Saturday, July 31, 2010

Surname Saturday - HORTON (England > MA > RI)

It's Surname Saturday, and I'm "counting down" my Ancestral Name List each week. I am up to number 91, who is Phebe Horton (1772-????), one of my 4th-great-grandparents.

My ancestral line back through five generations of HORTON families 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)

10. Thomas Richmond (1848-1917)
11. Julia White (1848-1913)

22. Henry Arnold White (1824-1885)
23. Amy Frances Oatley (1826-before 1870)

44. Jonathan White (1806-1850)
45. Miranda Wade (1804-1850)

90. Simon Wade, born 22 November 1767 in Foster, Providence County, RI, and died 26 April 1857 in Killingly, Windham County, CT. He was the son of 180. Simon Wade and 181. Deborah Tracy. He married before 1790 in Foster, Providence, RI.
91. Phebe Horton, born 07 May 1772 in Foster, Providence County, RI. She was the daughter of 2. Nathaniel Horton and 3. Sarah Pray.

Simon Wade and Phebe Horton had children: James Wade (1791-????); Catherine Wade (1793-????); Sarah Wade (1798-????); Arnold Wade (1800-????); Olive Wade (1802-????); Miranda Wade (1804-1850); Fenner Wade (1807-1842); Lawton Wade (1814-1905).

182. Nathaniel Horton, born about 1730 in Rehoboth, Bristol County, MA; died 04 May 1819 in Foster, Providence County, RI. He married about 1755 in probably Scituate, Providence County, RI.
183. Sarah Pray, born about 1734 in Providence County, RI; died after 1819 in probably Foster, Providence County, RI. She was the daughter of 366. Richard Pray and 367. Rachel.

Children of Nathaniel Horton and Sarah Pray are: Nathaniel Horton (1755-????); Abel Horton (1756-1842); Katherine Horton (1758-1779); John Horton (1760-????); Chase Horton (1762-????); Ruth Horton (1764-????); Rachel Horton (1766-????); Sarah Horton (1768-????); Freelove Horton (1770-????); Phebe Horton (1772-????); Olive Horton (1774-????).

364. John Horton, born 21 March 1695/96 in Swansea, Bristol County, MA; died 10 January 1796 in Glocester, Providence County, RI. He married 09 July 1719 in Swansea, Bristol County, MA.
365. Mary Chase, born 15 January 1694/95 in Newbury, Essex County, MA; died 09 March 1731/32 in Rehoboth, Bristol County, MA. She was the daughter of 710. Thomas Chase and 711. Rebecca Follansbee.

Children of John Horton and Mary Chase are: Ruth Horton (1720-????); Mehitable Horton (1723-1806); Mary Horton (1725-????); John Horton (1728-1776); Nathaniel Horton (1730-1819).

728. John Horton, born 06 June 1672 in Milton, Norfolk County, MA; died before May 1752 in Rehoboth, Bristol County, MA. He married about 1689 in probably Rehoboth, Bristol County, MA.
729. Mehitable Garnsey, born 02 November 1673 in Milton, Norfolk County, MA; died 15 October 1742 in Rehoboth, Bristol County, MA. She was the daughter of 1458. John Garnsey and 1459. Elizabeth.

Children of John Horton and Mehitable Garnsey are: Thomas Horton (1690-1733); Sarah Horton (1692-1725); Jonathan Horton (1695-1774); John Horton (1696-1796); Mary Horton (1704-????); Jotham Horton (1705-1797); Henekiah Horton (1714-1787).

1456. Thomas Horton, born about 1638 in ENGLAND; died before 08 March 1714/15 in Rehoboth, Bristol County, MA. He married about 1668 in probably Norfolk County, MA.
1457. Sarah Harmon, born 01 May 1652 in Braintree, Norfolk County, MA; died before December 1693 in Rehoboth, Bristol County, MA. She was the daughter of 2914. Nathaniel Harmon and 2915. Mary Bliss.

