Friday, September 18, 2020

52 Ancestors - Week 348: #558 Thomas Boyden (1682-1770) of Medfield and Wrentham, Massachusetts.

Thomas Boyden (1682-1770) is number 558 on my Ahnentafel List, my 7th great-grandfather, who married #559  Deborah Wight (1685-1730) in 1707 in Dedham, now Norfolk County, Massachusetts.

I am descended through:

*  their daughter #279 Mary Boyden (1708-1776) who married #278 Nathaniel Guild (1712-1796) in 1733.
*  their daughter #139 Mary Guild (1735-1800) who married #138 Amos Plimpton (1735-1808) in 1756.
*  their daughter #69 Mercy Plimpton (1772-1850) who married #68  Aaron Smith (1765-1841) in 1795.
*  their son #34 Alpheus Smith (1802-1840)   who married  #35 Elizabeth Horton Dill (1791-1869) in 1826.
*  their daughter, #17 Lucretia Townsend Smith (1828-1884) who married #16 Isaac Seaver (1823-1901) 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:                         Thomas Boyden[1–6]    

*  Sex:                             Male    

*  Father:                         Jonathan Boyden (1651-1732)    
*  Mother:                        Mary Clark (1649-1732)  

2)  INDIVIDUAL EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
*  Birth:                          16 March 1681/2, Medfield, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States[2]    

*  Distribution:               1733 (about age 51), father's estate distributed; Medfield, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States[7]    

*  Death:                         27 September 1770 (age 88), Wrentham, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States[5]    
*  Probate:                      10 October 1771 (age 89), will proved; Wrentham, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States[6]  

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

*  Spouse 1:                    Deborah Wight (1685-1730)    
*  Marriage 1:                 29 April 1707 (age 25), Medfield, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States[3]    
*  Child 1:                       Mary Boyden (1707-1776)    
*  Child 2:                       James Boyden (1709-1779)    
*  Child 3:                       Deborah Boyden (1711-1770)    
*  Child 4:                       Beriah Boyden (1714-    )    

*  Spouse 2:                    Susanna Harris (1685-1764)    
*  Marriage 2:                 24 May 1731 (age 49), Walpole, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States[4]  

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

 Thomas Boyden is mentioned in the sketch of his father, Jonathan Boyden, in the History of Medfield, Massachusetts book by Tilden[1] as having married Deborah Wight in 1707 and removing to Wrentham.

Thomas Boyden was born 16 March 1681/2 in Medfield, Massachusetts, the 5th child and second son of Jonathan and Mary (Clark) Boyden[2].

He married, first, Deborah Wight (1685-1730) on 29 April 1707 in Medfield[3], the daughter of Ephraim and Lydia (Morse) Wight.  They had four children, all born in Wrentham, Massachusetts:

*  Mary Boyden (1708-1776), married 1733 Nathaniel Guild (1712-1796).
*  James Boyden (1709-1779), married 1741 Hannah mills (1720-1785).
*  Deborah Boyden (1711-1770), married 1732 David fisher (1705-1779.
*  Beriah Boyden (1714-????).

Deborah (Wight) Boyden died in about 1730, and Thomas married, secondly, to Susanna Harris (1685-1764) on 24 May 1731 in Walpole, Massachusetts[4].  They had no children.

In the distribution of the estate of Jonathan Boyden (1661-1732), Thomas Boyden received his share of the estate in money paid by the administrator[7].  It amounted to about £102 in 1733 as his share, and then £51 in 1735 after his father's widow died.

Susanna (Harris) Boyden died 8 Nov 1764 at age 79.

Thomas Boyden died 27 September 1770 in Wrentham, Massachusetts, at age 88[5].  There are no cemetery or burial records for him or his two wives.

Thomas Boyden wrote his will on 5 July 1764, and it was proved on 10 October 1771[6].  Son James Boyden was appointed executor by the Suffolk County Probate Court in Case 14,998.  

