1606-1692 - Tring, Hertfordshire, England and Charlestown, Suffolk co., MA

(First Generation - Sweetser Family)


BIRTH & DEATH Seth was born on 18 May 1606 in Tring, Hertfordshire, England and died in Charlestown, Suffolk co., MA on 21 May 1662; he was 56. [1].
MIGRATION Seth was in Charlestown, Suffolk co., MA by 1637[2]. It is not known when or on what ship he emigrated from England to Boston, Suffolk co., MA.
RESIDENCE & REAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS Once here, Seth and his family lived in Charlestown, Suffolk co., MA for several generations before moving to other local towns. In 1637, he had a 10-acre lot, No. 25, on the Mystic River side of Charlestown. That same year, he bought a house and 4 acres in the neck, as well as 5 acres on Mystic side and 3 cow commons from John Baker for £35[2].

In the 1638 accounting, Seth had a full 7 parcels of land: (1) his house and 2 acres of land in Eastfield; (2) another 2 acre parcel in town; (3) 1 cow common (in Charlestown the head of the household was allotted a piece of the common in proportion to the amount of cattle he had; presumably to be sure that there was enough pasture land for every family in town. These were soon bought, sold and deeded as any other real estate.); (4) 5 acres on land in the Mystic marshes; (5) 5 acres of pasture in Mystic field; (6) 10 acres of woodlands in Mystic field; (7) 35 acres of pasture in Waterfield[2].

In 1660, Seth deeded his house and 8 acres of land, 1 acre of salt marsh and 1 cow common to his son Benjamin and wife, Abigail Wigglesworth[2].

FREEMAN & CHURCH MEMBERSHIP There is no listing of Seth taking the Oath of Freeman, but he was admitted to the First Church in Charlestown, Suffolk co., MA on 8d:11m:1638/9[2]. His first wife, Bethia, was admitted to the First Church on 9d:7m:1639[2].
ESTATE Seth's will was written on 20 May 1662 and proved on 17 June of that year. According to Wyman, it was "devised to wife [Elizabeth by then], property during life; to wife's son, £20; to two daus., £20; after decease of wife, 1/3 each to daus. Sarah and Elizabeth, and to Samuel Blanchard; witnesses, Thomas Emoas, Thomas Osborn.

INVENTORY: House and 40 acres £190; wood-lot in Chas. common £2; total £270."[2]

MARRIAGE #1 On 21 January 1630 when Seth was 23, he first married Bethia COOK, in Tring, Hertfordshire, England[2,3,4,5,6,7]. Bethia died in January 1660 in Charlestown, Suffolk co., MA.

CHILDREN 2. i. Benjamin SWEETSER Please see his own page.
ii. Hannah SWEETSER Hannah was born in 1638/9. Hannah was baptized in Charlestown, Middlesex co., MA on 12d:11m:1638/9. Hannah married Joseph FITCH[2].
iii. Sarah SWEETSER Sarah was still alive in 1680 when she deed land to her brother Benjamin and in 1682 when she deeded him right in his their father's house in exchange for her maintenance[2] . It appears that she never married.
iv. Mary SWEETSER Mary married Samuel BLANCHARD[2].
v. Elizabeth SWEETSER Elizabeth was born on 27 January 1643 in Charlestown, Middlesex co., MA[2] and in 1661 or 1662 when Elizabeth was 17, she married Samuel HOWARD, in Malden, Middlesex co., MA[15].

MARRIAGE #2 In April 1661 when Seth was 54, he second married Elizabeth [surname not known], in Cambridge, Suffolk co., MA[8,3,9,10]. Elizabeth was the widow of Thomas OAKES and subsequently married Samuel HAYWARD/HAYWOOD after Seth's death. Elizabeth was born in 1603[2] and died in Charlestown, Suffolk co., MA on 21 May 1662; she was 59[2].

GENERATION G8 (Great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great) Grandfather
SOURCES 1. Sweetser, Phillip Starr, Seth Sweetser and his Descendants, (Philadelphia: Integrity Press), [Sweetser].

2. Wyman, Thomas Bellows, The Genealogies and Estates of Charlestown, 2 vols., (Boston: D. Clapp and Son, 1879), [Charlestown], 921.

3. Torrey, Charles, New England Marriages Prior to 1700., (Boston: New England Historic and Genealogical Society). [Torrey].

