Saturday, July 28, 2018

Added or Updated Record Collections at FamilySearch.org - Week of 22 to 28 July 2018

I am trying to keep up with the new and updated record collections at   FamilySearch   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/list) every week.

As of 28 July 2018, there were 2,348 record collections on FamilySearch (an increase of 1 from last week):

The deleted. added or updated collections are (as Marshall provided them):

---- Collections Deleted ---

*  Arkansas Second Registration Draft Cards, 1948-1959     (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1914215); Index only, no images, DELETED 22 Jun 2012

--- Collections Added   ---

*  New Jersey, Bride Index, 1930-1938      (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2842740); 238,623 indexed records with 238,623 record images, ADDED 26 Jul 2018

*  France, Vital Records, 1542-1900        (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2840446); 53,914 indexed records with 53,914 record images, ADDED 26 Jul 2018

--- Collections Updated ---

*  Missouri, Confederate Pension Applications and Soldiers Home Applications, 1911-1938    (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1865475); 1,759 indexed records with 27,874 record images (was 1,759 records with 27,874 images), Updated 27 Jul 2018

*  Texas, El Paso Alien Arrivals, 1909-1924        (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2306316); Index only (193,394 records), no images (was 193,394 records with 192,133 images), Updated 27 Jul 2018

*  Italy, Chieti, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1809-1930    (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2419833); 339,924 indexed records with 505,027 record images (was 339,924 records with 505,027 images), Updated 25 Jul 2018

*  Iowa, Old Age Tax Assistance Records, 1934-1958 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2573700); Index only (817,662 records), no images (was 817,662 records with 0 images), Updated 27 Jul 2018

*  New York State Census, 1905     (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1463113); 7,703,567 indexed records with 111,177 record images (was 7,570,111 records with 111,177 images), Updated 23 Jul 2018

*  England, Northumberland, Parish Registers, 1538-1950    (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2353070); 928,964 indexed records with 61,776 record images (was 0 records with 61,776 images), Updated 25 Jul 2018

*  Washington, Pierce County Marriage Returns, 1891-1938   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1924073); 13,098 indexed records with 13,521 record images (was 12,987 records with 13,521 images), Updated 25 Jul 2018

*  Maryland, Baltimore, Lock Funeral Home Records, 1936-2007       (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2445431); 4,242 indexed records with 5,863 record images (was 0 records with 5,863 images), Updated 27 Jul 2018

*  Washington, Native American, Census Records, 1880-1952  (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2790178); 134,754 indexed records with 7,962 record images (was 134,754 records with 7,962 images), Updated 27 Jul 2018

*  United States, Veterans Administration Master Index, 1917-1940  (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2968245); 71,035 indexed records with 67,436 record images (was 71,035 records with 67,436 images), Updated 27 Jul 2018

--- Collections with records removed ---

*  California Divorce Index, 1966-1984     (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2015584); Index only (3,518,807 records), no images (was 3,518,808 records with 0 images),  7 Mar 2012

*  Nevada Marriage Index, 1956-2005        (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1949338); Index only (5,069,621 records), no images (was 5,069,623 records with 0 images),  6 Nov 2013

*  California Marriage Index, 1960-1985    (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1949339); Index only (4,879,214 records), no images (was 4,879,215 records with 0 images),  6 Dec 2011

*  California Birth Index, 1905-1995       (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2001879); Index only (24,589,499 records), no images (was 24,589,500 records with 0 images),  1 Mar 2012

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In order to select a specific record collection on FamilySearch, go to  https://familysearch.org/search/collection/list and use the "Filter by collection name" feature in the upper left-hand corner and use a keyword (e.g. "church england") to find collections with those keywords..

My friend, Marshall, has come up with a way to determine which collections are ADDED, DELETED or UPDATED.  Thanks to Marshall for helping me out here!

Each one of the collections listed above has a Research Wiki page (use the "Learn more" link).  It would be very useful if the Wiki page for each collection listed the dates for when the collection was added as a new collection and the dates for major updates also.

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Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - How Many Generations Did Your Parents or Grandparents Know?

Calling all Genea-Musings Fans: 

 It's Saturday Night again - 

time for some more Genealogy Fun!!



Here is your assignment if you choose to play along (cue the Mission Impossible music, please!):


1)  Miriam Robbins wrote a wonderful post today about her grandson playing with a toy first used by Miriam's great-grandfather - see Seven Generations for the details.


