Friday, November 8, 2019

52 Ancestors - Week 303: #514 Samuel Rayment (1679-1724) of Massachusetts

Samuel Rayment (1679-1724) is number 514 on my Ahnentafel List, my 7th great-grandfather, who married #515 Eunice Norman (1686-1743) in 1704, in Marblehead, Essex County, Massachusetts.

I am descended through:

*  their daughter #257 Eunice Rayment (1707-1772) who married #256 Robert Seaver (1702-1752)  in 1726.
*  their son #128 Norman Seaver (1734-1787) who married #129 Sarah Read (1736-1809) in 1755.
*  their son #64 Benjamin Seaver (1757-1816) who married #65 Martha Whitney (1764-1832) in 1783.
*  their son #32 Benjamin Seaver (1791-1825) who married #33 Abigail Gates (1797-1867) in 1817.
*  their son #16 Isaac Seaver (1823-1901) who married #17 Lucretia Townsend Smith (1828-1884) in 1851.
*  their son #8 Frank Walton Seaver (1852-1922) who married #9 Hattie Louisa Hildreth (1857-1920) in 1874.
*  their son #4 Frederick Walton Seaver (1876-1942) who married #5 Alma Bessie Richmond (1882-1962) in 1900.
*  their son #2 Frederick Walton Seaver (1911-1983) who 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:                          Samuel Rayment[1–3]    
*  Alternate Name:          Samuel Raymond[4]

*  Sex:                              Male    

*  Father:                         John Rayment (1651-1725)    
*  Mother:                       Martha Wooden (1655-????)  
2)  INDIVIDUAL EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Birth:                           18 May 1679, Beverly, Essex, Massachusetts, United States[1]    

*  Deed:                          7 March 1720/1 (age 41), bought land in Marblehead; Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, United States[4]    

*  Death:                        before 6 January 1723/4 (before age 44), Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, United States[3]    

*  Probate:                     6 January 1723/4 (age 44), administration granted to Eunice Rayment and Joshua Orne; Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, United States[3]  
3)  SHARED EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Spouse 1.                  Eunice Norman (1686-1743)    
*  Marriage 1:               21 November 1704 (age 25), Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, United States[2]    

*  Child 1:                    John Rayment (1705-????)    
*  Child 2:                    Eunice Rayment (1707-1772)    
*  Child 3:                    Samuel Rayment (1716-????)    
*  Child 4:                    Sarah Rayment (1718-????)    
*  Child 5:                    Benjamin Rayment (1719-????)  

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

 Samuel Rayment was born on 18 May 1679 in Beverly, Massachusetts, the son of John and Martha (Wooden) Rayment[1].  

He married Eunice Norman on 21 November 1704 in Marblehead, Massachusetts[2].  She was the daughter of John and Sarah (Maverick) Norman.  They had five children, all born in Marblehead:

*  John Rayment (1705-????).
*  Eunice Rayment (1707-1772), married 1726 Robert Seaver (1702-1752).
*  Samuel Rayment (1716-????).
*  Sarah Rayment (1718-????), married 1743 John Jackson (1719-????).
*  Benjamin Rayment (1719-????).

Samuel Rayment was a mariner.  He lived at Marblehead, Massachusetts.

On 7 March 1720/1, John Norman, fisherman of Marblehead, and Benjamin Norman, cordwainer and fisherman of Marblehead, and sons of John Norman and Sarah Norman, and grandsons of Moses Maverick and Eunice his wife late of Marblehead deceased, sold land in Marblehead to their brother-in-law Samuel Raymond, mariner of Marblehead, for 57 pounds and two shillings.  John Norman stated that the land which Samuel Raymond now lives upon, was given to their mother Sarah Norman by their grandparents.  The land consisted of five parts, with John Norman having purchased rights from his brother Moses Norman and his sister Sarah Broughton, and having one right to himself and one right to his brother Benjamin Norman.  The fifth right belonged to their sister Eunice Norman who married Samuel Raymond.  Witnesses to the deed were Archibald Ferguson and John Broughton.  The deed was registered 18 March 1720/1[4].

Samuel Rayment died before 6 January 1723/4, when administration on his estate was granted to his wife, Eunice, and Joshua Orne[3].

An inventory was apprised on 22 January 1723/4 by Richard Reith, Amos Dennis and Thomas Peach, showing real estate of 58 pounds 12 shillings, and personal estate of 24 pounds 14 shillings, and was subscribed to by the administrators Eunice Rayment and Joshua Orne. The final account was filed 10 March 1737[3].

There is no known burial site or record for Samuel Rayment.


1. Town of Beverly, Massachusetts, Vital Records of Beverly, Massachusetts to the End of the Year 1849, Two Volumes (Topsfield, Mass. : Topsfield Historical Society, 1907), Volume 1, Births, page 275, Samuel Rayment birth entry.

2. Vital Records of Marblehead, Massachusetts to the end of the year 1849 (Salem, Mass.: The Essex Institute, 1904, 2 Volumes), Volume 1, Marriages, page 306, Eunice Norman and Samuel Rayment marriage entry.

3. "Essex County, MA: Probate Papers, 1638-1881," digital images, American Ancestors (, Probate Packet 23,281 (29 images), Samuel Rayment estate.

4. "Massachusetts, Land Records, 1620-1986," digital images, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, FamilySearch (, Essex County, Deeds, 1720-1723, Volumes 38-39, Volume 39, page 184 (image 498 of 605), John and Benjamin Norman to Samuel Raymond, executed 7 March 1720/1, recorded 18 March 1720/1, accessed on FHL US/CAN microfilm 0,866,031.


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 2019 to 364 Ancestors in 364 Weeks.

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1 comment:

Bill said...


I like this feature of your posts. I'm sure it's a great way to review what you have on the person featured and update with any new info that may be out there to be able create the post.

I've seen several mentions about the upcoming Mayflower 400th anniversary and wondering if any of your New England ancestors tracked back to that ship. I have several lines that seem to go back pretty far in New England, but I've not yet traced far enough to understand if any of them are Mayflower descendants. Wondering if you are aware of any good Mayflower descendant sites that I could utilize to see if there's a connection with my folks. Perhaps some of your other followers may have a similar interest and it would be worth a post.

Bill Greggs