Friday, February 19, 2016

52 Ancestors - Week 112: #135 Abigail (Pierce) Knowlton (1750-1776)

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 #112:

Abigail Pierce (1750-1776)  is #135 on my Ahnentafel list, my 5th great-grandmother who married #134 Jeremiah Knowlton (1745-1785) in 1771.

I am descended through:

*  their daughter, 
#67 Abigail Knowlton (1774-1855), who married #66 Nathan Gates (1767-1830), in 1790. 
*  their daughter, 
#33 Abigail Gates (1797-1867) who married #32 Benjamin Seaver (1791-1825), in 1817.
*  their son, #16 Isaac Seaver (1823-1901), who married #17 Lucretia Townsend Smith (1828-1884) 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-....)


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

*  Name:                    Abigail Pierce[1–5]   

*  Alternate Name:    Abigail Knowlton [3-5]
*  Sex:                        Female   

*  Father:                   Samuel Peirce (1712-1772)   
*  Mother:                 Abigail Stearns (1715-1798)   
2)  INDIVIDUAL EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
*  Birth:                     12 April 1750, Waltham, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[1]
*  Distribution:          26 March 1772 (age 21); Samuel Pierce's will; Waltham, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[3]   
*  Death:                   2 February 1776 (age 25), Lincoln, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[4–5]   
3)  SHARED EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):   

*  Spouse 1:              Jeremiah Knowlton (1745-1785)   
*  Marriage 1:           4 April 1771 (age 20), Waltham, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[2]   
*  Child 1:                 Lydia Knowlton (1773-    )   
*  Child 2:                Abigail Knowlton (1774-1855)   
4)  NOTES (with source citations as indicated in brackets):   

Abigail Pierce was born 12 April 1750 in Waltham, Massachusetts to Samuel and Abigail (Stearns) Pierce.  She was the 6th of 9 children.

The Waltham vital record book says[1]:

"PIERCE, Abigail [dup. Peirce], d. Samuel and Abigail, Apr. 12, 1750."

Jeremiah Knowlton married Abigail Pierce in Waltham on 4 April 1771.  The Waltham vital record book records the marriage as[2]:

"KNOWLTON, Jeremiah of Lexington, and Abigail Pierce, Apr. 4, 1771."

The Lexington vital record book also records the marriage as:

"KNOWLTON, Jeremiah of Lex., m., in Waltham, Abigail Pierce, of Waltham, Apr. 4, 1771."

In his will dated 26 March 1772, and proved 5 May 1772, Samuel Pierce bequeathed money to his daughter Abigail[3]:

"Item  To my beloved Daughter Abigail Knowlton Wife of Jeremiah Knowlton the Sum of six pounds thirteen shillings & four Pence to be paid at my wifes decease."

Jeremiah and Abigail (Pierce) Knowlton had two children, Lydia in 1773 and Abigail in 1774, both born  in Lincoln, Massachusetts.  

The death record in the Lincoln, Massachusetts town records for Abigail (Pierce) Knowlton says[4-5]:

"Abigail Knowlton, wife of Jeremiah Knowlton, Departed this life February ye 2d A./D. 1776"

There is no known burial location for Abigail (Pierce) Knowlton.  She was probably buried in Lincoln, Massachusetts.

1. Vital records of Waltham, Massachusetts, to the year 1850 (Boston, Mass. : New-England Historic Genealogical Society, 1904), Births, page 72, Abigail Pierce entry.

2. Vital records of Waltham, Massachusetts, to the year 1850, Marriages, page 179, Jeremiah Knowlton and Abigail Pierce entry.

3. "Probate Records 1648-1924 (Middlesex County, Massachusetts),"  886 FHL US/CAN Microfilms, Packet #17,559, Samuel Peirce, will, accessed on  FHL Microfilm US/CAN 0,421,491.

4. Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988, digital images, (, "Lincoln Births, Marriages and Deaths," Page 97 (image 226 of 1092), Abigail Knowlton death entry.

5. Vital Records of Lincoln, Massachusetts, to the Year 1850 (Boston, Mass.: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1908), Deaths, page 167, Abigail Knowlton entry.


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1 comment:

Cousin Russ said...


Any of your Knowlton folk meander down to New Jersey ? There is a small town down this way by that name. Oh, and its not too far from Newton, you remember that town.