2)  So how many generations of family did you know, or your parents, or your grandparents, know?  Ancestors and descendants.  

3)  Tell us in your own blog post, in a comment to this post, or in a Facebook post.  Please leave a comment on this post with a link with your response.

Here's mine:

a)  My father, Frederick Walton Seaver (1911-1983), knew:

*  His great-grandmother, Sophia (Newton) Hildreth (1834-1923).
*  His grandmother, Harriet (Hildreth) Seaver (1857-1920)
*  His father, Frederick Walton Seaver (1876-1942)
*  His siblings (born 1901-1917).
*  His three sons (born 1943-1955)
*  His four grandchildren (born 1974-1978)

b)  My mother, Betty Virginia (Carringer) Seaver (1919-2002), knew:

*  Her great-grandmother, Abigail (Vaux) Smith (1844-1931)
*  Her grandmother, Della (Smith) Carringer (1862-1944)
*  Her father, Lyle Lawrence Carringer (1891-1976)
*  Her self (no siblings)
*  Her three sons (born 1943-1955).
*  Her four grandchildren (born 1974, 1976, 1976 and 1978)
*  One of her great-grandchildren (born 1997; the others born after she died)

c)  My paternal grandfather, Frederick Walton Seaver (1876-1942), knew:

*  His great-grandmother, Sophia (Buck) (Newton) Stone (1797-1882)
*  His grandmother, Sophia (Newton) Hildreth (1834-1923).
*  His mother, Harriet (Hildreth) Seaver (1857-1920)
*  His siblings (born 1878)
*  His six children (born 1901-1917)
*  Some of his grandchildren (born 1926-1955)

d)  My paternal grandmother, Alma Bessie (Richmond) Seaver (1882-1962), knew:

*  Her grandfather, James Richmond (1821-1912)
*  Her father, Thomas Richmond (1848-1917)
*  Her siblings.
*  Her six children (born between 1901 and 1917).
*  All 11 of her grandchildren (born between 1926 and 1955).
*  Some of her 20 great-grandchildren (born 1947-1978).

e)  My maternal grandfather, Lyle Lawrence Carringer (1891-1976), knew:

*  His grandfather, David Jackson Carringer (1828-1902)
*  His father, Henry Austin Carringer (1853-1946)
*  His self (no siblings)
*  His child (born in 1919).
*  His 3 grandchildren (born in 1943-1955).
*  Two of his 4 great-grandchildren (born 1974-1978)

f)  My maternal grandmother, Emily Kemp Auble (1899-1977), knew:

*  Her father, Charles Auble (1849-1916)
*  Her self (no siblings)
*  Her child (born in 1919)
*  Her 3 grandchildren (born in 1943-1955).
*  Three of her 4 great-grandchildren (born 1974-1978)

g)  Me (born 1943)

*  My great-grandfather, Henry Austin Carringer (1853-1946)
*  My grandfather, Lyle Lawrence Carringer (1891-1976)
*  My mother, Betty Virginia (Carringer) Seaver (1919-2002)
*  My siblings.
*  My two children (born 1974-1976)
*  My five grandchildren (born 2003-2014).

Emily did have two grandparents live past her birth date in 1899, but they resided in Ontario and Illinois, and I doubt that she met them.

So the most seems to be SEVEN - my mother "knew" seven generations.  Myself, my father and three of my grandparents knew six, and one grandparent knew five.   There is hope that I will meet my great-grandchildren.  

Obviously, you have to live a long time to know your great-grandchildren, and have a great-grandparent who lived past your own birth to get to seven.  It will be interesting if anyone comes up with eight.

Thank you, Miriam, for the challenging question.  

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Surname Saturday -- RICHARDSON (England to colonial Massachusetts)

It's Surname Saturday, and I'm "counting down" my Ancestral Name List each week.  


I am working in the 9th great-grandmothers by Ahnentafel number, and I am up to Ancestor #2139 who is Sarah RICHARDSON (1640-1694). 
[Note: the earlier great-grandmothers and 9th great-grandfathers have been covered in earlier posts.]