Children of Thomas Horton and Sarah Harmon are: Rachel Horton (1669-????); John Horton (1672-1752); Jonathan Horton (1675-????); Thomas Horton (1677-1745); David Horton (1679-????); Solomon Horton (1682-1724).

Are there any Horton cousins from this line reading this? If so, do you have more information about these families? Please contact me at if you want to share information.

UPDATED: One of the benefits of posting these family lists by surname is that other researchers may share part of the ancestry. JT of the filioagnostic blog is a cousin through John and Mehitable (Garnsey) Horton - and posted about it in He notes that the wife of Thomas Horton (1638-1715) may NOT be Sarah Harmon, according to the best available research. Consequently, I have changed my database to detach Sarah Harmon as the wife of Thomas Horton and substituted a wife Sarah with no known maiden surname as Thomas Horton's wife.

Mistakes like this are certainly in my database and resulted from "name collecting" in my early research years. The one thing that I am absolutely sure of is that my genealogy database is very imperfect! Names, dates, places, relationships, sources, etc. are the essence of genealogy, and I'm trying to improve my database to include the best information I can find. I appreciate JT, and others, who take the time to offer additions and corrections to my database!

JT noted that Margaret Jenks and Frank Seymour's book, Thomas Horton of Milton and Rehoboth, Massachusetts, published by the authors in 1984, is available in the BYU Family History Archive here. If you have Hortons of Milton, Rehoboth and Swansea of Massachusetts, and in Rhode Island and eastern Connecticut, then this book probably has your family listed.


JT said...

Hi Randy,

We are cousins through John and Mehitable (Garnsey) Horton.

TransDutch said...

If JT is correct, and John and Mehitable (Guernsey) Horton connects with the Bush's Hortons, then I too am a cousin, through Joseph Horton - 10144 on the Bush ahnentafel

Brenda Skinner said...

Randy, I have a Horton mystery on my hands, and your mention of a book about the family caught my eye. It's the story of little Florence Ada Dawson, who was sent to America from Yorkshire, England in 1897 at the age of 3.

She married Frederick Horton of Rhode Island in 1920 and remained there for the rest of her life.

I believe her mother died at or shortly after her birth in 1894, and her father possibly had to break up the family (he is a lodger in the 1901 census in England; an older daughter is possibly in service with an aunt and uncle; and a son is living with an aunt and uncle). But there is no mention of dear little Florence, who had by that time been sent off to America.

I have her in a 1900 US Federal Census at the age of 6, described as a 'boarder' with John and Harriet Card and their daughter, Edith.

But who accompanied her on that trans-Atlantic crossing? Not necessarily the Card family, with whom she was living in 1900. I can't find any record of her emigration or immigration. And then, by the 1910 US census, she was described as an adopted daughter of a different family! Poor little thing; so many changes in her young life.

Maybe the book or one of your readers could shed some light on her time between 1897 and 1900?

Randy Seaver said...


I doubt that your Horton would be in the Horton book by Margaret Jenks since that was for descendants of Thomas Horton of Milton and Rehoboth.

There should be a birth record for her in the UK Civil Registration which would give you the parents names, and then a marriage record for the parents would give you more information. There may be passenger lists that show who Florence traveled with. Do you have a death certificate for her? Did she have a Social security card? Is there an obituary for her?

There may have been some sort of orphan ship that brought children to the USA. There may be an English newspaper article about it. Or not, who knows? There may be a newspaper article in the USA about the orphans if that was an organized event.

That's all I can think of now.

Brenda Skinner said...

Thanks, Randy. I do have some of the information you suggested, including her SSN and record of death. It was the emigration/immigration record that I was particularly interested in as it may tell me who took her across the Atlantic in 1897. As I do know her SSN (and have no experience of searching for US records), can you tell me what I might pursue with that in hand? Many thanks for your help.