The transcription of the will is:
In the Name of God Amen the fifth Day of July in the year of our Lord One thousand Seven hundred and Sixty four.  I Thomas Boyden of Wrentham in the County of Suffolk in his Majesty's province the Massachusetts bay in New England, husbandman now being come to a Considerable old age and under bodily Infirmities (but of perfect mind and memory, thanks be given to God. Therefore Calling to mind the mortality of my body, and knowing that it is appointed to all men once to die, do make and ordain this my last Will and testament. That is to say principally and first of all I Give and Recomend my soul into the hands of God that gave it hoping for Salvation by Jesus Christ  alone and my body I recommend to the Earth to be buried in Decent manner at the Discretion of my Executor.  And as touching such worldly Estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this life: I give Demise and Dispose of the same in the following manner and form.

Imprimis I Give and bequeathe to Susannah Boyden my beloved wife the use benefit and Improvement of one third part of my Real Estate for and during the whole term of her Natural life.  Also I Give and bequeathe to her my said wife One third part of my personal Estate to be to her use and dispose for ever; after my Debts, funeral Charges and Just Expenses of all sorts are first paid out.

I give and bequeathe to my son James Boyden his heirs & assigns for ever, two thirds parts of my Real Estate at my Decease, and the other thirds part at my wifes Decease: provided he or his heirs Shall pay out the Several Legacies herein mentioned to my two Daughters or their heirs and to some of my Grandchildren.  That is to say to my Daughter Mary Giles the Sum of thirteen pounds Six Shillings and Eight pence.  To my Daughter Deborah Fisher, the sum of five Shillings. 

To my grandson Thomas Fisher, the sum of three pounds. To my Grandson James Boyden the Sum of forty Shillings.  To my Grandson Thomas Boyden the sum of forty Shillings.  To my Grand-daughter Azuba Farenton the Sum of forty shillings. To my Grandson Moses Boyden the sum of forty Shillings.  All these Legacies which I Give to my two Daughters and five Grandchildren to be paid in Lawfull money within the Space of one year after my decease.  I also Give and bequeathe to my said Son James Boyden, the other two third parts of my personal Estate after my Debts and Charges as abovementioned are first paid out.

I do also Constitute and ordain my son James Boyden abovenamed my Sole Executor of this my last will and testament.  And I do hereby utterly Disalow Revoke and Disannul all and every other and former wills testaments Legacies & bequests & Executors by me in any will before named willed & bequeathed.  Ratifying and Confirming this and no other to be my last will & testament In Witness Whereof I the said Thomas Boyden have hereunto Set my hand & Seal the day & year above written.

Signed sealed pronounced & Declared by him y^e said Thomas Boyden as his last will & testament in the presence of us the subscribers
Nathan Clark                                                            Thomas Boyden
David Clark Jun-r
Esther Clark
There was no inventory taken or account submitted in the probate file for Thomas Boyden.
1. William S Tilden and John A S Monks, History of the town of Medfield, Massachusetts, 1650-1886 : with genealogies of the families that held real estate or made any considerable stay in the town during the first two centuries (Boston, Mass.: G.H. Ellis, 1887), page 322, #6, Jonathan Boyden family sketch.

2. Vital Records of Medfield, Massachusetts to the Year 1850 (Boston, Mass. :  New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1903), Births, page 23, Thomas Boyden entry, 16 March 1681/2.

3. Vital Records of Medfield, Massachusetts to the Year 1850, Marriages, page 120, Thomas Boyden and Deborah Wight, 29 April 1707.

4. Vital Records of Walpole, Massachusetts to the Year 1850 (Boston, Mass. :New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1902), Marriages, page 98, Thomas Boyden and Susanna Harris entry, 24 May 1731.

5. Thomas W. Baldwin, Vital records of Wrentham, Massachusetts, to the year 1850 (Boston, Mass. : Stanhope Press, 1910), Deaths, page 417, Thomas Boyden entry, 27 September 1770.

6. Suffolk County, Massachusetts, Probate case files, Thomas Boyden Case File 14998, 1771, Wrentham, testate (4 images); "Suffolk County (Massachusetts) Probate Records, 1636-1899," digital images, American Ancestors ( : accessed 14 January 2018); original papers on file at Suffolk County Probate Court, Boston, Mass..

7. Suffolk County, Massachusetts, Probate case files, Jonathan Boyden Case File 6257, 1732, Medfield, intestate (49 images).


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 to the 7th great-grandparents (in work) is in

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