My ancestral line back through two generations in this RICHARDSON family line is:


1. Randall J. Seaver

2. Frederick Walton Seaver (1911-1983)
3. Betty Virginia Carringer (1919-2002)

4. Frederick Walton Seaver (1876-1942)
5. Alma Bessie Richmond (1882-1962)

8. Frank Walton Seaver (1852-1922)
9. Hattie Louise Hildreth (1857-1920)

16. Isaac Seaver (1823-1901)
17. Lucretia Townsend Smith (1827-1884)

32. Benjamin Seaver (1791-1825)
33. Abigail Gates (1797-1869)

66.  Nathan Gates (1767-1830)

67.  Abigail Knowlton (1774-1855)

132.  Simon Gates (1739-1803)
133.  Susanna Reed (1745-1833)

266.  Nathan Reed (1719-1802)
267.  Susanna Wood (1724-1780)

534.  Josiah Wood (1687-1753)
535.  Ruth Walker (1692-1752)

1068.  Josiah Wood (1658-1741)
1069.  Abigail Bacon (1667-1743)


2138.  Michael Bacon, born before 16 February 1639 in Winston, Suffolk, England; died 13 August 1701 in Billerica, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.  He was the son of 4276. Michael Bacon and 4277. Mary LNU.  He married 22 March 1660 in Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.
2139.  Sarah Richardson, born before 22 November 1640 in Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States; died 15 August 1694 in Billerica, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

Children of Michael Bacon and Sarah Richardson are:
*  Mary Bacon (1661-1741), married 1683 Jacob Fuller (1655-1731).
*  Sarah Bacon (1663-1754), married 1685 Benjamin Fuller (1660-1754).
Abigail Bacon (1667-1743), married 1686 Josiah Wood (1658-1741).
*  Jonathan Bacon (1672-1754), married (1) 1694 Elizabeth Giles (1671-1738); (2) 1739 Elizabeth Hancock (1677-1748).
*  Nathaniel Bacon (1675-1750), married 1698 Judith Wyman (1679-1744).
*  Josiah Bacon (1678-1723), married 1702 Mary LNU (1678-????).
*  Ruth Bacon (1681-????).
*  Benjamin Bacon (1683-1727), married 1712 Abigail Taylor (1695-1733).
*  Joseph Bacon (1685-1747), married 1716 Rebecca Taylor (1687-1778).

4278.  Thomas Richardson, born before 03 July 1608 in Westmill, Hertfordshire, England; died 28 August 1651 in Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.  He was the son of 8556. Thomas Richardson and 8557. Catherine Duxford.  He married before 21 February 1636 in probably Hertfordshire, England.
4279.  Mary Baldwin, born about 1612 in England; died 19 May 1670 in Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

Children of Thomas Richardson and Mary Baldwin are:
*  Mary Richardson (1638-1657), married 1655 John Baldwin (1635-1683).
Sarah Richardson (1640-1694), married 1660 Michael Bacon (1639-1701).
*  Isaac Richardson (1643-1689), married 1667 Deborah Fuller (1650-1714).
*  Thomas Richardson (1645-1710), married (1) 1670 Mary Stimpson (1646-1690); (2) 1690 Sarah Kendall (1653-1734).
*  Ruth Richardson (1647-????), married 1669 Thomas Fuller (1644-1719).
*  Phebe Richardson (1649-????).
*  Nathaniel Richardson (1651-1714), married 1672 Mary Peacock (1654-1719).

Information about this RICHARDSON family was obtained from:

*  
Walter Goodwin Davis, The Ancestry of Sarah Hildreth, 1773-1857, wife of Annis Spear of Litchfield Maine (Portland ME : Anthoensen Press, 1958).

I have done no original research on this Richardson line.


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Friday, July 27, 2018

Genealogy News Bytes - 27 July 2018


Some of the genealogy news items across my desktop the last four days include:

1)  News Articles:


 
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*  National Records Center USCIS Genealogy Program Update

*  Now It’s Easy to Publish Your Family History in an Electronic Book with Gedcom Publisher

2)  New or Updated Record Databases:

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New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday. 27 July 2018

*  FamilySearch Adds 29 Million Netherlands Records

*  Elephind Update - July, 2018

3)  Genealogy Education:


 GeneaWebinars Calendar


*  Free Family History Classes and Webinars for August 2018

ANNOUNCING: 2-Part CanadaGEN Study Group


*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Tuesday, 31 July, 11 a.m. PDT:  An Overview of Important Historical Record Collections, by Tal Erlichman (MyHeritage)

