Friday, December 8, 2017

52 Ancestors - Week 204: #283 Ruth (Young) Brown (1688-1768) of Eastham, Massachusetts

Ruth Young (1688-1768) is #283 on my Ahnentafel List, my 6th great-grandmother, who married #282 Samuel Brown (1686-1749) in 1708 in Eastham, Massachusetts.

I am descended through:

*  their daughter, #141  Mehitable Brown (1714-1758) who married #140 Thomas Dill (1708-1761)  in 1733.
*  their son, #70 Thomas Dill (1755-1836), who married Hannah Horton (1761-1797) in 1782. 
*  their daughter, #35 Elizabeth Horton Dill (1791-1869), who married  #34 Alpheus B. Smith (1802-1840) 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:                           Ruth Young[1–2]
*  Alternate Name:           Ruth Brown[3–5]
*  Sex:                              Female    

*  Father:                         John Young (1649-1718)    
*  Mother:                       Ruth Cole (1651-1735)  

2)  INDIVIDUAL EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
*  Birth:                           1688, Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States    
*  Distribution:                23 April 1718 (about age 30), father John Young's estate settled; Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States[3]    
*  Distribution:                4 April 1749 (about age 61), husband Samuel Brown's will proved; Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States[4]    
*  Death:                          28 September 1768 (about age 80), Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States[5]    
*  Burial:                         after 28 September 1768 (after about age 80), Duck Creek Cemetery, Wellfleet, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States[5]    

3)  SHARED EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Spouse 1:                   Samuel Brown (1686-1749)    
*  Marriage 1:                21 October 1708 (about age 20), Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States[1-2]    

*  Child 1:                     Abigail Brown (1709-    )    
*  Child 2:                     Samuel Brown (1711-1712)    
*  Child 3:                     Samuel Brown (1712-1738)    
*  Child 4:                     Mehitable Brown (1714-1758)    
*  Child 5:                     Ruth Brown (1716-1794)    
*  Child 6:                     Marcy Brown (1719-    )    
*  Child 7:                     Mary Brown (1722-    )    
*  Child 8:                     David Brown (1726-    )    
*  Child 9:                     Isaac Brown (1730-    )    
*  Child 10:                   John Brown (1732-    )  

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

Ruth Young was born in about 1688 in Eastham, Massachusetts, the 5th child of eight born to John and Ruth (Cole) Young of Eastham.

She married Samuel Brown on 21 October 1708 in Eastham.  The marriage record in the Eastham town records says[1-2]:

"Samuel Brown senr and Ruth Young were married by Joseph Doane Esqu^r the twenty first day of October Anno dom 1708."

They had ten children born between 1709 and 1732, but only the first five were recorded in the town records.

Samuel and Ruth (Young) Brown received the following from Ruth's father's estate in Articles of Agreement between the heirs[3]:

 "The parties hereto do hereby mutually agree that Samuel Brown and his wife Ruth Brown shall have for their part of the abovesd Estate to be by them Their Heirs and assigns for Ever freely possessed and Enjoyed The one third part both for Quantity and Quality of the abovesd Twenty acre Lott lying in sd Harwich and also Sixteen pounds and five shillings in full of their parts of y^e abovesd Estate."

Samuel Brown bequeathed the following to his wife Ruth in his will written 1749 and proved 4 April 1740[4]:

"Imprimus I give to my Beloved wife Ruth the whole Improvement of my Grist mill and fulling Mill During her Natural Life and the one half of my Dwelling house During her Natural Life and one feather Bed and Sutible furniture thereto and for her to have as much household Stuff to Improve as She shall have Occations for to use During her life and she shall have that Land and Meadow to Improvement that Lays to the Eastward of the mills that is fensd in and if what I have already set apart for her be not Sufficient for her Comfortable Subsisance. My will is my son Isaac shall help her to what she shall have Occation for."

Ruth (Young) Brown died 28 September 1768 in Eastham, Massachusetts.  Her gravestone is in Duck Creek Cemetery in Wellfleet, Massachusetts[5].  The gravestone inscription is:

"Here lies Buried ye Body
of Mrs. Ruth Brown
Wife of Capt 
Samuel Brown
Died Sept. 28th 1768
in the 81st Year
of her Age."

There are no probate records for Ruth Brown in the Barnstable County Probate Records.
1. "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001," database with digital images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 28 March 2016), Barnstable County, "Eastham, Orleans, Births, Marriages, Deaths, Land Grants, 1649-1722," page 73 (image 138 of 157), Samuel Brown and Ruth Young marriage entry, 1708.

2. Col. Leonard H. Smith, Jr. and Norma H. Smith, Vital Records of the Towns of Eastham and Orleans (Baltimore, Md. : Genealogical Publishing Company, 1993), page 36, Samuel Brown Senr and Ruth Young marriage entry.

3. "Massachusetts, Wills and Probate Records, 1635-1991," indexed database with digital images, (, Barnstable County, "Vol. 1-3, 1686-1747," Volume 3, page 455 and 514-516, John Young probate papers.

4. Massachusetts, Wills and Probate Records, 1635-1991, indexed database with digital images, (, Barnstable County > Probate Records, Vol. 8, 1745-1753, pages 238-242 (images 137-139 of 309, Samuel Brown, will proved 4 April 1749.

5. Jim Tipton, indexed database, Find A Grave (, Duck Creek Cemetery, Wellfleet, Mass., Ruth Brown memorial #36637888.


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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