Thursday, October 5, 2017

1727 Marriage Record of Timothy Hamant and Hepsibah Clark in Boston, Mass. - Post 384 of Treasure Chest Thursday

It's Treasure Chest Thursday - a chance to look in my digital image files to see what treasures I can find for my family history and genealogy musings.

The treasure today is the  1727 Marriage record of Timothy Hamant and Hepsibah Clark in Boston, Massachusetts:

The Hamant-Clark marriage record:

The transcription of the record is:

Timothy Hamant to Hepsibah Clark w^as ma^rr By Samuel Sewall Esq. J.P. 19 Octo^r 1727

The source citation for this record is:

"Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988," digital images, (, Boston > Boston Marriages, 1721-1751, Vol. II, page 69 (image 36 of 127), Timothy Hamant and Hepzibah Clark entry.

Timothy Hamant (1699-1774) married Hepzibah Clark (1699-1791) on 19 October 1727 by Samuel Sewall.  They had nine children together between 1728 and 1741 in Medfield, Massachusetts.

There are 13 different marriage records in the "Massachusetts Town and Vital Records" collection for some reason.  The one I picked above seems to have a contemporaneous hand, but I may be wrong.  Most of the others are obvious transcriptions of Boston records.  Fortunately, they all agree on the names and date.  

Why did they get married, both at age 28, in Boston, about 25 miles away from their home in Medfield?  Perhaps their parents did not approve of the marriage, or they did not want to get married in a church, so they were married by a Justice of the Peace, the famous Samuel Sewall.

Timothy and Hepzibah (Clark) Hamant  are my 6th great-grandparents.  I am descended from their fifth child, Patience Hamant (1735-1780), who married Moses Smith (1732-1806) in 1762 in Medfield.  


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