Friday, September 1, 2017

52 Ancestors - Week 190: #269 Sarah (Allen) Knowlton (1717-1796) of Sudbury and Concord, Massachusetts

Sarah (Allen) Knowlton (1717-1796) is #269 on my Ahnentafel List, my 6th great-grandmother, who married #268 Jeremiah Knowlton in 1735 in Sudbury, Massachusetts.

I am descended through:

*  their son #134 Jeremiah Knowlton (1745-1785) who married Abigail Peirce (1750-1776) in 1771.
*  their daughter #67 Abigail Knowlton (1774-1855) 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 1851.
*  their son #8 Frank Walton Seaver (1852-1922) who married #9 Hattie Louisa Hildreth (1857-1920) 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 Jeffrey Seaver (1943-living)


1)  PERSON (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
*  Name:                    Sarah Allen[1–2]   
*  Alternate Name:    Sarah Knowlton[3–5]

*  Sex:                       Female   

*  Father:                  Thomas Allen (1690-1777)   
*  Mother:                Sarah Grande (1691-    )  

2)  INDIVIDUAL EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Birth:                    4 May 1717, Sudbury, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[1]
*  Deed:                   14 June 1752 (age 35), one half interest in a well sold to Aaron Brown; Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[3]   
*  Deed:                  13 March 1762 (age 44), widow Sarah Knowlton sold one half of houselot in Concord to Thomas Munroe for 20 pounds; Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[4]   
*  Death:                 10 May 1796 (age 79), Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[5]   
3)  SHARED EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
*  Spouse 1:           Jeremiah Knowlton (1713-1752)   
*  Marriage 1:        24 July 1735 (age 18), Sudbury, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[2]   

*  Child 1:             John Knowlton (1736-    )   
*  Child 2:             Abigail Knowlton (1739-    )   
*  Child 3:             Nathaniel Knowlton (1741-    )   
*  Child 4:             Benjamin Knowlton (1743-    )   
*  Child 5:             Jeremiah Knowlton (1745-1785)   
4)  NOTES (with source citations as indicated in brackets):   

Sarah Allen was born 4 May 1717 in Sudbury, Massachusetts, the third child and first daughter of Thomas and Sarah (Grande) Allen of Sudbury[1].

Sarah married Jeremiah Knowlton of Concord, Massachusetts on 24 July 1735 in Sudbury[2].  They had five children born in Concord between 1736 and 1745.

The Knowlton family resided in Concord, Massachusetts throughout the rest of Sarah's life.  

Jeremiah died in 1752, but there are no probate records.  Sarah Knowlton has two deeds in the Middlesex County land records:

*  On 14 June 1752, "spinster" Sarah Knowlton and Benjamin Barron sold one half of a well in Concord to Aaron Brown, hatter of Concord, situated on land lately belonging to Benjamin Fletcher for value received.  The deed was recorded 1 August 1754[3].

*  On 13 March 1762, Sarah Knowlton, widow of Concord, sold two parcels of land in Concord to Thomas Munroe, gentleman of Concord, for 20 pounds lawful money,  The first parcel was in the easterly part of Concord, and was one half of the house lot Sarah resided on, and included the eastern half of the house itself.  The parcel was bounded by land of Jonathan Puffer, on land of the heirs of Benjamin Barron, on land of the heirs of Aaron Brown, and on the highway.  A second parcel of 14 square rods was located on the southerly side of the highway.  The deed included her one quarter rights and interests in  the well on the property.  The deed was recorded on 2 October 1762[4].

The death record in the Concord vital record book says[5]

"Widow [Sarah] Knowlton, aged 77 [wid. of Jeremiah], May 10, 1796"

There are no burial records or probate records for Sarah (Allen) Knowlton in Middlesex County, Massachusetts.  

1. Vital Records of Sudbury, Massachusetts to the year 1850 (Boston, Mass. : New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1903), Births, page 11, Sarah Allen entry, 1717.

2. Vital Records of Sudbury, Massachusetts to the year 1850, Marriages, page 229, Jeremiah Knowlton and Sarah Allen entry.

3. "Massachusetts, Land Records, 1620-1986," digital images, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, FamilySearch (, Volume 52, Page 488, Sarah Knowlton and Benjamin Barron to Aaron Brown, one half interest in a well in Concord, 14 June 1752, recorded  1 August 1754.

4. "Massachusetts, Land Records, 1620-1986," digital images, FamilySearch, Volume 60, Page 127, Sarah Knowlton to Thomas Munroe, two parcels of land in Concord, 13 March 1762, recorded 1 October 1762.

5. George Tolman (compiler), Concord, Massachusetts Births, Marriages and Deaths, 1635-1850 (Concord, Mass. : Committee on Printing, 1894), Page 422, widow Sarah Knowlton entry.


NOTE:  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 have extended this theme in 2017 to 208 Ancestors in 208 Weeks.

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