Friday, May 11, 2018

52 Ancestors - Week 226: #317 Mary (Smith) Phillips (1698-1746) of Charlestown, Stoneham and Southborough, Massachusetts

Mary (Smith) Phillips (1698-after 1746) is #317 on my Ahnentafel List, my 6th great-grandmother, who married #316 Ebenezer Phillips (1695-1746)  before 1719 in Malden, Massachusetts.

I am descended through:

*  their son #158 John Phillips (1722 - about 1800) who married #159 Hannah Brown (abut 1725 - before 1774) 
*   their daughter #79 Martha Phillips (1764-????) who married #78 Isaac Buck (1757-1846) 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 Smith[1–2]
*  Alternate Name:      Mary Phillips[3]   
*  Sex:                         Female    

*  Father:                    John Smith (1647-1706)    
*  Mother:                  Ruth Cutler (1668-1758)

2)  INDIVIDUAL EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
*  Birth:                     4 March 1697/8, Charlestown, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States[1–2]    

*  Distribution:          21 August 1746 (age 48), will of husband Ebenezer Phillips proved; Southborough, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States[3]    

*  Death:                   after 21 August 1746 (after age 48), probably Southborough, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States  

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

*  Spouse 1:               Ebenezer Phillips (1695-1746)    
*  Marriage:              before 1719 (before about age 24), probably Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States    

*  Child 1:                 Mary Phillips (1719-    )    
*  Child 2:                 Ebenezer Phillips (1721-    )    
*  Child 3:                 John Phillips (1722-1800)    
*  Child 4:                 Samuel Phillips (1726-1810)    
*  Child 5:                 Joanna Phillips (1729-1788)    
*  Child 6:                 Ruth Phillips (1733-1746)  

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

 Mary Smith was born on 4 March 1697/8 in Charlestown, Massachusetts, to parents John and Ruth (Cutler) Smith[1-2].  She was the second of four daughters. 

John Smith, the father of Mary, died in 1705, and left property to Mary when she became age 18.  The will is very difficult to read.  There was no guardianship record found in the Middlesex County Probate Records, although there was one for her older sister, Ruth Smith.

On 11 March 1706/7, Ruth (Cutler) Smith married Thomas Upham in Reading, Massachusetts, whose first two wives (Elizabeth Hovey and Mary Brown) had died, leaving him with small children.  Thomas and Ruth (Cutler) (Smith Uphsam had five children.  Mary Smith grew up in the Thomas Upham household in Malden with her sister Ruth (who married Thomas Upham, the son of Thomas Upham and Elizabeth Hovey) and the Upham children.

Mary married Ebenezer Phillips, son of Andrew and Sarah (Smith) Phillips of Charlestown, before 1719, probably in Malden, Massachusetts.  There is no marriage record in the town vital records.  They had six children born between 1719 and 1733.  The first child was recorded in Wakefield, the third child in Charlestown in 1722, and the last three in Stoneham.

When Ebenezer Phillips died before 21 August 1746, he bequeathed to his wife Mary[3]:

"I give and Bequeath to ^Mary^ my well beloved wife all my moveables within Doors Except One feather Bed partly filled, Likewise three Cows ^and one mare^. Likewise One third of all the Improvements I give to my Son Samuel Here after mentioned. I give to Mary my wife all the East part of my now Dwelling House with a Cellar Under the same ^Dureing her Natural Life & no Longer.^"

It is not known when Mary (Smith) Phillips died or where she was buried.  She may have died in Southborough soon after her husband  Ebenezer died.    

There are no land records in Worcester County for Mary Phillips selling property.  There are no probate records for Mary (Smith) Phillips in Worcester or Middlesex County probate court records.


1. Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988, digital images, (, Charlestown > Archives, Births, Marriages, Deaths, 1629-1800, Births, page 111 (image 117 of 385), Mary Smith entry, 1698.

2. Roger D. Joslyn, Vital Records of Charlestown, Massachusetts to 1850 (Boston, Mass. :  New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1984), 3 Volumes, Volume 1, Births, page 176, Mary Smith birth entry, 4 March 1697/8.

3. Massachusetts, Worcester County, Probate Files, 1731-1925, Packet 46,400, Ebenezer Phillips of Southborough, 1746 (11 images); digital images,,  ( accessed 22 April 2018); citing original records supplied by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Archives, with digitized mages provided by


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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