Friday, February 5, 2021

52 Ancestors - Week 368: #579 Esther (Wheeler) Prescott (1678-1756) of Concord and Acton, Massachusetts

Esther Wheeler (1678-1756)   is number 579 on my Ahnentafel List, my 7th great-grandmother, who married #578 Samuel Prescott (1674-1758)  in 1698  in Concord, Middlesex County,  Massachusetts.

I am descended through:

*  their daughter #289 Dorothy Prescott (1702-1774)who married #288 James Hildreth (1698-1761) in 1721.
*  their son #144 Zachariah Hildreth (1728-1784) who married #145 Elizabeth Prescott (1734-1812) in 1753.
*  their son #72 Zachariah Hildreth (1754-1829) who married #73 Elizabth Ketyes (1759-1793) in 1777.
*  their son #36 Zachariah Hildreth (1783-1857) who married  #37 Hannah Sawtell (1789-1857)  in 1810.
*  their son #18 Edward Hildreth (1831-1899) who married #19 Sophia Newton (1834-1923) in 1852.
*  their daughter #9 Hattie Louisa Hildreth (1857-1920) who married  #8 Frank Walton Seaver (1852-1922) 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)

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1)  PERSON (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
 
   
*  Name:                     Esther Wheeler[1–2]    
*  Alternate Name:     Ester Wheeler[3,5]    
*  Alternate Name:     Esther Prescott[4]  

*  Sex:                         Female    

*  Father:                    John Wheeler (1642-1713)    
*  Mother:                  Sarah Larkin (1647-1725)  

2)  INDIVIDUAL EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
  
*  Birth:                      1 December 1678, Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[1,3]    

*  Death:                     1 May 1756 (age 77), Acton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[4]  

3)  SHARED EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
 
*  Spouse 1:              Esther Wheeler (1678-1756)    
*  Marriage 1:           5 May 1698 (about age 19), Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[1-2,5]    
*  Child 1:                 Esther Prescott (1699-1756)    
*  Child 2:                 Dorothy Prescott (1702-1774)    
*  Child 3:                Amos Prescott (1705-1785)    
*  Child 4:                Mary Prescott (1707-????)    
*  Child 5:                Sarah Prescott (1709-????)    
*  Child 6:               Dorcas Prescott (1712-1803)    
*  Child 7:               Abigail Prescott (1716-1754)    
*  Child 8:               Rebecca Prescott (1719-1762)    
*  Child 9:               Dinah Prescott (1723-????)  
      
4)  NOTES (with source citations as indicated in brackets):  

Only one book about the Wheeler families of Concord, Massachusetts provides significant information about Esther Wheeler's birth family.  Albert Gallatin Wheeler published The Genealogical and Encyclopedic History of the Wheeler Family In America  in 1914[1].  Other books have information about her ancestral families in Concord, Massachusetts and Cranbrook, England.

Esther Wheeler was born 1 December 1678 in Concord, Massachusetts, the daughter and seventh of nine children of John and Sarah (Larkin) Wheeler of Concord[1,3].  

She married Samuel Prescott (1674-1758) of Lancaster, Massachusetts on 5 May 1698 in Concord[1-2] and the marriage was also recorded in Lancaster[5].  Samuel was the son of Jonathan and Dorothy (Heald) Prescott of Lancaster.

Samuel and Esther (Wheeler) Prescott had nine children, the first three born in Lancaster, last six born and recorded in the Concord town vital records.  They were:

*   Esther Prescott (1699-1756), married 1719 Robert Conant (1699-1773).
*  Dorothy Prescott (1702-1774), married 1721 James Hildreth (1698-1761).
*  Amos Prescott (1705-????), married 1731 Ruth --?-- (1707-????).
*  Mary Prescott (1708-????), married 1729 Timothy Fletcher (1707-1780).
*  Sarah Prescott (1710-????), married about 1731 --?-- Randall (1706-????)
*  Dorcas Prescott (1712-1803), married 1738 Samuel Minot (1706-1766).
*  Abigail Prescott (1716-1754), married 1739 Isaac Fox (1713-1791).
*  Rebecca Prescott (1719-1762), married 1741 Gershom Davies (1714-1787).
*  Dinah Prescott (1723-????).

When they married, the family resided in Lancaster, then moved to Concord in about 1707 and their land was located in the new town of Acton, Massachusetts in 1735.

Esther died 1 May 1756 at age 77 in Acton, Massachusetts[4].  There is no known burial location, although she was probably buried in Acton.
 
5)  SOURCES

1. Albert Gallatin Wheeler, The Genealogical and Encyclopedic History of the Wheeler Family In America (Boston, Mass.: American College of Genealogy, 1914), page 21, Esther Wheeler in John Wheeler sketch.

2. Henry S. Nourse (editor), The Birth, Marriage and Death Register, Church Records and Epitaphs of Lancaster, Massachusetts, 1643-1850 (Clinton, Mass. : W.J. Coulter, Printer, 1890), Appendix, page 451, Samuel Prescott and Esther Wheeler marriage entry, 5 May 1698.

3. George Tolman (compiler), Concord, Massachusetts Births, Marriages and Deaths, 1635-1850 (Concord, Mass. : Committee on Printing, 1894), page 22, Esther Wheeler birth entry, 1.10.78 (1 December 1678).

4. "Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988," indexed database and digital image, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com), Acton Vital Records, Volume 1, Page 30, on Image 18, Esther Prescott death entry.

5. George Tolman (compiler), Concord, Massachusetts Births, Marriages and Deaths, 1635-1850, page 46, Sam'll Prescote and Ester Wheeler marriage entry, 5 May 1698.

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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 2021 for an eighth year to 416 Ancestors in 416 Weeks. The list of 52 Ancestors biographies from my great-grandparents to the 7th great-grandparents (in work) is in https://www.geneamusings.com/p/ancestor-biographies.html.

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1 comment:

Densie said...

I am descended from John Wheeler and Sarah Larkin through their son Ebenezer Wheeler.