Friday, June 29, 2018

52 Ancestors - Week 232: #357 Rachel (Allen) Kirby (1708-1801) of Dartmouth, Massachusetts

 Rachel (Allen) Kirby (1708-1801)  is #357 on my Ahnentafel List, my 6th great-grandmother, who married #356 Ichabod Kirby (1705-1793) in 1733 in Dartmouth, Bristol County, Massachusetts.

I am descended through:

*  their son #178 David Kirby (1740-1832) who married #179 Martha Soule (1743-1828) in 1763.
*   their daughter, #89 Sibel Kirby (1764-1848)who married #88 Humphrey White (1757-1814) in 1786.
*  their son, #44 Jonathan White (1803-1850) who married #45 Miranda Wade (1804-1850) in 1824.
*  their son #22 Henry Arnold White (1824-1885) who married #23 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:                     Rachel Allen[1–4]    
*  Alternate Name:     Rachel Kirby[5–7]

*  Sex:                         Female    

*  Father:                    Joseph Allen (1667-1734)    
*  Mother:                  Rachel --?-- (1668-1721)  

2)  INDIVIDUAL EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
*  Birth:                     11 July 1708, Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States[1–2]    

*  Distribution:          18 March 1735 (age 26), father's will proved; Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States[5]    

*  Distribution:          7 May 1793 (age 84), husband's will proved; Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States[6]    

*  Death:                    12 May 1801 (age 92), Westport, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States[7]    
3)  SHARED EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Spouse 1:                   Ichabod Kirby (1705-1793)    
*  Marriage 1:                1 March 1732/3 (age 27), Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States[3-4]    

*  Child 1:                      John Kirby (1734-1809)    
*  Child 2:                      Ruhammah Kirby (1737-1807)    
*  Child 3:                      David Kirby (1740-1832)    
*  Child 4:                      Rachel Kirby (1747-1818)  

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

Rachel Allen was born on 11 July 1708 in Dartmouth, Massachusetts.  She was the fourth child (of five) born to Joseph and Rachel (--?--) Allen of Dartmouth, and her birth was recorded in the Dartmouth town record book with her siblings[1-2]

Rachel married Ichabod Kirby on 1 March 1732/3 in Dartmouth[3].  A marriage contract was obtained with the Kirby family papers[4].  They had four children between 1734 and 1747, all recorded in the Dartmouth town records.  

Rachel's father, Joseph Allen (1667-1735) died in January 1735, and in his will bequeathed a tract of land in Dartmouth to his four daughters, proved 18 March 1735, saying[5]:

"  I Give and Bequeath unto my four Daughters viz Lidia Allen Phillis Gifford Rachel Kirbey and Elezebeth Gifford to them and their heires and assigns forever forty five acres of Land a Peace of that tract of Land Scituate in sd Dartmouth and Lying at or westward of the new sawmill, which Part of sd mill Did formerly belong to William Soul of said Dartmouth, Deceased, but if the Survey of said Tract of Land doth not Stand Good or be made good in that Place to be understood at or to the westward of said mill, that my said Daughters shall have forty five acres of Land a piece were it Shall be Laid out of the undevided Land in Leu thereof in the same Devision."

Ichabod Kirby died on 11 February 1793, and in his 1788 will he bequeathed to his wife, Rachel, the following[6]:

