Friday, January 1, 2021

52 Ancestors - Week 363: #574 John Paine (1661-1731) of Eastham, Massachusetts

John Paine (1661-1731)   is number 574 on my Ahnentafel List, my 7th great-grandfather, who married #575 Bennett Freeman (1671-1716)  in 1689  in Eastham, Barnstable County,  Massachusetts.

I am descended through:

*  their daughter #287 Elizabeth Paine (1702-1772) who married #286 Jabez Snow (1696-1760) 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:                John Paine[1–6]    

*  Sex:                    Male    

*  Father:               Thomas Paine (1633-1706)    
*  Mother:              Mary Snow (1630-1704)  

2)  INDIVIDUAL EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
*  Birth:                 14 March 1660/1, Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States[1–2,6]    

*  Will:                  14 July 1731 (age 70), will written; Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States[5]    

*  Death:               18 October 1731 (age 70), Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States[1–2,4,6]    
*  Burial:               after 18 October 1731 (after age 70), Orleans Cemetery, East Orleans, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States[6]

*  Probate:            19 January 1731/2, will proved, Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States [6]  
 3)  SHARED EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
 *  Spouse 1:         Bennett Freeman (1671-1716)
*   Marriage 1:     14 March 1689 (age 28), Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States[1–2]   

*   Child 1:          John Paine (1690-1771)
 *  Child 2:          Mary Paine (1692-1770)
 *  Child 3:           William Paine (1695-1713)
 *  Child 4:           Benjamin Paine (1696-1713)
 *  Child 5:           Sarah Paine (1699-1772)
 *  Child 6:           male Paine (1701-1701)
 *  Child 7:           Elizabeth Paine (1702-1772)
 *  Child 8:           Theophilus Paine (1703-1755)
 *  Child 9:           Josiah Paine (1705-1728)
 *  Child 10:         Nathaniel Paine (1707-1728)
 *  Child 11:         Rebecca Paine (1709-1743)
 *  Child 12:         Mercy Paine (1712-1774)
 *  Child 13:         Benjamin Paine (1714-1716)

 *  Spouse 2:        Alice Mayo (1686-1748)
*   Marriage 2:     3 March 1719/20 (age 58), Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States[1–3]     
 *  Child 14:         Hannah Paine (1720-1723)
 *  Child 15:         James Paine (1723-1723)
 *  Child 16:         Thomas Paine (1725-1802)
 *  Child 17:         Alice Paine (1728-1777)
 *  Child 18:         Hannah Paine (1728-1808)    
4)  NOTES (with source citations as indicated in brackets):  
John Paine was born 10 March 1660/1 in Eastham, Plymouth Colony, the 6th child and 5th son of Thomas and Mary (Snow) Paine[1-2,6].

John married, first, to Bennett Freeman (1671-1716) on 14 March 1689 in Eastham[1-2].  Bennett was the daughter of John and Mercy (Prence) Freeman of Eastham.  John and Bennett (Freeman) Paine had 13 children, all born in Eastham and recorded in the Eastham town records:

*  John Paine (1690-1771), married (1) 1743 Thankful Hopkins (1700-1753), and (2) 1754 Mercy Higgins (1697-1757).
*  Mary Paine (1693-1770), married 1712 Samuel freeman (1688-1751).
* William Paine (1695-1713)
*  Benjamin Paine (1697-1713).
*  Sarah Paine (1699-1772), married 1717 Joshua Knowles (1696-1786).
*  male Paine (1701-1701).
*  Elizabeth Paine (1702-1772), married 1720 Jabez Snow (1696-1760).
*  Theophilus Paine (1704-1755), married 1733 Hannah Bacon (1705-1755).
*  Josiah Paine (1705-1728)
*  Rebecca Paine (1709-1744), married 1735 Elisha Linnell (1707-1773).
*  Mercy Paine (1712-1774), married 1735 Ebenezer Cook (1711-1793).
*  Benjamin Paine (1714-1717).

