Friday, August 8, 2014

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks - Week 32: #39 Sophia (Buck) (Brigham) (Newton) Stone (1797-1882)

Amy Johnson Crow suggested a weekly blog theme of "52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks" in her blog post Challenge: 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks on the No Story Too Small blog.  Here is my ancestor biography for week #32:

Sophia (Buck) (Brigham) (Newton) Stone (1797-1882) is #39 on my Ahnentafel List, and is my 3rd great-grandmother. She married #38 Thomas J. Newton (ca 1800 - ?????) in about 1834.



I am descended through:

*  their daughter, #19 Sophia Newton  (1834-1923) who married Edward Hildreth (1831-1899) in 1852.

*  their daughter, #9 Harriet Louisa Hildreth (1857-1920) who married #8 Frank Walton Seaver (1852-1922) in 1874.
*  their son, #4 Frederick Walton Seaver (1876-1942), who married #5 Alma Bessie Richmond (1882-1962) in 1900.* their son, #2 Frederick Walton Seaver (1911-1983), who married #3 Betty Virginia Carringer (1919-2002), in 1942.
*  their son, #1 Randall J. Seaver (1943-....)

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1)  PERSON (with source citations as indicated in brackets):


*  Name:                            Sophia Buck [1–4]   
*  Sex:                                 Female   
*  Father:                             Isaac Buck (1757-1846)   
*  Mother:                           Martha "Patty" Phillips (1757-1820)   
 
*  Alternate Name:               Sophia Newton [5–6, 8]    
*  Alternate Name:               Sophia Stone [1, 7]    

2)  INDIVIDUAL FACTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Birth:                              3 May 1797, Holden, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States [1]

*  Census:                           1 June 1850 (age 53), Northborough, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States [5]
*  Census:                           1 June 1860 (age 63), Northborough, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States [6]
*  Occupation:                     1 June 1860 (age 63), seamstress; Northborough, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States [6]
*  Census:                           1 June 1880 (age 83), Leominster, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States [7]
*  Death:                             6 January 1882 (age 84), of heart disease; Westborough, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States [1]
  
3)  MARRIAGES AND CHILDREN (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Spouse 1:                        Lambert Brigham (1794-1834)    

*  Marriage Intentions:         22 December 1816 (age 19), Sterling, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States [3]
*  Marriage:                        12 February 1817 (age 19), Sterling, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States [2, 4]
* Child 1:                            Augustus Brigham (1820-1909)   
* Child 2:                            Aurellus Brigham (1830-1878)   

*  Spouse 2:                       Thomas J. Newton (about 1800-    )   
*  Marriage:                        about 1834 (about age 37), probably Worcester, Massachusetts, United States   
*  Child 3:                           Sophia Newton (1834-1923)   
*  Child 4:                           Thomas Jefferson Newton (1835-1915)   

*  Spouse 3:                        Jonathan Stone (1795-1868)   
*  Marriage:                        7 July 1862 (age 65), Westborough, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States [8]
  
4)  NOTES (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

 Sophia Buck's birth date of 3 May 1797 was calculated from her death record, which indicates, with a death date of 6 January 1882 [1]:  

"Sophia (Buck) Stone, widow, age 84y 7m 3d, resident of Westborough MA, died of heart disease, born in Holden MA, parents Isaac and Martha (Phillips), father born in Southboro MA, no listing for mother."

This date is fairly consistent with ages in other records - age 53 in the 1850 U.S. census, age 64 in the 1860 U.S. census, and age 84 in the 1880 U.S. census.  Her age was given as 63 in 1862 on the occasion of her third marriage.  

She was married three times.  Her first marriage was to Lambert Brigham on 12  February 1817 in Sterling, Massachusetts.  The marriage intention entry in the Sterling town record book said[3]:

"Between Mr. Lambert Brigham & Miss Sophia Buck both of Sterling Dec. 16 1816"

The marriage record in the Sterling town records book says[2]:

"Feb. 12th Joined Lambert Brigm and Sophia Buck both of Sterling in marriage, John Robbins Justice of the Peace"

The entry in the Columbian Centinal newspaper (Boston, Massachusetts), for 22 February 1817, said[4]

"Sophia Buck m. Lambert Brigham, formerly of Westborough, in Sterling."

She had at least two children by Lambert Brigham:  Augustus Brigham (born about 1820) and Aurelius Brigham (born about 1830), in Sterling.  According to the Westborough Town Records, Lambert Brigham died on 5 May 1834.

