Friday, May 18, 2018

52 Ancestors - Week 227: #352 William White (1708-1780) of Dartmouth, Massachusetts

William White (1708-1780) is #352 on my Ahnentafel List, my 6th great-grandfather, who married #353 Abigail Thurston (1700-1770)  in 1729 in Little Compton, Rhode Island.

I am descended through:

*  their son #176 Jonathan White (1732-1804) who married #177 Abigail Wing (1734-1806) in 1756. 
*   their son, #88 Humphrey White (1757-1814) who married #89 Sibel Kirby (1764-1848) in 1786.
*  their son, #44 Jonathan White (1803-1850) who married Miranda Wade (1804-1850) in 1824.
*  their son #22 Henry Arnold White (1824-1885) who married Amy Oatley (1826-1864) in 1844.
*  their daughter #11 Julia E. White (1848-1913) who married #10 Thomas Richmond (1848-1917) in 1868.
*  their daughter #5 Alma Bessie Richmond (1882-1962) who married #4 Frederick Walton Seaver (1876-1942) 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:                   William White Jr.[1–4]    

*  Sex:                      Male    

*  Father:                 William White (1683-1780)    
*  Mother:                Elizabeth Cadman (1685-1768)  

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

*  Birth:                   about 1708, probably Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States[1]    

*  Deed:                  19 August 1744 (about age 36), bought 92 acres of land in Dartmouth from James Tripp; Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States[3]    

*  Death:                 before 3 October 1780 (before about age 72), Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States[4]    
*  Probate:              3 October 1780 (about age 72), Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States[4]

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

*  Spouse 1:           Abigail Thurston (1700-1770)    
*  Marriage 1:        2 October 1729 (about age 21), Little Compton, Newport, Rhode Island, United States[2]    

*  Child 1:             Sarah White (1730-    )    
*  Child 2:             Hannah White (1731-1819)    
*  Child 3:             Jonathan White (1732-1804)    
*  Child 4:             Elizabeth White (1734-    )    
*  Child 5:             Abigail White (1736-    )  

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

The book Mayflower Families Through Five Generations: Volume 13: Family of William White has a sketch of William White and his family[1].  

William White was born in about 1708 in Dartmouth, Massachusetts to William and Elizabeth (Cadman) White[1].  He was the oldest child of 7 sons and four daughters.

On 2 October 1729, William White married Abigail Thurston in Little Compton, Rhode Island[1-2].  Abigail was the daughter of Jonathan and Susannah (--?--) Thurston of Little Compton.  William and Abigail had five children between 1730 and 1736, one son and four daughters, all probably born in Dartmouth.  There are no town records for the births of the children.

William White was a blacksmith[1].  He resided in that part of Dartmouth that later became the town of Westport.  

On  10 August 1744, William White, Junior, blacksmith of Dartmouth, bought land in Dartmouth from James Tripp, yeoman of Dartmouth, for 1,720 pounds  in good passable bills of public credit old tenor[3].  The parcel of land was 92 acres and 47 rods of salt meadow and upland in Dartmouth and was the easterly half of Tripp's homestead defined by metes and bounds, and bounded westerly by the other half of Tripp's land, northerly by Tripp's land, easterly by the Atcoscset River, and southerly on Nathaniel Kerby's land.  The deed was recorded 5 February 1750.

William White died before 3 October 1780, probably in Dartmouth[4].  There is no known burial location for William White or his wife, Abigail (Thurston) White.

William White, "son of William White of Dartmouth, Blacksmith," died testate. He wrote a will dated 17 February 1777, which was proved on 3 October 1780[4].  The will reads:

This Seventeenth Day of the Second month one Thousand
Seven Hundred & Seventy Seven I William White Son
of William White of Dartmouth in the County of
Bristol in the Province of y^e Massachusetts Bay in New
England Blacksmith; Being through the Goodness of God of
a sound Disposing mind & memory Do now for the Preventing
Trouble & Divicalty among my Children make & ordain this my
Last will & Testament; And as to such things as God hath been
Pleased to Bless me with all in this Life I Give devise and
Dispose of the same in the following manner & form.

Imprimis My mind is I do hereby Give to my son Jonathan White all my
wareing appariel of all Sorts.