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Wednesday, 1 August, 11 a.m. PDT:  Jewish Genealogy for the Non-Jew: History, Migration, DNA, by Schelly Talalay Dardashti

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  Photoshop: What you need to know as a photographer, by Jared Hodges


*  Archived Family Tree Webinar: Your Ancestors Didn't Leave a Paper Trail: Are You?, by Melissa Barker

*  Cousin Russ YouTube:  Managing the FTM Data Error Report - Part 1

*  Cousin Russ YouTube:  Managing the FTM Data Error Report - Part 2

*  Family History Fanatics YouTube:  How to find alternatives for vital records in genealogy - Peggy Lauritzen

*  Family History Fanatics YouTube:  How Andy Discovered Devon's Bio Grandpa With DNA - Fanatical Friday

*  Who Is Nicka Smith? YouTube:  BlackProGen LIVE! Ep 63: What About You?!? Documenting Your Own Story

*  DearMyrtle YouTube:  Mondays with Myrt - 23 July 2018

*  DearMyrtle YouTube:  AmericaGen_Chapter 7 "Organizing and Evaluating Your Research Findings"

*  DearMyrtle YouTube:  Google Docs: Making a Copy

*  23andMe YouTube:  This Week In DNA, Episode 1 (With Special Interview)

*  BYU Family history Library YouTube:  Online Books You May Be Missing, by James Tanner

*  Findmypast YouTube:  New Parish Records | Findmypast Fridays 20 July 2018

*  Genealogy Magazine YouTube:  GenealogyMagazine, Episode 8: Fraudulent Family Trees

*  The In-Depth Genealogist YouTube:  An Interview with Kathryn Lake Hogan from Looking For Ancestors

4)  Bargains:

*  Genealogy Bargains for Friday, July 27,  2018


*  FREE DOWNLOAD FRIDAYS: Free Online Genealogy Education Resources

5)  DNA Success Stories:

*  Quest for 'lost' family ends in 'defining moment'

*  Wisconsin adoptee finds half-sister and reunites with siblings after 23andMe genetic testing

6)  Genealogy Fun Stuff:

Amusing Names in the Family Tree

Did you miss the last Genealogy News Bytes - 24 July 2018?


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New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday. 27 July 2018

I received this information from Findmypast today:


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New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday


There are more than 849,000 new records and newspaper articles available to search this Findmypast Friday, including;


Search for your ancestor in official lists of Royal Navy Officers. The collection consists of 147 publications spanning the 1824 to 1945. The collection consists of digital images of original lists presented in PDF format.

The amount of information available will vary from volume to volume. Some details you may be able to discover include an individual's name, rank, seniority, and place of service.


Over 34,000 new Scots Guards records have been added to our collection of British Army Service records. The new additions consist of Enlistment Registers spanning the years 1642 to 1939.

The records include bot transcripts and images of the original documents. The Register cover both officers and other ranks and will reveal the place, date, and age of the soldier at the time of attestation. You may also find the soldier's birth place, spouse's name, marriage date, and trade prior to joining the army. The books also recorded if the individual received medals or was wounded during service, as well as the individual's rank at the time of discharge.


Did any of your relations marry in Edinburgh, Scotland? Discover their names, occupations, residences, spouses and dates of marriage, former marriages, and more in this collection of records from parish registers collated throughout the city.

The collection consists of over 2,400 PDF images of printed marriage registers.


Did your ancestors die in Scotland? Discover details of their property, relatives, and more in records of their last will and testaments. The collection contains over 2,800 PDF images of original documents

The detail in these records may vary but most will include a combination of the names of those who died, their marital status, their occupations, the names of close relatives, residences and the date of testament.


Did any of your ancestors learn their trade in Edinburgh? Discover details of their apprenticeships and occupations in this collection of over 30,000 records from the capital of Scotland.

The information contained in these records varies. Records may include the names and occupations of relatives, locations of birth and residence, occupations and trades, details of close relations and notable life events.


This week we have added 114,026 new pages to The Archive. We have updated three of our Irish titles, and there are also updates to titles covering the city of Liverpool, the county of Gloucestershire and one of our Scottish titles.

