Friday, July 13, 2018

52 Ancestors - Week 234: #359 Meribah (Wait) Soule (1720-1803) of Dartmouth, Massachusetts

Meribah Wait (1720-1803) is #359 on my Ahnentafel List, my 6th great-grandmother, who married #358 Benjamin Soule (1719-1803)   in 1742 in Dartmouth, Bristol County, Massachusetts.

I am descended through:

*  their daughter #179 Martha Soule (1743-1828) who married  #178 David Kirby (1740-1832) 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:                      Meribah Wait[1]    
*  Alternate Name:      Maribe Wait[2–3]
*  Alternate Name:     Meribee Waite[4]    
*  Alternate Name:     Meribah Sowle[5]  

*  Sex:                          Female    

*  Father:                     Thomas Waite (1683-1743)    
*  Mother:                   Mary Tripp (1689-1754)  

2)  INDIVIDUAL EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
*  Birth:                      20 July 1720, Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States[2–4]    

*  Death:                     3 February 1803 (age 82), Westport, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States[5]  

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

*  Spouse 1:             Benjamin Soule (1719-1803)    
*  Marriage:             about 1742 (about age 23), probably Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States[1,6]   

*  Child 1:              Martha Soule (1743-1828)    
*  Child 2:              Patience Soule (1745-1780)  

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

 The biography and family data for several generations of the descendants of Thomas Waite of Portsmouth, Rhode Island was discussed in the article "Thomas Waite of Portsmouth, R.I. and Some of his Descendants," by G. Andrews Moriarty[1].

"Maribe" Wait was born 20 July 1720 in Dartmouth, Massachusetts, the fifth child (of eight) of Thomas and Mary (Tripp) Waite of Dartmouth[2-3].  The first seven children were born in Dartmouth, and the last child was born in East Greenwich, Rhosde Island, where the Thomas Wait family moved to in about 1729.  "Meribee" is recorded in the East Greenwich town records also[4].  

Meribah married Benjamin Soule in about 1742 in Dartmouth[1,6].  There is no marriage record in the town vital records.  They had two daughters, Martha and Patience in 1743 and 1745, respectively.  Their births are recorded in the Dartmouth town records.

The Benjamin Soule family resided in the part of Dartmouth that was set off as the town of Westport in 1787.  

Meribah (Wait) Soule died on 3 February 1803 in Westport, Massachusetts, just three days after her husband died[5].  There are no burial records for her.

There are no probate records for Meribah (Wait) Soule.  Her husband's will was proved after both of them died and the estate was distributed to their descendants.

1. G. Andrews Moriarty, "Thomas Waite of Portsmouth, R.I. and Some of his Descendants," New England Historical and Genealogical Record, Volume 73, Number 4 (October 1919), pages 291ff., page 296, Thomas Waite sketch.

2. Vital records of Dartmouth, Massachusetts, to the year 1850 ( Boston, Mass. : New England Historic Genealogical Society,1929-1930), Births, page 292, Maribe Wait entry.

3. Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988, digital images, (, "Dartmouth Births, Marriages and Deaths," page 91 (image 439 of 2331), Maribe Wait birth entry.

4. "Rhode Island, Vital Records Extracts, 1636-1899," indexed database and digital image, (, Volume 1, "Kent County Births, Marriagwes and Deaths," Births, page 167, Meribee Waite entry.

5. Vital records of Westport, Massachusetts, to the year 1850 (Boston, Mass. : New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1918), Deaths, page 289, Meribah Sowle entry.

6. Anne Borden Harding (editor), Mayflower families Through Five Generations : Volume 3: George Soule (Plymouth, MA : General Society of Mayflower Descendants, 1980), page 71, Benjamin Soule sketch.


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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