruth (Staples) Bryant,[15] on 13 Oct. 1757 in Bridgewater.[16] (To be continued in Washburn Generation 6.)

+      1230    ii   Nehemiah4 Howard, born on 13 Apr. 1740 in Bridgewater,[17] married Hannah4 Dean, daughter of James and (563) Hannah (Hayward) Dean,[18] of Easton, MA, on 27 Feb. 1770 in Easton.[19] (To be continued in Washburn Generation 6.)

+      1231   iii   Jane4 Howard, born on 18 Apr. 1742 in Bridgewater,[20] married 1.) Lt. Ebenezer Ames, son of Joseph and Susanna (Littlefield) Ames,[21] on 2 June 1763 in West Bridgewater,[22] and 2.) Capt. Thomas Hooper, son of William and Lois (Thomas) Hooper, as his second wife,[23] in 1786.[24] (To be continued in Washburn Generation 6.)

+      1232   iv   John4 Howard, born on 30 Dec. 1743 in Bridgewater,[25] married Mercy4 Fobes, daughter of William3 and Thankful (Dwelley) Fobes,[26] on 6 Oct. 1768 in West Bridgewater.[27] (To be continued in Washburn Generation 6.)

+      1233    v   Lt. Daniel4 Howard, born on 9 Apr. 1746 in Bridgewater,[28] married Mary5 Hayward, daughter of Edmund4 and Anna (Snell) Hayward,[29] on 12 Nov. 1772 in West Bridgewater.[30] (To be continued in Washburn Generation 6.)

        1234    vi   Charity4 Howard, born on 20 Mar. 1747/8 in Bridgewater,[31] never married, died on 4 Dec. 1829 in West Bridgewater, aged 82 [sic] years,[32] but no probate records were found for her, and she was not listed as a head of household in Massachusetts in the 1790 federal census.

        1235   vii   Ann4 Howard, born on 2 Aug. 1750 in Bridgewater,[33] married Jacob Foster on 30 Apr. 1776 in Bridgewater,[34] and they moved to Maine.[35] Children not found. He may have been the Jacob Foster living in Trenton, Hancock Co., ME, in the 1790,[36] and 1800 federal censuses,[37] but he may have had a second wife by 1800.

        1236  viii   Joshua4 Howard, born on 3 Oct. 1751 in Bridgewater,[38] baptized as “Josiah” on 6 Oct. 1751 in West Bridgewater,[39] married Priscilla Capen, of Stoughton, MA, on 12 Dec. 1776 in Stoughton or Sharon, MA,[40] and settled in Easton or Sharon, but she died on 21 Nov. 1778 in Sharon, MA, aged 28 years,[41] and he died on 31 Mar. 1780 in West Bridgewater, aged 28 years.[42] No probate records were found for him in Plymouth County. They had one daughter:

a. Silence Howard, born ca. 1776, died on 7 Mar. 1798 in Sharon, MA, aged 19 [sic] years.[43]

 

 

(423.) Jane5 Washburn, younger daughter of (125) Nehemiah4 Washburn, (58) Samuel3, (43) John2 (5th), (28) John1 (4th); born in Bridgewater, Massachusetts Colony, on 6 Jan. 1715,[44] married Josiah Dean, son of Thomas and Mary (Kingsley) Dean,[45] of Raynham, Bristol Co., MA, on 18 Aug. 1737 in West Bridgewater or Raynham.[46] He was born ca. 1699,[47] probably in Raynham.[48]

         The will of Thomas Dean, of Raynham, Gentleman, dated 12 July 1747 and probated 6 Oct. 1747, mentioned his wife Mary and son Josiah Dean, among others, and Josiah Dean was named as executor in the will of his father, Thomas Dean.[49] He was also appointed as administrator of the estate of his mother, Mary Dean, on 6 Feb. 1749.[50]

         On 10 Dec. 1744 Josiah Dean, of Raynham, along with Israel Washburn, of Raynham, and Nehemiah Washburn, Benjamin Washburn, Henry Washburn, Ezra Washburn, and others, all of Bridgewater, signed an agreement to build and operate a furnace.[51] Josiah Dean was a co‑administrator of the estate of his father‑in‑law, Capt. Nehemiah Washburn, in 1748. Josiah and Jane Dean were witnesses to the will of Katharine (Dean) Leonard, of Raynham, daughter of Thomas Dean, and widow of Samuel Leonard, of Raynham, in 1752, and by 1757 Josiah Dean was the Raynham Town Clerk. The ear mark of “ye Creatures of Josiah Dean of Raynham” was recorded on 10 Mar. 1749, as “a Slit in ye Under Side of the left Ear.”[52] Dr. Abiel Haward of Bridgewater and his wife Silence, and Josiah Dean of Raynham and his wife Jean signed an indenture agreement to divide the entire estate of Capt. Nehemiah Washburn of Bridgewater, deceased, between them on 24 May 1751, which was recorded on 16 May 1752.[53]

         Josiah Dean died on 3 or 23 Mar. 1778 in Raynham, aged 78 years,[54] and Jane (Washburn) Dean died a widow on 26 May 1790 in Raynham, aged 74 years.[55]

         Josiah Dean and Jane Washburn had children:

        1237      i   Nehemiah Dean, born on 30 Dec. 1738 in Raynham, MA,[56] died on 13 Feb. 1749 in Raynham, aged “about 11 years.”[57]

        1238     ii   Abigail Dean, born on 21 Sept. 1740 in Raynham,[58] marriage not found.

