Friday, December 4, 2020

52 Ancestors - Week 359: #572 Jabez Snow (1670-1750) of Eastham, Massachusetts

Jabez Snow (1670-1750)  is number 572 on my Ahnentafel List, my 7th great-grandfather, who married #573  Elizabeth Treat (1676-1755) in about 1695  in Eastham, Barnstable County,  Massachusetts Bay.

I am descended through:

*  their son #286 Jabez Snow (1696-1760) who married #287 Elizabeth Paine (1702-1772) in 1720.
*  their daughter #143 Eunice Snow (1722-1816) who married   #142 Nathaniel Horton (1721-1771) in 1742.
*  their daughter #71 Hannah Horton (1761-1797)who married #70 Thomas Dill (1755-1839)  in 1782.
*  their daughter  #35 Elizabeth Horton Dill (1791-1869) who married  #34 Alpheus Smith (1802-1840)  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:                       Jabez Snow[1–6]    

*  Sex:                           Male    

*  Father:                      Jabez Snow (1642-1690)    
*  Mother:                    Elizabeth Smith (1648-1732)  
2)  INDIVIDUAL EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
*  Birth:                       6 September 1670, Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States[1-5]    

*  Death:                     14 October 1750 (age 80), Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States[1-5]    
*  Burial:                     after 14 October 1750 (after age 80), Cove Burying Ground, Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States[5]    

*  Probate:                   23 January 1750/1 (age 80), will proved; Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States[6]  

3)  SHARED EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
*  Spouse 1:                 Elizabeth Treat (1676-1755)
*  Marriage 1:              1695 (about age 25) Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States[1-2]     

*  Child 1:                   Deacon Jabez Snow Jr. (1696-1760)
*  Child 2:                    Joshua Snow (1700- )
*  Child 3:                    Elizabeth Snow (1702-1759)
*  Child 4:                    Sylvanus Snow (1704-1772)
*  Child 5:                    Tabitha Snow (1706-1774)
*  Child 6:                    Samuel Snow (1709-1784)
*  Child 7:                    Edward Snow (1711- )
*  Child 8:                    Phebe Snow (1713-1754)    
4)  NOTES (with source citations as indicated in brackets):  

Jabez Snow was born 6 September 1670 in Eastham, Massachusetts, the son of Jabez and Elizabeth (Smith) Snow of Eastham[1-5].  He was the eldest of nine children.

He married Elizabeth Treat in about 1695 in Eastham[1-2].  She was the daughter of Rev. Samuel and Elizabeth (Mayo) Treat of Eastham.  They had nine children, all born and recorded in Eastham town records.

*  Jabez Snow (1696-1760), married 1720 Elizabeth Paine (1702-1772).
*  Joshua Snow (1700-????)
*  Elizabeth Snow (1702-1759), married 1724 Thomas Knowles (1702-1759).
*  Sylvanus Snow (1705-1772), married (1) 1733 Hannah Cole (1715-1750), (2) Mehitable Walker (1728-1759); (3) 1761 Deborah Cooke (1710-1786).
*  Tabitha Snow (1707-1774), married (1) 1731 John Mayo (1707-1760); (2) Samuel Horton (1686-1778).
*  Samuel Snow (1709-1784), married 1732 Elizabeth Freeman (1714-1784).
*  Edward Snow (1711-????).
*  Phebe Snow (1713-1754), married 1736 John Smith (1712-1754).

Jabez Snow died 14 October 1750 in Eastham at the age of 80[1-2,5].  He is buried in Cove Burying Ground in Eastham[5]

The probate records for Jabez Snow are in Barnstable County, Massachusetts Probate Court records[6].  The will of Jabez Snow was written on 11 October 1743 and was proved on 23 January 1750/1:
In the Name of God Amen I Jabez Snow in y^e County of Barnstable In the Province of y^e Massachusetts Bay in New England Yeoman being Arived to Old Age but through God's goodness Yet of Disposing mind and Memory do therefore now make this my last Will and Testament in Manner following that is to Say first of all I Commit my Soul to God y^t Gave it & my body to the Earth to be Decently buried.

Itt I Give unto my Dear and Loveing Wife Elisabeth Snow one third part of all my Personall Estate forever that is to Say after my Just Debts & funeral Charges are paid Out of the Same & also I Give unto her my S^d Loveing Wife Elisabeth Snow the use & Improvement of my Dwelling house and barn & Orchard for her to use and Improve towards her Support During the time She Shall Continue to be my Widdow and I also Give unto her my Said Wife Elisabeth Snow the use and Improvement of one third part of all my lands & Meadows for her to use and Improve for her Support During y^e term of her Natural life.

