Friday, April 17, 2015

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks - Week 68: #75 Hannah (Smith) Sawtell (1768-1827)

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 2015 to 104 Ancestors in 104 Weeks. Here is my ancestor biography for week #68:

Hannah Smith (1768-1827) is #75 on my Ahnentafel list, my 4th great-grandmother. She married in 1789 to #74 Josiah Sawtell (1768-1847).

I am descended through:

*  their daughter #37 Hannah Sawtell (1789-1857) who married #36 Zachariah Hildreth (1783-1857), in 1810.  

*  their son, #18 Edward Hildreth (1831-1899), who married #19 Sophia Newton (1834-1923) in 1852.  
*  their daughter #9 Hattie Louise Hildreth (1847-1920), 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-....)


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

*  Name:                      Hannah Smith[1]

*  Alternate Name:      Hannah Sawtelle[2]   
*  Alternate Name:      Hannah Sawtell[3]  
*  Sex:                         Female   

*  Father:                    unknown Smith (    -    )   
*  Mother:                   unknown (    -    )   
2)  INDIVIDUAL EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
*  Birth:                      about 1768, probably Raby, Hillsborough, New Hampshire, United States
*  Death:                    8 February 1827 (about age 59), Hillside Cemetery, Townsend, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[2–3]
*  Burial:                      after 8 February 1827 (after about age 59), Hillside Cemetery, Townsend, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[2–3]   
3)  SHARED EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Spouse 1:               Josiah Sawtell (1768-1847)    
*  Marriage 1:            5 February 1789 (about age 21), probably Raby, Hillsborough, New Hampshire, United States[1]   

*  Child 1:                  Hannah Sawtell (1789-1857)   
*  Child 2:                  Josiah Sawtell (1791-1871)   
*  Child 3:                  Mary Sawtell (1793-1831)   
*  Child 4:                  Chester Sawtell (1795-1872)   
*  Child 5:                  Esther Sawtell (1797-1852)   
*  Child 6:                  Horace Sawtell (1799-1825)   
*  Child 7:                  Neuma Sawtell (1803-1826)   
*  Child 8:                  Walter Sawtell (1806-1857)   
*  Child 9:                  Price Sawtell (1810-1891)   
4)  NOTES (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

Hannah Smith was born in about 1768, perobablty in Raby (now called Brookline), Hillsborough County, New Hampshire.  No record has been found for the birth of Hannah Smith, and no parents are positively known.  

There were many Smith families in Hillsborough County, New Hampshire in the 1760 to 1770 time frame.  Joshua Smith was the only one who resided in the town of Raby (now called Brookline), and he lived in the southeast part of Raby on the road towards what is now Pepperrell, Massachusetts.  There are many town records of Joshua Smith, and the town history names his two wives, but they do not name a daughter Hannah Smith.

Hannah Smith's maiden surname is known only from the Boston Transcript newspaper article described below.  The most information about Hannah Smith's family was obtained from a query contribution to the Boston Transcript (4th Series, entry #3534):[1]

"(3534)  1. SMITH, SARTELL, BISHOP.  Hannah Smith, born Jan. 1 1768, at Amherst, Mass., married Feb. 5, 1789, at Amherst, Josiah Sartell of Hollis, Mass.  I wonder if her parents were Noah Smith and Mary, daughter of Edward Elmer, who were married in Amherst in 1766 at Amherst (probably).  If this is true, who were Noah Smith's ancestors? The children of Hannah Smith and Josiah Sartell were:

(1) Josiah, Jr. born Brookline, N.H. Nov. 26, 1791 (I believe married Rebecca Manning).
(2) Hannah, born Brookline N.H. Nov. 6, 1789, married Zachariah Hildreth, who was born Townsend Mass.and died at Townsend Jan. 22, 1857; Hannah died at Townsend Jan. 13, 1851, children: Aaron, Clarissa, James, Clarissa 2d, Elizabeth, Milo, Moses, Edward, Harriet and Moses.
(3)  Mary (Lee), born Townsend April 11, 1793, and died at Pelham, May 26, 1831, children Enos, Edwin, Samantha.
(4) Chester, born Townsend Aug. 6, 1795, died April 19, 1875; children Sophia and Mrs. Bizel.
(5)  Esther, born Townsend May 13, 1797, died Amherst Mass. March 5, 1859.
(6) Horace, born Ashburnham, Mass. July 9, 1799, died Mason, N.H. May 21, 1825, married Sally Saunders, had daughter Elizabeth.
(7)  Neuma, born Townsend June 6, 1802, and died Mason, N.H. Aug. 11, 1826.
(8)  Walter, born Townsend, March 21, 1806, and died Townsend, Aug. 26, 1857, married Louisa Adams; had a son Perry.
(9)  Price, born Townsend, Feb. 2, 1810, married Eliza Bishop at Watertown, N.Y., Feb. 21, 1831, who was born Dec. 12, 1806 at Westmoreland, Vt., and died Feb. 14, 1875 at Milwaukee; Price died Milwaukee, June 5, 1891.  (Who were the parents of Eliza Bishop?)."

The writer likely confused Amherst, Hampshire County, Massachusetts with Amherst, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire (just north of Brookline, New Hampshire).   Noah Smith (1742-1830) and Mary Elmer (1743-1833) married in 1766 in Amherst, Hampshire County, Massachusetts and had a daughter named Hannah Smith born 3 January 1767, but this family remained in Amherst, Massachusetts, and that Hannah Smith married Martin Cook on 28 January 1785 in Amherst, Massachusetts.  Hannah (Smith) Cook died in Amherst, Massachusetts in 1846.

The marriage date of 5 February 1789 for Hannah Smith and Josiah Sawtell was obtained from the Boston Transcript query;  it was probably based on a family record available to the author of the query.

The cemetery entry in the Townsend Vital Records book says:[2]

"Sawtelle, Hannah, w. Josiah, Feb. 8, 1824 a 50y."

The Find A Grave memorial for Hannah Sawtell does not show a gravestone image.  It does show a transcription, apparently taken from the gravestone.  It reads:[3]

"In memory of
wife of
who died
Feb'y 8th 1827
ae 59 years
The death day (8 February) are the same in the vital records book and the gravestone inscription, but the year of death, and age of death, are not the same for some reason.  If she was born in about 1768, she would be age 56 in 1824 and age 59 in 1827. If she died at age 50 in early 1824, that would make her birth year about 1773, and she would have been about age 16 in 1789 at her marriage. I have used the 1827 date.


[1]. Boston Transcript, (Boston, Mass.), 21 April 1932, Item 3534, "SMITH, SARTELL, BISHOP," Boston Transcript Genealogical Column Microfiche Collection, Card 7 1832; San Diego Public Library, San Diego, Calif.. citing Carlos Parsons Darling, Boston Transcript genealogy newspaper columns, June 6, 1896-April 30, 1941 (Middletown, Conn. : Godfrey Memorial library, 197-), on 682 FHL microfiche.

[2]. Henry C. Hallowell (editor), Vital Records of Townsend, Massachusetts (Boston, Mass. :  New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1992), New Cemetery Records, page 367, Hannah Sawtelle entry.

[3]. Jim Tipton, indexed database, Find A Grave (, Hillside Cemetery, Townsend, Mass., Hannah Sawtell memorial #141409870.


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