        1239   iii   Mary Dean, born on 20 Aug. 1743 in Raynham,[59] possibly the Mary Dean who married Seth Jones, son of Hatherly and Abigail (Rogers) Jones, of Raynham,[60] on 27 Nov. 1770 in Raynham.[61] He was born on 9 Nov. 1741 in Raynham.[62] She died on 23 July 1772 in Raynham,[63] and he remarried to Hannah Dean, daughter of (___) Dean, on 18 May 1775 in Raynham.[64] They were still living in Raynham, MA, in the 1790 federal census.[65] He died on 26 Sept. 1823 in Raynham, aged 81 years,[66] and Hannah (Dean) Jones died on 16 Dec. 1827 in Raynham.[67] Mary (Dean) Jones had one daughter, who died young, and Seth Jones had a second daughter by Hannah Dean:

a. Sarah Jones, born on 8 Oct. 1771 in Raynham, died on 21 May 1772 in Raynham.[68]

b. Hannah Jones, born on 10 Jan. 1778 in Raynham.[69]

+      1240   iv   Josiah Dean (Jr.), born on 6 Mar. 1748 in Raynham,[70] married Sarah Byram, supposedly daughter of Rev. Eliab and Phebe (Leonard) Byram,[71] in ca. 1770.[72] (To be continued in Washburn Generation 6.)

+      1241    v   Job Dean, born on 15 Nov. 1751 in Raynham,[73] possibly married Judith Williams, daughter of Nathaniel and Mary (Atherton) Williams (3rd), of Raynham, in ca. 1773.[74] (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. 336.

    [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], pp. 192, 193.

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

    [4] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 135, under “Haward.”

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

    [6]                          John Haward

        Ephraim Howard            Maj. Jonathan Howard           (brothers)

        Jane Howard                   Dr. Abiel Howard                   (first cousins)

        Silence Washburn

    [7] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 193; “Graduates of Harvard University 1728-1730,” at http://colonialancestors.com/harvard7.htm.

    [8] In the division of the estate of Capt. Nehemiah Washburn, Abiel describes himself as a “practitioner of physick.”

    [9] Plymouth Co. Probate Vol. 12, p. 518-519.

    [10] West Bridgewater VRs, p. 204, buried in Jerusalem Cemetery, West Bridgewater.

    [11] West Bridgewater VRs, p. 200, buried in Jerusalem Cemetery, West Bridgewater.

    [12] Plym­outh Co. Probate Docket #10714, Vol. 23, p. 121.

    [13] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 193, says they had Silence 1738, Nehemiah 1740, Jane 1742, John 1743, Daniel 1746, Charity 1748, Ann 1750, and Joshua 1751.

    [14] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 141, under “Haward.”

    [15] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 123.

    [16] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 166, under “Haward.”

    [17] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 140, under “Haward.”

    [18] “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. 38: marriage of James Dean, of Taunton, and Hannah Hayward, of Easton, on 15 June 1744 in Easton.

    [19] Easton VRs, p. 126, married by Rev. Archibald Campbell

    [20] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 138, under “Haward.”

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

    [22] West Bridgewater VRs, p. 147, married in the First Church of West Bridgewater.

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

    [24] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 31, marriage intentions recorded 22 July 1786.

    [25] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 138, under “Haward.”

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

    [27] West Bridgewater VRs, p. 147.

    [28] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 137, under “Haward.”

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

    [30] West Bridgewater VRs, p. 146.

    [31] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 137.

    [32] West Bridgewater VRs, p. 201, buried in Jerusalem Cemetery, West Bridgewater.

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

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

    [35] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 194, “Jacob Foster, of Maine.”

    [36] 1790 Federal Census, Trenton, Hancock Co., ME, p. 31, the Jacob Foster household had 1 free white male aged 16 or over, 2 free white males under 16, and 4 free white females.

    [37] 1800 Federal Census, Trenton, Hancock Co., ME, p. 227, the Jacob Foster household had 1 male under 10, 2 males 10-15 years, 1 male 16-25 years, 1 male 45 or over, 1 female under 10, 2 females 10-15 years, 1 female 16-25 years, and 1 female 26-44 years.

    [38] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 139.

    [39] West Bridgewater VRs, p. 61.

    [40] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 192, which says they were married in Stoughton; Vital Records of Sharon, Massachusetts, To the Year 1850, New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, 1909, [hereinafter Sharon VRs], p. 109.

    [41] Sharon VRs, p. 174.

    [42] West Bridgewater VRs, p. 203, from his gravestone. Buried in Jerusalem Cemetery, West Bridgewater.

