Friday, February 26, 2021

52 Ancestors - Week 371: #582 Nathaniel Harwood (1669-1751) of Concord and Chelmsford, Massachusetts

Nathaniel Harwood (1669-1751)  is number 582 on my Ahnentafel List, my 7th great-grandfather, who married #583 Mry Barron (1673-1758) in 1695  in Concord, Middlesex County,  Massachusetts.

I am descended through:

*  their daughter #291 Elizabeth Harwood (1701-1739) who married #290 Jonas Prescott (1703-1784)  in 1731.
*  their daughter #145 Elizabeth Prescott (1734-1812)  who married #144 Zachariah Hildreth (1728-1784) in 1753.
*  their son #72 Zachariah Hildreth (1754-1829) who married #73 Elizabth Keyes (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)


1)  PERSON (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
*  Name:                       Nathaniel Harwood[1–3]    
*  Alternate Name:       Nathanell Harod[4]    
*  Alternate Name:       Nath'll Harwood[5]  

*  Sex:                           Male    

*  Father:                      Nathaniel Harwood (1640-1715)    
*  Mother:                     Elizabeth  (1642-1715)  

2)  INDIVIDUAL EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
*   Birth:                        1 October 1669, Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[1,4]    

*  Will:                          7 June 1744 (age 74), will written; Chelmsford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[2]    

*  Death:                       30 August 1751 (age 81), Chelmsford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[3,5]    
*  Burial:                       31 August 1751 (age 81), unknown graveyard, Chelmsford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[3,5]    

*  Probate:                    16 September 1751 (age 81), will proved; Chelmsford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[2]  
3)  SHARED EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
*   Spouse 1:                 Mary Barron (1673-1758)    
*  Marriage 1:               about 1695 (about age 26), Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[1]    

*  Child 1:                    Mary Harwood (1695-1782)    
*  Child 2:                   Hannah Harwood (1698-1781)    
*  Child 3:                   Elizabeth Harwood (1701-1739)    
*  Child 4:                   Rachel Harwood (1703-1784)    
*  Child 5:                   Sarah Harwood (1707-1796)    
*  Child 6:                   Jonathan Harwood (1710-1784)    
*  Child 7:                   Susanna Harwood (1713-1775)  

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

The English origins and descendants of Nathaniel Harwood of Concord MA were provided in a book by Watson H. Harwood, MD, A Genealogical history of the Concord Harwoods, Descendants of Nathaniel Harwood, son of John Harwood of London, England, Volume III [1]. This book contains very little biographical information about any of this family line.

Nathaniel Harwood was born 1 October 1669 in Concord, Massachusetts, the third son of Nathaniel and Elizabeth (--?--) Harwood[1,4].  The birth record in the Concord record book says:
"nathanell son of nathanell harod & Elizabeth his wife born 1. octo. [16]69"
Nathnaiel married Mary Barron (1673-1758) in about 1695 in Concord, Massachusetts.  She was the daughter of Moses and Mary (Learned) Barron[1].  They had seven children, the first was born in Concord and the rest were born in Chelmsford:

*  Mary Harwood 1696-1782), married 1718 Robert Proctor (1689-1755).
*  Hannah Harwood (1698-1781), married 1720 Peter Proctor (1694-1770)
*  Elizabeth Harwood (1701-1739), married 1731 Jonas Prescott (1703-1784).
*  Rachel Harwood (1703-1784), married 1732 Stephen Pierce (1698-1761).
*  Sarah Harwood (1707-1796), married 17412 John Cram (1717-1782)..
*  Jonathan Harwood (1710-1784), married 1738 Mary Parker (1716-1754).
*  Susanna Harwood (1713-1775), married 1736 John Robbins (1710-1775).

Nathaniel Harwood made his home in Chelmsford, Massachusetts after 1696.

In 1732, Nathaniel Harwood and his wife Mary gave their landed property in Chelmsford MA to their son Jonathan Harwood, providing that "...they were to have the best room in the now dwelling house, with the best chamber, and a good, convenient cellar, without any let, stint or hindrance.  And deed not to take place 'till their, the said Nathaniel and Mary Harwood's, decease."[1]

Nathaniel died on 28 August 1751 in Chelmsford, Massachusetts at age 81[3,5].  He is probably buried in a family graveyard in Chelmsford, and has a Find A Grave memorial[3].

