Friday, December 15, 2017

52 Ancestors - Week 205: #284 Samuel Horton (1686-1778) of Eastham, Massachusetts

Samuel Horton (1686-1778) is #284 on my Ahnentafel List, my 6th great-grandfather, who married #285 Hannah Atwood (1686-1771) in 1714 in Eastham, Massachusetts.

I am descended through:

*  their son, #142  Nathaniel Horton (1721-1771) who married #143 Eunice Snow (1722-1816)  in 1742.
*  their daughter, #71 Hannah Horton (1761-1797) who married #70 Thomas Dill (1755-1836), 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:                          Samuel Horton[1–4]    
*  Alternate Name:          Samuel Haughton[5,7]    
*  Alternate Name: Samuel Horten[6]

*  Sex:                             Male    

*  Father:                        John Horton (1647-1710)    
*  Mother:                      Hannah Harden (?) (1650-1690)  

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

*  Birth:                         31 January 1686, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States[1,5]    
*  Death:                        before 1 April 1778 (about age 92), Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States[7]    
*  Probate:                    will proved, 1 April 1778, Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States[7]    
3)  SHARED EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
*  Spouse 1:                  Hannah Atwood (1686-1771)    
*  Marriage 1:               28 January 1713/4 (age 27), Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States[2–4]    

*  Child 1:                    John Horton (1715-    )    
*  Child 2:                    Hannah Horton (1717-    )    
*  Child 3:                    Nathaniel Horton (1720-1771)    
*  Child 4:                    Susanna Horton (1723-    )    
*  Child 5:                    Abigail Horton (1725-1765)    
*  Child 6:                    Elizabeth Horton (1727-1760)    
*  Child 7:                    Samuel Horton (1729-1799)    
*  Child 8:                    James Horton (1730-    )    

*  Spouse 2:                 Tabitha Snow (1706-    )    
*  Marriage 2:              7 November 1771 (age 85), Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States[6]  

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

The Horton/Haughton ancestry of Samuel Horton (1686-1775) was briefly treated in the book by Margaret Horton Weiler[1].  

Samuel Haughton was born 31 January 1686 in Boston, Massachusetts, the third (and last?) child of John and Hannah (Harden?) Haughton[1,5].  Samuel's mother died in 1690, and John Haughton moved his family to Eastham, Massachusetts before 1698, when his daughter Hopestill married there.

Samuel Horton married Hannah Atwood on 28 January 1713/4 in Eastham, Massachusetts[2-4].  They had eight children, all of whom were recorded in the Eastham town records.

Hannah (Atwood) Horton died in early 1771, and Samuel Horten married, secondly, to Tabitha (Snow) Mayo on 7 November 1771 in Eastham as her second husband[6].  

Samuel Horton died before 1 April 1778 when his will was proved in Barnstable County Probate Court by his executor and witnesses[7]  There is no known death record in Eastham or the surrounding towns.  There is no burial record available for Samuel or his two wives.  

Samuel Haughton, husbandman of Eastham, Massachusetts wrote his will on 29 May 1775, and it was proved on 1 April 1778 in the Barnstable County Probate Court[7].  

Samuel did not name his wife as an heir to his estate.  He named his son Samuel Haughton as the heir to his real estate and his farmer's utensils, and as the executor of his will.  He gave his gun to his grandson Cushen Haughton, and the remainder of his personal estate to be equally divided between the heirs of his deceased children (son  John Haughton, son Nathaniel Haughton, daughter Hannah Mayo, daughter Susanna Cole, daughter Abigail Doane, and daughter Elizabeth Sawour).  John Doane, Edward Knowles, and David Doane were the witnesses to the will.

David Doane, Edward Knowles and Isaiah Myrick were appointed appraisers of the estate.  The Inventory was taken on 3 April 1778, and amounted to £1460 5s 8d.  The real estate (dwelling house and barn, clear land, meadow land, woodland) totaled £1370. 
1.  Margaret Horton Weiler, "Descendants of John Horton (Haughton) of Eastham," Bulletin of the Cape Cod Genealogical Society (Harwich, Mass. : Brooks Free Library), Vol. XI, No. 3 (September 1983), pages 57-64., page 58, Samuel Horton sketch.

2. Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988, digital images, (, Barnstable County, Orleans > Orleans and Eastham Records,  page 339 (image 178 of 185), Samuel Horton and Hannah Atwood marriage entry, 1714.

3. 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 18, Samuel Horton and Hannah Atwood marriage entry.

4. The Mayflower Descendant (Boston, Mass. : General Society of Mayflower Descendants), Volume 5, "Eastham and Orleans Vital Records," page 195, Samuel Horton and Hannah Atwood marriage entry.

5. Massachusetts, Town Records, 1620-1988, digital images,, Boston > Births, Marriages and Deaths - image 1494 of 60705, Samuel Haughton birth entry, 1686.

6. The Mayflower Descendant, Volume 32, page 175, Samuel Horten and Tabatha Mayo marriage entry.

7.  "Massachusetts, Wills and Probate Records, 1635-1991," indexed database with digital images, (, Barnstable County > Probate and Guardianship Records, Volume 17-20, 1769-1809, Volume 20, pages 327-329, Samuel Haughton will and letter testamentary, will proved 1 April 1778.


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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