Saturday, June 26, 2010

Surname Saturday - HORTON (of Eastham MA)

It's Surname Saturday, and I'm "counting down" my Ancestral Name List each week. I'm up to number 71, who is Mary Horton (????-????), one of my 4th-great-grandparents. The only record that names Mary Horton is the two death records of her daughter, Elizabeth Horton (Dill) Smith in 1869.

My hypothesis is that the mother of Elizabeth Horton Dill is not Mary Horton, but is really Hannah Horton (1761-1797), who married Thomas Dill on 18 May 1782 in Wellfleet MA. Thomas and Hannah (Horton) Dill had nine children (Ezekiel, Obediah, Seth, Isaiah, Jabez, Elizabeth, James, Daniel and Asa Dill between 1784 and 1795), and Hannah apparently died before June 1797 when Thomas Dill married Ruth Linkhornew.

I have described my evidence conflicts for this case in my post Elizabeth Horton Dill: A Very Elusive Ancestor. If she is indeed the Elizabeth Dill, born 09 May 1791 in Eastham, Barnstable, MA, the daughter of Thomas Dill and Hannah Horton, then my potential ancestral line back through four generations of HORTONs is:

1. Randall J. Seaver

2. Frederick W. Seaver (1911-1983)
3. Betty V. Carringer (1919-2002)

4. Frederick W. Seaver (1876-1942)
5. Alma Bessie Richmond (1882-1962)

8. Frank W. Seaver (1852-1922)
9. Harriet Hildreth (1857-1920)

16. Isaac Seaver (1823-1901)
17. Lucretia Townsend Smith (1827-1884)

34. Alpheus B. Smith (1802-1840)
35. Elizabeth Horton Dill (1794-1869)

[and then the hypothesis fits right here... Elizabeth Horton Dill was daughter of Thomas and Hannah (Horton) Dill]

70. Thomas Dill, born 18 May 1782 in Wellfleet, Barnstable, MA. He was born about 1755 in Eastham, Barnstable, MA, and died after 1830 in probably Eastham, Barnstable, MA. He was the son of Thomas Dill and Mehitable Brown. He married (1) 18 May 1782 in Wellfleet, Barnstable, MA.
71. Hannah Horton, born 28 April 1761 in Eastham, Barnstable, MA; died before 1797 in probably Eastham, Barnstable, MA.

142. Nathaniel Horton, born 24 February 1720/21 in Eastham, Barnstable, MA; died Bef. May 1775 in prob. Eastham, Barnstable, MA. He married 10 January 1741/42 in Eastham, Barnstable, MA.
143. Eunice Snow, born 30 November 1722 in Eastham, Barnstable, MA. She was the daughter of 286. Jabez Snow and 287. Elizabeth Paine.

Children of Nathaniel Horton and Eunice Snow are: Elnathan Horton (1743-????); Nathaniel Horton (1746-????); Obadiah Horton (1747-????); William Horton (1750-????); Elizabeth Horton (1753-????); James Horton (1755-????); Eunice Horton (1757-????); Jabez Horton (1759-1759); Hannah Horton (1761-1797); Anna Horton (1763-????).

284. Samuel Horton, born 31 January 1685/86 in Boston, Suffolk, MA; died before 01 April 1778 in Eastham, Barnstable County, MA. He married 28 January 1713/14 in Eastham, Barnstable County, MA.
285. Hannah Atwood, born about 1680 in Eastham, Barnstable County, MA. She was the daughter of 570. Stephen Atwood and 571. Apphia Bangs.

Children of Samuel Horton and Hannah Atwood are: John Horton (1715-????); Hannah Horton (1717-????); Nathaniel Horton (1721-1775); Susanna Horton (1723-????); Abigail Horton (1725-????); Elizabeth Horton (1727-????); Samuel Horton (1729-1799); James Horton (1731-????).

568. John Horton, born about 1650, died before 06 April 1710 in Eastham, Barnstable, MA. He married before 1677
569. Hannah, died 07 January 1689/90 in Boston, Suffolk, MA.

Children of John Horton and Hannah are: Dorothy Horton (????-????); Hopestill Horton (1677-????); Samuel Horton (1686-1778).

The line ends with John Horton. There was some discussion many years ago that this John Horton that had at least one child in Boston in 1686 and died in Eastham in 1710 was a descendant of Thomas Horton of Rehoboth MA, or of Ralph or John Houghton of Lancaster MA. I've consulted the available books for those two families, and do not find a candidate to be the John Horton (or Houghton) of Eastham. A brief search using Google and Rootsweb WorldConnect databases did not provide any revelations. This John Horton of Boston and Eastham is listed in several databases, with a wife named Hannah ????, Hannah Harden and Hannah Long.

If any researcher has more up-to-date information about this John Horton (or Houghton) of Boston and Eastham, I would appreciate hearing from you. Are there any cousins with this Horton family in Eastham MA - I would appreciate hearing from you also! My email is

UPDATED: It appears that there is a book about this family: "Descendants of John Horton of Boston, Massachusetts and New London, Connecticut through his son Samuel Horton of Eastham, Massachusetts" by Margaret Horton Weiler published by Penobscot Press, 1994. Now on my "To Find" list!

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