This week's new additions include;
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52 Ancestors - Week 236: #361 Ruth (Hawkins) (Wade) Hopkins (1711-1789) of Providence County, Rhode Island

Ruth (Hawkins) (Wade) Hopkins (1711-1789) is #361 on my Ahnentafel List, my 6th great-grandmother, who married #360 Nathaniel Wade (1709-1754) in 1731 in Scituate, Providence County, Rhode Island.

I am descended through:

*  their son #180 Simon Wade (1731-after 1800) who married  #181 Deborah Tracy (1730-after 1800) in 1763.
*   their son, #90 Simon Wade (1767-1857) who married #91 Phebe Horton (1772 - after 1820) in 1790.
*  their daughter #45 Miranda Wade (1804-1850) , who married #44 Jonathan White (1803-1850) 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)

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

*  Name:                     Ruth Hawkins[1–4]    
*  Alternate Name:     Ruth Wade[5,8]    
*  Alternate Name:     Ruth Hopkins[6–7]

*  Sex:                        Female    

*  Father:                   William Hawkins (1679-1712)    
*  Mother:                  Elizabeth Arnold (1684-1758)  

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

*  Birth:                     14 March 1710/1, Providence, Providence, Rhode Island, United States[1–4]    
*  Distribution:          13 July 1754 (age 43), husband's will proved; Scituate, Providence, Rhode Island, United States[5]    

*  Distribution:         17 July 1758 (age 47), mother's will proved; Glocester, Providence, Rhode Island, United States[6]    

*  Death:                  27 December 1789 (age 78), Glocester, Providence, Rhode Island, United States[7]    

*  Probate:               4 January 1790 (age 78), will proved; Glocester, Providence, Rhode Island, United States[7]    
3)  SHARED EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

 *  Spouse 1:         Nathaniel Wade (1709-1754)    
*  Marriage 1:       26 June 1731 (age 22), Scituate, Providence, Rhode Island, United States[1-3]    

*  Child 1:            Simon Wade (1731-1800)    
*  Child 2:            Dudley Wade (1734-1803)    
*  Child 3:            Mary Wade (1736-1779)    
*  Child 4:            Ruth Wade (1740-    )    
*  Child 5:            Deborah Wade (1744-1754)    
*  Child 6:            John Wade (1746-1804)  

*  Spouse 2:         Zebedee Hopkins (1696-1789)    
*  Marriage 2:      9 February 1758 (age 46), Scituate, Providence, Rhode Island, United States[8]  

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

Ruth Hawkins was born 14 March 1710/1 in Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island, the fourth child of five born to William and Elizabeth (Arnold) Hawkins[1–4].  Her father died when Ruth was one year old.  Her mother married, secondly, to Israel Smith in 1718 in Providence, who died in 1726.

On 26 June 1731, Ruth married Nathaniel Wade (1709-1754) in Scituate, Providence County, Rhode Island[1-3].  They had six children - Simon, Dudley, Mercy, Ruth, Deborah, and John; all of them are listed in the Scituate, Rhode Island entries in the town vital records between 1732 and 1746.

Nathaniel Wade died on 29 June 1754.  In his will dated 30 May 1754 that proved on 13 July 1754 by the Scituate town council, Nathaniel Wade bequeathed to his wife[5]:

"... I Give and bequeath to My Loveing Wife Ruth Wade the use and Intrest of Three Hundred pounds old Tenor of the Money that Shall be Raised or paid upon the Sale of the Land for and During the full Term of her Naturall Life in this World."  

In addition, he gave her and two daughters all of the remaining personal estate.  

Ruth (Hawkins) Wade married, secondly, to Zebedee Hopkins on 9 February 1758 in Scituate, Rhode Island as his second wife[8].  They had no children, but Zebedee had ten children. 

Ruth's mother, Elizabeth (Arnold) (Hawkins) Smith wrote her will on 1 July 1758 and it was proved 17 July 1758 in Glocester, Providence County, Rhode Island[6]. In her will, she names six children, including Ruth Hopkins,  Deborah Waid, Elijah Hawking (deceased), Stephen Smith, Elizabeth Man and Neomia Angell.  In the will, Ruth was bequeathed:

"... I Give to my Two Daughters Ruth Hopkins and Deborah Waid my best feather bed to be Equaly Divided between them and like wise I Give to my Daughter Deborah Waid my Iron Kettle.