John Paine married, second, to Alice Mayo (1686-1748), on 3 March 1719/20 in Eastham[1-3].  Alice was the daughter of Nathaniel and Elizabeth (Wixam) Mayo of Eastham.  They had five children, all born in Eastham and recorded in the Eastham town records: 

*  Hannah Paine (1721-1724).
*  James Paine (1723-1724).
*  Thomas Paine (1725-1802), married 1758 Phebe Freeman (1739-1779).
*  Alice Paine (1728-1777), married 1775 James Knowles (1719-1782).
*  Hannah Paine (1728-1808).

John Paine was admitted a freeman at Eastham June 1690[2].  He was elected as a selectman for five years, and was the Eastham town clerk from 1703 to 1709[2].  He served as Treasurer of Eastham from 1709 to 1730[2].  John was elected as Representative to the General Court seven times between 1703 through 1725[2].

John Paine died on 18 October 1731 at age 70 in Eastham[1-2,4,6].  He is buried in Orleans Cemetery in East Orleans, Massachusetts with his two wives[6].  

John Paine wrote his will on 14 July 1731 and it was proved on 19 January 1731/2 in Barnstable County Probate Court[5].  The transcription of his will is:
In the Name of God Amen. The fourteenth Day of July 1731 I John Paine of Eastham in the County of Barnstable in the province of the Massachusetts bay in New England Yeoman being advanced to old age and Labouring under Bodily weakness & Infirmity but of competent & Sound mind & memory praise be given to God Therefor and mindfull of the Mortality of my body and that it is appointed for all men once to Die do therefore make and Ordain this my Last Will and Testament That is to say Principally and first of all I give & Recommend my Soul into the hands of God that gave it and my body I Commend to the Earth to be buried with decent Christian burial at the discretion of my Executors hereafter named.  Believing that the General Resurrection I Shall receive it again by the Mighty Power of God, and as touching such Worldly Estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this Life I give demise and Dispose thereof in manner and form following. That is to say first that my Debts & funeral Charges being paid & discharged. Item I Give and bequeath to my beloved wife Alice Pain one third part of my personal Estate & goods & chattles To have hold possess and Enjoy To herself her Executors & Adm'rs in part of which she shall have Liberty (if she see Cause) to take the best bed & furniture belonging to the house & also the bed w'ch she brought with her which was hers before Marriage & the new Chest of Drawers These she may have at the price they shall be Valued.  Also I give to my s'd Wife the one half of my grain both Indian and English w'ch shall be growing on my Land or by me in any of my houseing or barn at my decease with the one half of my flax as also one Silver Spoon and four pounds in bills of Credit then Currant this Spoon is Mark'd IPA Two Last I give to my s'd wife in Special Consideration for Extraordinary Care & Trouble in tending me in my Long Illness. Further I give my s'd Wife one Stone Jugg or Pitcher mark'd GR also further I give my s'd Wife one Cow w^ch is now over at Porkey Island a fatling with one of my Large Swine now at the door and one pig with all the Molasses butter or Cheese which I shall have by me at my decease. 

Item I Give and bequeath to my Wife aboves'd the Eastern End of my dwelling house wherein I now Live from the floor to the Roof with the one half of the Leanto Chimney & half the benefit of the oven w'ch is in  the Western End of my house half the porch before the Door with half the priviledge of the barn  and the Ware house standing Southward of my dwelling house as also one half of my Cellar Together with one Third part of all my upland and meadowing divided or undivided whether plain or Wood Land in part of which she may and I do hereby Give her Liberty to take half the orchard as it is now Inclosed all Contain'd in this Paragraph from the Wood together to be possess'd Enjoy'd & improv'd by her Dureing the term of her natural Life also I give to my s^d Wife the free Use of my Large Iron Kettle to be Improv'd by her for her benefit as Long as she Continues to be my widow as also the free Use and Improvement of the Crane Trammel one pair of pothooks and the use of the Iron Dogs & Smal & Irons dureing s'd term also I give to my s'd Wife the Iron Pott & Kettle w'ch she brought with her and were hers before marriage To have and to hold forever. 

Item only allowing to my two Daughters Rebecca & Mercy Pain Liberty (if they or either of them see Cause) as Long as they Live unmarried to dwelling Easterly End of the house. 