Item I Give Unto my son Jonathan White & to his heirs & assigns for
Ever all my homestead farm with my now Dwelling house
with all the buildings there on Standing & other Priviledges there
unto belonging; Also I Give Unto my s^d son Jonathan & to his heirs
& Assigns for Ever all that my farm which my Honoured Grand
father George Cadman gave me after the Decease of my
honoured father & mother; with all the Housing & building
thereon standing & other Priviledges thereunto belonging.
Allso I Give Unto my above s^d son Jonathan White and
to his heirs & to his assigns for Ever all the Rest Reasundue
& Remainder of my Real Estate which I have not herein
before given him let it ly or be wheresoever it may both
Upland Sauld meadow or Ceadar Swamp with all the
Building & other Priviledges therunto belonging.
Also I Give Unto my s^d son Jonathan all my Live stock
Except what I Shall herein after Give to my Three Daughters.
Also I Give him my s^d son all my Farming Utencels als all
my Blacksmith Tools also all my Carpinders Tools.

Item My mind is & I do hereby Give Unto my Eldest Daughter
Hannah Kirby One Hundred & fifteen Pounds in Silver or
Gould also I give to my s^d Daughter Twenty five Pounds
in Paper Currency also one cow & one more neat kind
Two year old & these Gifts to be her full Part & Portion
in my Estate with what she hath already had and
the one Third Part of all my houshold goods which
I do hereby give her.

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Item I do hereby Give Unto my second Daughter Elisabeth Peckham
One Hundred & fifteen Pounds in Silver or Gould allso I Give
to my s^d Daughter Elisabeth Twenty five Pounds in Paper
Currency also I give her one Cow & one more neet kind
Two years old also the one third part of all my household
goods & these gifts with what she hath all ready had to be
her full Part & Portion in my Estate.

Item I Give & bequeath unto my youngest Daughter Abigail
White one Hundred & fifteen Pounds in Silver or Gould
allso I give her Twenty five Pounds in Paper Currency also
I give to my s^d Daughter Abigail one cow & one more
neet kind Two years old also I give her the one third
Part of all my household goods & these Gifts with what she
hath already had to be her full Part & Portion in my Estate.

Item My mind & will is & I do hereby order that all my Just Debts
funeral Charges & just Expences of all Sorts together with the
Settleing of my Estate Should be paid & discharged by my
Executor herein after named out of that Part of my Personal Estate
which is herein given him.

Item All the Rest & Reasudue of my Estate let it be in what kind
or nature soever it may be in I give the same to my son Jonathan
the better to Enable him to Pay Legacies & to discharge debts
& Charges which is herein ordered.

Item I do hereby ordain Constitute & appoint my Son Jonathan White
sole Executor of this my Last will & Testament hereby making
null & Void all other wills or Testaments by me before this time
made Rattifying this & no other to be my Last will & Testament.
In witness whereof I the s^d William White have here unto
Set my hand & seal y^e day & year above written.

Signed Sealed Published Pronounced and
Declared by the s^d William White to be
his Last Will & Testament in the Presence
of us the Subscribers
Joseph Tripp                                        William White {seal}
Philip Tripp
Justus Kirby

On 3 October 1780, Philip Tripp and Justus Kirby testified that they witnessed William White make and sign his will.  Administration was granted to Jonathan White, the executor named in the will[5].

The inventory of his estate was taken on 30 September 1780.  It totaled 793 pounds, 4 shillings, 4 pence, including 377 pounds, 0 shillings, 8-3/4 pence in lawful silver money at the rate of six shillings and eight pence per troy ounce.  Jonathan White presented the inventory on 3 October 1780.

1. Robert S. Wakefield (editor), Mayflower Families Through Five Generations: Volume 13: Family of William White (Boston, Mass.: General Society of Mayflower Descendants, 1997), page 129, William White sketch.

2. "Rhode Island, Vital Records Extracts, 1636-1899," indexed database and digital image, (, Vol. 04: Newport County, Births, Marriages, Deaths > Little Compton -- Intentions & Marriages, page 64, Abigail Thurston and William White entry.

3. "Massachusetts, Land Records, 1620-1986," digital images, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, FamilySearch ( :, Bristol County, "Deeds, 1748-1750, Vol. 36-37," Volume 37, page 498 (image 553 of 587), James Tripp to William White, 10 August 1744, recorded 5 February 1750.

4. Bristol County, Massachusetts, Probate case files, Case file 28021 - William White 1780; "Bristol County (Massachusetts) Probate Records, 1636-1899," digital images, New England Historic Genealogical Society, American Ancestors ( accessed 17 May 2018).


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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1 comment:

Unknown said...

Hi Randy,
I just left a meeting of the Bristol Chapter of the Massachusetts Society of Genealogist where one of our members mentioned the Dartmouth Historical and Arts Society’s website. They have been adding old maps and plotting old land records. Because you have ancestors from Dartmouth, I thought you might like the link. Records are listed on the contents page.
I hope you find a gem or two. Enjoy,