"...my will is that all the Remainder of my Estate be Equally Divided among my Children namely my son Stephen Smith my Daughters Ruth Hopkins Deborah Waid Elizabeth Man and Naomi Angel the Ramaining part of my Estate that is not above Dispose of in this my will..."

Zebedee and Ruth (Hawkins) (Wade) Hopkins moved to Glocester, Providence County, Rhode Island, where Zebedee died on 14 March 1789 and Ruth Hopkins died on 27 December 1789, according to her probate records[7]

Ruth Hopkins (nee Hawkins, widow of Nathaniel Wade and Zebedee Hopkins) wrote her will on 23 November 1789 that was proved on 4 February 1790 by the Glocester town council[7].  The will reads:

"In the name of God Amen I Ruth Hopkins of Glocester in the County of Providence & State of Rhode Island & Plantations Widow Woman Being Advanced in years & in a Poor State of health at this time But of a Sound Mind & Memory at this time thanks be to almighty God for the Same & Knowing it is appointed for man once to Die I do here by make & ordain this to be my Last will & testament.  And as touching such Worldly Estate as it hath Pleased God to bless me with in this Life I Give Bequeath & Dispose of in the following Form & manner as is herein further Expressed.

"Imprimus I Give & Bequeath Unto my well Beloved Son John Wade my Bed whereon I now Sleep together with the Bedstead and all the Furniture thereunto Belonging.

"Item  I Give & Bequeath unto my well beloved Cousin Sarah Hawkins Daughter to Uriah Hawkins all my Iron ware of Every Kind.

"Item  I Give unto my Grandaughter Deborah Potter one Worsted Duroy Gown the most Palest Blue one.

"Item I Give unto my Son Simon Wade one Silver Dollar or the Value thereof to be Paid him by my Executor out of my Estate after my Decease.

"Item I give unto my son Dudly Wade one Silver Dollar or the value thereof to be Paid him by my Executor out of my Estate after my Decease.

"Item my will is and I hereby order & Give the Remainder Part of my Estate not herein Before Given away, that after my Just Debts & funeral Charges are paid and the Legacies herein Before Mentioned that what then Remains of my Estate, that I have not herein Before Given away my Will is and I hereby order & Give the same to my Son John Wade and to the aforenamed Sarah Hawkins to be equally Divided Between them.  And I hereby make & appoint my said Son John Wade to be my Sole Executor of this my Last will & testament & I hereby Revoke Disanull and Disallow all other & former will or wills by me at any time heretofore Made, Ratifying allowing & Confirming this and no other to be my Last will & testament.  In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & Seal this twenty third Day of November Anno Domini 1789.

"Signed Sealed & Published and Pronounced by the said Ruth Hopkins to be her Last will & testament in the Presence of us the Subscribers who in her Presence & in the Presence of each other Subscribed our names as Witnesses
Levi Martin                                                                   her
Uriah Hawkins                                                     Ruth X Hopkins
Zebee Hopkins"                                                          mark

The will was presented to the Glocester Town Council on 4 February 1790, who accepted and approved the will:

"Glocester February the 4th 1790.  In Town Council this will Being Presented for Probate, and Levi Martin, Uriah Hawkins & Zebedee Hopkins Esqr. the Witnesses did on Solemn Engagement before this Council Declare that they saw Ruth Hopkins sign & Seal this Paper & heard her Declare it to be her Last will & testament, and they in her & each others Presence Subscribed their Names as Witnesses and She at that time appeared to be of Sound Mind & Memory.  Wherefore it is Voted that this will be and is Proved & Approved And That it be Recorded
Pr. ordr R. Steere Cou. Clk.
And Recorded Pr. R. Steere Cou. Clk."

The Town Council approved John Wade to be the executor of the will and administrator of the estate:

"Whereas Mrs. Ruth Hopkins of Glocester in the County of Providence & State of Rhode Island who Departed this Life on the 27th Day of December AD 1789.  Which said Ruth was Relict of Zebedee Hopkins Late of said Glocester Deceased did in & by her Last Will & testament Name & appoint her son John Wade Sole Executor of her said Will & the said John having since Proved Said Will by & Before the Town Council of Said Glocester this fourth Day of February in the Year of our Lord one thousand Seven hundred and Ninety.