Item I give and bequeath to my son Thomas Pain The half of my Dwelling house barn shop or Ware house Leanto Porch and Cellar as above described w^th the one half of my Orchard as it is now Enclosed To have and to hold to him his heirs and Assigns forever after the Decease of my Wife Alice Pain abovenamed.

Item I Give and bequeath to my four Sons John Pain William Pain Theophilus Pain & Thomas Pain all my Upland Swamp & Meadowing whether Divided or undivided To have to hold to them Respectively and to their heirs and Assigns for ever Two Thirds thereof at my decease and The other Third Thereof at the decease of my Wife Alice Pain abovenamed To be Equally Divided To them or to their Legal Representatives.

Item I Give and bequeath to my two sons Theophilus Pain & Thomas Pain Each of them one bed bolsters & Pillows as near in Value as may be to that which I gave to my son William Pain furthermore I give and bequeath to my s'd son Thomas Pain my Musquet and one Silver Spoon mark'd TPM moreover it is my Will and I do hereby give to my Wife abovenamed The free and full use of all the Tillable ^land^ & the Meadow which shall fall to my son Thomas in the division thereof until my s'd Son arrive to Eighteen Years old. 

Item I Give and bequeath to my four maiden Daughters Vizt Rebeckah Pain Mercy Pain Alice Pain and Hannah Pain so much out of my personal Estate & Goods & Chattells as will make them Equal for quantity & quality as near as may be To what I have Given to my three daughters Married Vizt Mary Freeman Sarah Knowles & Elizabeth Snow. Moreover I give & bequeath to my two Daughters Alice and Hannah Pain my Large Silver Cup & each of them one Silver Spoon also I give & bequeath to my s'd beloved Wife one third part of my Mare which is a Black mare with a white star in her forehead. Item I give & bequeath to  my son John Pain my Cane and one of my Iron Chains. Item I give to my four sons John Pain William Pain Theophilus Pain & Thomas Pain all my wearing apparrell to be divided Equally among them after my decease.

Item The remaining part (if any there be) of my personal Estate & Goods & Chattels I give and bequeath to my Seven daughters Viz. Mary Freeman, Sarah Knowles, Elizabeth Snow, Rebeckah Pain, Mercy Pain, Alice Pain, & Hannah Pain to be Equally divided to them or to their Legal Representatives. Finally I do hereby Nominate Constitute & Appoint my Two sons John Pain & William Pain Joint Executors of this my Last Will and Testament. Witness my hand and Seal the Day & Year first abovenamed. 

Sign'd Seal'd and declared to be the Last Will & Testament                  John Paine 
of the abovenamed John Paine in Presence of
Nathaniel Mayo
Samuel Higgins
Jonathan Higgins Ju^r

1. John D. Austin, Mayflower Families Through Five Generations: Volume Six: Stephen Hopkins (Plymouth, Mass.: General Society of Mayflower Descendants, 2001, 3rd Edition), page 48, #34 John Paine family sketch.

2. Dave Pane-Joyce, Pane-Joyce Genealogy, website ( : accessed 31 December 2020), John Paine sketch (

3. 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 62, John Paine Senr and Alice Mayo marriage entry.

4. Col. Leonard H. Smith, Jr. and Norma H. Smith, Vital Records of the Towns of Eastham and Orleans, page 62, Mr. John Paine death entry.

5. "Massachusetts, Wills and Probate Records, 1635-1991," indexed database with digital images, ( : accessed 6 December 2016), Barnstable County > "Probate and Guardianship Records, Vol. 3-6, 1720-1747," Volume 5, pages 13-17 (images 462-464 of 882), 1731 will and inventory of John Paine;  Original data from Barnstable County [Mass.] Probate Court clerk books.

6. Find A Grave, indexed database and digital image,  (, Orleans Cemetery, East Orleans, Mass., John Paine memorial # 30962000.  


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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1 comment:

Susan Masse said...

Hello Cousin: Thomas Paine and Mary Snow are my 9thg-grandparents.