Friday, April 27, 2018

52 Ancestors - Week 224: #315 Mary (Bouden) Richards (1705-1755) of Lynn and Southborough, Massachusetts

Mary (Bouden) Richards is #315 on my Ahnentafel List, my 6th great-grandmother, who married #314 Joseph Richards  in 1726 in Lynn, Massachusetts.

I am descended through:

*  their daughter #157 Mary Richards (1733-????) who had a relationship with   #156 Isaac Buck (1732-?????) in 1757.
*  their son, #78 Isaac Buck (1757-1846) married #79 Martha Phillips (1764-????) in 1780.
*  their daughter, #39 Sophia Buck (1797-1882 married  #38 Thomas J. Newton (ca 178800-????) in about 1834.
*  their daughter #19 Sophia Newton (1834-1923) married #18 Edward Hildreth (1831-1899) in 1852.
*  their daughter #9 Hattie Louisa Hildreth (1857-1920) married #8 Frank Walton Seaver (1852-1922) in 1874.
*  their son #4 Frederick Walton Seaver (1876-1942) married #5 Alma Bessie Richmond (1882-1962) in 1900.
*  their son #2 Frederick Walton Seaver (1911-1983) 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:                      Mary Bouden[1–2]    
*  Alternate Name:      Mary Richards[3]

*  Sex:                         Female    

*  Father:                    Michael Bouden (1673-1741)    
*  Mother:                  Sarah Davis (1676-1754)  

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

*  Birth:                     19 July 1705 Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts, United States[1]    

*  Distribution:          16 August 1748 (age 43), husband's will proved; Southborough, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States[3]    

*  Death:                    about 1755 (about age 50), Southborough, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States  

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

*  Spouse 1:             Joseph Richards (1703-1748)    
*  Marriage 1:          5 May 1726 (about age 23), Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts, United States[2]    

*  Child 1:               William Richards (1729-1794)    
*  Child 2:               Joseph Richards (1731-    )    
*  Child 3:               Mary Richards (1733-    )    
*  Child 4:               Ebenezer Richards (1738-1807)    
*  Child 5:               Martha Richards (1740-    )    
*  Child 6:               John Richards (1742-1840)    
*  Child 7:               Hannah Richards (1744-1841)    
*  Child 8:               Esther Richards (1746-1847)  

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

Mary Bouden was born on 19 July 1705 in Lynn, Massachusetts, the fifth child and fourth daughter of twelve children of Michael and Sarah (Davis) Bouden[1].

Mary married Joseph Richards on 5 May 1726 in Lynn[2].  He was the son of Crispus and Sarah (Collins) Richards of Lynn.  They had two children recorded in Lynn, and the family moved to Southborough, Massachusetts with several other Lynn families in about 1732, and had six more children born there and recorded in the town records, the last in 1746. 

Joseph Richards died on 4 June 1748 in Southborough, leaving his widow with eight children ranging in age from 18 to 2.  Mary was provided for in her husband's will, and was bequeathed[3]:
"I Give & Bequeath to Mary my Dearly Beloved wife the whole of all of any moveable Estate after all my Debts & Funeral Charges are paid of all Sorts both ye Indoor and outdoor moveables Including all my Creatures of all sorts and I also Give her the whole Benefit & Improvement of all my Lands untill my Son Joseph Richards arive to the age of Twenty one years and her Lawfull Right of Thirds in the same Dureing Life or as She and they to whom the said Land herein Given Shall agree."
When the named executor, Thomas Graves, declined the position, Mary (Bouden) Richards was appointed the administratrix of her husband's estate.  The will was proved on 16 August 1748[3].

There is no extant death record for Mary (Bouden) Richards.  She may have died in about 1755, probably in Southborough where her children resided.  There are no known burial records for Joseph or Mary (Bouden) Richards.  There are no known probate records for Mary Richards.  


1. Vital Records of Lynn, Massachusetts to the end of the Year 1849 (Salem, Mass. : The Essex Institute, 1906), 2 Volumes, Volume 1, Births, page 56, Mary Bouden entry.

2. Vital Records of Lynn, Massachusetts to the end of the Year 1849, Volume 2, Marriages, page 327, Joseph Richards and Mary Bouden entry, 1726.

3. "Worcester County, MA: Probate File Papers, 1731-1881," digital images, New England Historic Genealogical Society, American Ancestors (, Probate Packet 50,155 (11 images), Joseph Richards of Southborough, 1748; original records in Worcester County, Mass. probate court.


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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