Friday, February 7, 2020

52 Ancestors - Week 316: #527 Sarah (Shepard) Goble (1658-1746) of Concord, Massachusetts

Sarah Shepard (1658-1746 is number 527 on my Ahnentafel List, my 7th great-grandmother, who married #526 Thomas Goble (1656-1724) in 1687 in Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.

I am descended through:

*  their daughter #263 Mary Goble (1694-1734), who married #262 John Fletcher (1692-????) in 1715.
*  their daughter #131 Abigail Fletcher (1720-1783) who married #130 Samuel Whitney (1719-1782), in 1741.
*  their daughter #65 Martha Whitney (1764-1832) who married #64 Benjamin Seaver (1757-1816)  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:                      Sarah Shepard[1–2]    
*  Alternate Name:      Sarah Goble[3,5]    
*  Alternate Name:      Sarah Whitney[4]  

*  Sex:                           Female    

*  Father:                      John Shepard (1637-1699)    
*  Mother:                    Sarah Goble (1638-1717)  
2)  INDIVIDUAL EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Birth:                        about 1658, probably Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[1]    

*  Distribution:            19 October 1728 (about age 70), Thomas Goble estate distribution; Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[3]    

*  Death:                       7 May 1746 (about age 88), Weston, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[4]  

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

*  Spouse 1:                      Thomas Goble (1656-1724)    
*  Marriage 1:                   4 January 1686/7 (age 30), Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[2]    

*  Child 1:                         Sarah Goble (1692-1728)    
*  Child 2:                         Mary Goble (1693-1734)    
*  Child 3:                         Stephen Goble (1693-    )    
*  Child 4:                         John Goble (1696-    )    
*  Child 5:                         Abigail Goble (1697-1723)    
*  Child 6:                         Thomas Goble (before 1714-1714)  

*  Spouse 2:                      Nathaniel Whitney
*  Marriage 2:                   2 November 1724 (age 66), Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[5-6]
4)  NOTES (with source citations as indicated in brackets):  

The Goble Genealogy web page ( provides basic data for many Goble families, including the family of Thomas Goble (1656-1724)[1]

Sarah Shepard was born in about 1658 (she was age 88 at her death in 1746), probably in Concord, Massachusetts, the daughter of John and Sarah (Goble) Shepard of Concord.  There is no birth record for Sarah in the Concord town records or in the records of other nearby towns.

Sarah married Thomas Goble on 4 January 1686/7 in Concord, Massachusetts[2].  He was the son of Thomas and Ruth (--?--) Goble who resided in Concord after their marriage.  Sarah Shepard was Thomas Goble's first cousin.  The Concord vital record book has this marriage record:
"Thomas Goble and Sarah Shepard, both of Concord, Marryed January y^e 4th 1686.    by me Edward Bulkely Minister of Concord."
Thomas and Sarah (Shepard) Goble had six children, all born and recorded in Concord, except for Thomas who died in 1714.  They were:

*  Sarah Goble (1692-1728) married 1715 William Wood (1687-1733).
*  Mary Goble (1694-1734) married 1715 John Fletcher (1692-????).
*  Stephen Goble (1694-????).
*  John Goble (1696-????).
*  Abigail Goble (1697-1723), married 1722 Joseph Harris (1693-????).
*  Thomas Goble (????-1714). 

Sarah's father, John Shepard, died in 1699 in Concord and there is no probate record for him.  Her mother, Sarah (Goble) Shepard, died in 1717 in Concord leaving no probate record.

Thomas Goble died on 24 March 1724 in Concord.   

Sarah (Shepard) Goble married, secondly, Nathaniel Whitney (1647-1733) on 2 November 1724 in Concord, Massachusetts[5,6], and they resided in Weston, Massachusetts.  They had no children of their own. Nathaniel died on 7 January 1732/3 in Weston.

Thomas Goble died intestate, since his nuncupative will was not accepted by the probate court.  His estate was administered, with the papers collected in Middlesex County Probate Records, Packet 9,238[3].  The records show that, at the start of proceedings that the widow was allowed 38 pounds and 15 shillings.  In 1727, Sarah, now the wife of Nathaniel Whitney, received her full one third part of the estate for the rest of her life.  In 1728, the estate of Thomas Goble was divided between the heirs.  Widow Sarah Goble received received two and a half acres and 15 rods of pasture land in Goble's Plain, two acres of meadow land in Brod meadow, and 11 acres of woodland in Goble's Plain, for a total value of 55 pounds 13 shillings and 4 pence.

The Probate Court closed the estate file of Thomas Goble on 14 February 1731/2.

Sarah (Shepard) (Goble) Whitney died on 7 May 1746 in Weston, Massachusetts[4].  The death record in the Weston town records book says:
"M^rs. Sarah Whitney Widow of M^r. Nath^ll Whitney, Deceas^d in Weston May 7, AD 1746.  Aged about eighty eight years."  
There is no burial record for her.  There is no probate record for her in the Middlesex County Probate Records.


1. Evelyn Goble Steen, Goble Genealogy Homepage (, Databases > #1 Goble Family Tree > Goble, Thomas(3) (1656-1724) sketch.

2. George Tolman (compiler), Concord, Massachusetts Births, Marriages and Deaths, 1635-1850 (Concord, Mass. : Committee on Printing, 1894), Middlesex County Register, page 27, Thomas Goble and Sarah Shepard marriage entry, 1686.

3. "Middlesex County, MA: Probate Papers, 1648-1871," digital image, American Ancestors ( : accessed, Probate Packet #9,238, Thomas Goble, 1724.
4. Mary Frances Peirce, Town of Weston. Births, Deaths and Marriages, 1707-1850. Gravestones-, 1703-1900. Church Records, 1709-1825. Appendix and Addenda, Centennial Society (Boston, Mass. : McIncloe Bros., Printers, 1901), page 80, Mrs. Sarah Whitney death entry.

5. Clarence S. Brigham,  "Concord (Mass.) Marriages, 1724," The American Genealogist, Volume  16 (1939-40),  page 23, Nathan Whitney and Sarah Goble marriage entry.
6. "John Whitney Family of Watertown, Massachusetts," website, Whitney Research Group (, Family: Whitney, Nathaniel (1647-1733) family sketch (,_Nathaniel_(1647-1733) : accessed 19 December 2019).


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 2020 for a seventh year to 364 Ancestors in 364 Weeks.  The list of 52 Ancestors biographies from my great-grandparents is in

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