4. New England Historic and Genealogical Register. Vols. 1+, (Boston: New England Historic and Genealogical Register, 1845+), [NEHGR], 55:290.

5. Cleveland, Edmund James, The Genealogy of the Cleveland and Cleaveland Families. An Attempt to Trace, in both the Male and Female Lines the Posterity of Moses Cleveland . . . , 3 vols., (Hartford, Conn.: Case, Lockwood and Brainard Company, 1899), [Cleveland], 59.

6. Shurtliff, Benjamin, Descendants of William Shurtleff of Plymouth and Marshfield, Mass., (Revere, Mass.: 1912), [Shurtleff], 1:672.

7. Cushing, Gertrude W., Genealogy of the Wells Family, (Milwaukee: S.E. Tate & Co., 1903?), [Wells (#5)], 147.

8. [Charlestown], 713, 921.

9. Oak (ms).

10. Fish Frances Webster, Ancestry of Frances Webster Fish, (Oakland, CA: 1923), typescript, [FishAnc], 134.

11. [Charlestown], 921, 1029.

12. [Shurtleff], 1:672,674.

13. [Cleveland], 59,60.

14. [NEHGR or Reg.], 18:290; 59:246.

15. Malden, Middlesex co., MA Vital Records, [MaldenVR], p. 308, #c.c.

16. Ibid. 380.

17. Ibid. p. 381, #202.

18. [Charlestown], 925.

19. Chamberlain, George Walter, The Spragues of Malden, Mass., (Boston, Mass.: privately printed, 1923), [Sprague (#1)], 110.

20. Sprague, Edward George, The Ralph Sprague Genealogy, (Montpelier, Vt.: The Capital City Press, [1913]), [Sprague (#3)], 47.

21. [Shurtleff], 1:673.

22. Tufts, Larkin T., et al., Tufts Genealogy, (n.p. [1897]), [Tufts], 3.

23. [NEHGR or Reg.], 18:181.

24. [MaldenVR], p. 381, #197.

25. Ibid. p. 85, #82.

26. Ibid. p. 85, #83.

27. Ibid. p. 85, #86.

28. Ibid. p. 85, #88.

29. Wakefield, Middlesex co., MA Vital Records, [WakefieldVR], 327 [C.R. - Congregational Church of Wakefield].

30. [MaldenVR], p. 302, #12.

31. Reading, Middlesex co., MA Vital Records, 210.

32. Ibid. 221.

33. [WakefieldVR], 327.

34. Lynn, Essex co., MA Vital Records, [LynnVR], II:175.

35. Smith, Ethel Farrington, comp., Adam Hawkes of Saugus, Mass. 1605-1672., (Baltimore: Gateway Press, 1980), [Hawkes (1980)], 82.

36. [LynnVR], II:176 [Intention and P.R. 6-Commonplace Book].

37. Ibid. p. I:183.

38. Reading, Middlesex co., MA Vital Records, 222.

39. [WakefieldVR], 325.

40. Ibid.

41. Reading, Middlesex co., MA Vital Records, 220.

42. Commonwealth of MA Vital Records, [MAVR], Death Records 1894, Volume 319, Page 230, #5, Lynn [Maria A. Sweetser].

43. [LynnVR], I:388.

44. Ibid. II:363.

45. Ibid. II:599.

46. [MaldenVR], p. 85, #173.

47. [LynnVR], 1:389.

48. [MAVR], Death Records 1894, Volume 319, Page 230, #5, Lynn [Maria A. Sweetser].

49. Ibid. Birth Records 1857, Volume 105, Page 275, #114, Lynn [Henry Ernest Newhall].

50. Ibid. Death Records 1931, Page 112, #723 [Henry E. Newhall].

51. Essex Institute Historical Collections, vol. 1+, (Salem, Mass., 1859+), [EIHC], Waters Newhall Listings. Oliver is mention in his father's (#728) listings. Oliver is #1353, v. 48, p. 320.

52. Lynn, Essex co., MA Vital Records, [LynnVR], Court Record.

53. [MAVR], Death Records 1894, Volume 445, Page 506, #773 [Oliver Nelson Newhall].

54. Ibid.

55. Original Document in posession of Kristin C. Hall.

56. "Arthur Blake Maddison & Marian Louise Newhall Marriage Record," 1 June 1922, Lynn, Essex co., MA, 1922, v. 455, A436015 - Registered Number 347, Intention Number 360, Commonwealth of MA Vital Records.

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