"These are therefore in the Name of the Governor & Company of the State of the State of Rhode Island to order and fully impower you the said John Wade to take into your Care Custody & Possession all & Singular the Personal Estate Rights & Credits of her the said Ruth Hopkins that Did Belong to her at the time of her Death & on the same to administer by Paying her Just Debts & acting in all matters & things Relaiting the aforesaid Premises as you by Law & the aforesaid Will are Required to do & be Ready at all times to Render a true & Just account of your Doings Relaiting the said Premises when Legally Called thereunto unto the Said Town Council or their Successors in said office when Legally Called thereunto.

"Given by order of the aforesaid Town Council the said fourth Day of February & Sealed with their Seal by their Order
Pr. R. Steere Cou. Clk.
And Recorded Pr. me  R. Steere Cou. Clk."

An inventory of the personal estate of Ruth Hopkins was taken on 4 January 1790 by Samuel Steere and Steven Irons.  The Inventory included:

"An Inventory of all and singular the Goods & Chattels Rights and Credits of Ruth Hopkins widow and Relict to Zebedee Hopkins Late of Glocester in the County of Providence & State of Rhode Island &c Deceased who Departed this Life on the Seventh Day of December AD 1789.  And was Apprised on the fourth Day of January AD 1790 by us the Subscribers.
                                                                                                ................................      L-s-d
"Item to wearing apparel: to one slick Worsted Gown ............................................ 00-08-0
To one worsted Pettecoat 10/ & to one Quilted Pettecoat 10/ ................................. 01-00-0
To one Black & Blue worsted gown 7/ & one Linnen Gown
to one Dressed Gown 10/ ......................................................................................... 01-04-0
To one Double gown 9/ to one cloak 15/ to three Pettecoats 9/ ............................... 01-13-0
To four old Pettecoats and one old Quilt & one old cloak and
one old Gown 7/ to three old Hoop gowns 4/  ......................................................... 00-11-0
To four flannel Shifts 6/ to to Eleven Linnen Shifts 1L 0s ...................................... 01-06-0
To ten Pair of Blue Woollen Stockings 16/ and one Pair of Linnen
Ditto 2/ and two Pair garters 4/ ................................................................................ 01-02-0
To one Pair of Leggins to two Pair of Linnen Mittings & one
Pair of worsted Gloves & two Pair of Worsted Mittens .......................................... 00-05-0
To two old Woollen aprons & three old Pockets ..................................................... 00-03-0
To one Linnen Pettecoat & four Loose Gowns 7/ to Six
Checked Linnen aprons 14/ ...................................................................................  01-01-0
To nine Checked Handkerchieffs 1/ to two Silk handkerchiefs 6/6 ....................... 01-04-6
To three old Linnen handkerchiefs 1/ to two Small Woollen Blankets 5/ .............. 00-06-6
To one Feather Bed & a Bed Bolster and two Pillows ........................................... 03-10-0
To one Pair of Pillow Cases & two Linnen sheets 14/
to one old bed Stead & Cord 5/ .............................................................................. 00-19-0
To two Blankets and a Coverled L1.16 .................................................................  01-16-0
To one tow Coverled one Woollen coverled one old Woollen
Blanket and a Piece Ditto ......................................................................................  00-18-0
To one Pair of new Linnen Sheets 10/ & Six Sheets some worn 1.4/ .................... 01-14-0
To five Pairs of Pillow Cases Some worn 7/ three old
table Cloths and three old towels 5/ ......................................................................  00-12-0
To two new table Cloths 6/ and five new towels 5/ ............................................... 00-11-0
To Six flannel Sheets L1.6/ to Eighteen yards & three
fourths of New Linnen and tow Cloth ..................................................................  02-04-9
To one Linnen Birdseye Bag & a Piece of New Flannel Cloth 2/ ......................... 00-02-0
To Some New Shreads of Cloth & Some old Ditto & Some Linnen
yarn and woollen Ditto .........................................................................................  00-02-0
To one old Side Saddle 18/ to one old Iron Pot one Bake
Kittle & Cover and one tea Kittle .........................................................................  01-11-0
Three Pewter Porringers two Pint Basons two three Pint Basons &
quart Bason & half a Dozen Pewter Plates two Platters & Nine Pewter Spoons ...  01-00-0
To one Large Iron trammel 4/6. to a Basket with some
old iron in it & old knives .....................................................................................  00-06-0
To one Clothes Basket and two Small handled Baskets
1/6 to one old Candle Stick /4 ..............................................................................  00-01-10
To one Candle Stand 3/. & Candle Boards with it to one old Pail
& Cedar Chamber Pot & a Cedar Rannel Pot 1/6. to a Sugar
Box & near a Pound of Sugar 1/2 ......................................................................... 00-05-9
To two Round Glass Bottles & two earthen Jugs & Earthen Pan
& Earthen Porringers and one White earthen Small Mug and
a small Earthen Bowl old Earthern Platter and about two
Quts of Molasses & Some Wooden trenchers & a Wooden
Salt Seller and a Skiming Dish & old horn Comb & a Pair
Calve Skin Lamps ................................................................................................. 00-05-6
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                                                                                    .............................           L  25-03-3

