Friday, January 19, 2018

52 Ancestors - Week 210: #289 Dorothy (Prescott) Hildreth (1702-1774) of Westford, Massachusetts

Dorothy (Prescott) Hildreth (1702-1774) is #289 on my Ahnentafel List, my 6th great-grandmother, who married #288 James Hildreth (1698-1761)  in 1721 in Chelmsford, Massachusetts.

I am descended through:

*  their son #144 Zachariah Hildreth (1728-1784) who married #145 Elizabeth Prescott (1734-1812) in 1753.
*  their son, #72 Zachariah Hildreth (1754-1829) who married #73 Elizabeth Keyes (1759-1793) in 1777.
*  their son, #36 Zachariah Hildreth (1783-1857) who married #37 Hannah Sawtell (1789-1857) in 1810.
*  their son, #18 Edward Hildreth (1831-1899) who married #19 Sophia Newton (1834-1923) in 1852.
*  their daughter #9 Hattie Louisa Hildreth (1857-1920)  who married #8 Frank Walton Seaver (1852-1922) 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:                        Dorothy Prescott[1–3]    
*  Alternate Name:        Dorothy Heldreth[4]    
*  Alternate Name:       Dorothy Hildreth[5]    
*  Alternate Name:       Dorothy Prescott Hildreth[6]

*  Sex:                            Female    

*  Father:                       Samuel Prescott (1674-1758)    
* Mother:                      Esther Wheeler (1678-1756)  
2)  INDIVIDUAL EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Birth:                         1702, Lancaster, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States[1]    

*  Distribution:             11 December 1758 (about age 56), father's will proved; Acton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[4]    

*  Death:                       3 September 1774 (about age 72), Westford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[5]   \
*  Burial:                      after 3 September 1774 (after about age 72), Fairview Cemetery, Westford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[6]    

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

*  Spouse 1:             James Hildreth (1698-1761)   

*  Marriage 1:         20 December 1721 (age 22), intentions; Chelmsford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[2-3]    

*  Child 1:              Oliver Hildreth (1723-1793)    
*  Child 2:              Rebecca Hildreth (1726-1785)    
*  Child 3:              Zachariah Hildreth (1728-1784)    
*  Child 4:              Anna Hildreth (1730-    )    
*  Child 5:              Dorothy Hildreth (1733-1735)    
*  Child 6:              Dorothy Hildreth (1736-1782)    
*  Child 7:              Amos Hildreth (1738-1807)    
*  Child 8:              Lucy Hildreth (1742-1763)    
*  Child 9:              Samuel Hildreth (1745-1748)  

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

 Dorothy Prescott was born in 1702 in Lancaster, Massachusetts, to Samuel and Esther (Wheeler) Prescott, the second child of nine children.  The Lancaster, Massachusetts includes a birth record for Dorothy, daughter of Samuel and Esther Prescott in 1702[1].

On 20 December 1721, Dorothy Prescott and James Hildreth filed intentions to marry in Chelmsford, Massachusetts[2-3].  The marriage intentions record in the Chelmsford, Massachusetts vital record book says:

"Hildreth, James and Dorothy Prescot of Concord, int. Dec. 20, 1721."

They had nine children born between 1723 and 1745, all but one of them recorded in the Chelmsford and, after 1730, Westford town records.

Dorothy's father, Samuel Prescott of Acton, wrote his will in 1750 and it was proved in 1758[4].  He bequeathed his land to son Amos Prescott, on the condition that he pay money to each of the other children ("... and to my Daughter Dorothy Heldreth the Sum of three pounds Six shillings and Eight pence..."), and he gave the remainder of his personal estate to his daughters, to be divided equally.

James Hildreth died in 1761, and there was no probate for his estate.  During his last years, he sold most of his land holdings to their sons Zachariah and Amos Hildreth.  It is likely that Dorothy lived with one or more of her children during the last 13 years of her life.

Dorothy (Prescott) Hildreth died on 3 September 1774 in Westford[5], and was buried in Fairview Cemetery in Westford[6].  The gravestone inscription is:

Memento mori
Here lies the body
of                Mrs.
Dorotie Hildreth
wife of Mr. 
James Hildreth
who departed this life
Sep^t 3rd 1774 In
the 75^th Year
of her age

No probate records were found for Dorothy (Prescott) Hildreth in the Middlesex County Probate Records.

1. Henry S. Nourse (editor), The Birth, Marriage and Death Register, Church Records and Epitaphs of Lancaster, Massachusetts, 1643-1850 ( Lancaster, Mass. : n.p., 1890), Page 453, Dorothy Prescott entry.

2. Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988, digital images, (, Chelmsford > Births, Marriages, Deaths, page 6 (image 36 of 1719), James Hildreth and Dorothy Prescot marriage intentions entry.

3. Town of Chelmsford, Massachusetts, Vital Records of Chelmsford, Massachusetts to the Year 1850 (Salem, Mass. : The Essex Institute, 1914), Marriages, page 250, James Hildreth and Dorothy Prescott entry.

4. "Probate Records 1648-1924 (Middlesex County, Massachusetts),"  886 FHL US/CAN Microfilms, Probate Packet #18,104, Samuel Prescott, accessed on FHL Microfilm 0,421,496.

5. Vital Records of Westford, Massachusetts to the Year 1849 (Salem, Mass. : The Essex Institute, 1915), Deaths, page 286, Dorothy Hildreth entry.

6. Jim Tipton, indexed database, Find A Grave (, Fairview Cemetery, Westford, Mass., Dorothy Prescott Hildreth memorial #35855674.


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 2018 to 260 Ancestors in 260 Weeks.

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