 It is logical that the widow Sophia (Buck) Brigham resided in or near Sterling in the 1834 to 1835 time period with her two sons and her nearby Buck and Brigham families.  

I have found no marriage records for Thomas J. Newton and Sophia (Buck) Brigham.  At some point, Thomas J. Newton met and married Sophia (Buck) Brigham, or perhaps they did not marry at all.  They apparently had a son, Thomas J. Newton (born 3 June 1835 in Cambridge, Vermont) and a daughter, Sophia Newton (born 14 September 1834 in Vermont) if the accumulated records of those persons are to be believed.  

My hypothesis is that Thomas J. Newton married Sophia (Buck) Brigham in 1834 or 1835 in Worcester County, Massachusetts or in Vermont, and had the two Newton children in Vermont before returning to Worcester County, Massachusetts.   No divorce record was found in Worcester County, Massachusetts between 1830 and 1850.  It is possible that Thomas Newton died before 1850.

In the 1850 U.S. census, Sophia Newton (age 53, born Massachusetts) resided with her daughter Sophia Newton (age 15, born Vermont) in Northborough, Worcester County, Massachusetts.[5]

In the 1860 U.S. census, Sophia Newton (age 64, born Massachusetts, a seamstress) resided in Northborough, Worcester County, Massachusetts in the home of Moses Green, a farmer.[6]  She probably resided in Northborough because her married daughter, Sophia (Newton) Hildreth lived their with her husband and their young daughter.

Sophia Newton married Jonathan Stone on 7 July 1862 in Westborough, Worcester County, Massachusetts.[8]  The information in the vital record register book includes:

*  Jonathan Stone - resident of Westboro, age 66, a stonecutter, born in Shrewsbury to Daniel and Anna Gibson, third marriage
*  Sophia Newton - resident of Westboro, age 63, no occupation, born in Holden, daughter of Isaac and Martha Buck, third marriage.

Jonathan Stone died in Westborough in 1868.

In the 1880 US census, the Edward Hildreth family lived in Leominster in Worcester County, Massachusetts.[7] The family included

*  Edward Hildreth -- white, male, age 49, married, machinist, born MA, father and mother born MA
*  Sophia Hildreth -- white, female, age 46, wife, married, keeping house, born VT, father born ME, mother born MA
*  Sophia Stone -- white, female, age 84, mother-in-law, widowed, born MA, father and mother born MA

Sophia Stone died 6 January 1882 in Westborough, Massachusetts, as described above.[1] The extracted data from the record includes:

"Sophia (Buck) Stone, widow, age 84y 7m 3d, resident of Westborough Mass, died of heart disease, born in Holden MA, parents Isaac and Martha (Phillips), father born in Southboro MA, no listing for mother."

The burial location of Sophia (Buck) (Brigham) (Newton) Stone is not known.  

5)  SOURCES

1. "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841-1915," indexed database and digital images,  New England Historic Genealogical Society, American Ancestors (http://www.AmericanAncestors.org), Deaths: Volume 339, Page 452, 1882, Westborough: Sophia (Buck) Stone entry, age 84-7-3.

2. Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988, indexed database and digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com), Sterling Births, Marriages and Deaths, Marriages, page 261 (penned), image 231 of 1007: Sophia Buck and Lambert Brigham entry.

3. Massachusetts, Town Records, 1620-1988, indexed database and digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com), Sterling Marriage Intentions, page 41 (penned): Lambert Brigham and Sophia Buck entry.

4. American Antiquarian Society, Index of marriages in Massachusetts Centinel and Columbian Centinel, 1784 to 1840 (Boston, Mass. : G.K. Hall, 1961), dated 22 February 1817, Lambert Brigham and Sophia Buck entry.

5. 1850 United States Federal Census, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Northborough: Page 38, Dwelling #165, Family #196, Sophia Nowton household; indexed database and digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com), citing National Archives Microfilm Publication M432, Roll 341.

6. 1860 United States Federal Census, Population Schedule, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Northborough: page 184, Dwelling #995, Family #1222, Moses Green household; indexed database and digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com), citing National Archives Microfilm Publication M653, Roll 528.

7. 1880 United States Federal Census, Population Schedule, Worcester County, Massachusetts; Leominster: Page 532A, dwelling #480, family #605, Edward Hildreth household; online database and digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com); citing National Archives Microfilm Publication T9, Roll 565.

8. "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841-1915," indexed database and digital image, New England Historic Genealogical Society, American Ancestors (http://www.americanancestors.org), Marriages: Volume 155, Page 224, Westborough, 1862: Sophia Newton and Jonathan Stone marriage entry.

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