Itt I Give and bequeath unto my three Sons Namely Jabez Snow Silv^s Snow and Sam^ll Snow and to their heirs and Assigns forever all my Lands & Meadows and Real Estate Whatsoever to them in Equal Proportion in Equal Proportion Allike that is to Say two thirds thereof Next after my Decease & all the Remaining part next after my Said wife Elisabeth Snow Shall ^cease^ to have the Improvement thereof as above Expressed in this my Will & at the times above Expressed.

Itt I Give and bequeath to my three Daughters Namely Elisabeth Knowles Tabitha Mayo and Phebe Smith & to their heirs & Assigns forever in Equal Proportion Alike all and Every part of my Personal Estate not disposed of ^before^ in this my will and Testament that is to say after my Just Debts and funeral Charges are paid out of y^e whole thereof they my s^d Daughters having Each of them had Considerable heretofore.

Lastly I Do constitute Appoint Ordain and make my trusty Son Jabez Snow my whole and Soul Exec^r of this my last will and Testament Declaring this and no other to be my last will and Testament In Witness whereof I do hereunto Set my hand and Seal this eleventh day of Octo^r in the Seventeenth year of his Majesties Reign Anno Domini One thousand Seaven Hundred and fourty three.

Signed Sealed & Pronounced ^& declared^ to be his last Will & Testament in Presence of us                                                                                         his                
Joseph Doane                                                            Jabez V Snow  
Desire x Doane                                                                   mark              
Elisabeth + Doane              
 Desire Doane

To all People to whom these presents Shall Come Silvanus Bourn Esq^r Judge of the Probate of Wills &c in the County of Barnstable ^within^ the Province of the Massachusetts Bay in New England Sendeth Greeting Know ye that on the twenty third day of January Anno domini 1750 The Instrument hereunto Anexed purporting the last will & Testament of Jabez Snow late of Eastham in the County of Barnstable Yeo^n Deceas^d was presented for Probate by Jabez Snow y^e Exec^r therein Named then Present Joseph Doane Esq^r & Desire Doane & Desire Doane Witnesses thereto Subscribed who made Oath that they Saw the Said Testator Sign Seal and heard him Declare the said Instrument to be his last Will and Testament and that they Together with Elisabeth Subs^d their Name Togather as Witnesses to y^e Execution thereof in y^e Said Testators presence and that he was then to the best of their Judgem^t of Sound and Disposing Mind. I do therefore Approve &Allow of the said Instrument as the last will & Testament of y^e before Named Deceas^d and do Commit the Adminis^n thereof in all Matters the Same Concerning and of his Estate whereof he Died Seiz^d and Possessed in said County unto Jabez Snow the before Named Exec^r well and faithfully to Execute the Said Will and to Adminis^r the Estate of the Said Deceas^d According thereto who Accepted of his Said Said Trust & to Exhibit an Inventory pursuant to Law and he Shall Render an Acc^o upon Oath of his proceedings when thereunto Law-fully Required. In Testimony whereof I have hereunto Set my hand Seal of Office the Day and Year Above Written,
                       Exam^d (SS) Da^d Gorham Reg^r             Silvanus Bourn

1. John D. Austin, Mayflower Families Through Five Generations: Volume Six: Stephen Hopkins (Plymouth, Mass.: General Society of Mayflower Descendants, 2001, 3rd Edition), page 170, Jabez Snow sketch.

2. John Harvey Treat, The Treat Family: A Genealogy of Trott, Tratt, and Treat; for Fifteen Generations, and Four Hundred and Fifty Years in England and America (Salem, Mass. : The Salem Press, 1893)., page 167, Elizabeth Treat sketch.

3. Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988, indexed database and digital image, (, "Orleans and Eastham Records," Page 323 (image 171 of 285), Jabez Snow birth entry.

4. Col. Leonard H. Smith, Jr. and Norma H. Smith, Vital Records of the Towns of Eastham and Orleans (Baltimore, Md. : Genealogical Publishing Company, 1993), page 13, Jabez Snow birth entry.

5. Find A Grave, indexed database and digital image,  (, Cove Burying Ground (Eastham, Mass.), Jabez Snow memorial # 15872041.

6.  "Massachusetts, Wills and Probate Records, 1635-1991," indexed database with digital images, (, accessed 6 December 2016), Barnstable County > Probate Records, Vol. 8, 1745-1753, pages 457-458 (image 256 of 309), 1743 will of Jabez Snow and 1750 letter testamentary.  Original data from Barnstable County [Mass.] Probate Court clerk books.


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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