Friday, October 20, 2017

52 Ancestors - Week 197: #276 John Plimpton (1708-1756) of Medfield, Massachusetts

John Plimpton (1708-1756) is #276 on my Ahnentafel List, my 6th great-grandfather, who married #277 Abigail Fisher (1711-1785)  in 1731 in Medfield, Massachusetts.

I am descended through:

*  their son, #138 Amos Plimpton (1735-1808), who married #139 Mary Guild (1735-1800) in 1756.
*  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 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:                      John Plimpton[1–6]    

*  Sex:                         Male    

*  Father:                    John Plimpton (1680-1730)    
*  Mother:                  Susanna Draper (1688-1769)  

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

*  Birth:                     18 August 1708, Medfield, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States[3]
*  Death:                    8 May 1756 (age 47), Medfield, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States[5]    
*  Burial:                   after 8 May 1756 (after age 47), Vine Lake Cemetery, Medfield, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States[6]  
*  Probate:                2 July 1756 (age 47), administration granted, Medfield, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States[7]
3)  SHARED EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Spouse 1:               Abigail Fisher (1711-1785)    
*  Marriage 1:            3 May 1731 (age 22), Medfield, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States[4]    

*  Child 1:                 John Plimpton (1731-1754)    
*  Child 2:                 Amos Plimpton (1735-1808)    
*  Child 3:                 Olive Plimpton (1737-1768)    
*  Child 5:                 Abner Plimpton (1742-1814)    
*  Child 5:                 Unity Plimpton (1746-1828)  

4)  NOTES (with source citations as indicated in brackets):    

John  Plimpton was the first child of John and Susanna (Draper) Plimpton, born on 18 August 1708 in Medfield, Massachusetts[3].  He was the fourth of the name to have resided in Dedham and then Medfield since the first John Plimpton settled in Dedham in 1642.

The Plimpton surname book by Levi Chase[1] has this sketch for this John Plimpton:

"John (22) b. Sept. 15, 1708, d. 1756; m. 1731 Abigail, dau. of John Fisher; she m. second, 1771, David Clark, of Medfield, d. 1785; estate divided Nov. 23, 1759, 'three lots on Stop River, & 62 acres of land in Sturbridge ' are included in the appraisal. He resided on the 'Original Homestead' in Medfield, being the fourth John in succession on that place. He settled the estate of his grandfather, John Plimpton [8], who died thirty-five years before."

Tilden's history of Medfield book[2] has this sketch:

"John [4] (John [3], John {2], John {1]) [Plimpton] followed in the line that retained possession of the original Plimpton homestead.  In 1739, he settled the estate of his grandfather, who had died thirty-five years before.  He married in 1731 Abigail Fisher, and died in 1756.  His widow in 1771 became the wife of David Clark."

John Plimpton married Abigail Fisher on 3 May 1731 in Medfield[4], and they had five children between 1732 and 1746.  

John died on 8 May 1756 in Medfield, Massachusetts[5], and was buried in Vine Lake Cemetery in Medfield[6].  His stone reads (partially):

"In memory
of John Plimp
ton. He died 
..." [buried below ground level]

The probate records for John Plimpton of Medfield are in Suffolk County, Massachusetts Probate Court in Probate Packet 11,295[7].  The Probate Packets are not available online, but the Probate Court volumes are available on FamilySearch.

Administration on the estate of John Plimpton, late of Medfield, husbandman, was granted to the widow Abigail Plimpton and son Amos Plimpton, husbandman, on 2 July 1756 (Volume 51, page 451).

An inventory on the estate was taken by Ezekiel Adams, Simon Plimpton and John Baxter on 20 October 1756, which totaled 375 pounds, 4 shillings, 3 pence (Volume 51, page 683).  The real estate included:

*  the home lot with all of the buildings (106 pounds)
*  5 acres of plowland bounded by road leading to Harbour Island (17 pounds)
*  9 acres of meadow land, near Harbour Isdland (22 pounds)
*  7 acres of meadow land lying on Hop River (24 pounds)
*  4 acres of pasture land on Harbour Island (24 pounds)
*  about 20 acres of woodland on south side of Hop River (27 pounds, 16 shillings)
*  4 acres at Rocky Woods (4 pounds)
*  96 acres of land at Sturbridge (50 pounds)

The administrators charged the personal estate of about 100 pounds to themselves, and filed an account for charges of about 70 pounds, which was accepted by the Court on 15 December 1758 (Volume 53, page 730).

The Court ordered Timothy Hamant, Ezekiel Adams, Simon Plimpton and Noah Allen to set off the widow's thirds (about 95 pounds worth), which was approved by the Court on 23 November 1759 (Volume 55, page 160).

Abigail (Fisher) (Plimpton) Clark died in 1785 in Medfield, and the Court ordered Daniel Perry, Asa Hammant and John Baxter to divide the property that had been set off to Abigail, widow of John Plimpton.  The eldest son, Amos Plimpton received the personal and real property of his mother, and was ordered to pay his three siblings about 20 pounds each (Volume 84, pages 341-342).

1. Levi B. Chase, A Genealogy and Historical Notices of the Family of Plimpton or Plympton in America, Plumpton in England (Hartford, Conn. : Plimpton Mfg. Co., 1884), page 75, John Plimpton (1708-1756) sketch.

2. William S Tilden and John A S Monks, History of the town of Medfield, Massachusetts, 1650-1886 : with genealogies of the families that held real estate or made any considerable stay in the town during the first two centuries (Boston, Mass.: G.H. Ellis, 1887), page 460, John Plimpton (1708-1756) sketch.

3. Vital Records of Medfield, Massachusetts to the Year 1850 (Boston, Mass. :  New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1903), Births, page 82, John Plimpton entry.

4. Vital Records of Medfield, Massachusetts to the Year 1850, Marriages, page 139, Abigail Fisher and John Plimpton entry.

5. Vital Records of Medfield, Massachusetts to the Year 1850, Deaths, page 229, John Plimpton entry.

6. Jim Tipton, indexed database, Find A Grave (, Vine Lake Cemetery (Medfield, Mass.), John Plimpton (1708-1756) memorial.

7.  Suffolk County (Massachusetts) Probate Records, 1636-1899, Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah; on 435 FHL Microfilm Reels., Probate Packet 11,295, John Plimpton of Medfield, on FHL US/CAN microfilms 493874 (Vol. 51, pages 451-2 and 683), 493875 (Vol. 53, page 730-1), 493,876 (Vol. 55, page 160-1) , and 492890 (Vol. 84, page 341-2).


NOTE:  Amy Johnson Crow suggested a weekly blog theme of "52 Ancestors" in her blog post 

 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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