Friday, March 18, 2016

52 Ancestors - Week 116: #139 Mary (Guild) Plimpton (1735-1800)

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 #116:

Mary (Guild) Plimpton (1735-1800) is #139 on my Ahnentafel list, my 5th great-grandmother who married #138 Amos Plimpton (1735-1808) in 1756.

I am descended through:

*  their daughter 
#69 Mercy Plimpton (1772-1850), who married 
#68 Aaron Smith (1765-1841) 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-....)


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

*  Name:                          Mary Guild[1]
*  Alternate Name:         Mary Plimpton[2-4]  
*  Sex:                             Female   

*  Father:                        Nathaniel Guild (1712-1796)   
*  Mother:                      Mary Boyden (1708-1776)   
2)  INDIVIDUAL EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
*  Birth:                          1735, Walpole, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States   
*  Distribution:               4 October 1796 (about age 61), father's will proved; Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States[2]   
*  Deed:                          6 April 1798 (about age 63), Walpole, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States[3]   
*  Death:                        20 March 1800 (about age 65), Medfield, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States[4]   

3)  SHARED EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
*  Spouse 1:                   Amos Plimpton (1735-1808)   
*  Marriage 1:                9 December 1756 (about age 21), Walpole, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States[1]   
*  Child 1:                      Molly Plimpton (1758-1813)   
*  Child 2:                      Elizabeth Plimpton (1761-1766)   
*  Child 3:                      John Plimpton (1763-1765)   
*  Child 4:                      Amos Plimpton (1770-1770)   
*  Child 5:                      Mercy Plimpton (1772-1850)   
4)  NOTES (with source citations as indicated in brackets):   

Mary Guild was born in about 1735, probably in Walpole, the oldest child of Nathaniel and Mary (Boyden) Guild.  There is no birth record available in the Massachusetts town or vital records for Mary Guild.  She is listed with her married name in the will of her father in 1795[2]

Amos Plimpton of Medfield and Mary Guild of Medfield, were married in Medfield in 1756.  The Medfield Vital Records book says[1]:

"Amos Plimpton and Mary Guild, Dec. 9, 1756"

Amos and Mary (Guild) Plimpton had five children between 1758 and 1772, and all of the births were recorded in the Medfield Vital Records book.  Only two children survived to adulthood - daughters Molly and Mercy.

Mary (Guild) Plimpton was to receive an equal share, with her five siblings and her step-mother, of one half of her father's estate, as described in her father's 1795 will[2]:

"Also I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Anna Guild, to the heirs of my son Nathaniel Guild deceased, to my son Samuel Guild, & to my daughters, Mary Plimpton, Mercy Hewins, Susanna Morse & Mehitable Guild one half of all my estate both real & personal, during the natural life of my daughter, Mehitable Guild, and after the decease or marriage of the said Mehitable, I give unto them the whole of my estate to be equally divided among them, after one hundred dollars has been paid out of the same to the said Mehitable, in case she marrys."

On 6 April 1798, the heirs of Nathaniel Guild, father of Mary (Guild) Plimpton, sold land in Walpole to Harman Guild[3].  The deed says, in part:

"Know all Men by these Presents, that We Amos Plimpton Yeoman, and his wife Mary Plimton Spinster, both of Medfield and Ebenezer Hewings Yeoman and Mercy Hewins his wife Spinster, and Ezra Morse Esq'r & Susanna Morse his wife Spinster, and Mehatable Guild, spinster, all of Sharon, all in the  County of Norfolk, and Samuel Guild of Easton in the County of Bristol Esq'r,  and heirs of the Estate of Nathaniel Guild late of Walpole dec'd for and in consideration of Sixteen Hundred & seventy one Dollars and forty three Dollars paid us by Herman Guild of Walpole in the County of Norfolk Yeoman, the receipt whereof we do hereby acknowledge, do hereby Quit and have by these Presents, have Quited to him the said Harmen Guild and to his heirs and assigns, all our rights & title in and unto all the real Estate lying and being partly in Sd Walpole and partly in Sd Sharon and partly in Foxborough, being all that is contained in the Inventory that was taken of the real estate of s'd Nathaniel Guild dec'd dated Nov'r 15'th 1796 and for further description and Perticulars of the Boundaries of s'd real Estate, reference is had to the Plan taken by the appraisers of s'd Estate." 

The Medfield, Massachusetts Vital Records book lists Mary Plimpton's death[4]:

"[PLIMPTON] Mary, w. Amos, Mar. 20, 1800."

There is no gravestone available for Mary (Guild) Plimpton in Medfield cemeteries.

1. Vital Records of Walpole, Massachusetts to the Year 1850 (Boston, Mass. :New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1902), Marriages, page 161, Amos Plimpton and Mary Guild entry.

2. "Norfolk County, Massachusetts Probate Court Records, 1793-1881," court clerk manuscript, Volume 2, Pages 502-503, will of Nathaniel Guild, 1795, accessed on FHL US/CAN Microfilm 0,843,573.

3. "Massachusetts, Land Records, 1620-1986," digital images, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, FamilySearch ( :, accessed 4 March 2016), Norfolk County, Mass., Volume 13, pages 81-82, deed for land in Norfolk County from heirs of Nathaniel Guild to Harman Guild, 1798; citing original records in County Courthouses, and on FHL Microfilms .

4. Vital Records of Medfield, Massachusetts to the Year 1850 (Boston, Mass. :  New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1903), Deaths, page 230, Mary Plimpton entry.


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