Friday, March 5, 2021

52 Ancestors - Week 372: #583 Mary (Barron) Harwood (1673-1758) of Chelmsford, Massachusetts

Mary Barron (1673-1758)  is number 583 on my Ahnentafel List, my 7th great-grandmother, who married #582 Nathaniel Harwood (1669-1751)  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:                   Mary Barron[1–4]    
*   Alternate. Name:  Mary Harwood[6–7]    
*   Alternate. Name: Mary Barron Harwood[5]  

*  Sex:                       Female    

*  Father:                  Moses Barron (1643-1699)    
*  Mother:                Mary Learned (1647-    )  

2)  INDIVIDUAL EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
*  Birth:                   1 March 1673, Chelmsford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[1-5]    

*  Distribution:       16 September 1751 (age 78), husband's will proved; Chelmsford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[6]    
*  Death:                before 10 October 1758 (before age 85), Chelmsford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[1,3-5,7]  
*  Burial:               10 October 1758 (age 85), Chelmsford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[5]
3)  SHARED EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
*   Spouse 1:                 Nathaniel Harwood (1669-1751)    
*  Marriage 1:               about 1695 (about age 22), Chelmsford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[1,3-4]    

*  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):  

Information about the Barron family was obtained from the book by Patty Barthell Myers, Ancestors and Descendants of Lewis Ross Freeman with related families, based partially on the work of Freeman Worth Gardiner and Willis Freeman[1].  

Mary Barron was born 1 March 1673 in Chelmsford, Massachusetts to Moses and Mary (Learned) Barron[1-5].  She was their third child and first daughter out of eight children.

Mary Barron married Nathaniel Harwood in about 1695 at about age 22 in Chelmsford, Massachusetts[1,3-4].  She was the daughter of Moses and Mary (Learned) Barron.  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).

The Nathaniel Harwood family made their home in Chelmsford, Massachusetts after 1696[4].

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."[4]

Nathaniel died on 28 August 1751 in Chelmsford, Massachusetts at age 81.  He wrote a will on 7 June 1744 which was proved on 16 September 1751[6].  He bequeathed to his wife:
"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."
Mary (Barron) Harwood died and before was buried on 10 October 1758 in Chelmsford, Massachusetts [1,3-5,7] - the vital record book says she was a widow, aged 85.  She is probably buried in a family graveyard in Chelmsford with her husband, and has a Find A Grave memorial[5].

No probate records for Mary (Barron) Harwood was found in the Middlesex County Probate Court records.


1. Patty Barthell Myers, Ancestors and Descendants of Lewis Ross Freeman with related families, based partially on the work of Freeman Worth Gardiner and Willis Freeman (Camden, Me.: Penobscot Press, 1995), page 482, Moses Barron family sketch.

2. Town of Chelmsford, Massachusetts, Vital Records of Chelmsford, Massachusetts to the Year 1850 (Salem, Mass. : The Essex Institute, 1914), Births, page 21, Mary Barron, daughter of Moses and Mary, 1 March 1673.

3. Dean Crawford Smith, edited by Melinde Lutz Sanborn, The Ancestry of Eva Belle Kempton, 1878-1908, Part III: The Ancestry of Henry Clay Bartlett, 1832-1892 (Boston, Mass.: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004), page 194, Nathaniel Harwood family sketch.

4. 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.

5. Find A Grave, indexed database and digital image,  (, unknown location, Chelmsford, Mass., Mary Barron Harwood (1673-1758) memorial #57643923.

6. "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.

7. Town of Chelmsford, Massachusetts, Vital Records of Chelmsford, Massachusetts to the Year 1850, Deaths, page 400, Mary Harwood, widow, 10 October 1758, age 85 years.


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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