"I give and bequeath unto my well-beloved wife Rachel Keirby all my houshold goods of every Sorte and kind whatsoever Excepting Such as I Shall hereafter otherwise Dispose of moreover I give unto her my Said wife my Loom and all my Loom tackling of Every Sort whatsoever. I also give unto my Said wife my gold necklace as Long as She Remains my widdow and after that to Return where I Shall give it. I also give her my Said wife Sidesadle and Pillion and my worsted Combs together with all my Spining wheals and my Real.I also give unto my Said wife the use and Improvement of the one half of my now Dwelling house She my Said wife to have her Choise and to take which half of She Pleases with a Priviledge in my Seller sufficient for her owne use for and During the term she Remains my widow and I also give unto her my said wife twelve Bushels of Indian Corne one hundred weight of good Pork that is so much of each Sort yearly and Every year During the time She Shall Remain my widow to be Provided and Delivered unto her yearly and every year as aforesaid by my Son John Keirby which I whereby him to Do.  I also give unto my Said wife ten Pounds of good Sheeps wool ten Pounds of good flex from the Swingle two Bushels of good Rye five good gees fore gallons of good Mollasses one hundredweight of good Beef and fore Spanish milled Silver Dollars the Keeping one Cow well and Milking Said cow and the milk Brought into the hous to her and two hens all to Be Kept well the hens about the Door and the Cow on Some Part of my homested farm Both winter and Summer all to be Kept and Performed at and by the Cost of my Son David Keirby which I so hereby order him my said Son to Do yearly and Every year until my wife his mother Shall Cease to be my widow. I also give unto my Said wife So much fire wood Cut a Sutable Length for the fier Brought and laid handy to her Door as she Shall or may have occation to maintain one fier for her owne use and the grate wood Laid on the fier to Be Provided and Delivered as aforesaid by and at the Cost of my Son David Keirby yearly and Every year During the time She Shall Remain my widow. I also give unto my said wife Eight Pounds of good Butter thirty weight of good Chease one Barrel of good Cyder ten Bushels of good winter appels & it is to Be understood the Sheeps Wool the flax the yet he gees the molasses the Beef the Dollars the Butter and Chees the Cyder and apples, that is to much of Each to be Provided Paid and Delivered unto her my Said wife by my Son David Keirby yearly and Every year During the term She Shall Remain my widow which I order my Son to do for his mother. I also give unto my Said wife one of my Cows and She to take her Choise thereof. Furthermore it is to be understood that all the giftes herein given to my wife are given to her in Lew of her Right of Dower or Power of thirds in my Estate and Not otherwise. Further my mind and will is that if the Cow given to my wife Should fail then for my Son David to take her to himself and Retain another good Cow in her Room."

Rachel (Allen) Kirby died 12 May 1801, according to the Kirby family papers[7]. There is no burial record available for Rachel Kirby.  There are no probate records for Rachel Kirby in the Bristol County Probate Records.

1. Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988, digital images, (, "Dartmouth Births, Marriages and Deaths," Page 280 (image 520 of 2331), Rachel Allen birth entry.

2. Vital records of Dartmouth, Massachusetts, to the year 1850 ( Boston, Mass. : New England Historic Genealogical Society,1929-1930), Births, page 24, Rachel Allen entry.

3. Vital records of Dartmouth, Massachusetts, to the year 1850, Marriages, page 285, Ichabod Cerby and Rachel Allen entry.

4. Ichabod Kirby Family Papers (loose papers on scrapbook page, created after 1801 by unknown persons), Marriage contract of Ichabod Curby and Rachel Allen, 1733, digital image of loose papers privately held by Susanne Nisbet, [address for private use], Wake Forest, N.C., 2016 (7th great-grandchild of Ichabod Kirby). David Kirby family of Westport, Mass. ca 1801 to Susanne Nisbet 2016, provided to Randy Seaver March 2016 via email.

5. "Probate Records, 1687-1916; Index, 1687-1926" Bristol County, Massachusetts, Probate Court Records, on 199 FHL US/CAN Microfilm rolls; original records at Probate Registry, Taunton, Mass., Volume 8, Pages 222-223, Joseph Allen papers, accessed on FHL US/CAN Microfilm 0,461,884.

6. Bristol County [Mass.] Register of Probate, Bristol County (Mass.) Probate Records, 1690-1881, on 351 FHL US/CAN Microfilm rolls; original records at Probate Registry, Taunton, Mass., Ichabod Kirby, Westport, 1794 Estate packet, accessed on FHL Microfilm 0,573,223 (Kingsley - Kirby, accessed 2 February 2016).

7. Ichabod Kirby Family Papers, handwritten list of birth/death dates of Ichabod Kirby family members, Rachel Kirby death date, 1801, permission given to publish online by owner.


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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