The foot Brought over from Page the first ..........................................................  25-03-3
To near one & a half lb. of Butter /9 to three Dozen Candles 1/ .......................... 00-01-9
To four White Chairs 8/ and one Grait Chair 3/ to one old Chest 3/
& a trunk 1/6 ........................................................................................................ 00-15-6
To one old Square table 3/ to one old testament & two Sermon
books & knitting needles /10 ..............................................................................  00-03-10
To one Note of hand against William Brown Son of Hosannah Dated
in Glocester July the 17th 1783 for the Sum of twenty one Silver
Dollars Payable on Demand with Interest Untill Paid ........................................ 06-06-0
To one Note of hand Dated in Glocester March the 13th AD 1788
for the Sum of two Pounds & four Shillings & one Penny Payable
on Demand with Interest untill Paid Signed by Henry Wheeler.......................... 02-04-1
To one Note of hand against Esek Smith now Living in Situate
or Foster Dated in Glocester May the 25th AD 1785 for L1.1s/
Payable on Demand with Interest Untill Paid .................................................... 01-01-0
To four Shillings & three Pence in Silver & Coper Money in a Purse .............. 00-04-3
To one Steel thimble & the Money Purse /6 ...................................................... 00-00-6
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                                                                                                      ....................   36-00-2
Samuel Steere
Stephen Irons, Appraisers.

"Glocester February the 4trh 1790.  In Town Council Voted that this Inventory be Accepted & Recorded Pr. Order R. Steere Cou. Clk.
And Recorded Pr. Richard Steere Cou. Clk."

There is no known burial record for Ruth (Hawkins) (Wade) Hopkins.

5)  SOURCES

1. Richard H. Benson, The Arnold Family of Smithfield, Rhode Island (Boston, Mass., Newbury Street Press, 2009), page 63.

2. Marston Watson, Royal Families: Americans of Royal and Noble Ancestry: Volume One: Governor Thomas Dudley and Descendants Through Five Generations, Second Edition ( Baltimore, Md. : Genealogical Publishing Company, 2005), page 213.

3. Doris Powell Schultz, Jonathan Wade of Ipswich, Massachusetts, Revised Edition (n.p. : the author, 1989), Nathaniel Wade and Ruth Hawkins entry.

4. "Rhode Island, Vital Records Extracts, 1636-1899," indexed database and digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com), Volume 2, "Providence County Births, Marriages and Deaths," page 227 (image 257 of 400), Scituate births, Ruth Hawkins birth entry.

5. "Probate and Civil Records, 1731-1886 (Scituate, Rhode Island)," on 6 FHL US/CAN microfilm reels, citing manuscript records at town hall, Scituate, Rhode Island, Volume 1, pages 231-235, Nathaniel Wade estate records, on FHL Microfilm 0,941,155.

6. "Probate Records, 1731-1915 (Glocester, Rhode Island)," on 6 FHL Microfilm reels, Volume 1, Pages 173-176, Elizabeth Smith estate records, on FHL Microfilm 0,941,847.

7. "Probate Records, 1731-1915 (Glocester, Rhode Island)", Volume 2, pages 122-126, Ruth Hopkins estate records, on FHL Microfilm 0,941,847.

8. "Rhode Island, Vital Records Extracts, 1636-1899," indexed database and digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com), "Volume 3, Providence County : births, Marriages, Deaths," page 21, Glocester marriages, Zwbedee Hopkins and Ruth Wade marriage entry.

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