    [43] Sharon VRs, p. 174, “daughter of Joshua and Priscilla Howard.”

    [44] 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.

    [45] Her maiden name from the FHL Ancestry File of Josiah Dean and Jane Washburn, submitted by Carolyn Wheeler Circo, of Oak Park, IL, and Lee R. Drew, of Lindon, UT, and Torrey, Clarence Almon, New England Marriages Prior to 1700, Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, 1987, [hereinafter Torrey, New England Marriages], p. 212. Their death records are listed immediately preceeding the entry of the family of Josiah Dean and Jane Washburn in the Raynham VRs, p. 26, which is on p. 64 of the original town records: “Thomas Dean ye 2d Deceasd Septemr 10th 1747 in the 74 year of his age,” and “Mary Dean widow of sd Thomas Dean deceasd February the 1st 1749 in the 74th year of her age.”

    [46] 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.

    [47] Calculated from his age at death.

    [48] No birth record was found for Josiah Dean in Raynham, but the deaths of Thomas Dean, on 10 Sept. 1747, aged about 74, and Mary Dean, widow of Thomas Dean, on 1 Feb. 1749, aged about 74 years, were recorded in the First Book of Raynham Records on the same page as the marriage and children of Josiah Dean and Jane Washburn.

    [49] Bristol Co. Probate Vol. 11, pp. 334-337.

    [50] Bristol Co. Probate Vol. 12, p. 154.

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

    [52] Stover, Margaret Harris, Vital Records of Raynham, Massachusetts, General Society of Mayflower Descendants, Plymouth, MA, 1997, [hereinafter Raynham VRs], p. 80.

    [53] Plymouth Co. Probate Vol. 12, p. 518-519.

    [54]First Book of Raynham Records,” New England Historical & Genealogical Register, Vol. 51, p. 440; Raynham VRs, pp. 5, 161, “in the 79th year of his age,” buried in the Burying Ground near Shallow Water in Raynham, the town records listing the date as March 23, but the gravestone having “Mch ye 3 1778.”

    [55]First Book of Raynham Records,” New England Historical & Genealogical Register, Vol. 51, p. 440; Raynham VRs, pp. 5, 161, buried in the Burying Ground near Shallow Water in Raynham with her husband.

    [56]First Book of Raynham Records,” New England Historical & Genealogical Register, Vol. 51, p. 440; Vol. 55, p. 45, born on “Sater Day;” Raynham VRs, pp. 4, 26, recorded twice in the vital records of Raynham.

    [57]First Book of Raynham Records,” New England Historical & Genealogical Register, Vol. 51, p. 440; Vol. 55, p. 45; Raynham VRs, pp. 4, 26, 161, buried in the Burying Ground near Shallow Water in Raynham with his parents.

    [58]First Book of Raynham Records,” New England Historical & Genealogical Register, Vol. 51, p. 440; Vol. 55, p. 45, born on “Sabeth Day;” Raynham VRs, pp. 4, 26, recorded twice in the vital records of Raynham.

    [59]First Book of Raynham Records,” New England Historical & Genealogical Register, Vol. 51, p. 440; Vol. 55, p. 45, born on “Saterday;” Raynham VRs, pp. 4, 26, recorded twice in the vital records of Raynham.

    [60]First Book of Raynham Records,” New England Historical & Genealogical Register, Vol. 53, p. 59, marriage of Hatherly Jones and Abigail Rogers by Rev. John Wales, of Raynham, on 16 Nov. 1732 in Raynham.

    [61] Raynham VRs, p. 72.

    [62]First Book of Raynham Records,” New England Historical & Genealogical Register, Vol. 53, p. 60, born on Monday; Raynham VRs, p. 8.

    [63] Raynham VRs, p. 72, but her age is not listed in the death record.

    [64] Raynham VRs, p. 72.

    [65] 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 Seth Jones household had 2 free white males aged 16 or older and 3 free white females.

    [66] Raynham VRs, pp. 62, 72.

    [67] Raynham VRs, p. 72.

    [68] Raynham VRs, p. 72.

    [69] Raynham VRs, p. 72.

    [70]First Book of Raynham Records,” New England Historical & Genealogical Register, Vol. 51, p. 440; Vol. 55, p. 45, born on “Sun Day;” Raynham VRs, pp. 4, 26, recorded twice in the vital records of Raynham.

    [71] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 127, under “Capt. Ebenezer Byram,” who says that Eliab and Phebe Byram had a daughter who married Josiah Deane Esq. of Raynham.

    [72] Calculated from the birth of their eldest child, in 1771.

    [73]First Book of Raynham Records,” New England Historical & Genealogical Register, Vol. 51, p. 440; Vol. 55, p. 45, born on “Fryday in ye 11th hour at night;” Raynham VRs, pp. 4, 26, recorded twice in the vital records of Raynham.

    [74] Calculated from the birth of their eldest child in 1774. There is also the possibility, however, that this Job Dean was the one who married Sarah Gushee on 8 Nov. 1777 in Raynham. (Raynham VRs, p. 90.)