Friday, February 26, 2016

52 Ancestors - Week 113: #136 Moses Smith (1732-1806)

Amy Johnson Crow suggested a weekly blog theme of "52 Ancestors" in her blog post Challenge:  52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks on the No Story Too Small blog.  I am extending this theme in 2016 to 156 Ancestors in 156 Weeks. Here is my ancestor biography for week #113:

Moses Smith (1732-1806) is #136 on my Ahnentafel list, my 5th great-grandfather who married #137 Patience Hamant (1735-1780) in 1762.


I am descended through:

*  their son, #68 Aaron Smith (1765-1841), wh
o married #69 Mercy Plimpton (1772-1850), in 1795. 
*  their son, #34 Alpheus B. Smith (1802-1840)
who married #35 Elizabeth Horton Dill (1791-1869) in 1826.
*  their daughter, #17 Lucretia Townsend smith (1828-1884), who married #16 Isaac Seaver (1823-1901) in 1852.
*  their son, #8 Frank Walton Seaver (1852-1922), who married #9 Hattie Louise Hildreth (1847-1920) in 1874. 
*  their son, #4 Frederick Walton Seaver (1876-1942), who married 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:                        Moses Smith[1–9]    
*  Sex:                            Male   

*  Father:                        Henry Smith (1680-1743)   
*  Mother:                      Ruth Barber (1696-1761)   

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

*  Birth:                         2 April 1732, Medfield, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States[1]
*  Military:                    1 August 1780 (age 48), Walpole, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States[5]   
*  Census:                     1 June 1790 (age 58), Walpole, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States6[6]
*  Tax List:                   1798 (about age 66), Walpole, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States[7]
*  Census:                     1 June 1800 (age 68), Walpole, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States[8]
*  Death:                       6 January 1806 (age 73), Walpole, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States[9]
*  Burial:                      after 6 January 1806 (after age 73), Plains Cemetery, Walpole, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States[9]
  
3)  SHARED EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
  
*  Spouse 1:                 Sarah Clark (1731-1761)   
*  Marriage 1:              2 December 1756 (age 24), Walpole, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States[2]   
*  Child 1:                   Sarah Smith (1758-    )   
*  Child 2:                   Zillah Smith (1759-1761)   

*  Spouse 2:                Patience Hamant (1735-1780)   
*  Marriage 2 Intentions:  17 July 1762 (age 30), Walpole, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States[3]
*  Marriage 2:            23 September 1762 (age 30), Medfield, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States[4]    

*  Child 3:                 Aaron Smith (1765-1841)   
*  Child 4:                 Luther Smith (1766-    )   
*  Child 5:                 Calvin Smith (1768-    )   
*  Child 6:                 Timothy Smith (1773-    )   
  
4)  NOTES (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

Moses Smith was born in Medfield, Massachusetts, the second child and first son of Henry Smith and his third wife, Ruth Barber.  The Medfield vital record book has this entry[1]:

"SMITH, Moses, s. Henry and Ruth, Apr. 2, 1732"

The marriage record of Moses Smith and Sarah Clark was found in the Walpole, Massachusetts vital record book[2]:

"SMITH, Moses and Sarah Clark, Dec. 2, 1756."

Moses and Sarah (Clark) Smith had two children born in 1758 and 1759 in Walpole.  Sarah (Clark) Smith and her second child died in October 1761.

The intentions of marriage of Moses Smith and Patience Hamant were listed in the Walpole vital records book[3]:

"SMITH, Moses and Patience Hamment, int., July 17, 1762."

The marriage record of Moses Smith and Patience Hammant were found in the Medfield, Massachusetts vital record book[4]:

"SMITH, Moses of Walpole, and Patiance Hammant, Sept. 23, 1762.*"

Moses and Patience (Hamant) Smith had four children born in Walpole between 1765 and 1773.

Moses Smith of Walpole, Massachusetts was a Private in Timothy Mann's Company of the 4th Suffolk Regiment commanded by Major Seth Bullard, which marched on 1 August 1780 and was discharged on 8 August 1780[5].  The company marched to Rhode Island on an alarm.  Total service of 7 days, including 2 days of travel home.

Patience (Hamant) Smith died in December 1780, leaving Moses with four children to raise to adulthood.

In the 1790 U.S. Census, Moses Smith's family was enumerated in Walpole, Suffolk County, Massachusetts[6].  The household included:

*  2 free white males over 16 years of age
*  1 free white males under 16 years of age
*  4 free white females 

Moses Smith was enumerated in the 1798 Direct Tax List for Massachusetts and Maine[7].  The information in this record includes:

*  Name of Occupants or Possessors:  Moses Smith
*  Names of Reputed Owner:  Smith, Moses
*  Town:  Walpole
*  Number of Dwelling Houses Exempt from Valuation:  [blank]
*  Number of Dwelling Houses Subject to and Included in the Valuation:  
**  Dwelling Houses:  1
** Outhouses:  1
** Quantities of Land:  1 Acre
*  Valuations as Determined by the Principal Assessors:  450 Dollars

In the 1800 U.S. Census, Moses Smith's family was enumerated in Walpole, Norfolk County, Massachusetts[8].  The household included:

*  2 males under age 10
*  1 male aged 26-45
*  1 male aged over 45
*  2 females under age 10
*  1 female aged 26-45
*  1 female aged over 45

There are no vital records in Walpole or Medfield for the death date of Moses Smith.  The date for his death is from his gravestone.  The gravestone of Moses Smith in Plains Cemetery in Walpole, Massachusetts has this inscription[9]:


Sacred
to the Memory of
Mr. Moses Smith
who died Jan. 6th
1806
in the 74th Year of
his Age.

No probate records were found in Norfolk County records for Moses Smith.

5)  SOURCES
 
1. Vital Records of Medfield, Massachusetts to the Year 1850 (Boston, Mass. :  New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1903), Births, page 93, Moses Smith entry.

2. Vital Records of Walpole, Massachusetts to the Year 1850 (Boston, Mass. :New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1902), Marriages, page 174, Moses Smith and Sarah Clark entry.

3. Vital Records of Walpole, Massachusetts to the Year 1850, Marriages, page 174, Moses Smith and Patience Hamment intentions entry.

4. Vital Records of Medfield, Massachusetts to the Year 1850, Marriages, page 173, Moses Smith and Patiance Hammant entry.

5. Massachusetts, Secretary of the Commonwealth, Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors of the Revolutionary War (Boston, Mass. : Wright & Potter Pritning, 1896-1908), Volume 14, Page 502, Moses Smith entry.

6. 1790 United States Federal Census,, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, population schedule, Walpole, page 667, Moses Smith household; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com); citing Natinoal Archives Microfilm Publication M637, Roll 4.

7. "Massachusetts and Maine 1798 Direct Tax," indexed database and digital image, American Ancestors (http://www.americanancestors.org), Volume 8, Page 644 of 810, Moses Smith entry.

8. 1800 United States Federal Census, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, population schedule, Walpole, page 31,  Moses Smith household; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com); citing Natinoal Archives Microfilm Publication M32, Roll 18.


9. Jim Tipton, indexed database, Find A Grave (http://www.findagrave.com), Plains Cemetery (Walpole, Mass.), entry for Moses Smith (1732-1806).


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