Friday, May 14, 2021

52 Ancestors - Week 382: #595 Elizabeth (Foster) Wilson (1673-after 1721) of Billerica, Massachusetts

Elizabeth Foster (1673-after 1721)  is #595 on my Ahnentafel List, my 7th great-grandmother, who married #594 John Wilson (1673-after 1721) in 1694 in Billerica, Middlesex County,  Massachusetts.

I am descended through:

*  their daughter #297 Joanna Wilson (1702-1786) who married #296 Hezekiah Sawtell (1703-1779) in 1723.
*  their son #148 Ephraim Sawtell (1735-1800) who married #149 Abigail Stone (1737-1800).
*  their son #74 Josiah Sawtell (1768-1847) who married #75 Hannah Smith (1768-1827) in 1789.
*  their daughter  #37 Hannah Sawtell (1789-1857)  who married  #36 Zachariah Hildreth (1783-1857) 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:                   Elizabeth Foster[1–3]    
*  Alternate Name:   Elizabeth Willson[4]
*  Sex:                       Female    

*  Father:                   Deacon Joseph Foster (1650-1721)    
*  Mother:                 Alice Gorton (1652-1712)  

2)  INDIVIDUAL EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
*  Birth:                     7 October 1673, Billerica, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[1,3]    

*  Distribution:         after 12 December 1721 (after age 48), father's will proved; Billerica, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[4]    
*  Distribution:         21 December 1721 (age 48), Elizabeth and John Willson signed agreement with brother Joseph Foster for property in Billerica; Billerica, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[4]    

*  Death:                  after 21 December 1721 (after age 48), Billerica, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[4]    
3)  SHARED EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Spouse 1:             John Wilson (1673-after 1721)    
*  Marriage 1:          27 November 1694 (age 21), Billerica, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[1-2,5]    

*  Child 1:                John Wilson (1695-1764)    
*  Child 2:                Elizabeth Wilson (1697-1786)    
*  Child 3:                Joseph Wilson (1699-    )    
*  Child 4:                Joanna Wilson (1701-1786)    
*  Child 5:                Allice Wilson (1703-1756)    
*  Child 6:                Jacob Wilson (1704-1776)    
*  Child 7:                Sarah Wilson (1706-1744)    
*  Child 8:                Mary Wilson (1708-    )    
*  Child 9:                Esther Wilson (1710-1729)    
*  Child 10:              Dorcas Wilson (1711-    )    
*  Child 11:              Seth Wilson (1713-1783)    
*  Child 12:              Benjamin Wilson (1715-    )    
*  Child 13:              Rebecca Wilson (1717-1729)  
4)  NOTES (with source citations as indicated in brackets):  

The Foster Genealogy by Frederick Clifton Pierce provides considerable information about the early generations of this Foster family line.  Elizabeth Foster is included in the Joseph and Alice (Gorton) Foster family[1].  She was born 7 October 1673 in Billerica, Massachusetts, the first child of five born to Joseph and Alice (Gorton) Foster[1-3].

Elizabeth Foster married John Wilson (1673-after 1721) on 27 November 1694 in Billerica[1-2,5].  John was the son of John and Johanna (Carter) Wilson of Woburn and Billerica.  They had 13 children, all born and recorded in the Billerica town vital records:

*  John Wilson (1695-1764), married 1722 Jemima Shed (1698-1740).
*  Elizabeth Wilson (1697-1786), married 1721 William Frost (1694-1738).
*  Joseph Wilson (1699-????), married 1732 Sarah Wilson (1694-1763).
*  Joanna Wilson (1702-1786), married 1723 Hezekiah Sawtell (1703-1779).
*  Alice Wilson (1703-1756), married 1724 Isaac Stearns (1700-1739).
*  Jacob Wilson (1705-1776), married 1737 Hannah --?-- (1710-????).
*  Sarah Wilson (1706-1744), married 1730 John Dean (1705-????).
*  Mary Wilson (1708-????)
*  Esther Wilson (1710-1729)
*  Dorcas Wilson (1711-????), married 1745 Ebenezer Wyman (1706-1760).
*  Seth Wilson (1713-1783), married 1744 Mary Evans (1720-1793).
*  Benjamin Wilson (1715-????).
*  Rebecca Wilson (1717-1729).

Elizabeth's father, Joseph Foster, wrote his will on 26 July 1721, died on 4 December 1721, and his will was proved on 18 December 1721[4].  He left his real and personal property to his third wife, his son Thomas Foster, and  his daughter Elizabeth Willson:
"Thirdly  I give to my daughter Elizabeth Willson the homestead that I had of Doctor John Kittrige whar Thomas Foster now lives and I do further give unto her my Nuttings meadow with all the land that I have upon Beare hill all on the wast side of the country road this I give unto her and to her hairs forever."
He also bequeathed property to his granddaughter, Joanna Willson:
""Fifthly  I give unto my granddaughter Johannah Willson twenty pounds to be paid to her by my executors in a cow and a bed and the rast in money.  I also give her a platter and a grat bason and a little bason and two spoons and my bias skillet and the chest that she lays her clothes in and a lining wheel and six wooden plates and a chaire. These I give to her and her hairs forever.  This money that is to be paid to Johannah above what her bed and cow comes to shall be paid out of ye movables or else they may be sold for money to make it:  and all the rest of my movables both within doors and without both cattle and all other things both wood and iron without doors and bras and pewter within doors and all other movables except that I have given to Joseph Willson and Johannah Willson they shall be equally divided between my son Thomas Foster and my daughter Elizabeth Willson and in cas they cannot agree in thar divission I do appoint my trusty friends Bengemen Thompson and John Blanchord to make thar divission for them and if they cannot agree I appoint Mr. Joseph Stevens to joyn with them and to make a final ishew."
John and Elizabeth Willson made an agreement with Elizabeth's brother, Joseph Foster, on 21 December 1721 that better defined the real property that she was to receive from the estate[4].

There is no apparent death record for John or Elizabeth Wilson.  Both John and Elizabeth died after 21 December 1721 when they signed the agreement.

There is no apparent probate record for John or Elizabeth Wilson of Billerica. There is no burial record for John and Elizabeth (Foster) Willson.


1. Frederick Clifton Pierce,  Foster Genealogy (Chicago, Ill.: W.B. Conkey Company, 1899), page 498, #3873 Deacon Joseph Foster family sketch.

2. Ken Stevens, Wilsons From New England, Volume "J" Descendants of John Wilson of Woburn, Massachusetts, typescript  (Walpole, N.H. :  the author, 1991), page 52, John Wilson 1673 family sketch.

3. Vital Records of Billerica, Massachusetts to the Year 1850 (Boston, Mass. :  New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1908), Births, page 78, Elisabeth Foster entry, 7 October 1673.

4. Middlesex County, Massachusetts, Probate case files, Probate Packet #8 227, Joseph Foster of Billerica, 1721; "Middlesex County, MA: Probate File Papers, 1648-1871," indexed database and digital images, New England Historical and Genealogical Society, American Ancestors ( : accessed 13 May 2021).

5. "New England Marriages to 1700," online database with digital images, New England Historic Genealogical Society, American Ancestors  ((, Volume 3, page 1691, John Wilson and Elizabeth Foster marriage entry, 27 November 1694 in Billerica.


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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