Nathaniel Harwood died testate, and his will is in Probate Packet #10629 in Middlesex County Probate Court.  The will was written on 7 June 1744 and was proved on 16 September 1751 in the Middlesex County Probate Court[2].  The will transcription is:

                                                        In the Name of God Amen This Seventh Day of June Anno Dom^i one thousand Seven Hundred and forty four. I Nathanael Harwood of Chelmsford in the County of Middles^x in New England Yeoman, being of perfect mind and memory and Knowing that it is Appointed for all men once to Die Do therefore make and Ordain this my last will and Testament. Especially and first of all I give my Soul into the Hands of God that gave it. And my Body to the Earth to be decently Buried at the Discretion of my Executors hereafter named Nothing doubting but I shall receive the Same at the General Resurrection by the Mighty Power of God. And as to my Worldly Estate which God hath been pleased to Bless me with I give and dispose of the Same in the Manner and form following, That is to Say

First I will that all those Debts and duties I do owe in Right or Conscience to any manner of Person or Persons whatsoever be well and Truly Paid in convenient Time after my Decease bymy Executors hereafter Named.

Itm. I give to my Dearly beloved wife Mary Harwood as followeth, viz. That whereas I have given a Deed to my Son Jonathan Harwood of all my Lands Buildings &c to Him and his Heirs after my and my wife's Decease, In consideration whereof my Will is that my said Son Jonathan Harwood Deliver to his Mother aforesaid yearly Seventy Bushells of Indian Corn four Bushells of Rie and one Hundred and forty Weight of Pork and Eighty Weight of Beef, One Bushell of Mall & four Barrels of Cyder and that my Wife have the Improvement of half the Houshold Goods during her Life, and also that my s^d Son Keep a good Horse and furniture for s^d Horse for his s^d Mother use and Benefit also that He take Care of his s^d Mother in Sickness providing Physick &c and that he provide wood Convenient for her and Keep and Maintain for her use two Cows during Her Lifetime The which Cows at Her Decease to be Divided among my four Daughters whose Names are after mentioned, and my Will is that if my s^d Son shall faill in any of the Particulars afore mentioned that my Wife Shall have the Improvement or Income of one half of my Real Estate and that it shall be at her Choice which to take and accept of at my Decease.

Itm. I give to my Said son Jonathan Harwood all my waring Apparrell with all my Husbandry Tools ^and Moveables^ (my two Cows except which I reserve for my wife) Which with what I have given Him by a Deed as aforesaid is in full his Portion out of my Estate.

Itm. I bequeath and give to my four Daughters viz. Mary Proctor Hannah Proctor Rachel Peirce Susanna Robins all my Money wether in Cash or in Bills or bonds; and also to them all my Household Goods the one half of them to be Equally Divided among them at my Decease the other half after the Natural Death of my wife.

Itm. I give to my Grandaughter Elisabeth Prescot five Pounds in Bills of the old tenor in Case she lives to the Age of Eighteen years to be paid by my s^d Son Jonathan Harwood.

I also make and Ordain my Son Jonathan Harwood and my Son-in-law Stephen Peirce my Sole Executors of this my Last will and Testament. And I do hereby utterly Disallow & revoke & Disanull all former or other Wills before this time Named or made. Ratifying and Confirming this and no other to be my Last will and Testament. In Witness whereof I have Set hereto my Hand and Seal the Day & Year above written.

Signed Sealed & declared by the said Nathanael Harwood 
as His Last will and Testament in 
the Presence of us                                           Nathaniel Harwood
Thomas Barry
Josiah Burg

Chelmsford September the Sixteenth 1751 We the heirs of this will have met togather and are fully Satisffyd and contented with this with-in written will as wittnes our hands
                                                                   mary + prockter 
   Peter Proctor 
   Anna + procker
   Stephen Peirce
Rachel X peirce
   John Robbens 
  Susana X Robbens
and Likwise of the widow of the Desesed nathaniel harwood consent to have the will probated 
 Mary + harwood


1. Watson H. Harwood, M.D., A Genealogical History of the Concord Harwoods, Descendants of John Harwood, of London, England , Volume 3 (Chasm Falls, N.Y. : the author, 1912), pages 9 and 12, Nathaniel Harwood family sketch.

2. "Middlesex County, Mass.: Probate Papers, 1648-1871," digital images, American Ancestors ( : accessed 26 November 2016), Probate packet No. 10629, Nathaniel Harwood estate, will written 1744, estate probated 1751, 9 pages.

3. Find A Grave, indexed database and digital image,  (, unknown graveyard, Chelmsford, Mass., Nathaniel Harwood memorial #157643787.

4. George Tolman (compiler), Concord, Massachusetts Births, Marriages and Deaths, 1635-1850 (Concord, Mass. : Committee on Printing, 1894), page 14, Nathanell Harod birth entry, 1 October 1669.

5. Town of Chelmsford, Massachusetts, Vital Records of Chelmsford, Massachusetts to the Year 1850 (Salem, Mass. : The Essex Institute, 1914), Deaths, page 400, Nath'll Harwood, 82 yrs.


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

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