Friday, October 5, 2018

52 Ancestors - Week 246: #371 Lydia (Gray) Ladd (1707-????) of Little Compton, Rhode Island

Lydia Gray (1707-????) is #371 on my Ahnentafel List, my 6th great-grandmother, who married #370 Joseph Ladd (1701-1748)  in 1731 in Little Compton, Rhode Island.


I am descended through:

*  their daughter, #185 Elizabeth Ladd (1735-1814) who married  #184 Benedict Oatley (1732-1821) in 1755. 
*   their son #92 Joseph Oatley (1756 - 1815) who married #93 Mary Hazard (1765-1857)  in 1781.
*  their son #46 Jonathan Oatley (1791-1872), who married #47 Amy Champlin (1798-1865) in 1813.
*  their daughter #23 Amy Oatley (1826-1864), who married  #22 Henry Arnold White (1824-1885) 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)

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1)  PERSON (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

 *  Name:                      Lydia Gray[1,3–6]    
*  Alternate Name:       Lydia (Gray) Ladd[2]

*  Sex:                           Female    

*  Father:                      Samuel Gray (1681-1712)    
*  Mother:                    Deborah Church (1676-1772)  

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

*  Birth:                       16 October 1707, Little Compton, Newport, Rhode Island, United States[1–2,4]    
*  Distribution:            2 April 1712 (age 4), father's will proved, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States[3]    

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


*  Spouse 1:              Joseph Ladd (1701-1748)    

*  Marriage 1:           25 August 1731 (age 29), Little Compton, Newport, Rhode Island, United States[5,7]    

*  Child 1:               Deborah Ladd (1732-????)    
*  Child 2:               Joseph Ladd (1733-????)    
*  Child 3:               Elizabeth "Betsy" Ladd (1735-1814)    
*  Child 4:               William Ladd (1737-1800)    
*  Child 5:               Lydia Ladd (1740-????)  

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

A book with information about the Samuel Gray family in Little Compton is: Benjamin Franklin Wilbour, Little Compton Families ( Little Compton, R.I.: Little Compton
Historical Society, 1967), page 294, Samuel Gray sketch. Lydia Gray was born 16 October 1707 in Little Compton, Rhode Island, the daughter of Samuel
and Deborah (Church) Gray of Little Compton, as the 5th of seven children[1]. She is listed in the
Little Compton church records, but with only "1707" as the date[4]. However, the full birth date is
provided as Lydia (Gray), wife of Joseph Ladd in the Ladd section of the Little Compton town
records[2]. Lydia's father died 23 March 1712. He wrote a will dated 20 March 1712, which was proved 2
April 1712 in the Bristol County, Massachusetts probate court[3]. In the will, he bequeathed 100
pounds to his daughter Lydia. With five children under age 13, Deborah (Church) Gray married
again to Daniel Throop in 1713 as his third wife, so Lydia grew up in the Throop household.. On 25 August 1731, Lydia Gray married in Little Compton to Joseph Ladd, the son of William and
Elizabeth (Tompkins) Ladd[1,5-6]. They had five children, whose births were recorded in the Little
Compton town records: * Deborah Ladd, born 16 May 1732. * Joseph Ladd, born 18 August 1733. * Elizabeth Ladd, born 9 July 1735, died 27 November 1814, married 2 October 1755 in South Kingstown, R.I. to Benedict Oatloey (1732-1821). * William Ladd, born 16 October 1737, died 4 December 1800, married 22 December 1761 in Newport, Rhode Island to Sarah Gardner (1739-1807). * Lydia Ladd, born September 1740. Joseph Ladd died before March 1748, probably in Little Compton, Rhode Island. It is not known
if Lydia married again. There are no burial records for Joseph Ladd or for Lydia, his wife. There are no probate records
for Lydia (Gray) Ladd in the Little Compton town council records or in the Bristol County,
Massachusetts probate court records. 
 
5)  SOURCES

1. Benjamin Franklin Wilbour, Little Compton Families ( Little Compton, R.I.: Little Compton Historical Society, 1967), page 294, Samuel Gray family sketch.

2. James N. Arnold, Vital Record of Rhode Island, 1636-1850, First Series, Births, Marriages and Deaths : a Family Register for the People. (Providence, R.I.: Narragansett Historical Publishing Co., 1891-1912), Volume IV, Newport County Births, Marriages, Deaths, page 134 (image 501 of 691), Lydia (Gray) Ladd entry.

3. "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 3, Pages 88-90, Samuel Gray estate papers, on FHL Microfilm 0,461,882.

4. "Rhode Island, Vital Records Extracts, 1636-1899," indexed database and digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 26 September 2018), Volume 8, Church Records: Member Lists, Baptisms, Marriages, Deaths, "United Congregational Church - Little Compton," page 15 (image 62 of 679), Lydia Gray birth entry.

5. "Rhode Island, Vital Records Extracts, 1636-1899," indexed database and digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com), Volume 4, Newport County Vital Records, "Little Compton - Intentions and Marriages," page 38 (image 405 of 691), Joseph Ladd and Lydia Gray marriage entry.

6. Warren Ladd, The Ladd Family, A Genealogical and Biographical Memoir (New Bedford, Mass.: Edmund Anthony & Sons, 1890), #3976 Joseph Ladd sketch.

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NOTE:  In 2014, 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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